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

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

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

Eight Landscape Lighting Questions You Should Ask: Part -1

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What else is there to say about lighting? I feel like I've written copious amounts on the topic. As a result, it becomes difficult to figure out what I should write about next. Do I write another blog about the advancements in LED technology? The sense of security outdoor lighting creates for your home? The list goes on & on. I started questioning: Why do I write these blogs? 

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Topics: Halogen Lighting, Halogen vs. LED, Small Business, Artful Design, low voltage lighting, Professional Outdoor Lighting, install, Utah Lighting, Outdoor Lighting Cost, service, lighting, Lighting Technician, Lighting Fixtures, LED Lighting, Low Voltage LED Lighting, Outdoor LED maintenance, Landscape Lighting Expert, outdoor lighting installed, customer service, Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah, Outdoor lighting, Landscape Lighting, Budget Landscape Lighting Project, LED Landscape Lighting, Landscape Lighting Maintenance, Landscape Lighting Installation, Landscape Lighting Design

The Easiest Way to Maintain Your Landscape Lighting is Prevention

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You're familiar with the old saying :"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!" This saying holds true in numerous situations, and low voltage landscape lighting is no exception.  Just like a car, maintenance for lighting will always be ongoing. However there are plenty of ways that over the top maintenance can be reduced through preventative measures. 

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Topics: Landscape Lighting Maintenance, Garden Lighting, Halogen vs. LED, Landscape Lighting Expert, Outdoor LED maintenance

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