Trees can be good lighting platforms in relation to shrub borders, as well as a way of lighting terraces, driveways, paths, steps and seating areas. A favourite technique is "moonlighting" down from low power lights fixed in a tree to shadow the lower branches and foliage onto the ground below. This provides a wonderfully subtle, dappled lighting effect over a tree seat and is also a creative way of integrating the lawn into the lighting scene or lighting a path or drive in a rural garden. For moonlighting, or if you are spotlighting a feature from a tree, use the Elipta E4171 COMPACT spike spotlight with tree-mounting accessories to derive a discreet tree spot on a tree or surface mount.
The longer body of ELIPTA Compact spotlights hides the light source from view: the rustic brown powder-coat finish blends well with tree bark while black is sometimes preferred as the most recessive colour. You may like to experiment with a pale blue “moonlighting” filter to provide the cool light of the moon instead of the more golden light of an unfiltered halogen lamp. The strap-on tree mount comes with a choice of 5 lengths of mounting strap as the kindest way to fix small lights to a tree without screws.
Hanging lights can also be used in smaller trees to provide pools of light and decorative sparkle over a patio area. Low wattage 20w – 35w lamps with wide beam angles are generally best for moonlighting unless you need brighter lighting for a particular reason.
PERGOLIGHT hanging downlights are available in natural copper, silver and rustic brown finishes. MOONRAY decorative downlights with perforated barrels provide pinpricks of lights through the side to complement a downward beam - a fun way to add lighting around a woodland walk or terrace area.