How can you use your front porch to welcome guests?

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Your front porch is the gateway to your home and the reaction it gives off can make a lasting first impression to your visitors and guests. Not only does this entryway spark personality but the design also leads your company to believe that a carefully crafted, welcoming atmosphere is important to you as a homeowner. So, since spring is the season of entertainment, both indoors and out, how about we highlight some ways that you can create a refreshing entry area to your domain.

Get potting

Regardless of whether you enjoy tasteful, artificial greenery or small, graceful succulents and cacti, potted plants are a beautiful way to spice up your front porch. With a fresh collection of colors and a variety of crisp blooms, cultivating a charming and stylized look allows you to forge a flourishing landscape and give off an elegant appeal for the guests standing by at the door. Not to mention, potted plants are an effortless way to jazz up your outdoor space with the ability to hang them in baskets next to your outside LED lights or gracefully put them on the steps leading up to your entrance. Also, remember to take a step back and observe your surroundings from a distance in order to inspire you to embrace a more dramatic effect.

But some seating

While not every homeowner has the luxury of having a spacious front porch, think of your outdoor spot as a room and add some seating anyways to allow for guests to enjoy the surroundings. A simple wicker chair, stool or bench can really add a welcoming element to your entryway. Not to mention, it can double up as your own personal reading nook when you need a little getaway from everyday stresses. Outdoor seating doesn’t just become a nice spot to relax when your guests are around, keep in mind it can also serve as a place to put on shoes, search for your keys or even people watch.

Re-paint your space

While it’s always best to utilize the adversity of neutral tones inside your home, just in case you ever want to change up your design, your front porch is the perfect place where you can be bold with color. After all, big, beautiful, vibrant colors are warm, enticing and give off this “door’s always open” appeal. So, let your front door and elegant window frames speak to your home’s architectural style as well as your lively personality. Start by slapping on some impactful, shiny colors so that you can easily accent the area with some vivid furniture, plants and decor.

Install some outside LED lights

The best part about redecorating your veranda is being able to admire it both day and night. That’s where some aesthetically pleasing outside LED lights may help to brighten up your alluring space. Some simple directional lights can be used as porch lights because they downlight the area so that your visitors can see where to push your doorbell. While some step lights can be used as safety features so that your guests are able to see their foot placement before they begin walking up the staircase. That being said, area lights are also a promising form of outdoor LED lights, as they boldly illuminate your gorgeous flowerbeds.

Be sure to invest the extra money and upgrade to outside LED lights for longevity, brilliant vibrancy and as an eco-conscious lighting alternative.

Are there any other ways you can decorate your welcoming entryway? Share with our readers in the comments section below.

 

Alex Wilks is the Social Media & Content Creator for Trek Marketing. Her work has been featured on Global News, Black Press Media, andthe Kwantlen Chronicle

What are your lightbulb choices?

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There are many reasons to rethink the lighting scheme of your home. Perhaps you’re looking for a budget-friendly energy solution in order to put some extra savings back into your wallet? Or maybe 2019 will finally be the year to start making the switch to a more energy efficient lighting solution? Regardless of why you’re into shaking things up, evidently, the right use of light bulbs in and around your home has the ability to provide an embellished, ambient appeal, can prove to be cost-effective and has the power to offer you an eco-friendly, energy solution. After all, who doesn’t want to do their part to take care of the environment? Now, let’s take a look into your light bulb options.

What are your lighting choices?

If you’re looking for some lighting options that exhibit all of the qualities you’re looking for in a lightbulb, halogen incandescents, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are a few common choices that possess varied abilities to offer you savings and energy-efficiency while also exuberating a beautiful, aesthetic glow of illumination during their lifetime. They all possess their own unique design to withstand weather elements, such as rain or snow, as well as their ability to work diversely as an exposed fixture. But which bulb is the right choice for you?

Halogen Incandescents

These round, traditional-looking lightbulbs have remained the most common light source over the years — probably because they’re often the cheapest options.

The way halogens work is they possess a capsule inside that holds gas around the filament, which increases their performance and efficiency. They come available in a wide assortment of shapes and colors and can be used with dimmers if you’re looking to illuminate an area with a particular aesthetic look. These bulbs possess many advantages, but in terms of technology, halogen bulbs are a little behind with the times and there are many more energy efficient lighting solutions that overshadow the competence of their current abilities. Needless to say, if you’re looking for a cost-effective energy solution that you can depend on, halogen bulbs may be your best lighting option.

Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs)

CFLs are longer, curly versions of the long tube fluorescent lights that you may already have lighting up your kitchen or garage. The typically use less electricity than traditional incandescents and although are costlier upfront, they pay for themselves in the longevity of your energy savings. The average CFL bulb uses about one-fourth of the energy and lasts ten times longer than a more traditional incandescent bulb that puts out a similar amount of light. CFLs also come in a range of shapes and colorful tones that allow them to diffuse light into every featured direction. They are recyclable and an excellent eco-friendly solution for those who care about the environment and their everyday waste.

Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)

LED bulbs are a state-of-the-art technology that possesses semiconductors that convert electricity to light. At one time they were only known as the indicators for traffic lights, but now LEDs (typically white) provide illumination in many applications of our everyday lives — including many of today’s most energy-efficient and rapidly developing technologies. Commonly, LEDs use 25%-30% and last eight to 25 times longer than a traditional halogen bulb.

LEDs come in a variety of wattage, can be used as reflector bulbs in recessed fixtures, small track lights, desk lamps, kitchen undercabinet lighting and many elements of an outdoor lighting scheme. They are incredibly versatile, durable and perform well in cold environments. LED products as also common in pathway lights, step lights and porch lights. While they are little more expensive, they save you money in the long-run and emit a very low dose of energy use. As with any other electronic product, prices are expected to come down in future as the technology changes and more advanced products enter into the energy efficient lighting market. Needless to say, if you want the best of the best in terms of savings and efficiency, LEDs bulbs are the ultimate lighting investment.

Which form of energy efficient light do you plan to use to achieve your lighting goals? Tell us in the comments section below.

 

Alex Wilks is the Social Media & Content Creator for Trek Marketing. Her work has been featured on Global News, Black Press Media, andthe Kwantlen Chronicle

The Beginner’s Guide To Choosing Landscape Lighting

If you have no idea where to start when it comes to buying outdoor lights, this post is for you. For many people, outdoor living spaces are becoming an integral part of how we live, with a wealth of options to help illuminate our gardens. From deck and pond lighting, to well lighting and path lighting, there are a multitude of options to consider. So why is landscape lighting important?

Installing landscape lighting not only enhances the beauty of the features in your garden, whether that be architecture, fountains or paths, but it also increases the value of your home, adding to its aesthetic appeal. Having good landscape lighting also prolongs the time space in which you can use your garden, and ensures its safe and secure.

When choosing the best type of landscape lighting for your garden, you need to consider a number of factors. For this reason, first timers choose to work with a professional landscaper who is knowledgeable about the best types of lighting for your garden as well as methods for installation.

Of course, you can do it yourself without any help from a professional, but you’ll need to familiarize yourself with each type of lighting and how they work first. Low-voltage landscape lighting is easy to work with and doesn’t necessarily require professional installation for this reason. For low-voltage lighting, you’ll also need to purchase a low-voltage transformer.

Choose whether you want to install halogen lighting, which produces a higher intensity light which is very bright and white, fluorescent lighting, which produces very little heat, while giving off cool, visible light, or LED lighting which is long lasting and energy efficient. LED lighting is quickly becoming the favorite for this reason, although keep in mind that the upfront costs are more expensive than for halogen or fluorescent lighting.

You should also familiarize yourself with where to place lighting for the best effect. For example, it’s usually best to place path lighting between one and two feet from the path to illuminate it. Ground lighting may be enough to highlight the path, or you might find you need a combination of high and low lights for the best results.

If you are unsure of the best lighting to use and how to install it, consult a licensed professional. If you’re looking to buy outdoor lights, check out our website, or contact us for more information.