The Illuminators

Outdoor Lighting Design Techniques

The first step in THE ILLUMINATORS design process is to ask "Why light?" An outdoor lighting system can focus on safety, security, property value, budget, enhancement of the beauty of the landscape, or a combination of these points. Our experienced design team uses several techniques to accomplish these goals. For example, up-lighting a tree near the house entrance will provide safety and security, or strategically placing a few spotlights within a garden will provide aesthetic enhancement. Low levels of light create subtle beauty, illuminating points such as paths and gardens. Brighter lighting effects are used for focal points within the landscaping. For example, down lighting placed within a tall tree must be bright enough to cast "moonlighting" shadows in the surrounding area. Our design engineers know how much light is needed to create the desired effects and can implement this knowledge into your lighting design.

The following examples are just a few of the various design techniques we use:

Silhouetting

Silhouetting
Displays a dark image of the object by lighting the vertical surface directly behind it.
This technique shows the shape but not the color or texture of an object.

Examples

Silhouetting a tree Silhouetting against a house

Shadowing

Shadowing
Creates a shadow on a vertical surface by placing the fixture directly in front of the object.
The closer the light fixture to the object, the larger the shadow.

Examples

Shadowing on a Planter Shadowing on an Evergreen

Tree Up Lighting

Tree Up Lighting
Up-lights are placed at the base of the tree.
This creates a dramatic effect and highlights the features and color of the tree.

Examples

A Bird in a Tree Tree Up Lighting

Tree Down Lighting

Down Lighting
Down-lights are placed within the tree.
This creates a moonlight effect.

Examples

A Driveway with Downlighting Moonlighting

Path Lighting

Path Lighting
Creates symmetrical patterns and pools of light for illuminating walkways, steps, flowerbeds, and gardens.
Allows for safe navigation and enhances the beauty around the property.

Examples

Front Walk Path Lighting Pool Path Lighting

Step and Deck Lighting

Step and Deck Lighting
Light up normally dangerous high traffic areas.
All changes in elevation landscape such as steps or terraces should be illuminated for safety.

Examples

Step Lighting Stairs Lighting

Grazing

Grazing
Enhances the texture of a vertical surface by placing a fixture directly against the surface and aiming the beam up.
This technique really highlights the architectural beauty and causes stunning effects.

Examples

Grazing on a Peak Grazing on a TurretGrazing on a Turret

Good Ideas

  1. LED lights can be switched off and on frequently and without affecting the LED’s lifetime or light emission. In contrast, traditional lighting may take several seconds to reach full brightness, and frequent on/off switching does drastically reduce operational life expectancy.

  2. It is a good idea to have your existing outdoor landscape lighting system professionally maintained 1 - 2 times a year to protect your original investment and to prevent service issues over time.

  3. Save green by going green. LED landscape lighting systems dramatically reduce the impact on the environment due to the big savings in energy and installation costs. LED outdoor lighting systems use much less copper wire, smaller transformers and basically no lamp replacments.


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The Illuminators provides outdoor lighting solutions for the following cities:

Fox Valley Il, Rolling Meadows Il, Deerfield Il, Streamwood Il, Bellwood Il, Morris Il, Esmond Il, Ringwood Il, Lemont Il, Millington Il, Stone Park Il, Glenview Il, Evanston Il, Yorkville Il, Palatine Il, Caledonia Il, Lake Forest Il, Hillside Il, Plano Il, Park Forest Il, Rochelle Il, Calumet City Il, Woodridge Il, Sycamore Il, Ottawa Il, Western Springs Il, Huntley Il, Broadview Il, Holcomb Il, Hinsdale Il, Kirkland Il, Kaneville Il, Hampshire Il, Naperville Il, Dundee Il, Wadsworth Il, Barrington Il, Schiller Park Il, Gurnee Il, Woodstock Il, Wheaton Il, Clare Il, Glendale Heights Il, Elmwood Park Il, West Brooklyn Il, Mount Prospect Il, Romeoville Il, Geneva Il, Earlville Il, Techny Il, Itasca Il, Frankfort Il, Dolton Il, Homer Glen Il, River Grove Il, Verona Il, Great Lakes Il, Bloomingdale Il, Darien Il, Markham Il, Blue Island Il, Batavia Il, Lake Bluff Il, Clarendon Hills Il, Warrenville Il, Dekalb Il, Chicago Heights Il, Plato Center Il, Harwood Heights Il, Sugar Grove Il, Posen Il, Northbrook Il, Carol Stream Il, Kingston Il, Glen Ellyn Il, Bensenville Il, Wasco Il, Mundelein Il, Brookfield Il, Poplar Grove Il, Palos Park Il, Chana Il, Algonquin Il, North Chicago Il, Midlothian Il, Maple Park Il, Downers Grove Il, Saint Charles Il, Mendota Il, Riverside Il, West Chicago Il, Oak Brook Il, Machesney Park Il, Compton Il, Hines Il, Mchenry Il, Matteson Il, Lincolnshire Il, Wedron Il, Channahon Il

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