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Landscape Outdoor Lighting Kits
  • Trees literally give life to the world, because
    without them, there would be no oxygen to
    breathe, and the soil would quickly erode in the
    wind and rain.  As such, tree lighting is more
    than a science.  It is an aesthetic discipline
    that showcases one of mans most primal and
    perhaps first symbols of consciousness.

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  • Tree lighting with even the best landscaping
    lighting kits can never exactly be done the same
    way twice any more than two trees can ever
    exactly grow or look the same way.  Residential
    Landscape Lighting and Design has composed this
    article on tree lighting as a general guideline,
    not a hard-fast rulebook on tree lights and
    landscape lighting kit installation.  These
    recommendations are based on an average luminance
    of 10 foot candles and provide suggested wattages
    in landscape lighting kits to achieve what
    lighting designers call moonlight effects, or
    in laymans terms, artificial light with the
    ambient, softer qualities of natural moonlight.

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  • Residential Landscape Lighting and Designs
    extensive selection of landscape lighting kits
    and accessories are designed with trees
    preeminently in mind.  We seldom run across a
    municipality or business entities with no trees
    whatsoever on property.  We have yet to find a
    homeowner with no trees in the yard, although we
    are sure there are a few out there somewhere. 
    (For these people we recommend seedlings, as they
    can still be valued clients regardless).  As
    such, almost every landscape tree lighting kit we
    provide contains a down lighting as well as up
    lighting components.

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  • Simply stated, these terms are merely directional
    in nature and do not refer to anything mysterious
    or technically complicated about landscape
    lighting kits themselves.  Down Lighting means
    exactly what it saysshining light downward
    toward the ground, and up lighting means to shine
    the light upward.  To effectively show all parts
    of a tree in the dead of night, one must combine
    these two lighting techniques so as to wash the
    tree in light.  This allows viewers to clearly
    see the differentiation between leaves, branches,
    and the trunk regardless of viewing angle.  Both
    sets of lights also have to be positioned in such
    a way as to illuminate the entirety of the trees
    canopy and not just the middle, vertical core. 

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  • Landscape lighting is often a very complex and
    highly tedious science that requires professional
    service organizations cross-trained in
    landscaping in addition to their expertise in
    lighting.  Landscape lighting kits, however,
    allow private individuals the opportunity to
    become lighting designers in their own right,
    particularly when it comes to lighting their
    favorite trees in both front and back yards. 
    Provided that one is physically fit enough to
    climb a tree, or to use environmentally safe
    tools that will not damage the tree, lighting and
    landscaping kits can transform a dark tree line
    along a fence or wall into an illuminated natural
    edifice of organic browns and living green.  In
    the fall, the changing colors of leaves adds even
    more effect through Natures own hand, and even
    in the death of winter a well-lighted tree still
    speaks to the potential for new life in the
    Spring to come. 

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  • Just as light and life form a cycle of rebirth
    and life, so too does the choice and installation
    of a landscape lighting kit represent a cycle of
    design, aesthetic, and effect.  With a little
    simple math, one can determine tree canopy size
    by multiplying the width and height of the tree
    in feet.  Then, by assessing the density of
    foliage and using ones own subjective judgment
    to determine exactly how much emulated moonlight
    will be desirable for that particular tree,

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  • choosing the appropriate landscape lighting kit
    simply becomes a matter of selecting from one of
    our lists in this category.  RLLD has included a
    corresponding chart to help lighting designers
    and private individuals alike select the precise
    wattage level required for a tree of particular
    size and the necessary luminance to achieve
    optimal visibility according to ones own outdoor
    decorative style and taste

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  • For detailed product specifications, click on any
    of our landscape lighted kits inventoried in this
    section of our website.  Use our Ask an Expert
    web forum to get more information on the benefits
    and proper use of mercury vapor and metal halide
    lights.  RLLD lighting specialist will help any
    serious inquirer at no cost via email or over the
    phone at 800-239-2939.  Contact us now either
    way, and let the light shine on the worlds most
    necessary and beloved form of vegetation in your
    personal landscape tonight.
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