Feb 142013
 

This week’s Product Spotlight has fallen on Valentine’s Day, and that couldn’t be more apt, since our halogen landscape lights are so easy to fall in love with.

Halogen Landscape Lights Product Spotlight: Halogen Landscape Lights

If you’re looking for a way to add a little dazzle back into your landscape, halogen landscape lights might be just what you need. Imagine being able to stroll with your sweetie down softly lit pathways on warm nights under the stars, or showing off your prized garden to friends and family, even after the sun goes down.

You can use halogen landscape lights to enhance walkways and flowerbeds or the areas around your decks and patios. These lights can also accent plants or architectural features, adding beautiful points of light around the outside of your home or business.

Find Your Perfect Style Match

Each of our halogen landscape lights is made of elegant black powder coated metal, and comes with a mounting spike and halogen light bulb. Continue reading »

 Posted by on February 14, 2013 at 9:58 am
Jan 252013
 

Around the world, every city offers something different. Though they all have hustle and bustle, lots of buildings, and usually traffic, when you’re on their streets you would never mistake San Francisco for Cairo, Toronto for Tokyo, or Berlin for Rio de Janeiro. But what about from space? During the day, these cities tend to blend in with their surrounding countryside. However, when lit up at night, it’s easy to see how varied these cities can be.

Is it possible to tell anything about the life and culture of our cities when viewing their lights from above? You might be surprised at how much.

Landmarks

Can you guess which cultural icon jumps out of this landscape?

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Image via EarthObservatory.NASA.gov

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 Posted by on January 25, 2013 at 12:01 pm
Dec 202012
 

Around the world, people are celebrating the holiday season with light. Let’s get in the spirit, and look at some of the most famous, most celebrated light displays around the world:

The National Christmas Tree 

Right on the White House lawn, this tree has been a tradition since Calvin Coolidge in 1923. This year’s tree is lit with 450 LED light strings.

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Image via NPS.gov

Christmas In The Tropics

From Nov. 20 – Jan. 2, Orchard Road and Marina Bay in Singapore’s shopping district are illuminated in living color.

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Image via Flickr:trioptikmal

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 Posted by on December 20, 2012 at 1:11 pm
Dec 182012
 

It was only a matter of time before I gave you a post about this. I’ve been trolling blogs, news networks, and Pinterest for a while now, searching out the best home holiday light displays for your viewing pleasure. Read on for the top 10 fanciest, tackiest, brightest, most innovative, and most over the top lights of 2012.

10. I give kudos to these homeowners for their class. They’ve done a beautiful job layering different kinds of lights, and keeping a focal point (that cute red bow).

DirJournal 10 Holiday Light Displays That Will Blow Your Mind

Image via DirJournal.com

9. This house gives passersby a little bit of everything – colorful trees, animals, icicles, candy canes, and I think I see Santa’s sleigh somewhere in there. I just hope he can find the chimney!

FairfaxChristmasLights 10 Holiday Light Displays That Will Blow Your Mind

Image via FairfaxChristmasLights.com

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 Posted by on December 18, 2012 at 11:23 am
Nov 152012
 

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When we think of habitat destruction, the first things that come to mind are probably bulldozers in the rain forest and oil spills over tropical reefs. However, studies show light pollution may be destroying the habitats of animals in our own backyards.

Humans, animals, and plants all rely on the 24-hour cycle of light and dark, day and night, to regulate sleep, predation, migration, and mating behavior. When electric lights boggle those patterns, the whole ecosystem can get messed up.

Species Hurt By Unnatural Light Patterns

  • iStock 000013464095XSmall 194x300 What Lights and Bulldozers Have in CommonFireflies, which use distinctive flashing patterns to attract mates, have a more difficult time doing so around streetlights. Researchers have seen their populations decrease around areas with generous outdoor lighting.
  • Mayflies, which only have hours (maybe days) to reproduce, get distracted by electric lights and die before mating. This has reduced their population, along with those of their predators dramatically.
  • Migratory birds often fly at night to avoid predators and forage in the daylight. However, when they encounter a city’s skyglow, they can no longer use celestial cues to navigate, and may end up stuck and disoriented, circling the artificial light until they’re exhausted.
  • Nocturnal predators like owls, bats, raccoons, and coyotes lose the ability to hunt in the cover of night, and their prey cannot hide as easily.
  • Baby sea turtles, of course, are practically the spokesanimal for light pollution. Many of those little guys don’t make it into the ocean because they’re distracted by the lights on land. Continue reading »
 Posted by on November 15, 2012 at 11:48 am
Oct 312012
 

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Holiday lights can have a bad reputation, but it’s my goal to help put some sparkle back in your season; to “lighten” your load a bit. Below you’ll find all the lights you need to prep your home for a headache-free holiday, from practical essentials to the best decorative fixtures and everything in between.

1. LED String Lights

Warm Holiday Lights 300x214 Lights For A Holiday Ready HomeHoliday string lights have always been one of the season’s classic hallmarks, and also one of its biggest jokes. With their festive beauty often comes hours upon hours of trial and error, trying to find that single burnt-out light bulb ruining the bunch.

White Holiday Lights 300x183 Lights For A Holiday Ready HomeBut, you shouldn’t have to worry about burnt-out lights if you use LED Holiday Lights for your home this year. They have a 60,000 hour rated-life, so they’ll stay lit for a long, long time.

Pure White Holiday Lights 300x185 Lights For A Holiday Ready HomeOn top of the impressive lifetime, LED lights generate much less heat, so you won’t have to worry about holiday fire hazards. Plus, they use about 90% less energy than incandescent string lights, saving you money to use on more important things this season.

They come in a few cozy color temperatures, alluding to winter wonders like ice and candlelight. Continue reading »

 Posted by on October 31, 2012 at 9:12 am
Oct 262012
 

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If you’re planning to bring your kids trick-or-treating after sundown on All Hallows’ Eve, you’re probably going to take every measure to make it a fun, safe evening. Even though they might be dressed for it, no way do you want your kids to blend into the night like Batman, or slip away unnoticed like Houdini.

Bringing enough light with you on your spooky escapades is probably the smartest safety measure you can take this Halloween. A few portable lights will make sure you and yours can see and will be seen on the night in question. You’ve got a ton of different choices here, ranging from basic flashlights to lights you can integrate into your costume. Let’s explore a few:

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 Posted by on October 26, 2012 at 11:12 am
Sep 102012
 

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Today’s guest post focuses on the outside of your home. Jennifer, a staff writer for Fortified Roofing, reviews four ways to really give the exterior of your house that “Wow!” factor. I am going to go ahead and add a fifth way to this list – outdoor lighting. No big surprise there, huh? Now back to our regularly scheduled guest post.

Having a beautiful home with a lot of curb appeal requires work! That said, approaching an exterior makeover with the right priorities will save you time, money, and a ton of stress. Let’s take a look at the best ways to improve the outside of your home:

1. Landscaping

This is the first thing someone sees when they look at your home – your only chance to make a first impression. You should mow the lawn at least once every week, and make sure not to neglect edging (creating clean lines around flowerbeds, trees, sidewalks, and fences). For the hedges we usually recommend trimming after you mow, but if they hang over the lawn, you might want to reverse the order to save yourself work. This way you can mow over the clippings. Pine needles, mulch, or rocks are all great, visually pleasing options for flower beds, but don’t forget to pull the weeds! Continue reading »

 Posted by on September 10, 2012 at 10:00 am
Aug 222012
 

 Using Dynamic Lighting Arrangements to Liven up Your Yard

Today we have a guest post from Jillian Watkinson of Community Home Supply, a family-owned Chicago kitchen and bathroom showroom. Jillian’s post gives us some tips for improving the look of your home’s yard with strategically placed outdoor lighting.

Regardless of what your backyard looks like, how big it is or what landscape style it’s been built to, the addition of decorative dynamic lighting arrangements in strategic places is guaranteed to improve your yard’s look immensely. Placing lights around your property in certain patterns is not difficult or expensive and can turn even an ordinary yard into a nighttime wonder.

Take a look at the following tips and maybe use some of them to liven up your garden space with dynamic light arrangements.

What are Your Existing Yard Features?

As a first step towards setting out your lighting arrangements, take a good look at your front yard, back yard and any walkways you have to decide where lights could be placed for maximum effect. For example, if you have a walkway in your front yard and a large stone or wood patio in your back, you might want to think about surrounding their edges with small decorative lights in order to accent their presence and shape.

The idea here is to notice the features against which lighting would look best and make them stand out while muting other parts of your yard that would be better off more hidden in the dark. Continue reading »

 Posted by on August 22, 2012 at 10:00 am
Jul 312012
 

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A simple and relatively inexpensive way to protect your home from unwanted intruders is to install security lighting outside your home and to use timers to turn lights on and off inside your home. Thanks to Allen from YourLocalSecurity.com, an ADT authorized dealer, for this guest post with five easy tips to protect your home.

Lighting is a homeowner’s best friend when it comes to protecting home and property. Burglars love the darkness and feed on creeping around in the shadows. A poorly lit home reads like an invitation for them to commit a robbery. There is no such thing as having too much lighting inside and outside your home.

There are plenty of ways to get the most out of your interior and exterior lighting so you can turn your home into a secure environment for you and your family. Consider these lighting tips to discourage burglars from targeting your home:

1. Install motion sensors

Nothing startles a burglar and stops them dead in their tracks better than an exterior light suddenly flipping on as they are snooping around. When you install exterior lighting that operates on motion sensors, it gives the appearance that someone is home – even when no one is there.

Burglars canvas neighborhoods over a period of several days while they search for houses that are in the dark. Lights operating on motion sensors will encourage them to move on from your residence and choose an easier target elsewhere.

Exterior lights operating on motion sensors should be installed at the front and the back of your house. It is also a good idea to position lights at each corner of your house so that the motion sensors can catch anyone approaching from a side or an angle. Continue reading »

 Posted by on July 31, 2012 at 10:00 am

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