Uplighting for larger trees
Uplighting trees with metal halide uplights is energy efficient and more controlled than with floodlights, which provide a less focused beam than a spotlight: good garden lighting design is about controlled use of lighting, not indiscriminate lighting up of the night sky. Uplighting with an energy-saving metal halide spike- or surface-mount uplight such as APOLLO or the recessed adjustable PERSIUS and OLYMPUS uplights is still the preferred technique where the openness of the canopy and branch structure allow the light beam to penetrate up through the tree. Metal halide uplights can be placed close to the outer edge of the canopy of densely-foliated trees such as conifers, “grazing” the foliage to emphasise texture from a close position.
Elipta’s 240v APOLLO range has a choice of reflector beam angles to project a 36 or 60 degree beam upwards to light a the inner structure of a tree, a dense tree canopy or a building facade. The Apollo 70w and 150w are designed for uplighting the largest trees. Apollo35 is a compact option for energy efficient uplighting of smaller, darker trees and 2-storey facades. These are all are surface-mount uplights with adjustable stirrup bracket for mounting on walls or an optional ground spike. All metal halide uplights are 240v energy-saving floodlights, typically providing an energy saving of at least 80% compared with ordinary halogen floodlights
Elipta’s 240v OLYMPUS range has a choice of reflector beam angles to project a 36 or 60 degree beam upwards to light the inner structure of a tree, a dense tree canopy or a building facade. They are available in 70w and 150w models designed for uplighting the largest trees. PERSIUS is a compact 35 watt option for energy efficient uplighting of smaller, darker trees and 2-storey facades. These are all recessed uplights with adjustable internal reflectors in a choice of beam angles to suit spreading canopies, fan shaped trees and columnar specimens. All metal halide uplights are 240v energy-saving lights, typically providing an energy saving of at least 80% compared with ordinary halogen floodlights. Both ranges incorporate twin-compartment, twin lens construction, so that the hot lamp and control gear is in a lower compartment and a second upper compartment acts as an insulating chamber to ensure a cool lens temperature suitable for use in most walkover areas. Both OLYMPUS and PERSIUS uplights are available with a choice of 316 stainless steel top ring, a textured brass ring for buff stone and heritage settings, green top for installation in lawns, or black ring where the most discreet recessive finish is required
Titan led spotlights are a newer option for 240v uplighting of trees: they use high-efficiency COB (chip on board) led's to produce focused warm white 36 degree beam: Titan26 uses a 26w COB led with an output of 1800 lumens - equivalent to a 200 watt halogen lamp. For trees with a large spreading canopy, FloodLED30 is another high efficiency COB led light: this 30w COB led garden floodlight has a light output of 2400 lumens, equivalent to a 250w halogen lamp, and a 120 degree beam angle.
12 volt halogen floodlights are designed for lighting smaller feature areas, such as planting groups and hedges, with a broad swathe of light and for providing infill or background lighting to complement the accent lighting of individual garden features. The Elipta MICROFLOOD DUO is finished in rustic brown powder-coated aluminium, which can be discreetly tucked behind planting: it is also easy to integrate with other 12v wiring in a mixed lighting setting to uplight spreading features such as small willows or wisteria. Microflood Duo is a twin 50w halogen spike mount floodlight providing two adjustable wide flat beams which can be overlapped to provide vertical coverage of small trees with dense canopies or tall hedge screens such as Leylandii