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Light Up Your Landscape (page 4 of 4)

by Beth Marie Renaud

Path Lights

Upright lamps that can be staked in the ground are perfect for shedding light on paths and garden beds. Line a pathway with low- or medium-height lamps -- with shaded tops to prevent blinding glare. Options include Rockscape's brass Flora and Walk-About; Nightscaping's solid copper Footliter;

BK Lighting's machined aluminum Camino Star; and Hinkley Lighting's cast aluminum #1544.

Flower Bed Lights

Taller overhanging lamps shed a broader circle of light on a flower bed or border. Consider Rockscape's brass Flora Bell and Nightscaping's copper Deliter.

Tree Strap

BK Lighting's Tree Strap, with BK's machined aluminum Micro Star II fixture, provides trouble-free tree mounting -- for you and your tree. The adjustable strap attaches easily around the tree trunk, with no need for nails or screws that may damage the tree and lead to disease. Loosen the strap as the tree grows.

Down Lights

Directional light fixtures can be mounted in trees or on walls to light a section of your garden. Three fixtures stabilized in the upper canopy of a large tree will cast diffused light much like natural moonlight. A single fixture mounted on a wall, trellis, or eave can provide just the right light to softly highlight a plant, garden sculpture, or patio. Attractive lights include Nightscaping's steel Starliter; Lumiere's Advanced Composite MR16 Accent Fixture and aluminum alloy Industry Standard model with a brass finish; and Rockscape's brass directional.

Up Lights

Nightscaping's cast aluminum Versa-liter points a broad circle of light in one direction -- perfect for lighting a background or creating a silhouette; Lumiere's aluminum alloy Simple Directional Uplight stakes into the ground and points straight up -- great for highlighting a fountain, stone

wall, or garden sculpture; Rockscape's adjustable cast bronze W515 Directional is ideal for uplighting trees or casting shadows against a wall.

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