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    It's starting to feel like spring! We love a well-lit backyard dinner. What are some of your favorite ways to use your outdoor spaces?

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    Tips for Saving Money on Energy Usage While Still Maintaining Your Outdoor Lighting

    Last updated 7 years ago

    Many people are becoming more aware about energy consumption and taking steps to increase efficiency wherever possible. Even the little changes you make can pay big dividends in the long run, and knowing a few tricks to apply to your outdoor lighting system can help you keep your property green in more ways than one!

    • Timers: Because they allow you to dictate the exact amount of time you’d like your lighting system to stay on, timers are an effective way to control the amount of lighting you have shining in your yard at any given time. If you use a “set-it and forget-it” system, you can go to sleep or leave town knowing you home isn’t wastefully illuminating the neighborhood. 
    • Motion Sensors: Have you ever experienced that moment when the neighbors’ cat runs in front of the house and trips the motion sensor? Many homeowners are getting motion sensors installed for two principal purposes: as a security measure and as a controllable light source. Motion sensors allow for maximum lighting within a minimal timeframe, providing light only when it’s needed.
    • Low-Voltage Bulbs: As with the inside of your home, your outdoor lighting system can benefit from the usage of low-voltage light bulbs. Low-voltage lights are available in a range of brightness and use less energy, highlighting architectural features while minimizing your environmental impact.

    Consider doing some research to determine how you may able to save money with your outdoor lighting system while continuing to illuminate your property in the style you enjoy. The team of professionals at Silver Moon Landscape and Architectural Lighting may be able to help you design an outdoor lighting plan that fits your needs and makes an environmental difference. We’ve been serving the Dallas, Plano, Frisco, and North Texas communities for over 10 years—visit us online or call us today at (972) 525-8152.

    Creating an Outdoor Lighting Portrait: Tips from Silver Moon

    Last updated 7 years ago

    Designing and creating a lighting portrait for your home can help you find the right fixtures and style to fit your property. A customized outdoor lighting plan can illuminate the beauty of your home long after the sun goes down, and it keeps it safer for you and your family. Here are some suggestions from Dallas' Silver Moon Lighting for designing and installing an outdoor lighting system:

    • The focal point of a home is usually the entrance. A well-designed lighting system should "direct" you or your guests to your front door.
    • Lighting a deck, porch, pool, yard or patio creates extra space for nighttime parties and entertaining
    • A well-lit home should include fixtures that are hidden from sight. The focus of the lighting portrait should be the home. The source of the light should be difficult to find and provide as little glare as possible.

    Once you've decided on an outdoor lighting design, follow these tips to help you determine where and how many lights should be placed.

    • Never place a fixture below a windowpane. It's a good idea to check to see if any lights will shine into a bedroom window.
    • Determine the size of the transformer by calculating the number of lights, times their wattage, plus adding voltage drop (loss of power resulting from the distance of the lamp from the power source).

    Lastly, stake or bury your light fixtures into place during installation.

    • Bury the wire lines 4-6 inches deep.
    • Using a voltmeter, test the number of volts at each fixture. Each lamp should read between 10.8 to 12 volts in order to power a 20 to 50 watt lamp.

    For more information about landscape lighting and outdoor lighting, visit Silver Moon Landscape and Architectural Lighting. With over 10 years of experience, Silver Moon Lighting has designed and installed custom landscape lighting throughout the Dallas area. If you live in Plano, Frisco, McKinney, or the DFW area, call us today at (972) 525-8152  to schedule a design consultation.

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    Last updated 7 years ago

    Are you tired of your yard or your home's exterior appearance? Whether you're looking for a needed change or simply want to try something new, here are some resources that might help inspire the landscape lighting creativity in you!

    • If you're considering landscape lighting for your home, do some research over at Top Lighting Ideas. This article offers a good overview of architectural lighting and can help you understand and work with your professional landscape lighting team.
    • For more information about garden, landscape, and outdoor lighting, look into the resources provided by Residential Landscape Lighting and Design. With articles on path lights, lighting accessories, and accent lights, this website helps to break down the different aspects of landscape lighting.
    • Outdoor lighting can enhance the appearance of your house and its security, but it can also set a romantic mood. Squidoo offers some creative and simple ideas for creating an intimate ambiance.
    • Just as landscape lighting can make your home safer and more beautiful, gardening can make your yard more useful and exciting. These vegetable gardening ideas may inspire you to plant the seed for an economical and healthy way to get outside and feed your family.

    For more information about landscape lighting and outdoor lighting, visit Silver Moon Landscape and Architectural Lighting. With over 10 years of experience, Silver Moon Lighting has designed and installed custom landscape lighting throughout the Dallas area. If you live in Plano, Frisco, McKinney, or the DFW area, call us today at (972) 525-8152  to schedule a design consultation.

    Silver Moon Lighting :: "A Rare Commodity"

    Last updated 7 years ago

    • on Silver Moon Lighting Testimonials
    • Silver Moon Lighting was easy to work with, and did exactly what we agreed to and when they said they would do it. That is a rare commodity in North Dallas. There was no high pressure sell and no attempt to get me to buy something that I didn’t need. I talked to several vendors before I bought, and Silver Moon Lighting was the only one... More

      Bill Prince, Dallas

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