There are several things you can do to boost your home’s curb appeal during the day, and all of these efforts are lost as soon as the sun sets. However, with properly planned and installed outdoor landscape lighting you can really enhance the aesthetic features and increase the value of your home.
In fact, in the National Assocation of Home Builder’s annual “What Home Buyers Really Want” survey, outdoor lighting tops the list of most wanted outdoor features, with 41% rating it “essential” and the other 49% say it’s “desirable.” Continue reading “Create Nighttime Curb Appeal with Landscape Lighting” »
Lighting for safety and security are similar, however not quite the same. When lighting for safety you’ll want to focus on guiding family members and guests safely around your property at night providing illumination to steps, walkways, paths, and any potential tripping hazards. While security lighting focuses on eliminating dark areas that might hide an intruder, making it difficult for them to access your home and property. See our tips from last week’s post on assessing your home security lighting needs here.
You’ll want to consider fixture placement, with regards to where the light will shine, when deciding how to light your space. An untrained designer could easily overpower the space or position the light in such a way that might momentarily blind someone walking up or down stairs, therefore accidently causing more trips and falls. Continue reading “Lighting Walkways, Paths, and Steps for Safety” »
Monday is here, and another cold weekend has come and gone. Although winter arrived not that long ago, we’re counting down the days until spring. Only 61 more days! While we love the beauty of winter, there is something about fresh green foliage, sitting around a warm fire pit, and watching the sunset on a lake that makes us happy. Since there’s still a couple of months until spring officially arrives, we’ll try our hardest to be patient.
We’ve pulled together some of our favorite photos of this lake house landscape lighting project in Beaver Lake, Nebraska to inspire you as we start another work week. Enjoy!
Everyone wants their residence to be a safe place, free from crime, theft, and other unwanted mischief. One measure to amp up your home’s security involves adding light to the exterior of your home. In fact, homes without security measures such as alarms and outdoor lighting are up to 300% more likely to be vandalized.
Home security statistics tell us that burglars will usually bypass a house if it requires too much effort. Adding light will make it more difficult for them to get onto your property and access your home unseen, thereby deterring potential intruders from making your home their next target. Continue reading “Tips for Residential Security Lighting” »
We are definitely in the thick of winter here in Omaha. It’s cold, dreary, and the fog! Maybe it’s just me, but I think the fog makes it seem colder than it actually is.
The last thing you probably have on your mind is what outdoor projects you’re going to tackle this spring, but now is when you need to start planning in order to have your outdoor oasis ready come spring. So if you’ve already been thinking about what outdoor projects you want to tackle for your home, then you’re in luck! Continue reading “Landscape Lighting: Planning Tips & Ideas” »
We’re excited and grateful to announce that McKay Landscape Lighting was recently honored with receiving First Place in the Best of Omaha 2016 Landscape Lighting category.
Thank you to everyone who voted and helped us win first place again this year! Also, congratulations to all of our friends and fellow Best of Omaha winners! Continue reading “McKay Landscape Lighting receives First Place in Best of Omaha 2016” »
Happy Holidays from all of us at McKay Landscape Lighting! This holiday is off to a great start. We have had the most beautiful weather with a few short bursts of snow here and there. We just wanted to take a quick minute to thank all of our customers, partners, associates and everyone we’ve worked with this year. We are looking forward to continuing our relationship and partnerships for years to come. Continue reading “Happy Holidays from McKay Landscape Lighting” »
Steve is a homeowner and has lived in his neighborhood approximately 16 years now. During his time there, he has served in various capacities on the Home Owners Association (HOA) Board of Directors. The low-voltage landscape lighting in the entrance and common areas for the neighborhood was installed during the development phases and before Steve lived there. When the bulbs started to burn out or repairs were needed later down the road, he wasn’t sure who to contact. Continue reading “Avoid This HOA Outdoor Lighting Maintenance Mistake” »
As homeowners we put a lot of pride into our home. From mowing the lawn and pruning bushes, to sprucing up the exterior paint and power washing the driveway, our pride is a very visible thing – except when the sun sets. Adding lighting to the exterior of your home offers several benefits. Here are some of the most common reasons homeowners add outdoor landscape lighting to their home:
Continue reading “Outdoor Landscape Lighting: Top Benefits for Your Home” »
If there is one thing we love, it is a fixture with an element of uniqueness and functionality to it. So you can imagine, when we came across these bollards, it didn’t take much to get our attention. And we knew our clients would love them too!
With that, we are happy to share with you that we’ve added some brilliant new steel bollards that are bound to impress guests and add a layer of safety, security, and uniqueness to your home.
Find out more, and take a sneak peek at the newest addition to our custom light bollard selections: Continue reading “Why We Love Decorative Light Bollards (And You Should, Too!)” »