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The Bright Ideas Blog

Design inspiration and outdoor lighting tips and advice for homeowners

The Easiest Way to Maintain Your Landscape Lighting is Prevention

Topics: Landscape Lighting Maintenance |

You're familiar with the old saying :"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!" This saying holds true in numerous situations, and low voltage landscape lighting is no exception.  Just like a car, maintenance for lighting will always be ongoing. However there are plenty of ways that over the top maintenance can be reduced through preventative measures. 

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Repair vs Replace: What's the Best Option for Your Landscape Lighting?

Topics: Landscape Lighting Maintenance |

That landscape lighting system of yours used to look so nice. When it was pretty and new, it lit up your entryway, trees and driveway with a warm, inviting glow.

But now, years later, it’s in disrepair. So many lights are out, it looks unbalanced and shabby.

When should you repair landscape lighting, and when should you replace it?

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3 Common Issues With LED Landscape Lighting

Topics: Landscape Lighting Design | Landscape Lighting Maintenance |

You probably know by now that I love LED landscape lighting, and as more and more of our customers decide to add it to their property, they love, it, too. I've dedicated entire articles to the benefits of LED landscape ligthing: It’s beautiful, low maintenance and costs less to maintain than incandescent and halogen bulbs.

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How Much Does LED Landscape Lighting Cost To Maintain?

Topics: Landscape Lighting Maintenance |

Everyone I talk to knows my position on LED landscape lighting: I love it!

The first question I get from potential customers considering a switch to LED  lighting: “How much does LED l lighting cost?” And right after that: “How much does LED lighting cost to maintain?”

The cost to install an LED  lighting system can be a bit higher, of course, but customers who take the plunge find that thanks to amazing technological advances, outdoor LED lighting is both beautiful and costs less to maintain.

That’s because LED lighting is incredibly low maintenance — but just like you visit the salon for a bit of regular pampering, your outdoor LED lighting will need some occasional attention.

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The Benefits Of LED Landscape Lighting - We Answer The Questions

Topics: Landscape Lighting Design | Landscape Lighting Maintenance |

“You won’t even notice a difference.”

That’s what I tell homeowners when they’re a bit on the fence about LED outdoor lighting, often admitting they “don’t like the look of LEDs.”

If that sounds like something you might say and if your landscape lighting system is still made up of incandescent and halogen bulbs, you’re going to want to hear this.

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7 Landscape Lighting Maintenance Tasks To Keep Your Residence Glowing This Winter

Topics: Landscape Lighting Maintenance |

I’m not a new car salesman. So there’s no need for me to push the “cold weather package” on you — especially for your home’s outdoor lighting system. It’s just not necessary.

Believe it or not, the Utah cold does little to affect your landscape lighting. With the prevalence of energy efficient LED lighting, frigid temperatures actually play into your lights’ favor promoting true performance and an even longer life.

Outdoor lights are built for the elements, but that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve a little TLC once or twice a year. To get the most out of your landscape lighting this fall and winter, follow these seven helpful tips.

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Professional Landscape Lighting: 4 Things That Make it different?

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

     A few days ago I was inspired to write about this topic after a service call our team had performed. We received a phone call from a local home owner in Salt Lake City who had a landscape lighting project installed by his landscape contractor that had also provided a complete package installation including retaining walls, paver patio, water feature, jacuzzi, pergola, etc... This particular home owner contacted me after a lot of frustration with his contractor failing to return his calls. The new 5 step paver stairs that were installed on the patio to the back entry of their home had tread step lighting installed for safety and functionality. Out of the 10 lights installed 4 of them were not working. I certainly understood his frustration. He also shared with me that his wife had fallen one night as a result of this problem. To top things off, the problem was that 4 of these 10 lights never worked from the very beginning.

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Landscape Lighting Repair: Avoid by Having Your System Serviced?

Topics: Landscape Lighting Maintenance |

     Your landscape lighting does a lot of heavy lifting, both in keeping your property safe and secure, and in beautifully illuminating your landscape's key features.  Like any investment in your home or landscape, outdoor lighting service and maintenance are important for continuous, worry-free operation of your exterior lighting system.  

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