When creating a landscape, the way you use lighting can make or break the finished look and desired atmosphere. Using lighting in the right way to illuminate focal points such as sculptures or statues can really contribute to the finished appearance. Not only this, but it is important to light up these features; after all they are pieces of art that deserve to be exhibited even at night! We have explored a few tips to help make the most of a sculpture or statue using lighting fixtures.

Pick out the prominent features of your focal point

Deciding on the main feature of your sculpture or statue is an important first step so you can choose the most suitable statue lighting to highlight them. The type of sculpture or statue will dictate the particular features you should aim to illuminate as lighting naturally directs the eye on where to look. The intensity and direction of light should aim to focus on the most important aspects of the sculpture. For example, if your statue or sculpture is placed against a wall or tree, placing a light at the base of the monument will help to create a shadow behind to accentuate prominent features, or if you are looking to detail a certain point, place the lighting beam directly on that particular part.

Techniques for lighting sculptures

There are so many different ways to use lighting fixtures to light up sculptures and statues. If you are looking to create a dramatic effect, using two lights and crossing them over is a good way to do this. This works for both large and small statues, and to achieve this you place both lights at the bottom of the monument at opposite angles with the light beam facing upwards. Another great lighting technique for statues is to create silhouettes by placing the lighting fixtures behind the focal point. This allows you to see the shape of the sculpture or statue but not any specific details giving an artistic feel. Not only should you think about the placing of the lighting fixtures but the colour and warmth of the lighting you choose as this is just as important. You should choose a colour and temperature that will complement the colour of your sculpture or statue and the desired atmosphere of the space. You could choose a statue lighting fixture which is brightly coloured for a more modern feel, or keep it traditional by using a more natural lighting tone that may be warm in temperature.

Types of sculpture lighting fixtures for outdoors

When deciding on how you light your sculpture or statue, another factor to carefully consider is the type of lighting fixture you choose to get the maximum effect as well as meeting the special requirements of outdoor lighting. Instead of using high voltage lights like you would for indoor lighting, use lower voltage fixtures from 12V to 24V. This is due to safety as outdoor lights often require a transformer. As well as this, if you live in an area that has freezing temperatures during the winter months, ensure your lighting fixtures can withstand these temperatures and most importantly are waterproof. Finally, make sure you check that the area you are lighting your sculpture or statue in does not have any restrictions regarding light pollution. This doesn’t mean you cannot light your sculpture or statue, you just may need to be restrictive with the way you do illuminate it!

There is no right or wrong way when it comes to lighting sculptures, to discuss your statue lighting options get in touch with our team of experts. We can provide advise on finishes, the type of light, glazing and ingress protection to ensure your feature is lit to fit the surroundings it inhabits perfectly.