Lighting up your home is a large undertaking, but with the proper outdoor lighting design, the hard-to-light features of your home don’t have to disappear in the after-dusk landscape. The benefit of Nite Time Décor Oakville outdoor lighting is that you can accentuate the unique aspects of your home like chimneys, flagpoles, sheds and other outbuildings.
Flagpoles are often a source of pride for many individuals and businesses and we’d love to see yours any time of day! Here are our best tips!
Well Lights Add A Natural Look
To get a more subtle, natural look, try well lights. These little fixtures can be hidden in the ground or shrubbery around your flagpole in order to illuminate it from below. What’s more, well lights will give a sense of grandeur to the flagpole as they emphasize the height. You’ll need more than one to fully light up the structure, however. Generally, depending on how bright you want it, two well lights are enough to create the right level of illumination.
Use Spotlights From the Base
If you want to produce more light than well lights offer, try installing spotlights at the base of the flagpole. Residential and commercial needs will differ so be sure to consult our experts first. Using one light will provide a dramatic, sharper effect. Using two lights, intersecting from opposite directions, can provide a softer lighting. The method you choose may depend on the lighting currently used to illuminate the rest of your business or home’s façade.
Light the Flag Directly
If you don’t want to emphasize the height of the pole, try an uplighter. These can be attached directly to the pole, further away from the ground. This is used to make the flag pop out as an important feature of your yard.
For flagpoles that are beginning to peel or become weathered, uplighting may be a good option. It’s a great method to use if you don’t want to draw attention to a flagpole that needs to be replaced or repainted.
Remember, you want a gentle light that highlights the flag and/or the pole, not a theatre spotlight effect in an otherwise dark yard.
Chimneys might seem like an odd feature of your home to think about illuminating at night, but many newer homes don’t have them as natural wood fireplaces have fallen out of fashion. Chimneys are also, often, the highest point of your home which make them fantastic focal points to increase aesthetic appeal as their height offers visibility and clarity.
Create A Cohesive Design Plan
Make a plan for adding landscape lighting to your entire home, it would seem odd to add lighting to just your chimney. Study your chimney and identify any unique angles, textures or facades to highlight. There are a few different ways to add outdoor lighting to a chimney so that it fits into the larger design of your home.
Types of lighting
There are three common types of Nite Time Décor Oakville fixtures that are used on chimneys: up lighting, down lighting, and recessed lights.
When you’re trying to decide whether or not to use an up light or a down light, figure out the visibility of your chimney. If your chimney begins being visible at the roofline, rather than at the base of the home, you’ll want to use a down light. This ensures that more of the chimney is highlighted, while a spotlight on a chimney like this will light up more of the wall. Spotlights are great for chimneys that begin at the base of the home toward the roofline.
Recessed lighting, though not as common as up or down lighting, can still be used on chimneys if you don’t want your landscape lighting to be visible from below. The only negative quality of these is that you’re going to have fewer options for lighting if you choose this route.
Plan your chimney to match
If you’re adding chimney lights to pre-existing outdoor lighting, make sure it matches in style and doesn’t add too much light. You don’t want to over light the area and create an unbalanced effect in your yard.
Lighting Up Backyard Sheds And Rural Outbuildings
From time to time, we need to access these buildings after dark – whether you’re searching for a shovel for that surprise snow fall or you need a spare part, or you want to add additional security to a darker part of the yard, outdoor lighting can be very handy!
Floodlights and spotlights are perhaps the main go-to, along with unattractive bare bulbs over doors, but you can ensure these buildings are just as secure and attractive as the rest of your yard at night.
Rural outbuildings and backyard sheds are well-suited to motion-sensor lights that can also be equipped with a timer so they only come on if there’s movement and only at certain times of day. Then you can set it and forget it.
If you have any gardens or plants, highlighting those can also be attractive – particularly if this is a building with a great façade, garden, or placement in the yard. Pathway lights around the front or on the pathway to the building can add safety while still being attractive.
Every Good Gazebo Deserves To Be Used At Night
Gazebos can breathe life into any yard gathering, particularly when properly lit for nighttime entertaining.
The first thing to consider when designing a gazebo lighting system is wiring and electrical requirements. If you hire one of our electricians, you can be sure that your commercial or residential gazebo lighting system will be properly hooked into your electrical panel.
Our technicians will take care of installing the wiring underground to prevent tripping. We can also decide whether it’s best to hook it up to an outdoor outlet or an interior circuit.
This is not a job you want to attempt on your own. The professionals at Nite Time Décor are trained to handle complex electrical work. Our team of designers and electricians are here to give you the best consultation and continued maintenance for your Burlington outdoor lighting system.
Lighting the Interior
Something like a chandelier or our down light would be perfect for lighting the interior of your gazebo. Either of these fixtures allow for stylish lighting that illuminates the area without creating too much glare.
Remember to consider voltage when planning for interior gazebo light fixtures in your outdoor lighting design. There are some activities that will require brighter lighting. If you are planning on reading, playing boardgames or cards, you’ll want the option of adding brighter lights to tables or seating areas.
Exterior Gazebo Lighting
Lighting the perimeter of your gazebo is all about accenting the right features. When you’re conceptualizing your gazebo lighting, decide what sections of the gazebo’s structure you want to highlight.
Think about up lighting versus down lighting. Down lighting has the benefit of also illuminating the interior, as well as the exterior. Don’t forget to light the pathways and entrances to your gazebo. You want to make sure that your guests don’t trip on the way to your gathering. These can easily be incorporated into your outdoor lighting design and will help improve safety as well as ambiance.
Think about coloured lights if your yard has an insect problem. Coloured lights are less likely to attract bugs than bright yellow or white lights.
For the best advice for your outdoor lighting design, contact one of Oakville Nite Time Décor’s experts today!
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 outdoor landscape lighting for fall. 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 landscape lighting 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. And don’t just stop with the scratches! Spend the extra hour to clean your fixtures. Clean fixtures are well-maintained fixtures. You’ll have an easier time in the spring maintaining your Oakville landscape lighting fixtures if you start off winter with them in the best condition.
Take a minute to tighten the screws on your transformer’s terminal blocks and remove any debris from the inside cabinet housing. Now’s a great time to replace any batteries used in timers or motion sensors. Trim back any landscaping that’s become overgrown and is covering light fixtures.
Search For Exposed Or Damaged Wires
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. Exposed wiring could get damaged in the heavy winter months also creating additional expenses come spring.
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.
Most homeowners are diligent about removing fallen leaves from the yard, but if you needed an additional reason know that leaves can not only cover your lighting fixtures but they can trap moisture against the fixture and wiring causing damage that will need attention in the spring.
Clear mulch and dry leaves from the bulbs. This is especially important if your light fixtures emit a lot of heat. Mulch and dry leaves on uncovered bulbs can be a fire hazard.
Renew and update
As with anything else, your landscape lighting fixtures can become tired. Fall maintenance is a great time to update your landscape lighting system. Replace old fixtures with new, and if you haven’t already, change your bulbs to LED. You’ll save money and energy in the long term with LED lights from Nite Time Décor.
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 fixtures. Cast bronze is a timeless finish that needs to age to get that nice old-penny brown or greenish blue patina. The winter months offer the perfect aging elements so that your fixtures really stand out and look like they were part of the home’s original design by spring. Cast bronze fixture and not only beautiful but are made to withstand cool, wet weather. The cast bronze alloy is strong, impervious to corrosion, and will last a long time.
Alternately, if you’re trying to prevent your cast bronze fixtures from taking on that aged look or patina, fall is a great time to reapply a coating of WD 40 or a clear matte coat finish to protect against the winter elements.
At Nite Time Decor, we work hard to offer our clients environmentally friendly landscape lighting options. One of our most common lighting choices is the LED light. Not only do these incredibly versatile lights offer remarkable savings, but they also last forever, and do not cause harm to the environment. LED lights, or “light emitting diodes” are proven to be more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs. They also emit significantly less heat, thereby reducing pollution. You can count on your LED landscape lights to last as long as 20 years, while still providing the same versatility you would expect of an incandescent bulb.
Any change of season is a great time to think about an upgrade or changing out outdated fixtures.
Change Up The Landscape Lighting For Winter
Around now you may want to make some changes to your landscape lighting design to fit the winter months. Perhaps you want to add a blue bulb to accent that evergreen? Maybe the red lights you had on the flowers in your garden should be changed to white for a more natural effect?
With the new silhouettes created by dormant deciduous trees, you can reposition your lights to cast pretty shadows and silhouettes on the walls of your home. Maybe it’s time to reset those lights highlighting the evergreens in your yard? Keep in mind that when the leaves fall, your lighting needs to be adjusted to accommodate the lack of foliage. Bare branches are fun when a soft light is used, but the light used in the summer upon foliage might be harsh and severe against bare branches (unless you’re going for a haunted house look).
Consider not using some lights over the winter or tilting them to focus on the trunks of the trees instead of the grim bare branches?
If you haven’t added any string lights to your yard, winter is the perfect season. Twinkling lights across a snowy patio or front porch railing add visual appeal and hint at warmer weather activities. Just a change in the lighting will increase your winter curb appeal.
Keep in mind what’s under the snow so make sure pathway lights clearly mark pathways that may be unseen. Fire pits are a great feature to highlight in the winter that might be overlooked in the summer. Switch the focus to seasonal plants or planters in the landscaping or on a deck or porch. Try to imagine where the snow lays in your yard and plan the lighting so that it helps direct steps even when there’s snow on the ground.
Don’t forget to reset your timers to match the changing daytime hours. This may be done closer to the winter season, in order to ensure maximum efficiency.
Creating Natural Outdoor Lighting Effects For Your Gardens
If there’s no snow on the ground, it’s a great time to consider adding landscape lighting to your home or business. Many people think of the illuminating the front of their house for security or safety or curb appeal, but don’t forget the softscaping—gardens. You’ve worked hard to make those spectacular during the day, why not also enjoy them at night!
Here are our expert’s top five types of garden lighting.
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. The soft glow or gentle twinkling can evoke a bit of fairy magic or romantic elegance.
Up Lighting Creates Depth
This landscape lighting technique can create depth and show off 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 Mimics Natural Moonlight
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.
Highlight The Tall Flowers First
Consider adding downlights to nearby fences or posts. This should be a narrow light, not a glaring spotlight or floodlight, to add height to the design. Be sure to consider balance and symmetry where possible. From there, you can move into smaller areas and focus on highlighting individual plants.
Ensure Garden Lights Enhance Overall Outdoor Lighting Design
It’s tempting just to add outdoor lighting to the pathways around the garden, but there’s so many more possibilities than that to really show off your yard and gardens! A beautifully lit garden will look out of place if the rest of your property is under-lit or features few too many fixtures.
Do – Use lights to improve the safety of garden walkways.
This will ensure that all areas, especially those that change levels (steps and stairs) receive the right level of lighting to prevent trips and falls.
Do– Prevent glare.
Use shields to ensure that the light is properly directed.
Do – Illuminate shrubs and other shadowy areas to improve security.
Shining a light on these areas will eliminate possible intrusion points and improve the overall safety of your garden and yard.
Do– Make use of uplighting for a natural look.
Uplighting draws the eye upwards, giving the plants in your garden the illusion of size and grandeur.
Do – Get creative with specialty lighting and coloured bulbs.
Coloured lights can add unique textures and effects to you garden, highlighting the shades that appear naturally on your property.
Do – Consider daylighting lighting options.
When planning your garden lighting design, be sure to take dawn, dusk, and evening activities into consideration. This is when you’re most likely to be utilizing your garden for parties and social gatherings. Play with effects in these lighting situations in order to produce the perfect mood.
Do – Consider Small Areas
Sometimes the biggest impacts can be made through the smallest lighting improvements. Consider highlighting smaller features or areas of your garden in order to increase the “wow” factor of your design.
Do – Create And Make Use Of Shadows
Allow moving foliage and shadows to add interest and create depth to avoid a flat-looking design in your yard. Know where you want to draw a visitor’s eye and create a visual surprise! Make sure that you avoid positioning any beams on open trellises, bare trees, or spindly branches.
Do – Use Hoods And Light Shields
Many pathway and post lights come with hoods or light shields to help direct the light down. Play with the height of these to create visual interest without blinding guests as they walk by or annoying neighbours.
Do – Experiment With Wattages And Beam Spreads
Use different wattages and beam spreads in order to create a truly unique lighting experience in your garden.
Tiki Lights Add Flair
These fixtures are versatile and cast great light. Nothing creates a more romantic ambiance than candles with their flames flickering in the breeze, creating shadows and reflections. They add that magical feel to your garden, but still have style.
Why Use A Professional Installer For Your Outdoor Lighting System
When it comes to lighting your outdoor garden, you have a variety of options of light sources. Our professionally installed systems are “line volted” which uses the same reliable 120 volts your house uses. These are placed and left in one place. We also offer solar options that last longer than the models you find in the big box stores and don’t need constantly sunny days to work well. These are popular placed low to the ground along paths or around gardens to highlight a tree or an ornament.
Create Visual Interest That Works At Night And During The Day
Give some thought to placement with pathway lighting along your gardens. Avoid straight lines down both sides of the path which can resemble an airport runway. Instead, stagger them while still giving light for safety but strategically choosing which plants are illuminated.
Haphazardly throwing a few spotlights amongst the shrubs will leave you ultimately disappointed. While there are no hard and fast rules for garden lighting (every garden is different, after all!), but doing so shouldn’t ruin the look of your garden during the day.
The ideal garden lighting installation is inconspicuous – you notice the lighting effects at night, but the fixtures don’t attract your attention during the day. This landscape lighting design is difficult to achieve when working with solar power fixtures as the solar batteries require direct sunlight in order to charge during the day. Low-voltage lights or energy efficient LED lighting fixtures are a much more aesthetically appealing option.
Position Light To Shine On An Angle
It doesn’t matter whether the light source is positioned above or below your garden, just make sure that most of the light is positioned to shine in on an angle. Front lighting is very unforgiving and can wash out your landscaping. Angled and side lighting results in better modelling and will create a more interesting shadow effect in the end.
Create Pools Of Light In Gardens
When lighting large flower beds, many professional designers will choose to use many smaller lights rather than one large lamp. When placed correctly, these lights will create soft overlapping pools of light rather than one harsh beam. These areas of overlap can be places where you need stronger lighting for cooking, reading, etc.
You spend a great deal of time, effort, and money on your garden. Make sure it looks lovely long after the sun has set with sophisticated landscaping lighting from Nite Time Decor. Receive a custom quote from one of our professional designers today.