At the end of the day, comfortable outdoor lighting at home can help promote rest and relaxation. Indirect, soft light beams are suitable for illumination over hammocks and ornaments around landscapes.
Moonlighting is a technique used to create such configurations. For backyards, lamps are typically mounted on trees, poles, fences or other elevated platforms. If done correctly, the light beams should create a realistic depiction of moonlight from the sky.
Installation and Placement of Outdoor Lighting
Placement of lamps in elevated positions is key to getting moonlighting right. Interestingly, this lighting method breaks several standard guidelines and best practices during installation. For a realistic nighttime feel, the outdoor fixtures should be mounted in trees – behind branches and leaves. This will help create shadows, just like the ones created by the moon at night.
Be careful not to mount the lamps too high up. As a general rule, between 20 feet and 30 feet is usually the limit for most locations. Ideally, the lowest set of branches and leaves should be enough to create the desired shadow effect. When using more than one fixture, it is recommended to direct light beams randomly on the target to avoid glare.
Lamps and Mounts for Moonlighting
When setting up fixtures for moonlighting, a common mistake that people make is using extremely bright lamps – causing the lighting configuration to look unnatural. A set of low-powered luminaries works best for this setup.
Moreover, low color-temperature rated units are recommended for an optimal nighttime experience.
When mounting the fixtures, hanger bolts can be used to maintain stability, as the tree grows. Avoid using mounting brackets, since it could cause the plant to grow around and over the components of the lamp. Lastly, don’t use large staples during installation. The tiny holes could damage the tree and reduce the effectiveness of the foundational structure.