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Event Lighting: Joslyn GLOW in the Garden

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Event Lighting Before + After

“With Autumn comes a chill… let GLOW warm you.”

Describes this year’s GLOW in the Garden: A Gilded Masquerade in the Peter Kiewit Foundation Sculpture Garden hosted by the Joslyn Art Museum’s Young Arts Patrons last Friday, October 2nd.  Continue reading “Event Lighting: Joslyn GLOW in the Garden” »

Outdoor Lighting Fixtures: Material Options

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

How to Choose Outdoor Lighting Fixture Material

Most likely, the material quality of your outdoor lighting fixtures are the last thing on your mind when planning the outdoor lighting project for your home. However, given the harsh environmental elements that landscape lighting fixtures have to endure, it’s important to choose a material that can handle the demands of outdoor use.

Most outdoor lighting fixtures are made out of materials like composite, aluminum, brass, or copper. Here’s more information about each material.

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Out and About: AIA South Dakota Convention

Friday, September 25th, 2015
AIA South Dakota

Photo Credit: AIA South Dakota

McKay Landscape Lighting had the opportunity to present on landscape lighting design and applications at ENGAGE, the AIA South Dakota Convention on September 11, 2015.  The annual event brings architects and other design professionals together to learn, share ideas, and meet each other while taking their CEU educational sessions, networking events and the AIA South Dakota Exhibit Expo.  Continue reading “Out and About: AIA South Dakota Convention” »

Project Spotlight: Contemporary Tudor Home Outdoor Lighting

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Garage Lighting

When new homebuilders contacted AJ Coleman, our outdoor lighting designer they were looking to forgo the traditional coach lights for their home, but knew they wanted quality fixtures to light the columns of their garage for safety and security at night. Our solution was to install water resistant copper well lights at the base of each column on and around the garage thus giving them a clean and aesthetically pleasing look. The well lights were put into place as the concrete was being poured. Continue reading “Project Spotlight: Contemporary Tudor Home Outdoor Lighting” »

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 for their lighting system. 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

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?” »

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