ARKANSAS NITESCAPES, part of the nationwide network of select factory authorized installers for P.M. Lighting, LLC, was founded on our core values of quality workmanship and exceptional customer service. We approach each outdoor lighting project with unique ideas and the greatest care with each and every detail from the design process through the installation. Precision placement of landscape lighting fixtures can mean the difference between a brilliant effect and average lighting. We strive for excellence.
If you are in the market for low voltage outdoor lighting that is custom tailored to meet your design preferences for your home and landscaping, look no further. Our customized approach, coupled with the highest quality outdoor lighting products from P.M. Lighting offers our clients a unique and distinctive way to beautifully illuminate their home.
We serve clients in the Little Rock, North Little Rock, Conway, Searcy, Heber Springs and surrounding central Arkansas areas.
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Landscape Lighting Design and Techniques
Engaging architecture and statuary in and around your landscape can be spotlighted with a focused beam of light to set them off after dark. Best results are achieved when the landscape lighting fixture is mounted overhead, thereby minimizing glare and usually providing a direct light path to the structure being accented.
Trees and plants having unique branch structure create an engaging appearance when silhouetted. Placing a landscape lighting fixture directly behind the subject and pointing it at a vertical surface will produce this technique. The dark image of the subject is displayed when the observer is viewing from the foreground. Silhouetting is good to show off the shape of an object, but not the color or texture.
This outdoor lighting technique casts a shadow on a vertical surface by placing a fixture directly in front of the subject and aiming the light through it. The shadow can be enlarged by positioning the landscape light fixture closer to the subject. This is a great method of showing off the unique branch structure of unusual greenery and adds security to your home as well.
This is accomplished by positioning an outdoor lighting fixture within eight to twelve inches of a facade and aiming it 90 degrees vertically. This approach works beautifully with the texture of stone or brick retaining walls, privacy fences, columns, chimneys or anywhere else shadow and light may enhance the surface quality of masonry materials.
By placing a fixture in a tree and aiming it downward, art imitates nature by creating the tranquil appearance of light filtering through the branches and leaves on a moonlit night. When using this technique, fixtures should be hidden and positioned as high as possible.
Up lighting provides an excellent way to highlight the beauty of trees, especially flowering types. Place fixtures on outside of the canopy if the foliage is dense. Place fixture close to the trunk if the flowers are spread throughout the canopy and/or the foliage is light. Down-lighting can be used to light up flower beds or other areas of interest around the base of a tree.
This method is used primarily to create a symmetrical pattern of light for accenting specific area of the landscape and navigation. Fully shielded outdoor lighting fixtures may be positioned along landscape cutouts and pathways to add safety, security and visibility at night. Partially shielded lights may be positioned behind taller greenery, allowing light to filter through onto paths and to distribute more illumination in and around the landscape.
Spread lighting is used to produce low-level, evenly dispersed lighting for flowers, shrubs, and other types of ground cover. Fully shielded outdoor lighting fixtures work best to reduce glare. However, partially shielded fixtures may be positioned in deeper foliage landscapes where the additional light will serve to backlight greenery. Spread lighting may also be used underwater to enhance an ornamental pond.
Step & Deck Lighting
This application can be achieved by mounting deck light fixtures that can be installed beneath benches or recessed lights in the risers of steps, and as surface lights on vertical posts and underneath railings. These applications contribute to safety as well as security by illuminating changes in elevation and effectively lighting up deck drop-offs or edges, allowing visitors to negotiate stairways with ease.
Landscape lighting is an effective deterrent against crime including theft and vandalism. Illumination for areas where intruders can hide may be achieved, without any glare, by positioning a combination of low-level lighting or accent lighting in and around the landscape of your home. This technique allows the surroundings of your home to be enhanced as well as safe and secure.