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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.

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.