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Myths: Wiring Low-Voltage Landscape Transformers & LED Lighting Systems

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There is a lot that goes into the technical side of how a low voltage lighting system works and operates. Recently a client asked me a specific question about the technical side of his system. He wanted to know why his transformer was wired to the 12v terminal instead of the 14v. If it feels like we already jumped from 0-60, don't worry! There isn't a quiz at the end.

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Topics: Landscape Lighting Installation, Landscape Lighting Design, Sustainability, Outdoor lighting, Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah, Landscape Lighting Expert, LED Lighting, Low Voltage LED Lighting, Lighting Technician, low voltage lighting, Professional Outdoor Lighting, Halogen vs. LED, Utah Lighting, Halogen Lighting, Hiring a professional, work together, lighting design, 12V, LED, lighting designer, LED Lights, Halogen, power, transformers, Voltage Maintenance, Low Voltage Transformer, Lighting Engineering

How to Avoid a Bad Landscape Lighting Experience

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In the world of landscape lighting, we've met our share of clients who've had bad experiences with whoever installed their original low voltage lighting system. Sadly, we we seem to be meeting more of these people all the time. We explore the things you need to know to avoid a bad landscape lighting experience

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Topics: Landscape Lighting Installation, Landscape Lighting Design, Sustainability, Landscape Lighting Maintenance, LED Landscape Lighting, Landscape Lighting, Outdoor lighting, Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah, security lighting, outdoor lighting installed, Outdoor LED maintenance, customer service, Landscape Lighting Expert, LED Lighting, Low Voltage LED Lighting, Lighting Technician, service, cost for landscape lighting, Landscape Lighting Park CIty, low voltage lighting, Professional Outdoor Lighting, Utah Lighting, repairs, install, Hiring a professional, work together, landscape, lighting design, LED, lighting designer, outdoor lighting design, LED Lights

Resort Living: Professional Landscape Lighting

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When most people think resort lighting, they automatically picture night time scenes of island retreats with palm trees and sandy beaches. While these lovely pictures of paradise are inspiring, the truth is that the right resort inspired landscape lighting can make any space feel like a slice of heaven. 

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Topics: Landscape Lighting Installation, Landscape Lighting Design, Pergola, Deck and Patio Lighting, Water Feature Lighting, Residential Security Lighting, Sustainability, Landscape Lighting Maintenance, LED Landscape Lighting, Landscape Lighting, Pool Lighting, Outdoor lighting, Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah, security lighting, outdoor lighting installed, customer service, Stairways, Professional Outdoor Lighting, Beautiful Homes, summer lights, summer nights, fire pit lighting, Utah Lighting, Hiring a professional, cement lighting, hardscapes, lighting design, craftsmanship, 12V, LED, path light, outdoor living, outdoor space, summertime barbecue, deck lights, water feature lights, lighting designer, lighting backyard, getaway, home security lights, outdoor lighting design, LED Lights, Swimming Pool Lighting, summer, entertaining outdoors, outdoor space lighting, resort, resort lighting, resort inspired living, island retreat, staycation living

Downlighting & Uplighting: When Do You Need Each In Your Landscape?

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Downlighting vs. uplighting: this is common lingo in the landscape lighting world.

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Topics: Landscape Lighting Installation, Down Lighting, Garden Lighting, accenting plants, customer service, Landscape Lighting Expert, Japanese Maple Tree, architectural lighting, tree lighting, pond lighting, moon lighting, low voltage lighting, Professional Outdoor Lighting, Beautiful Homes, Artful Design, Up Lighting, summer nights, Utah Lighting, install, work together, lighting design, beauty, outdoor space, lighting designer, outdoor lighting design, lighting for ponds, lighting trends, summer, outdoor space lighting, patio, Moonlighting

Entertaining & Why Lighting Your Outdoor Living Space is a Must!

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Get the party started this summer with lighting your patio, pergola, or deck. Create the best atmosphere for your guests or simply a romantic outdoor living space for two. Who says you have to go out to find the best eats and ambiance? With Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah's tips and ideas, you can create an atmosphere to enjoy right in the comforts of your own outdoor living space.

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Topics: Pergola, Deck and Patio Lighting, Landscape Lighting, Pool Lighting, patio string lights, Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah, Bistro Lighting, outdoor lighting installed, Bistro Lights, Patio String lighting, Bistro String Lighting, String Bistro Lighting, low voltage lighting, Professional Outdoor Lighting, summer lights, summer nights, Utah Lighting, lighting design, beauty, cafe lights, cafe bistro, outdoor string lights, outdoor living, outdoor space, cafe bistros, summertime barbecue, deck lights, lighting designer, lighting backyard, outdoor lighting design, LED Lights, lighting trends, landscape lighting trends, summer, entertaining outdoors, outdoor space lighting, pergola, patio, outdoor kitchen lighting, outdoor kitchen

New vs. Existing: When to Install Hardscape Lighting

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Now or Later?

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Topics: Landscape Lighting Installation, Landscape Lighting Design, Pergola, Deck and Patio Lighting, Residential Security Lighting, outdoor lighting installed, Steps, Stairways, architectural lighting, cost for landscape lighting, moon lighting, Professional Outdoor Lighting, Beautiful Homes, Artful Design, summer lights, summer nights, Utah Lighting, Hiring a professional, cement, cement lighting, hardscapes, lighting design, craftsmanship, beauty, cafe lights, outdoor living, outdoor space, deck lights, lighting backyard, outdoor lighting design, landscape lighting trends

10 Great Ways To Light A Swimming Pool This Summer!!

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If you own a swimming pool, you’re halfway to having a luxury resort in your own back yard. How do you get the rest of the way? By lighting your pool area so it becomes a magical place at night.

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Topics: Landscape Lighting Design, Pool Lighting, craftsmanship, beauty, 12V, Fixtures, summertime barbecue, water feature lights, lighting backyard, under water lights, landscape lighting trends, Swimming Pool Lighting

Pond Lighting Trends for Beautiful Effects: Do's & Don'ts

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Ponds and water features do a lot for the tranquility and beauty of your landscape and outdoor living space. It only makes sense to light them and extend that enjoyment into the evening hours.  You want the lighting for your pond to look sophisticated and tasteful, not overstated & washed out. This is why so many people turn to the beauty created by low voltage landscape lighting systems. To create a timeless look, here are some pond lighting design concepts that can help make your pond magical. 

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Topics: Water Feature Lighting, Down Lighting, Japanese Maple Tree, pond lighting, moon lighting, Up Lighting, craftsmanship, beauty, Fixtures, outdoor living, outdoor space, water feature lights, lighting backyard, lighting for ponds, pond, under water lights, lighting trends, landscape lighting trends

How to Hang Patio String Lights & Considerations for Café Lights

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Warm weather stirs us out of hibernation; it's only natural to find excuses to spend more time outside. Thoughts of summer nights inspire you to get crafty and start hanging up some café style string lights. The only problem is that they just don't quite look like you imagined. The string lights you purchased are either too short or too long. They just look wrong no matter how you arrange them.  Even though this frustration doesn't sound like a fun way to kick off the summer, your dreams for beautiful , patio, bistro or cafe string lights doesn't have to end in tears. 

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Topics: patio string lights, Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah, Bistro Lighting, Bistro Lights, Patio String lighting, Bistro String Lighting, String Bistro Lighting, Halogen vs. LED, cafe lights, cafe bistro, outdoor string lights, Wedding String Lights, outdoor space, cafe bistros, deck lights, lighting designer, lighting backyard, outdoor lighting design, LED Lights, Halogen

Enhancing Outdoor Living Spaces After Dark With Beautiful Landscape Lighting Design

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The best landscape lighting designs for outdoor living spaces are crafted by those who understand two things: that lighting is meant to be enjoyed in the evening , and that lighting needs to be tailored around the needs of the end user. 

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Topics: Landscape Lighting Design, Pergola, Deck and Patio Lighting, Landscape Lighting, Pool Lighting, security lighting, pond lighting, Professional Outdoor Lighting, summer lights, summer nights, lighting design, cafe lights, outdoor living, outdoor space, cafe bistros, summertime barbecue, deck lights, water feature lights, lighting designer, lighting backyard, getaway, home security lights, outdoor lighting design

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