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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Advantages & Disadvantages To LED Lights

Advantages & Disadvantages To LED Lights

LED (Light Emitting Diodes) lights are the latest technological advancement in the lighting industry. These are small, solid bulbs that are energy-efficient and long-lasting. There are many advantages and disadvantages to switching to LED bulbs. HereGeorgia Lightscapes goes through a few things to consider when making the switch to LEDs.

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Advantages

LED Lifespan

The components of an LED light significantly extend the lifespan of the bulb. LED bulbs use low heat levels, are durable, and energy-efficient. Combined, these things make it possible for LED bulbs to outlast many other types of lights.

Typically, in non-LED bulbs, the filament weakens over time which may cause the bulbs to ‘burn out’. LEDs don’t burn out in the same way. The amount of light they produce decreases gradually in what is called ‘lumen depreciation’. The lifetime of an LED bulb is based on how long it takes for the lumen output of the bulb to decrease causing it to likely last longer than the average rated lifetime hour listed on the box (if you don’t mind or don’t notice the decreased illumination).

LED Energy Efficiency

LEDs are high-efficiency light sources. LED lighting is famous for being more energy-efficient than other light bulbs. To determine the energy efficiency of light bulbs, experts measure how much of the electricity converts to heat and how much converts to light. Because of their high lumen output per watt, LEDs are capable of turning about 70% of their energy into light. It only takes a 6-watt LED bulb to produce the amount of light that a 40-watt incandescent does, and their lower temperature also makes them safer to operate.

Heat

Some incandescent bulbs can get so hot that they have been known to cause fires when set near flammable material. LEDs don’t produce heat in the form of infrared radiation like incandescent bulbs, making them hot to the touch. However, LEDs do produce heat at the semiconductor junction within the device. The wall-plug efficiency of LED packages is typically in the region of 5-40%, meaning that somewhere between 60-95% of the input power is lost as heat.

Brightness

Lumen output is what determines the brightness and the term and measurement used for light bulbs. Although LEDs have high efficiency and consume a small amount of power, the devices produce a small total number of lumens. For example, a 60-watt incandescent bulb with an efficiency of 20 lm/W produces 1200 lumens. A one-watt LED with an efficiency of 30 lm/W produces only 30 lumens i.e. 40 such LEDs are required to produce the same amount of light as the incandescent bulb.

New LED technology is changing consistently; requiring far less energy to give off the same amount of light.

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Disadvantages

LED Price

LED lights are still a fairly new technology and use high-quality materials which can cause them to cost about twice as much as incandescent lighting. Despite the initial investment, many people find LEDs recoup their cost in energy savings over a longer lifetime.

Call Us Today

If you are in the market to convert your old lights with energy-efficient LED lights contact Georgia Lightscapes. We will start with a review and audit of your home’s needs, guide you through our competitive options for new lights, install, and test all your new lights to make sure they are all working properly. Give us a call today for a free quote.

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Eight Tips For Adding Instant Curb Appeal

Eight Tips For Adding Instant Curb Appeal

You want to sell your home in the shortest possible time for the highest possible price, right? Of course that is every seller’s goal and it’s your Realtor’s goal as well. So here’s a few handy tips you need to do to make that happen.

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Follow The 50% Rule

Look at every flat surface in your house and take at least 50% of the items away. This goes for kitchen and bathroom counters, desktops, bookshelves and dressers. Maybe you do use that blender/toaster/coffeemaker/radio every day, but for now, keep it out of sight and get it out only when you need it.

50% Your Closets Too

If stuff tumbles to the floor every time you open a closet or a cupboard, you won’t impress your buyers. An overstuffed closet tells a buyer that you don’t have enough storage space. So get out the packing boxes, pretend you’re moving next week, and streamline every space. The buyer needs to know there’s plenty of room for his (or her) stuff.

Don’t Get Personal

When a buyer walks through your front door, you want her to imagine herself living in your home. This won’t happen if the walls are covered with family pictures and the refrigerator door is decorated with childlike Picassos. Add these items to your packing list. Let the buyer see a clean slate, ready for her to add her own personal touches.

Brighten Up

Walk through your home after dark and on a cloudy day. Does it look bright, cheerful, and welcoming? Start by getting some brighter light bulbs to shed some light on those dark corners. Make sure there are no burned out bulbs anywhere. Check the porch lights and outdoor lighting as well.

Show Me The Money

Realtors and builders alike will tell you that you’ll get the most bang for your buck by investing money in your kitchen and bathrooms. So whatever you have to spend on a pre-sale facelift, that’s where your money should go. If your bathroom vanities look shabby and dated, a couple coats of semi-gloss enamel in one of today’s “in” colors is a great place to start. Add some drawer pulls to kitchen and bathroom cupboards. Replace faucets with brushed nickel or bronze. New stainless steel appliances in the kitchen will give it a real “wow” factor.

Do A Painting

As part of your facelift plan, painting the interior walls is a great investment. Ceilings should be white because it makes the rooms seem larger. But keep white paint off your walls and go with a warm neutral (pale yellow, rosy beige or taupe) instead. Stark white walls are cold. Even if your home is very contemporary, you still want to reflect a degree of warmth and coziness.

Check For Hidden Problems

Often it’s the things you can’t see that will trip you up. So keep an eye out for problems that aren’t immediately obvious. For example, if the storage space under your stairs smells musty, air it out and add some room freshener. Make sure there are no signs of mold or mildew anywhere. Look around the baseboards and the outside of your home as well for signs of termites or other pests. Make sure there are no dripping faucets or leaks under the sink. And check to see that your smoke detectors are working.

Add The Unexpected Touch

When you’re ready for that first open house, make sure you appeal to ALL the buyer’s senses. Put out some fresh flowers or plants. (Hint: orchids are not expensive and they last a long time.) Avoid candles, which could create a fire hazard. Instead, use essential oils with scents that create a mood. Lavender is relaxing, rosemary is stimulating, and jasmine elevates the mood. Citrus scents are always fresh and clean. Of course if you want to pull out all the stops, bake some chocolate chip cookies and leave them on the counter. But please, no onions or fish smells left over from last night’s dinner.

Homes do not sell themselves. It takes planning and effort on your part, 7 Reasons Why You Need A Realtor to Sell Your Home, to turn your property into a showplace. The payoff is the look on that prospective buyer’s face that says, “I want this one!”

Ready, Set, Sell: Checklist for Home Sellers

Ready, Set, Sell: Checklist for Home Sellers

When home buyers drive your neighborhood, or when Realtors are previewing for their clients, what do they see? You never get a second chance to make a first impression, so make sure your home has the The Wow Factor: Seven Quick Curb Appeal Tips that makes people go “wow.” Take a walk around your property right now—front to back. Pretend you’re a prospective buyer. Do you like what you see?

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Here are eight quick tips for creating a visual impression that makes them want to see more.

Start At The Door

Get out your paintbrush and spruce up the front door. A bright color will attract attention from the street, if that fits with your overall exterior. Replace doorknobs and hinges with something new and shiny. A seasonal wreath on the door adds a welcoming touch. If your screen door squeaks or sags, get a new one or just remove it to make an attractive door more visible.

Under Pressure

Rent or buy a pressure washer and go over the entire exterior, top to bottom. Pay special attention to any white or light-colored areas, which tend to collect dust and dirt. Use it on porches, stairs and decks. And by the way, power washing is equally effective on concrete, and can really lighten up sidewalks and driveways.

Spit and Polish

Anything that’s metal on the outside of your home should sparkle and shine. Start with the house numbers. A good metal polish might work, but if not, replacing them is relatively inexpensive. Exterior light fixtures should all be working order and should shine brightly, both in daylight and dark. Check for burned-out bulbs while you’re at it. How’s your mailbox? New owners might appreciate one of the new models with a security lock.

Hide The Kids and Dogs

You want your home to have the broadest possible appeal. Not all prospective buyers have children so if you do, it’s best to keep the evidence out of sight. Put away the bikes and balls. If you have play equipment such as swings or a basketball goal, remove what you can or move items to where they are less visible. Be sure someone in the family is assigned to pick up after Fido and Fluffy too.

Plant A Garden

You don’t have to have a green thumb to add seasonal color to the outside of your home. Think containers. Placing a few colorful pots on the front steps or by the door is a great place to start. Visit your local nursery and buy whatever is in season. Replace as needed—nothing dead or dying, please! Keep the grass mowed and edged too.

Light Up Your Life

Good exterior lighting improves both appearance and security. In-ground spots can accent landscape elements or the house itself. Make sure the front walkway and drive are well lit. If wiring is not an option, solar fixtures are relatively inexpensive and easy to install, although they may not be as bright as wired fixtures.

Look Out The Window

Or in, which is what your prospective buyers will be doing. While you’re power washing, make sure the windows get their share. Use an inexpensive vinegar and water spray, and wipe down with old newspapers. Give them the same treatment on the inside and the whole house will sparkle.

Shutters Are A Plus

Shutters add a cozy feel, so if you don’t already have them, you might consider installing some. If you have shutters, reattach anything that looks saggy. Make sure they are freshly painted. Depending on your home’s exterior, choose a contrasting color that stands out. Dark green looks great with yellow or cream. Black is great on stone or brick, and white is almost always a good choice.

As you plan your exterior makeover, keep in mind your neighborhood, competing homes that are on the market, and your budget. Most of these How To Maximize Your Selling Price With Low-Cost Cosmetics and DIY. And even if you have to spend a few dollars for professional help, the investment will pay off by attracting more buyers more quickly.