Custom Built versus Production Built Lighting Systems

Many homeowners find themselves frustrated when picking out the right fixtures for lighting. Many store providers incorporate a one-size-fits-all approach for all projects, which is not an attractive approach for outdoor lighting. This approach ( otherwise known as ‘production build’) fails to consider the unique requirements of both the landscape and the homeowner. Hence, more than half of your desired lighting system …

What is the New Trend for Outdoor Lighting?

For some people, just the concept of outdoor lighting itself is new! Perhaps their notion of “outdoor lighting” is a fixture by the door, and the big, bulky flood light at the corner of the garage or house that lights up the whole yard (also known as “Prison Yard Chic”). But outdoor lighting is so much more!! Not only does …

Outdoor Lighting and Light Pollution

There are several benefits associated with having an outdoor lighting system installed in your yard, summed up in our tagline, Safety. Security. Serenity. We’ve discussed the benefits many times here on our blog. But what about the dark side of lighting, like light pollution? (ha-ha! Get it? “Dark side?” Oh, I just crack myself up!) Light pollution is caused by …

Projects Outside Our Normal Service Area

At Southern Lights, we offer top quality landscape lighting services for North Carolina’s Triad. But we often get calls from folks asking, “Will you come out to my house to do outdoor lighting? Am I in your service area?” The answer is probably “yes!” In 30 minutes we can be in Southern Virginia. And some places that aren’t considered part …

What are the Most Important Elements of Outdoor Lighting?

There are many elements to outdoor lighting, but it all boils down to a trio of interconnected elements- design, components and installation. Design Design is how we achieve the desired results and make it look gorgeous! Good lighting design uses foundational principles, for sure, but does not get locked into a cookie-cutter approach where each home gets the same treatment …

What is the Best Outdoor Lighting Fixture?

Outdoor lighting today has so many options—how do I decide what the right fixture is? There is no one fixture which does it all, that’s for sure.  The proper fixture is determined by several factors. But the first and most important factor is to always start with quality fixtures. Do not settle for junk. You will regret it. Lighting Technique …

Top Deck Lighting Ideas to Consider

Long gone are the days of a deck simply being a square with a table, 4 webbed chairs, an umbrella and a grill. Decks and patios today are outdoor living rooms. They have inviting furniture with cushions and pillows, TVs, fire features, water features, plants and flowers, sometimes even curtains, kitchens and more. These outdoor living rooms allow our lifestyle …

How Do I Light a Water Feature?

If you are fortunate enough to have a water feature in your yard, you already know what a peaceful atmosphere it creates, how relaxing the sound of water is, and how much beauty a water feature adds to your home, especially when the water sparkles and jumps with reflected sunlight. But that all goes away when the sun goes down. …