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Winter Lighting

Moon Glow now offers a way for you to show your holiday spirit with your existing landscape lighting system! Red, Green, Blue and Amber colours are available to exchange in your up-light and in-ground fixtures. Call us today to pick your colours for the season!

Short, dark, and colder days – all part of the Winter Season that no one enjoys.  Moon Glow wants to shed some light on a way to brighten this time of year (excuse the heavy puns).   Lighting for the entire Winter Season is a way to get the most out of your lights and bring a certain joy and pleasure to your household.

Extended periods of light use – November through March – has become more common.  Lit roof lines and wrapped trees bring life to the property as darkness settles in early. The sensation of returning to your glowing home after a day at work is sure to provide great cheer.  The view from inside your home is of equal or greater importance

Warm white is a popular choice.  It’s a welcoming tone that blends well with other outdoor light sources, plus resembles the glow that emits out the windows from inside the home.  Pure white is a strong alternative to compliment the season.  This sharp white tone stands out and draws positive attention to your home. Evergreen trees are enhanced as the crisp colour brings a ‘pop’ to the natural blues and greens. Snow and frost will have an enriched appearance.

Restaurants and businesses also benefit from attractive light displays that they can appreciate over the full-length of Wintertime.

Look no further than Moon Glow Lightscapes to start your Winter lighting experience!

Get in on the Hottest Christmas Light Trends this Year

Pulling on cozy sweaters and sturdy boots isn’t the only way to stay warm this season. Adding decorative lights to a home’s interior and exterior helps bring a festive glow that can create a toasty feeling as easily as hot cocoa or Santa’s lap. While Christmas often includes a number of must-have traditions, there are always a few new ideas to help keep the season feeling fresh and fun. Here are some of the emerging lighting trends for 2014 that will ensure the celebrations are both merry and bright.

Golden Garlands

Whether strung up inside the house, such as on a stairway bannister or across the fireplace mantle, a garland can instantly add festive cheer in a multitude of ways that suit the house and occupants’ individual style. Simple, crafty garlands made of paper and twine are even more charming when enhanced with a string of lights, in colours to match the décor. Geometric shapes, snowflakes, and pine trees are just some of the cut-outs to try.

Hula Hoop Chandeliers

This endearing lighting trend is ideal for the bedrooms, especially for younger kids with eyes opened wide in anticipation of the presents to come. Take an old Hula Hoop and wrap it in lights. Yellow or colourful light styles work best here, whether they’re mix and match or a single shade. Make sure to include string lights hanging down off the sides. Hang the hoop horizontally from a light fixture, fan, or just the center of the room for an eye-catching and jubilant display.

Coloured Lights

In years past, many folks were fond of elegant white lights. They are simple and warm, but they also lack an unabashed festiveness. This year is all about colourful lights, either all a single shade or bunches of different, Christmas-friendly hues. White is definitely out, but for homeowners who adore simplicity, yellow is the best option. Neon lights are also popping up, in case the standard red, blue, and green are too staid.

Animated Lights

It definitely involves a lot more work, but if there’s a will, there’s a nearby crowd of onlookers happy to appreciate the effort. Setting colourful lights to dance to music instantly upgrades any exterior space. It’s possible to do this very simply, with all the bulbs simultaneously blinking on and off to the beat. Some people, however, manage to create highly involved shows with chuckling Santas, flying reindeer, and scenes of falling snow. Any animation, big or small, is welcome this year.

Outdoor Christmas Trees

Sharing the beauty, warmth, and welcoming of a Christmas tree with the neighbours is a new trend this year. Of course, the main tree will stay indoors, but by adding wrap-around lights, decorative garlands, and even ornaments to planted trees in the lawn, more people can enjoy the spirit of the season. Young kids may even believe Christmas trees grow up from the ground this way.

Nature-Inspired Greenery

A step away from the Claymation-style winter wonderland and a step toward naturalistic, dressing up the back and front yard can also be done minimally, with soft yellow or even matching green lights that are wrapped around the green needles of deciduous trees and hardy bushes. A more natural take on decorations still creates a merry feeling, but without the conspicuous holiday drama that is not always for everyone.

Customized Lighting Design

Mass-produced Christmas scenes and pre-ordered designs are out. People are trying their hands at totally customized lighting designs that suit the unique features and layout of their homes. Hanging baskets on a front porch are gussied up with a few randomly placed yellow LED lights, bird baths are enhanced with spouts of blue string lights to look like a pouring fountain, and colourful spotlights are aimed at privacy bushes for a warmer ambiance. Homeowners are encouraged to consider their house’s design, materials, and feature functions when adding seasonal lights.

Christmas is the perfect season to consider how to light the exterior of the home. New trends in seasonal lighting are all about festive colours, customized features, and whimsical but natural-looking elements that can look gorgeous year round.

We can help keep your property trendy and stylish with detailed, custom lighting designs and installations. Request a consultation today and get your lights ready before the snow falls.

How to Safely Install Christmas Lights

IMG_7617-HDR(3)Your Christmas lights are beautiful, and they should fill your family and your neighbors with joy this holiday season. Since the results are beautiful, what you might not expect is back pain and endless amounts of frustration, as the task itself can be less than pleasant.

Follow these safety tips to install all of your lights with minimal stress:

Plan Your Project Ahead of Time

Before you put a single light up, make a list of all of your existing holiday decorations. It’ll help you stay organized, and you can make a trip to the store without forgetting one set of lights or some garland, which will require a separate trip and waste your time.

With your list in hand, take a walk around your property. Visualize where you’re going to hang your holiday light strings. By developing a plan ahead of time, you’ll minimize how much time you spend adjusting your decorations later.

Test First, Install Later

Installing a string of holiday lights requires climbing up and down ladders for about 15 minutes. Imagine spending all of that time only to realize that your lights won’t turn on, and you can’t figure out if a bulb is broken or if an inline fuse is destroyed. You have to spend another 15 minutes to tear everything back down, but you could have saved yourself a headache by simply plugging in the lights first. At the very least, you’ll find out if a string can be repaired or salvaged for parts without wasting your time.

Avoid Endless Strings

As a general rule of thumb, don’t connect more than three sets of lights together. Additional strings increase the risk of a short and can even throw your circuit breaker, which will put a quick end to your holiday cheer. To protect your home, use a surge protector on any outlet with multiple light strings.

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Millions of families go on vacation during the holidays. If you’re going to be out of town for more than a day, consider using automatic timers with your Christmas lights. Burglars often look for homes with unlit holiday light displays, which is a sure sign that nobody’s home. Many timers come with batteries, and they’ll continue keeping track of the time during a power outage. When power is restored, they’ll turn your light display back on.

Set your timer to turn the power on around 5 p.m. and turn the power off by 11 p.m. or midnight at the latest. You’ll save electricity by not leaving your lights on 24 hours a day, and you’ll still look festive (and protect your home from burglars).

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Now comes the hard part. Once all of your lights are in good working order, try to wait for a day with beautiful weather. You don’t want to climb up and down a ladder that’s slick with rain, and you certainly don’t want to rest it in soft mud. Install lights during the afternoon when there’s still plenty of daylight.

Unfortunately, homeowners don’t have the same kind of equipment that professional holiday light installers have access to for the safest installation. Don’t hang lights by yourself if you need to use an extension ladder. You could easily break a bone if you fall while installing lights on the second story. A spotter can help stabilize the ladder and call for help if you do fall.

Don’t want to bother with the onerous task of installing your holiday lights this year? Give us a call for a free quote.

Benefits of Using High Quality LEDs in Holiday Lighting

The holidays are nearly here — are you ready to decorate your house? Most homeowners will use last year’s decorations to cut costs, but they could actually save more by upgrading to energy efficient LED lighting.

Energy Efficient Lights Cost the Same Upfront

The most common complaint about LED holiday lights is that they cost too much to begin with, but it’s simply not true. This misconception is most likely caused by the large price disparity between LED and incandescent lamp bulbs, but Brian Lam of Gizmodo points out that incandescent and LED holiday lights both cost about $1 per seven bulbs.

Even if you don’t want to replace all of your holiday lights this year, you can replace broken strings with LED models without spending any extra money.

LEDs Last Longer

LEDs Last LongerDon’t you hate switching out broken holiday lights? Most people end up salvaging an entire string for spare bulbs, and you’re probably used to purchasing new lights every few years. You won’t run into this issue with LED holiday lights because they won’t stop working after a year or two.

Incandescent bulbs typically last about 1,000 hours. Some burn out before then, and some last longer. If you keep your holiday lights up for two months and run them for six hours a day, they’ll last about three years, which isn’t bad. However, LED holiday lights should last for at least 50,000 hours. If you run them 24/7 every single day of the year, they’ll still last about six years. At six hours a day for two months, LEDs will last 140 years. Think about the hundreds of dollars you’ll save by not replacing your lights on a regular basis.

Energy Savings

Energy SavingsWhen it comes to energy efficiency, there’s no comparison. LEDs use far less electricity to produce the same amount of light because they don’t generate much heat. Incandescent bulbs waste tons of electricity through heat, which is why LEDs use about 80 percent less electricity than incandescent holiday lights.

A basic 100-count string of incandescent bulbs uses about 40 watts of power, and a 100-count LED equivalent uses about 7 watts. Let’s assume that you use 50 strings for 360 hours each year. If your electricity costs 15 cents per kWh, the incandescent bulbs will cost you $108 in electricity each year, and the LEDs will cost you less than $20.

At current electricity rates, you’ll save $1,782 over 20 years. You’ll also save an additional $4,761 in light replacements over the same time period. That’s a serious amount of money you could put into a retirement account, new vehicle, or home renovation.

Cooler, Color Changing Bulbs

It’s not all about money. Many people prefer LEDs because they’re so versatile. Most LED bulbs can be dimmed, and they can change colors. Whether you want icicle lights to glitter realistically or your Christmas tree to sparkle, LEDs are the way to go.

As previously mentioned, LEDs generate less heat, which makes them less of a fire hazard. They’re more durable, and because they use less electricity, they’re unlikely to cause sparks and short out.

Christmas trees will dry out after a month or two, and the dry needles can catch fire in a heartbeat. LEDs can be left on safely 24/7 without posing any risk at all, which is something you should never attempt with incandescent lights.

If you want to free up your time (and the storage space where you usually keep your tangled lights) and outsource all of your holiday lighting needs this year, contact us for a free quote.