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Wall grazing technique explained!

By December 7, 2015 351 Views No comments

We can light-up a wall using a technique called grazing. Grazing is similar to wall washing in practice but the lights are located closer to the wall. The beam of light strikes the wall at a narrower angle, producing shadowing that reveals and accentuates texture. By moving the lights closer or farther away from the wall, we can adjust the angle of light to make the shadowing more or less pronounced. Either way, the wall is presented as a point of visual interest in the space.

Shining light just over the top of a stone or textured surfaces, wall grazing creates pronounced shadows to give walls a more dramatic look. If these surfaces were illuminated using a wall washing technique, they would appear flattened and “washed out”—hardly the look you want for the limestone exterior of your home, for example.

Several products are available on the market, and amongst them the most widely used are the Wall washer lights, for their linear shape. Used indoor or outdoor, as we have seen previously the same LED light can be used to achieve a wall washing rendering or wall grazing. We recommend using low-wattage LED lights as the wall washer lights are usually used to provide a soft and warm visual effect.

Typically, you can use the same fixtures for wall grazing as for wall washing; however, linear wall washer lights are highly recommended for outdoor lighting.