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5 Home Security Lighting Ideas for Your Landscape Lighting

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It goes without saying that home security has never been more important. The unfortunate risk that comes with home ownership is the possibility of crime. And if the news tells us anything, crime can happen anywhere. Outdoor security lighting is a great way to illuminate your home and create a serious deterrent for trespassers at night.

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Topics: home security lights, Residential Security Lighting, security lighting, home security, motion sensors, safety, Landscape Lighting, Commercial Lighting, Path Lighting, LED Landscape Lighting, Down Lighting, Outdoor lighting, architectural lighting, soffit lighting, flood lighting

The Mosquito Problem: An Epidemic in The Landscape Lighting Profession

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In an industry flooded by companies offering landscape lighting, there has been a letdown, a real decline, in the way landscape lighting is being experienced by end users. The worst part is the end users don’t realize they’re missing out until it is too late.

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Topics: projects, best contractors, Residential, Commercial, Hire, Draper, Workmanship, Satisfaction, who do you want to work with, company, Lighting Engineering

How to Find the Best Contractors for Your Home Improvement Projects

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It's time to do some home improvement & you;re looking to hire a contractor. The only trouble is figuring out who to hire. Hiring a contractor isn't like choosing between two brands of potato chips in the grocery store. Quality of materials, workmanship, dedication, to the satisfaction of their clientele, pricing, etc., is going to range all over the board. Make sure you've chosen the professional for your needs with these different variables in mind. 

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Topics: contractor, honorable, company, making a decision, who do you want to work with, working together, landscape, home improvement, construction, Maintenance, Work, Job, Tasks, Satisfaction, Reviews, Workmanship, Salt Lake City, Utah, Draper, park city, horror stories, Hiring a professional, Hire, Commercial, Residential, good contractors, best contractors, projects

Three Tips to Creating a Budget for Your Landscape Lighting Project.

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You’ve looked at beautiful images of landscape lighting and are ready to move forward: You want to have a lighting system of your own installed.

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Topics: patio, pergola, outdoor space lighting, entertaining outdoors, LED Lights, outdoor lighting design, water feature lights, deck lights, home security lights, lighting backyard, lighting designer, cafe bistros, outdoor space, outdoor living, cafe lights, cafe bistro, LED, area light, path light, beauty, landscape, lighting design, work together, Hiring a professional, install, Utah Lighting, Up Lighting, Professional Outdoor Lighting, low voltage lighting, Landscape Lighting Park CIty, cost for landscape lighting, Outdoor Lighting Cost, tree lighting, service, Bistro Lights, String Bistro Lighting, Bistro String Lighting, Lighting Fixtures, Low Voltage LED Lighting, Landscape Lighting Expert, outdoor lighting installed, customer service, patio string lights, Garden Lighting, Landscape Lighting, Pool Lighting, Down Lighting, Budget Landscape Lighting Project, Budget LED Landscape Lighting, LED Landscape Lighting, Path Lighting, Commercial Lighting, Pergola, Deck and Patio Lighting, Residential Security Lighting, Landscape Lighting Installation, Landscape Lighting Design, Water Feature Lighting, Outdoor lighting, Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah

5 Tips to a Maintenance Free Landscape Lighting System

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Whoa!!! Pump the breaks! The idea of a maintenance free outdoor / landscape lighting system is a beautiful sentiment. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as maintenance free landscape lighting. All 12V lighting systems require some level of maintenance & upkeep. 

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Topics: Lighting Engineering, Low Voltage Transformer, Voltage Maintenance, transformers, power, LED Lights, 12V, Fixtures, LED, craftsmanship, work together, Hiring a professional, repairs, low voltage lighting, Outdoor Lighting Cost, service, lighting, Lighting Technician, LED Lighting, Outdoor LED maintenance, Landscape Lighting Expert, customer service, Lighting Fixtures, Low Voltage LED Lighting, Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah, Landscape Lighting, LED Landscape Lighting, Landscape Lighting Maintenance, Sustainability, Landscape Lighting Installation, Commercial Lighting, lighting backyard, outdoor space, outdoor living, cafe lights, outdoor string lights, landscape, lighting design, flag pole, Halogen vs. LED, Professional Outdoor Lighting

Can I Add More Lights to My Existing Landscape Lighting System?

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It is absolutely possible to add additional fixtures to your existing system, but there are a number of factors that first need to be considered.

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Topics: Low Voltage Transformer, transformers, Voltage Maintenance, power, 12V, Fixtures, LED, lighting design, Hiring a professional, install, Halogen vs. LED, Professional Outdoor Lighting, low voltage lighting, LED Lighting, Low Voltage LED Lighting, Outdoor LED maintenance, Landscape Lighting Expert, outdoor lighting installed, Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah, Outdoor lighting, Landscape Lighting, LED Landscape Lighting, Landscape Lighting Maintenance, Landscape Lighting Installation

5 Outdoor Bench Lighting Ideas

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Under cap lights (often referred to as bench lights) have become a popular lighting solution beyond conventional bench lighting because they can do three things: accent a wall, illuminate a path, and define the borders of an outdoor space. 

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Topics: bench lighting, hardscapes, outdoor kitchen lighting, outdoor kitchen, Under Bench Lights, Undercap Lighting, Fire Pit, fire pit lighting, patio, outdoor space lighting, entertaining outdoors, LED Lights, water feature lights, outdoor lighting design, lighting designer, outdoor space, path light, area light, pavers, lighting design, cement lighting, install, Professional Outdoor Lighting, stair lighting, Stairways, Steps, LED Lighting, Low Voltage LED Lighting, Landscape Lighting Expert, Pool Lighting

Outdoor Kitchen Lighting Ideas

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Who says you have to leave the house to experience the best dinning in town? With the right light, your outdoor dining experience can be made both functional and beautiful.

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Topics: staycation living, outdoor kitchen, outdoor kitchen lighting, patio, pergola, outdoor space lighting, entertaining outdoors, summer, landscape lighting trends, LED Lights, lighting backyard, outdoor lighting design, deck lights, summertime barbecue, cafe bistros, outdoor space, outdoor living, outdoor string lights, cafe lights, cafe bistro, lighting design, Hiring a professional, install, Utah Lighting, summer nights, summer lights, Professional Outdoor Lighting, Outdoor Lighting Cost, Patio String lighting, Bistro Lights, String Bistro Lighting, Bistro String Lighting, LED Lighting, Low Voltage LED Lighting, Outdoor LED maintenance, Lighting Fixtures, Landscape Lighting Expert, outdoor lighting installed, Bistro Lighting, patio string lights, Pergola, Deck and Patio Lighting, Landscape Lighting Installation, Landscape Lighting Design

Choosing The Right Underwater Landscape Light Fixture

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Be it a pond, fountain, or other water feature, underwater fixtures can be needed  to create the right light.

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Topics: summer, under water lights, lighting for ponds, lighting backyard, water feature lights, outdoor lighting design, lighting designer, Fixtures, LED, craftsmanship, lighting design, Hiring a professional, install, pond lighting, Professional Outdoor Lighting, Landscape Lighting Expert, Lighting Fixtures, outdoor lighting installed, Outdoor lighting, Pool Lighting, Water Feature Lighting, Landscape Lighting Installation, Landscape Lighting Design, Swimming Pool Lighting

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

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