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Creating Stunning Outdoor Lighting Effects with Shadows: A Guide to Atlanta Landscape Lighting

Updated: Dec 6, 2023

Atlanta is a beautiful city that is known for its love of the outdoors. With a mild climate and access to beautiful natural areas, Atlantans are passionate about spending time outside.

From relaxing on a patio to hosting a backyard barbecue, outdoor spaces are an important part of life in Atlanta. However, enjoying these spaces after dark can be challenging without proper outdoor lighting.

Outdoor Lighting Beyond Illumination

At Exterior Lighting Design, we understand the importance of outdoor lighting for Atlanta homeowners. Our team of experienced professionals specializes in creating stunning outdoor lighting designs that will allow you to make the most of your outdoor spaces, even after the sun goes down. While most people think of light as the primary element of outdoor lighting, shadows also play a critical role in creating a dramatic and beautiful effect.

The Art of Shadows in Outdoor Lighting

As experts in outdoor lighting, we know that shadows are just as important as light. While light is essential for safety, security, and usability at night, shadows can add an extra layer of drama and interest to your outdoor spaces. Shadows are an art form, and with over 20 years of experience in outdoor lighting design, we know how to use them to create stunning effects that will enhance the beauty of your Atlanta home.

Enhancing Textures and Patterns

One of the best ways to use shadows in outdoor lighting is to enhance the textures and patterns found in hardscaping. Hardscaping refers to any part of your outdoor property that is not alive, such as stone walls, fireplaces, stairs, walkways, paved areas, driveways, pergolas, and water features. By using directed downlighting or grazing techniques, we can create beautiful geometric patterns on the ground or highlight ridges and contours in textured surfaces.

Creating Dramatic Silhouettes

Another technique for using shadows in outdoor lighting is shadowing. This involves intentionally casting shadows on a background, such as the side of a house or a large wall. Shadowing can be used with trees or sculptures to create a crisp silhouette on the background, which is particularly stunning with trees as the swaying branches and leaves add an extra layer of motion to their shadows.

Capturing the Beauty of Natural Light

One of the most breathtaking effects that can be created with outdoor lighting is the dappled effect of natural light streaming through trees. This effect is created by placing downlighting high up in the trees so that it is obscured by the leaves and branches, creating a natural pattern of shadows. Warm, bright lighting can recreate daylight, while cooler, dimmer lighting can replicate the glow of the moon.

Experience the Artistry of Exterior Lighting Design

At Exterior Lighting Design, we understand that outdoor lighting is an art form, and we are passionate about creating beautiful and dramatic effects with light and shadow. Our experienced team knows how to use shadows to enhance the beauty of your outdoor spaces and create stunning lighting designs that will make your Atlanta home shine, even after dark.

Illuminate Your Atlanta Home with Us

If you are interested in learning more about how we can help you make the most of your Atlanta outdoor spaces with stunning outdoor lighting, please don't hesitate to contact us today. We would be happy to schedule a consultation and discuss your vision for your home.


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