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Transform Your Garden into a Nighttime Sanctuary

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Transform Your Garden into a Nighttime Sanctuary

After a long day at work, the garden can be a peaceful sanctuary. It’s the perfect place to relax and unwind, surrounded by nature and the smell of blooming flowers. After a full day of work and getting dinner ready, there isn’t much time left in the evening before the sunsets.

Now there are more ways to enjoy your garden into the nighttime hours.

We recently read an article that mentioned how the color and texture of some annual plants reflect the moon’s light, creating a unique aspect for nighttime enjoyment. This got us intrigued. (more…)

Landscape Lighting for Water Fountains

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Landscape Lighting for Water Fountains

Having a water fountain is a magnificent feature of a home, garden, or outdoor space. If your water fountain is a distinctive feature of your outdoor space, adding landscape lighting turns it into a dramatic nighttime focal point.

The light glimmers and dances with the water; it is magical.

But much more is involved than placing a few fixtures at the water. Lighting water features is the most complicated type of lighting. We’ve received calls from homeowners asking us to redesign their water feature.  Typically when we come in, we’ll see a fixture placed at the bottom, aiming skyward, causing unnecessary glare, and not creating the effect the homeowner desires. (more…)

Backyard Entertaining with Outdoor String Lights

Friday, April 8th, 2016

Outdoor String Lights for Backyard Entertaining

When you enjoy hosting backyard bbqs, wine nights with the gals, and other events during these warmer months, you may find once it gets dark you are left with few options — either move everyone inside or call it a night.

With outdoor string lights, you can continue entertaining into the evening.


Landscape Lighting Spring Maintenance Checklist

Friday, April 1st, 2016

Landscape Lighting Spring Maintenance Checklist

The time has come; we can finally emerge from winter’s hibernation. Spring’s warmth is sure to beckon us outdoors once again. This means more time to enjoy your outdoor living spaces. The landscape lighting system is an important aspect of your outdoor living and landscape design.

McKay’s service team developed this quick landscape lighting spring maintenance checklist to ensure your system performs its best this spring and summer: (more…)

Treehouse Lighting Ideas for Nighttime Fun

Friday, March 25th, 2016

Treehouse Lighting Ideas

When you think of the treehouse you had as a kid, you think of all the wonderful memories you made with your siblings and friends. The hideaway it created away from the “bad guys” to the slumber parties under the stars, it was a special place where you could let you imagination run wild.  (more…)

Outdoor Kitchen & Grill Lighting Ideas

Friday, March 18th, 2016

outdoor kitchen grill lighting ideas

If you’ve ever tried cooking in an outdoor kitchen at night, you know that good lighting is essential to making sure the burgers get cooked to the right temperature. Making sure your space is properly lit will save you those multiple trips inside the house to check on the burger’s doneness, only to go back to the grill to cook them a little bit longer.

Whether you have an expansive outdoor kitchen or a modest grill area, the right lighting can dramatically change your food preparation, cooking, and dining experience.

Here are a few outdoor kitchen and grill lighting ideas: (more…)

Outdoor Living: Fireplace & Fire Pit Landscape Lighting

Friday, March 11th, 2016


Chilly nights like these are perfect for a relaxing evening under the stars, next to a cozy outdoor fireplace or fire pit. Outdoor lighting is a great addition to increase the ambiance and safety of your outdoor spaces.

Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits ranked as the most popular outdoor design element for 2016, followed by outdoor lighting according to a Residential Landscape Architecture Trends survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).


Video: How to Adjust Your Landscape Lighting Timer for Spring

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

How to Adjust Landscape Lighting Timer for Spring

Daylight savings begins Sunday, March 13th. For homeowners that have an outdoor landscape lighting system, this time of the year is a good reminder to adjust your outdoor lighting timer, as well, as the evenings start getting dark later. If your transformer has a photocell or astronomical timer, they will adjust themselves.  (more…)

Outdoor Lighting: Transform Your Patio or Deck

Friday, March 4th, 2016

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The past few weekends here in Omaha have reminded us that warmer weather is on the horizon. Meaning an opportunity to cozy up on our deck or patio with our morning cup of coffee or spend the evening relaxing under the stars. Whether you have a small deck or an expansive patio, it is an extension of your home and provides a place to enjoy the outdoors throughout the day and into the evening. (more…)

Insider Tips: Developing a Landscape Lighting Plan

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Insider Tips for Developing a Landscape Lighting Plan

Strategically placed landscape lighting creates a welcoming, yet subtle, atmosphere each night – one that you can enjoy for years to come. In the previous posts, we shared different ideas for adding landscape lighting to creating nighttime curb appeal by highlighting your home’s architectural features, landscape, and outdoor living areas. Now that you have ideas for lighting your property, here are some of our insider tips for taking your landscape lighting to the next level and developing a comprehensive plan. (more…)

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