Do landscape lighting designers prefer path lighting or down lighting for pathways and area lighting?
When it comes to illuminating outdoor spaces, the type path lighting you choose is an important consideration. Landscape lighting designers and installers know that there are many different techniques and tools to illuminate a pathway or driveway. However, the age old debate on the type of fixtures you should use to illuminate areas of a property is ongoing.
Is path lighting best for pathways, driveways, and area lighting?
I know the knee jerk reaction by most lighting designers is “I do not like path lighting and prefer down lighting.” I can certainly see their point as I often utilize down lighting, however, path lighting is often the best and only option to light certain areas. That being said, if and when you use path lighting, it is important to choose the best products. We designed a technology and technique that produces optimal light coverage, without glare. We designed a fixture with a bounce lighting technique. This is accomplished by hiding the light source inside the fixture, and shining it straight up to a reflector that evenly spreads the light.
What is bounce lighting in landscape lighting fixtures?
Bounce lighting technology is a superior option for path lights compared to traditional direct lighting. Bounce lighting utilizes a reflective surface to redirect light onto the desired area. This results in a softer and more natural-looking illumination, as opposed to the harsh shadows that can be created by direct lighting. Additionally, the use of a reflective surface allows for more efficient use of light, as the amount of light being used is maximized. This can lead to energy savings and a reduction in the number of light fixtures needed. This technique is especially useful with pathway lights on a hill. This technique virtually eliminates the ability to look up into the path light and see the light source.
Benefits of bounce lighting in outdoor lighting fixtures
One of the key benefits of bounce lighting is the ability to create a more inviting and pleasant ambiance. The soft, diffused light creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere that is perfect for outdoor spaces. This can make a big difference to the overall feel of the area. Creating an atmosphere of soft light and no glare changes the mood of the environment.
In conclusion, when it comes to path lighting, bounce lighting technology is a superior option that offers many benefits. Its ability to create a soft, natural-looking illumination, as well as its efficiency and glare reduction benefits make it a smart choice for any outdoor space. It also offers versatility and can be used in a variety of settings and applications, making it a great option for any property.