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
 

nice exterior home 300x195 4 Simple Ways To Improve The Exterior Of Your Home

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
May 022012
 
LED fob1 300x210 Put Lighting On Your Road Safety Checklist

This glowing light will lead the way if you're walking to the car late at night. Plus, it makes finding keys in a bag a breeze!

It’s impossible to anticipate a breakdown or roadside emergency, which is why it’s important to always be prepared. Already equipped with a spare tire, first-aid kit, and jumper cables in the trunk? They might not be of much help if disaster strikes after dark, and you have no viable light source to illuminate the problem.

We recently added a few new products to the website designed for road safety. Our LED Road Flares will keep your stopped car very visible to other drivers: They can be seen from a mile away.

Our LED Trouble Light makes it easy to check under the hood, and it’s a handy tool to keep in your car. With 16 LEDs on the side of the thin wand, a flashlight-style spotlight on the tip, and an integrated laser pointer, it’s definitely a sophisticated flashlight.

Road safety is a serious issue. It’s the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 1 and 34. For more products that will keep you safer on the road in the event of an emergency, check out our battery operated lighting page.

Mar 122012
 

Spring is oh-so-close, which means grilling season will be under way in no time! If you’re an outdoor grilling enthusiast,  you will love using one of these grill lights after sundown:

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(from left to right; top row first): 1. Fixed Mount Xenon Grill Light 2. Clamp-On Xenon Bell-Shaped Grill Light 3. Clamp-On Xenon Grill Light 4. Clamp-On Halogen Grill Light 5. Portable Halogen Grill Light 6. Fixed Mount Halogen Grill Light

We have a more detailed post that walks you through choosing the right grill light for your backyard, but here are the basics:

  • Choose your light source. Halogen, xenon, and LED are all great options. Typically, halogen and xenon grill lights offer more light output than LED grill lights do. However, LED lights are the most efficient of the three, and they provide a longer lifetime than halogen or xenon.
  • Choose your mounting style. Clamp lights are attached to your grill with a 2-2.5 inch wide adjustable clamp. “Portable” grill lights are typically plug-in light fixtures with heavy bases that you simply place on your grill shelf. Fixed mount grill lights are the most seamless option, but they also require a bit more time for installation.
  • Choose your power source. Battery operated lighting is very convenient when it comes to grill lights – there’s no need to find a nearby outlet and certainly no need to call an electrician. However, if you want to avoid future battery replacements, go with either plug-in or hardwired light fixture. We do recommend having an electrician help if you opt for hardwired, since it needs to connect directly to electrical wire.

Be sure to comment below if you have any questions. Happy grilling!

Dec 132011
 

Wanted Outdoor Lighting1 5 Warning Signs Your (Lack Of) Outdoor Lighting Is An Accident Waiting To Happen1. When negotiating the steps to your door at night, you’re forced to use your cell phone as a makeshift flashlight.

There’s no question about it – inadequate step lighting is just dangerous. It’s so easy to incorporate lighting into your stairway! Don’t wait until you take a bad fall to make a change. Use this guide to determine what kind of lights are right for your steps.

2. When you’re out of town, so are the house lights. 

Sure, outdoor lighting helps you negotiate dark stairways and makes your house look beautiful, but let’s be honest: It’s not just for you. It sends an important message to outsiders. When you leave home for an extended period of time, you don’t want every passerby to know it. The key here is to look for lights with photocells. Whether it’s a series of small utility lights or a light control socket you can screw your front porch lights into, photocells will enable automated lighting for your home. At dusk, the lights will turn on; at dawn, they’ll turn off again. Continue reading »

 Posted by on December 13, 2011 at 11:12 am
Jun 142011
 

outdoor space How to Create an Outdoor Living SpaceWhen the summer months roll around, you want to be sure you can take advantage of your outdoor living space as much as possible.  Whether your backyard is a pristine oasis complete with a pool and garden or you are limited to a small balcony overlooking nothing but your neighbor’s place, there’s always room for improvement.

Enhancing your outdoor lighting will give your area so much more versatility: Host a cookout and have guests linger after dusk.  Enjoy a late dinner on the patio.  Bring a book out after the sun goes down and listen to the crickets.

Chances are if your current outdoor lighting situation is lackluster, you’re not using the space as much as you could.  Customize your lighting to enhance your space by following the tips below: Continue reading »

Nov 012010
 

holidaylighting2 The Perfect Holiday WreathWhen November rolls around each year, I think about front doors.

Maybe it’s strange, but I have so many memories from childhood of helping my mom with the holiday wreaths for the front door each year.  As soon as the weather turned cold, she would pull out an old twig wreath from the attic and we would add an assortment of leaves, gourds, flowers, and berries.  For days, we’d tweak the design until it was perfect.  And on the day after Thanksgiving, that fall wreath was transformed again with a red bow, pine cones, and a few sprigs from a fir tree.  At night, a spotlight shone on the front door to illuminate our perfect wreath, and the effect was spectacular.

I may be biased, but I think no front door is complete without a seasonal holiday wreath, especially one illuminated in all its brilliance at night.

I’ll leave the tips on how to craft the perfect holiday wreath to the experts.  But I do want to provide a tip for anyone out there hanging a wreath on their front door: Light it up!

The spotlight is really the easiest part of the wreath-hanging process.  You can use a yard stake to mount it in seconds.  You can even find one with a remote control so your toes don’t get cold from running outside to plug it in on a chilly November night.  Our LED remote controlled spotlight is on sale right now – have it shipped today so you’re ready for the season!

 Posted by on November 1, 2010 at 10:00 am
Jun 282010
 

iStock 000000940002XSmall 1 Its Official: LED Streetlights RockThere are articles all over the news of towns replacing old street lights with LED lighting.  You’ve probably read the reports: LED lighting improves the brightness, visibility, and energy efficiency of street lights.

The DOE recently released a report basically confirming the superiority of LED lighting.  They compared the performance of high-pressure sodium (HPS) streetlights, induction luminaires, and LED luminaires on a street in Palo Alto, California.  Their findings:

  • LED used the least energy of the three systems (a 44% reduction compared to HPS – which is the traditional streetlight for most towns).
  • LED provided comparable average illumination on the street in comparison to the other two systems.
  • LED provided more uniform light output than HPS or induction and had better cutoff – which means the light didn’t overflow onto residential properties as much.

For more information, see the complete report.