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.

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.

Conserve Energy by Creating Lighting Zones

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

Lighting Zones

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

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

Creating Zones

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

Flexibility and Convenience

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

Energy Conservation

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

Contact Nite Time Décor

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

Outdoor Lighting for Small Spaces

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

Why Illuminate Your Small Space

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

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

Common Use of the Space

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

Map Out the Space

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

String Lights

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

Warm Coloured LED Bulbs

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

Contact Nite Time Décor

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

Illuminate your Garden with Landscape Lighting

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

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

String Lights

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

Up Lighting

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

Down Lighting

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

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

Posts

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

Contact Nite Time Décor

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

4 Ways to Increase Your Curb Appeal with Landscape Lighting

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

Porch

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

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

Front Walkway

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

Front Door

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

Landscaping

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

Contact Nite Time Decor

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

Landscape Lighting 101: How to start your landscape lighting design

 

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

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

How Will You Use Your Outdoor Space

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

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

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

Determine Lighting Style

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

Set Up Lighting at Night

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

Contact a Professional

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

Four Reasons to Install Landscape Lighting

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

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

Security

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

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

Safety

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

Utility & Comfort

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

Get These Benefits With a Professional Lighting Design

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

Keep Bugs Away with Landscape Lighting

 

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

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

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

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

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

Warm Colours

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

LED Lights

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

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

Make Smart Purchases

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

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

DIY Disasters: Common Outdoor Lighting Mistakes to Avoid

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

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

Poor Placement

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

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

Low-Powered Lights

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

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

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

Lighting Glare

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

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

Avoid Mistakes, Call Nite Time Décor

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

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