Benefits Of Landscape Lighting

Benefits Of Landscape Lighting

When it comes to your home, there are many reasons why you may install or upgrade your outdoor lighting. In addition to increasing the safety and security, landscape lighting is designed to add value to your home as well. Here are the four main benefits and reasons why outdoor lighting is worth spending the money on.

Stand Out

Landscape lighting can highlight parts of your home that wouldn’t be possible to see at night. By illuminating different parts of your home and property, you are showcasing your home. This in turn makes you home more inviting to household members and guests, increasing your use of the outdoor space. A well thought out lighting plan can transform your dark home into a bold, illuminated showplace. For example, highlighting a favorite tree can light up the branches and yard below. Garden walls, flower beds or any other focal points can come to life at night with well planned out illumination.

Security

Landscape lighting is a great way to avoid your home being a potential target for thieves. Lighting draws attention to a house, which increases the chance of a thief being seen. By increasing these chances you are actually decreasing the likelihood of crime in your area.

Landscape lighting also allows a homeowner or visitor a better view of the property when arriving at night. An illuminated perimeter helps deter thieves or harmful animals from lurking in the shadows.

Safety

Landscape lighting helps with visibility and decreases the chances of someone tripping and getting hurt on your property. Outdoor parties or activities that take place at night can be potentially dangerous with dark areas obscuring uneven paths and cracked sidewalks. A homeowner is liable for any accidents that occur on their property, so strategic illumination of problem areas in your yard can help avoid unfortunate accidents and potential lawsuits.

Value

One of the top attributes of landscape lighting is that it adds style and dimension to your property. With well-placed lighting, a modest and subtle home can turn into a property that stands out and everyone loves to look at. Light can add space and dimension to an otherwise bland exterior. Landscape lighting increases the value of any home, offering a huge advantage when it comes time to sell the property. A well-lit home is a more attractive one to potential buyers, making any lighting addition both practical and financially responsible.

Invest In Your Property Today

Georgia Lightscapes works with you to design an landscape lighting system that meets your budget and needs, whether it is to illuminate your home in the evening, your outdoor living areas for nighttime enjoyment, or provide functional lighting for increased safety and security.  We also offer maintenance and restoration services on our current outdoor lighting systems. Give us a call today!

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Parking Deck Lighting Can Minimize Car Break-Ins

Parking Deck Lighting Can Minimize Car Break-Ins

Over the last year or so, car related crimes have increased in the city of Atlanta and surrounding areas. From bashed in windows to all four wheels getting taken off a vehicle. There has been a massive uprise in theft. For those reasons, Georgia Lightscapes details the importance of parking deck lighting to minimizing car related crimes.

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Parking Deck Lighting

A standard parking deck has hundreds of lights depending on the size. Many of these parking decks still lack proper lighting. Due to these visibility issues, improper lighting can cause accidents and lead to crime. That is why the IES publishes a set of standards for parking deck light levels. These standards have been developed for proper parking garage lighting, beginning with necessary illumination levels.

  • Leveled parking areas, the minimum horizontal illuminance is: 1.0 foot-candles (fc) or 10 Lux
  • Ramps, the minimum horizontal illuminance by day is: 2.0 fc or 20 Lux
  • Ramps, the minimum horizontal illuminance by night is: 1.0 fc or 10 Lux
  • Entrance ways, the minimum horizontal illuminance by day is: 50 fc or 500 Lux
  • Entrance ways, the minimum horizontal illuminance by night is: 1.0 fc or 10 Lux
  • Stairwells, the minimum horizontal illuminance is: 1.0 fc or 10 Lux

If you follow these guidelines, your parking deck will remain properly lit. In some instances, a property manager should consider more than the recommended light levels. For example, at the entrance of stairwells or around corners to minimize injury and crime.

Lighting Design For Parking Decks

There are two popular designs when it comes to parking deck lighting. The single luminaire lighting design and the double luminaire design. Both present distinct advantages and disadvantages to safety and security.

A single luminaire layout is a single row of lights located in the center of the traffic lane. These lights illuminate the full width of the parking structure. Single luminaire layouts will use less equipment and usually use less energy. 

In a double luminaire design, the lights are placed closer to the parking spots on each side. This layout generally produces a more even lighting layout with better uniformity and less glare. With that being said, it can be more expensive due to the higher number of light fixtures.

Choose The Right Lights

The lights you use to illuminate your garage depend largely on what part of the parking deck you are trying to brighten.

  • Linear fixtures – A wide lighting distribution are a good choice for parking garages. These fixtures typically have a low profile and robust construction. The light distribution casts outward from the centerline.
  • LED Vapor Tight Lights – A special reflector and lens combination designed to spread light outward. 
  • Parking Garage Canopy Lights – A great option as they are both low profile and have the right type of lighting distribution for use in low ceiling decks. 

Call Us Today

We work with property managers all around the metro Atlanta area. Georgia Lightscapes understands the pressures of your job and are here to help with your lighting and electrical needs. We are approved vendors working with many of the larger property management companies in the Atlanta area. Illuminate your parking decks and add safety and security for your business, condominium, HOA, etc. Give us a call today for a free quote and to learn more!

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Get Ready For Summer With Pool Lighting

Get Ready For Summer With Pool Lighting

Summer is approaching quickly. Is your pool or deck ready? Georgia Lightscapes wants to make sure your pool area is inviting to guests during the day and even more so at night. Adding lighting around your pool and deck allows you to use the pool and outdoor living space during those nice summer nights. Here are some things to consider when designing a lighting plan for your pool and deck.

Lighting Ideas

When it comes to lighting design for your pool and deck there are many things to consider. For instance, what you wanna illuminate and/or bring attention too. To get the most out of your outdoor area, consider these things:

  • Highlight surrounding nature or vegetation with proper lighting. This not only showcases your space but also illuminates the areas.
  • Be sure to include lighting for all stairs or walkways. This offers lighting for safety, but is subtle enough that it isn’t distracting.
  • Lighting up in the trees can filter down creating a moonlighting effect. This is a fun and creative way to spice up your outdoor living areas.
  • If your pool includes a water feature, be sure to create its own lighting strategy.  Whether it is from above creating a soft flood of light or from below where light dances off the water.

Check & Clean Your Pool Lighting

Check Your Lights

First thing you should do to prepare your outdoor lighting is check and see if the lights are actually working. A simple check could save you lots of time and money. Just turn the switch on and see if the lights illuminate. If they don’t turn on then it’s time to replace them.

Clean Your Pool Lights

Once you’ve determined that the lights are working, check the quality. The light should be clear and bright. If this isn’t the case, be sure to give them a nice thorough cleaning. Chemicals, bacteria and algae can accumulate on the lights and the lens cover. A simple cleaning can save you lots of time and money in the long run. To do this, simply remove the light fixture so that you can clean the surface.

To clean your pool lights, follow these simple steps:

  • Make sure that the power to the light is completely off,
  • Remove the screws from the light fixture. (Don’t Lose Them!)
  • Bring the light to the surface of the pool.
  • Once you have the light out of the water, give the lens a good scrub. Be sure to remove any and all build up on the lens. Be careful not to scratch the lens.  
  • Assemble light and fixture back together, submerge light & replace screws
  • Turn power back on and enjoy your cleaned lights.

If a simple clean isn’t cutting it or if the cover is looking worse from years of wear, then Georgia Lightscapes urges homeowners to consider replacing the pool lights ASAP.

Clean Your Pool Water

Debris and floating particles in your pool water can affect your lighting quality. Particles in the water will diffuse the light, giving your pool a hazy look even if your lights and lens covers are clean. For best quality of light, we recommend removing all debris from pool.

Call Us Today!

Georgia Lightscapes wants to help you create a pool oasis you and your family never wanna leave. Whether it’s during the warm weather days or gorgeous summer nights, pool and deck lighting makes that possible. Call us today to learn more about out pool lighting options to fit your needs.

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LED vs. Fluorescent Lighting

LED vs. Fluorescent Lighting

When it comes to lighting for your residential or commercial property, people generally lean towards the two major options for lighting. It’s either the light-emitting diode (LED) or fluorescent bulbs. While both get the job done, there are a few key differences between the two types of lights. Here Georgia Lightscapes gives you a simple breakdown of the differences between LED and fluorescent bulbs.

What are LED lights?

Light-emitting diodes (LED), light up when electrical currents pass through the microchip in the bulb. LEDs are much more flexible than other lighting technology. LEDs can be single diodes, such as in a flashlight, or a cluster of diodes to create a light bulb. Heat sinks keep the LEDs from getting too hot, which means they last longer without burning out.

What are fluorescent lights?

Fluorescent lighting comes in two primary types: tube lighting and compact fluorescent lighting (CFL). Fluorescent lights can vary in size from tubes multiple feet long to compact bulbs that are about the size of a standard lamp light bulb. Visible light comes from the bulb after the electrical current passes through a tube with argon and mercury vapor.

Quality

When it comes to lighting, one of the most important factors to consider is the quality of light. Known as directional light emission, LED fixtures direct light where it is needed. CFLs emit light and heat in all directions, producing wasteful energy. To the average eye, LED lights appear richer and fuller than fluorescent lights.

Intensity is another factor. Over time, fluorescent light will lose up to 10% of its initial lumens compared to an LED, which loses just 1 to 2%. Temperature can also play a role in the quality of light. Unlike fluorescents, LED’s are largely unaffected by extreme weather conditions. When fluorescent lights are in extreme cold weather conditions they sometimes won’t work properly or even at all.

Energy Consumption

While fluorescent bulbs are definitely more energy-efficient than incandescent bulbs and halogen lamps, LEDs are even more energy-efficient than all of the above. For example, an 18-watt fluorescent tube generating 650 to 850 lumens of light would have a 7- to 10-watt LED equivalent that’s just as bright.

LEDs and CFLs both come in well below incandescent bulbs in terms of energy consumption. LEDs work about 90 percent more efficiently than incandescent bulbs. Compact fluorescent bulbs cut energy use by about 70 percent when compared to incandescent bulbs. LED light bulbs use roughly half the wattage of fluorescent lighting, about 6 watts of power versus 14 watts of power for a CFL light bulb.

Cost & Lifespan

Cost is another key factor when it comes to comparing LED’s and fluorescent lighting. LED lights generally cost more upfront but over time you save due to the number of replacements of fluorescent bulbs. While upfront fixture costs of LED’s can be higher than comparable incandescent and fluorescent lighting, they make up for it in the total cost of ownership. LEDs have an extremely long lifespan relative to every other lighting technology. New LEDs can last 50,000 to 100,000 hours or more. The typical lifespan for a fluorescent bulb, by comparison, is 10-25% as long at best (roughly 10,000 hours). This equates to 50 times the life of incandescents and nearly 10 times the life of fluorescents.

Safety

LED bulbs do not contain any harmful chemicals, unlike the argon and mercury in fluorescent bulbs and tubes. If a fluorescent light breaks, it can be dangerous. It can also make the proper disposal of fluorescent lights more difficult and there is more potential harm to the environment. 

Call Georgia Lightscapes Today

Whether you decide to go with LED or fluorescent outdoor lighting, Georgia Lightscapes is the place to call. We are Atlanta’s preferred choice as we create stunning lighting systems that showcase your home, neighborhood, and commercial buildings. Using high-quality fixtures and the newest technology we strive to make our clients happy all over the metro Atlanta area. Call us today!

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Benefits of Outdoor String Lights

Benefits of Outdoor String Lights

When creating an outdoor space to entertain guests, there are a lot of things to consider. Size, space and lighting are a few. Lighting not only can extend your outdoor space for night time use but adds several other benefits. Here Georgia Lightscapes details the benefits of outdoor string lights and why you should invest in them before the Spring and Summer.  

Illuminate

People spend tons of money on making a house a home. From remodeling, add-ons to creating outdoor living areas. With that being said, people like to utilize their entire space. With string lights you can extend your living space outside. Your patio and backyard are perfect places to entertain guests, enjoy a meal, and spend time with family and friends. Outdoor lighting adds illumination to your outdoor spaces making them usable at night. You can even add a dimming switch for your string lights. Outdoor lights come in a variety of shapes and designs, making it easy to find lights that fit the other features of your home.

Safety

Apart from extending your outdoor space, security should be the primary goal. The placement of string lighting should be technical so that you can secure your home and yourself from criminal activity. String lights add lighting to a normally dark area in your back or front yard. This can deter unwanted wildlife and guests from lurking in the shadows.

Highlight

String lights can highlight not just a grassy area but also a patio, deck, pool etc. They can also help elevate the architectural design of your house to the next level. Highlighting features of your home can really make it stand out to guests and feel very warm and welcoming.

Property Value

Lighting plays a key role in capturing the attention of people and buyers. The more lit up and well maintained your house looks, the more people it can attract to purchase. Adding string lights to a home can add value to your home increasing the property value and making it easier to sell.

Curb Appeal

People want their homes to feel welcoming and look appealing. Apart from furniture and design of the house, outdoor lighting adds a whole different medium of texture. You can use various techniques and multiple types of strings lights to develop effects. These string lights can turn your home into the most beautiful home on the block.

Get String Lights Today!

Georgia Lightscapes offers a wide variety of string lighting options. If you and your family are looking to add value to your home and utilize every inch of property, then investing in string lights is a great idea. With multiple benefits it’s kind of a no brainer. Call us today to get a free quote on installing string lights at your home.

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Outdoor Lighting & Why It Is Important

Outdoor Lighting & Why It Is Important

When it comes to home ownership most families are happy with the house they live in. They want to maximize its beauty and show it off to the outside world. There are many ways to make your home more beautiful and one of those is with lighting. Landscape lighting can enhance curb appeal and creates an inviting appearance when it gets dark. If outdoor lighting is limited or unattractive, your property may not have the same appeal that it does during the day. To make things worse, dark corners can lead to injuries or invite crime. Here Georgia Lightscapes discusses the outdoor lighting and why it is important to homeowners.

Types Of Outdoor Lighting

  • Up Lights – casting light from a tree’s trunk or base of your home upwards
  • Down Lights – casting light downward on a tree or your home
  • Deck Lights – lights that illuminate your outdoor decking
  • Permanent String Lights – lights that illuminate outdoor patios, pool decks, etc.
  • Pool Lights – underwater lights that illuminate your pool or pond
  • Path Lights – used to light up any flat landscaping areas that lack trees to use up lighting on.
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Safety & Security

When you add outdoor lighting, you help keep your home more secure and safe. By illuminating your driveway, entryways, garages or walkways, you can easily see potential intruders on your property. Outdoor lighting can also help illuminate potential dangers like curbs, stairs or even ponds that may not be visible at night. Better lighting creates a more secure home and provides safety and security at night. 

Appearance

Outdoor lighting can help the features of your home and yard stand out. Appearance can make or break the first impression of a home. Having the right outdoor lighting creates a pleasing appearance on the entrance, deck or even patio. Outdoor lighting helps in making the exterior of your home more appealing from the sidewalk. It adds a touch of sophistication and class.

If you own a commercial property in a high traffic area, outdoor lighting can draw people in. The essence of color or illumination can be very inviting and draw more business. People generally like to explore cool looking places.

Functionality

With outdoor lighting, you can maximize your property. For some homeowners when the sun goes down the family is driven inside. With lighting you can use the spaces you have at night. This could be to use your grill to cook at night or even use the yard to play in with the kids. Outdoor lighting can also mean nighttime swims in the pool. Our outdoor lighting systems are very simple and installed properly it is very beneficial to homeowners, HOA’s, condominium, communities, parks, and other commercial businesses.

Call Us Today

Are you looking to add some lighting to your home? Georgia Lightscapes is Atlanta’s preferred choice for outdoor landscape lighting. We create stunning lighting systems that showcase your home, neighborhood and commercial buildings. Using high-quality fixtures and the newest technology we have satisfied clients all over metro Atlanta. Call us today and ask about what makes Georgia Lightscapes the best quality and price in the Atlanta Area.

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