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The Bright Ideas Blog

Design inspiration and outdoor lighting tips and advice for homeowners

Questions I Wish I'd Asked Before Planning My Landscape Lighting

Topics: Landscape Lighting Design | Landscape Lighting Installation | Landscape Lighting Maintenance

Your landscape lighting system should be tailored to your needs: Understanding the way you enjoy your outdoor space is essential to an enjoyable outdoor lighting design.

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How to Choose The Worst Outdoor Lights: LED Landscape Lighting

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

With countless landscape lighting fixtures available on the market, choosing the right ones can be a common problem. How do you know you are getting a quality fixture for the money you are spending? How do you know it will last? How do you know, your lighting system will be installed properly to stand the test of time?

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Troubleshooting Low-Voltage Landscape Transformer & LED Systems

Topics: Landscape Lighting Maintenance |

It can be frustrating when your landscape lights stop working for no apparent reason. When this happens, its been my experience that the best place to start is troubleshooting your low-voltage landscape transformer.

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How to Fix my Landscape Lighting Problems with Regular Maintenance

Topics: Landscape Lighting Maintenance |

Its hard to believe, but regularly maintaining your landscape lighting is the best preventative measure you can take to ensure the continued success of your outdoor lighting system. 

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How do I Fix my Landscape Lights?

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

It’s understandably frustrating when your landscape lighting stops working.

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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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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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How to Avoid a Bad Landscape Lighting Experience

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

In the world of landscape lighting, we've met our share of clients who've had bad experiences with whoever installed their original low voltage lighting system. Sadly, we we seem to be meeting more of these people all the time. We explore the things you need to know to avoid a bad landscape lighting experience

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Resort Living: Professional Landscape Lighting

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

When most people think resort lighting, they automatically picture night time scenes of island retreats with palm trees and sandy beaches. While these lovely pictures of paradise are inspiring, the truth is that the right resort inspired landscape lighting can make any space feel like a slice of heaven. 

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