How Many Holiday Lights Can I Plug Into a Circuit?

Hanging holiday lights can get a bit complicated and often leaves homeowners feeling frustrated. After planning, designing, untangling, and replacing bulbs, many people are still left with one question: “How many holiday lights can I plug into a circuit?”

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How To Calculate the Maximum Wattage

The first step in determining the number of lights you can put into a circuit is calculating how many watts your circuit can handle.

The equation looks like this: watts = amps x volts.

  • Household outlets are 120 volts.
  • Homes usually have 15-amp or 20-amp circuits.

To prevent the possibility of wires overheating, you should only load your circuits to 80% of maximum capacity. A 15-amp circuit can technically handle 1800 watts (15 amps x 120 volts) but, to be safe, it should only carry 1440 watts (80% of 1800 = 1440).

If you have any other lights or appliances on the same circuit as your holiday lights (i.e., porch or garage lights), subtract the wattage of those devices from the total.

Separate Electrical Circuits

If you plan on putting up a lot of holiday lights and don’t feel like calculating the math, another option is to run separate electrical circuits for your lights — power strips are your friend! Knowing there’s nothing else plugged into the circuit will help give you peace of mind — besides, it’s better to be safe than sorry!

If you still need help with your home’s electrical needs this holiday season, contact the experts at Summer Rain Lighting Systems. Not only will our team help you find the perfect design, but we can also provide lighting installations.

Creative Lighting Solutions for Your Holiday Event

The holiday season is upon us, and you know what that means — lots of photos. Whether you want a shot of the whole family or just some selfies with your coworkers, your lighting can make or break your pictures. As you prepare for the holidays and the events you’ll host, here are some lighting tips you should keep in mind.

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Create a Lighting Plan

First things first: consider your lighting plan before you begin designing your lighting scheme. Which rooms do you need lighting for, and why? Does it fit your desired holiday theme? Take a look around your space, and write down the areas you need illuminated — the dance floor, tables, buffet area, etc.

Add Uplighting

When it comes to event lighting, uplighting is one of the best options. Uplighting uses ground-based lights to illuminate certain features — signs, banners, tables, etc. Event uplighting can be used both indoors and outdoors and can even be battery-operated, so there’s no hassle to hide any wires.

Choose LED Lights

LED lighting is inexpensive, environmentally friendly, and doesn’t emit heat, so it’s perfect for crowded places. LED lights are also very versatile, coming in a wide variety of colors.

Add a Little Color

Soft, warm lights make your guests feel more relaxed and are a beautiful option for decorating. However, don’t be afraid to add a little pop of color. Colored lights can make your holiday event look sophisticated, as well as festive.

Need more holiday lighting ideas? Not only will our team help you find the perfect design, but we can also provide lighting installations. Our Lighting Systems team can supply worry-free maintenance service contracts, repair, and enhance existing lighting systems, including lighting automation.

Contact Summer Rain Lighting Systems. We will illuminate the beauty of your holiday party!

Fall Maintenance Tips For Your Sprinkler System

Fall is just three short days away! And with the new season comes new household responsibilities — like prepping your irrigation system for the cooler temperatures.

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Back Flow Inspection

Sprinklers work hard to keep your property hydrated. Failure to check on your backflow connection in the spring or the fall can lead to serious issues (and expensive repairs).

Check Sprinkler System Function

The summer is always a busy time, so you may not have been able to notice any issues that may have come up for your irrigation system. Now is the time to ensure your system is functioning at its peak efficiency — and if there’s a leak, a professional will fix it so it doesn’t become a larger issue down the line.

Rain Sensor

A rain sensor can help you save money and water in your home, so if you don’t already have one, we suggest having a professional come and install one. The sensor will shut off once an adequate amount of rain has accumulated — which is perfect for the fall season where it rains more often.

Winterization

Winterization may be the most important part of your fall maintenance because it helps keep your system safe throughout the season. Our trained experts can handle this process for you.

Summer Rain Sprinklers is known as one of the top 100 irrigation companies in America. We offer both residential and commercial irrigation installation and maintenance services throughout Fairfield and Westchester counties in Connecticut and New York.

Having been in business for over 30 years, we understand the importance of making an educated decision. This is why we are here to assist you every step of the way, from the initial consultation to the maintenance of your system.

5 Benefits of LED Landscape Lighting

Are you looking to update the exterior of your home and save on your electric bill? Installing LED landscape lighting could help you do both.

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LED lighting is energy efficient and can provide a more modern look to your landscape lighting. Even if you currently have a halogen system, you may be able to convert it to LED.

LED landscape lighting has many advantages, including:

More Energy Efficient.

LED lights are 90% more efficient than bulbs used in traditional landscape lighting systems.

Lower Carbon Footprint.

LED is a “greener” technology as it emits less carbon dioxide.

Longer Lifespan.

Compared to traditional halogen lightbulb, which has the longevity of up to 4,000 hours, LED lights last up to 20,000 hours!

Less Insect Activity.

Unlike LED lights, halogen light bulbs emit UV light, which attracts insects. By switching to LED lights, you can potentially decrease insect activity in recreational areas like your backyard.

Better Visibility.

When LED landscape lighting first came out, residents were wary of using them as they produced only a faint glow. Now, you are able to choose from a variety of light intensity and hues of LED lights. In areas such as walkways and stairs, using high intensity LED lights could help prevent accidents.

Contact the licensed professionals at Summer Rain Lighting Systems to transform your backyard with LED landscape lighting.

Outdoor Wedding Reception Lighting Tips

Your wedding day is one of the most special days of your life. What makes the day so great (besides marrying your best friend), is the ambiance of your venue. And when done right, the lighting can really transform your space — making your reception unforgettable for you and your guests.

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5 Lighting Tips For Your Wedding

  1. Figure out the style of your wedding.

Depending on the style of your wedding (i.e., rustic, classic, romantic), the lighting options will change. So before you go picking out lighting fixtures, it’s best to figure this out first.

  1. Assess the situation and place your lights.

Walk around the location and check where the problem areas are — it’s best to be prepared. Knowing which areas lack lighting and which areas are perfect for an Instagram photo shoot will help you on the day of.

  1. Match the color of light.

Going off of tip number one, if you end up adding lighting that’s the wrong color, you might as well not add anything at all. Depending on the temperature of the ambient light at the venue will determine what kind of lighting you need to add to balance the room out.

  1. Contact a professional for help.

You’ll be better off having a lighting expert and designer help you light your wedding venue. This person will be familiar with sore spots, built-in lighting options, and power capabilities.

For a lighting expert in Connecticut, contact the Summer Rain lighting experts.

  1. If your venue is outside, visit the space at night.

Visiting your outdoor venue at night will help you identify what areas need to be illuminated for safety reasons. Also, take note of any outdoor outlets and ask if your venue needs a permit for them.

We are licensed professionals with tremendous expertise. Our design team can create a custom plan to meet your outdoor lighting needs, and provide a proficient and timely installation using the highest quality fixtures.

Contact Summer Rain Lighting Systems, we will illuminate the beauty of your special day!

Guide: Landscaping 101 for Homeowners

Keeping your yard clean and beautiful can sometimes be a challenging task. You may have a lot of questions on how to keep your lawn and garden looking colorful and healthy all year round. We have the answers. 
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Common Questions about your Yard

1. How can I permanently get rid of weeds?

Good news: You’ll only need two things — newspaper and some mulch. Rip long strips of the newspaper, place them in your soil around the weeds, and cover them with mulch.

This helps block moisture from reaching the weeds, providing more nutrients to the surrounding plants that need it the most!

2. How often should I mow my lawn?

That depends on where you live, but longer grass requires less water since its already shaded. Also, many professionals suggest not to rake or blow any clippings because this can add nutrients to your grass and soil.

3. How can I stop pests from eating my plants?

We know the first thought is to spray pesticides to keep the pests away, but we advise against that. Pesticides can harm your plants and the environment! Try some natural solutions instead, like tossing eggshells in your garden or sprinkling cayenne pepper on the soil.

4. What kind of soil should I use?

The kind of soil you use depends on the plants. Sometimes, simply digging up dirt and placing a plant in the ground will do the trick, but other plants won’t survive off of natural soil. When you’re buying your plants, ask a professional in the store what kind of soil you need.

5. What is the difference between drip irrigation and sprinkler systems?

You may have seen a drip irrigation system before and not realized it. It’s the tubes you see in the soil that have small holes all over. This helps ensure the water is closer to the roots and will water the garden efficiently. Sprinkler systems spray water into the air, so its great for a lawn, but not to help water plants or flowers.

Summer Rain Sprinklers offers both residential and commercial irrigation installation and maintenance services throughout Fairfield and Westchester counties in Connecticut and New York.

To get a quote, please contact us at 203-629-8050.

Host The Perfect Backyard Party With Landscape Lighting

We think we’re all due for a backyard party (or two) after this harsh winter — don’t you? There’s one month until the first unofficial celebration of the season — Memorial day — have you prepped your backyard yet? Besides cleaning off your patio, setting up your furniture, and prepping your barbeque, landscape lighting is a must

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Landscape Lighting Tips

1. Add Pendant Lighting To Your Barbeque

Pendant lighting is trending this summer. It showcases your unique style and personality and it’s easy to install!

It’s best when placed above seating and eating areas on your deck, patio, and gazebos, too.

2. Use Outdoor Post Mounts For Your Pathway

What’s a pathway without lighting to help guide the way? Some backyards use tiki torches or mason jar lights, but a more permanent solution is to add post mount lighting. Post mounts come in a large variety of designs and sizes and will give your pathway, and surrounding landscape, that final touch you were looking for.

Place post mounts around the outer edges of your deck, pool, or stone pathways in the front, back, and sides of your home.

3. Place Portable Lamps Around Your Patio

When the sun goes down, portable lighting is your best friend. No matter where you are in your backyard, portable lamps can follow, giving you added comfort.

Portable lamps work great for backyard tents, patios, decks, and tree houses.

For five more landscape lights to add to your backyard, check out our blog: Lighting Up Your Backyard for Summer

At Summer Rain Lighting Systems, we offer a wide array of lighting services that will illuminate the beauty of your landscape and architecture. We happily serve our local community in Greenwich, CT as well as our neighboring towns. Give us a call today at 203-629-8050 or visit us on the web to learn more about our services.

5 Ways To Get Your Yard Ready For Spring

The long, cold winter weather will soon be behind us. Leaving in its trail a yard begging for a little attention and TLC. If you want your lawn to come back fuller and greener than ever, you’ll have to prep it for the spring season.

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5 Ways To Get Your Yard Ready For Spring

1. Get out your rake or air blower and remove all the fallen leaves, branches, dead grass, and any other debris you find along the way.

2. Apply fertilizer, which feeds your grass, and pre-emergent, which is an herbicide used to prevent crabgrass. Bonus: This helps manage your weeds all year long, not just in the spring.

3. Has your lawn been thinned out by dry weather, wear-and-tear, insect pests, or improper mowing? Adding grass seed can help remedy all of these issues.

4. This year is the year of water conservation! Be water-conscious and make sure you’re sticking to a schedule. Typically you want to water less in the spring and more in the heat of the summer.

5. Before you whip out your lawn mower and other lawn care and gardening tools, check your equipment first. If necessary, give your appliances a quick tune-up yourself.

Choose The Irrigation Specialists At Summer Rain For Your Lawn Care Needs!

Summer Rain Sprinklers is known as one of the top 100 irrigation companies in America. We offer both residential and commercial irrigation installation and maintenance services throughout Fairfield and Westchester counties in Connecticut and New York.

Having been in business for over 30 years, we understand the importance of making an educated decision. This is why we are here to assist you every step of the way, from the initial consultation to the maintenance of your system.

Design Tips For Your Outdoor Christmas Lights

It’s time to deck the halls (or your home) with bounds of Christmas lights! But before you do, there are a few design tips to help you decorate.

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Create a Focal Point

Pick a point on your house or in your yard to define. This will be the main area for your decorations. For example, you can use your front door or even a tree in your yard to attract everyone who passes your block.

Light Your Path and Driveway

Nothing beats how beautiful tea light candles look on your front path and driveway — especially once we get our first snowfall! Adding lights along your pathway is also beneficial because it helps lead visitors (and yourself) to your front door.

Don’t Be Afraid of Color

Simple, white Christmas lights, are a beautiful option for holiday decorating. However, don’t completely leave colored lights off the table. They are a great addition to your decor when covering trees, bushes, and shrubs because the color lights can match the object’s natural colors (like brown or green).

Avoid Light Overload

You don’t have to add Christmas lights to every inch of your property in order to be festive. In fact, making your house that bright can be a visible distraction to drivers and contribute to light pollution. When it comes to adding outdoor lights, less is always more.

Need more holiday lighting ideas? Not only will Summer Rain help you find the perfect design, but we will install them too! Our Lighting Systems can supply worry-free maintenance service contracts, repair, and enhance existing lighting systems, including lighting automation. We happily serve our local community in Greenwich, CT as well as our neighboring towns. Give us a call today at 203-629-8050 or visit us on the web to learn more about our services.

4 Things to Do with Fall Leaves

Pile them up, jump in them, but don’t rake them up to the curb when you’re done. Leaves have many other purposes in your yard and garden. Check out these four fun ideas.

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Compost

Leaves are the perfect ingredient for your compost pile. Later them between all the garden debris from your fall maintenance to prepare it for the winter. They will decompose even faster if you shred them first. You can also save any leftover leaves for your spring compost pile.

Leaf Mold

Leaf mold may sound bad, but it’s great for your garden soil! While it may not add too many nutrients to your soil, it will improve the structure and water holding ability.

Mulch

Mulch suppresses weeds and eventually decomposes — feeding the soil. Add your leaves to your mulch by shredding them first. A thick layer of wet, shredded leaves will form a solid mat and block water and air from getting through the soil.

Preserve

Fall leaves are beautiful when they are on the trees, but they are even more beautiful to decorate with. You can find a ton of crafts online if you need some inspiration.

At Summer Rain Lighting Systems, we offer a wide array of lighting services that will illuminate the beauty of your landscape and architecture. We happily serve our local community in Greenwich, CT as well as our neighboring towns. Give us a call today at 203-629-8050 or visit us on the web to learn more about our services.