Down lighting is created by hanging a spot light above the ground and pointing it downwards to highlight a plant, object or area. It is very easy to make down lighting work because it is the way outdoor lighting happens naturally (light from the moon or street lights comes from above).
To make this happen in my garden, I usually buy very inexpensive spot lights that are often intended to be used for uplights. Unless you want to hang the lights really high up, they don’t need to be powerful. And either low-voltage lights or solar lights should work for most applications.
Light The Path Under An Arbor
By hanging a spot light or two at the top of the arbor pointing down, you create path lighting that seems very natural…almost like moonlight…which also adds a very romantic feeling to the garden.
Highlight Hanging Baskets
If you have hanging baskets in your garden, lighting them from above really makes them stand out after dark.
Use inexpensive spot lights (either solar or low-voltage ones will work) to point the light down on the top of the baskets. For this effect, you don’t need a very bright light. Even the equivalent of a 7 Watt halogen bulb will provide enough light.
Illuminate A Wall Fountain
If you have any garden accessories like a wall fountain or artwork hanging on a fence or wall, install a light that points down on to it will showcase it.
Again, I usually use inexpensive, very low Wattage bulbs for this. They provide enough light to highlight the scene, without overwhelming it.