Outdoor Lighting Trends 2017

With the snow almost melted and your backyard lawn starting to show signs of life after a long winter, you may be eager to start sprucing up your outdoor space. But don’t forget about one of the key elements that makes that space the oasis it is – your outdoor lighting!

2017 brings with it new outdoor lighting trends that are sure to be staple elements of many outdoor lighting designs this summer.  Whether it’s time to replace a few fixtures around your patio or you’re looking to totally remodel your whole backyard, knowing what options are available to you will certainly help in choosing the right outdoor lighting design.

LED Lighting

LED lighting is not necessarily a new trend, it actually rose to popularity a couple of years ago. With that being said, advances in LED lighting technology has have made this lighting choice even more popular today.

Not only do LED bulbs work for a wide range of designs due to the variety of warm and cool light colours available on the market, but they also use less energy than traditional light bulbs and they last longer too! When you incorporate LED bulbs into your outdoor lighting design you can feel good about conserving energy, saving money and spending less time on lighting maintenance.

Moonlighting

One of the best ways to relax during the summer months is lounging outside on a warm night looking up at the stars and the moon. Unfortunately, the stars and the moon are not always visible. Luckily, you can create that moonlit ambience with your landscape lighting design. A moonlit lighting design uses down lights to simulate the natural light of the moon.

Installing the lights at the right heights and using glare guards are critical for achieving the perfect moonlit effect, so you’ll want to contact a lighting professional to help with the design and installation.

Outdoor Chandeliers

Just as it’s important to have at least one statement décor piece inside of your home, it’s now also trendy to have one outside of your home too!  An outdoor chandelier can be just the statement piece you’ve been searching for in your outdoor space.

Whether you’re entertaining party guests or spending time with family in the backyard, an outdoor chandelier is sure to be the envy of the evening, and will likely be a great conversation starter as well.

To find an outdoor chandelier that suites your home’s lighting needs, contact one of our experienced team of lighting professionals today.

Lanterns

Lanterns are always a popular outdoor lighting choice, but each year it seems the lantern craze takes on a new twist. This year, it’s chic lanterns that are getting all the attention. This modern take on a timeless design can give your outdoor the cool, sleek look you’ve been searching for.

If you’re looking for some inspiration for your next outdoor lighting design, browse through our photo gallery to see some of these outdoor lighting trends in action. If you’re ready to start your next landscape lighting project, come see us today or call one of our lighting design experts. We’d love to help you create the lighting design of your dreams for your home or business.

Spring Cleaning: Outdoor Lighting Fixtures

It’s officially spring, and that means you’ve probably already started your home spring cleaning routine. While your busy cleaning out closets, wiping down windows and disinfecting countertops, there’s one part of your home that often goes unnoticed – your outdoor lighting fixtures.

It’s easy to forget that your outdoor lighting fixtures need a little maintenance every now and again. But when they do get the maintenance they need, it does wonders to enhance their appearance, their durability and it improves the quality of light they give off. This spring, remember to set some time aside for cleaning your outdoor lighting fixtures. Follow these simple steps for performing safe maintenance on your outdoor lighting system.

Unplug

Before cleaning your outdoor lighting fixtures, make sure all the lights are turned off and the power supply is shut off.

Remove Bulbs

Before cleaning, remember to also remove the light bulb from the fixtures. Once this is done, you can set all the parts aside to begin cleaning.

Use Soapy Water

Fill two buckets with warm water and add in a splash of dish soap. Wipe the outside of the fixtures and glass (without light bulbs) with a damp soapy cloth. Use a clean cloth with clean water to wipe away any soapy residue and then dry thoroughly.

Use Glass Cleaner

For extra clean glass, you can use glass cleaner to make sure you remove any built up residue so your lights are shining at their brightest.

Polish Metal

When all fixtures are clean and dry, you can apply a little polish to metal areas to clean and protect the finish.

Reassemble

When all parts of your outdoor light fixtures are dry, you can reassemble your fixtures if required.

In just six easy steps, you can give your outdoor lighting fixtures the spring cleaning they deserve and ensure they be in great shape for as long as possible.

If you have any questions about outdoor lighting maintenance or installation, or if you want to learn more about any of our outdoor lighting services, feel free to contact our friendly Nite Time Décor associates by phone at 1-800-952-3006 or by email at info@landscapelightingoakville.com.