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San Diego Outdoor Lighting Ideas to Brighten Your Backyard

Preparing your San Diego area home for the summer?

Summer temperatures are on the rise these past few years. The heat leaves a lot of people too tired to do anything meaningful outdoors during the day. However, the clear nights make evening barbecues attractive.

Your exterior lights can play a major role in your overall experience. To get the most out of it, check out the following outdoor lighting ideas.

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4S Ranch, CA Lighting for Artwork Techniques: Make Your Artwork the Focal Point of Your Living Space

Art is at the heart of many people’s lives. Global art sales totaled over 50 billion dollars in 2020, and more 4S Ranch homeowners are buying original pieces to hang in their homes. 

However, it’s not enough to set a painting against a wall and forget about it. To make your work of art into a focal point, you have utilized the proper lighting for artwork techniques. 

How can you display your artwork in a common room? What are the right fixtures and bulbs you should use? What angle should you put your fixture at? 

Answer these questions and you can call attention to your favorite work of art. Here is your quick guide. 

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Restoring and Updating Vintage Light Fixtures

The global secondhand home goods market is now worth over 4.9 billion USD. This growth mirrors the increased interest homeowners have in eco-friendly shopping, vintage trends, and DIY home improvement.

Some home goods, however, are easier to restore or update than others. It’s one thing to buy a secondhand bookcase and give it a fresh coat of paint. It’s another to buy vintage light fixtures and learn not only how to restore it aesthetically, but bring it back to working condition.

Lighting is something that can make or break a room and finding the perfect light fixture is an opportunity you never want to miss! That’s why we’ve put together a comprehensive guide that will help you bring vintage light fixtures into your home improvement repertoire.

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What to Consider Before Scheduling a Lighting Consultation

Are you looking to add depth, warmth, or drama to your home? Have you planned everything from colors to furnishings perfectly, but you are still not getting the finish you hoped for? If so, landscape lighting could be for you.

However, before you book a lighting consultation, you should think about what you actually want from the professional. Below, we discuss some factors you need to think about before your lighting consultation.

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A Guide to LED Outdoor Landscape Lighting for Beginners Near The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe

Looking to update your existing LED outdoor landscape lighting near The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe? Perhaps you have recently purchased a home and are feeling a little overwhelmed with where to begin.

We’re here to illuminate you about all the beautiful possibilities for creating the perfect landscape lighting design.

Lighting Distinctions offers professionals with over 25 years of experience designing and implementing LED landscape lighting systems that reflect the vision of our clients. Here is our short guide for tips on how to begin discovering your style and needs for outdoor lighting.

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Eight Tips on Choosing Lighting for Home Offices from Our Solana Beach, CA Office Lighting Designer

Are you looking to transition to a work-from-home setup?

With the health crisis changing the dynamics of work, more Americans are now working from home, and that arrangement is appealing to more people than ever.

It offers more flexibility and comfort. After all, your home gives all the essentials. However, key elements like proper lighting can affect your job quality and we don’t all have an office lighting designer on hand.

Thus, picking the right lighting for home offices is something to take seriously. Here are eight tips to light up your Solana Beach home office setup.

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Does LED Lighting Have To Be Expensive?

After the sun has set, it can be comforting to have your property radiate with a soft glow. To make this happen, you want to learn more about your LED landscape lighting options. If your first concern is cost, then you will be happy to learn there are many affordable paths that can lead you to a well-lit home exterior for those in San Diego and the surrounding area.

The final cost of your landscape lighting is going to be influenced by a number of factors. These are the three most important areas of consideration:

* Materials: the fixtures and bulbs you select

* Timeframe: the amount of time given to the project

* Installation: the choice between DIY or professional assistance

By focusing on these aspects when creating your plan, you can easily determine a cost-effective solution for your lighting needs. Simply consider these tips on how to make the most of your experience.

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5 Reasons Why Landscape Lighting Increases Your Home Value

Ask any landscape lighting contractor, and you’ll find that this business is on the rise. Outdoor lighting design is an ideal solution if you’re looking for an inexpensive way to make improvements on your property in and around San Diego. It beautifies your home and increases its value in as little as one day. Here are five reasons that landscape lighting improves your home value.

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The Hidden Dangers of “Box Store” Lighting

We have all walked into one of our local “big box” do-it-yourself home centers to find that quick part or tool we needed to get that Honey-Do list job done that has been staring at us for weeks. Inevitably we have all walked down the landscape lighting aisle a time or two and perhaps you have even purchased some of these products in the past. With annual sales of DIY lighting in the hundreds of millions every year, the odds are likely that most folks have from time to time, purchased some of this low cost, do-it-yourself equipment and installed it at their own property even. While the low cost of these products and the apparent ease of installation advertised may sway many into purchasing this equipment off the shelf, after a few years of use, most are left feeling less than thrilled with their purchase. The old saying that goes “The sweet taste of a “good deal” quickly loses its flavor while the bitterness of poor quality lingers on and on.” This saying is completely appropriate when it comes to the bitter disappointment of “box store” lighting. Here are a few reasons why you should stay away from this type of lighting unless you just enjoy burning money.

   Planned obsolescence: First and foremost, you need to understand that the only way these big retailers stay in business is by selling you products on the cheap, and a lot of them, over and over again. This is also true of the Chinese “lighting manufacturers” that produce low cost, low-quality equipment that floods the shelves of these big-name retailers. Therefore, they are designing their business model on repetitive sales volume and not quality. The more they sell you, the more they make. This model only works if they create a product that has an approximate, pre-determined life span, so that you will eventually discard and re-purchase it many times over again. This is called planned obsolescence and it is a cornerstone of their business model. If this company created high-quality lighting products that only needed to be purchased and installed once in a lifetime and then sold them for pennies on the dollar, they wouldn’t be around long. 2. Low-grade material: The primary materials used in these cheap fixtures is either a flimsy, non-UV resistant plastic or a thin, low-grade “pot metal”. Just because a fixture touts itself as having metal construction simply means nothing. There are no real special formulas or metal mix percentages in pot metal. Pot metal is simply a combination of whatever scrap metal is lying in the next pile to be melted at the Chinese foundry where these fixtures are made, so there is never any consistency in the balance of metal types used. This can leave these fixtures prone to pitting, brittleness, and corrosion quite often. 3. Painted finishes: These fixtures are often covered with a thin painted finish to cover the cheap pot metal below it. When inspecting it in your hand, it seems acceptable but after a

few years under the harsh UV of the sun, the paint begins to break down and flake off, leaving the pot metal below visible and open to the corrosive work of the elements. The only type of acceptable finish for long-term use outside is a hard-baked, applied powder coating. 4. Unsafe power sources: The small plastic “power boxes” sold by these stores don’t come close to the level of professional lighting standards, in fact, they can be quite dangerous to the safety of you and your home. The transformers typically sold for these landscape lighting systems are equipped with only a single voltage tap (12v) and also have improper and/or inadequate secondary fusing to suspend any direct short incidents which are bound to happen over the life of this lighting system. This leaves the power center vulnerable to overheating in a direct short scenario and could potentially lead to the power center combusting. Not a great scenario, especially if this transformer is attached to a wall of your home, which it usually is. When installing this transformer on your wall, understand you are rolling the dice and could potentially come up snake eyes. 5. Low-quality optics and LED light sources: The biggest question I hear from prospects I meet with is, “I purchased lights at a local retailer, but how come my house never looked professionally done like yours”? The answer is two-fold. First, a Lighting Distinctions lighting designer is trained to know how to properly evaluate a property and a home’s architecture. There are a lot of variables to consider when illuminating and it takes a good deal of training, seminars and field experience to get the technique and the “night eyes” to see the proper way of illuminating a home and property. Secondly, the quality of the light source is equally as important as laying the design out correctly. The cheap, low quality LED chipsets that are included in these low-quality retail lights will never produce a professional looking effect similar to what Lighting Distinctions produces. These low-cost manufactures are not interested in the detailed color science of light, but rather in producing the cheapest, “passable” light source they can get by with. Light colors everything you see on your property. If you choose to use an ugly, cheap light source, then don’t expect the deep color rendering of light that can only be produced with a high-quality LED that has a high color rendering index or (CRI). 6. Improper wire connection points: Finally, the number one reason these throwaway systems fall apart so quickly and fail, is due to improper wire connections. A proper wire connection will be 100% waterproof and untouchable by the soil minerals in the ground. It will also be tight and secure with no way the wire connection could ever come loose and begin to arc and heat up. Unfortunately for box store system purchasers, they get neither of these 2 critical components. The connection most commonly seen in these types of systems is something called a “pierce-point” connector. It consists of generally a rectangular or round plastic housing that you open up to reveal 2 wire tracks and a few sets of sharply

pointed, metal blades. The idea is that you set the wire in the tracks and push the clamp back together, thereby pushing the blades through the protective shielding of the cables and into contact with the copper wire below, making the electrical connection. While this makes for a simple way to connect wires, it does nothing to protect them from the elements. These types of connections are completely open to moisture and ground minerals and have a tendency to loosen over time. As wire connections loosen, there is a greater occurrence of wire melting due to resistance from the connection points arcing (trying to re-establish a solid connection). I have seen the cable in garages melt on the wall and even mulch in landscape beds catch on fire due to hot and melting cables from these types of connections. At some point, you are going have to ask yourself if this lighting system is really such a great deal after all.

A professionally designed and installed low voltage LED lighting system from Lighting Distinctions uses only the very best quality lighting components available today. A professional lighting system from Lighting Distinctions will cost more than the DIY systems you could go purchase, but in the light of all the shortcomings of those systems, is it really worth it in the end? Lighting Distinctions only employs solid brass and stainless steel lighting components in its systems that are designed to be purchased one time. With proper maintenance, our systems will last a lifetime. Accept no substitutes when it comes to the safety and beauty of your property in San Diego or the surrounding area; invest in a Lighting Distinctions system and enjoy the peace of mind knowing that you have purchased the highest quality, safest and most thoughtfully designed lighting system on the market today.

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