Author Archive for: ‘NightVision Outdoor Lighting’

Using Outdoor Downlighting Lighting to Mimic Nature

Outdoor Downlighting Lighting to Mimic Nature

For years, the trend in outdoor lighting has been “see the light, not the fixture”. Nowhere is this more apparent than in artfully designed and skillfully installed downlighting. Many homes have some amount of downlighting already installed. Often this is in the form of simple fixtures under gutters, soffits, or some other type of overhang. These lights typically light up …

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Unique Pathway Lighting Ideas – Part 2

Unique Pathway Lighting Ideas

Pathway lighting is one of the most common types of outdoor lighting. It’s so common, in fact, that many homeowners give it very little thought. We see homes all the time that have a simple row of cheap, solar-powered lights along the driveway or entryway path. We think it’s a shame because path lighting can be so much more. Good …

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Unique Pathway Lighting Ideas – Part 1

Unique Pathway Lighting Ideas

Pathway lighting is one of the first types of lighting most homeowners install. After porch or entryway lighting, it is the second most common type of outdoor lighting on a home. However, its commonness is misleading, as many homeowners install pathway lighting, but don’t stop to think about it. It’s very common to see a simple row of cheap solar-powered …

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How to Pick a Landscape Lighting Company

How to Pick a Landscape Lighting Company

So you’ve decided you are ready to install landscape lighting. Or maybe you are building a new home and want to make sure it is appropriately lit from the start. There are plenty of good reasons to install outdoor lighting for your home. Good outdoor lighting will add to your home’s curb appeal as well as to its safety and …

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Hardscape Lighting Basics

Hardscape Lighting Basics

Hardscape is any inanimate part of your outdoor space. This includes retaining and sitting walls, pavers, steps, decks, and other parts of your outdoor landscape that aren’t alive. Unlike lighting living parts of your landscape such as flower beds, bushes, lawns, and trees, installing hardscape lighting often means drilling into hard materials. But despite the added challenge, hardscape lighting is …

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How to Avoid Voltage Drop in Outdoor Lighting Systems

How to Avoid Voltage Drop in Outdoor Lighting Systems

Outdoor lighting can be a beautiful addition to any home. But as you design your outdoor lighting system, you need to beware of the great nemesis of outdoor lighting: voltage drop. In this article, we will discuss the causes of voltage drop, the problems it creates, and how you can design your system to avoid it. Once you learn how …

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Creating Custom Outdoor Lighting

Creating Custom Outdoor Lighting

When it comes to outdoor lighting, there’s no such thing as a cookie cutter approach. The best lighting designers know that any design needs to reflect the people who will be enjoying it. For some people, they are happiest when they can use their outdoor space for entertaining. The love to fire up the grill and have all their friends …

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Best Techniques for Lighting the Exterior of a Home

Best Techniques for Lighting the Exterior of a Home

When you think about lighting the exterior of your home, different images may come to mind. There are brightly lit, Vegas-style mansions the shine like a blazing light in the dark of night. Then there are romantic resorts with elegant, subtle lighting that creates a mood without adding much ambient light. And of course everything in between. What you want …

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Beginner’s Guide to Path Lighting

Beginner’s Guide to Path Lighting

Everyone wants a house that is both welcoming and beautiful. But welcoming guests starts well before they step in the front door. To make your home both safe and welcoming for family and friends, you will need to ensure a safe trip to the front door. At night, that means providing adequate lighting along the path to your front porch …

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What is Color Temperature?

What is Color Temperature?

As lighting designers, the experts at Night Vision Outdoor Lighting need to know a lot about light. One aspect of light that we regularly have to deal with is color temperature. Lights with different color temperatures can produce very different effects. Some effects require a specific light temperature to be effective. With the explosion in popularity of LED bulbs for …

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