Lighting Ideas For Spring

Summer might feel like it’s a long way away, but it’s not too early to start thinking about enjoying your yard and deck after the sun goes down. Our experts at Nite Time Decor Oakville are available to help you plan your landscape lighting to best highlight the features of your home or business with an eye to aesthetics, function, safety and security.

Here are some of the most popular lighting solutions for outdoor lighting.

String Lights

One of the easiest solutions for outdoor lighting are string lights. These require very little preparation – just string them up and plug them in. They can be used along a wall as accent lights or hung over an outdoor living space to provide general area lighting.String lights work well in trees, or over a dining area to provide ambiance without creating light pollution.

Portable Lights

Portable lights are a great, versatile and quick solution for some outdoor ambiance. These wireless lights come in a variety of styles, heights, and finishes.Solar powered LED lights are a great option and are well-suited to a wide range of applications from pathway lighting, garden lighting, pool deck security lighting, and many more options. A great bonus is that you can move these lights depending on your lighting needs.

Edge Lighting

LED strip lights can mounted to the underside of many surfaces to provide subtle outdoor lighting that serves many purposes. Whether you’re looking to use them to light up stairs or level changes on your deck, along a railing, bench seating, or an outdoor bar or kitchen as area lighting, this is a great option that suits almost any outdoor space. Not only will these lights look great, but they’ll also double as effective safety lighting

Edge lighting can also be used to define walkways and paths around your yard to help people navigate a dark or unfamiliar yard.

Garden Lights

Don’t let the sun go down on all that hard work you’ve put into landscaping plants, gardens and other features. Show off all that hard work by choosing garden lights to correspond with the type of garden you have. There are several ways to illuminate your gardens to create an atmosphere that is warm and inviting for your guests. Up lights accentuate taller plants or can be shone against a light-coloured backdrop highlighting the greenery. Down lights put the focus on ground cover or lower plants and provide safety lighting for paths without blinding guests.

Architecture Lights

Your home is beautiful, why not show it off? Want to highlight the fantastic natural stone, columns or symmetry of your home? Want to create a visual focal point at night with yardornaments or features, well designed architectural lighting not only creates curb appeal and pleasing aesthetics but also helps deter theft and break-ins.

Contact Nite Time Decor

Looking to install or upgrade your outdoor landscape lighting? Contact our experienced lighting professionals at Nite Time Decor Oakville. Our experts can create a versatile, functional and beautiful lighting layout to highlight your home or business and keep your family or customers safe. Contact our team at Nite Time Decor to get started today!

4 Types Of Landscape Lighting That Work In Any Garden

With spring upon us and gardening season right around the corner, now is a great time to plan your landscape lighting. Whether you’re updating existing gardens or starting from scratch, don’t forget about your outdoor lighting so you can enjoy those gardens after the sun goes down too.

Gardens can be enhanced and add to the visual aesthetic of your home or business with a well-designed and properly implemented outdoor lighting plan. It is important to plan ahead and know what options are available to show off your hard work on that lovely garden in the evening. Here are our expert’s top five types of garden lighting.

String Lights

Often used for narrow gardens along the perimeter of your property or in trees, these lights can create a warm and inviting ambiance as part of the outdoor lighting on your property. These lights can be hung along fences, in pergolas, or even directly on the branches of trees to complete the desired effect.

Up Lighting

This landscape lighting technique can create depth and show of some of the varied textures of your garden features. To achieve this a light is placed in a lower position and directed up at the feature being accented. This effect works well with trees, foliage or other taller garden features.

Down Lighting

As the name implies, this technique is the inverse of up lighting. A light is placed above the feature being accented, illuminating it from above. This type of landscape lighting is quite popular and especially effective at creating a natural effect, showing off the garden features in a way that mimics how it would be seen on a bright evening where the moon and stars are shining bright.

This technique can also be used in the branches of a large tree to light up the tree and the gardens below. This type of outdoor lighting not only illuminates gardens, but provides good general area lighting.

Post Lighting

This is one of the most common and popular types of outdoor lighting. It is used for a variety of purposes and is an effective part of a landscape lighting system. Post lights evoke warm memories due to their nostalgic feel. Locations should be well planned to achieve the desired effect. Post lights can become a feature themselves and the design options for these types of lights are nearly unlimited.

Contact Nite Time Decor Oakville

These are just four fairly simple types of outdoor lights that can be used in any variety of combinations for an effective landscape lighting plan. To achieve the best results, it’s important to understand the advantages and disadvantages of each system, that’s why we recommend contacting our professional landscape lighting team at Nite Time Decor.

Our outdoor lighting experts can help you develop a design and select the appropriate lighting techniques from these and many other options to create the perfect plan for your property. Whether you’re just getting started or already have a system in place, let us help you. Contact our team at Nite Time Decor Oakville to get started today!

How To Maintain Your Landscape Lighting Fixtures

Basic spring maintenance for your landscape lighting system will not only ensure your outdoor lights are performing well, but it’s also a time to re-evaluate whether it’s time to upgrade or update some of your older fixtures.

You don’t need special equipment or training to get started on basic cleaning and maintenance, but you will need to pay careful attention to electrical components and ensure sockets stay dry.

As always when working with any electrical elements, ensure the power is turned off before you begin to clean. If the fixtures aren’t easily reached from the ground, be sure to secure the ladder properly to avoid accidental tips or falls.

Always make sure to check the lighting manufacturer’s website for any cleaning instructions specific to your fixture.

A screwdriver is usually all that’s required to remove the globe, shields, or grills of your fixture. Any removeable components can be easily cleaned up with a soft cloth and warm soapy water to remove any dirt or bug carcasses that may have accumulated over the last season. Alternatively, any glass components can be cleaned with a standard glass cleaner.

Do not wash the light bulbs! Water in sockets can cause damage.

With your soft cloth and sudsy water, wipe down the exterior of the light fixture. This should shine things up considerably. Avoid getting water into the open sockets as this could damage your fixture.

Give things a good rinse with a clean damp cloth. You don’t want to leave any soapy residue behind. Let everything dry before applying polish or wax to metal parts.

Lightbulbs can be fragile, so handle with care. This is also a great time to replace burnt out light bulbs. Again, make sure not to get water in the sockets.

And you’re done! It’s fairly quick and easy to do basic cleaning and maintenance on your lighting fixtures for a polished and clean shine that will light up your home or business for another season.

Additional Tips for Your Landscape Lighting Maintenance

Lemon For Copper Fixtures – A great homemade cleaner for copper fixtures is a cut lemon. Take half a fresh lemon, dip the cut end in some salt, and scrub the copper clean. The acidic lemon and salt mixture scrubs and removes tarnish. Be sure to wipe the lemon juice off the fixture before applying a copper polish.

Cleaning Tiki Lamps – These are fun fixtures for the garden and landscape and if you’ve purchased a Nite Time Décor tiki lamp, it should last with little maintenance. Even with natural or propane gas tiki lamps that burn clean, there will be some carbon build up. Just clean the head with warm water and mild soap and it should be good as new again.

Is It Time To Upgrade Or Replace?

This quick spring cleaning is a great time to learn about new smart technology lighting solutions, or upgrades to LED for greater efficiency. Or maybe it’s just time to change the look of things and see what’s new. Our Nite Time Décor Oakville associates are always willing to help with any questions you might have. Contact us today!

Tips for Maintaining Your Landscape Lighting System This Winter

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.

Why Invest In a Landscape Lighting Design This Fall

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.

Security

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.

Safety

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.

How To Prevent Damage To Your Landscape Lighting System

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.

Lighting Placement

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.

How to Prep Your Landscape Lighting System for Fall

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.

Straighten Fixtures

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.

Clear Leaves

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!

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!

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!

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.

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.

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!