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Troubleshooting Low-Voltage Landscape Transformer & LED Systems

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It can be frustrating when your landscape lights stop working for no apparent reason. When this happens, its been my experience that the best place to start is troubleshooting your low-voltage landscape transformer.

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Topics: Landscape Lighting Maintenance, Outdoor lighting, Outdoor LED maintenance, Low Voltage LED Lighting, low voltage lighting, 12V, power, transformers, Voltage Maintenance, Low Voltage Transformer, Maintenance, 120 Volt, 12 Volt, High Voltage Vs. Low Voltage, low voltage, Timer, Lighting Control, Control Timer, Problems, Failure, fixing landscape lighting, GFCI, GFI, Outlet

Summertime with Safety in Mind: Security LED Landscape Lighting

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It's summer. What a perfect time to host a barbecue, wedding or birthday party, and what better way to show off your home than to install landscape security lighting. It's also the time when property and home theft occurs along with drownings and accidents, typically in and around pools or other water features. Having well-lit paths and surrounding areas can ensure peace of mind.

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Topics: Landscape Lighting Installation, Landscape Lighting Design, Pergola, Deck and Patio Lighting, Water Feature Lighting, LED Landscape Lighting, security lighting, moon lighting, Professional Outdoor Lighting, Artful Design, summer lights, summer nights, lighting design, beauty, 12V, area light, outdoor living, outdoor space, cafe bistros, summertime barbecue, deck lights, outdoor lighting design, lighting for ponds, under water lights, lighting trends, Swimming Pool Lighting, entertaining outdoors, outdoor space lighting, outdoor kitchen lighting, outdoor kitchen, Residential, company, home security, safety, project, Home Illumination, Dining, Protection, outdoor living space

How do I Fix my Landscape Lights?

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It’s understandably frustrating when your landscape lighting stops working.

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Topics: Sustainability, LED Landscape Lighting, Down Lighting, Outdoor lighting, Outdoor LED maintenance, customer service, Landscape Lighting Expert, LED Lighting, Lighting Fixtures, Low Voltage LED Lighting, Lighting Technician, service, low voltage lighting, repairs, landscape, lighting design, 12V, LED, Fixtures, outdoor lighting design, LED Lights, outdoor space lighting, Maintenance, Work, Residential, Broken Fixtures

Landscape Lighting Design Trends Dos & Don’ts In 2019

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Working in the landscape lighting industry, we’ve seen how different outdoor lighting design trends have come and gone over the years. While some design fundamentals hold strong and true for years, even decades, other design elements are...

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Topics: Landscape Lighting Design, Residential Security Lighting, Down Lighting, Landscape Lighting, Outdoor lighting, security lighting, LED Lighting, Lighting Fixtures, Low Voltage LED Lighting, Stairways, stair lighting, lighting, flood lighting, tree lighting, low voltage lighting, Professional Outdoor Lighting, Up Lighting, lighting design, beauty, 12V, area light, path light, LED Lights, lighting trends, Utah, Commercial, Residential, Salt Lake City, home security, motion sensors, safety, Lighting Enhancements, considerations, Approaches, Illumination, Consider, Home Illumination, Motion Lights

Deciding What Color Temperature is Best for Your LED Landscape Lighting

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What color temperature is best for landscape lighting? It’s our hope that this information will help you understand what professional lighting designers think about when working with different LED color temperatures. 

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Topics: Landscape Lighting Design, Sustainability, LED Landscape Lighting, Landscape Lighting, light pollution, Outdoor lighting, LED Lighting, Low Voltage LED Lighting, lighting, cost for landscape lighting, low voltage lighting, Halogen vs. LED, 12V, LED, outdoor space, lighting backyard, home security lights, outdoor lighting design, LED Lights, power, Salt Lake City, considerations, Illumination, Cool white, LED Temperature, Warm White, Kelvin Temp, Lamp Warmth, LED Color

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

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

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

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

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

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