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4 Creative Ways to Light the Trees in Your Yard

4 Creative Ways To Light The Trees In Your Yard

Trees ensconce our homes in soft, billowing folds of leaves, and add visual interest to stretches of land. They treat us to fiery displays in autumn, and in winter we see their intricate webs of naked twigs and branches. But, all that is in daylight.

We all know that age-old question, “If a tree falls in a forest, and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” Well, I have a different question: If you let beautiful trees recede into darkness, do they make an impact?

Probably not.

Why not light up your trees at night to make your yard stunning, safe, and inviting all the time?

Here are a few ways to use light on your trees:

1.       Silhouetting

This simple, sexy method highlights any tree’s natural beauty. Place a wide-beamed floodlight down behind the tree and angle it up into the canopy. The tree will have a rim of light along the edges, or in winter, a tangle of exquisite shadows.

2.       Shadowing

For this technique, place a light up in the canopy and angle it down. LEDs are great for this task because they don’t emit as much heat, and they’re more durable. The right light will highlight the tree and the path below.

3.       Wrapping

If you have a back patio, fire pit, or clearing in your yard surrounded by trees, a cheerful lighting option would be to wrap the trunks a few feet high with rope lights, or even white Christmas lights. It will turn your backyard into a fanciful oasis every night!

4.       Colors

Colored lights are a great way to express your style – they’re not limited to the holidays! Of course, you can use red and green filters and string lights for yuletide merriment, and paint trees purple and orange for Thanksgiving and Halloween. But, you can also light things up pink and yellow in spring, or green and blue in summer, whatever you like!

Bio: Annie Josey is a blogger for Pegasus Lighting, an online lighting retailer dedicated to helping everyone find life-enhancing lights. To learn more about outdoor landscape lighting, you can visit the Pegasus Lighting website, or connect with Annie on Google +.

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