The Perfect Holiday Wreath

When 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!

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It’s Official: LED Streetlights Rock

There 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.

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Step Lights: A Bright Idea

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:

The 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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