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Valuable information from Outdoor Landscape Lighting experts.

  • 1 Big Reason Why Your Digital Malibu Lighting Transformer is Failing Video

    Malibu Lighting went out of business in 2014 and from our understanding their digital low voltage transformers were made up until that time. You can still find these transformers in the market for sale but there is one issue causing these magnetic transformer to fail. Join us as we unfold the mystery.

     

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    Tags: transformer, Malibu Lighting, Troubleshooting, Failing

  • How Coronavirus COVID-19 is disrupting the Lighting Product Supply Chain

    VirusMany of our customers have asked how the Coronavirus / COVID-19 virus is affecting our lighting supply chain.

    They are concerned about stock running out on many of our lighting products such as track lighting, recessed lighting, LED T8 retrofit conversion lighting, LED low voltage outdoor landscape lighting and lighting parts, accessories and LED light bulbs that are almost all manufactured in China. They have large projects underway and the lighting must be installed at a specific point in time or the project is put on hold as the finish work can not be completed without it in place.

    In November, our primary factory told us to order for the annual Chinese New Year closure and  include one more month after, to ensure that the factory can have time to gear up after the holiday season. We did so and increased our order 30% just to be safe. This all took place before the Coronavirus took center stage in China and world. Then the virus hit and the factory remained closed and did not restart production.

    Container Ship SunsetWe purchased enough product to cover us until the end of March. 

    We expected that the factory would be back to work on a limited basis by the first week of February and we would have new product on the water (i.e. in a container ship heading our way to the United States) by the middle of the month. Unfortunately, this did not happen. We are now at the second week of March and there is very limited product in production and the shipping and delivery dates are still not guaranteed. We have some products expected by the end of March and the rest will arrive sometime later. You will see on our website that some items that are out of stock do not have an expected delivery date as they are not in production yet.

    We have had large delays before, the last big delay was back during the last dock worker union port strike in Los Angeles. It was very disruptive and it went on much longer than expected.

    Warehouse Full ShelvesIf you have a project that has a construction time-line, please contact us so we can ensure you have product in hand or on the move to avoid costly delays and pricey air shipping expenses.

    We do our best to help you from going over budget and get your project delivered on or before it is needed.  All of our orders ship complete unless you tell us to do otherwise. Incomplete shipping can create greater confusion, frustration and disruption that you simply don’t need added to your project. We want to avoid this at all costs.

    Communication is the most important factor in guaranteeing success.  Feel free to contact us. We are here to help.

    Shipping ContainersFor now, check your project schedule, wash your hands with soap and shut off CNN. We like websites like John Hopkins University, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) website for real facts on the virus, not “news” reporters running around like chicken little.

    Thank you for reading our update and feel free to contact us with questions and project schedules. Again, we are here to help :)

     

     

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  • Landscape Lighting Tips from Industry Pros

    Photo of relaxing area outside of mansion at night - photo by Vision Green Landscape Photo of relaxing area outside of mansion at night - photo by Vision Green Landscape

    Without proper landscape lighting, an otherwise stunning home can be rendered dull once the sun goes down. An awe-inspiring landscape has properly positioned, precisely illuminated, strategically selected landscape lighting in all the right spaces to enhance aesthetic, mood, and safety. Thankfully, an experienced landscape lighting technician can make bring any landscape to life. We’re here to share some of their best tips with you.

    1. Choose the Right Light

    Every different mood, location, and object has a type of light that will work best. For instance, if you’re looking to highlight large bushes or trees, floodlights are an excellent choice. Low lights at the end of a pool, pointing away, can cast a warming glow across its surface when viewed from a window or back deck. For illuminating structures or walls, well lighting is an excellent choice.

    If you’re looking to have guests over on a warm night on a deck, patio, or porch, the optimal mood and guest experience come down to lighting. Accent lighting is an excellent choice for highlighting a patio’s features, while recessed deck lights can create a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

    Picture of beautiful residence with garden at night photo by Vision Green Landscape Picture of beautiful residence with garden at night - photo by Vision Green Landscape
    1. Direction Makes a Difference

    Should your lighting come from above or below? The two effects can create vastly different landscapes. Downlighting can be used to illuminate strategically selected trees throughout the yard. The light shines down like moonlight, dipping through the leaves, skirting the branches, and creating beautifully patterned shadows below. It can also be used to highlight walkways.

    Uplighting comes from the ground up to highlight a wall, garden feature, tree, or other large structure that you want to stick out from the rest of the landscape. This type of highlighting creates a powerful aesthetics for guests and neighbors.

    1. Placement Can Make or Break a Landscape

    If you place landscape lighting in the proper areas, you can significantly increase the property value of your home. In most cases, there are a few objects and spots of focus that require landscape lighting. If you frequently have guests, patios and decks should be well-lit. Gazebos, unique garden features like a fountain or magnificently-tall trees, should be highlighted.

    Illuminated garden by led lighting. backyard garden at night closeup photo - photo by Vision Green Landscape Illuminated garden by led lighting. backyard garden at night closeup photo - photo by Vision Green Landscape

    The location of your lighting also plays a role in crime deterrent and general safety. Burglars thrive on the dark corners of your property. Well-designed landscape lighting can keep your home from becoming a target. Pathways, doors, and porches should all be well-lit to protect yourself when coming home and to deter intruders.

    In addition to deterring intruders and increasing your property value, landscape lighting can prevent injury. Cast light on outdoor stairs, paths, and your driveway. You’ll keep both your family and guests safe throughout the night, and you’ll decrease the likelihood that a passerby injures themselves near your property.

    For outdoor landscape lighting experts in the North Carolina Charlotte area contact Vision Green Landscape.

    Vision Green Landscape
    1530 Queens Rd #503
    Charlotte, NC 28207
    704.309.4424

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  • Most Popular Walkway Hat Path Light LED-S215 in the High Outdoor Landscape of the Colorado Mountains

    Illuminate the way with our LED hat path light, bringing safety, security and awe to your backyard, front yard or business landscape. Check out these elegant photos of our LED-S215 path light, making the magic high up in the Colorado Mountains. This is our most popular LED path light for LED low voltage outdoor landscape walkway lighting

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    LED Hat Walkway Lighting making the magic in these photos

    RUST LED outdoor landscape lighting hat path light warm white Most Popular LED-S215-RU
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    OUR MOST POPULAR LED black landscape lighting non-corrosive composite hooded spot light low voltage warm white LED-S215-BK
    LIGHT BRONZE LED outdoor landscape lighting hat path light warm white Most Popular LED-S215-BR
    VERDE GREEN LED outdoor landscape lighting hat path light warm white LED-S215-VG

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  • Most Popular LED-FG1021 Accent Lighting in the High Outdoor Landscape of the Colorado Mountains

    Take our popular LED low voltage outdoor landscape lighting spot light LED-FG1021 and bring out those beautiful accents your yard or business landscape is hiding. Make your backyard, front yard, business landscaping, stand out from the rest with jaw dropping directional spot lighting. In a rare moment nestled in the high mountains of Colorado, you can see our spot light comfortably placed outside in its native habitat.

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    LED Hooded Composite Spot Light accenting the magic

    OUR MOST POPULAR LED black landscape lighting non-corrosive composite hooded spot light low voltage warm white LED-FG1021-BK
    OUR POPULAR LED green landscape lighting non-corrosive composite hooded spot light low voltage warm white LED-FG1021-GN

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  • Safety, Security and a Magical Ambience to Colorado Mountain Landscape with our 3-Tier LED Pagoda Light

    Don't let those dark walkways keep you from enjoying your evenings. Bring safety, security and a magical ambience to your walkway, backyard, front yard or business landscape with our 3-Tier Led Pagoda Lights. See our LED-2030-BK lighting high mountain Colorado trails and pathways in a magical way!

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    LED 3-Tier Pagoda Landscape Lighting making magical ambience

    LED outdoor landscape lighting black 3-tier pagoda path light warm white low voltage LED-2030-BK
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    LED outdoor landscape lighting bronze 3-tier pagoda path light warm white low voltage LED-2030-BR
    LED outdoor landscape lighting verde green 3-tier pagoda path light warm white low voltage LED-2030-VG
    LED outdoor landscape lighting green 3-tier pagoda path light warm white low voltage LED-2030-GN

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  • Sunset Evening Tree Lights Creates Magical Ambiance

    Make your outdoor space a magical space with our LED low voltage outdoor landscape lighting hanging tree lights. If you have a tree or covering in your backyard, front yard or even business landscaping a hanging tree light can quickly change the ambiance and mood. Let your yard set the standard  in your community by creating peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. Start enjoying the evenings outside with these LED hanging tree lights with its graceful illumination shipped free by ground to your door today and watch stress and anxiety float away.

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    LED hanging tree lights making the magic happen

    LED verde green outdoor landscape lighting pinhole hanging tree light low voltage warm white LED-9013-VG
    LED black outdoor landscape lighting pinhole hanging tree light low voltage warm white LED-9013-BK

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  • LED Outdoor Landscape Lighting a Beautiful New York Home

    Stand out from your neighbors with a beautifully lit home like this one nestled in New York using our LED low voltage outdoor landscape lighting kits LED-SPOT-KIT-SMALL and LED-SPOT-KIT-MEDIUM

    Bring Accent lighting to illuminate your yards foliage, home's walls and any feature you would like to stand out from the rest. Simple to install, easy to use, Total Outdoor Lighting Kits can help you be the home that shines!

    Outdoor LED Lights Two Story Brick Home Outdoor LED Lights Two Story Brick Home

    The kits used in making the magic happen:

    Rust LED low voltage outdoor landscape lighting hat path light LED-S215-RU LED-SPOT-KIT-SMALL
    LED outdoor landscape lighting spot kit, 6 spot lights, 45watt power pack photocell, digital timer, 80-foot cable LED-SPOT-KIT-MEDIUM

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  • LED Outdoor Landscape Lighting a Fancy House or Castle in Missouri

    Make your home a magical place with LED low voltage outdoor landscape lighting and be the talk of the neighborhood. In this weeks addition to our Total Outdoor Lighting Gallery, our customer turned his unique looking home into a dramatic castle waiting for adventure!

    He used our LED-SPOT-KIT-LARGE to highlight the brick walls and porch creating dramatic feel unique character and wonder.

    LED low voltage outdoor landscape lighting home or castle Missouri

    The kits used in making the magic happen:

    LED outdoor landscape lighting spot kit, 8 spot lights, 45watt power pack photocell, digital timer, 80-foot cable LED-SPOT-KIT-LARGE

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  • HandyDadTV Landscape Lighting Design & Installation Video

     

    We partnered with HandyDad.TV and sponsored his latest video on installing LED low voltage outdoor lighting that you can watch here. We couldn’t be more pleased on how the video turned out. HandyDad.TV walks the viewer through the layout and lighting design process explaining the reasons he made the choices in using Accent Lighting and Walkway Lighting / Path Lighting. He demonstrates time saving techniques of the trade to help the viewer who may have little to no low voltage outdoor landscape lighting experience. With calm and clear explanations, HandyDad.TV guides you through the process just like a good Father would when showing you the process. HandyDad.TV lives up to his motto “Your Virtual Dad in the Cloud.” After watching his video, we believe you will have the confidence to install LED low voltage outdoor landscape lighting in your yard, garden or business.

    The low voltage LED outdoor lights HandyDad.TV installed in his beautiful backyard can be easily purchased from our complete kits section and most popular LED lights section of our website.

    Here is a list of the low voltage outdoor lights used in his video:

    Black LED Low Voltage Outdoor Landscape Lighting Spot Light LED-FG1021-BK LED-FG1021-BK
    Spot Light
    Rust LED low voltage outdoor landscape lighting hat path light LED-S215-RU LED-S215-RU
    Hat Path Light
    Bronze LED low voltage outdoor landscape lighting flower path light LED-S220-BR LED-S220-BR
    Flower Path Light
    Black LED low voltage outdoor landscape lighting flood light LED-6011-BK LED-6011-BK
    Flood Light

    The accent lighting or directional lighting HandyDad.TV used in his video was our popular non-corrosive composite fiberglass LED spot light LED-FG1021-BK that is part of our complete kits or can be purchased separately with Free shipping. HandyDad.TV wonderfully explains the reasons he chose this low voltage outdoor landscape light and we’ll let you watch to find out more :)

    The second type of outdoor low voltage lighting HandyDad.TV installed in his backyard was Walkway or Path Lighting. His choice to use our LED LED-S215-RU China hat path light and the LED-S220-BR flower light couldn’t have been better and how he placed it in his yard, well, it’s worth the watch.

    The third type of lighting HandyDad.TV implemented in his installation video was Area Lighting or Flood Lighting. Using our LED-6011-BK flood light to illuminate a voluminous tree, he knew that a wider angle of light was required and that the narrower spot light would not provide the right type of light. His placement of the light really brought a magical touch to his backyard that is very pleasing to the eye.

    If you are looking at solving problems around your home or property we strongly recommend subscribing to HandyDad.TV on YouTube. He has hundreds of helpful videos that will give you the confidence to tackle a myriad of projects you thought you never could.

    We also provide many helpful outdoor landscape lighting videos that dive deep into many of the nuances of low voltage outdoor landscape lighting that will help you along your way with your project. Please stop by our resources page to find out more :)

     

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