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The Bright Ideas Blog

Design inspiration and outdoor lighting tips and advice for homeowners

Water Feature Lighting: Creating an Escape

Topics: Landscape Lighting | Outdoor Living Space |

Water features bring a peaceful feel to your landscape. Unfortunately, these can only truly be enjoyed during the day without proper lighting.

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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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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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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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Landscape Designers: Have You Found the Right Lighting Designer?

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

Have you ever found it challenging to find a landscape lighting specialist who fits your process?

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5 Security Lighting Techniques to Keep Your Home Safe at Night

Topics: Landscape Lighting | Landscape Lighting Design | Lighting Design

Security lighting can improve most any home's security system.

However, there are varying opinions and multiple ways security lighting can be approached. In this post, we discuss our 5 favorite techniques / concepts to help improve your home's security with low voltage landscape lighting. 

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Troubleshooting Tips For When Landscape Lights Stop Working

Topics: Landscape Lighting | Low Voltage Landscape Lighting | Low Voltage Lighting

Landscape lights are wonderful, that is, until they stop working. Attempting to troubleshoot the reason why your lighting system's inexplicably stopped working can be a challenge if you're not sure where to start. 

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The Best Floodlight Techniques to Light Your Home or Property

Topics: Landscape Lighting | Landscape Lighting Design | Lighting Design

What exactly is flood lighting and how can it be used to improve your home's curb appeal?

First off, flood lighting might not be the best term to convey the lighting effect this technique is meant to create. The phrase "flood lighting" puts us in mind of an over powered bright light, atop a post, washing light over everything.

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Home Security While on Vacation is as Simple as Landscape Lighting

Topics: Landscape Lighting | Landscape Lighting Design | Light Trespass

Worrying about your home's security while on vacation is natural. A great security measure to keep your home safe is making it look lived in while you're away. At night, landscape lighting can make your home look like a someone is home.

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Take a Load Off: Converting Your Outdoor Lighting System from Halogen to LED

Topics: Landscape Lighting | LED Lighting |


There are a number of reasons why you might be looking to convert your outdoor lighting system from halogen lamps to LED lamps.

you may want to cut down your energy bill, you might want to expand your outdoor lighting system, or you could simply want to have something that will cut down routine maintenance.

Whatever the case, there is no downside to retrofitting your outdoor lighting system with LED lamps!

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