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Outdoor Tree Lights

Apr 9, 2008
Trees bring an element of nature to any home and as such deserve to be treated with respect and illuminated with the very best equipment and design strategies. Outdoor tree lighting offers many aesthetic benefits to any homeowner desiring to capitalize on the multipurpose and multi-layering effects of professional outdoor lighting. Trees require special attention because they are living things that must be protected from electrical fire hazards and from physical damage caused by untrained workers. Experts in tree lighting know how to accentuate trees with outdoor lights that are energy-efficient and safe to operate regardless of weather conditions. This is important when one considers how long it takes a tree to grow, and how important it is to let only a licensed electrical contractor install outdoor tree lights with mounting and wiring techniques designed for environmental harmony.

Since outdoor tree lighting requires technicians to physically climb trees to mount the equipment, it is important to keep both the safety of the tree as well as the technician foremost in mind. Landscape lighting designers must avoid using any type of equipment that can scar the trees themselves. Scarring from ladders and ropes can look inconsequential at first glance, only to leave the tree vulnerable to invasion by parasites and disease that can kill it in a year or two.

Contractors can prevent this from happening by using climbing techniques that are tree friendly. We install outdoor tree lighting fixtures hidden from normal view angles, creating the illusion of light that mysteriously and spontaneously springs from the trees themselves. Because of this, the actual number of trees is relatively inconsequential. With a trained, professional eye, consultants are able to work with existing foliage and place outdoor lights in trees at optimal angles that maximize coverage and aesthetics.

By maximizing coverage, it is then possible to use specific technologies that will create different lighting effects. Some cities such as Houston and Seattle, for example, are very cloudy at times, and with the moon inconsistently visible for much of the year, mercury vapor outdoor tree lighting fixtures can be installed to replicate natural moonlight. This allows lighting designers to create layers of light that accent décor and architecture.

For homeowners who invest heavily in landscaping and three-dimensional art, outdoor tree lighting can bathe sculptures, fountains, and waterfalls in soft illumination. The combination of light and shadow that results offers a unique quality of illumination that enhances and compliments outdoor evening events. Tree lighting thus serves both a functional purpose that provides illumination for safety and visibility, and it beautifies the home by magnifying one of Nature's finest forms.

Tree lights also bring automation options to the doorstep of today's busy homeowner. When installed with photocell controls, outdoor tree lights can sense when the sun goes down and turn themselves on. Companies such as Houston's ILD often automate outdoor tree lighting through a home automation system. This allows a homeowner one-touch control over features like multiple lighting scene selection and brightness control through dimmer switches.
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Illuminations Lighting and Design works to create an artistic experience utilizing a sophisticated combination of technology with landscaping and architecture. For more information visit http://www.illuminationslighting.com/outdoor_tree_lights.htm and http://www.illuminationslighting.com
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