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The Bright Ideas Blog

Design inspiration and outdoor lighting tips and advice for homeowners

Installation: Don't Accidentally Create a Frankenstein Lighting System

Topics: Hiring a Lighting Professional | Lighting Specialist |

What on earth is a Frankenstein landscape lighting system? I'm glad you asked!

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3 Steps to Lighting your Backyard Wedding: The Most Overlooked  Detail

Topics: Lighting Project | Outdoor Lighting |

Planning a wedding takes a lot of work, and the lighting can be one of the most overlooked details. 

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Could LEDs be the Reason Why Your Landscape Lighting Stopped Working?

Topics: Landscape Lighting | LED Technology |

In this post, we discuss how LED technology has lead to a decline in the way low voltage outdoor lighting systems are built and engineered.

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Avoid Bad Outdoor Lighting [The Secret to Achieving Timeless Style]

Topics: Landscape Lighting Design | Outdoor Living Space |

Timeless style: Its something we're all looking to achieve. But what does timeless style have to do with avoiding bad lighting?

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6 Outdoor Lighting Ideas for Entertaining Guests

Topics: Lighting Design | Lighting Project |

Who doesn't enjoy entertaining and having friends over for a little backyard soiree? For backyard entertaining, here are our favorite outdoor lighting ideas to help bring the festivities to life at your next event or get together!
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8 Mental Health Benefits to Having a Beautifully lit Outdoor Sanctuary

Topics: Landscape Lighting | Outdoor Living Space |

A client once told me that the reason she spends all day working in her garden is because its cheaper than going to seen a therapist. Time spent outside can be incredibly relaxing! Especially at night! In this post, we discuss how beautiful outdoor lighting in your backyard sanctuary can help you maintain your sanity.

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Interior Design and Exterior Lighting Share the Same Language

Topics: Landscape Lighting Design |

Typically when the sun sets our windows become inky black voids. Landscape lighting isn't just great for our time spend outside. In this post, we discuss how Landscape lighting can also transform our dark windows into beautiful living portraits and heighten our indoor living. 

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Tree Lighting Techniques: Ideas for Making Your Trees Look Spectacular

Topics: Down Lights | Hiring a Lighting Professional | Landscape Lighting Design

Tree lighting can add beauty and elegance to your outdoor space. However, beautiful tree lighting can be challenging to get right. Tree lighting can be involved and require a little finesse. In this post, we discuss some basic concepts to help make your outdoor tree lighting look spectacular.

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Our 3 Favorite Pathway Lighting Techniques for Residences

Topics: Down Lights | Landscape Lighting | Landscape Lighting Design

There are so many reasons why we want our pathways lit. In this post, we look at a few path lighting techniques that can help make your home a safer place to walk around at night.

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Our Favorite String Lights for a Beautiful Back Patio

Topics: Landscape Design | Landscape Lighting Design | Landscape Lighting Fixtures

String lights can make all the difference for a night out on the patio with friends and family. In this post, we discuss string lights and our favorite ways they can be used in your outdoor space.

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