We are NOT a Franchise. Shop Local.

Franchises can be helpful. For instance, when you are travelling, if you stop at a chain restaurant to eat, you pretty much know what you’re going to get– the options will basically be the same as the ones offered at home. It’s familiar. Not exciting, but familiar. But at the same time, franchises are limiting. The offerings are dictated by the corporate headquarters, not …

Outdoor Lighting Tips – Becoming an Expert Consumer

This article is based on the assumption that you have already made the decision to hire a professional outdoor lighting designer to design and install your lighting system. Now with that in mind, here are a couple of outdoor lighting tips to become an expert consumer and ensure you get a top quality landscape lighting system built by a competent landscape lighting contractor. …

Lighting Designer – A Modern Day Artist

Before there was light, there was darkness. We wouldn’t appreciate light without darkness to contrast it. One of the amazing things about light and darkness, is that you can use both to create beauty and drama. That’s why we don’t shoot fireworks during the day. Their beauty only becomes apparent when contrasted against the dark night sky. Think about the Statue of Liberty. She …

The Art of Good Outdoor Lighting Design

It seems that everyone can “do” outdoor lighting these days.  Materials can be acquired, cables run, and connections made.  And, voilà! you’ve got landscape lighting, right?  Well, okay, strictly speaking you do.  But you definitely don’t have good outdoor lighting. Believe it or not, there is an art to good outdoor lighting design. You can’t just grab 10 fixtures and …

Can I Add Landscape Lighting to My Hardscapes?

We’ve all got some hard surfaces on our property: driveway, patios, stair steps, retaining walls, pathways, seat walls, firepits, etc. So. . . . can I add landscape lighting to existing hardscaping? Of course Southern Lights can handle that for you! Here are some top ways to add landscape lighting to your hardscaping – be it to already existing concrete features or right …