Tree lighting is one of the most elegant forms of lighting design. Any size landscape with substancial trees will benefit from this highly specialized and innovative lighting technique. Tree lighting is done by concealing mercury vapor lights in the higher branches of the tree where they cannot be seen by viewers on the ground. Mercury vapor outdoor tree lights generate a blue-white light very similar to moonlight that filters through the leaves and branches and rains down onto the ground. Tree lighting’s close approximation to natural moonlight adds a romantic, almost mystical element to a place, and contributes to a feeling of time being suspended under the ambient radiance of the trees.
Illuminations Lighting and Design has worked for many years in the disciplines of outdoor lighting design and landscape lighting. Over the years we have developed a number of strategies for using outdoor tree lights in almost any commercial, municipal, or residential environment to create specific benefits for a wide variety of clientele.
Parks are places where people go to get away from urban pressures and the mediocrities of the mundane world. Parks help ground and center the mind in the energies of Nature and release the stress that accumulates within the self after prolonged periods of activity in offices and industrial environments. Parks however, are not wilderness areas, but rather controlled environments that offer the benefits of Nature without its potential hazards. It is therefore important that any public park that is visited at night be sufficiently lit to provide clear visibility for walking, conversation, and safety.
Tree lighting is a very important element of park outdoor lighting for all of these reasons. As a close emulation to natural moonlight, it extends the romantic and sentimental nature of the moon itself into the general landscape. Benches located beneath tree lights are excellent places to have a meaningful conversation with a significant other, and they are much safer as a result of the additional illumination.
Both the architecture and landscapes of academic institutions lean heavily toward Old World and Classical Motifs. Although America is a young country and its academies are nowhere nearly as old as those of Europe, older, larger trees help lend a sense of antiquity and contribute to the university’s image as a place of established learning and credibility.
It is essential that we place outdoor lights in these trees because as trees age, they grow outward as well as upward. Simple up lights installed at the bases of the trunks will not adequately light the branches and leaves. Tree lights, on the other hand, can be positioned in key locations throughout the lower branches and upper canopy, illuminating the entirety of the form and creating a sublime and stately presence to be enjoyed and admired throughout the evening on into the early morning hours.
Tree lights will also lend a feeling of established presence to any corporate landscape. A brand new company surrounded by a canopy of mature and stately trees will look older than it really is, and possibly gain a competitive advantage in a marketplace that often over emphasizes experience and neglects innate genius and genuine talent. Tree lighting also plays an essential role in commercial outdoor lighting because it eliminates shadows beneath trees that can be used by vandals and burglars as hiding places.
Tree lighting will also emphasize a company’s dedication to environmental concerns. As more and more companies seek to enhance their public image by either going green or supporting green initiatives, illuminating trees around the building helps harmonize building architecture with Nature and project a subliminal message of empathy with the Natural world.
All major hospitality industries rely heavily upon tree lighting in their outdoor landscape design. Landscapes around hotels, resorts, country clubs, and five star restaurants contribute to a feeling of refined escape and elegance. Carlton Woods Country Club diners enjoy looking out of the clubhouse window onto the golf course that appears sublime and timeless under the surreal ambience of tree lighting. Guests at warm weather resorts can enjoy the site of palm trees from their window throughout the night, and hotels with resort lighting creating the illusion of both a larger edifice and a more remote getaway from the pressures of life.
Tree lighting, however, does a great deal more for our hospitality clients than simply adding a decorative affect. Many resorts host events at night on a pavilion or stage under lighted trees. The illumination from the mercury lights provides an exotic compliment to general lighting that improves visibility without diminishing the feeling of escape and altered reality that a vacation is supposed to create. Golfers who play at night will especially appreciate the additional lighting under trees for those shots that are hard to make under moonlight alone. Restaurant diners who prefer the patio also will enjoy the added hospitality lighting that comes down from the trees and fills the spaces between tables with a warm glow.
Custom homes normally have very large yards are usually set back a good distance from the street. They typically have high fences and ornate, gated entrances that open into a long winding drive that leads up to the house. Trees often line these driveways and sometimes arch over the pavement and mesh together into a canopy. Outdoor garden lighting this canopy area lights the driveway with a soft radiance that creates a sense of isolation and differentiation from the surrounding neighborhood. Visitors immediately feel as though they have entered a true estate and not just another home. This added light also improves visibility and safety for driving to and from the home at night.
Tree lights likewise play an essential role in home-based entertainment. Trees that overhand a patio can be lit to create an aura of accent lighting around the patio itself, and tree lights installed above flower beds and gardens provide a layer of ambient down light that overlaps the garden and outdoor path lights installed within the foliage itself.
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These brief summaries provide a quick visual of just some of the many things we can do with tree lights as part of our larger services in landscape lighting design and outdoor lighting maintenance. Our multi-specialization in five major disciplines has won us many awards and established us as a leader in the design industry throughout Texas. Call toll free 800-863-1184 for a professional landscape lighting installation or consultation in aesthetic design, art lighting, and advanced electrical services.