How To Create Moon Lighting In Your Yard
Planning a special backyard party or a romantic evening for two? Moon lighting is versatile and a very hot trend. The experts at Nite Time Décor can help you create the mood you’re looking for by mimicking the natural moon light that’s truly unique and suits your needs.
Moon lighting is an attempt to recreate the natural light of a full moon. So whether it’s overcast or not the proper phase of the moon over Oakville, you can enjoy the romantic light any night of the week or month. Moon lighting is subtle and can be done badly if the lighting is too bright, placed incorrectly, or incorporates too narrow a beam.
To create moon lighting, fixtures are placed high up in large trees and the light is pointed down through the branches and foliage to the ground. Whether the intent is give light to a deck or patio, or highlight the foliage on the ground, moon lighting is subtle enough to create a romantic mood, but bright enough to provide a measure of security in a dark corner of the yard. Moon lighting might just be the thing that sets your yard apart from all your neighbours.
Moon light is popular because it casts a romantic, whimsical, or otherworldly effect whether you’re in the heart of a country or in a big city. Fixtures placed high up in the foliage remain hidden even during the day. Moon lights can be placed on timers like any other outdoor lighting, and using LED technology means the increase on your hydro bill will be minimal.
We wanted to share a few tips on placing moon lighting. Placing moon lighting on your own will require climbing high in trees which carries an element of risk so please use caution, or give us a call. We would love to help you create the look you want.
- To create more shadows and a softer light, place fixtures very high in the tree (20 – 30 feet) next to the trunk. The lights need to be this high in order to shine light through enough branches and foliage for the desired effect. Placing fixtures that high up in the tree will ensure they are not seen during the day.
- For fewer shadows and brighter light, place lights near the edge of the canopy and closer to the ground. Hiding wire along the branches without harming the tree can be tricky. Be careful.
- Natural moon light is very dim, think 4 – 6 watts. If you want to mimic natural moon light keep in mind how bright the fixtures will be, and the colour might also be a consideration. Choose LED lamps with a wide and frosted lens will help.
- When attaching the fixtures and wires to the tree, allow for the tree’s growth. Wire affixed with staples will eventually become pinched as the tree grows around the staple and become embedded. Outdoor lighting is typically installed to last, but a tree will grow around wires and fixtures that are fixed too closely to the bark. You can have your moon lighting placed on a timer just like the rest of your outdoor lighting.
We’d love to answer your outdoor lighting questions or help you design a truly unique lighting plan for your home or business. Contact our experts to learn more about our lighting services or view our gallery of one-of-a-kind designs.