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Loving Your Outdoor LED Lights Right

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Outdoor LED Lighting System

Although LED bulbs have a longer life and more advanced technology than halogen bulbs, LED light bulbs still need a little TLC. Keith, our service technician, shares the best way to give your LED lights the tender, love, and care that they deserve.  

In the past few years we have seen an increase in the amount of LED technologies available in the landscape lighting industry. Most of our new installations are typically being installed with LED bulbs instead of halogen bulbs. LED bulbs are designed to last longer, run cooler, and use less energy than older halogen technologies. So the question remains…if the bulbs last longer, do you still need regular annual services?  Continue reading “Loving Your Outdoor LED Lights Right” »

Employee Spotlight: Outdoor Lighting Service Technician

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Outdoor Lighting Service Technician

Meet our Outdoor Lighting Service Technician, Keith.  He is our outdoor lighting service expert, and helps out with some of our blog posts. You might remember his post about working in Maui for five weeks or plant safety during outdoor lighting installation to name a few of them. Find out more about Keith and his role at McKay…

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What You Need to Know About Outdoor Lighting

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Path Lights

You’re considering outdoor lighting for your home, when the company already working on your place mentions they do lighting, too. You think, great we’ll have them do it. Or maybe you even try the do-it-yourself route. How difficult could it be, right?

We hear about situations like this more often than not. This year, we had a customer contact us because the contractor they hired to install their landscape lighting never showed up. The contractor told them exactly where to go and what to purchase. Then had them draw up exactly where they wanted all the lights to go. After doing everything the contractor requested, and realizing they had no one to install it, they called McKay.

Here are some things to consider before hiring a company or doing it yourself: Continue reading “What You Need to Know About Outdoor Lighting” »

Residential Outdoor Security Lighting: Keeping your Home Safe at Night

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

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One of the most important aspects to any outdoor lighting system is the outdoor security aspect. Homes without security measures, such as alarms and outdoor lighting, are up to 300% more likely to be vandalized. Proper lighting provides a welcoming and friendly home, but discourages an unwelcome intruder from lingering. Before and after pictures with outdoor lighting systems are perhaps the most effective way to show the importance of lighting to the overall security of a home.  Security lighting can be beautiful while it protects your property and your family.

Here are a few key aspects to residential outdoor security lighting: Continue reading “Residential Outdoor Security Lighting: Keeping your Home Safe at Night” »

Project Spotlight: Old World Charm Home Expansion

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Many times, when our customers start a major home and landscaping renovation project they will include us in the design process. Getting involved early on with any home design or renovation helps makes projects easier to manage and ensures that they run smoothly.

For the complex expansion of this beautiful home, McKay Landscape Lighting worked in concert with the electrician, sprinkler, builder, designer, and landscape designer. The homeowner wanted our lighting to enhance the old world charm of their home, highlight its unique features, as well as add an element of security. Their entire halogen lighting system was converted to LED during the renovation, making it fairly maintenance free for many years. Our service team will continue periodic outdoor lighting maintenance to make adjustments, clean lenses, and trim plant growth, to ensure the lighting system’s beauty and functionality.

The lighting design of this home is a representation of the complexity and range of our work. As such, the homeowners were gracious enough to let us show their home to 16 lighting professionals from across the country when we hosted The Lighting Summit in early 2015.

Residential Landscape Lighting

In the photo above, there is down lighting in the larger trees to illuminate the bench, flowers, and walking paths around the fountain. If there is an opportunity to down light, it will allow the space to feel more natural and create a unique evening environment. The fountain is lit from the inside on all three levels, with various intensities, using underwater lighting. There are some path lights to guide you as you walk around the area and uplighting on smaller ornamental trees, as well as the larger tree. This lighting helps pull everything together, and creates a park-like setting for the residence.
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Ask McKay: Is It Possible to Convert Halogen Lighting System to LED?

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Residential Landscape Lighting

In the past couple of weeks we have had several questions regarding LED conversions, so today we thought we would cover some of the basics when it comes to considering converting your halogen landscape lighting system to LED. Continue reading “Ask McKay: Is It Possible to Convert Halogen Lighting System to LED?” »

Outdoor Lighting Ideas for Your Home

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

As a homeowner, you invest time and money into making your home look good during the day and often it’s evening opportunities are overlooked. Adding low voltage landscape lighting can extend your home’s curb appeal after hours. Landscape lighting can be added virtually anywhere and custom designed to serve multiple purposes. Illuminating walkways and paths to make the outdoors safer, highlight focal points of your property, and help you use a landscaped area more often. Here are some ideas for incorporating lighting to the exterior of your home and boosting its appeal after hours…

Path Lighting

Highlight Walkways and Paths:

Lighting walkways, paths, and steps are some essential areas to highlight. This will help you and your guests safely navigate through your property at night. There are several options for lighting these areas, some common techniques include down lighting from nearby trees or using pathlights as shown above. Down light fixtures are installed into a tree and shining down onto the space. With path lights, the light fixture will be much closer to the ground. These lighting techniques can also be used to light a driveway.

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The Players Club: Changing the Atmosphere for Evening + Dining Business

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

The Players Club at Deer Creek is Omaha’s only 27-hole private club. The championship golf course was designed by Arnold Palmer, PGA TOUR Legend, and offers its members and guests quality conditioning amidst a challenging layout as well as a wealth of amenities. The premier golf course has added landscape lighting in several phases over the years. The general manager, Tim Halpine, gave us some insight on how it has helped present the whole facility in a better light…

According to Tim, it was about six or seven years ago when the golf course was first starting to become a private golf club. They were looking to separate themselves and add a little something extra to the property. Tim said, “Our initial thought was to add landscape lighting to the trees and areas around the clubhouse to make more of a focal point at night as the evening and dining business began to grow. That is where McKay Landscape Lighting came into place. We met with Jerry for a consultation and discussed ideas for adding light to the property. He then developed a few design options and showed us what the place could look like with outdoor lighting. That sold us right away. There is a reason he does what he does and we don’t.” A plan was then developed to install the landscape lighting in three separate phases. Continue reading “The Players Club: Changing the Atmosphere for Evening + Dining Business” »

When Should You Consider Updating Your Lighting Fixtures?

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Uplighting Fixtures

Pathlight Fixtures
Technology has changed a lot in the past twenty years. Did you know that the first outdoor fixtures were developed from mayonnaise jars, painted coffee and fruit juice cans, automobile lamps and 12-volt batteries? Today fixtures are more compact, sleek, and are available in a variety of materials. The materials used can have an impact on how well the fixtures hold up in its environment. For example, we have discovered that copper fixtures tend to hold up best in Nebraska’s snowy weather conditions. That being said, as with similar investments there comes a point where you will need to consider upgrading your outdoor lighting fixtures. Here are some of the various reasons why it might be time to consider an update. Continue reading “When Should You Consider Updating Your Lighting Fixtures?” »

Employee Spotlight: Outdoor Lighting Designer

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

McKay Outdoor Lighting Designer

Meet one of our Outdoor Lighting Designers, Andrew J. Coleman – AJ for short. He has been part of the McKay team since 2012. Fun fact about AJ: he knows how to woodwork and has made several pieces of furniture! Find out more about him and his role at McKay… Continue reading “Employee Spotlight: Outdoor Lighting Designer” »

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