Believe It Or Not, Spring Isn’t That Far Off

Winter WindowSometimes when it gets this cold, it’s hard to imagine warmer weather will ever get here. The winter months are actually a great time to spend a little time taking a look around your home and property to see what might need to be “spruced up” or replaced before spring. When the weather warms up and the time comes to begin enjoying your outdoor living spaces again, many homeowners find that they are in need of repairs or service, and wished they had called to have the work done before they needed to use whatever might need attention. This applies to almost everything you use in warmer weather, including your patio, deck, porch, outdoor furniture, grills, heating and air conditioning units, lawnmowers, pool areas and of course, your outdoor lighting system. Is your outdoor furniture dirty or in need of repair? When’s the last time you gave your grill a good cleaning? Is your lawnmower tuned and ready? Will I need any new pool accessories? Are all of your appliances in working order? Are your roof and windows in good condition? How much mulch or planting materials will I need? Are all of your outdoor lighting fixtures working?

You may find that many businesses give “winter discounts” on work during this time of year simply because they are not that busy, especially those that do outside work. You may even save a few dollars by getting ahead of the game.  By repairing, replacing, and sprucing up during the winter months, you insure the things you use during the spring, summer and fall are ready to go when you need them.

So make a checklist of those items/areas that might be “put away” or are not being used quite as much at present. Take a few minutes to look at each one and see what might need some attention.  Take inventory of what you’ll need. Then call your professional and have it spruced up and ready for when winter’s frost turns to summer’s sun. You’ll be glad you did.

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Why In the World Would You Want to Light Up Your House?

This was the question asked by one attendee who stopped briefly at our booth at a Home Show. Unfortunately for him (but fortunately for us), he kept moving. While his question was sarcastic in nature, it was actually a good question.

Architectural accent lighting, also known as “up lighting”, accentuates the beauty of your home, creating attractive curb appeal at night. Perhaps more importantly, it adds to the security of your property. A home that is lit is much less likely to be broken into by an unscrupulous, unexpected visitor at night. Your home is a major investment; why not see it both during the day and evening? Imagine coming home after a long, hard day at work, or after running endless errands, and your home is beautifully lit, the lights coming on whether you’re home or not.  Pretty homes become warm and welcoming at night with subtle and elegant architectural accent lighting.

Landscape lighting illuminates the walkways and driveways, improving the safety of these areas, and can enhance the visibility of the beautiful landscape along the borders.

How about the back yard? Lighting of decks and patio areas, garden lighting and tree scenes, pergolas, arbors, water features and pool areas convert your dark back yard into a beautiful environment to further enjoy the outdoor living spaces during spring, summer, and fall evenings. And when old man winter brings those long, dark nights, imagine your home elegantly lit, not just for the holidays, but all through the year. Snow and ice on trees is amazing on up-lit trees in the winter.

Think back to the last time you were on vacation in a nice, warm resort. Were the grounds nicely lit enhancing your enjoyment of the evening outdoors? If they were, you most likely were able to enjoy those outdoor walkways and areas without fear of tripping or falling. If they weren’t lit, call or email us and let us know where you stayed so we can contact management to correct such a situation!

Each of our customers has different reasons for installing professional landscape and architectural accent lighting. We are sure you may have a couple of reasons yourself. Enhance the safety, security and beauty of your home and surrounding property today with outdoor lighting.

A Few Examples of Good vs. Bad Outdoor Lighting

What we find in most cases is that a perspective customer really has no idea of what represents good landscape lighting design versus bad landscape lighting design. We have put together this short video with some really bad examples of outdoor lighting which we have seen in our travels. The video also shows corresponding good outdoor lighting design examples which we completed recently as a comparison between good versus bad. Click on the link below to view the video.

http://youtu.be/USXf-bZ-XIs

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The Benefits of Outdoor Landscape Lighting

Thank you for visiting the Outdoor Lighting Expressions blog.

Several years ago while attending a show, one attendee walked up to me and said “I can’t imagine why anyone would want to do this”. I wanted to say, “Are you blind or do you just have no taste?”. But not wanting to be argumentative, I responded by saying, “I can’t imagine why anyone would NOT want to do this”.

Landscape Lighting and Architectural Accent Lighting can provide many benefits to the homeowner. The following are several that immediately come to mind:

First and foremost, Outdoor Lighting including Landscape Lighting and Architectural Accent Lighting will immediately improve the safety and security of your home and property. By illuminating pathways and lighting exterior staircases, one can immediately reduce trip hazards by enabling family members and guests to see where they are walking.

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Speaking of security, by illuminating the architectural features of the home and surrounding landscape, the property becomes significantly less likely to be visited by an intruder due to the illumination. Law Enforcement Officials and Security Experts will tell you that a criminal is much more likely to pick the dark or darker home to visit as opposed to breaking and entering a home that was well illuminated.

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Curb appeal enhancement is the principal reason most customers contact us. A home for most folks is their single largest investment and one of which they are proud. It certainly looks beautiful by day but what about the look of the home at night? Many are dark and uninviting. Proper highlighting of the architectural features of the home makes the home look warm and inviting at night, and significantly enhances the overall curb appeal of the property after dark.

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And then there is the love of the outdoors in many of us. Most of us enjoy being outdoors in the evening, particularly during the summer time sitting on the deck or patio or around the pool area. For the past several years, our business has lead us to illuminate great outdoor living areas, decks, patios, fire pit areas, gazebos, outdoor living areas – you name it, we’ve lit it. So if you enjoy the outdoors in the evening, why not make it look beautiful and eye-pleasing with carefully designed light scenes or light scapes? Properly designed outdoor lighting scenes can make a dark property look absolutely spectacular at night.

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So tonight, walk around your property. Try to envision how beautiful your place can look with professionally designed and installed architectural accent lighting and landscape lighting.

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Please call us if we can be of assistance in making a vision become a reality. You will be amazed at how beautiful we can make your property look with professionally designed and installed Outdoor Lighting.

Clay Johnston