Fall Landscape Lighting Ideas

We’re still enjoying the last days of summer, but already the garden nurseries and craft stores are packed with fall décor. Fall doesn’t have to mean the end of your backyard paradise or outdoor entertaining! Our Nite Time Décor lighting experts have put together a list of ideas to keep your fall landscape lighting on point. Need more ideas or looking to update or expand your current outdoor lighting, give our team a call today!

String Lights

String lights have come a long way and are available in a variety of colours and styles. There’s sure to be something that matches the look you want or your existing outdoor décor. We think these are a fun and inexpensive way to change up your patio for fall that you can either remove for winter or move depending on the occasion or gathering.

Rope Lights

Like string lights, rope lights are available in an array of colours, which is great for seasonal entertaining. Some rope lights come with changeable light colours for maximum flexibility. Be sure if using rope lights that they are weather proof so you can use them all year long.

If you’re planning a Thanksgiving, back-to-school, group or club kickoff, or just getting together to cheer on your favourite team, rope lights provide subtle lighting and double as safety lights highlighting changes in levels on patios and stairs or walkway borders.

Trees

Who doesn’t love fabulous fall foliage. Placing downlights high up in trees can mimic moonlight or placing uplights on the ground can bring attention to the array of colours on display. But once the leaves drop, those lights can either be moved or left in place all winter to provide lighting with unique moving shadows on the snow.

If you love Halloween, why not highlight those bare branches for a creepy look. If you don’t mind the bare branches, dimming the lights can give a romantic look. Consider adding frosted or coloured lenses to mute or add colour to your trees to create the mood you’re looking for.

Make Use Of The Dark

The days will be growing shorter soon and what better time to make sure of your outdoor lighting! Dark spaces don’t have to be creepy or foreboding. A softly-lit patio in an otherwise dark yard can create a feeling of an oasis and extended privacy. Enjoy an evening cuddled up under a blanket with a loved one and gaze at the stars.

Pathway Lights

If you’ve gone all summer without pathway lights, chance are good that you’ve tripped, stumbled, or stepped where you didn’t want to. Pathway lights are not only a great safety feature, but they can add great contrast and highlight features (like gardens) often lost at night. Stake lights with hoods, or covers to point the light down, minimize the light that reaches your yard so you can focus on unique brickwork or paver patterns instead of blinding guests.

We’d love to answer your outdoor lighting questions or help you design a truly unique lighting plan. There’s still plenty of time left to install outdoor lighting for fall entertaining. Contact Nite Time Decor Oakville today!

Creating Outdoor Living Spaces With Outdoor Lighting

Maximizing your living space is about more than renovating your basement. Have you looked outside for other possibilities? If you have a deck or patio space, you can extend your living space outside and create an inviting oasis you can even enjoy after the sun goes down with unique-to-you outdoor lighting.

Our Nite Time Decor experts put together this list of outdoor lighting ideas that work well on any patio. If you don’t have an outdoor outlet, our team employs qualified electricians to ensure that all upgrades are done to code and done right the first time. We’ll take the worry out of installing electrical outlets and lighting fixtures across yards and patios.

Pendants

Outdoor pendant lights have been popular and continue to remain so with many low-cost options now available across a variety of retailers. Be sure the light is rated to be outdoors and water proof. Pendant lights are great for sitting areas, a dining table, or outdoor kitchen area. Choose a fixture that provides soft warm light or a brighter task lighting depending on your placement.

Pendant lights are also great a focal point for your outdoor space. Don’t be afraid to be creative and try something new to really bring your outdoor space to life.

Outdoor Cooking

Outdoor kitchens can be as simple as a bar-b-que or as elaborate as a brick oven or full kitchen set up with running water. You could almost include outdoor bars in with these as the lighting needs would be similar. These fixtures have always been popular, but maybe it’s time to take your outdoor cooking game up a level or two? You’ll be looking for fixtures that provide task lighting so you can tell how well done your food is, but you also want it to match the look of the outdoor space.

Outdoor fireplaces are another fixture that’s popular in outdoor living spaces. These can be simple and utilitarian or elaborate and high end. You can cook by them or simply lay back and relax by the natural light of a contained fire. These are available in a variety of shapes and colours and utilize wood, gas, and other fuels.

Fire Pits and Bowls

If a full-fledged outdoor fireplace won’t fit your space for whatever reason, there are a nice range of fire pits and bowls available as well. The added benefit to these fixtures is that they’re often easily relocated to a less conspicuous location during the daylight hours.

This is a great way to have a fire when you want it and have the container be very stylish and match the rest of your outdoor décor—but not be in the way or obtrusive when not in use.

Enhance What’s Unique About Your Space

Many outdoor spaces lack walls and can sometimes be challenging to create an eye-catching focal point. Do you have overhead beams, posts or pillars, something unique or interesting in your outdoor space? Do you have a wall with an interesting texture that would make great use of shadow and light? These might all be a great starting place to place some lights to highlight what’s already there.

We’d love to answer your outdoor lighting questions or help you design a truly unique lighting plan. Contact our experts  at Nite Time Decor Oakville to learn more about our lighting services or view our gallery of one-of-a-kind designs.

Don’t Compromise Aesthetics For Safety With Outdoor Lighting

Gone are the days where a floodlight and a lamppost by the front door is considered effective outdoor lighting. There are a whole range of outdoor lighting options that can incorporate safety, theft prevention and aesthetics. If you think of your home or business as a canvas – what textures, contrasts (shadow & light), and colour would you incorporate to create an appealing look? Let’s look at some of the enduring trends in outdoor lighting.

Function

Design follows function always. What do you need the lighting to do for your home or yard? Are you thinking of adding lighting just to the patio, looking to highlight the textures on the front of the house, or add security lighting around a pool? Each of these will use different fixtures installed for a different purpose.

Don’t think you can’t combine functions. Yes, you can get attractive security lighting for paths or pools that’s attractive and highlights aspects of your yard you’re proud of.

Artistry

Just as an artist plays with textures, contrast, shadows, light and shapes, your outdoor lighting can be just as nuanced and varied to create a one-of-a-kind nighttime landscape for your home and yard. A great design evokes emotions, just as art does, so whether you’re looking to relax, entertain, celebrate, impress, or just extend your living space outdoors, your outdoor lighting can create a feeling that can serve many functions.

LED lights come in a variety of colours, you can even change them out for different occasions. Want a Canada Day party and a Christmas light show, you can do that with the same fixtures.

Tips for artistic landscape lighting design:

Gentle Transitions – Ideally, light from one zone doesn’t overpower or glare into another zone, but rather blends artistically without compromising safety lighting.

Depth – Creating depth is easily accomplished by placing fixtures looking up a little farther from the object being lighted. The same goes for lighting placed overhead. Allowing the light to pass through moving foliage, for instance, is a great way to add interest.

Focal point – Whether you have a bloom-covered gazebo or arbor, a fountain, pond or other feature, highlighting these at night and making use of shadows and contrast can create a dynamic focal point for your yard.

Balance – Balance isn’t difficult to create because most of the time it’s simply symmetry. If you light the column on the right side of the door, also light the column on the left side of the door. If you light up a group of trees on one side of the pool, give the trees on the other side of the pool the same treatment. Balance means consistency and proportion with light and shadow.

Safety – Lighting pathways, stairs, docks, pools, ponds and other features is important to keep family and friends safe. There are many fixtures that can provide enough light for safety and still create nice ambiance or serve another purpose such as lighting foliage or other features for aesthetics.

We’d love to answer your outdoor lighting questions or help you design a unique lighting display for your home or business. Contact Nite Time Decor Oakville today!

Landscape Lighting: Protecting Your Investment

There are many benefits to a well designed and professionally installed landscape lighting system for your home or business. From the highlighting of key aesthetic features to increased safety and security, the impact of landscape lighting cannot be overstated. Like the rest of your home’s beautiful and functional features, landscape lighting is only beneficial if it is working.

If your landscape lighting system is a few years old, chances are there’s components not functioning the same as they did when it was first installed. In cases where landscape lighting has not been updated or maintained, this may be especially true. Here are a few tips as we approach fall that can help keep your landscape lighting in tip top shape.

Fixture Locations

When installing a new system, or even making some changes to an existing system, an important consideration is the location of the fixtures. A properly located fixture will be less susceptible to damage.

Areas where people are frequently walking may not be the best places to place your lights. It is important to illuminate these areas, however fixtures should not be placed in locations where people are walking. Look for locations to place your fixture in a way that protects the fixture, but illuminates the areas where people will be gathering or walking.

A second consideration related to location is the environmental effects. Consider things like rain, snow and wind along with effects from plantings. Look for areas that are protected from weather effects and possible damage from falling branches and leaves or even fertilizer placement.

Awnings, eaves, or overhangs can provide protection which will help your fixtures last longer. If your fixtures are in a location where fertilizers are being used another helpful tip is to regularly apply glass protectors or look for ways to keep the fertilizers from contacting the fixtures.

 Routine Maintenance Reviews

Another tip that will help to diagnose problems early and keep your lighting system functioning properly is to check it over regularly. This can simply be a walk around your property reviewing the landscape lighting fixture by fixture looking for any signs of damage. While doing this checkup it may help if you are able to do it at night with the system on, this will allow you to make sure they are properly cleaned and aimed correctly.

Careful Yard Maintenance

One last tip to help you protect your lighting system is to take extra precautions when you are doing other yard maintenance. Things like pulling weeds, raking leaves, or mowing and trimming the grass can cause damage to your lighting system. Take extra time to point out your fixtures to anyone else you may have doing any yard maintenance on your property.

Contact Nite Time Décor Oakville

Protecting your landscape lighting system begins with a good design. Quality materials and proper planning are essential. Our team of landscape lighting professionals would love to help you make these important decisions. Contact us today to learn how we can help you design and install the landscape lighting design of your dreams, and how you can properly protect that investment for the future.