Landscape Lighting FAQs Answered

Are you considering installing a landscape lighting system that is specifically designed to meet your home’s unique features and needs? If so, you may have some important questions you need answered before making your decision. When it comes to your home, you should always do your research before making any big purchases or installations. That’s why our lighting experts at Nite Time Decor Oakville want to make the research process that much easier for you. To do so, we’ve provided answers to a number of frequently asked questions to help you make an informed decision about designing and installing your very first landscape lighting system.

Q: What are the benefits to investing in a landscape lighting system?

A: There are many benefits to investing in a landscape lighting system. Financially, a well-designed and professionally installed landscape lighting system can boost the curb appeal of your home which can ultimately increase you’re home’s value. Another benefit of a landscape lighting system is the added safety and security it provides. Exterior lighting will help your family members and guests safely navigate their way around your outdoor space after dark, while also helping to deter criminal activity such as theft.

Q: How much does a landscape lighting system cost?

A:  Landscape lighting systems can vary in cost, as they are designed and installed based on the unique needs of your family and your home. Depending on what you are looking for, your landscape lighting system can range from minimal to intricate, with a price tag that reflects those lighting choices. Whatever route you decide to take, the cost will come down to two main factors: the quantity of light fixtures your design requires and the desired effect you’re looking to achieve. Our landscape lighting professionals can work with your vision and budget to create the perfect lighting design for your home.

Q: Will an installation damage my yard?

A: Not at all. Our experienced landscape lighting technicians are trained to conduct a professional installation without damaging any parts of your lawn in the process. If any trench work in required to bury wires, our technicians will make a small incision and carefully place the wiring in the appropriate spot. When this occurs, your grass should recover after a normal rainfall, and no lasting marks should remain.

Q: Is landscape lighting hard to operate and maintain?

A: Absolutely not. With programmable settings and customizable timers, you’ll be able to set your preferences and let your system do what it does best – illuminate your home and property!

While your landscape lighting system may require some occasional maintenance, our experienced technicians can help. Whether it’s repairing a fixture or replacing a wire, our lighting technicians are always available to help you out!

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Looking for more information about landscape lighting systems? Have more questions that you need answered? Give us a call! Our experienced team at Nite Time Décor Oakville would be happy to answer any of your questions, and help you on your way to creating the outdoor lighting design of your dreams!

Tips for Illuminating Your Pool or Pond

Water features like pools and ponds often become focal points for homeowners and guests, so it makes sense that they should garner attention even after the sun goes down. With a landscape lighting design that is customized to the unique features of your property, you can continue a pool party long into the summer evenings, or stay out late relaxing to the trickling sound of your water feature. Whether you’ve got a pool, a pond or any other kind of water feature, our landscape lighting professionals have put together this list of tips for illuminating these important areas of your property.

Pool Lighting Tips

Tips #1: Keep the liner colour in mind

When it comes to illuminating your pool, remember to consider the colour of your pool liner when creating your design. Lighter colours tend to reflect light while darker colours will absorb it. Factoring in the colour of your pool liner and how it might reflect or absorb the light will help you decide what kind of bulbs to use and how to place each fixture so that it achieves your desired effect.

Tip #2: Cheaper is not always better

While incandescent lights may be cheaper to install, they will cost you more in the long run as they use more electricity and may need to be replaced more often. LED and Fiber Optic lights on the other hand, will likely cost you more up front but are less expensive to run, easy to maintain and usually last a lot longer than incandescent bulbs.

Tip #3: Don’t forget the pool deck and walkways

When creating a landscape lighting design for your pool, it can be easy to focus on the pool itself and forget about the surrounding area like the pool deck and the walkways leading up to the pool area. These surrounding areas are essential to creating a full-bodied and even lighting design, so make sure you factor them into your design.

Pond Lighting Tips

Tip #1: Choose the right technique for your pond

When illuminating a pond, there are two lighting techniques you can choose. The first is underwater lighting and the second is exterior lighting.

Underwater lighting is great if you are looking to create focal points with features like waterfalls. This lighting technique is also best used for water that will remain clear, as murky water will take away from the lighting effect you are trying to achieve with this technique.

Exterior lighting works great when you are trying to illuminate the surrounding features of your pond. Using this technique, lights can be set up around the pond – in rocks or foliage – to create a warm and tranquil atmosphere.

Tip #2: Use soft white lights

Soft white lights work well with ponds because they create a nice, subtle surface glow.

Tip #3: Use brass fixtures

If your lighting fixture is going to be submerged underwater, or it is going to be in constant contact with water, it is ideal to use solid brass fixtures. Unlike other materials, solid brass fixtures will last in these wet conditions. While it might cost you a little more money initially, you will end up saving money in the long run with these fixtures.

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Whether you’re just beginning to create your landscape lighting design or you’re ready for a professional installation, our experienced team at Nite Time Decor Oakville can help. To learn more about how we can help you create the landscape lighting design of your dreams, contact us today or visit our gallery for some inspiration.

Two Areas Not to Forget in Your Landscape Lighting Design

When it comes to illuminating your property with landscape lighting, it can sometimes be difficult to know exactly what areas need light. When you also have to consider how you want each area illuminated, the design process can quickly become overwhelming.

Many homeowners who have never selected a landscape lighting design before tend to focus their efforts on the most obvious areas of their home and property, like the front porch and the back deck. While these areas are a great place to start, it’s important to consider some of the other, smaller details of your home. To help you remember what commonly-forgotten areas you should include in your next landscape lighting design, we’ve compiled this helpful list!

The Driveway

While it’s probably one of the most-used parts of your outdoor space, the driveway can sometimes be forgotten when it comes to landscape lighting. Sure, we need it and we use it every day, but for some reason it’s not the first thing that comes to mind when we think I need a great landscape lighting design.

The reason the driveway is one of the most important areas to illuminate, even if we don’t think of it right away, is because of the way homeowners use it. Everyone has pulled into their driveway late at night, or have walked across it at some point after the sun has gone down. Because we use it so frequently, both in the daytime and at night, it’s important to keep it illuminated so no one trips, stumbles or falls as they make their way to the front door.

Aside from safety, illuminating your driveway has other benefits too. A driveway that is lit up will detract thieves who might wander by your parked car at night, and it can also add a layer of depth to the overall aesthetics of your landscape lighting design, which is especially helpful for increasing the curb appeal of your home.

Walkways

Like the driveway, the walkways that wander your home can often be forgotten when designing a landscape lighting system. While many homeowners remember to illuminate the walkways that lead up to the front entranceway, many forget about the walkways located at the back or side of the house.

These areas are important to illuminate because they act as a safety feature. Like the driveway, they are areas that are frequently used and can cause a hazard if they are not illuminated properly after dark. When creating the perfect outdoor lighting design for your home, remember to assess all the frequently used walkways around your home – whether it’s the ones at the side of your house or the path that leads from the back deck to the gazebo.

Tip

If you’re creating a landscape lighting design for the first time, or you’re just looking to spruce up your existing design, it’s important to take a hard and thorough look at your property before you get started. Map out the areas you want to illuminate and pin-point the areas that get used the most. Doing this kind of assessment will help you determine exactly what you need your landscape lighting design to do.

Contact Nite Time Decor Oakville

Creating the perfect landscape lighting design can sometimes feel overwhelming, especially if you’re a new homeowner or you’ve never selected your own outdoor lighting design before. If you have questions about getting started, our outdoor lighting professionals can help! Whether you’re in the planning stages of your design, mid-way through the selection stage, or you know exactly what you want and just need a professional installation, our team is always ready to help. Contact us today to get started!

Illuminate your Business with Landscape Lighting

As a business owner, you want your business to stand out among your competitors. This is applicable when talking about your products and services, your customer service and even your overall brand. But it can also apply to the physical aesthetics of your business and its location, and this is where a beautiful landscape lighting design can really help.

If you think a landscape lighting design can only be used to illuminate your backyard or highlight the great architectural features of your home, think again. Landscape lighting designs can also be used to enhance the character and beauty of your commercial property, and make your business a charming place that customers will want to keep coming back to.

To help you create the best landscape lighting design for your business, our experienced team of lighting professionals have put together a list of things to consider before getting started.

Stick to Basic Colours

While the landscape lighting design you have at home might incorporate coloured lights to enhance certain features of your home or property, the landscape lighting design for your business should stick with bulbs that are white and light in colour. Clean white and light colours will help create a more professional ambiance that your customers will appreciate.

While clean light colours are recommended, it’s important to note that there are always exceptions that can be made. Depending on the type of both your property and your business, it may be beneficial to mix in some colour here and there.

Increased Brightness

Unlike your residential landscape lighting design that aims for subtle brightness and warm tones, your commercial landscape lighting design should be a fair bit brighter. The last thing you want to do is create a design that doesn’t fully illuminate your storefront and/or signage, or doesn’t grab the eyes of your prospective customers and clients. Increased brightness is also helpful in boosting the level of security around your business.

Illuminate Walkways

Having an eye-catching storefront that draws customers in even after the sun has set is great for business. But what is even more important is creating a safe and hazard-free environment. This is one of the reasons that having landscape lighting installed around your commercial property is so beneficial. If a customer ­– or even just a person passing by – slips, trips or falls while on your property, you may be liable. To avoid a serious situation like this, make sure you illuminate walkways and other areas that where pedestrians may have an increased risk of falls (stairs, slopes etc.). Installing fixtures in these areas will help increase safety while also allowing you to create additional layers of depth in your landscape lighting design.

Contact a Professional

When it comes to your business, don’t let your competitors out-shine you when it comes to landscape lighting. Whether you want to install a landscape lighting design around your commercial property or you simply want to learn more about how a lighting design can help your business, contact our professional and knowledgeable team today at Nite Time Décor Oakville. We’d love to shine a spotlight and help you put your business up in lights!

Pet-proofing your Landscape Lighting

At Nite Time Décor Oakville, we often tell prospective customers to think about how they use their outdoor space before selecting and installing an outdoor lighting design for their home.

It’s a simple piece of advice, but it goes a long way. Some homeowners know they want an outdoor lighting design, but don’t know where to start. If you stop for a moment and really think about how you use your outdoor space, it will allow you to create an outdoor lighting design that is perfectly suited to your needs.

What homeowners sometimes fail to think about it not how they use their outdoor space, but who is using the outdoor space. Perhaps you like to sit out and relax under the stars, or barbeque a nice late-night meal. Maybe you have teenagers who like to use the hot tub or play board games on the patio. When you consider who uses the space and how they like to use it, don’t forget about your four-legged fury friends!

Most times, your dog is the one who uses your outdoor space the most, so it’s only fair that you consider them when selecting and installing an outdoor lighting system. To make sure everyone in your family can enjoy your outdoor lighting design, follow these four pet-proofing tips.

Protect Wires

Dogs, like young children, do not understand the concept and associated dangers of electrical wires. This means that you need to protect any electrical wires that are a part of your outdoor lighting design.

At Nite Time Décor, our experienced team will professionally install your outdoor lighting design and make sure all electrical wires are out of sight and protected. If you’ve performed a do-it-yourself installation or have had your outdoor lighting design installed by someone who is not a professional, you run the risk of having exposed electrical wires. If this is the case, contact our talented team at Nite Time Décor to have the exposed wires re-installed and ensure the safety of your pets and loved ones.

Create Barriers

If your four-legged friend likes to snoop or dig round the lawn and garden, it’s best to create barriers between your light fixtures and your pet. Decorative rocks act as great barriers. Simply place decorative rocks around your fixtures or overtop of areas that have underlying wires to ensure your pet does not accidentally uncover fixtures or wires.

Remove Vegetation Barriers

While creating barriers between your dog’s paws and light fixtures is a good pet-proofing technique, you’ll want to remove vegetation barriers that might surround your fixtures.  Excessive vegetation or foliage can camouflage your fixtures and might cause your pet to unknowingly uncover a fixture – or potential chew toy – while snooping through the garden one day.

Conduct Regular Checks

The best way to discover a potential hazard before it becomes a danger to you or your furry friend is to perform regular checks around your home and landscape. Look for damaged fixtures or bulbs, or chewed wires. Exposed wires, broken bulbs and damaged fixtures are all hazards that can put you, your family and your pet at risk.

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Pet-proofing your outdoor lighting design is the responsible thing to do if you have dogs or pets that enjoy your outdoor space as much – or even more – than you do. To increase safety, contact our lighting experts at Nite Time Décor Oakville to perform your pet-proofing service, or have our team professionally install your next outdoor lighting design.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!