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The Bright Ideas Blog

Design inspiration and outdoor lighting tips and advice for homeowners

Pendant Lights: Beautiful Landscape Lighting Fixtures to Accent Your Outdoor Living

Topics: Landscape Lighting Design |

Are you looking for something unique and different for your landscape lighting project? Pendant lights are beautiful landscape lighting fixtures that help accent and elevate your outdoor living space. 

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Path Light Designs and Styles for Traditional, Modern and Commercial Outdoor Lighting

With so many options available, choosing the right path light can be challenging. Considering the style, material, and construction of a path light can help make this decision a simple process.

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Beautiful Patio String Lights: Bistro Lighting Ideas for Outdoor Entertaining

Topics: Landscape Lighting Design |

String lights are a popular solution for patio lighting dilemmas. Cafe bistro lights offer functional light well suited for outdoor entertaining. This combination of functional light and fun atmosphere is why exactly why people want to hang them above their patio. 

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5 Things I've Learned about LED Security Lighting as a Designer

Security lighting can be challenging for a lighting designer. The reason isn't because security lighting is difficult to do.

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Why is My Landscape Lighting Not Working? Water and Tripped GFCI

Is your landscape lighting not working after heavy rainfall? The solution to fixing your lights might be simpler than you'd think: When there is water, check your GFCI.

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Making your Outdoor Living Beautiful through Pond Lighting

Adding a splash of beauty to your outdoor living space can be as simple as lighting your pond. Weather it’s the therapeutic sound of running water, or observing fish in their natural element, ponds have always been a wonderful solution for bringing a real sense of atmosphere to any outdoor living space.

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Summertime with Safety in Mind: Security LED Landscape Lighting

Topics: Landscape Lighting Design | Landscape Lighting Installation |

It's summer. What a perfect time to host a barbecue, wedding or birthday party, and what better way to show off your home than to install landscape security lighting. It's also the time when property and home theft occurs along with drownings and accidents, typically in and around pools or other water features. Having well-lit paths and surrounding areas can ensure peace of mind.

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

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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4 Path Lighting Design Ideas [Guide to Low Voltage Path Light Categories]

Topics: Landscape Lighting Design |

There are numerous ways outdoor path lighting design can be approached and categorized. The key to understanding which path light categories will work well for you is learning how to recognize what will work best for the way you intend to use your pathway at night. There are positive and negative aspects to each pathway light design concept. Our hope is that this brief guide will help you understand how artistic pathway lighting isn't about fixtures, it's about design. 

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