As spring slowly approaches, we will be spending more and more time outside. But with the cold start, spending time around your fire pit may be a better option and McKay specializes in unique fire pit lighting for your outdoor living area. A fire pit is an aspect of your outdoor living area that you can only enjoy at night. Why not let McKay professionally light it and enhance your enjoyment of the area.
One of the most popular design tactics for fire pit lighting is seat wall lighting. This lighting is installed under ledges so that the actual fixture is hidden. These small pictures are well-hidden, but provide plenty of light to the area. Often the light is installed in a way that creates a very aesthetically pleasing look with shadows around the rock ledges. While the looks great, it also makes the area much safer at night. Pathways are closely lit and corners are adequately lit to prevent stubbed toes.
Just like many other McKay Lighting designs, downlighting is used to provide adequate light to the entire area. This soft light will not overpower the fire pit area, but will instead provide enough mood lighting to ensure your relaxation around the fire pit on cool spring nights. This type of fire pit lighting can be installed in trees around the outdoor living area or even on a home if that is near enough to the fire pit. Downlighting can be used here as a secondary lighting source along with seat wall lights and path lights.
The picture included in this blog post includes fire pit lighting with pathlights. Pathlights are another popular way to keep your fire pit adequately lit at night. These lights will provide lighting closer to the ground. Like seat wall lights, this kind of lighting will greatly improve the safety around the fire pit area at night. Like downlighting, they create a low mood lighting in the fire pit area that will allow you to use the area after dark. McKay’s designers will perfectly place these fixtures so that the correct amount of light shines around your fire pit and surrounding seating.
If you are interested in bringing some unique fire pit lighting to your outdoor lighting, contact one of McKay’s lighting designers. They will work with you to make sure that your views are taken into account so that you can be proud of your fire pit area. And although spring is taking a long time to get here, remember that nights sitting around the fire pit are coming soon. Don’t delay in contacting McKay at 402.289.3424 to receive your free consultation.
Our last blog post focused on pond lighting from above and around a pond. However, this post focuses on a different lighting design tactic of submersible pond lighting. These specially designed fixtures are installed within a pond and shine light from under the water. While McKay designers usually prefer to use downlighting around water features, these fixtures can be used to create a unique look at night.
The accompanying picture displays a unique water fixture with some submersible lights. The lights are completely hidden so that the light almost “appears” from under the water. The underwater lights, along with some strategically placed downlighting can make a water feature the focal point of a property.
The fixtures used by McKay are of the highest quality, like all of their other fixtures. With a number of different designs, a McKay designer will work with you to make sure that your pond will look great at night and that your lighting system will work for many years to come.
McKay prefers to use submersible lighting as a complement to downlighting around a water feature. There are few cases where submersible lighting alone can create enough light to make the water feature shine adequately. For this reason, both submersible lighting and downlighting are often used by McKay designers. The picture on the right shows a unique pond where a fixture could be hidden yet provide a nice light on the pond.
Unfortunately, submersible pond lights, create a little more maintenance than a normal McKay fixture. These fixtures can get dirty with mud from within the water feature and not shine as brightly as they should. They also run a higher risk of becoming damaged from being always submersed. Nevertheless, there are certainly instances where the maintenance is worth the aesthetic beauty of the submersible underwater lights.
If you are interested in learning more about the differences between submersible lighting for a pond and other techniques that McKay uses, please give one of our designers a call at 402.289.3424. They will be happy to discuss your specific needs and what they think will make your water feature look great at night. McKay is confident that the combination of downlighting and submersible lighting can make your water feature look tremendous at night.
Water feature lighting has become a popular way for homeowners to showcase their water features and the surrounding area. While many use submersible pond lighting, McKay prefers to use downlighting to showcase the water feature. Instead of creating glare from within the water, our designers prefer to light from above with low-voltage lighting. This creates a unique effect on the water and makes it shine beautifully at night.
Often, McKay will place fixtures in the trees surrounding the water feature and aim them at many different areas of the water feature. The lights are almost “hidden” and the light comes from an area not many may notice. However, if trees are unavailable or are too tall, McKay can also make the water feature look great. This picture of water feature lighting involves using fixtures on the ground, but trying to camouflage them as much as possible.
In the picture, McKay’s designers tried to hide the lights as much as possible. Although they are still somewhat visible, the light is spread evenly at focuses the attention on the water feature instead of on the fixtures. The water and surrounding area really “pop” so that it is one of the main features of the entire backyard.
A water feature is an investment of money and space in your backyard. Making sure that you can enjoy it at all hours is where McKay will work with you to create a design that will make it look great at night. Our designers will work with you to light areas of the water feature that you think will look best. Of course, our lighting designers have many years of experience so that they know how to make the water look great if you are not sure how you want it to look at night.
McKay’s preferred method of water feature lighting is downlighting. However, part two of this series will explain some of the benefits and shortcomings of submersible lighting. Check back for our next post detailing some of the pros and cons of submersible lighting. As always, if you are interested in learning more about water feature lighting from McKay, contact us at 402.289.3424 and we will work with you create a great design that you can be proud of.
The third and final part of our outdoor kitchen series looks at a different application of LED tape lighting: LED step lighting. Any small step in your outdoor living area or outdoor kitchen can cause problems for you or your guests at night. This unique LED stair lighting softly lights the steps to keep the area safer at night.
The picture included in this blog post includes LED tape lighting used on a deck, but tape lighting is quite versatile. Notice how the actual source of light is barely visible, yet the light almost seems to appear out of nowhere. The light gently rolls across much of the deck area and provides plenty of light to the entire living area. This application can be used in any outdoor living area, and would look especially great around an outdoor kitchen area.
As detailed in a prior post, this unique lighting fixture can be installed under any ledge, whether that is at a bar or under a step. This allows the fixture to be hidden during the day and during the night, which allows it to provide a unique lighting look. Since the lighting is like tape, it provides a constant flow of light, instead of a couple bulbs shining on a large area.
As always, you will be “going green” when you install an LED fixture around your outdoor kitchen. You will use significantly less energy and you will need to replace bulbs much less often. LED outdoor lighting is still relatively new to the industry and this tape lighting is one of McKay’s favorite applications of the new technology. If you want to take LED outdoor lighting for a “test spin” these fixtures are definitely for you.
If you are looking for a unique product to make your outdoor kitchen look great at night, this LED step lighting may be a great option for your outdoor kitchen lighting. It is fairly easy to install and the cost benefits of LED are noticeable. This unique type of lighting will make your outdoor kitchen look great at night and will also make it much safer. If you are interested in learning more about LED step lighting, please contact a McKay designer at 402.389.3424 and we will work with you to make your outdoor kitchen area look great at night.
As we continue our outdoor kitchen lighting series, we move on to McKay’s unique grill lighting. One of the most important aspects of an outdoor kitchen is definitely the grill. Whether or not a full outdoor kitchen accompanies you grill or not, having a light shining on your grill will make grilling much easier. It will also make grilling safer! A low voltage light on your grill will make it much easier for you to cook your food properly.
The first picture included in this post is of a fixture specifically designed for grill lighting. It extends directly over a grilling area and shines a direct light on the food being prepared. This type of fixture is best used for outdoor kitchens because the installation requires a counter area for it to be installed. This fixture, specially designed for McKay is extremely durable and our designer will work with you to make sure that the grill light is installed exactly where you want it to be placed.
The fixture can be installed onto the house or even installed in a nearby tree. Once again, with their years of experience, McKay’s designers will use their expertise to decide the best way to create the best effect on the grill so that you will be able to see your food as you grill it and also enjoy the aesthetic beauty of your outdoor living area.
Our designers will also work with you to decide the voltage of the grill light bulb to make sure that enough light is hitting the grill for your cooking preferences. The second picture shows a slightly different type of grill lighting that McKay has used in many lighting designs throughout the years. Here, a soft light from above shines down on the grill. The actual fixture is hidden in a way that reduces glare and also makes the fixture difficult to see during the day.
There are a number of different ways to make sure that your outdoor kitchen looks great at night. One of the most unique, as well as most important is the use of grill lighting. From downlighting to a unique grill lighting fixture, you can grill safely into the later hours of the evening.
As always, if you are interested in learning more about ways to light your outdoor kitchen, contact McKay’s lighting designers at (402) 289-3424. If you are interested in learning more about some of our other unique lighting fixtures, be sure to visit our Specialty Lighting Gallery.
LED lighting is becoming more popular as more homeowners “go green”. LED tape light is one of the unique ways that McKay utilizes LED lighting to make outdoor kitchens look great at night. Outdoor kitchens are one of the hottest new trends in home construction and McKay’s lighting designers continue to be on the cutting edge of ways to bring unique lighting to these outdoor living areas.
LED tape light is a very versatile type of lighting that can be used to provide light to a number of different areas. In these particular photos, the tape is used under an outdoor bar and under a grill counter. This LED tape light is bright enough to light the area around the counters, but not so bright that it overpowers the area. Shadow effects on the stones under the outdoor counters create a stunning visual effect.
While LED tape light creates a great visual effect, it also makes the area around the outdoor kitchen much safer. Perhaps you have used an outdoor kitchen and worried about your footing while carrying food or drink or fumbled around in a cupboard looking for the correct grilling utensil. This light prevents toe stubs and makes the living area much safer after the sun has set, while also making the outdoor kitchen much easier to use at night.
This LED tape light is different from other fixtures because of its unique tape-like nature that creates a uniform spread effect across a relatively large area. As the pictures indicate, the light seems to just “appear” from under the counters. These unique fixtures are well-hidden during the day and even harder to find at night.
Like all McKay LED products, these bulbs will last longer than a standard halogen bulb and also use less energy; all while providing the light color unique to LED light bulbs. If you are looking to “go green” in your new or updated outdoor kitchen, this LED tape light is a great way to do so while also making the area look great at night.
If you are interested in learning more about LED tape light or any other part of McKay’s outdoor kitchen lighting designs, please contact us at (402) 289-3424 or via email at email@example.com. One of our professional lighting designers will work with you to make your outdoor kitchen shine at night. And be sure to check back to our blog in the near future as we continue our series on outdoor kitchen lights. Our next spotlight will be on McKay’s specially designed grill lights.
With this year’s early onset of winter, it can be easy to forget that your outdoor lighting system needs to be serviced. Winter weather has the potential to cause problems in outdoor lighting systems. Sometimes moisture getting in wires and fixtures simply cannot be avoided. The cold adds another difficult dimension to keeping lights burning throughout the night.
McKay Lighting works hard to make sure that our systems shine throughout the year. Of course there are times in winter where problems may appear. Our professionally trained service technicians work throughout the year to make sure that the system works well throughout all four seasons. By checking all bulbs and the transformer, our service technicians will make sure that your home’s lighting system shines bright even through the snow on the ground.
Winter outdoor lighting maintenance may not seem to be a very high priority in the colder months of the year. However, a McKay system is designed not only to make your property look great during the summer months, but also look great when the temperature is below freezing and all of the leaves have fallen off the trees.
It is also important to note that the nights are much longer during the winter months and so your outdoor lighting system will be on a few more hours than it would be during the summer. A properly functioning system will make your home safer at night by preventing potential intruders and also much safer for you as you avoid ice and snow around the steps leading to your home.
Outdoor lighting maintenance is important during all times of the year. Don’t wait for the busy time of spring to get your home’s outdoor lighting in check. Winter outdoor lighting maintenance, while it may not seem important, is a way to make sure that your home will look great throughout the year.
If you are interested in a McKay Lighting service technician visiting your home and making sure that your system is in full working order, visit the service page of our website or simply call our office at 402.289.3424 to set up a service call to make sure that your outdoor lighting system looks great in the winter months.
McKay Lighting has specialized in landscape lighting for the past 20 years, but has also been professionally installing holiday lighting systems in the Omaha area for the past several years. Our holiday lighting systems, like our landscape lighting systems are professionally designed with the help of the homeowner. There are a number of different designs to choose from and McKay uses the preferences of the homeowner to make their home look great for the holidays.
McKay has a number of different holiday lighting designs to choose from. Holiday wreaths are a great way to add a light touch of the holidays to your home as is lighted garland around certain areas of the home. Of course lit figures and other hanging lights are quite popular among homeowners. McKay designers will work with you and your budget to make your home look exactly as you want it to look for the holidays, whether that is a simple hanging wreath or lighting your entire property with an array of different colors.
Just like a landscape lighting system from McKay, we only use the highest quality lights available for our holiday lighting projects. Our specially designed holiday lights will last for many years to come. They are also capable of withstanding snow and wind much better than typical holiday lights bought at your local hardware store. If bulbs to happen to burn out or any other problems arise with the system, McKay’s service technicians are specially trained to make any needed repairs and make sure the system looks great at night.
Another important aspect of holiday lighting from McKay is that we will store your holiday lights for an affordable fee throughout the year. You will not have to worry about storing your outdoor decorations and we will professionally install your lights just as you originally designed and take them down after the holiday season is complete. Gone will be the days of worrying when or how to put up your outdoor decorations.
If you are interested in learning more about McKay’s holiday lighting offerings, contact us at 402.289.3424 and ask to speak with one of our designers. McKay will work with you to create a design that you will be proud of and will make your home shine during the holiday season.
In the spring of 2013, McKay finished a landscape lighting project in Brandon, SD near Sioux Falls, SD. A referral from a landscape contractor in the area, allowed McKay to work on a unique backyard project. This contractor had installed a beautiful pool, grotto and fire pit area and trusted McKay to make the area look great at night. A McKay lighting designer worked directly with the contractor and the homeowner to create a plan that would make the entire backyard shine at night.
The overall goal of this Sioux Falls, SD backyard was to create a rustic, old-fashioned feel. Distressed wood, natural stone and stained concrete were the focal points of the McKay lighting design. With the unique feel of the backyard, a low voltage lighting system allowed the area to look great at night. Another important aspect of the lighting system was to create a safer environment at night. By lighting dark spots and the paths around the backyard, McKay created a product that not only made the backyard look great but also made it much safer at night for the homeowners and their guests.
Like so many other projects, McKay used a number of downlights on this Sioux Falls, SD property. By installing our fixtures up in the trees and shining them down into certain areas of the backyard as well as on the many walking paths, McKay created a soft light that both helped create a soft mood light around the property and made the area safer.
One of the really unique phases of this project came with a customer request for a new piece of technology called Creston. This technology allows homeowners to control their landscape lighting with the use of an app for their smartphone or iPad. McKay configured its system so that the homeowner could have maximum control on which lights they wanted on. With the use of this new technology, McKay puts the control of the landscape lighting system into the hands of the homeowner.
McKay has traveled across the country installing landscape lighting systems. This Sioux Falls, SD lighting project was another project that we truly enjoyed installing. We were able to light up the landscaper’s hard work and the homeowner’s dream backyard. McKay travels across the region installing new lighting systems for discerning homeowners. If you are outside of the Omaha area and are interested in learning more, contact McKay at (402) 289-3424 and a lighting designer will work with you to create a tremendous effect at night.
One of the most important aspects of a McKay design is bringing value to the homeowner through a beautiful outdoor lighting system. A professionally designed and professionally installed landscape lighting system represents a significant investment in your home and property.
Just like any other investment in your home, you receive the benefits of what you pay for. Investing in cheap fixtures or trusting other discount installers may seem an easy decision but a solid investment in your home today will pay off in the years to come. McKay’s high quality fixtures, expert installation and lifetime warranties on transformers will assure that your home will shine bright at night for many years to come.
The lifetime warranty on transformers will leave you with peace of mind that if there are any problems with your system, McKay will provide a brand new transformer free of charge. Our fixtures come from the best manufacturers in the United States and are made with the highest quality materials available. Couple this with McKay’s annual service program and your system will shine brightly night after night.
While high quality materials are extremely important, the design and installation are an integral part of a high value system. Our installation crews are professionally trained to install fixtures and transformers so that they will stand the test of time. Other outdoor lighting companies simply do not have the experience or training to install McKay-caliber system. At McKay, we are confident that we will provide an expert installation that you can be proud of and will feel that you received a strong value for the investment that you made in your home.
Obviously, a new outdoor lighting system is a significant investment in your home. There are inexpensive, easy ways of installing a new system, but unfortunately those systems do not last and often have continuing problems. McKay will put your mind at ease that you are not only receiving the highest quality products, but also receiving a professional installation. If you are looking for a great investment in your home, please contact McKay at (402) 289-3424 and one of our designers will work with you to create a finished product that you will be proud of.