Are you on top of your outdoor lighting safety?

outdoor lighting safety

Outdoor lighting radiates far more prominently in the winter months, where the daylight is scarcer and the constant wind and rain make for gloomier, grayer skies. Although illumination is an essential home adornment, as a homeowner, it’s important to familiarize yourself with all your lighting gadgets in order to prevent any accidental short-circuiting or unexpected fires. That’s why as a responsible lighting connoisseur, you should take a few minutes to enlighten yourself and become acquainted with these outdoor lighting safety tips.  

Never use a damaged cord

Whether you haven’t found the time required to replace it, or you simply were out shoveling the snow and pulled the cord too hard, it’s incredibly easy and common to damage an outdoor extension cord. If your extension cord is run-down at either end or is starting to fray in the middle, you may receive an electric shock when you go to plug in into your lights. Also, even though it seems secure, you’re not exercising appropriate outdoor lighting safety by using electrical tape. It’s much easier, and more prudent, to just purchase a new, dependable extension cord.

Use timers on your outdoor lights

Timers are not only a great eco-conscious tool that you can to help you save money, but they’re also a marvelous way to ensure that your home is secure with lighting. The timers can be set to shut off your outdoor lights when the sunrise in your area is expected and vice versa for when the sun goes down. Not to mention, the best part about lighting timers is that you’ll never have to leave the comfort of your home to turn on your outdoor lights.

Don’t overuse your outlets

Plugging an excessive amount of lighting into a single outlet has the ability to wear down and even trip your breaker. As an outdoor lighting safety measure, be sure to check that the electrical devices you’re plugging it do not exceed the recommended watt load.

Utilize your GFCI outlets

Many modern-day homes possess ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets on their exterior. The benefit of these outlets is that there is electric shock protection, which aids in keeping you safe around wet environments. The GFCI outlet trips when there is an electrical current on an unintended path. So, considering it’s only the start of winter, utilizing these exterior outlets are an incredibly advantageous way to promote outdoor lighting safety.

Are there any other outdoor lighting safety methods that you use? Please share them with us in the comments section below.

 

Here are some economically efficient ways that you can upgrade your garden

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It’s no secret that proud homeowners take pride in the way their residence looks both on the inside and out. While the layout and design of the home plays an important part, equally as important is how things are placed and the purpose that they serve in the overall construction, composition and arrangement of the household. That being said, many people tend to spend more time and money thoroughly upgrading the interior of their living space, ensuring that their flooring is high-quality and their walls are lavishly painted. But what about exterior home upgrades? The intuitive design of the outside of your home is more than just gardening and the upkeep of its structure, it’s about creating an economically efficient environment that you can also be proud of. That’s why we’ve come up with a few ways that you can make your garden more economic, eco-friendly and an even more stunning outdoor space than it already is.

Install lighting timers

A timer switch is an electric device that controls the timing mechanism of your outdoor lights. Usually when you’re shopping for a timer, you’ll find that they come in mechanical or digital. Known for their durability and weather resistance, these outdoor light timers are the perfect way to control your exterior lights (security directional lights, LED lighting for your landscape and even holiday light decor) as while also saving a bit of money on your energy bill.

Switch to an efficient irrigation system

While it’s hard to imagine working on your garden in the dead of winter, you should keep this idea in the back of your mind for when spring rolls around. An efficient irrigation system for your garden is both economical and valuable. There are two types of irrigation systems — drip systems and rotor heads. While drip systems slowly release water, rotor heads can be adjusted depending on the area you’re wanting to reach. Installing an appropriate irrigation system is a simple, yet effective upgrade.

Upgrade to some more flawless lighting

There is an assortment of outdoor lighting that has the power to dazzle the exterior of your home, as well as put a little savings into your pocket. Installing LED garden lighting creates a show-stopping glow of illumination, day or night. Not to mention, once the clouds cascade over the moon, pure darkness will never fall over your lavish garden. Directional lighting is another upgrade that casts a perfect beam of illumination. Arranging these outdoor lights strategically around your home provides security, style and a dynamic flow of unsullied light. Lastly, we recommend upgrading your LED lighting. While LED lighting is proven to be a more powerful and an impeccably long-lasting investment, it’s also a warm, inviting alternative when compared to the more traditional halogen bulb.

Try composting

Being aware of our carbon footprint is an enlightening way to live, especially when it comes to homeownership. If your municipality doesn’t already handle the composting for you, then you should consider starting one of your own. Composting is a great way to produce nutritious soil for your garden, an efficient way to sort through your waste and an economical abundant way to improve your everyday sustainability.

How are you being economic as a homeowner? Tell us in the comments section below.

 

What is the origin of Christmas lights?

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There is something rather mesmerizing about the twinkle that is embellished from outdoor Christmas lights. Not only do they have the power to create a warm, welcoming environment, but they also are a nice added touch around the holiday season. However, have you ever wondered where the tradition of decorating your home with bright, outdoor lighting came from? Well, let’s untangle the history.

Early history

Historically, Christmas lights have only been used since electricity became the everyday norm, but dating back as far as the 17th century, eastern European families, particularly German, possessed light displays outside their homes that consisted of burning candles. Their trees at Christmas time were also delicately decorated with small candles that were attached using pins or melted wax. Only lit for a few minutes per night, traditionally this was a Christian custom to signal to other Christians that they were welcome to come worship inside their home. A far different expression for the use of lights when compared to our extravagant, modern-day displays.

The rise of electric bulbs

Then Thomas Edison changed the world with his fantastic advancement in technology, the lightbulb. In 1880, Edison introduced the world to the lights displayed on the outside of his laboratory compound, marking the first outdoor display of Christmas lights. Edward Johnson, an inventor under the supervision of Edison, also created the first string of Christmas lights a couple of years later. It was made out of 80 small electric light bulbs and went on to be mass produced in 1890.

Public displays of lights in retail stores and on government buildings started to become popular in the United States at the beginning of the 20th century. However, they weren’t very affordable until many years later. That being said, outdoor light displays are now a symbol of the holiday season.

Today’s Christmas lights

Many people, government buildings and municipalities now use incandescent Christmas lights, rather than candles, to offer a twinkling display around the holidays. Light-emitting diode, or LED, lights are more energy-efficient light options that help to reduce your carbon emission and electric bill. So, why not enjoy your festive Christmas lights and save a little money in the process.

Do you know any other interesting facts about the history of Christmas lights? Tell us in the comments section below.