Category Archives: Outdoor Lighting

Landscape Lighting Creates A New World

You may not realize it, but your landscaping exists in two worlds. By day, the design is a fixed picture for all to see and admire. Save for seasonal changes, it’s likely to remain so over the course of many years. But by night, the picture is altogether different when the ad1 LED  Kichler Dahlia_49558AZLED_Outdoor_ dition of landscape lighting transforms your property into a 3-D painting designed to be viewed not just from without, but from within.

In this kind of painting, the types of light you install are your paintbrushes. They suggest different moods and define new spaces. Down-lighting with spotlights creates mellow, naturalistic effects; uplighting with well-lights tends to be dramatic and grandiose. Back-lighting lends an air of mystery; front-lighting flattens. Beyond placement of fixtures, there are questions of which types of lenses to use and what color or colors you may want them to project.

Rules of good composition apply just as they would in any painting hanging in your home, only now they apply in three dimensions. But symmetry, balance, choice of focal points, depth and overall cohesion become far more complicated when you consider that a tree or fountain might be viewed not just from one or two, but many possible angles. And there’s no point in creating a nighttime paradise that’s too dangerous to explore so choices for pathway and step lighting are critical.

New to the marketplace are apps that let you control your night lightscape through your computer, smartphone or tablet. They operate via wifi or Bluetooth, sending commands to the lighting transformer to dim or brighten or change colors of various lighting zones.

It’s complicated, so complicated you might want to consider enlisting the services of a landscape architect to help you. Whatever design you arrive at, Yale Lighting Concepts can supply you with any landscape lighting fixtures you might need. Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have.

Exterior Lighting that Enhances Curb Appeal and Home Security

#1%20Kichler_Landscape_Tree_and_Wall_SQ_preview Are you looking to sell your home, add a touch of elegance to an outdoor living space, or are you concerned about it being more secure when you are away? Exterior lighting is a simple and inexpensive solution that ensures your asset is showcased properly and is protected from vandals and intruders. Whether you are looking for wall sconces, fountain lights, or hanging chandeliers, proper exterior lighting adds a nice finishing touch to your home and we can help you find the best fixtures for the following applications:

Highlighting the Details

Highlight the special features of your exterior space at night with the help of decorative lights in many different styles. You can add a soft glow to water fountains, plants and bushes, patios, hot tub spaces, and more. Our lights come in a variety of different shapes and sizes to suit your needs. Lighting is like the icing on the cake of a well designed space and will add a look of richness to your property.

Lighting the Way

Help guide visitors to your front door with accent lighting that illuminates your driveway and walking paths. There is nothing worse than someone tripping and falling because they can’t see where they are going when they arrive to visit you. Check out the well lights and landscape lighting available on our website and ensure your guests arrive to your front door safely. Our well and landscaping lights are made of high quality materials that will withstand the elements and will shine bright for many years to come.

Creating an Ambiance

Whether the design of your home is classic and historical or contemporary and modern, we have an exterior lighting fixture that will make your yard sparkle at night. Soft lighting will add a warm ambiance to your outdoor living space that makes for a relaxing evening with friends and family. Depending on the concept of your outdoor living space, you can incorporate chandeliers, hanging lights, post lighting, or fountain lighting to the space.

Home Protection

Good home security means making sure the exterior of your home is visible to neighbors and those passing by on the street. To keep would-be burglars away, make sure that all of your entryways and windows are lit up so the bad guy has nowhere to hide and can’t break into your home in the cover of darkness. We have a variety of lights that will enhance the security of your home and give you peace of mind. To save on energy, check out flood lights and motion activated lighting systems that only activate when there is motion in the area.

Finish the look of your property off right with the brilliant assortment of lights offered by Yale Lighting Concepts. We have exterior lights that will enhance the curb appeal of your home as well as give it added security. Our exterior lights are made of high quality materials that will last for many years to come. Contact us today so we can help you find the right lights at an affordable price.

3 Great Locations For Your Landscape Lighting

Adding lights to your landscape design is an excellent way to make your landscaping more visible and functional at night. It is also a good way to showcase certain areas of your landscape design that you think are especially beautiful or important. Here are three great locations for your landscape lighting.

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A great place to incorporate landscape lighting is along either side of your sidewalk. You can choose to go with lights that are flat on the ground, or those that stick up and add more of a decorative accent to your landscaping. The lights can also be placed as far apart or as closed together as you’d like, depending on your lighting budget and how much light you would like. This will make it much easier to see your sidewalks at night, which can go a long way in making them safer.

Flower Beds 

Another great location for landscape lighting are your flower beds. These are areas of your landscape design that are exceptionally beautiful. Because of this, you likely want to show them off, whether it be day or night. The landscape lighting will act somewhat like stage lights, coming up from the ground to showcase your flowerbeds at night. Depending on the size and shape of the flower beds, you will want to pick out the size of lights that you’d like, as well as where to strategically place them.

A Man-Made Waterfall

The decision to build a man-made waterfall as part of your landscape design is a great one. It creates a beauty that is hard to match and you will likely enjoy how peaceful it is to watch the water run down the rocks. A great way to enhance your man-made waterfall is to add landscape lighting to it. You can choose from a variety of waterproof and weather resistant lights that can be installed within the rocks of your waterfall. The lights shining underneath the water will create a sparkling effect at night that is absolutely stunning. To make things even more fun, you could choose lights that have the ability to change colors as the water cascades over them.

Landscape lighting can add to any landscape design and can be perfect for walkways, flower beds, and man-made waterfalls.

To learn more about landscape lighting, you can visit us here.

Deck & Patio Lighting: Adding Ambiance To Your Outdoor Space

As the sun starts to shine and the weather gets warmer, this will give you more time to spend outdoors with your family and friends, and even time alone if you can get away from the little ones. One of the best ways to enhance these long evenings and nights is to find the right outdoor lighting for yOutdoor_Spaces___Safety our home. Here are some deck and patio lighting tips that we feel will spark your creativity and imagination so you can finally enhance your home’s outdoor living area.

Lighting For Your Deck

Adding lighting to your deck’s posts can greatly extend the amount of time that you will spend outdoors in the evening. Adding lighting to the posts will also give you a greater sense of security. Deck lighting will give you the right amount of illumination that you need close the ground. Your choices of fixtures will not be limited; you will be able to choose the fixtures that will match the surface and colors of your deck to increase its appeal.

Patio Lighting

Have you ever wanted to know how patio seat wall lighting will look? Seat wall lights will be an amazing addition to your patio, and this lighting can also be used on steps that are free-standing. Patio seat wall lighting will add a dash of light to the areas that may be dimly lit. If you invite people to your home who are not familiar with the ins and outs of your property, this type of lighting will be perfect.

Seat wall lighting and stair lighting will improve the safety of your patio or deck because it will add ambiance while preventing any accidents. There are various ways to add lighting to your walls and stairs. With summer approaching, now would be a great time to consider making changes to your patio or deck with outdoor lighting that will compliment your home’s style.

Are you ready to give your patio or deck a makeover? Contact us today for more information.

L ove E arth D ay: LED Lighting for Your Home

Earth Day on April 22nd is the perfect time to revisit your home’s lighting and your carbon footprint. Better still, give Mother Earth a present and switch your CFL (the tubular swirly type) or incandescent bulbs to LEDs, known in April as ‘Love Earth Day’ lights!

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The largest difference between a CFL and LED bulb is life. The average lifespan of a CFL is 10 years, calculated on 3 hours’ use per day.  This is without any other detrimental factors, such as frequent switching on or off which detracts significantly. The average lifespan of an LED is 15 to 25+ years. In simple terms switching to LEDs means –

  • Convenience. Much less bulb changing for you, the homeowner.
  • Reduction in waste
  • Reduction in hazardous waste (CFL’s contain small amounts of mercury)

Watts, Lumens and Energy Consumption

The days of choosing between a 60 or 100 watt incandescent bulb are history. Today it is much more important to be aware of how much light the bulb provides than the power it consumes. Light is measured in lumens and the higher the lumens, the brighter the light.

  • 100W Incandescent = 1600 lumens. An equivalent CFL consumes 23W, a LED consumes 14W.
  • 40W Incandescent = 450 lumens. An equivalent CFL consumes 9W, a LED consumes 5W.
  • There are energy and related cost savings switching from CFL to LED, as you can see, but nothing like the reduction seen if you have yet to switch from incandescent bulbs.
  • Because an LED uses very low wattage, there is very little heat generation. If you have an old lamp saying “Max 40W”, you can use any high lumen LED in it today and enjoy much brighter light quality.
  • The use of lower wattage helps Mother Earth in that fewer fossil fuels are used in the making of the electricity.

The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has developed some great insight into today’s light bulb terminology to help with your understanding and energy efficiency goals. NRDC also recommends looking for the “Energy Star” endorsement. This guarantees the product meets minimum efficiency, lifetime and quality standards.

Other Factors When Buying LEDs

  • Many LED bulbs and fixtures are dimmable. Consider if this is important.
  • Color. LEDs typically come in Warm White (softer more yellowish glow) or Daylight (cooler bright hue).
  • Shape. LEDs come in all shapes and sizes. The traditional sno cone or bulb shape is good for many applications but does not offer enough downward light for a reading lamp for example. Ask us about options for your decor and specific lighting needs.
  • Instant full brightness (CFLs have a “warm up” time before full brightness is achieved)
  • Cost. Take advantage of Earth Day promotions. While LEDs can seem more expensive, the convenience in never having to change a bulb is a big factor along with their durability. If you still have incandescent bulbs, the cost will be recovered quickly through decreased energy usage. Bottom line: lower electric bills.

If you’ve looked at LEDs in the past and had difficulty finding a suitable bulb, talk to us. LEDs have come a long way in recent years and there’s a replacement LED now for almost every kind of fixture.

At Yale Lighting Concepts & Design, we’re committed to conserving our natural resources and are always here to help you with the selection of the best lighting that balances quality of life with the environment. Contact us today for more insight and ideas.

Home Lighting Ideas for a Five-Star AirBnB Business

It’s not easy to become a 5-star host for AirBnB, a short-term rental listing site. Hosts who participate in the sharing economy by renting out rooms or their Kichler_Landscape_Front_Walk entire homes rely on good reviews to boost profits. By using basic home lighting ideas, it’s possible to impress guests and give them a feeling of safety and security. When starting an AirBnB or HomeAway business or listing your home as a rental property, consider a few areas that matter to the guest or tenants from a lighting perspective.

Curb appeal

Some AirBnB guests will simply cancel a reservation if the drive by your home and it looks unsafe. Having safety and security lighting helps potential guests find the lock box or key. Many guests don’t arrive until after dark. Provide adequate and stylish lighting at the entryway and along any sidewalks leading to your home. Some of the popular décor styles for outdoor lighting include modern, contemporary, Modern Farmhouse, Bohemian, Mid-Century modern and industrial. Your outdoor entryway lighting should match the interior design style inside the home. The inside foyer is also an important area for guests who want to see their way around an unfamiliar home.

Ceiling fans

In addition to being able to see the books they are reading at night or find their way around a well-lit home, AirBnB guests like to control the temperature. Consider installing ceiling fans in a few key areas of the home for guests who like it colder. When placing the furniture, place the bed or sofa so that it’s not directly beneath a ceiling fan, but a bit off to the side. Ceiling fan lights also extend the living space to the outdoor patio.

Landscape lighting

A lot of guests like to spend time outdoors while staying at AirBnB. Some guests like a budget-friendly experience but still want to feel pampered on their vacations or travels. When setting up outdoor entertainment and sitting areas, focus on the landscape lighting. Proper outdoor lighting draws attention to beautiful flower beds, birds, butterflies, outdoor décor accents and trees. Guests who want to walk around at night also appreciate good landscaping light.

At Yale Lighting, we help real estate investors visualize what they want with 3 showrooms that showcase the latest in indoor and outdoor lighting. For more tips on the best lighting for your AirBnB and home lighting ideas for a real estate investment, please contact us.

Distinctive Outdoor Lighting for Any Time of Year

Regardless of the time of year, you want the outside of your home to look warm and inviting. A great way to do this is to add Progress Ashmore_application_new beautiful and unique lighting to the front of your house.

Porch Lighting — You probably already have a standard porch light next to your front door. To upgrade the look for a traditionally designed house, change out the style to a classic black mount with frosted glass. Try a mount in brushed steel with clear glass for a more contemporary look. For a rustic appearance, bronze fixtures work well. If you also have short stone columns on each side of the steps to your porch, consider adding lantern-shaped lighting atop those columns. Such lights will appear welcoming to anyone who visits.

Path Lighting — If you opt for lighting along the pathway to your front porch, don’t overdo with too many lights. Select short copper, bronze or brass fixtures. Lights with filigree over glass look especially lovely. Place your lighting approximately four to six feet apart. If you’re using extremely bright lights, you should increase the distance between each light.

Landscape Lighting — Using well lights or in-ground lighting works beautifully to highlight your garden, bushes, or trees. These light fixtures are not as noticeable as taller landscape lighting, so all of the attention will remain on your gorgeous foliage. For tree lighting, you might need more than one light for the best effect.

Special Lighting — A lighted fountain in your yard or on your front porch made of natural slate, travertine, or sandstone will draw everyone’s attention. The soothing sounds of the water and the charm of the lights will relax you after a hard day. You’ll become the envy of the entire neighborhood with such a beautiful addition to your home’s exterior.

For additional information about outdoor and indoor lighting, please contact us today.

2 Stunning Lighting Ideas For Your Outdoor Patio

_R0F6728 In order to achieve the right ambiance, you must have the right lighting. If you are looking for new lighting ideas, consider these fun options listed below!

  1. Indoor Lighting For Better Outdoor Lighting: When you are thinking about outdoor lighting ideas for your patio, it makes sense that you would not be thinking about the lighting inside your home. However, if you have a home with plenty of large open windows and French doors, take into consideration how you can design your indoor home lighting scheme to give off warmth and coziness to the patio. Supplement that lighting with a few wall lamps illuminating off of outdoor vines and you have a golden, warm atmosphere for your patio.
  2. Go Contemporary: At the opposite end of the outdoor lighting option is something much more modern and cool. While the first idea emphasizes warmth and sereneness, this option is much more contemporary and cutting edge. Consider installing projected lighting and colored LEDs to give off an ultra chic, Los Angeles vibe around your patio. Pair the lighting with patio benches and tall white walls and you’ve created stunning imagery that all of your dinner party guests will fawn over.

For more information, contact us today.