Category Archives: Holiday Lighting

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!

Holiday Lighting Professionals

It seems simple enough in this day of DIY television networks, YouTube, and how-to sessions at the local hardware store that you as a homeowner can handle almost anything. So why should holiday lighting be any different? We believe that there are several reasons to choose the lighting professionals at Moon Glow:

  • Our staff are certified for working at heights as well as for (when required) operating mechanical lifts and bucket trucks
  • ‘Baby it’s cold outside.’ Our crews are prepared to work in these conditions so you don’t have to! Just stay inside and enjoy the light!
  • We save you space. Not only do we perform installation and tear-down, we tuck the lights away in labelled storage bins until next season.
  • We have a network of distributors who offer us the best quality of professional-grade products as well as the latest trends in holiday lighting. We can get that special item you want to complete the perfect display!
  • It goes without saying that if you injured falling off the ladder it may lead to lost time at work and more. We are well trained and fully insured so that if something was to happen you are covered.

For more even more reasons why you should book holiday lighting installation this season, check out our blog here.

If you want to make the neighbours envious of your holiday display this season, contact us today!

Lighting for Special Events

Are you looking for a way to WOW your guests this year? Have you considered lighting as part of your special event?

It seems obvious that you need light to carry the party into the evening, but how much emphasis have you placed on this very important component?

At Moon Glow, we specialize in two basic categories of lighting – landscape and holiday. Both of these formats can complement your function regardless of the time of year.

Holiday lighting can extend its usefulness into the warmer months for outdoor weddings, parties and other events.

  • A selection of trees lit with closely wrapped white strands adds a warmth and balance to the festivities.
  • Temporary or permanent up-lighting of trees and other subjects invites your guests outside to enjoy the evening hours.
  • Path lighting will guide your friends, family or colleagues to a wonderful night!

Contact us today to bring light to your event.

10 Ways to Make Your Outdoor Living Space More Festive

While most people spend a great deal of time decorating the interior of their homes for the holiday season, there are plenty of ways to bring that festive sparkle outside and share it with friends, family and neighbours. Check out these 10 trends that are lighting up the front porches, backyards, and landscape designs of joyous folks all over, and find some inspiration to make your outdoors more festive.

1. Animated LightsChristmas lights

You’ve seen the houses that are truly committed to this style: they have lights in the shape of popular characters blinking along to the beat of recognizable tunes. While this imaginative (and laborious) style of light decoration is certainly admirable and appreciated by many, you don’t have to make it such a dramatic event. A few blinking bulbs, placed to music or not, can help create a whimsical environment that’s eye-catching without being overwhelming.

2. Porch Scenes

It’s easy to set up a nativity, Santa and reindeer, or Hanukkah scene on the front porch. Many stores carry pre-made characters that are easy to set up and plug in. If you’re feeling more adventurous, create your own winter wonderland with string lights, sculpture wire, and a free afternoon.

3. Customize House Features

If your house, porch, and landscape have a number of charming features that are ignored during the colder months, bring them out from under the blanket of snow with colourful string lights. Bird feeders, fire pits, fence posts, and lanterns can all be played up with some lights, candles, and garlands.

4. Animals in Wonderland

Again, this is easy to adapt to your level of craftsmanship, but adding some friendly creatures to your front and back yard can instantly elevate a dull lawn into the perfect cozy place to enjoy a cup of cocoa on a snowy evening. For a classy look, tuck delicately lit deer and foxes into bushes and trees, where they would be if they were real.

5. Coloured Ice Lanterns

Inexpensive, fun, and lovely, it’s easy to make some colourful lanterns using water balloons, food dye, and the home freezer. Fill water balloons with dyed water and let freeze (you can leave them to freeze outdoors if it’s chilly enough). Remove the latex balloon and drill a small hole into the frozen globe. Place a candlestick or tea light inside and line the walkway paths or porch bannister with the glowing orbs.

6. Fishing Line Ornaments

Ornaments aren’t just for indoor Christmas trees anymore. String simple, inexpensive ornaments (like homemade salt dough pieces or plastic toys) onto string and hang from window and doorframes, dangle off bare tree limbs, and suspend from chandeliers. Add a few hanging strings of light alongside them to show off the goods.

7. Raining Light Trees

In addition to ornaments, you can hang string lights vertically, rather than wrapping them around trunks and branches, to make leaf-free trees look like fountains of light. One or two trees are plenty, as this is an especially dramatic decoration. It looks great combined with a few more simple festive elements.

8. Upgrade the Mailbox

Routinely overlooked, the mailbox is great place to add wreaths, foliage-based garlands, and colourful lights. The mailman or woman is sure to appreciate the added effort, just make sure you don’t block access to the opening. You can even add a small seasonal scene to the top if it’s flat.

9. Hanging Candles

String lights are the most popular illumination during this time, but using candles—real or battery-operated—can add elegance and glamour to a property. Place the candles in the window, or bury them slightly in the snow near special features. You can also line walkways with them for added beauty and safety.

10. Glowing Gift Boxes

Glowing gift boxes can make an eye-catching centerpiece for the lawn that puts the focus back on everyone’s favourite part of the season: the presents. A little different than the standard decorations, these fanciful boxes will have you standing out from the crowd.

The festive spirit of the holidays should never be confined to the indoors alone; they should extend to the back and front yard where everyone in the neighbourhood can appreciate the beauty. A few lights, some homemade elements, and spare time are all that’s needed to make your landscape an appealing holiday attraction.

We can put together a complete, automated lighting system that will dazzle the neighbourhood this holiday season.  Contact us and request a consultation today.

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.