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The Bright Ideas Blog

Design inspiration and outdoor lighting tips and advice for homeowners

What to Look for in an HOA Landscape Lighting Contract

Topics: Commercial Lighting |

We all want our neighborhoods or apartment complexes to be safe, welcoming andsecure — and installing lighting can help you achieve that.

When you and the other HOA members decide to enhance your property, it’s time to start working with a landscape lighting company.

But before you start to work with them, make sure you understand the contract and aren’t left in the dark about what is and isn’t included.

Here are things to look for in an HOA landscape lighting contract.

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The Top 4 Outdoor Holiday Lighting Tips

The most wonderful time of the year can be even merrier with festive holiday lighting.

But to catch your family and neighbor’s attention with a stunning display, you need to understand the ins and outs of lighting.

To make sure you have a bright Christmas, here are our Top 4 outdoor holiday lighting tips.

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What Factors Should You Look for in a Landscape Lighting Design Proposal?

Topics: Landscape Lighting Design |

A lot of clients assume the language in a landscape lighting design proposal is to protect us, the designers and contractors.

But it’s also there to protect you, the customer.

I’ve seen flimsy proposals scrawled on small pieces of paper, listing the number of lights, the cost for each, and a scribbled note, “We’ll put them wherever you want them.”

Whoa. That’s a red flag if I ever saw one.

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Our Top Resort-Living Outdoor Lighting Ideas

Topics: Landscape Lighting Design |

Vacations are great, but creating resort-style life in your own backyard gives you that “I’m on vacation!” vibe any time.

Whether you own a ranch with expansive grounds and landscaping or a high-end home with a pool, spa, waterfall and outdoor kitchen, there’s one element that will bring it all to life.

Lighting.

Adding professional, artistic outdoor lighting to the elements of your resort-style living will extend your enjoyment of your amenities long past sundown.

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Residential Security Lighting: Add More Protection Against Property Crimes

Our home should be our safest place, our haven of peace and security.

So when we hear of break-ins in our neighborhood, it rattles us. We want to react, protect ourselves, our homes and our property.

Our natural instinct is to add light.

It’s a good instinct.

I believe professional residential security lighting is absolutely a deterrent to property crimes.

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Downlights vs. Submersible Pond Lights: Which Option Will Make Your Pond Sparkle?

If you have a backyard pond, you know the peaceful pleasure this water feature brings to your outdoor living.

Ponds are beautiful during the day, with sunlight catching the subtle sparkle of darting fish and lilies floating lazily in the breeze.

But once the sun sets, they disappear.

Until you light them. Then your peaceful pond turns spectacular.

Waterfalls sparkle. Fountains become dramatic focal points. Pond surfaces glimmer and the lights reflect off fish as they swim past.

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5 Things to Improve Curb Appeal and Increase Your Property Value

Topics: Landscape Lighting Installation |

So, you know you need a certain something to improve curb appeal for your home. You’re just not sure what it is.

Maybe you flip through home decor magazines for inspiration, or hit the boards on Pinterest.

Your instinct is right on.

Curb appeal is a real thing. Certain outdoor home improvements add automatic curb appeal, as well as getting you a good return on investment if you decide to sell your house.

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What's the Cost Of Hiring the Wrong Landscape Lighting Design Installation Company?

Topics: Landscape Lighting Design |

Hiring the wrong landscape lighting company can be a big costly hassle.

A couple weeks ago, a homeowner called and said her outdoor lights weren’t working.

We didn’t install her lighting system — someone else did. But she asked if we could take a look.

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More than Just Posts and Steps: 7 Deck Lighting Ideas

Today’s decks are fully functioning outdoor rooms, with comfy furniture, planters with vibrant flowers and fragrant herbs, trickling fountains and charming pergolas.

A great deck is a place to enjoy the whole day, from your first sip of morning coffee with the twittering birds to your last relaxing moments of an evening spent beneath a twinkling canopy of stars.

The key to a deck’s evening ambiance? The perfect lighting.

A deck can be a magical place at night.

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10 Tips for Hiring a Landscape Lighting Designer

When you close your eyes, you can imagine your perfect landscape lighting — dramatic uplighting showcasing your home’s prettiest features; artistic moonlighting creating dappled shadows on your patio; washes of light that turn your trees into evening artwork.

But when you open your eyes, the most challenging task remains: choosing just the right designer to create your landscape lighting wonderland.

Installing a high-quality landscape lighting system takes skill, experience and artistry. You don’t want just anybody on the job. That's why it's important to know what to look for when hiring a landscape lighting contractor.

The right choice is crucial.

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