No, we’re not talking about sitting down in front of a crystal ball or asking if you have a dear relative named Chris who recently came into good fortune (unless you do, in which case your luck may be about to change!). We’re talking about taking advantage of Wilmington palm tree lighting in the way that only Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington can.
First things, first: Not all trees are created equal. Palm trees have a unique shape and require much different treatments than traditional tree lighting. If you hire a general landscaper or outdoor lighting designer to illuminate the palms in your yard, you’ll likely wind up with unflattering shadows and strange lighting patterns throughout the night. Here are just a few challenges to consider for your Wilmington palm tree lighting:
All palm trees have a unique crown shape that differs from other types of trees in Wilmington. Palm tree lighting designs depend on the proportion of this crown to the length of the trunk. Some palms also have a crownshaft – the part of the tree that connects the crown to the trunk. In every case, Wilmington palm tree lighting is case by case and depends entirely on the trees in your yard.
- Palmetto Palm: These are the traditional-looking trees most people tend to associate with palms. They can grow anywhere from 30-40 feet tall in Wilmington, so quite a bit of work goes into illuminating the full structure from top to bottom. Ask your expert at Outdoor Lighting Perspecitves of Wilmington about how to properly choose placement, bulbs and wattage to light up this palm.
- Dwarf Palmetto: This one’s a much smaller, fan palm whose trunk remains below ground. They can grow anywhere from 1-5 feet lengthwise and in width. Obviously, the dwarf palmetto requires a much different treatment than its much larger relative. Depending on the size of your particular Wilmington palm tree, outdoor lighting fixtures used to show it off may vary from spotlights to subtle accent lights.
- Needle Palm: This Wilmington palm tree is a small, shrub-like palm that can grow as tall as 6 feet. Rather than a trunk, Needle Palms have a crown that slowly lengthens all the way to the ground. Rather than large, blossoming leaflets, the Needle Palm features long, slender spines that can extend to about 8 inches. If you’ve got one of these in your yard and are struggling to illuminate it with traditional Wilmington palm tree lighting techniques, call a professional at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington today.
There are a few outdoor lighting techniques that can be applied across all tree types. We often use dramatic uplighting techniques to illuminate the trunk and a variety of bulbs, wattages and beam spreads to really make your Wilmington palm trees shine. We also work hard to illuminate each individual leaflet by optimizing the placement of each individual outdoor lighting fixture.
For example, take a look at our recent work at River Sea Plantation. We didn’t go in with a Wilmington palm tree lighting template – we evaluated their unique palms and crafted a one-of-a-kind outdoor lighting look to show off their best features. Take advantage of the unique Wilmington scenery in your yard, and let Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington read your palms when you call today!