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Enhance Your Home and Garden With Downlights

Monday, March 25th, 2019

From the garden path to the foyer, today’s top landscape and home designers rely on versatile and affordable downlights to accent and add character to any indoor or outdoor space. “Downlight” refers to the direction of the beam of light, and downlights can be as simple as recessed ceiling lights added to a kitchen remodel, to delicate downcast lighting of a stone path in the garden.

Downlights are particularly appreciated by designers as a subtle way to add needed light without the use of wall-mounted lamps. Homeowners appreciate the affordability of downlights and everyone enjoys the gentle, flattering light they provide.

Downlights are the perfect lighting choice for a variety of areas, both inside and out. Concealed downlighting near stair rails adds comforting light to dark stairwells and much-needed illumination on outdoor steps. Artfully-placed downlighting is perfect for the entryway or foyer and can act as a subtle security feature on exterior and garden walls.

Downlights are the interior designer’s secret for dramatic effect in the garden. Sometimes hidden in trees, downlights can add an ethereal glow to bushes and other landscaping features, making the garden feel magical after sunset. Downlighting on water is especially lovely, and downlit waterfalls, ponds and pools take on an eye-catching brilliance that adds depth and drama.

Downlighting can also be very affordable. Many LED and low-voltage downlight fixtures are low-cost options that meet homeowners’ needs without breaking the bank. Available in a wide range of designs, downlighting can be simple and subtle, bold and dramatic, or delicate and whimsical. Affordable, functional and endlessly versatile, downlighting is the decorator’s secret for high drama at low cost.

Using LEDs for Your Home and Garden

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

LED lights can be used for a wide variety of applications around your home and your garden. The save energy and space, so here are a few ways to incorporate these handy little lights in your home, garage, kitchen and yard:

Driveway Lights

Is your driveway always dark when you come home at night? When you drive up, having decent lighting is crucial to your safety. Use LED lighting products to line your driveway. They are especially handy when you have little space and few electrical outlets available in the area. You even have the option to use solar powered, motion detection or battery powered lighting for this application.

Security Lighting

Not just your driveway and garage, but just about anywhere around your home that is accessible to outsiders, are great areas to consider adding lighting for security purposes. Adding more lighting around your home is proven to deter crime. Think about it, if you are a burglar, you want to choose the easiest place to rob. If your home is well lit, even when you aren’t home, the chances of someone seeing a trespasser around your home is much higher if it is well lit. Criminals want to target homes that are dark and won’t draw attention to themselves when they are lurking around the place.

Pathways

Every pathway around your home, especially the ones that are well traveled like the path from your garage to your front door, can be dangerous to navigate in the dark. You can easily install LED path lighting that only requires the power of the sun to be lit. Solar powered lighting is especially advantageous when the area is not commonly used, but you still want to add some lighting.

Gardens

Your garden can benefit from lighting in its pathways as well. Not just for navigation purposes, but also for aesthetic reasons. You can show off your beautiful flowers or that massive watermelon you have growing. Solar powered lights are especially effective for this area, since they should get a good amount of sun during the day and last quite a while during the night.

Garages

Your garage can be a dangerous place. Make it safer by lighting it up. Even if you don’t have many electrical outlets in your garage, you can still use LED lights that are battery powered. Use them for all the little crevices where you are storing your items to light up and see what you are looking at.

Closets

Your closets are the #1 place to consider using LED lighting in your home. Closets in most homes rarely come equipped with any lighting. Your hall closet, bathroom closet or room closet can be dark with no lighting and that may make it difficult to find what you need. Use battery powered LED lights to light up those closets.

Using Solar Outside Lighting for Your Home and Garden

Saturday, March 16th, 2019

To add accent and flair to your home, try solar outside lighting. You can use accents to highlight different areas of your yard, features of your home, or line a walkway or garden path.. With outdoor lighting, you can continue playing, cook outdoors, or enjoy the pool or patio after dark.

Outside lighting adds to the safety of your home. Lights along a path or walkway will prevent missteps and possible injuries. Having a well lit circumference to your property will discourage intruders. You can purchase solar exterior lighting that will operate on a motion sensor to turn the lights on when someone penetrates the borders of your property. Motion sensors are also popular along walks and around pools where someone not familiar with your homes could falter and be injured.

Lighting a drive or walkway with solar outside lights set low in the ground will give highlights to your drive or walk, while insuring safety. Because the lights are solar powered, you don’t need to worry about the cost of operating or maintaining. There will be no costly electrical bills when you are using beautiful solar lighting. They add beauty and value to your property without adding ongoing costs.

Solar pole lamps will cast a broad circle of light in areas where you want open spaces to play or work. Some are on poles over seven feet tall and will cast a circle of light over an area of 30 feet. Hanging lamps are also a good choice when you want open space.

Adding solar patio lights to your deck or pool area will allow you better use of the area. There are lamps and lanterns that are solar powered and will add flair to your outdoors areas. You can use accent lights to highlight special areas of your yard. A flag spotlighted with a solar light is quick to catch the eye of passers by. If you have a beautiful feature to the outside of your house that you wish to draw attention to, put a spotlight or accent light on it.

With so many types and styles of solar outside lights to choose from, you can design a lighting plan to fit your personal style. You can choose the motif you desire and set the stage for a design that fits your lifestyle and makes a statement about your personality.

Combining beauty with safety is a main concern in any outdoor lighting plan. You add value to your home by accenting the best features of your home and landscaping. Solar exterior lighting placed in the proper spots will ensure the safety of your home and your guests by providing adequate lighting for mobility and by discouraging intruders. Solar outdoor lighting is a good plan for increasing the value and safety of your home.