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Buried Exterior Uplights: wall-washing and effect lighting
Recessed ground lights provide great visual interest at night, whilst they are unseen during the day. Their use has been prevalent in the commercial sector for years, but now U.K. homeowners have developed an appetite for these exterior lights as they design the perfect outdoor space.
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Buried exterior uplights for highlighting and creating drama in the garden
Lighting a feature with a buried uplight is more discrete than using surface mounted spotlight and floodlights because the fitting is buried in the ground and out of sight during the day. As buried uplights are mounted in the ground they cost more due to the robust construction and water resistance required. Ground mounted fittings however are secure and more aesthetically pleasing than surface mounted lights.
So why use a buried uplight? You should be considering buried uplights to: illuminate a static object, create a decorative light effect on a static object, discreetly illuminate your features, or to ensure your lighting is not tampered with.
Buried uplights and trees? You should consider carefully the use of buried uplights to illuminate trees. Deciduous trees change shape, and colour throughout the seasons and having a buried uplight does make it more difficult to highlight different features throughout the year. Buried uplights offer less adjustment than surface mounted flood and spotlights and relocating the fitting a few feet to move the light from the trunk to the canopy is a not a small project. Old knurled trees, twisted willows and evergreens are an exception to this as they do not change dramatically throughout the year and a well-positioned buried uplight will highlight these features. Remember also that you can now use different colour light in ground lights. Try cooler coloured lights on evergreen and green foliage or warmer lights on deciduous trees that take on an amber or red hue in the winter. Lamp types and the intensity wattage, colour rendering and lamp life need to be considered in conjunction with the object being lit, its colour and its absorption (the amount of light taken in by a surface instead of being reflected). Also take into account that an object situated at some distance from the viewpoint must be lit more brightly than one that is close to the viewer in order to achieve the same impact.