Why you should use outdoor lighting as a supplement during fire bans?

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As the temperature dramatically increases and the humidity levels drop this time of year, many open, wood and charcoal fires become prohibited across various parts of the United States and Canada. Due to the growing danger of human-caused wildfires, widespread fire bans are commonly implemented during extreme heat periods in order to prevent forest devastation and stretching firefighting resources that may be needed for natural occurring fires. Since global temperatures seem to be on the rise each year, homeowners have been seemingly forced to accept the presence and restrictions of the inevitability of wildfire season. That being said since social, backyard bonfires and open-fire grilling probably won’t fit into your summer plans this year, we recommend using LED garden lights as a safe, vibrant substitute during seasonal fire bans.

LED garden lights are safer

One of the most amazing things about LED bulbs is that they are able to run at a cooler temperature than the average incandescent light. So, since LEDs don’t need to produce as much heat, they’re a much safer and more energy-efficient choice during the summer season where wildfires are more rampant. While LED bulbs will still be hot if they’re touched (about 140°F to 212° F) the average incandescent is 357°F and the average halogen bulb is about 267°F. So, the reality is that LEDs are far cooler and less likely to accidentally catch fire or overheat.

LED garden lights are vibrant

The empowering thing about investing in LED garden lighting is that they have the ability to create an ambient setting that’s almost as enjoyable as the blazing hue of a campfire. Lighting up the elemental details of your backyard surroundings, these low voltage lights can provide a breathtaking glow to the entirety of your outdoor space. Available in an array of show-stopping options directional lights, mushroom lights, floodlights and accent light — these proficient lighting options will ensure that you get to use your backyard space to its fullest potential year-round.

LED garden lights illuminate your outdoor gatherings

Summertime is all about spending extra time outdoors, so when it comes to social gatherings such as BBQs and birthdays, utilizing the power of LED garden lights combats the disappoint of the inevitable fire bans. Start by placing some area lighting in your backyard space in order to illuminate your socialization area. After all, the power or LED bulbs greatly out ways incandescent bulbs in terms of brightness and power. This means that you’ll hardly believe that the sun has gone down when you install some otherworldly, intense lights and cross off this element on your summer must-do list.

So, if you’re looking to erase the blues of implemented fire bans, perhaps some LED garden lights would resolve your lighting dilemmas.

What activities do you usually do more often when there are fire bans? Drop a comment below to advise other readers.

A few garden landscaping tips for springtime

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The chilly temperatures of winter are slowly becoming a distant memory, which means that with warmer weather it’s time that you got out into your garden to start your spring landscaping. While the months of frost have probably kept you cozy indoors, a change of season means that you’ll be spending more time outside in your backyard. Maybe the harsh winter conditions have left your lawn damaged or your flowerbeds have accumulated some serious overgrowth? Fortunately for you, with the right tools and the time to get the job done, your property’s surroundings will be looking healthy and luscious in no time! Here are a few spring maintenance and landscaping tips that you can follow if you want to have your garden in ship-shape for BBQ weather.

Start dethatching

Did you know that when leaves, thatch and other debris build up they can actually suffocate your grass and its roots? So, after the winter months have passed it’s safe to say that your lawn could probably use some fresh air after being subjected to all the snow pile up and frozen soil. That’s why dethatching should be an important part of your gardening routine, as it increases airflow, reduces unwanted pests and allows your grass to start its own process of spring recovery.

Get rid of the weeds

Removing plant debris that’s been left over from the transition between seasons is a good way to prepare for a healthier yard because much like dethatching, compacted soil, mulch and other debris can disable vegetation from growing in your garden. So, grab a compostable bag and make de-weeding part of your spring cleaning. After all, now is a better time than any to start planting!

Add mulch to plant beds

After your yard is all tidied up, make sure to lay down a generous layer of mulch amongst your plant beds. In fact, mulch helps to lock in moisture and prevents the soil from drying out too quickly. Mulch also provides a nutrient-rich environment for your plants to grow and thrive in while deterring weed and pests.

Beautify your landscape

When your property is all cleaned up and you’ve finished planting an array of beautiful flowers, your final step in your spring landscaping project will include adding some entertainment essentials. Spring up some vibrant patio furniture, roll out the handy BBQ and install some low voltage lighting to illuminate your landscape. Start by strategically placing some path lights along your garden walkways, continue by installing some step-deck lights on the siding of your deck’s footsteps, then anchor some pond lighting for a unique aesthetic glow and even place some directional lights within your garden to uplift a ray of illumination across your property. Now, if you already possess some state-of-the-art illumination perhaps you should consider a budget-friendly upgrade to some low voltage lighting. It’s an eco-friendly, long-lasting and economical investment for any homeowner.

What type of low voltage lighting do you use in your garden? Tell us in the comments section below.

Winter lighting that will illuminate your outdoor space

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Often times the cool temperatures and shrill darkness of winter overlap with the oncoming weeks of spring. So, although we’re inching our way into the month of March, depending on the region that you call home, you may still be experiencing somber, gloomy evenings. That being said, winter lighting has the wondrous ability to illuminate your front porch, backyard, driveway and the surrounding limits of your property line. So, before you start celebrating spring’s approach, take another look at your outdoor lighting scheme.

Shine some light emitting diodes (LEDs)

LEDs really are mind-blowing in terms of lighting technology. Allowing an electric current to pass through, rather than heating a filament or discharging gas, these little semiconductor devices emit a superpower light source.

Considered to be state-of-the-art bulbs, they’re 80% more energy efficient than traditional fluorescent and incandescent lights — that’s why they’re worth the higher price tag — with 95% of their energy converted to light, leaving only 5% wasted as heat. Now, that’s a true, economic technology. In a nutshell, these eco-friendly lighting solutions reduce the demand from power plants, last much longer and decrease our greenhouse gas emissions.

Now that you know a little about how LEDs work to help put savings back in your wallet, you’ll understand why we recommend them to use for the winter months and any other time of the year. LED garden lighting illuminates the beauty of your flowerbeds and outdoor decor by providing an alluring glare of decorative accenting. After all, as a hard-working homeowner, you should be able to enjoy your lush garden landscape, even if it’s all covered in a snowy powder.

Flood some directional lighting

If you’re wanting to shed some light in a certain direction of your property or if you feel the need to deter unwanted guests, directional lighting is an astounding solution to your lighting needs. Encompass the beauty of your property to its full potential when you use these incredible fixtures to uplift or down lift aesthetic features or simply direct illumination to the deep, dark corners. Winter, spring, summer or fall, this lighting solution is a year-round upgrade!

Light your wintery path

Many homeowners neglect the endless advantages of an array of path lights. Like many other illuminative fixtures, path lights are able to provide a beautiful glow of vibrancy to your property and nearby surroundings, as well as light up the area to deter crime from taking place. However, they also have the power to promote home safety and can be used, especially during the winter months, to illuminate the way to your front door when your guests are navigating through gloomy weather conditions. After all, not everyone has a flashlight in hand and black ice can be detrimental if you slip and fall. Most of all, path lighting creates a groovy, linear line of light that is gorgeous if you look from afar.  

Are there any other ways that you can upgrade your winter lighting? Tell us in the comments section below.