Winter maintenance tips for your outdoor lighting

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As a homeowner, there are a lot of things to consider when you winterize your home and garden. Some people choose to add a little extra insulation around their windows, while others remember to disconnect their garden hoses to avoid them from freezing. Although, for any outdoor lighting connoisseurs, keeping your lights shining brightly and well-maintained throughout the winter months is also a top priority that needs to be ticked off of the to-do list before the start of the winter chills. Here are a few ways that you can get ahead of the game with your outdoor lighting winter maintenance.

Keep your fixtures clean

All the dirt and debris that collects on your outdoor lighting fixtures can dim or completely block any light from illuminating outwards. It’s important to keep your fixtures clean if you want them working well and shining bold throughout the season.

You can use a non-abrasive cloth to clean your bulbs and the surrounding area around the fixtures. Also, be sure to keep them clear of any snow or ice. LED bulbs, although incredibly energy efficient, produce less heat and therefore will be unable to melt the piles of snow that can collect and cover them during stormy weather.

Also, when you’re examining your fixtures, check them for any moisture-related problems that are foreseeable. Ice and snow have the ability to melt and drip into your fixture if it’s an older, outdated unit.

Check your wires

When the ground freezes over night and thaws out in the morning, sometimes hidden wires may be forced up to the surface. These exposed wires are not only a tripping hazard, but sometimes when they are exposed to the cool elements they can fray and become damaged. It’s best to inspect all wired outdoor fixtures to make sure they’re connected and working before re-burying them into the ground.

Test your bulbs

Extreme temperatures have the ability to significantly shorten the lifespan of a lightbulb. We recommend that you replace your light bulbs throughout the season as needed. However, for those of you who invested in low-voltage bulbs, the good news is that these landscape lights tends to run longer, which is perfect for the extra hours of darkness throughout the winter months

The benefits of performing the proper outdoor lighting winter maintenance is that your home will feel safe, your surroundings will be beautiful…even at night, properly lit walkways will prevent accidental falls and the illumination will most likely deter any unwanted visitors.

Do you have any other outdoor lighting winter maintenance tips for our readers? Share with us in the comments section below.

 

Must-have lights to winterize your home

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Depending on where you live, the temperatures of wintertime can start to encompass you before the season has even had a chance to set in. That’s why it’s incredibly important to be prepared, especially when it comes to your outdoor lighting.

Upgrading your outdoor lighting is one of the best ways that you can winterize your home. After all, the chilling months ahead are only going to bring longer periods of nightfall, bitter weather conditions and maybe even a few huge snowfalls.

With these conditions on the horizon, you should start your upgrades rather quickly. Let us help you make your illumination upgrades!

Install some garden lighting

During winter, garden lighting offers homeowners numerous benefits — it’s beautiful to look at, it provides security throughout your property and it accents different garden elements (tree, hedge or statue). Although garden lighting is more of a decorative feature, many people enjoy getting creative with its placement and position within the garden space. Without the appropriate lighting, your garden is merely an inaccessible, black space that disappears as soon as the sun goes down.

Grab a few flood lights

Flood lights are the most versatile form of outdoor lighting. They can be placed in front of your home, alongside a path leading into your backyard, or creatively aimed in various directions throughout your garden. These lights are often use for an aesthetic appeal, so that when you glance through your window into your backyard, you’re able to catch a glimpse of the scenery. Needless to say, they are also used for security purposes. Homeowners often place flood lights on the side of their homes pointing into the darkest corner of their property so that they have a full scope of the area.

Distribute some path lighting along your walkways

Probably one of the most recommended forms of outdoor lighting that is encouraged during the winter months is path lighting. Mainly because it enables your guests to see their way to your doorstep, but also since daylight is becoming scarcer, path lighting will provide you with a little extra illumination as you make your way up the driveway to locate your home’s entrance.  

Submerge some pond lighting

This suggestion probably sounds strange right? The reality is that if your backyard has a pond or even an outdoor pool, pond lighting should be an essential purchase before the winter months. It’s incredibly dangerous to venture into your backyard in the dark, or even on snowy days, especially if you’re unable to see where your water source is situated. By illuminating your underwater feature, you’re not only lighting up the backyard with a gorgeous, warm, glowing glow, but you’re taking the proper precautions to ensure that you can be safe in your outdoor space. Just remember to get ahead of the game by installing these top-of-the-line lights before the water starts to freeze.

Do you know of any other way that outdoor lighting installation can help to winterize your home? Tell us in the comments section below.

How to create a welcoming entrance for your home

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When considering a home renovation most people look to update their bathrooms, kitchens or living room spaces. Although it seems more economic to renew these extensions of your everyday living, it’s equally as important to create a welcoming entry. As the first thing your guests see, your porch and entrance way should reflect the same beautiful, warm and welcoming atmosphere that the inside of your home does. The front entrance to your household should not only be approachable, but it should also be intuitive, alluring and refined. Needless to say, we have a few ways that you can create the most sublime home front.   

Pump up your foliage

Most people have an emotional connection to plants. Maybe it’s because flowers, cacti and shrubs are organic instead of mechanical? Needless to say, plants have the ability to brighten up any outdoor space by harnessing their beauty in a dramatic way. Try dangling a few floral creations around your porch, making use of your planters or extra buckets to scatter around some herbs or simply placing your favorite succulents and cacti in rainbow-colored containers and delicately distributing them along your steps. Then take a few steps back, all the way to the road if you can and consider how it looks from a distance. After all, first impressions usually happen from further away.

Include accessories and seating

Outdoor decorating can be a fun way to get artsy with your home, especially if you’re using it as a way to complement your front entry. Sometimes an elegant stone statue or a simple trickling fountain can really add a gratifying look when placed on your front porch. Although it’s best to keep in mind that the type of accessories you add should embellish the vibe of your neighborhood. You wouldn’t want pink flamingos in the lawn with garden gnomes if your home resides on an older, more charming block. Furniture is also another way to glam up your entrance if you have the room for a little bench. It’s important to not only make your porch pleasant for your guests, but also for yourself. Your porch is your outdoor living room, which means you want it to be a comfy enough ambiance to enjoy the first sips of your morning coffee.

Add some outdoor lighting

The benefits of outdoor lighting are endless and range from safety and security to a stunning night time display. Although most homes possess a single, boring porch light, your home could be glammed up with a little extra illumination. Step-deck lights are an ideal upgrade choice when you consider your guests, as they allow them to see front your steps easily. Path lighting is another must-have suggestion, because you’re able can to use almost like a map to layout the most ideal walking path. Needless to say, directional lighting has the most advantages when it comes to creating a big welcome with lighting. Directional lighting can be placed in your entrance as decoration, beaming into the sky, or as a way to accent the darker areas of your front yard. Outdoor lighting really adds the perfect drama to the exterior of your home.

How do you plan to upgrade your entry space? Tell us in the comments section below.