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The Bright Ideas Blog

Design inspiration and outdoor lighting tips and advice for homeowners

3 Wash Lighting Tips for a Spectacular Outdoor Lighting Effects

Topics: Commercial Lighting | Landscape Lighting Design | Lighting Design

Wash lighting is one of the secret ingredients to creating beautiful outdoor lighting design. However, understanding how to incorporate wash lighting can be tricky. In this post, we discuss tips for how and where wash lighting can be used to light your home or property.

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Pergola and Bistro Lighting for Your Patio

Topics: Commercial Lighting | Landscape Lighting Design | Landscape Lighting Installation

The only thing better than sitting out on the patio under the pergola has to be enjoying the night air with cafe bistro lights. 

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Landscape Lighting Design Trends Dos & Don’ts In 2019

Topics: Commercial Lighting | Landscape Lighting Design |

Working in the landscape lighting industry, we’ve seen how different outdoor lighting design trends have come and gone over the years. While some design fundamentals hold strong and true for years, even decades, other design elements are...

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Security Lighting in Salt Lake City

Topics: Commercial Lighting | Landscape Lighting Design |

It’s no secret that crime is a scary and very real problem in Salt Lake City. Crime can happen to anyone, anywhere. It’s truly alarming how often crime happens. I’m not just spouting some sort of fear mongering: I know from personal experience. The neighbor just north of me had three packages stolen off his front porch last week while he was at work, the neighbor just south of me had her garage broken into at night while she was out of town, and another neighbor had their car (parked under a noticeable security camera) broken into while they were sleeping. We all know someone in our neighborhood who has fallen victim.

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5 Home Security Lighting Ideas for Your Landscape Lighting

Topics: Commercial Lighting |

It goes without saying that home security has never been more important. The unfortunate risk that comes with home ownership is the possibility of crime. And if the news tells us anything, crime can happen anywhere. Outdoor security lighting is a great way to illuminate your home and create a serious deterrent for trespassers at night.

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The Mosquito Problem: An Epidemic in The Landscape Lighting Profession

Topics: Commercial Lighting | Hiring a Lighting Professional |

In an industry flooded by companies offering landscape lighting, there has been a letdown, a real decline, in the way landscape lighting is being experienced by end users. The worst part is the end users don’t realize they’re missing out until it is too late.

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How to Find the Best Contractors for Your Home Improvement Projects

Topics: Commercial Lighting | Hiring a Lighting Professional | Landscape Lighting Maintenance

It's time to do some home improvement & you;re looking to hire a contractor. The only trouble is figuring out who to hire. Hiring a contractor isn't like choosing between two brands of potato chips in the grocery store. Quality of materials, workmanship, dedication, to the satisfaction of their clientele, pricing, etc., is going to range all over the board. Make sure you've chosen the professional for your needs with these different variables in mind. 

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Three Tips to Creating a Budget for Your Landscape Lighting Project.

Topics: Commercial Lighting | Hiring a Lighting Professional | Landscape Lighting Design

You’ve looked at beautiful images of landscape lighting and are ready to move forward: You want to have a lighting system of your own installed.

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5 Tips to a Maintenance Free Landscape Lighting System

Topics: Commercial Lighting | Hiring a Lighting Professional | Landscape Lighting Design

Whoa!!! Pump the breaks! The idea of a maintenance free outdoor / landscape lighting system is a beautiful sentiment. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as maintenance free landscape lighting. All 12V lighting systems require some level of maintenance & upkeep. 

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How To Get The Best Results: Working With Your Landscape Lighting Designer

Topics: Commercial Lighting | Hiring a Lighting Professional | Landscape Lighting Design

Before you even get in contact with your lighting designer, you've already looked at beautiful images of lighting design. You've figured out what you like and don't like. You've envisioned something in your own home and are excited to see it all come to fruition. Before you begin showing your designer where you want each fixture placed, let's slow down and consider what allowing your designer to have a bit more ownership, more creative contribution in the design, can do to help enhance your home. 

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