Landscape Lighting Beam Spread and Light Control: Light where you want it

A combination of path and spread lights, accent and in-ground landscape lighting - Landscape Lighting Beam Spread and Light Control: Light where you want it

A combination of path and spread lights, accent and in-ground landscape lighting

Deck and patio lights, path and spread lights are decorative, but the point of accent and in-ground landscape lighting is the light. You shouldn’t really notice the fixtures at all, just the effect they create.

Tree lit with Kichler Landscape Lighting

Tree lit with Kichler Landscape Lighting

Have you seen the lighting at Disney World at night? Look at how they do it.

The two lights that are lighting the tree

The two lights that are lighting the tree

A combination of accent lights on stakes and in-ground or well lights are all perfectly positioned. Have you tried to get the look yourself and had less success? It could just be your beam spread.

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Even the cool new Variable Lumen Output (VLO) landscape lights from Kichler that allow you to change how bright they are come in Spots, Floods, and Wide Floods. You have to pick the degree of beam spread.

Beam Spreads… Carry Light Where It’s Needed

Beam Spreads… Carry Light Where It’s Needed

Beam Spreads… Carry Light Where It’s Needed

Kichler Design Pro LED Lights are available in a variety of beam spreads that allow your lighting professional to tailor the light to the application – creating the perfect end effect.

10° Beam Spread

10° Beam Spread

10° Beam Spread

Tall, thin beam of light ideal for grazing trees and column features.

35° Beam Spread

35° Beam Spread

35° Beam Spread

Medium height and width beam of light suited for general accent lighting.

60° Beam Spread

60° Beam Spread

60° Beam Spread

Short and wide beam of light useful for broad trees and wide structures.

120° Beam Spread

120° Beam Spread

120° Beam Spread

Ideal for wall washing, grazing, and short yet wide objects.

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New LED landscape lighting may have the lamps built right into the fixtures. Kichler’s Design Pro Series Accent lights comes in 10° Spot, 35° Flood, and 60° Wide Flood beam spreads.

Beam Spread

The tall, thin beam of light from a 10° Beam Spread is ideal for grazing these cypress - Landscape Lighting Beam Spread and Light Control: Light where you want it

The tall, thin beam of light from a 10° Beam Spread is ideal for grazing these cypress

It doesn’t seem like it would make so much difference, but it does. See how the narrow beam spread makes these tall narrow trees a real feature as you drive up to this home?

You see the effect of the light, but not the source of the light - Landscape Lighting Beam Spread and Light Control: Light where you want it

You see the effect of the light, but not the source of the light

A wider beam spread lights up this tree.

Kichler Accent Landscape Light with Wide Beam Spread

Kichler Accent Landscape Light with Wide Beam Spread

And an even wider flood at just the right distance makes these trees beautiful at night.

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Beam Expander Lenses

Beam Expander lenses have to match the lens on your fixture. They work kinda like the lenses in your glasses. They widen the light coming out of the fixture, evenly distributing it over a wider area.


Hoods, Cowls and Shrouds control light and glare

Hoods, Cowls and Shrouds control light and glare

Hoods, Cowls and Shrouds

Some lights have these controls as part of the fixtures.

You can add hoods, cowls and shrouds to further control the light, if they don’t come as part of the fixtures.


Landscape accent lights graze the stone wall. The shroud keeps any backwash from the light out of our eyes. - Landscape Lighting Beam Spread and Light Control: Light where you want it

Landscape accent lights graze the stone wall. The shroud keeps any backwash from the light out of our eyes.

You should see the effects of the light, reflected. You should never be looking directly into a bulb. You never want to bright light anyone.

Kichler landscape lights remain invisible, just the landscaping is highlighted with the shadow of the plantings on the wall. - Landscape Lighting Beam Spread and Light Control: Light where you want it

Kichler landscape lights remain invisible, just the landscaping is highlighted with the shadow of the plantings on the wall.

Kichler landscape lights are behind the plants so that the silhouette is featured in contrast. - Landscape Lighting Beam Spread and Light Control: Light where you want it

Kichler landscape lights are behind the plants so that the silhouette is featured in contrast.

MR11 and MR16 Lamps

A lot of landscape lighting, both accent and in-ground, uses MR11 and MR16 lamps. You don’t have to change your lights to change the effect of the lights.

Bipin MR11 and MR16 lamps are available in 15° Spots, 25° Wide Spots, 40° Floods, and 60° Wide Floods. Specialty lamps are available in an even wider variety of beam angles.


Conclusion

If you are still planning your landscape lighting, be sure to consider your beam spread.

If you already have landscape lighting, you may be able to get the look you want by just changing your lamps or adding cowls.

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