Conserve Energy by Creating Lighting Zones

As a homeowner, you are probably conscience of the energy you are using in and around your home. Wasted energy leads to higher utility bills, which in turn take a toll on your wallet. If energy consumption is a top-of-mind matter for you, you may be hesitant to install a landscape lighting design around your home. But don’t let the fear of over-consumption scare you away from the idea. In fact, by creating lighting zones around your home, you can have added flexibility and control over how you illuminate your outdoor space, while also conserving energy in the process.

Lighting Zones

When we talk about a lighting zone, we are talking about fixtures that are grouped together on one electrical line. You can create multiple electrical lines that all go to one transformer, allowing for individual control of each line or “zone.”

You might create zones based on the proximity of the fixtures, or based on their function. If creating zones based on function for example, you might want to create a design where you can leave your security lighting on all night long, but be able to shut off your garden lighting before you go to bed.

Creating Zones

Before you install a landscape lighting design around your home – especially if you are creating zones – make sure to create a rough outline of your property and make note of any features you want to highlight with your lighting design. When creating zones, make sure you identify any lights that should have a specific purpose. Lighting that has a specific purpose should have different zones for each purpose, for example one zone for security, one for safety and one for aesthetics. Also consider how you will be using each area of your outdoor space. If you have a hot tub located under the gazebo out back, you may want to consider having the pathway lights that lead to that area and the gazebo or surrounding tree lights all in the same zone.

Flexibility and Convenience

When you create a landscape lighting design with zones, you have the ability to program each group of light fixtures separately, which adds flexibility and convenience to your lighting design. This also gives you the ability to customize your lighting design to fit your daily routine – if you go to bed early on Sunday nights, have the lights stay on longer on that night for added security.

Energy Conservation

While flexibility and convenience are great benefits, the best part of lighting your outdoor space in zones is the ability to limit your energy consumption. Without zones, you may put yourself in an “all or nothing” situation. If all your outdoor lighting fixtures are on the same electrical line, you may not have the ability to turn on the pathway lights without also turning on the garden, gazebo and patio lights as well. Similarly, if you have to turn your lights on and off manually, you may find yourself turning on the garden lights and forgetting to turn them off, which creates wasted energy. By creating zones in your landscape lighting design, you get more than just an on or off option. You can use only the lights you need, and only when you need them, which will help you conserve energy.

Contact Nite Time Décor

Let our landscape lighting professionals at Nite Time Décor Oakville create the perfect lighting zones for your outdoor space. Whether you’re looking to conserve energy or add flexibility and convenience to your daily routine, contact us today to get started on your one-of-a-kind landscape lighting design!

Outdoor Lighting for Small Spaces

When it comes to outdoor lighting, most people think of illuminating front entrances or walkways, large backyards, or beautiful trees and gardens. While these areas are great to highlight in a landscape lighting design created for large outdoor spaces, it’s also important to remember that small spaces – like patios and balconies – can also benefit from an outdoor lighting design.

Why Illuminate Your Small Space

Just like illuminating any large outdoor space, adding some light to a patio, deck or balcony for after the sun has gone, allows you to create some valuable extra living space. Let’s face it, the patio or balcony is great for relaxing during the daylight, but when the sun sets and the daylight fades, the use of your patio or balcony can become limiting. Why not enjoy your outdoor space as much as possible?

With the right outdoor lighting design you can create a warm, calming atmosphere perfect for entertaining guests or relaxing under the stars. To get you started with planning the perfect outdoor lighting design for your small space, we’ve compiled a list of important aspects to consider before making any purchases, as well as some popular lighting design choices you may want to incorporate into your new lighting design this summer.

Common Use of the Space

When it comes to creating an outdoor lighting design for a small patio or balcony, you’ll first want to determine how you will be using the space most often. Will you be outside after dark barbequing, eating, relaxing with a cold drink, reading a book or entertaining guests? When you’ve identified what the common use for the space will be, it will be much easier to decide what kind of lighting design to install and where exactly to install it.

Map Out the Space

Before you begin creating an outdoor lighting design for your small space, it’s important to map out the area before getting started with the installation.  If there are windows or glass doors directly facing your balcony or patio, you’ll want to consider this when deciding on the right lighting options. For example, if your balcony directly faces a bedroom window or living room door, you will want to use low, subtle lighting to avoid shining light into the living space of your neighbours, or even other family members within your household.

String Lights

String lights are a very common lighting design choice for small spaces, and the best thing about string lights is they never go out of style. Another added benefit of this lighting option is the flexibility thy offer. Depending on your space and budget, you can hang string lights across the top of your outdoor space, wrap them around railings or incorporate them within the greenery of your patio or balcony.

Warm Coloured LED Bulbs

To create a relaxing and cozy atmosphere for your outdoor space, you’ll want to consider warm coloured LED bulbs. LED lights can withstand the extreme elements of Mother Nature while also providing an aesthetically-pleasing glow that will make you want to stay curled up on your patio or balcony all night long.

Contact Nite Time Décor

Whether you’re looking for more information on illuminating your small outdoor space, or you’re searching for popular outdoor lighting trends for the summer season, contact our team of lighting design experts today. We’d be happy to help you create the outdoor space you’ve been dreaming of!

Illuminate your Garden with Landscape Lighting

Growing the perfect garden is not an easy task. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to create a garden that you’re proud to show off to friends, family members, neighbours and those just strolling by. With a garden that you put so much energy into, why let it go unnoticed after the sun has gone down?

With a landscape lighting design, your beautiful garden won’t fade into the darkness of the night. Instead, it will be on display for all to see at any hour of the day or night. If your garden deserves to be seen after the daylight’s started to dim, consider installing a landscape lighting design using at least one or more of these lighting features or techniques.

String Lights

If your garden is located along the perimeter of your property, string lights can create a warm and romantic ambiance that can work to highlight the foliage of your outdoor space. Try hanging the string lights on the fence that surrounds your garden, or hang them in the branches of your favourite tree to capture this effect.

Up Lighting

Up lighting is a lighting technique that places a bulb at a low point and directs the light upward. Many homeowners looking to illuminate the unique features of their landscape, such as trees and foliage, will use this up lighting technique to achieve a sense of depth and a texturized effect.

Down Lighting

Down lighting is the opposite of up lighting. With this technique, the bulb is placed at a highpoint and the light it directed downward. This technique is very popular in landscape lighting as it creates a very natural lighting effect – as if the moon or the stars are shining down on your landscape to create the effect.

Oftentimes, homeowners use this down lighting technique with large trees. Simply place the light up in the branches of the tree and direct the light downward to achieve your desired down-lit effect.

Posts

Placing post lights along the edge of your garden has been a popular garden lighting choice for some time now, but it certainly hasn’t gone out of style. Post lighting is both an effective and reliable way to illuminate your garden and highlight all of its unique features. Post lights may seem like a standard garden lighting option, but the effects you can create with this element are seemingly endless. Make sure you pick the appropriate placement for your post lights ahead of time to create the perfect lighting effects for your garden.

Contact Nite Time Décor

These are just four options you can try if you’re looking to illuminate the unique features of your garden and landscape this summer. To get the best results, we recommend contacting a professional landscape lighting company like Nite Time Décor Oakville. Our lighting design experts will listen to your needs and help you create the perfect outdoor lighting design for your property. Whether you’re looking to install your very first landscape lighting system, or you just want to change up your existing layout, contact our team at Nite Time Décor to get started today!

4 Ways to Increase Your Curb Appeal with Landscape Lighting

With the grass starting to grow, the flowers beginning to bloom and the sun starting to shine all day long, it is no wonder that real estate agents say spring is the most popular time to list or buy a house. Whether you’re looking to put your house on the market, or you want to stay where you are, you can easily spruce up the curb appeal of your property with a great outdoor lighting design. Our outdoor lighting professionals at Nite Time Décor Oakville have put together four simple ways to increase your curb appeal with landscape lighting.

Porch

Whether it’s the dead of night or mid-day, a front porch is one of the first things people look at when they pass by your house. When illuminating your porch after dark, you want to make sure it gives off the same aesthetic value it does in the daylight – if not more.

To properly illuminate your front porch, you’ll want to be sure you are using the appropriate sized bulbs. Often times, homeowners use bulbs that are too big or too small, which can cause the focal point of the porch itself to be lost. As a rule of thumb, bulbs should be ¼ to 1/5 of the height of the door.

Front Walkway

Your front walkway has the potential to give your property a warm and inviting ambience. To create this effect, use shadow lighting and downlighting as well as guards and glare shields. These elements will help create a smooth and soft lighting design while highlighting the intricate details of your walkway.

Front Door

Like your front porch, the front door of your home is often the focal point for your curb appeal. While it’s important to illuminate your front door for safety and security reasons, it’s also beneficial to highlight your front door with aesthetic value in mind. To do this, be sure you have updated light fixtures and the right-sized bulbs. For a double door entrance, create symmetry by mounting matching fixtures to shine on each side of the doorway.

Landscaping

While the front entrance of your home is important for increasing curb appeal, Highlighting the landscape of your property can also add aesthetic value to your home. A great way to do this is by highlighting a focal point in your front yard such as a tree, by using uplighting effects. Mounting a light at the base of the tree and pointing it upward will accent this landscaping feature and draw attention to it as a focal point in your outdoor lighting design.

Contact Nite Time Decor

If you want to create a landscape lighting design that will boost the curb appeal of your home, it’s best to talk to an outdoor lighting professional. Whether your ready to install a landscape lighting design today, or you’re looking for some general information on how to spruce up the outside of your home, our experienced team at Nite Time Décor Oakville can help you with all your outdoor lighting design needs. Contact us today to get started!

Landscape Lighting 101: How to start your landscape lighting design

 

As a homeowner, you work hard to make the inside of your home reflect your own unique style and personality. Unfortunately, some homeowners focus on their interior design so much so that they neglect the unique opportunities that can come from beautifying the outside of their homes.

A landscape lighting system can highlight the most unique elements of your home’s architecture, all while adding valuable curb appeal, security and even safety. But before you jump head first into selecting the perfect landscape lighting design for your home, it’s important to know exactly what your working with and what you’re looking for in a design.

How Will You Use Your Outdoor Space

Before choosing any outdoor lighting designs, consider how you will be using your outdoor space. Do you plan to illuminate your front walkway and entrance to provide security and safety at night? Or do you intend to light up your back porch to BBQ diner and entertain family and friends? The lighting design you choose will reflect the way you plan to use your space, so be sure you’ve considered all your needs before making a final decision.

To make the planning process easier, consider how you intend to use the following areas of your home after dark:

  • Front entrance
  • Steps
  • Driveway
  • Walkway
  • Patio or porch
  • Backyard
  • Pool
  • Trees
  • Unique architectural elements

Determine Lighting Style

Deciding on the needs of each area of your home will also help you determine what kind of lighting styles to use. If you plan to use lighting for a specific purpose like illuminating an outdoor dining area, you’ll want to use task lighting. If you plan to light up the entire landscape of your home, you’ll want to opt for overall lighting. If you want to illuminate a unique architectural feature on your home, you’ll want to use accent lighting such as spotlights or floodlights. If you have a diverse set of outdoor lighting needs, you may want to use a combination of lighting styles to create complimentary effects.

Set Up Lighting at Night

If you’ll be installing your landscape lighting design on your own, it is always best to position your lights after dark. If you set up your lighting design in the daytime you will not be able to see how the elements of your home – trees, shrubs etc., – act in relation to your lighting design. For example, one of your elements may cast a shadow that disrupts your overall design, or a misplaced fixture shines directly through your living room window.

Contact a Professional

Hiring a professional landscape lighting company can be very valuable for those looking to set up an outdoor lighting system for the first time. Our experienced team at Nite Time Décor Oakville can guide you through your options and help you every step of the way. From helping you explore the many ways to use your outdoor space, to helping you avoid DIY installation disasters, our team is here to make sure you find the landscape lighting design of your dreams. Contact us today to get started!

Four Reasons to Install Landscape Lighting

When it comes to landscape lighting, a lot of people tend to think of the aesthetic value it brings to a home, and rightfully so – as the right design can illuminate the best features of your home while adding curb appeal.

But landscape lighting does more than just give your home a beautiful glow long after the sun’s gone down, it also provides a range of other benefits including security, safety, comfort and utility. Continue reading below to find out just how beneficial a landscape lighting design can be for you.

Security

Illuminating the unique features of your home is one thing, but when it comes to the security of your home and the safety of your loved ones inside of it, nothing else matters. Fortunately landscape lighting helps to secure your home and deter from incidents like criminal and animal activity.

When installing a landscape lighting design that will help provide additional security to your home, it’s important to consider the location of your lighting design, the type of fixtures to use and the control settings that will benefit you most such as programmable timers and motion sensor technology.

Safety

One of the worst feelings is pulling into the driveway late at night and realizing you’ve forgotten to turn your porch light on. With no lighting outside to guide you, you slowly make your way to the door from your driveway, hoping to avoid sidestepping into your garden. Once there, you struggle to find the key you’re looking for. With a landscape lighting design, you no longer need to make that late-night navigation to your doorstep. Instead, programmable time settings and motion sensor technology will keep your driveway, walkway and front entrance illuminated at the exact times you need it the most.

Utility & Comfort

Aside from safety, security and aesthetic value, a landscape lighting design can also go a long way in providing utility and comfort. A beautiful backyard porch or patio is great during the daytime, but if you aren’t able to use it after the sun has set, you are missing out on a valuable living space in your home. This is especially true for smaller homes as an outdoor oasis can open your home up and create additional lounging and entertaining space. What’s more, a landscape lighting design also offers the comfort and relaxation of spending a warm summer evening out under the stars with family and friends.

Get These Benefits With a Professional Lighting Design

An outdoor lighting design offers a wide range of benefits to you and your home, but to get all of them in just one design, we suggest using a professional. Sure – a DIY project may seem fun, but when it comes to creating a safe and secure environment for your home, you’ll want to make sure your design is effective and the system is installed by experienced professionals. Our outdoor lighting experts can work with you to create a design that meets all of your needs. Contact us today to get started!

Keep Bugs Away with Landscape Lighting

 

If you thought your landscape lighting design only helped improve the look of your home, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn that your outdoor lighting can do so much more for you.

Without question, installing landscape lighting around your home brings you a lot of aesthetic value and can improve your curb appeal dramatically, but your landscape lighting also triples as both a security element and also a deterrent for bugs.

Even the biggest outdoor enthusiasts can agree that time spent outdoors can be quickly ruined by a pesky swarm of bugs or worse yet, a determined group of mosquitos. Fortunately, landscape lighting can help keep those pesky bugs and insects away.

I’m sure you’ve had at least one experience where you turned on a light outside at night and witnessed a group of bugs swarm towards the light. To avoid this, the solution is as simple as changing the bulbs in your outdoor light fixtures.

On the light spectrum, different colours of light are seen at different wavelengths. Like humans, insects and bugs cannot see the entire spectrum of light. So, the higher the wavelength of the light, the less likely a bug or insect is to detecting the colour.

Warm Colours

Warm light colours such as red, orange and yellow have the highest wavelengths. So naturally, you’ll want to use warm coloured bulbs in your outdoor lighting design in order to deter large swarms of bugs and insects. Yellow compact florescent bulbs, sodium vapour bulbs and halogen bulbs are lighting options that tend to decrease bug and insect activity.

LED Lights

LED lights are another great outdoor lighting option for keeping bugs away, as they emit little to no ultraviolet (UV) light. Insects and bugs are able to detect UV light, so having bulbs that emit no light and no heat will help keep bugs away. When it comes to LED lights, the lower the Kelvin (K) temperature, the more yellow the light will appear.

Be careful when it comes to incorporating large or low quality LED lights into your lighting design, as once the temperature reaches about 6,000 Kelvins, the LED will start to emit a blue tint that bugs and insects will pick up on.

Make Smart Purchases

Knowing which bulbs to use in your outdoor lighting fixtures will go a long way in keeping bugs and insects away from your illuminated outdoor space, but sometimes a good price may be hard to pass up. Just remember when shopping for new bulbs for your landscape lighting design that the cheapest option may not always be the best one. That’s not to say you can’t find reasonably priced warm-coloured bulbs and LED lights, but it’s important to think about how the lights you purchase will contribute to, or take away from, the overall look of your outdoor space.

When it comes to bugs and insects, there is no way to keep them away 100 per cent of the time. If one insect picks up on a light, others tend to follow in the same direction. But taking steps to minimize bug presence will certainly get you closer to having a less bugs in your outdoor space. For more information on outdoor lighting design and how to use the right bulbs in your outdoor space, contact one of our lighting design experts today!

DIY Disasters: Common Outdoor Lighting Mistakes to Avoid

Spring is the perfect time to get outside and start setting up your outdoor space. For a lot of homeowners, this set up process usually involves a crafty DIY project that is sure to impress all your summer guests.

While DIY projects are a great outlet for creativity, they don’t always turn out the way you imagine they will. This is especially true when it comes to DIY outdoor lighting projects. When creating your own lighting design and installing it yourself, it’s important to know what will work and what will not work before spending large amounts of time and money. To help you avoid any DIY disasters this spring, we’ve compiled a list of the most common outdoor lighting mistakes.

Poor Placement

The purpose of an outdoor lighting design is to illuminate all the best features of your home long after the sun’s gone down. Unfortunately, poor fixture placement can completely take away from your home’s unique architecture.

At Nite Time Décor, our outdoor lighting experts carefully measure the distance between fixtures and place them in a way that creates a subtle and even appearance.

Low-Powered Lights

You may have created the perfect outdoor lighting design, measured it out diligently and perhaps even placed all the fixtures in the right places, but installing low-powered lights can cause any great design to fall flat.

With low-powered lights, the spread of your lights will be too weak to illuminate a large area, or the beam may only be able to light up a small portion of the object your trying to highlight.

To avoid low-powered lights, stay away from the cheap, low quality battery and solar-powered lights. Saving a buck or two may feel better on your wallet up front, but it will certainly cost you in the long run when you realize your outdoor lighting design is actually hurting your curb appeal.

Lighting Glare

Nothing is worse than installing an outdoor lighting design only to realize that it creates a cringe-worthy glare. Lighting glare can occur when fixtures are not placed properly, when you’re using the wrong fixtures or bulbs, or your lights and fixtures are not angled properly.

To avoid spending days using the trial and error method to avoid lighting glare, it’s best to have a professional outdoor lighting company like Nite Time Décor install your lighting design. Our experts know exactly what fixtures and bulbs to use, and how to angle them so they create the perfect lighting effect for your home.

Avoid Mistakes, Call Nite Time Décor

While a great outdoor lighting design can highlight your home’s unique architectural features and increase curb appeal, it can also provide and element of safety and security. So why leave something so versatile and important in the hands of anyone but a professional?

Our experienced team at Nite Time Decor will work with you to create the lighting design of your dreams, and handle every part of the installation process, so you can spend less time labouring over your lights and more time relaxing underneath them this season. Come see us today or call one of our lighting design experts, to get started on your next outdoor lighting project.

Lighting Tips For Outdoor Living Spaces

Many homeowners are trying to maximize their available living space and are expanding outdoors. These outdoor living spaces are meant to bring a portion of the indoors outside, so it makes sense that one of the ways homeowners and designers are accomplishing that is with outdoor lighting.

The ideas outlined below may be low-cost or DIY in nature, but they may require an outdoor electrical outlet. The professionals at Nite Time Décor would love to help you install these lighting systems and any required outlets. We can also install timers and switches so everything works like a charm!

Pendants

Pendants can add flair and whimsy to an outdoor room. Whether you’re hoping to create a relaxing space, something romantic, or light up an eating or sitting area, pendant lights can be a perfect fit. Pendant lights are perfect for task lighting over an outdoor kitchen. Why not try a pendant light, or a series of pendants, under a covered porch? Pendant lights don’t all need electricity. Try candleholders in a pendant style.

Pendants lights don’t have to be large or ornate. Whether you buy one, repurpose one, or DIY something utterly unique, it will be a conversation piece.

Outdoor Fireplace

Outdoor fireplaces can have a bit of high-end glamour to them, or be stark and utilitarian. Either way, they can serve a function as an outdoor pizza oven during the day and a source of romantic light by night. They also have an added bonus of providing some warmth on those cool spring and autumn nights as well.

Fire Pits and Bowls

These can be entirely simple affairs to something very classy, but if you love to sit around a fire in the evening, this might a good choice for your landscape. These come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, finishes, and price points. These can provide a crackling fire and be aesthetically pleasing, so you don’t have to sacrifice one to have the other.

Lighted Pots

This is a newer trend that we love. You can purchase lighted pots from a variety of big retailers and online. You can DIY something for a similar effect. We love these because by day you have the pleasure of enjoying the plants in the pots and at night the pots can add some soft light to your outdoor living space. These can be moved or repositioned as needed.

Focal Points

Outdoor living spaces may have a roof, or ceiling-like beams, but often they lack walls. Creating a focal point can be challenging, but this is great way to make the most of your outdoor lighting. Chandeliers are great in this respect as they can add a lot of flair and pizzazz without taking up any floor space.

Lanterns

Lanterns can have a slightly rustic or vintage appearance or can have a high-gloss shine. Some lanterns will be entirely functional (whether they use candles, oil, or electricity) and some will only be decorative. Whether they sit on a table or hang from the ceiling, lanterns can be a great way to add soft light to an outdoor space that feels comfortable and inviting but still a bit outdoorsy.

We’re here to answer your outdoor lighting questions or help you design a truly unique lighting display for your home or business. Contact our lighting experts today to learn more about our lighting services or view our gallery of one-of-a-kind designs.

Fall Patio Lighting Design Ideas

Fall is approaching! The days are getting shorter and the kids are back to school, but there’s still plenty of outdoor entertaining time left in 2016!  Whether you’re planning a Harvest party, Thanksgiving get-together, want to decorate for Halloween, or just a romantic evening for two, the lighting experts at Nite Time Décor Oakville have put together a few ideas to help your patio look its best after dark this fall. As always, if you’re unsure about something, give us a call. We are happy to answer your questions.

Rope Lights

Rope lights are versatile and with proper installation are weather-proof so you can leave them up all year long. We love these for under small overhangs like steps or the edge of a deck, bench or railing. The trend is to hide the light fixture so a deck offers many groove and nooks to install rope lighting. LED lights are available in a variety of colours so if you’re having a themed party you can add some sparkle to the patio with these. If you’re having guests over this fall, ensure that changes in levels on patios and stairs are clearly illuminated for safety.

String Lights

If you’re looking for temporary pizzazz, string lights might be just the ticket. These are easy to install and can instantly transform your deck. String lights are available in a variety of shapes, lengths, and price points so whether you’re looking for something for Halloween (ghosts, jack-o-lanterns) or Thanksgiving (pumpkins maybe) or just romantic, you should be able to find what you’re looking for. We think these are a fun way to brighten your deck. String lights are easy to put up and take down. You don’t have to make a year-long commitment with these.

Trees

A popular landscape lighting design feature is to add spotlights shining up into the full foliage of a tree, or moonlighting by placing a light fixture high up in a tree so the light filters down through the leaves. But the leaves will be changing colour soon and dropping. Now what? You could adjust those lights once the leaves come down, or perhaps you can dim the lights using frosted or coloured lenses. This muted light can add a romantic feel to the landscape in fall. If you love decorating for Halloween, maybe you want to keep the spotlights on the tree’s naked branches and try to capture a spooky feel.

Dark Light

Don’t stress about lighting every corning of your yard. Once you’ve lit specific areas for safety, make use of those dark spaces to add contrast to the lighted portions of your yard and patio. The dark can act as a kind of privacy increasing the romantic or intimate feel. Use the dark to make the lighted spaces really pop and add a focal point.

Pathway Lights

The days are growing shorter, so if you plan to entertain this fall and haven’t yet installed pathway lighting – this is something we recommend. Not only does pathway lighting help guests find the pathways, but it might just keep them out of your gardens! There are a wide variety of pathway lighting options from solar stake lights to more permanent wired options. Fall is a great time to take advantage of end-of-season discounts at retailers.

We’d love to answer your outdoor lighting questions. Contact our outdoor lighting experts to learn more about our lighting services or view our gallery of one-of-a-kind designs.