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This or That: Uplighting VS. Downlighting


You may be considering adding outdoor lighting to your property but are undecided on what type to add. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, we can create a custom design that meets your goals and beautifies your property. We can explain the difference between our lighting options to help you make an informed decision. Many of our lighting options fit into two categories, uplighting and downlighting. You may be wondering about the difference between the two. Keep on reading to learn the effects of each option.

Wilmington Outdoor Uplighting

When you are interested in focusing on a particular part of your home or landscape, uplighting is the way to go. Uplighting is placed low and aimed upwards to focus on the item we are trying to showcase. These lights can be placed in the ground or mounted in order to reach the point of interest.

You may be trying to focus on your beautiful flowers and landscaping or the gorgeous texture of your new fence. Uplighting will achieve the goal of highlighting any specific focal point.

Uplighting is also an excellent choice for showing off texture with indirect focus. By aiming a light up, your home façade, or a Palm tree’s trunk, we get an entirely different result. In the lighting world we call it wall-washing, but it works for a variety of vertical surfaces.

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Description automatically generatedWilmington Outdoor Downlighting

Downlighting is just like it sounds. The outdoor lights will shine down from above to illuminate the space. Downlighting is commonly used over a patio or outdoor kitchen space to help create some beautiful task lighting for a late-night barbeque. Moonlighting is a form of downlighting that will cast light over your entire deck or patio space. It is called moonlighting because it gives the feeling of a full moon illuminating the entire area.

Downlighting is a wonderful option for any outdoor living space, keeping it functional at all hours of the day.

Add Curb Appeal and Functionality to Your Property With Custom Outdoor Lighting

You can choose uplighting and downlighting if you want to add curb appeal focal lighting and unique task lighting to your outdoor living space. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington will help you meet the goals of creating a functional outdoor living space by customizing a design of downlighting to do just that. In other scenarios where you are only interested in making some focal points in your yard to boost that curb appeal, we would love to customize a design to create the look you are going for.

Call us today for a free consultation. (910) 356-8203