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Landscape Lighting Project Spotlight: Historic Omaha Residence

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Security Landscape Lighting Omaha

Refurbishing an older home can sometimes be a daunting task. It took the homeowners about three years to completely restore this historic home in Omaha. Built in the 1920’s, this home has impeccable detail throughout that extends into the home’s exterior and outdoor spaces.

The exterior of the home was rather dark, and the homeowners knew they’d want landscape lighting to increase security, safety, and extend the use of their outdoor space. Familiar with McKay Landscape Lighting‘s work at their previous home, a plan was organized to have the lighting system installed in two phases. The first phase involved the front of the home, lighting to accentuate its magnificent architectural features at night while adding safety and security. The second phase focused on extending the use of their outdoor spaces while adding safety and security as well. (more…)

Landscape Lighting: DIY vs Hiring a Professional

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Landscape Lighting: DIY or Hiring a Professional

When starting a landscape lighting project, or any home improvement venture, you have the choice of doing it yourself or hiring a professional to take care of the work for you. HGTV, Pinterest, and other DIY tutorials make doing it yourself seem easy and affordable. However, when it comes to landscape lighting, it takes an experienced eye to understand how to light different elements and what fixtures to use. If you do not have the same expertise and knowledge, then your DIY job could end up costing you more time and money. Consider the following when deciding if you should DIY or hire a professional:

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Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Outdoor Lighting Professional

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

6 Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Outdoor Lighting Professional

Before hiring an outdoor lighting professional, it’s a good idea to ask questions to make sure the best fit is selected for your home or property. Hiring the right professional for your project can be the difference between an “okay” lighting design and one the delivers the “wow” factor you’ve been looking for. When properly done, outdoor lighting adds nighttime beauty and distinction, improves safety and security, and extends entertainment and enjoyment opportunities. The following six questions will help you in finding the best outdoor lighting professional for your project. (more…)

Employee Spotlight: Outdoor Lighting Crew Leader & Installer

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Outdoor Lighting Crew Leader & Installer

Meet our Outdoor Lighting Crew Leader and Installer, Chris Sholes. He has been part of the McKay team since 2011 and celebrating his fifth year anniversary this week. Find out more about him and his role at McKay…  (more…)

Benefits of Hiring a Landscape Lighting Professional

Friday, June 10th, 2016

professional landscape lighting project

Hiring a landscape lighting professional or a company that specializes in outdoor lighting is a smart decision when you’ve invested a good bit of money into your home and want to showcase it to look its best at night and extend nighttime use.

Landscape lighting professionals serve a purpose for outdoor lighting projects big and small. Whether you have no idea where or how to begin lighting your home, you have an idea but need help tying everything together, or you simply haven’t the time or interest, hiring a professional is a wise and sensible choice. (more…)

Happy Memorial Day from McKay Landscape Lighting

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Outdoor Lighting around Pool

Memorial Day weekend is almost here. This weekend is an opportunity to enjoy time with friends and family as we remember those who served our country and gave their lives to preserve our freedom. It also marks the start of summer vacations, road trips, and weekend camping trips. (more…)

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.
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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…)

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