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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. LED landscape lighting can save up to 80% in outdoor lighting energy costs, saving a consumer a significant amount of money per year over the other outdoor lighting options.


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Service Area

The Illuminators provides outdoor lighting solutions for the following cities:

Palos Park Il, Western Springs Il, Elmhurst Il, Island Lake Il, Eola Il, Glenview Il, Spring Grove Il, Roscoe Il, Elmwood Park Il, Lansing Il, Riverdale Il, Plato Center Il, Deerfield Il, Belvidere Il, Lafox Il, Thornton Il, Gilberts Il, Bridgeview Il, Buffalo Grove Il, Worth Il, Olympia Fields Il, Elgin Il, Brookfield Il, Maple Park Il, Harvey Il, Woodridge Il, Monee Il, Chicago Ridge Il, Blue Island Il, Shorewood Il, Hillside Il, Matteson Il, Ingleside Il, Russell Il, Woodstock Il, Harvard Il, Evanston Il, Mooseheart Il, Loves Park Il, Winnetka Il, Lockport Il, Mendota Il, Shabbona Il, South Holland Il, Stillman Valley Il, Rockford Il, Serena Il, Tinley Park Il, River Grove Il, Ottawa Il, Kaneville Il, Carol Stream Il, Verona Il, Hinckley Il, Waterman Il, Morton Grove Il, Hanover Park Il, Westchester Il, Bristol Il, Round Lake Il, Frankfort Il, Glenwood Il, Lake Forest Il, Plainfield Il, Summit Argo Il, Downers Grove Il, Caledonia Il, Saint Charles Il, Warrenville Il, Crest Hill Il, Villa Park Il, Morris Il, Big Rock Il, Kirkland Il, Forest Park Il, Great Lakes Il, Machesney Park Il, Oak Park Il, Minooka Il, Garden Prairie Il, Malta Il, South Elgin Il, Glencoe Il, Bedford Park Il, Northbrook Il, Dundee Il, Cary Il, Bloomingdale Il, Grayslake Il, Vernon Hills Il, Clare Il, Wauconda Il, Lee Il, Evergreen Park Il, West Brooklyn Il, North Chicago Il, Barrington Il, Homewood Il, Bolingbrook Il, Chicago Il

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