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Professional Landscape Lighting

Aug 8, 2008
Many homeowners often think that since any number of nationwide, branded retailers offer enormous selections of exterior lighting fixtures for houses, yard decorations, and landscaping fixtures that they can save on service costs by selectively purchasing attractive fixtures and positioning them in key places that require functional lighting or decorative accent light. This never pays off in the long run, however, because retail-grade outdoor light fixtures are not built to withstand the elements, and they are also more difficult to network into Lutron Grafik Eye lighting controls, home automation networks, and sophisticated lighting arrays.

A professional organization like Illuminations Lighting and Design carefully studies your home and surrounding property and spends extensive time in consultation with you to learn the many preferences and particulars of your individual lifestyle. Outdoor lights are selected to accent and magnify your home environment on an intensely personal level, and careful attention is paid to a number of very important factors that only a trained outdoor lighting contractor can properly assess to develop a system of outdoor lights and lighting controls.

Theme and Style

The theme and style of residential landscape lighting reflects your personality, the physical architecture of your house, the style of the homes in your neighborhood, and even the geography in which you are located.

Homes in River Oaks often look like stately Old World mansions and feature classical fountains and statuary in their yards that require art lighting. Houses along Memorial often reflect early American or colonial architecture, whereas many fine homes in Bellaire feature a blend of traditional architecture and eclectic customization.

These architectural styles have to be considered when choosing outdoor garden light fixtures in order to build a system with complimentary aesthetic. Landscape lighting professionals work to enhance the architecture and location of a home, never diminish it, with the physical style and size of the outdoor light fixtures we install.

Architecture and Whole House Lighting

Many outdoor architectural lights are specifically designed to easily mount to the exterior of the house itself. Knowing where to put them, however, represents the greatest challenge to the do it yourselfer. If the lighting angles are not correctly calculated, house lights will cause light pollution and glare that overwhelm the architecture and spill into neighboring yards and windows. Landscape lighting professionals are trained in special techniques that enable them to install outdoor lights from concealed positions that place just enough light on the house without casting shadows or shining light into the house next door.

These skills are especially valuable in Houston suburbs such as Pearland, The Woodlands, and Sugar Land where families often have early bed times due to the need to get up early for long commutes and getting young children to school on time.

Landscape Lights

Outdoor light systems can be installed in such a way as to unite Nature and human architecture into a balanced, aesthetic whole. Special tree, path, garden, and outdoor path lights can be configured into an illuminated network of natural vantage points serve as points of aesthetic definition and function as practical anchors for critical fixtures, transformers, and landscape lighting accessories necessary to linking system components together.

Some Houston companies, such as Illuminations Lighting and Design, are now beginning to use exclusively environmentally-friendly outdoor tree lights and install them using special techniques that protect trees from scarring and ensure their future growth.

In Royal Oaks, these techniques have worked hand in glove with unique deed restrictions landscape and whole house lights in lieu of prohibited streetlights.

Deck and Patio Outdoor Lights

As homeowners cut personal fuel budgets and increasingly entertain at home, deck lights and patio lights have risen in popularity throughout Houston neighborhoods such as Spring Valley, Hedwig Village, West University, and Rice Village.

Deck lighting can be done with minimal power costs by using a combination of led lights and lighting controls, making it possible to have cool-burning lights left on throughout the night into the wee hours of the morning.

Security Lights and Alarm System Integration

Residential lighting professionals can make even the most powerful, High Intensity Discharge outdoor security lights cost effective by linking them to lighting controls and motion sensors that only turn the main floodlights on if human body movements are detected.

Perimeter lighting can be handled with a variety of low voltage lighting fixtures that keep shadows away from the corners of the house and yard.

You can also have your security lights linked your existing alarm system, and we can install manual controls that will enable you to instantly turn on every indoor and outdoor light in the event of suspicious activity or impending home invasion.

Working with the professionals at Illuminations Lighting Design combines the value of commercial grade outdoor light fixtures and the advanced design and electrical skills of one of Houston's premier electrical and design service firms.
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