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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: 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

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

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: Landscape Lighting Installation, Landscape Lighting Design, Landscape Lighting Maintenance, LED Landscape Lighting, Budget Landscape Lighting Project, Landscape Lighting, Outdoor lighting, Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah, outdoor lighting installed, 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, Artful Design, Halogen vs. LED, Small Business, Utah Lighting, Halogen Lighting, install

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, Outdoor LED maintenance, Landscape Lighting Expert, Halogen vs. LED

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