More Life, Less Cost – Choose the Right Lights

If you used old lights this Holiday season, you may be paying for it now on your energy bill. However, there is still time to be energy efficient with your landscape lighting and to be ready for next year’s Holiday season. Here are a few steps to consider to being more energy efficient with your lighting:

Holiday Lights

If you were using old string lights this Holiday season, don’t pack them up yet! Instead, recycle them and get new, energy-efficient LED string lights. Several companies have programs where they will provide you with a coupon for LED lights if you recycle your old lights. Check out this one.

Don’t wait until the next Holiday season to get LED lights. Now that the Holiday season is over, manufacturers are reducing their prices, which is a great opportunity for you to save.

Besides being an energy-efficient choice, LED lights will also last you longer and are safer than old string lights.

Landscape Lighting

If you are not yet using LED lights for the outside, now is a great time to replace your bulbs. The long winter nights require for your landscape lights to remain on longer, which increases your energy bill. By replacing your bulbs to LED alternatives now, you can save throughout the winter.

Keep in mind that changing your landscape lighting bulbs can be tricky and not all bulbs will fit all fixtures. Therefore, we strongly recommend you give us a call so that our professionals can help ensure that the right bulbs are being installed. This can help prevent any dangerous situations like electrocution or electric fires. Give us  call at 203-629-8050.

Indoor Lighting

Traditional incandescent light bulbs drain a significant amount of energy. Many homeowners that are used to their soft light protest against going to more energy-efficient compact fluorescent lights (CFL’s) and LED’s. However, you can save anywhere from 25% to 80% on your energy bill by making the switch.

With their popularity growing, these energy-efficient alternatives have various shades to them, including soft glow. This way you can enjoy lower energy bills without giving up the atmosphere you are used to.

 

Irrigation System For Your New Landscape or Garden

Although it may seem that Spring is far away, now is the time to start developing your irrigation plan, especially if you are planning a new landscape or a garden. When working with clients who are redesigning their outdoors, we create a design based on the new changes to ensure that the irrigation system serves its purpose efficiently.

New Garden

With the health threat posed by GMO foods, an increasing number of people are either buying food from farms or they are building their own home garden. Such an addition requires thorough planning to ensure that each plant gets the right amount of water. Although some “green thumbs” water the plants themselves, many prefer the convenience of a well-planned irrigation system.

There are various systems, including drip irrigation systems which can be beneficial to your garden. The right choice for you depends on various factors, including the plants you are looking to include in your garden, your budget and more. In certain cases, we can also help give you suggestions on how or where to place the garden for the purpose of cost efficiency.

New Landscape

If you are planning on redesigning your landscape, you may require a redesign of your sprinkler system as well. Depending on the extent of the changes to your landscape, your irrigation system may need to be redesigned and relocated to a better position. This will help continue water efficiency and keep your water bill low.

Additionally, if you are looking to change plants around your landscape, you should consider xeriscaping. Xeriscaping is incorporating plants that do not require excessive watering or maintenance, which will help your new landscape be water efficient.

For new installations or redesign, please call us at 203-629-8050.

Increase Your Property’s Value And Security With Professional Landscape Lighting

Have you ever driven by a home that was completely dark and it just gave you the chills? It is probably not the house you would consider buying for two reasons: it made you feel uncomfortable and it was more likely to be robbed. However, most properties can be transformed with some properly-placed lights.

Landscape lighting can add both value and security to your property, whether it is residential or commercial. The following factors will give you a better understanding of how just a few lights can make a big difference:

Ward off intruders

While landscape lighting will make your home look more inviting to your family and neighbors, it will ward off criminals. Robbers are more likely to enter homes that look empty and uninhabited, so if your home is well lit inside as well as outside, your home is less likely to be broken into. The same goes for commercial properties. If there aren’t any shadows to hide in, intruders are less likely to pick your property as their target. This is one of the reasons many insurance companies give discounts to property owners with proper landscape lighting.

Installing lighting to keep your home safe is a great investment that will continue to reward you. When done professionally, it can help ensure that you are also safe from electrical fires and high energy bills.

Curb appeal

Whether you are planning on selling your home this year or not for a while, landscape lighting can help increase the value of your home. Furthermore, it will show fellow and prospective neighbors that you care for your home, increasing the appeal for the whole neighborhood.

Increased functionality

When you invest in making your home a brighter, safer place, you are also investing in having more family functions. Whether it is an end-of-the-year party, or simply a mid-summer BBQ with family and friends, landscape lighting improves the functionality of your home.

What are the different lightening options?

There are numerous options you can choose from when installing landscape lighting. One of the benefits our clients receive is a thorough landscape lighting design consultation on which lights would fit best on their specific property. Additionally, we educate clients on which lights are most cost-efficient to use. Here are just a few options to consider:

  • Floodlights -to brighten few areas of the yard
  • Lights attached to deck posts- to do late-night dining or conversations
  • Special lighting- can be done around the patio table or the sitting area
  • Lighting for the greenery or street numbers

To request a quote for your landscape lighting needs, please call 203-629-8050.