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.
McKay recently installed a unique project in Des Moines, IA. The project included lighting a healing garden at Iowa Methodist Cancer Center that would allow patients and family members to enjoy the area after dark. Too often, these gardens are bombarded with high powered commercial lights. These lights create glare and create an undesirable look at night. McKay uses low-voltage lighting to create a soft light on the garden area that will create a soft glow making the garden look tremendous at night.
The manager particularly was looking for colored lighting that would bring some unique flare to the area. To accomplish this request, the use of colored lenses was employed. A 13″ hand-blown glass sphere (pictured) was used to add another level of color and flare that is also visible during the day. The use of underwater landscape lighting was also used to add a special touch to the area around a waterfall area near the garden.
There was an existing landscape lighting system that was installed on the grounds before we began our installation. Unfortunately, there were a number of problems with the system. The system was installed with incorrect wiring and the transformers were incorrectly installed. It was clear that the landscape lighting system was not installed by a company dedicated to low-voltage lighting like McKay.
McKay’s finished the Des Moines project lighting dark areas around the garden and making it much safer to walk around the area at night. Of course it made the area safer by deterring trespassers but also made the paths easier to walk and gave the garden a special glow at night. The manager and residents were very pleased with the finished product. Our designer made the property glow at night but also added some specially-requested flair with colored lenses and the hand-blown glass sphere.
McKay has traveled to many cities in the region. This example of a Des Moines landscape lighting project is one example of our ability to travel. McKay’s designers will work with you to create a design that you will love. Whether you are a property manager or a homeowner, McKay will work to make sure that you enjoy your property at night. If you have any questions about creating a design with McKay or inquiring about out-of-town installations, please call McKay at (402) 289-3424 or toll free at (888) 663-5434.
One of McKay’s newest specialty fixtures is a sea wall lighting fixture. This new fixture provides lighting directly on the water, creating a tremendous effect at night.
McKay often works in backyards of lakehomes to make sure that it stands out from the viewpoint of boats on the lake. These fixtures make sure that the property will have a great glow after the sun has set.
Along with dock lighting, these lights will provide a unique effect of shining a soft, reflecting light on the water. This effect helps make the property stand out at night and also makes the area around the water much safer for individuals walking near the water.
These lights are expertly installed by McKay lighting technicians and blend in with the sea wall during the daytime hours. The high-quality fixtures are waterproof and will not be damaged by spraying water or high waves. These high-quality fixtures are specially designed for McKay to provide the optimal amount of lighting around the shoreline.
If you want your lakehome to stand out from among your neighbors, sea wall lighting is an effective way to bring aesthetic beauty to your lakehome. Not only will these lighting fixtures make your property look great, but will also make your property much safer. You won’t have to worry about guests falling into the lake or children losing their footing near the water.
If you are interested in lighting for your lake home, contact McKay today for a free consultation. Even if you do not have a sea wall, McKay can put together a design with uplighting, downlighting and dock lighting. Sea wall lighting is a relatively new design tactic but other classic lighting design tactics can be employed to make your lakehome look great at night.
Lighting water features is an important aspect to consider when providing a lighting design to a property. Often, high-voltage lights are used on water features and create an overpowering effect at night. Instead, McKay uses low-voltage lighting to create a softer light that makes the running water look great at night.
McKay uses a number of different design tactics to make sure that your water feature looks tremendous once the sun has set. Often, McKay will use downlighting around a water feature to shine on the water from above. The effect on the running water shining from above will adequately light the water.
Sometimes downlighting will not be an option on a water feature. In these cases, McKay will use submersible lighting to provide light to the feature. These high quality lights will not fill with water and will last the life of the water feature. These lights will use shadowing to make the water feature visually appealing. Different wattage can be used to light different sizes of features as well.
In designing a project, McKay will work with the homeowner to determine if the lighting feature is the main feature of the landscape. If the water feature is the main feature, more light will be allocated to the feature to make sure that it really stands out. If the feature is not as important, then McKay will still provide soft lighting on the feature to enhance safety and aesthetic beauty. Even if the feature is not the focal point of the landscape, it will still be softly lit and look great at night.
Like many other fixtures, McKay will work to hide the fixtures as much as possible so they are not easily seen during the day. Hiding fixtures behind rocks or shrubs and aiming the light at the feature provides a unique light while making sure the fixture is not seen during the day. Avoiding glare is also an important aspect for a lighting design.
If you have a water feature that isn’t being illuminated at night, contact McKay to see how our design can make it shine at night. If you are considering installing a new water feature, give McKay a call before the installation. The lighting installation can be much easier if our lighting installers can wire the feature before construction. To read another article about water feature lighting, click here to read an interview with one of McKay’s lighting designers Andrew Coleman.
One of McKay Lighting’s latest projects included some unique lighting with one of our newest fixtures. Like all of our other fixtures, these dock lighting fixtures were designed specifically for McKay and are made of the highest quality materials. The fixtures will not only last for the life of your home but add beauty to your dock and make it a much safer place at night.
In the dark of night, being on an unlit dock or near a lake can be a dangerous situation. The area is likely particularly dark and one misstep can land you in the lake: a particularly dangerous situation. Now imagine being able to spend time on your dock at night. Imagine being able to spend time on the water under the stars instead of under the sun. A specially designed system by McKay will afford you the luxury of being able to enjoy the area around your lake after the sun has set.
An expert lighting design by McKay will use one of our newest fixtures- the Cascade Light- along a dock (the nearest fixture in the picture to the right). Not only will the light make it safer for those on the dock, but McKay also uses the light as an under-dock feature. The light puts out just the right amount of light to create a soft light on the water that creates a tremendous effect at night.
Another important aspect of a lakeside lighting design is sea wall lighting. The same Cascade fixture mentioned above can be used along a seat wall. McKay’s expert installers will install the lights to make them blend in as much as possible with the wall while allowing the light to gently hit the water. Look for a post in the future about the design and effects of sea wall lighting!
If you are looking to expand your amount of time spent near the lake that you live on, a dock lighting may be a great solution. Paired with a traditional lighting design, you will be able to enjoy lakeside living long into the evening hours.
To find out how a McKay designer would provide dock lighting for your lakeside home, contact us for a free consultation. Give us a call at (402) 289-3424 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will work with you to design a lighting system that will make your home look great at night.
McKay Lighting recently traveled to Columbus, NE and completed a landscape lighting project. The project was one of the increasing number of projects that McKay has completed in Nebraska cities outside of Omaha and Lincoln. Whether our project is in Omaha, California, Florida or Columbus, we strive to make sure that our design and installation is of the highest quality.
A McKay designer traveled to the home to meet with the owners and worked with them to design a system that would not only provide aesthetic beauty from the street but also an added element of safety. While the home had an existing lighting system, it did not provide adequate light to make the home feel secure and old fixtures did not help improve the aesthetic beauty of the home.
McKay’s lighting designers used a large amount of uplighting to create the effect that the homeowners desired. Copper uplights were used to light a number of trees on the property. Not only did this make the property look great at night, but it also eliminated potential hiding spots for criminals. Also included in the project were lights that lit the path leading to the front door and the area around the door itself. This allows guests to feel welcome when they come to the home and prevents trips and falls at night.
A finalized design led to the installation project. A McKay installation crew arrived at the home and removed the previous system. The transformer was replaced with a McKay lifetime warranty fixture and wire was trenched into the ground by hand. Old fixtures were replaced with McKay’s highest quality fixtures and connections were formed with our high quality ace connectors. The finished product looked great, and just like all other McKay installations, everything is guaranteed for the first year after installation.
These homeowners chose a company that specializes only in landscape lighting. Even though that company traveled from Omaha, they were pleased with the ease that the system was installed.
Have us look at your project, whether it is in town or many miles from Omaha. We know that we have the experience and products to make your home shine brightly at night. Please give us a call toll free at (866) 663-5434 or email us at email@example.com. Come see what a difference McKay makes.
The final post of the three part series of outdoor lighting repair features the fixtures in a lighting system. Fixtures are the only part of the system that should be visible during the day and it is certainly important that they are installed correctly and look great. Wires should not be visible around the fixture and the lens should be kept clean to assure a consistent glow.
McKay uses the highest quality fixtures in our installations. Our fixtures are specially designed for us and are guaranteed for life. McKay technicians are specially trained to install the fixtures in a way that hides the wires and makes the fixtures look great during the day and night.
Unfortunately, many times lighting fixtures are not installed correctly and the wires become visible near the fixture. Even if the fixture is shining correctly, it may be an eyesore during the day. McKay has experience in repairing lighting systems in disrepair. Higher quality fixtures and a professional installation can make a tremendous difference in the appearance of a system.
Of course mowers and weather can cause damage to fixtures, but McKay’s annual service program will assure that your damaged fixtures are repaired. Cleaning lenses are also important so dirt doesn’t build up and cause damage to the fixture and allows the light to keep burning brightly. Systems need some maintenance to make sure that they shine brightly for many years.
If your lighting system is in need of repair or simply a “face lift”, contact McKay today and one of our lighting designers will work with you to make sure that your system is in working condition. A few repairs or a few new fixtures can make a great difference in your landscape. Visit our service site where you can fill out our online form for lighting service.
The transformer is probably the most important part of any landscape lighting system and is often one of the most significant issues in landscape lighting repair. The picture included in this post includes a transformer that was not properly installed. Code states that wires coming out of the transformer must be in conduit until it reaches the ground. This transformer clearly is not up to code as wires are exposed from the transformer to the ground creating exposure to the elements.
McKay uses the highest quality transformers that come with a lifetime warranty. If the transformer ever has any problems, we will replace it free of charge with a brand new transformer. Since the transformer is the power behind the system, it is important that is of highest quality, but also that it is installed correctly. McKay’s lighting technicians have many years of experience of installing these transformers.
Another important aspect of transformer installation is adequately hiding the transformer. While this may be difficult to accomplish at times, McKay technicians work hard to install the transformer in a place that will not be seen. While many companies install the transformer in the garage, McKay prefers to install the transformer outside to make servicing it much easier for our service technicians.
Another important aspect of transformer installation is making sure that all wires are hooked up correctly so too much voltage is not wired into the transformer. Of course, there should not be so little voltage in the transformer that more are used than needed costing the homeowner excess money. McKay technicians will assure that the transformer is installed correctly so no future issues will pop up with the transformer.
If you have an outdoor lighting system in need of transformer repair, McKay will be happy to look at your transformer. While it is extremely difficult to simply repair a transformer and allow all lights to easily work, McKay is able to look at your system and make specific recommendations for your situation. If you are in need of an appraisal for landscape lighting repair, please contact our office at (402) 289-3424 and one of representatives will be happy to discuss potential service that we can provide to make sure that your home looks great at night.