Tall & Narrow Trees
Landscape Lights Pre-configured for Lighting Large Narrow Trees
Conifer trees play an important role in the illuminated landscape because they help to visually anchor architectural features to the landscape and also add year round interest when all other plant material is dormant for the winter months (in more northernly locations)
- Conifers can often have very dark needles which “soak up the light” and can diminish the effectiveness of landscape illumination.
- Conifer trees are often placed close to the corners of homes which can present some lighting challenges in regards to fixture placement
- Some large conifer specimens are very wide at base of the tree and narrow at the top; such as with Spruce trees, whereas our light fixtures have narrow beams down low and open up wide at the top. “The light beams don’t match the shape of the tree.
Lighting narrow deciduous and evergreen trees can present a few challenges that are fairly easy to overcome. The easiest of which is a narrow tree from top to bottom such as a hornbeam, or other type of fastigiate deciduous tree. Conifers also have their narrow forms such such as arborvitae as well as some cedar, cypress and juniper varieties. A narrow beam of light such as a 30 degree lamp is ideal for containing the power of the central beam of light where it is need. For cone shaped trees such as most spruce and fir varieties, you can either use a 60 degree lamp for a wider spread directly out of the fixture. If the tree is quite tall (over 30’) consider adding a few more fixtures around the base of the tree utilizing 30 degree lamps to retain the strong central beam and to fill in the lower voids.
- Trees 4-7’ tall with a narrow shape: Use a small wash light with a 3 watt b-pin LED lamp if wanting an understated look. For more punch or for a very dark needled evergreen, use a 3.6 watt-30 degree MR16 lamp.
- Trees 8-15’ tall with a narrow shape: Use a 3.6 watt-30 degree, MR16 lamp for deciduous trees with lighter colored leaves or more open branching. For darker evergreens, use a 5 watt- 30 degree, MR16 lamp.
- Trees 15’+ tall with a narrow shape: Use a 6 watt-30 degree, MR16 lamp for deciduous trees with lighter colored leaves or more open branching. For darker evergreens, use a 10 watt- 30 degree, PAR36 lamp.
*Note- Small trees vary in size and shape by species and each one must be approached artistically on a case-by-case basis as to the number of fixtures required and placement of individual fixtures. The shape and branching habit of the tree will be the primary factor that will dictate fixture placement.