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Security Lighting in Salt Lake City

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It’s no secret that crime is a scary and very real problem in Salt Lake City. Crime can happen to anyone, anywhere. It’s truly alarming how often crime happens. I’m not just spouting some sort of fear mongering: I know from personal experience. The neighbor just north of me had three packages stolen off his front porch last week while he was at work, the neighbor just south of me had her garage broken into at night while she was out of town, and another neighbor had their car (parked under a noticeable security camera) broken into while they were sleeping. We all know someone in our neighborhood who has fallen victim.

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Topics: home security, security lighting, Residential Security Lighting, home security lights, safety, beauty, Illumination, considerations, motion sensors, Residential, Commercial, Draper, Utah, Salt Lake City, Low Voltage Transformer, outdoor space lighting, lighting backyard, outdoor lighting design, lighting designer, outdoor space, area light, Utah Lighting, flood lighting, lighting, LED Lighting, Low Voltage LED Lighting, Outdoor lighting, Landscape Lighting, LED Landscape Lighting, Motion Lights, Crime, Home Safety, Home Illumination, Deterring Crime, Target

5 Ideas to Make Your Landscape Lighting Project a Success

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Getting ready to plan your landscape lighting project can be a lot of fun! There is a lot to consider and no one way is the only way to bring warming illumination to your home. With that in mind, there are some approaches to lighting that can be overlooked.

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Topics: Lighting Enhancements, home security, Residential, Utah, Salt Lake City, Satisfaction, working together, Fire Pit, Undercap Lighting, Moonlighting, pergola, outdoor space lighting, patio, LED Lights, lighting backyard, outdoor lighting design, lighting designer, home security lights, cafe bistros, outdoor living, cafe lights, cafe bistro, Fixtures, LED, beauty, landscape, Hiring a professional, Utah Lighting, fire pit lighting, Professional Outdoor Lighting, low voltage lighting, tree lighting, architectural lighting, lighting, Bistro Lights, String Bistro Lighting, Bistro String Lighting, Lighting Fixtures, LED Lighting, Low Voltage LED Lighting, Outdoor LED maintenance, outdoor lighting installed, Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah, Outdoor lighting, Down Lighting, Pool Lighting, Residential Security Lighting, Pergola, Deck and Patio Lighting, Landscape Lighting Installation, Landscape Lighting Design, project, considerations, Consider, Approaches, Illumination

The Notorious Question Asked by Lighting Designers: Why Light?

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The first thing we ask all our clients when we meet is why light: why are we here, what do we want to achieve with your landscape lighting design. When you meet with a professional lighting designer, this will be the most important question they ask.

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Topics: safety, Residential, Tasks, Satisfaction, outdoor kitchen, outdoor space lighting, entertaining outdoors, LED Lights, lighting backyard, outdoor lighting design, lighting designer, outdoor living, outdoor space, path light, beauty, lighting design, Hiring a professional, Artful Design, Professional Outdoor Lighting, LED Lighting, Outdoor LED maintenance, Landscape Lighting Expert, outdoor lighting installed, Outdoor lighting, Landscape Lighting, LED Landscape Lighting, Path Lighting, Residential Security Lighting, Pergola, Deck and Patio Lighting, Landscape Lighting Installation, Landscape Lighting Design

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 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

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

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

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: resort, resort lighting, lighting design, outdoor space lighting, entertaining outdoors, summer, Swimming Pool Lighting, LED Lights, lighting backyard, water feature lights, outdoor lighting design, deck lights, home security lights, lighting designer, summertime barbecue, getaway, outdoor space, outdoor living, 12V, LED, path light, craftsmanship, hardscapes, cement lighting, Hiring a professional, Utah Lighting, fire pit lighting, summer nights, summer lights, Professional Outdoor Lighting, Beautiful Homes, Stairways, outdoor lighting installed, security lighting, customer service, Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah, Outdoor lighting, Landscape Lighting, Pool Lighting, LED Landscape Lighting, Landscape Lighting Maintenance, Sustainability, Pergola, Deck and Patio Lighting, Water Feature Lighting, Residential Security Lighting, Landscape Lighting Installation, Landscape Lighting Design, 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, patio, outdoor space lighting, summer, lighting trends, lighting for ponds, outdoor lighting design, lighting designer, outdoor space, beauty, lighting design, work together, install, Utah Lighting, summer nights, Beautiful Homes, Professional Outdoor Lighting, low voltage lighting, moon lighting, Up Lighting, Artful Design, pond lighting, tree lighting, architectural lighting, Japanese Maple Tree, Landscape Lighting Expert, customer service, accenting plants, Garden Lighting, Down Lighting, Moonlighting

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