The leaves have started to fall and the weather has started to cool down. Before you know it, winter will be here and snowflakes will be falling from the sky. When the snow starts to fall, providing maintenance to your landscape lighting system probably won’t be the task at the top of your to-do list. Chances are you’ll be focused on keeping your driveway, sidewalk and walkways clear, and getting those winter tires on your vehicle. While there is a lot to do to prepare for the winter season, our landscape lighting experts at Nite Time Decor are here to tell you that maintaining your landscape lighting system should be a priority. Here’s why:
It Prolongs Your Investment
When you purchased your landscape lighting system, you made an investment in your home and property. You installed a system that would boost your home’s curb appeal, increase safety and security around your home and create a functional outdoor space for you and your family to enjoy. It’s important to remember all of this when winter rolls around.
While conducting regular maintenance checks to your outdoor lighting system may seem like a low priority, it will actually help prolong the life of your system. Don’t get caught having to repair or replace your landscape lighting system when the damage can be easily preventable.
It Can Help Keep You Safe
A landscape lighting system does so much more than simply illuminate the outside of your home and property. It helps create a safe and secure environment. With poor weather conditions in the winter, along with prolonged periods of darkness in the mornings and evenings, your landscape lighting design can be more valuable than ever. A well maintained landscape lighting system can be effective in limiting safety hazards and helping you avoid injuries when you’re going out and about around your home.
What To Look For In A Winter Maintenance Check
If you’ve decided to make the regular winter maintenance of your landscape lighting system a priority, you’re going in the right direction! Now, you’ll need to know what to look for when you’re out inspecting your system this winter.
Dirty or Ice-Covered Lenses – If you notice your bulbs and fixtures are dirty or covered with ice, there’s a very high chance that your system isn’t working as effectively as it should be. Dirt, debris and ice will dim your light and block the beam from shining through. Make sure to clean any dirty or obstructed fixtures or bulbs with a clean, non-abrasive cloth.
Snow Drifts – After a big snowfall, you’ll want to do a quick walk-around of your landscape lighting system to clear away snow that may have piled up over your fixtures and lenses. As mentioned earlier, if the light cannot shine through the bulb, or a snow mound, it will not be doing you any good. Make sure you’re getting all the benefits your system has to offer by keeping fixtures and lenses clear.
Exposed Wires – During the early winter months, fluctuating weather conditions can cause the ground to freeze and thaw repeatedly. When this happens, wires may sneak their way to the surface. If this happens, you’ll want to make sure you rebury the wires, especially before the ground freezes. If the wire looks damaged in any way, or if you can see copper wire showing, it will need to be repaired before you rebury it. In situations like these, we recommend having a professional landscape lighting technician come out to inspect the damaged wires and make the appropriate repairs.
Contact Nite Time Decor Oakville
Whether your looking for more information about maintaining your landscape lighting system this winter, or you want an experienced lighting technicians to come out and help you with your maintenance and repair needs, Nite Time Decor can help! Contact us today to request a quote or schedule an appointment.
The summer has come to an end and the cool weather of fall is starting to make its appearance here in Southwestern Ontario. Before you know it, that colder weather will be forcing us to retreat back indoors to the comforts of our warm, cozy homes.
When this happens and our outdoor spaces become less utilized than they are in the summer months, it might be easy to disregard the idea of a landscape lighting system. If you don’t already have a landscape lighting system designed specifically for the needs of your home or business, the fall season may seem like an odd time to start thinking about getting one. Sure, you won’t be using your outdoor space much in the late fall and winter months, so what’s the point in investing in a system now? Why not wait until the spring?
While this may seem like a logical thought, the truth is that there is more to a landscape lighting design than being able to entertain guests with backyard dinner parties. In fact, when you think about the value that a landscape lighting system provides during the late fall and winter months, it makes perfect sense to invest in landscape lighting now.
An incredibly valuable benefit to having a custom-designed landscape system installed around your home and property is increased security. While outdoor lighting also helps make your outdoor space more usable in the summer months, increased security is a benefit you can enjoy all year long.
Illuminating the outside of your home – including your driveway and parking area, doorways and entrances and the darker areas around your property – will provide an added element of security around your home.
Another valuable benefit of landscape lighting is its ability to increase safety in and around your property. This can be especially important during the winter months when it stays darker longer in the morning and gets dark quickly in the evening. Areas to consider here are frequently trafficked areas outside your home like the driveway, walkways and front entrance. When you combine walking to and from your car each day in the dark, with poor weather conditions that have the ability to produce black ice in these areas, limited visibility can quickly contribute to a slip or fall injury. Installing a landscape lighting system that focuses on these important areas will help keep you and your family safe during the cold dark winter season.
Avoiding the Peak Season
Because many homeowners start to think about investing in a landscape lighting design in the spring and summer months, fall tends to be an off-peak season. This means that professional landscape lighting companies are typically less busy. So how does this benefit you? Selecting a landscape lighting design and booking the installation in an off-peak period often means that a landscape lighting company can come out and perform a quick installation right away – talk about convenience!
Contact Nite Time Decor Oakville
If you’re looking to increase safety and security around your home this fall and winter, our experienced team of outdoor lighting professionals at Nite Time Decor can help! Contact us today to get started on the perfect landscape lighting design for your home or business.
A professionally installed landscape lighting system has many benefits. Not only does it highlight key aesthetic features of your home and boost curb appeal, it also helps to increase safety and security around your home and property. These are just some of the many benefits that a landscape lighting design can bring to your home. But, like many things in life, your landscape lighting system will only be effective if it is in working condition.
For homeowners who purchased and installed their landscape lighting system years ago, they may find that their system isn’t running like it used to. This is common if you’ve installed a landscape lighting system and have simply left it on its own for a great length of time. As the summer season quickly comes to an end, our team of experienced lighting professionals have decided to compile this list of tips to help keep your system in prime, working condition all year round.
If you are looking to install a new landscape lighting system, or simply re-arrange the design you currently have, remember that lighting placement matters, especially when it comes to preventing damage to your system.
It’s important to place your lights in an area that doesn’t receive heavy foot traffic. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t illuminate the areas people use most. Rather, it means you should find the areas people use most, and place your lights around that area.
Another thing to keep in mind when determining the placement of lights around your home is the effect of rain, snow and fertilizer. If possible, place your lights under the cover of overhangs or awnings, which will go a long way in preventing damage from the natural elements of heavy rain, falling snow and blustering winds. When it comes to placing your lights in and around a garden where fertilizer has been used, apply protective glass treatments on a regular basis or simply find an area where your lights will not come into direct contact with the fertilizer.
Perform Regular Maintenance Checks
Regular maintenance checks will do wonders for increasing the longevity of your landscape lighting system. Simply walk around your property on a weekly or monthly basis and keep an eye out for any damage to your bulbs, fixtures or wires. If you take this opportunity to clean and straighten your fixtures, and clear away any build up of dirt, snow or ice, you’re system is sure to be more effective all year long.
Be Mindful When Mowing Your Lawn
If you’ve created the perfect landscape lighting design for your home, chances are you have some of your lighting fixtures on the ground level. When you have fixtures on ground level, you have to be extra conscious of these elements when performing other landscaping maintenance tasks such as mowing the lawn, trimming around edges and corners and pulling weeds in the garden.
Before mowing and trimming edges and corners, it’s a good idea to place buckets over any ground-level fixtures. This will ensure you do not accidentally run over one of your light fixtures while mowing, or hit your fixtures with any debris that might shoot out the side of your mower and cause damage.
Contact Nite Time Décor Oakville
Preventing damage to your landscape lighting system starts with properly creating your design. From choosing quality materials to planning out the exact placement for each light, you’ll want to be sure you are making the right choices. Our team of landscape lighting professionals can help you make these important decisions. Contact us today to find out how we can help you create the landscape lighting design of your dreams.
Just like that, August has practically come and gone. It’s hard to believe that fall is just around the corner. As the days start to get shorter, and the temperatures begin to cool off, it’s important to prepare your home and property for fall. While it may not be the first thing you think about as a homeowner, prepping your landscape lighting system for fall is an important step to ensuring the longevity of your system. To help you check this task off of your to-do list, our lighting experts have compiled a helpful list of tips for preparing your landscape lighting system for fall.
Do a ‘Walk About’
The best way to start prepping your lawn for fall is to go outside in the daytime and do a complete ‘walk about’ of your property. Inspect your light fixtures and assess the condition of all wires.
If you notice any scratches on the lenses of your lights, take the time to buff them out or replace the lenses altogether. If your landscape lighting design operates all year long, scratches can take away the effectiveness of your system.
If you happen to notice exposed wires, or wires that are torn or damaged, you’ll need to resolve this issue right away. Exposed and damaged wires present a safety risk on your property, especially if you have children or pets in your household. If you have exposed or damaged wires, contact Nite Time Décor and have one of our experienced technicians cover, repair or replace the problem wires.
During your ‘walk about’ you may notice that your fixtures have shifted since their original installation. This is typical as fixtures may fall victim to foot traffic and lawn maintenance activities over the summer months. If you have any leaning light fixtures on your property, simply restore them to their correct position by straightening them out and tighten the mount if applicable.
The leaves may not be falling from the trees just yet, but before you know it, fall will be in full force and the branches will quickly become barren. When this happens, it is important to clear the leaves from your landscape lighting system. Not only do leaves cover your fixtures and impact the effectiveness of your system, they can also allow dampness to accumulate and cause damage to the fixture, bulb and wires.
Consider Changing Your Design
If you’ve had the same landscape lighting setup for quite some time and you’re looking for a change, now is a good time to change up your design. You can take this opportunity to illuminate a new area or feature of your home, or you can start thinking about installing new festive lighting for the upcoming holidays.
Contact Nite Time Décor Oakville
Whether you’re looking to repair the fixtures in your current landscape lighting system, or you’re considering changing up your design altogether, our experienced team at Nite Time Décor can help. Contact us today to start creating the design of your dreams, or find your inspiration by browsing through our gallery!
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!
Contact Nite Time Décor
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!
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.
Contact Nite Time Decor
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Contact Nite Time Décor
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!