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What is the Difference Between Uplighting and Downlighting?

Did you know that outdoor lighting is a dynamic, rapidly changing industry? In fact, within just the past six to ten years, we’ve seen a dramatic transformation from halogen outdoor lighting systems to low-voltage LED outdoor lighting. At first, the LED lighting didn’t deliver the same amber, warm-appearing effect that halogen bulbs did. This was rather quickly rectified and now we can color-match your outdoor lighting precisely. But, there’s also the option for uplighting your home and adding downlighting, often referred to as moonlighting, to your home’s outdoors. They’re both excellent choices, but are used in different applications.

house lighting

Archictural uplighting is, by far, the most common application of most outdoor lighting systems. The reason is that it will direct warm illumination up the façade of your home. This highlights all the best aspects of your home’s architectural façade once the sun sets. It’s very aesthetically pleasing and will immediately increase your home’s curb appeal during the nighttime hours. It’s the more traditional implementation of outdoor lighting as most people know it. So, if you’re considering showcasing your home’s gorgeous exterior once nightfall arrives, then uplighting is a great way to do so.

In addition to illuminating your home’s architectural façade by using uplighting, we can do the same for all of your landscape’s flowering plants and trees. Again, this dramatically transforms your landscape’s appearance and gives it a unique appearance after dark that wasn’t visible during the daytime.

exterior lighting

As you can see in the image above, downlighting is something completely different. Not only is it different in its appearance and effect, but it is most often utilized in your home’s outdoor living areas. In short, we’ll determine the best lighting fixture to cast illumination downward through your trees and onto your outdoor living area. It’s often referred to as moonlighting due to its subtle illumination and the soothing ambiance it creates, as it’s not overly bright. Downlighting is a great way to bring your patio, deck, grilling area, or even your children’s play area to life after dark.

When it comes to outdoor lighting in Raleigh, NC, and surrounding areas, we have a variety of ways to bring your home’s exterior to life after dark. We’ve been designing custom outdoor lighting systems for nearly twenty years. If you’d like to claim your free outdoor lighting design consultation, then call us anytime at (919) 769-6651 or you can always fill out our contact form. We look forward to hearing from you soon!