In the News
Explore press coverage, interviews, and awards McKay Landscape Lighting has received over the years. Media inquiries, please contact Makenna Pickering at (402) 613-8508, (866) 663-3420, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Getting outdoors: Perfect pergolas and their luxurious lighting
By Beth Hyatt | Total Landscape Care, July 2019
Lighting Designer Andrew "A.J" Coleman, was featured in an article about designing and lighting dreamy and luxurious pergolas.
“The functionality of pergola lighting is key,” Coleman says. “You can really extend the use of the space, whether it’s on a patio or out into the yard, and use it at dusk or in the evening to illuminate those spaces. And then it becomes kind of an architectural element.” Read more»
LIGHTS, HOME, ACTION - Outdoor Lighting Goes Beyond a Porch Lamp
By Charlie Litton, Omaha Magazine | Omaha Home, July/August 2019
“It’s one thing you can put together to make your house look sharp and a little safer, a little more secure,” says Jerry McKay, owner of McKay Lighting. Read the article»
Knowing the proper lighting requirements for the American flag
By Jill Odom | Total Landscape Care, July 2019
When a flag is displayed at night it is required to be properly illuminated. This article explains the requirements as well as clarifies misconceptions around illuminating a flag. Read the requirements and article»
Design/build: Crafting unique swimming pools
By Jill Odom | Total Landscape Care, June 2019
In this article, Jerry McKay was featured about creating a pool oasis.
“The secret sauce to that usually is if there is a view from the house and there is some landscaping on the opposite side of the pool, you get maximum reflection with that pool if you’re lighting something on the other side,” McKay said. Read the article»
Landscape lighting techniques that let water features shine at night
By Jill Odom | Total Landscape Care, June 2019
McKay Landscape Owner, Jerry McKay, explains how to enhance water features with lighting. "Water features can create and enchanted calming space with their presence, but once the sun drops, this effect can be lost in the darkness. However, this issue can be easily remedied with the proper landscape lighting." Read more here»
15 Smart and Stylish Ways to Light Your Deck
By Lisa Hallett Taylor | The Spruce, April 2019
The Spruce, online inspiration to help you create your best home, features two of our deck lighting projects in their article, 15 Smart and Stylish Ways to Light Your Deck. It showcases deck lighting projects from all across the United States. Read the article»
A Monkey Island Vacation Home
By Kelly Dooley, Lorax Design Group | Landscape Architect & Specifier News, February 2019
McKay Landscape Lighting worked with Lorax Design Group on this vacation home project tucked into a private lakeside peninsula. Read the article to learn more about the project»
BEST OF OMAHA 2019 FIRST PLACE – LANDSCAPE LIGHTING
McKay Lighting is honored to receive first place in the Best of Omaha Landscape Lighting category for the seventh year in a row! Thank you to everyone who voted!
BEST OF HOUZZ 2019 – SERVICE
We are delighted that McKay Lighting's Houzz portfolio was voted the highest level of client satisfaction by the Houzz community. We are honored to have received a Houzz award for the seventh year in a row! Thank you to everyone who voted! Follow us on Houzz»
— 2018 —
Protecting What's Valuable
Landscape Architect & Specifier News, November 2018
Andrew "A.J" Coleman, outdoor lighting designer at McKay Landscape Lighting along with other professionals share how to use light to protect your home.
A.J. advises "We always try to highlight dark areas. We don't want any (dark areas) near windows that intruders could bust out and hop in." Read more»
Re-lamped: Halogen to LED conversions
By Marisa Palmieri | Landscape Management, September 2018
McKay Landscape Lighting was featured in an article about converting from halogen to LED. This article highlights the benefits of LED like reduced energy costs. Read the article»
Landscape lighting enjoys the limelight as one of the most popular upgrades
By Jill Odom | Total Landscape Care Magazine, July 2018
In this article, Jerry McKay and other industry professionals discuss LED, popular lighting techniques, common mistakes, and more. Read more»
Design/build: Crafting unique swimming pools
By Jill Odom | Total Landscape Care Magazine, June 2018
Landscape lighting around a pool adds safety, ambiance, and extended use of an outdoor area. Jerry McKay, owner & lighting designer, talks about lighting for safety and accenting the space for some extra pizzazz. Read more»
Tips for Landscaping Like a Pro - FOX & Friends Weekend
FOX News, June 2018
Our team flew to New York City to light up the plaza for a segment featuring landscape enhancements to make your outdoor areas shine. Watch the clip and learn more»
McKay Landscape Lighting builds off record year with historic and out-of-town projects
By Michelle Leach | Midlands Business Journal, April 2018
AJ shares a few highlights from our milestone year in this article. He mentions, "McKay had a historic year last year. It started off with the big Duchesne project, which leaped us forward on to something of a scale..." In it, he talks about another unique commercial project, out-of-town projects, and LED lighting.
You can read the summary here or full article in the April 27, 2018 edition of the Midlands Business Journal.
Lighting Up History
Landscape Architect & Specifier News, April 2018
Our work at Duchesne Academy was featured in the annual lighting issue.
"Because of the school's age, extra caution was taken when installing certain fixtures. McKay and his team wanted to preserve the integrity of the campus, while also providing cost and energy efficient lighting with increase safety throughout."
You can learn more about the project and an interesting fact by reading the full article online here»
Landscape Contractor Magazine, April 2018
Our photo was featured in an article that discusses two main types of underwater lights, fixed mount fixtures
BEST OF OMAHA 2018 FIRST PLACE – LANDSCAPE LIGHTING
McKay Lighting is honored to receive first place in the Best of Omaha Landscape Lighting category for the sixth year in a row! We appreciate everyone in the Omaha community that voted for us and showed their support! Thank you! Read More»
BEST OF HOUZZ 2018 – SERVICE
McKay Lighting's Houzz portfolio was voted the highest level of client satisfaction by the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals. We are honored to have received a Houzz award for the sixth year in a row! Thank you! Follow our Houzz profile»
— 2017 —
McKay Landscape Lighting marks 25 years, credits customer retention and expertise.
By Savannah Behrends | Midlands Business Journal, November 2017
In this article, Jerry McKay talks about completing nine jobs during McKay Landscape Lighting's first year in business and how the company's grown to average 100 jobs per year, completing residential projects in 10 states.
McKay mentions he's noticed more requests for commercial projects and bistro lighting, especially restaurants and bars. Bistro lights are one element incorporated into the lighting design at Duchesne Academy...
You can read the full article in the November 3, 2017 edition of the Midlands Business Journal.
What to know before purchasing landscape lighting or irrigation products
By Lauren Dowdle | Landscape Management, November, 2017
When updating landscape lighting it is important to do research. Lighting Designer Andrew "A.J" Coleman was featured in this article discussing product upgrades. Read the article»
Contractor Coordination - Installing Lighting While the Landscape is Installed
Landscape Contractor Magazine, November 2017
McKay Landscape Lighting's project was featured in their annual lighting issue. Read the full article online here»
5 TOP FALL OUTDOOR DESIGN TRENDS
By Angela Ufheil | Midwest Living, October 2017
McKay Landscape Lighting's photo was featured in an article published by Midwest Living that shares the top outdoor design trends for fall. If you need help lighting these areas, our outdoor lighting designers are here to help. Read More»
Ways to Light up the Great Outdoors - OMAHA WORLD-HERALD
By Agnes Reardon | CTW Features, July 2017
McKay Landscape Lighting's photo was featured in an article published by the Omaha World-Herald that provides ideas for lighting outdoor living areas. If you need help bringing your ideas to life, our outdoor lighting designers are here to help. Read More»
Fun in the Sun - Omaha World-Herald
By Marla R. Miller | CTW Features, July 2017
McKay Landscape Lighting's Outdoor Lighting Designer, A.J. Coleman, shared his expertise for outdoor lighting play spaces in an article recently published by the Omaha World-Herald. Read More»
Duchesne Academy's new lights, enrollment gains enhance role as a neighborhood anchor
By Michael Kelly | Omaha World-Herald, June 2017
McKay Landscape Lighting recently completed a project at Duchesne Academy. The lighting project was featured in an Omaha World-Herald article on the school's exterior improvement and history, click here to read the article.
Top 100 Lighting Blogs
We're honored to have our blog recognized as one of the Top 100 Lighting Blogs along with some of our friends from The Lighting Summit! Read More»
McKay Lighting's Halogen to LED Conversion Mentioned in Two Publications
Landscape Architect & Specifier News and Landscape Contractor, April 2017
McKay Landscape Lighting is excited to share that it was featured in the April issue of two publications. Both magazines feature photos from a recent halogen to LED conversion in Omaha, Nebraska. Read more»
Cut Back on These 7 Outdoor Trends Buyers Hate
By Jennifer Geddes | The Realtor, April 2017
This Realtor.com article examines seven outdoor trends that can be a turn off to potential buyers and tips on how to properly execute the trends.
For landscape lighting, it is recommended to use low-voltage lighting and not to use motion-activated lighting. Read about the other trends here»
Best of Omaha 2017 First Place – Landscape Lighting
McKay Lighting is honored to receive first place in the Best of Omaha Landscape Lighting category for its fifth year in a row! We appreciate everyone in the Omaha community that voted for us and showed their support! Thank you! Read More»
BEST OF HOUZZ 2017 – DESIGN
McKay Lighting's Houzz portfolio was voted most popular by the Houzz community. We are honored to receive Best of Houzz 2017 Design award again this year! Thank you! Follow our Houzz profile»
— 2016 —
Bringing Back Bygone Beauty
Landscape Architect, November 2016
A 1920's Omaha Mansion, that McKay installed lights at, was recently featured in an Landscape Architect article.
"Highlighting architectural elements on the front of the home was a key element of the installation, as was brightening darker areas for security reasons." Read more about the project»
A Shining Example: Today's Outdoor Lighting Trends
By Kirsten E. Silven | Kentucky Homes & Gardens, September/October 2016
Three of McKay Landscape Lighting's photos were chosen for the cover and special feature on landscape lighting trends in the issue of Kentuck Homes & Gardens issue. Read More»
Lighting Site Amenities
By Mike Dahl | Landscape Contractor Magazine, April 2016
An Omaha residential project installed by McKay Landscape Lighting
18 Ways Lighting Can Set the Right Mood
By Dominic Bagnato | Houzz.com, April 2016
A project from McKay Landscape Lighting was featured on houzz.com. The article gives tips for creating an ambience and setting the mood with lighting for any room and outdoor space. Read More»
Landscaping trends affirm tradition, trying something new
By Jill Odom | Total Landscape Care Magazine, January 2016
Jerry McKay, owner
Thank you houzz! Best of houzz 2016 – Design
We are thrilled to receive Best of houzz 2016 Design again this year! Thank you! Make sure you check out our houzz page»
Best of Omaha 2016 First Place – Best of Landscape Lighting
Thank you, Omaha and everyone that voted for us! We greatly appreciate receiving the 2016 First Place title for Landscape Lighting again this year – four years in a row! Thanks again!
— 2015 —
Trends in outdoor lighting: LEDs rule the landscape
Total Landscape Care Magazine, December 2015
Three of McKay Lightings photos were featured in this article that discusses outdoor lighting trends. Read more».
OUTDOOR LIVING PROJECT SHOWCASE: Lighting Delivers 'Wow Factor'
Green Industry Pros, May 2015
Jerry McKay discusses a recent project, "We came in at the end of the project to install all of the outdoor
By Alli Martin | Landscape Contractor Magazine, April 2015
McKay Landscape Lighting worked with Hoodscapes on a project in South Dakota. The project was featured in Landscape Contractors April Issue. Read More»
Landscape Lighting Expands Nighttime Entertaining Options
LoveYourLandscape.com, May 2015
In the Landscape Life blog post Andrew Coleman, outdoor lighting designer, shares how one client added outdoor lighting to get more use out of their outdoor living space at night. Read More»
Branding: The McKay way
By Marisa Palmieri | Landscape Management Magazine, April 2015
A case study on a topic featured at The Lighting Summit on McKay’s marketing efforts and how we focus on three key areas. Read More»
Lawn & Landscape, April 2015
One of McKay’s holiday lighting projects was featured in article, Seasonal Splash. Andrew Coleman discusses working with a client on developing a holiday display that is unique and presented well in the neighborhood, but not over the top. Read More»
The shining light
By Marisa Palmieri | Landscape Management Magazine, February 2015
Doug Smith, executive chairman of Ervin & Smith, a digital marketing agency that specializes in optimized brand marketing, was a featured speaker at The Lighting Summit. Attendee, Marisa Palmieri, shares her take aways from his topic. Read more»
Best of Omaha 2015 First Place – Best of Landscape Lighting
Wow! Thank you Omaha and to everyone that voted for us! We greatly appreciate receiving the 2015 First Place title for Landscape Lighting again this year – three years in a row! Thank you!
Thank you houzz! Best of houzz 2015 – Design
We are thrilled to receive Best of houzz 2015 Design again this year! Thank you! Make sure you check out our houzz page»
— 2014 —
In the Garden and New Lights Brighten Jesuit Gardens
Creighton University, Fall 2014
McKay Landscape Lighting received a few mentions in from Creighton University for our work on the Jesuit Gardens, one of the most popular spots on campus for students and faculty.
- “In the Garden,” article featured in the Creighton University Magazine. Read the full issue»
- “New lights brighten Jesuit Gardens,” article in The Creightonian newsletter. Read the newsletter»
Excite with Light
By Lauren Heartsill Dowdle | Total Landscape Care Magazine, November 2014
Andrew Coleman an outdoor lighting designer shares trends, tips and new options for improving Christmas lighting services. Read more».
How To Plan, Design, Install & Add Extra Features for Stunning Patios
Total Landscape Care Magazine, July 2014
Andrew Coleman, outdoor lighting designer with Mckay Lighting discusses lighting tips to create an enjoyable area even after the sun goes down. Read more»
5 Tips to NightScape Your Home
By Karen LeBlanc | The Design Tourist, June 2014
Jerry McKay, owner of McKay Lighting, shares some tips to nightscape and amp up a home’s curb appeal after hours. Read more»
Beaver Lake Shine and Omaha Glow
Landscape Contractor Magazine, April 2014
McKay Landscape Lighting had two projects featured that demonstrate our ability to tackle a variety of endeavors featured in their annual lighting issue. Find Beaver Lake Shine on page 22 and Omaha Glow on page 26. View the online issue»
‘Resort Style’ Lighting for New Landscape
Landscape Architect and Specifier News, April 2014
McKay Landscape Lighting was featured for our work on a redesign of an Omaha home that required an overhaul the landscape lighting. Read more» | View the digital issue»
By Sarah Pfledderer | Landscape Management Magazine, March 2014
During The Lighting Summit, Jerry McKay sheds light on how hiring a lighting service tech freed his team from the burden of service calls. Read more»
Not Taken Lightly
By Brooke N. Bates | Lawn and Landscape Magazine, February 2014
McKay Landscape Lighting, Owner & Lighting Designer, Jerry McKay, was featured in an article for Lawn & Landscape’s February issue. Landscape contractors should be serious about lighting if they are adding it as a service. Read more»
Thank you Omaha! Omaha Magazine’s Best of Omaha 2014 in Landscape Lighting.
A big THANKS to our clients for voting McKay Landscape Lighting as the #1 Landscape Lighting contractor in Omaha Magazine’s Best of Omaha 2014 contest! We won First Place again – two years running! Thank you!
Best of Houzz 2014 - Design & Service Awards
We are thrilled to receive Best of Houzz two years in a row!
— 2013 —
Beams & Streams
Lawn & Landscape Magazine, July 2013
McKay lighting designer, Andrew Coleman, discusses some of the techniques and challenges faced when illuminating a water feature. Read more»
By Marisa Palmieri | Landscape Management Magazine, July 2013
McKay Landscape Lighting’s founder, Jerry McKay, was featured on the cover of Landscape Management. In the interview he shares the story behind starting McKay Lighting and how his business has been successful by sticking to a “niche.” Read more »
LoveYourLandscape.com Spotlight Story
We were featured on loveyourlandscape.com as the spotlight story for July. We shared a story of a particular job we installed this year and discussed how we improved the client’s sense of security and safety while outdoors at night. Be sure to read the spotlight story here and take a look at the photos as well!
6 Principles of Lighting Water Features
By Arricca Elin SanSone | Total Landscape Care Magazine Cover, June 2013
Andrew Coleman, outdoor lighting designer, gives his advice on using low-voltage lighting for your water feature projects. Read more» | View the full issue»
Mutual of Omaha’s US Senior Open
McKay recently installed lighting for Mutual of Omaha’s statue of US Senior Open golfer, Fred Funk. If you are down by Midtown Crossing, be sure to check out Fred Funk at night just outside of Mutual of Omaha. We recorded the installation and lighting design that went into lighting up Fred Funk. See the video»
Featured in June’s Issue of This Old House
Be sure to pick up a copy of June’s Issue of This Old House or read the article online here. Lighting designer, Andrew Coleman, was quoted in the spread discussing maintaining your lighting system and adding path lighting to your “late-night dreamscape.” A McKay picture was featured in the article as well.
Grow Your Landscape Business with Outdoor Lighting
FD2B “Talk” Radio show by Jody Shilan
Jerry McKay joins Jody Shilan on FD2B “Talk” Radio show to discuss the evolution of landscape lighting over the years including the various lighting uses, styles and applications. Listen here»
By Lauren Heartsill Dowdle | Total Landscape Care Magazine, February 2013
We were asked to showcase one of our latest projects in the February 2013 issue of Total Landscape Care called “Night Light“. Please check out the digital version of the magazine, http://www.totallandscapecare.com/night-light/
Outdoor Lighting to Make your Home and Landscape Grow
By Amy Renea | Houzz.com
An informative article about various types of outdoor lighting and photos from a number of other prominent outdoor lighting companies from across the country. A huge thank you to Houzz for featuring McKay in their article! Read more»
New Expert Walkway Lighting Tips
By Thad Orr | LandscapingNetwork.com
Pathway lighting can mean the difference between a path that is fully functional and safe to walk at night, to one that cannot be used at all. McKay contributes sound advice to this article featuring expert tips on walkway lighting Read more»
— 2012 —
Fantastical Landscape Lighting to Kindle a Fanciful Air
By Margie Grace | Houzz.com
An article showcasing a broad range of lighting options now available, the sky’s the limit when it comes to landscape lighting. Read more»
The Top 3 Ways to Light Up Your Landscape
By Margie Grace | Houzz.com
An article on the different ways to use outdoor lighting as she mentions her three S’s: Safety, Security and Sexy to landscape lighting. Read more»
The Backyard Oasis & Paradise at Home
By Pat Waters | Inspired Home Omaha Magazine, July/August 2012
McKay’s lighting designs were featured in two different articles, “The Backyard Oasis” on page 30 and “Paradise at Home” on page 58. Two great projects we were proud to be a part. View the digital issue»
Tips for Adding Light to Your Landscape
By Sarah Tate | LandscapingNetwork.com
Seven tips on how to increase your home’s security & get more enjoyment out of your property by using outdoor lighting. Thanks for to the team at for asking us our professional advice on this article. Read more»
The Players Club at Deer Creek
By Tim Halpine | The Players Club at Deer Creek, Newsletter
This fall we finished the second phase of our outdoor lighting design at The Players Club at Deer Creek. The lighting design features downlighting on the putting green and uplighting on south trees by clubhouse. The next time you finish your round of golf at dusk you will be able to see a little better on your way back to the car. Read more»
USA Olympic Swim Trials
This summer we were asked to illuminate a special project for the Mutual of Omaha to promote the 2012 USA Olympic Swim Trails in Omaha. The Mutual of Omaha is a sponsor of the USA Olympic Swim Team. An artist out of Minnesota sculpted a Giant Swimmer coming out of the water and we were ask to light it. Thank you to Mutual of Omaha for allowing us to be on a one of kind project, we had a great time and are proud to call Omaha our home.
Aquatic Rhapsody at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo
This past spring we were asked to partner with Matthew Placzek, local artist and fountain designer to illuminate his newest piece called “Aquatic Rhapsody” at the new Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium inside Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo. When you get a chance to visit the zoo, make sure you check it out this special project. We were honored to be apart of it and hope Omaha enjoys it for years to come.