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The Bright Ideas Blog

Design inspiration and outdoor lighting tips and advice for homeowners

The Notorious Question Asked by Lighting Designers: Why Light?

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

The first thing we ask all our clients when we meet is why light: why are we here, what do we want to achieve with your landscape lighting design. When you meet with a professional lighting designer, this will be the most important question they ask.

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Fall, the Perfect Time to Experience Low Voltage Landscape Lighting.

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

Landscape lighting is a four season sport: it can be enjoyed any time of the year. Whether you are looking out over the snow laden trees, or the budding blooms of spring, lighting just brings a certain magic to our homes and landscapes. 

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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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Can I Add More Lights to My Existing Landscape Lighting System?

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

It is absolutely possible to add additional fixtures to your existing system, but there are a number of factors that first need to be considered.

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5 Outdoor Bench Lighting Ideas

Topics: Landscape Lighting Design | Landscape Lighting Installation |

Under cap lights (often referred to as bench lights) have become a popular lighting solution beyond conventional bench lighting because they can do three things: accent a wall, illuminate a path, and define the borders of an outdoor space. 

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Outdoor Kitchen Lighting Ideas

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

Who says you have to leave the house to experience the best dinning in town? With the right light, your outdoor dining experience can be made both functional and beautiful.

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Myths: Wiring Low-Voltage Landscape Transformers & LED Lighting Systems

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

There is a lot that goes into the technical side of how a low voltage lighting system works and operates. Recently a client asked me a specific question about the technical side of his system. He wanted to know why his transformer was wired to the 12v terminal instead of the 14v. If it feels like we already jumped from 0-60, don't worry! There isn't a quiz at the end.

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