When mild evening weather is with us, we enjoy the outdoors. Many people love entertaining, or enjoying a meal or after dinner drinks outdoors. In earlier posts we talk about the many different types of lighting that is available to bring your property to life. One type of lighting that we have been asked about is moonlighting. Well what is this and why are many people asking about it?
Welcome, fellow night owls, stargazers, and dreamers! If you’ve ever marveled at the mystical allure of moonlight, get ready to bring that enchanting magic to your very own outdoor spaces. Say goodbye to harsh floodlights and hello to the captivating dance of shadows with moonlighting! In this whimsical and fun-filled blog, we’ll explore the art of moonlighting in outdoor lighting, casting a spell of wonder and delight over your gardens, patios, and balconies.
What is Moonlighting, Anyway?
Now, before we journey into the moonlit realms of outdoor lighting, let’s shed some light on what moonlighting is all about. Imagine soft, gentle light that caresses the ground from above, just like moonbeams filtering through leaves and branches. Moonlighting involves placing outdoor lights high up in trees or eaves, allowing the light to cast beautiful, natural-looking shadows on the ground below. It’s like summoning your very own fairyland where the night comes alive with a touch of magic!
Moonlighting Setup: Reach for the Stars
Are you ready to embrace the enchantment of moonlighting? First things first, gather your supplies and your adventurous spirit! You’ll need outdoor-friendly fixtures like downlights or spotlights that emit a soft, diffused glow. Choose LED lights for their energy efficiency, longevity, and to keep those stars twinkling for years to come.
Next, look for perfect moonlighting candidates – tall, strong trees and sturdy eaves where your fixtures can be mounted securely. But hey, don’t fret if you’re lacking the ideal outdoor setup. You can even get creative with freestanding poles to hold your moonlighting fixtures. Just like magic, you’re creating your very own moonlit stage for shadows to pirouette and twirl.
Cast Your Shadows: Positioning Matters
The secret sauce to moonlighting lies in the art of positioning your fixtures. Place them about 20 to 30 feet above the ground to mimic the moon’s gentle radiance. As the light travels through the leaves, branches, and foliage, it casts stunning patterns on the ground, evoking the mysterious charm of moonlit nights.
Try positioning your fixtures at varying angles to create a playful interplay of light and shadows. Remember, it’s all about experimentation and letting your imagination run wild – the night sky’s the limit!
Moonlit Drama: Trees as Your Stage
Ah, trees – nature’s celestial dancers! They offer the perfect stage for moonlighting magic. Pick majestic trees with sprawling branches like oaks or willows, and elevate your outdoor space into a whimsical wonderland. Hang lights in these branches, and watch as the leaves playfully sway with the gentle breeze, adding a touch of ethereal allure.
For an extra sprinkle of enchantment, consider stringing fairy lights through the trees. These tiny, twinkling stars will weave their way through the shadows, creating a breathtaking dance of light and dark. It’s like being transported to a celestial ball where you’re the star of the show!
The Eaves have It: Moonlighting from Above
If you lack sprawling trees, fret not! Your home’s eaves can be your moonlighting muse. Mount fixtures on the eaves, directing the light downwards to create a soft wash of illumination over your outdoor spaces. The eaves will act as your celestial mirror, reflecting the light and spreading its magic across your patio or balcony.
For an added touch of flair, consider adding sheer curtains or drapes to your outdoor spaces. As the moonlight dances through the fabric, it casts an enchanting glow that’s simply mesmerizing. You’ll feel like you’re wrapped in a silvery embrace, straight out of a fairy tale.
Moonlit Garden Drama: The Play of Light and Shadows
Your garden, with its nooks and crannies, lush foliage, and hidden gems, can be a stage waiting to come alive with moonlit drama. Strategically place moonlighting fixtures amidst the plants and bushes, and let the magic unfold. Watch as the shadows weave a story of their own, inviting you to embark on a journey through nature’s most captivating theater.
A moonlit garden is a dreamy paradise for evening strolls, where every step unravels a new mystery. So, why not add a whimsical bench or a cozy hammock to your moonlit oasis? It’s the perfect spot for starry-eyed gazers and daydreamers alike!
While the moon takes center stage, don’t forget to sprinkle in some extra starlit delights! Add outdoor string lights, fairy lights, or lanterns to create a celestial panorama that dazzles like the night sky. These twinkling wonders add a sense of wonder and merriment to your moonlit escapades.
As a delightful touch, incorporate outdoor furniture and accessories that glow in the dark. Imagine glowing pebbles guiding your way like a magical breadcrumb trail, or glow-in-the-dark planters illuminating your garden like starlight kisses. Let your imagination take flight!
A Moonlit Finale: Remember the Night Sky
As you immerse yourself in the moonlit symphony of light and shadows, don’t forget to admire the real star of the show – the night sky itself! Embrace the joy of stargazing with your moonlit setting as a backdrop. Create cozy corners or sprawling lounges where you can lay back and lose yourself in the celestial wonders above.
So there you have it, starry-eyed dreamers – your guide to creating enchanting moonlit magic in your outdoor spaces! With a little moonlighting and a touch of imagination, your evenings will become a stage for whimsy, wonder, and unforgettable moments under the stars. Unleash your inner magician and let the moonlight dance!
Moonlighting can add a measure of safety to you property as well. Because the lights are soft and non-irritating, they can be left on all night. This mean your yard is safe to walk around in as the light will help you avoid tripping hazards. With soft lighting in place, it may also discourage possible criminal activity knowing they will not have the cover of darkness. These lights will not affect motion lights or security cameras as well.
Just as the occasional full moon can bring your property to light once month, our lights can do this every night. Your yard will become a work of art, soft light cascading down from the trees. This lighting can be romantic and really add an amazing touch after hours to your property.
Interested? Give us a call or complete an online request. Lightscapes Inc is Southwest Florida’s most experienced and trusted landscape lighting company. We have the best guarantee in the business and we promise you will love your lights. We design lights for small yards, large estates, commercial buildings and more. Enjoy the amazing weather and days here in Florida by extending your hours outdoors.