Keep Landscape Lighting in the Forefront of Your Mind for Pop and Pizzazz

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As you think about your backyard, whether it’s for a new home or a long-time abode, you’ve probably given a lot of thought to the trees, flowers, and décor, right? How about landscape lighting? If you haven’t considered landscape lighting yet, now’s the time to do so. Landscape lighting can add pop and pizzazz to an already impressive home exterior. Here are five more reasons why landscape lighting is important for your home:

  • Lighting completes the look. Imagine that you have a beautiful pool and flowers in your backyard. You host a party to show off your home, and everyone gathers out back. Without the right lighting, your guests cannot see your beautiful backyard. However, with the right lighting, guests can enjoy the beauty of your home and see a finished product. Landscape lighting truly completes the look.

  • Light adds safety and security. Falls are a common source of injury around the home, both indoors and outdoors. Fortunately, landscape lighting is easy to add to all sorts of areas, including stairs, pools, walkways, docks, or any other areas where safety is your main concern. Lighting also provides extra protection for your home to ward off intruders. Homes that are not well-lit are more likely to be targeted by burglars.

  • Lighting sets the mood. Whether you want to give your home a sophisticated, cozy, or inviting feel, exterior lighting can help set the mood.

  • Lighting expands what you can do outside. With the right lighting, you turn a backyard into a nighttime play area for kids or an additional party area for the whole family!

  • You’ll add value to your home. Additions to your home help to increase the property value, and exterior landscape lighting is no exception. Consider adding landscape lighting today to create a new look, provide added safety and security, and increase your home’s value.

Need more guidance on landscape lighting for your home? Just give us a call today, and Arbor Illuminations will help you get started.

Arbor Illuminations Sheds Light on Your Beautiful Home

Arbor Illuminations prides itself on providing an unparalleled customer experience by designing elegant and functional architectural and landscaping lighting systems while using cutting-edge installation methods and components to guarantee system longevity. Arbor Illuminations works directly with homeowners, property managers, custom-home builders, architects, and contractors in Sarasota, Siesta Key, Bird Key, Casey Key, Longboat Key, Bradenton, Anna Maria Island, and Lakewood Ranch. We are the premier landscape lighting design firm for all of Southwest Florida. Call us today at 941.444.5554, or visit us online for more information. You can also submit a design consultation online.


How LED Lighting Works—and How It Helps You Cut Costs

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You’ve probably heard a lot about LED lighting but wondered if it really offers the cost savings some say it does. Here are some answers to FAQs about LED lighting and how it works.

What is LED lighting?

Short for light emitting diode, LED lighting produces light about 90% more efficiently than the lightbulbs we’ve traditionally used in the past. “An electrical current passes through a microchip, which illuminates the tiny light sources we call LEDS and the result is visible light,” according to EnergyStar.gov.

What are the advantages of using LED lighting?

Using LED lighting instead of incandescent and fluorescent lighting has several advantages. Here are a few of those advantages:

  • They are 300% more efficient than compact fluorescents and 1,000% more efficient than incandescents, so they consume a lot less energy.

  • They have a long life—typically 50,000 hours of use compared with 1,000 for a 60-watt incandescent bulb.

  • With their longer life, they will save you money.

  • They do not contain any dangerous parts.


Are there any disadvantages to LED lighting?

LED lighting tends to be more expensive than traditional lighting, although the extra costs still may work out to long-term savings, due to their longer life. This is why LED lighting is associated with cost savings. 

Where Is LED lighting used?

LED lighting is used in many lighting situations. In fact, if you visit the lighting section of a store, you’ll likely find more LED options than fluorescent or incandescent nowadays. LED lighting also works well for exterior lighting, including landscaping, pool, and dock lighting. 

How can I learn more about LED lighting options for my home or business?


Let Arbor Illuminations guide you on your journey to eco-friendly, cost-conscious LED lighting. We are aware of the latest LED lighting trends and can answer any other LED lighting questions that you may have. Give us a call, and let us shed light on LED lighting.

Arbor Illuminations Sheds Light on Your Home or Business

Arbor Illuminations prides itself on providing an unparalleled customer experience by designing elegant and functional architectural and landscaping lighting systems while using cutting-edge installation methods and components to guarantee system longevity. Arbor Illuminations works directly with homeowners, property managers, custom-home builders, architects, and contractors in Sarasota, Siesta Key, Bird Key, Casey Key, Longboat Key, Bradenton, Anna Maria Island, and Lakewood Ranch. We are the premier landscape lighting design firm for all of Southwest Florida. Call us today at 941.444.5554, or visit us online for more information. You can also submit a design consultation online.

5 Ideas to Add Lighting to Your Dock

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Make your boat dock an inviting and safer place to be by adding the right lighting. Here are five ideas for better dock lighting.

  • Let there be light….at the water’s edge. Adding light near or under the water that is right beside your dock can give your dock a dramatic look. However, it will also make it easier for boaters to see your dock at night. Another bonus: The right lighting in the water can help attract fish!

  • Add specially colored lights to show where boaters should steer the boat. For instance, if boaters should steer the boat to a specific side, you can add a colored light or two to help identify that area.

  • Consider the right lighting choices for docks. Naturally, you’ll want lighting material that is water- and salt-resistant. You’ll also want to think about lighting source options, such as solar-powered lighting. Solar is a potentially great option if your dock is in the sun all day.

  • Think about motion-activated lighting. This could be an ideal choice if your dock is located near other docks, and you don’t want any too-bright lighting to annoy your dock neighbors. Motion-activated lighting will illuminate only when you or someone else is actually using your dock.

  • For a finished look, try flush mounted lighting. This is the sort of lighting that is installed flat on the surface of your dock. In fact, dock visitors can walk right on the lighting. This makes the lighting less noticeable while still providing proper illumination.

When choosing lighting options for your dock, it’s always helpful to consult with lighting experts who know the right dock voltage required and who can share a voice of experience. Let Arbor Illuminations guide you to the light for better dock lighting.


Arbor Illuminations Sheds Light on Your Beautiful Dock

Arbor Illuminations prides itself on providing an unparalleled customer experience by designing elegant and functional architectural and landscaping lighting systems while using cutting-edge installation methods and components to guarantee system longevity. Arbor Illuminations works directly with homeowners, property managers, custom-home builders, architects, and contractors in the area. We are the premier landscape lighting design firm for all of Southwest Florida. Call us today at 941.444.5554, or visit us online for more information. You can also submit a design consultation online.

7 Tips for Landscape Lighting In and Around a Pool

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Ahhh…..your pool. If you think about it right now, you can probably feel how refreshing the water is, combined with the feeling of the sun on your skin. You may even be reading this article while sitting poolside. Whether you’ve had a pool for a long time, you’ve added a pool recently, or you’re just dreaming about getting a pool, one thing you’ll want to consider is the right pool lighting. Pool lighting increases safety around your pool and also gives your pool a special look.

Here are a few places you may want to consider adding light in and around your pool:

1. Lights for trees near the pool. This can help give your pool-adjacent landscape a magical look.

2. Walkways to the pool. Lighting along walkways can provide added safety.

3. Decks. There are many lighting ideas available for the decks and lanais that are located beside pools. Take some time to explore the creative, beautiful lighting options.

4. More lighting in the pool itself. Pool companies might typically use one or two lights in the pool, but consider if you might benefit from additional lighting.

5. Lights for pool waterfalls. This can add some real beauty!

6. For small plants and landscaping items around your pool, well-placed lighting can provide an attractive look.

7. Lighting for a pool sculpture or design. The right lighting can make it pop.

Remember, you can also use colored lights in and around your pool to create a mood or add a festive touch for different holidays.

There are so many lighting options, it can be hard to know what to select. Work with a trusted landscape lighting professional to help you select the best pool-related lighting for your needs. Your lighting professional also can make sure to set up a lighting look that fully complements your yard and adds safety.


Arbor Illuminations Sheds Light on Your Beautiful Pool

Arbor Illuminations prides itself on providing an unparalleled customer experience by designing elegant and functional architectural and landscaping lighting systems while using cutting-edge installation methods and components to guarantee system longevity. Arbor Illumination works directly with homeowners, property managers, custom-home builders, architects, and contractors in the area. We are the premier landscape lighting design firm for all of Southwest Florida. Call us today at 941-444-5554, or visit us online for more information. You can also submit a design consultation online.

10 Ideas for Your Deck Lighting

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Decks are an enjoyable, relaxed haven in the home for families and friends to eat, grill, sit around and talk, or simply watch the sky. Maximize the use of your deck with appropriate deck lighting. Here are some popular deck lighting ideas:

  • Lighting for your deck stairs. This not only looks snazzy, it also provides added safety for those walking along your steps at night. 

  • String lights. We all need a little more festivity in our lives, and string lights for your deck are an inexpensive way to turn the fun up a notch.

  • Lighting on your deck floor. This adds an elegant touch and makes it easier to see when walking.

  • Recessed lighting. This is a great option if your deck has an overhead covering and provides your deck users with additional light while eating or enjoying the outdoors.

  • Lighting for your deck railing. Deck railing lighting can be placed in many ways and adds a unique look to your deck. 

  • Railing posts deck lighting. With this approach, the lighting appears on top of your deck’s rail posts. You’ll shed lots of light—literally—on your deck.

  • Lighting that change color. These can give your deck a different mood. Kids usually love the color changes.

  • Lighting that is part of an overhead ceiling fan. This does the dual duty of cooling down your deck and providing light.

  • Motion-activated lighting. This may be an option you’d choose on a stairwell or other areas of the deck where you don’t necessarily want lighting all of the time—but you want to know it’ll turn on when someone is nearby. 

As you consider deck lighting, think about some general lighting trends, including lighting that is eco-friendly, lighting that is solar-powered, and lighting that you can control remotely. Arbor Illuminations can help guide you through the best options available right now in these areas. Arbor Illuminations also can advise you on the best lighting level for various lighting components on your deck. For instance, you want lighting that’s bright enough to add a mood or help everyone see better, but not so bright that your neighbors will complain when your lights are on.

 

Arbor Illuminations Sheds Light on Your Beautiful Property

Arbor Illuminations prides itself on providing an unparalleled customer experience by designing elegant and functional architectural and landscaping lighting systems while using cutting-edge installation methods and components to guarantee system longevity. Arbor Illumination works directly with homeowners, property managers, custom-home builders, architects, and contractors in the area. We are the premier landscape lighting design firm for all of Southwest Florida. Call us today at 941-444-5554, or visit us online for more information. You can also submit a design consultation online.

Here’s Why Your Business Needs Professional Landscape Lighting

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If you run a business, you’ve probably devoted at least a little time to landscape lighting. However, does your landscape lighting truly illuminate your location? If you made a trip to a local hardware store, installed a light or two and called it a day, you may not be getting the full benefits that are provided to companies that use professional landscape lighting. Here’s why your business needs professional landscape lighting.

  • It can make your business look beautiful. The right lighting can showcase the beauty of your building or location, highlighting specific architecture, nature, or objects you want customers to see.

  • It means better safety. Let’s face it—a lot of accidents and falls happen in the dark, as do robberies. Better lighting can help cut down on falls and on criminals who want to prey upon your location.

  • It’s more professional. Customers will judge you before they even walk in the door. Professional landscape lighting shows them that you want to show off a polished, impressive look. This even comes across in pictures of your business that people find online.

  • The pros know what’s popular. Professional landscape lighting companies knows what is popular for lighting trends. That means they’ll suggest trends that could work for your business, so you can show clients that you’re up-to-date.

  • Installing lighting can get more complex than you anticipate. With everything on your mind from running a business, the number of decisions you have to make with landscape lighting could just add additional headaches to your to-do list. Why not let the pros handle it, and you can breathe a sigh of relief?

  • It’s more affordable than you might think. Although using a professional landscaping lighting company isn’t cheap, there are benefits that should save you money in the long run. For instance, our work comes with a guarantee, saving you from extra expenses from repairs. There’s also the time-saving factor.

Arbor Illuminations Sheds Light on Your Beautiful Business

Arbor Illuminations prides itself on providing an unparalleled customer experience by designing elegant and functional architectural and landscaping lighting systems while using cutting-edge installation methods and components to guarantee system longevity. Arbor Illumination works directly with homeowners, property managers, custom-home builders, architects, and contractors in the local area. We are the premier landscape lighting design firm for all of the state. Call us today at 941-444-5554, or visit us online for more information. You can also submit a design consultation online.

6 Trends in Landscape Lighting

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Better landscaping lighting can elegantly beautify your home. To keep your home the most beautiful one on the block, consider these 5 current landscaping lighting trends.

1. Color-changing lighting. If you want to further personalize the look and feel of your landscaping, then color-changing lighting is a great option. The different colors can give your home a unique look and give your home a resort-type feel.

2. Lighting that’s eco-friendly. There’s a huge push in landscaping toward eco-friendly choices, and the same holds true for landscape lighting. More and more lighting is LED, which is energy-efficient and can last a lot longer than traditional lighting.

3. Solar-powered lighting. Along the lines of eco-friendly trends is the use of solar-powered lighting, which allows you to use the Earth’s natural resources to power your landscape lighting in Southwest Florida. You also may be surprised by the affordable cost of solar-powered lighting.

4. Lighting you can control smartly. As more appliances can be controlled with the help of an app on your phone, there’s also a big push to control outdoors lighting easily. With the help of these “smart” controls, you can set a lighting schedule or even set a mood for your outdoors lighting—say, by having more or less light for personalized control.

5. Lights on stairs and walking paths. With a growing emphasis on safety and a large number of aging baby boomers in Florida, homeowners are looking for more ways to make their home safe. That’s why better illumination on outdoor stairwells and along walking paths is now officially a trend. 

6. Better security lighting. It seems like just about everyone has a security camera outside their home nowadays. To help accompany the focus on security cameras, there’s also a growing interest in security lighting, some of which is as simple as a do-it-yourself motion-sensor light connected to your camera; other times, it’s a more elaborate system.

Arbor Illuminations Sheds Light on Your Beautiful Property

Arbor Illuminations prides itself on providing an unparalleled customer experience by designing elegant and functional architectural and landscaping lighting systems while using cutting-edge installation methods and components to guarantee system longevity. Arbor Illumination works directly with homeowners, property managers, custom-home builders, architects, and contractors in the local city. We are the premier landscape lighting design firm for all of the state. Call us today at 941-444-5554, or visit us online for more information. You can also submit a design consultation online.