Design Techniques

With LED outdoor lighting the possibilities are endless as every home and landscape are different.

When we visit your home or place of business, we first ask you what you are trying to achieve with lighting. After we understand what you are trying to achieve, we will walk the property to discuss different lighting techniques as well as different fixtures that are available to give you the look you are seeking.  Lighting is not just a bunch of fixtures that we throw on the ground. It is an art that we take pride in. We think of it as painting with light.  Whether it is using path lights for a walkway, wall lights for a patio or steps, up lights to show off your favorite tree or up lighting to outline and to show of the Architecture of your home, we can find the perfect light and technique for you.

Premier also offers zoning, dimming,  color changing, and App controlled lighting with FX luminaire ZDC.  These fixtures will allow you to change colors by using the provided App from your mobile device.

Whether it is a holiday, or a special occasion, by being able to change the colors, dimming the lights or creating your own personal theme, to different areas of the property, you will definitely stand alone from the rest and be the light of the party.

Spot Lighting

Engaging architecture and Statuary in and around your landscape can be spotlighted with a focused beam of light to set them off after dark. Best results are achieved when the fixture is mounted overhead, thereby minimizing glare and usually providing a direct light path to the structure being accented.

Path Lighting

This method is used primarily to create a symmetrical pattern of light for navigation.  Fully shielded fixtures may be positioned along landscape cutouts and pathways to add safety, security, and visibility at night.  Partially shielded lights may be positioned behind taller greenery, allowing light to filter through onto paths and to distribute more illumination in and around the landscape.


Trees and plants having a unique branch structure create an engaging appearance when silhouetted.  This technique is produced by placing a fixture directly behind the subject and pointing it at a verticle surface.  The dark image of the subject is displayed when the observer is viewing from the foreground.  Silhouetting is good to show off the shape of an object, but not the color or texture.

Spread Lighting

Used to produce low-level, evenly dispersed illumination for flowers, shrubs, and other types of ground cover.  Fully shielded luminaires work best to reduce glare.  However, partially shielded fixtures may be positioned in deeper foliage landscapes where the additional light will serve to backlight greenery.  Spread lighting may also be used underwater to enhance an ornamental pond.


This technique casts a shadow on a verticle surface by placing a fixture directly in front of the subject and aiming the light through it. The shadow can be enlarged by positioning the luminaire closer to the subject. This is a great method of showing off the unique branch structure of unusual greenery and adds security to you home as well.

Step and Deck Lighting

Brightening up decks and patios with fixtures that can be installed beneath benches, as recessed lights in the risers of steps, and as surface lights on vertical post and underneath railings. These applications contribute to safety as well as security by illuminating changes in elevation and effectively lighting up deck drop-offs or edges, allowing visitors to negotiate stairways with ease. ext.


Accomplished by positioning a luminaire within six to eight inches of a facade and aiming it 90 degrees vertically. This approach works beautifully with the texture of stone or brick retaining walls, privacy fences, building facades, chimneys, or anywhere else shadow and light may enhance the surface quality of masonry materials.

Security Lighting

An effective deterrent against crime including theft and vandalism. Illumination for areas where intruders can hide may be achieved, without harsh glare, by positioning a combination of low -level lighting or accent lighting in and around the landscape of your home. This technique allows the surroundings of your home to be enhanced as well as safe and secure.

Moon Lighting

By placing a fixture in a tree and aiming it downward, art
imitates nature by creating the tranquil appearance of light filtering through the branches on a moonlit night. When using this technique, fixtures should be hidden and positioned as high as possible. A luminaire may be positioned on the ground as well, pointed upward in order to illuminate the tree itself.

Tree Lighting

Up- lighting provides an excellent way to highlight the beauty of trees, especially flowering types. Place fixtures on the outside of dripline if the foliage is dense. Place fixture close to the trunk if the flowers are spread throughout the canopy and/or the foliage is light. Downlighting can be used to light up flower beds or other areas of interest around the base of a tree.