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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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Neighbor's Lights Are Shining in My Windows: How to Avoid Light Trespass

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A client recently told me that she hates her neighbor's lights across the street. Why? The same reason most of us hate our neighbor's lights: they shine in our windows at night. Light trespass isn't fun for people on the receiving end. Before talking about lighting a property, it's important to first discuss how lighting can be more friendly towards our neighbors.

 

What is light trespass? 

So what is light trespass? Light trespass occurs when glaring lights trespass onto your property and keep you from enjoy your own space. Lights that distract, bother, or otherwise cause you dismay would be considered trespassing light. 

We've all experienced light trespass to some capacity. An example of light trespass would be when your neighbor's back porch / security light is left on all night and the glare shines in your bedroom window when  you're trying to sleep.

Pro Lighting Designer tip: effective security lighting can be accomplished without trespassing light into your neighbor's property. For more on security lighting, click here

No one wants the neighbor's lights shining in their windows at night. 

 

Story Time

Our client told us how terrible her neighbor's lights have been for her and her husband to deal with. The neighbors had new under soffit permanent Christmas lights installed a year ago. Her neighbor's live directly across the street and have their permanent Christmas lights on almost every single night, not just Christmas or special holidays. 

It's understandable that her and her husband would be frustrated with these lights. She confided that the worst part about their neighbor's lights are that they flash and dance between different colors. 

Our goal here isn't to bad mouth permanent Christmas lights. In truth, permanent Christmas lights really are a lot of fun when they are used during the Christmas season and designated holidays.

Unless you're the Grinch, the Christmas season is the one time of year when light trespass caused by holiday lighting  is deemed socially acceptable.

Most any other type of light trespass isn't appreciated by the neighbors. 

 

Avoiding Light Trespass

Being responsible with your lighting can be a challenge, but it is well worth the effort. When lighting your property, it's important to think about your neighbors and the effect your home's lighting is going to have on the people living around you. This is one of the reasons why LED landscape lighting can be of such benefit. When done right, your outdoor lighting can provide your home with beautiful and functional illumination without causing eye sores. 

Lights need to be shrouded and aimed in such a way that the neighbors won't be bothered. 

Illuminating your home with soft landscape lighting can also make your home feel well lit without needing large powerful flood lights that shine out into the street or neighbor's windows. 

If you have an upcoming lighting project and want to be a responsible stuart with light, get in contact with your local outdoor lighting designer. They have the knowledge and experience to help you ensure that your lights aren't going to bother the neighbors. 

When it comes to illuminating your property, remember that we want to experience the effect the light creates: we don't want to see the source

 

Landscape Lighting Makes All The Difference

At Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah, the art of outdoor illumination is a real passion we work to perfect. Designing elegantly bespoke landscape lighting systems is simply all we do. For over 15 years, our award winning team of designers and craftsmen have striven to bring the best outdoor lighting experience possible to people's homes and businesses across the Wasatch Front & beyond. 

Located in Midvale, Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah installs, maintains, and repairs lighting systems throughout Utah's residential areas, including Salt Lake City, Park City, Draper, Davis, and Utah Counties.

If you have an upcoming project you'd like help with, call (801)440-7647 for more information, schedule a free consultation, or feel free to simply fill out a contact form on our website, www.utahlights.com 

 

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Topics: Landscape Lighting, Outdoor lighting, Low Voltage LED Lighting, Light Trespass

How to Reset & Reprogram Your Landscape Lighting Timer [Video]

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Lets face it, the instructions that come with your intermatic timer require a technical writing degree to decipher. You just want an easy way to quickly reset & reprogram your low voltage landscape lighting timer. We've simplified these instructions to make it easier for you to reset & reprogram your timer and get back to enjoying your outdoor lights.

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Topics: Residential Security Lighting, Landscape Lighting, Outdoor lighting, Low Voltage LED Lighting, Outdoor Lighting Cost, low voltage, Timer, Landscape Lighting Timer, Outdoor Lighting Timer, Intermatic, Intermatic Timer, Lighting Control, Control Timer

Tips for Swimming Pool Lighting [Top 10 Ideas for Lighting Your Pool]

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You've likely enjoyed using your swimming pool to host parties and relax with family. But today, the fun doesn't have to stop just because the sun has set. You don't have to depend on the back porch light and the glow from inside your pool to serve as your only light source. Adding beautifully functional lighting elements to your pool area can make all the difference in wowing your guests and adding that much needed element of safety. 

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Topics: LED Landscape Lighting, Landscape Lighting, Outdoor lighting, low voltage lighting, Swimming Pool Lighting, outdoor kitchen lighting, Moonlighting, Fire Pit, Dining, 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

Pergola and Bistro Lighting for Your Patio

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The only thing better than sitting out on the patio under the pergola has to be enjoying the night air with cafe bistro lights. 

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Topics: Landscape Lighting Installation, Landscape Lighting Design, Pergola, Deck and Patio Lighting, Landscape Lighting, Outdoor lighting, Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah, Bistro Lighting, outdoor lighting installed, LED Lighting, Low Voltage LED Lighting, Bistro Lights, Patio String lighting, Bistro String Lighting, String Bistro Lighting, cafe lights, cafe bistro, outdoor string lights, cafe bistros, entertaining outdoors, outdoor space lighting, pergola, patio, Commercial, Residential, Illumination, Home Illumination, Dining

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

Answering 3 Questions about Landscape Lighting Design

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1. What Should Be My First Considerations for my Lighting Design?

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