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Top 5 Outdoor Lighting Trends Of 2014

Pergola lights are one of our five top outdoor lighting trends of 2014.It’s been a great year for landscape lighting. People are enjoying their outdoor spaces more and realizing how much the right lighting can enhance their enjoyment.

What do our customers ask for the most? A few trends have risen to the top.

Let’s take a look at the 5 most popular trends in lighting customers asked us to install in 2014 — and perhaps consider as we move into 2015.

Landscape LED Lighting

By far, landscape LED lighting is the No. 1 lighting trend of 2014.

A lot of people have been afraid of LEDs, worried the light they offer is cold and blue-ish. That used to be a valid concern, but these days, it’s just not the case. The quality of LED light is identical to halogen.

So how CAN you tell the difference? In your electric bill.

Landscape LED lighting uses a fraction — 15 to 20 percent — of the electricity we use with halogen or incandescent bulbs. If your electric bill is $40 to operate your halogen lighting system, your cost to run LEDs would be only $6 to $8. The switch will save you money very quickly.

And while Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah recommends replacing halogen bulbs once a year, we replace LED bulbs only when they fail. (And many of today’s LED bulbs are rated to last 50,000 hours.)

Despite the initial cost, which comes in a little higher than your traditional halogen landscape lighting, landscape LED lighting will save you money in the end.

Dimmable Landscape Lighting Controls

Automated dimmable lighting is just what it sounds like: outdoor lighting with brightness that’s easily controlled by manual or automated dimmers.

Maybe you have your lights on full power until 10 p.m. or so. Then they dim by 40 percent. At midnight, they dim another 20 percent. And at dawn, the landscape lighting turns off completely to let the sun take over.

The beauty of this plan: A well-lit home won’t be a target for criminals. They want to break in undetected, not lit up in a soft, golden glow. A home that’s beautifully lit all the time — whether it’s 9 p.m. or 2 a.m. — will still be bright enough to deter anyone looking to intrude.

Downlighting

Downlighting is another of our top outdoor lighting trends.Moonlight is beautiful, bathing your property in a perfect soft glow from above. But the moon doesn’t always cooperate. Enter the next best thing: downlighting.

Mounting lights in the trees overhead or from the gable of a roof keeps them out of the way, and creates a beautiful moonlight effect, dappling through the trees.

I love creating the look of moonlight over a driveway. It’s a great way to light an outdoor path. And illuminating a swimming pool deck from above, with lights mounted in trees or on roof gables, lets you enjoy a moonlit swim — whether the moon cooperates or hides behind a cloud.

Inviting Front Entries

Sure, you could tuck an outdoor fixture over your front door and call it good. But I like lighting the front entry with purpose. You want your front door — the entry point to your home — to really pop. (Curb appeal isn’t just for the daylight hours!)

This means an artfully planned combination of deliberate uplighting, downlighting and lighting to highlight the beauty of your home’s architectural features.

Think about the lighting on stage when you go to the theater. You might not see all the fixtures it takes to create the right lighting mood. But each piece has its purpose.

Pergola Lights

Pergolas are hugely popular right now, and so is the lighting that can maximize their use.

Quick refresher: a pergola is an outdoor structure made of vertical posts or pillars that support crossbeams and a sturdy open lattice. Whether you want a shaded walkway or a sitting area, pergolas provide a beautiful, romantic feel to your outdoor space.

And they can work hard for you right into the evening. The pillars and crossbeams of your pergola provide a great platform for a variety of pergola lighting options. We can hide all the wiring and fixtures, so all you see is the soft wash of light.

Imagine subtle recessed lighting that illuminates your table for dining and hosting barbecues.

And for a festive party atmosphere, add some trendy bistro lighting, with strings of lights overhead. Instant fun. High-quality outdoor bistro lights include LED bulbs, UV coated and protected cords. They’ll last 10 to 20 years.

Bistro lights are also dimmable, so you can dim your lights as much or as little as you need to create the perfect atmosphere.

Get In On Outdoor Lighting Trends — Call Landscape Lighting Pro Of Utah

To learn more about the latest in landscape lighting options and how they can work for you, call (801) 440-7647 to schedule a free consultation, or fill out our simple contact form.

Located in Sandy, Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah serves customers throughout Utah’s residential areas, including Salt Lake City, Park City, Draper and Holladay. Our outdoor lighting portfolio includes projects from Salt Lake County and Utah County, to Davis County and Summit County — and beyond.

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