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LED Landscape Lighting

Friday, May 20th, 2016

LED Landscape Lighting

Today’s LED landscape lighting technology offers beautiful lighting options coupled with energy savings and bulb longevity.

But that wasn’t always the case. Several years ago, LED lighting was inconsistent and resulted in poor color quality. As technology changes, so does LED, and now it’s more reliable and becoming the preferred choice. In fact, it can be difficult to tell the difference between a halogen and LED outdoor lighting system.

Lighting Site Amenities – Landscape Contractor Magazine

Friday, May 6th, 2016

Lighting Site Amenities - Landscape Contractor Magazine April 2016

Want to know what is involved in managing large and complex landscape lighting residential projects? For one, lots and lots of planning and coordination, especially when several contractors are also involved in the project. 

Owner and Landscape Lighting Designer Jerry McKay recently shared some behind-the-scenes details of a complex landscape lighting project in Omaha with Landscape Contractor Magazine. (more…)

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…)

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