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The Bright Ideas Blog

Design inspiration and outdoor lighting tips and advice for homeowners

Professional Landscape Lighting: 4 Things That Make it different?

Topics: Landscape Lighting Design | Landscape Lighting Installation | Landscape Lighting Maintenance

     A few days ago I was inspired to write about this topic after a service call our team had performed. We received a phone call from a local home owner in Salt Lake City who had a landscape lighting project installed by his landscape contractor that had also provided a complete package installation including retaining walls, paver patio, water feature, jacuzzi, pergola, etc... This particular home owner contacted me after a lot of frustration with his contractor failing to return his calls. The new 5 step paver stairs that were installed on the patio to the back entry of their home had tread step lighting installed for safety and functionality. Out of the 10 lights installed 4 of them were not working. I certainly understood his frustration. He also shared with me that his wife had fallen one night as a result of this problem. To top things off, the problem was that 4 of these 10 lights never worked from the very beginning.

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Utah Freedom Memorial - Feature Outdoor Lighting

Topics: Commercial Lighting |

     This blog is being written on Memorial Day May 26, 2014 ten days after the dedication of the Utah Freedom Memorial at the Sandy City Hall.  This memorial is in honor of ALL Utah military service men and women from the past to the present and for the future.  In particular, it honors Adam Galvez, a Sandy resident, who was killed in combat in Iraq serving his country and protecting the freedoms we all experience and cherish.

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Porches-Decks-Patios: Outdoor Lighting Done Right.

     When you are thinking about a landscape lighting design to enhance your evening outdoor experiences, consider in addition to your lawn and garden, your portals and gathering places.  Porches, decks and patios are essential links to the interior of your home as well as your transitions from your home to your outside areas.  These elements should be lit in a consistent flow of lighting both inside and out.  Segmenting and partitioning all these areas with your lighting only makes visual confusion for your family, friends and guests.  This is where a landscape lighting professional can bring their expertise and experience to the design and installation process.

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Sustainability In Your Utah Landscape Lighting Design

Topics: Landscape Lighting Design |

If ever there has been interest and concern for the environment, it is today.  We all attempt to do our part to protect the delicate balance of Mother Nature.  So, how does this all relate to our existing outdoor lighting system or for our planning towards installing on our property?  

Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah, as well as the landscape lighting industry as a whole consider sustainability a major part of their overall outdoor lighting project design process.  

Product utilization, installation techniques and lighting pollution concerns are all sustainable issues that must be taken in to consideration when planning your Utah landscape lighting design project. 

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Landscape Lighting Repair: Avoid by Having Your System Serviced?

Topics: Landscape Lighting Maintenance |

     Your landscape lighting does a lot of heavy lifting, both in keeping your property safe and secure, and in beautifully illuminating your landscape's key features.  Like any investment in your home or landscape, outdoor lighting service and maintenance are important for continuous, worry-free operation of your exterior lighting system.  

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Low Voltage Outdoor Security Lighting: Landscape Lighting as Your First Line of Defense Against Intruders

     If a Home Security System exists in your home, or if you are contemplating having one installed, extend your vision of security to your surrounding property.  Security issues do not begin at your doorstep.  Your property lines, clearly defined by fencing or shrubbery, are where the issue of security begin for your home.  Securing your home but not your surrounding property is a personal invitation to an unwanted guest.  Security Landscape Lighting is your first line of defense. 

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Water Feature and Pond Lighting

Topics: Landscape Lighting Design |

The “Art of Light” takes a giant step forward with the inclusion of a water feature in your overall landscape design for your outside grounds.

Water feature lighting ideas may take the form of a pond, waterfall, water garden or fountain. The water feature is considered by many be the “Crown Jewel” of landscape lighting design. This feature can be the center piece of your landscape design or an integral element depending on how the lighting fixtures are utilized.  Here in Utah, when you include a water feature in your design it brings “Water to the Desert”.  Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah have years of Aquascape lighting design experience.

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Landscape Lighting's 3 W's: Why, When, and Where Your Lighting Should Be Done

Topics: Landscape Lighting Design | Landscape Lighting Installation |

     Let us start with the first W -- Why? You have invested time and money into your outdoor surroundings. Expand your living experience beyond the interior of your home during twilight hours. Outdoor gathering places, conversational areas and activity facilities can be utilized during those nighttime hours when properly designed. We have all experienced the collective effort in moving guests inside as nighttime unfolds. At Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah, we can enhance your exterior architecture, landscape feature areas, pathways, decks and treasured foliage on your grounds. You will be an integral partner in your lighting ideas for your nightscape project. Design and decisions are always a collaborative effort between yourself and our skilled lighting designers.

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Moonlighting: The Secret Ingredient in Your Utah Landscape Lighting

Topics: Landscape Lighting Design |

  

    A few evenings ago we sat out on our back deck and watched the full moon rise over the Wasatch Front Range spreading moonlight over the Salt Lake Valley. That light emitted a soft glow on all the landscape features in the yard. To our pleasant surprise we noticed how this actually enhanced our existing lighting system. This natural light from our Earth’s satellite travelled 240,000 miles entering the atmosphere surrounding the Earth filtering the original light as it embraced our property. A mystic quality was created throughout the landscape and we realized how effective carefully placed landscape lighting fixtures could be. They can provide a beautiful backdrop that actually enhances our landscape/hardscape lighting and produces a depth of field to our nightscape experience.

   The facsimile of natural moonlight is created by positioning an appropriate down light high above the lawn/garden area and diffusing that light down through your tree canopy. This creates soft shadowing patterns and a low level of even ambient illumination throughout your landscaped property. Balancing the moon lighting being generated from above is a delicate integration with the multitude of light fixtures being utilized to light individual garden features and pathways. If you are considering this design integration in your utah landscape lighting project, you may want to consider collaborating with a landscape lighting expert.

    Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah has the experience and expertise as shown with their recognition by the AOLP (Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals).   Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah has been recognized by the AOLP who has awarded them with Best Residential Lighting Award, Best of Show Award, Award of Excellence and The Janet Lennox Moyer Award. The industry recognizes the quality of their expertise in the field of landscape lighting. You can feel like you are in capable, experienced and up to the moment technological knowledge to work with you on this all important landscape lighting project.

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Outdoor Lighting Pollution: Illumination Excess

Topics: Landscape Lighting Design | Landscape Lighting Installation |

The Concept  of light pollution has been in existence since the late 1970's.  Initially it was used by urban designers in reference to the effect of concentration of populations and industries.  The utilization of lighting for factories resulted in the illumination of the  employee work space, Secure surrounding parking areas and enhancing advertising space.  Population concentrations demanded lit highways and byways for safety and security.  Scientific research revealed that the resultant increase in excessive light exposure effects nightscapes and incredibly causes an unnatural disruption of the atmospheric conditions.

                                       

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