Are you on top of your outdoor lighting safety?

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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.

 

5 ways to decorate your porch for the holidays

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Decorating for the holiday season is an incredibly exciting way to embellish your stylish taste in home decor. So, when you’re preparing your setup of unique, festive touches, don’t forget to deck out your front porch in order to really make it feel like a home for the holidays. Shake things up by mixing in a few natural elements in with your lighthearted, jolly Christmas accents and make the front of your home is a heartwarming invitation for all your joyous guests. That being said, you have the rest of December to take advantage of these decorating tips and to let the holiday cheer spill out of your home by making your front porch extra merry and bright.

Decorate an outdoor Christmas tree

Although your holiday resources, such as ornaments and tinsel, are most likely all used up after decorating your meticulous, indoor Christmas tree, if you have any left over, a second tree on your front porch would be an easy way to embellish the outdoor of your home. Not only does an outdoor Christmas tree curb the appeal of twinkling lights, but it also adds to the festive spirit and draws attention to your beautifully decorated home.

Now, if you don’t want the hassle of dragging out a secondary tree, perhaps consider decorating the trees directly in front of your porch instead in order to provide a contrasting balance of lights and decorations.

Use symmetry to your advantage

To achieve an element of cohesive style, decorate your porch considering the use of symmetry. Match the wreaths and garlands on each side so that spectators can easily follow a visual pathway through your outdoor design.

Fill the outside of your home with warm lighting

Directional lighting is one of the best additions that you can add to any outdoor illumination project. You can use it as a way to direct light from your home into the darker corners of your property or simply allow it to up light a garden feature. Directional lighting would work well to highlight all of your Christmas decorations that you have spread across your porch and lawn. While path and area lighting would also be a good addition to brighten up your outdoor walkways. After all, how are your guests supposed to make their way to your beautifully illuminated porch if they can’t see where they are stepping in the first place. Outdoor lighting plays a huge role in decorating for the upcoming winter season and for the holidays.

Get crafty with your decor

A decorative lantern can serve as a perfect centerpiece to your outdoor porch decor. Fill the lantern(s) with some shiny ornaments and bulbs and top it off with a little greenery, a bow or some ribbons. This is a fun, easy and unique way to add a pop of cheer to your front door.

Wrap Christmas lights tastefully

Swaddle your porch with some added Christmas glee when you wrap Christmas lights around the banister or the outline of your front door and windows. Not only does it provide an aesthetic visual framework, but it also lights up your outdoor area so it can be seen from further away. How cool is that?

How do you plan to use Christmas decorations and directional lighting to dress up your front porch for the holidays? Tell us in the comments section below.