Out and About: AIA Omaha Lunch & Learn


McKay Landscape Lighting was recently invited to present over the lunch hour for AIA Omaha, a local society of the American Institute of Architects. Our team worked to develop a lunch and learn presentation that focused on the general overview on the history of landscape lighting, different types of low voltage lighting, the lighting system, and a pictorial overview of exterior lighting projects from our portfolio.

The history of landscape lighting is a pretty interesting one as President Dwight D. Eisenhower contacted Bill Locklin to provide some lighting for an outdoor party. Bill created a lighting effect by using tractor headlights in coffee cans and hooking them up with a 12-volt battery. The installation was such a success, thus Nightscaping®, Locklin’s landscape lighting manufacturing company, was born. Jerry McKay had the opportunity to learn from Bill at a seminar in Kansas City before attending his Nightscaping University in California.

Mckay Lunch and Learn AIA Omaha

During the pictorial overview, pictures from some of our recent outdoor lighting projects were displayed as we discussed the installation and complexity of each. Lighting fixtures were passed around at the same time to help indicate the different types of fixtures and impact that each makes. Some great questions were asked, a few about lighting control systems, how to accommodate for plant growth, and how to install lighting into hardscapes, driveways, and such.

We are very honored and grateful to have had the opportunity to spend time with such a great organization. The McKay team has hosted several Lunch & Learns over the years. As our Outdoor Lighting Designer, AJ explains, "It is something different and it is always exciting to meet new people. For the most part, I think low voltage landscape lighting gets generalized into path lights only when, in reality, outdoor lighting is so much more and can be customized to fit individual needs or uses for the space."

If your company or organization is interested in learning more about landscape lighting, please feel free to contact us online or directly at 402.289.3424 about setting up a lunch and learn.

Landscape Lighting is what we do. Every day.

We’ve been in the landscape industry since 1987, becoming a dedicated outdoor lighting firm in 1992. Our lighting team provides the expertise and experience needed to light your outdoor space for both beauty and security. Our goal is to provide the highest quality custom lighting services and products to homes and businesses across the nation.

Located in Omaha, McKay Lighting services Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota areas, including Lincoln, Sioux Falls, Sioux City, Des Moines, Kearney, the surrounding areas and beyond.

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