Time to do the Wash (Wash Lighting 101)

Wash lighting refers to lighting spread over something, rather than a focused beam. It has a gentler and softer feel to it than a spotlight would. In outdoor lighting applications, wash lighting can transform your backdrop into something beautiful and alluring. It creates a play of light and shadow to highlight certain objects or structures and offer depth. Wash lighting is more about adding aesthetic appeal rather than illuminating for safety. Here are some of the top wash lighting approaches to consider when planning your outdoor lighting system.

Wash with Down Lighting

Just as it sounds, this wash is installed up high, usually in a tree, and is directed downward. Arguably, this can be described as one of the best techniques to create a warm and soft ambient light effect (moon lighting). Its popularity is on the rise, but it is still often underutilized.

Architectural Wash Lighting

A wash light that highlights a home’s architectural components like walls, columns, water features, etc. This technique can really create depth (picture a gentle wash of light on a wall, and then a somewhat more brightly downlit tree in front of it. You’ll see both objects, but the depth and dimensionality creates an amazing effect.) You don’t want to go too bright or too narrow with these lights, as it can detract from the balance of your overall property.

Wash Lighting for Shrubbery

This wash helps the eye move from one thing to the next without jarring transitions. Rather than solely focusing light on a center piece, you can heighten the effect by softly illuminating the surrounding edges with secondary light to compliment the feature. It’s really quite a lovely effect.

Outdoor lighting technicians have lots of fixtures and techniques available to them to make your home as beautiful as possible, and we love to do it! Let us show you what we can do!


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