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.

May 122010
 

The last thing you want to face when coming home late at night is stumbling over a flight of dark steps and fumbling blindly for the keys.  Outdoor lighting is really a matter of safety.  Of course, the glow of step lights does provide a nice aesthetic appeal, but the more important issue is whether you feel secure finding your way inside if it’s pitch black.

If your outdoor lighting is in dire need of an update, determine which step lights are right for you.

If you’re looking for an effortless install:

led steplight Step Lights: A Bright IdeaThe LED Battery Operated Step Light includes a simple mounting plate with two screws, no wiring required.  It’s motion sensor activated and switches to a low-glow mode to conserve battery power when no motion is detected.  It’s a single bright white LED light that can be mounted anywhere you need light.  Battery power will last over a year, and the design is completely weatherproof.

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Jul 062009
 

ApplicationFixedMount220 Tips for Choosing a Barbecue LightWhen the weather gets warmer people start heading outdoors to fire up their grills for that annual holiday cookout or an evening meal.  Even though summer gives us longer days, there are still those times when you may be grilling well into dusk or evening.  Or, depending upon your geographical location, you may be able to enjoy year-round grilling which probably means you have cooked outside often after the sun has set.  When that happens, having a barbecue light to provide quality task lighting for your cooking area proves quite invaluable.  Below are some features to think about so that you can make sure to get the most appropriate barbecue light for your outdoor grilling situation.

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If you have an electrical outlet near your grill, you have the most options.  An obvious choice is a plug-in barbecue light that plugs directly into the nearby electrical outlet.  You could also select a hardwired barbecue light that is connected directly to the electrical wiring powering your outlet.  This is also a choice if you have household wiring in close proximity but not a nearby outlet.  If you select a hardwired barbecue light, we always recommend that you have it installed by a licensed electrician.  If you do not have an outlet or electrical power near your grill, then an obvious and easy choice is a battery-powered barbecue light.

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