This Sunday, November 5th at 2 a.m., we will end Daylight Saving Time by setting our clocks back an hour. This will give us one less hour of Florida sunshine, which means many of us will be driving home in darkness after work. If you don’t adjust your landscape lighting timer, you’ll also arrive home to a dark house.
Many Tampa area homeowners assume that turning on a porch light is enough to show off their house at night and lead guests up the sidewalk. But that’s because they can’t imagine how big of a difference landscape lighting can make in how the home and yard look at night, and how well friends and family can maneuver around the property. Brilliant Nights can install pathway lighting along walkways, downlighting from trees, and spotlighting to show off special features of your yard, making your property more beautiful and functional than you ever thought possible.
Here are just a few of our before and after photos that show how we’ve transformed Tampa area homes at night.
Are you already in the works of planning next summer’s vacation? If so, you may want to steer your plan into a vacation you can enjoy for more than just one week of the year. The beautiful thing about living in Tampa is that we have vacation-like weather all the time, so why not use your travel budget to create a vacation-like resort at home, in your own backyard?
We’re just a few weeks away from Halloween, and Tampa homeowners are decorating their yards with jack-o-lanterns, ghosts and goblins. If you plan to use Halloween lighting on the outside of your home, it’s important that you take some precautions to prevent fires or injuries.
If you had your outdoor lighting system installed years ago, you probably still have the original halogen bulbs that came with it. Since then, LED lights have been introduced and are very popular — actually preferred — by many homeowners. Read on to find out why, and call us when you decide to upgrade your bulbs.
Reason 1: Bugs Don’t Like LED Outdoor Lighting
Many insects are drawn to hot, bright white or blue Halogen bulbs because of their UV light, but they don’t often fly toward cool white or yellow LED lights. This is mainly because they can’t see them as well. When it comes to outdoor lighting, a strong rule of thumb is that the lower the Kelvin (K) temperature, the more yellow the light will be, and the more yellow the light, the harder it is for bugs to see. If you replace the bulbs in your existing landscape lighting system with LED bulbs, you will most likely have fewer insects buzzing around your outdoor entertainment area.
Reason 2: You’ll Save on Energy Bills
Replacing a 30 watt halogen bulb with a 5 watt LED bulb can add up to 80% savings in electric usage. Just one bulb! While the initial investment in new LED bulbs may seem bigger than you’d like, you’ll get that money back in your pocket within just a few years and continue saving for many years after that.
Reason 3: You Won’t Have to Buy New Bulbs for a Long Time
The sticker price on LED bulbs may turn you off initially, but when you think about how long they last, it’s totally worth it. Because while halogen bulbs need to be replaced every 2 years, LED bulbs can last up to 15!
Why You Should Hire a Landscape Lighting Company to Replace Your Halogen Bulbs
While LED bulbs are available at big box stores, you won’t get the quality brands that Brilliant Nights knows and trusts. Case in point…a store brand LED bulb comes with a 1-year warranty. Doesn’t make much sense considering that LED lights should last up to 20 years, does it? We work with the best landscape lighting manufacturers like Volt Lighting, who provides a lifetime warranty with every LED bulb! And we always guarantee our installation or we’ll come back and fix it.
And because landscape lighting is our only business, we know how to safely handle electrical components and measure the voltage of your system to make sure it meets the requirements of your new LED bulbs. When it comes to your professional outdoor lighting system, it’s always best to leave it to a professional. Give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.