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A Lighting Solution for Any Property

Through various social media channels and the Moon Glow website, we love to share and showcase the amazing results we create with landscape lighting.  The sites we highlight are of all shapes and sizes, although a perception exists that only large homes and estates have landscape lighting installed.  To the contrary, we provide lighting solutions for any property.

Our first meeting with a potential client quells these concerns early on as we discuss how lighting can be phased-in over several years and/or steps.  With close involvement of the homeowner, we discuss priorities of not just the now, but also the future.  Perhaps a patio area is most-important to start, followed by the remainder of the backyard, and lastly the front of the property. It is most important for us to learn from this initial conversation what is your big-picture plan. From this we can develop a scheme for the infrastructure – namely transformer(s).  Selecting the right size and location will not just help today, but down the road as we add on to your system. A transformer is the lifeline of any system, and as such it is critical to install something that will accommodate potential growth.  Some sites may be better suited to have multiple transformers due to size or layout.  Having an electrician provide new receptacles could come from this conversation. With the right transformer in place we can build you a lighting system that will suite your wants and needs, now and in the future.

If you plan on adding landscape lighting to your environment, give Moon Glow a call to formulate your plan.

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!

Tools that get the Job Done

There might be a better way.

A good contributor to what makes our success is the equipment and tools we use to produce great lighting results. At Moon Glow we are continually investing in items to make us more efficient, effective and productive.

In 2017, a second bucket truck was added. With two of these types of vehicles in our fleet we are able to execute a great deal of holiday lighting installations on trees, homes and commercial sites. The large amount of on-board storage allows us to have a mobile warehouse of materials and tools for our landscape and holiday seasons. Each of these trucks is equipped with three ladders – one extension plus 6’ and 10’ step ladders.

We also elected to add a wire tracker to our arsenal. As the name would indicate, this tool is used for locating wire. Using this tool could lead to finding so much more – like a buried light fixture. When it comes to servicing lighting systems this tool is invaluable when seeking breaks in the wire.  Another benefit is the ability to map a site making future service calls easier with the knowledge gained from mapping.

Not all of the equipment we use is owned. Our rental partners provide us with an array of tools to get the job done. Extended lifts are necessary when we want to reach beyond the 35 feet offered by our trucks. We have also taken advantage of narrow trenchers and vibratory plows to efficiently install large amounts of wire.

It is important to us here at Moon Glow to be able to do the job right, in a tidy manner and on time. Having the right tools allows us to handle these tasks accordingly.

If you want to see us put these pieces to work for you, call Moon Glow today.

Path Lighting Done Differently

When discussing path lighting, there will be many whose mind runs to Noma Moon Rays or a similar kind of product that they once installed at home. At Moon Glow, our thoughts turn to other opportunities to light the path. In fact, we often look at how we can light a path without a path light. Here are some of our favourite options:

  • Downlighting. In our opinion, when done right, nothing is quite as striking as downlighting. We look for options of downlighting from trees, soffits and other outdoor structures. From a tree, you will not only gain the obvious safe passage from this lighting technique, but also the allure of shadows from the foliage and branching. When trees are not available we go to structural mounting, always keeping in mind that the light source needs to be concealed as much as possible.
  • Post and Under-Coping Lights. In many home scenarios, we find that there is a narrow pathway to the backyard that has the outside of the wall on one side and a fence on the other side. This presents another unique opportunity to light the path. Under railings, on posts or as part of stone pillars or walls are also very popular for path illumination.
  • Last but not least is the most obvious – using a Path Light. Path lights are the most visible of any kind of lighting fixture, so we pay close attention to the style of your home, your input and any other property features to ensure a very complimentary product is installed.

To see what we have in store to light your path and property contact us today!

Trends: Deck and Patio Lighting

As mentioned in an earlier blog here, home owners are investing in their properties to create a beautiful space for a ‘Stay-cation.” Within these backyard resorts, most likely there are two main focal points, decks and patios. Lighting is a key component to creating an inviting space into the evenings and four months a year.

A deck is a great space to create a dining area or outdoor kitchen to enjoy a glass of wine and have dinner with friends. In these areas, landscape lighting not only provides functional lighting for food preparation but also creates a relaxing mood and atmosphere all in a subtle manner. Soft down lights highlighting the dinner table, soft lighting for safety under railings and steps, and a light on a separate switch on the BBQ to help ensure you get steak grilled perfectly; the possibilities are endless.  

No exception to the possibilities with lighting patios and lighting go hand in hand. A light below the pillar cap will not only accent the texture of the wall but will highlight the walkway. Linear lights on steps, sidewalls, or a seating wall provide a warm glow to your backyard resort.

If your backyard resort could use a nice warm glow, please contact us today!

Servicing Your Lighting Investment

It never fails – you’re driving down the highway when a little light appears on the display. Time for service.

Just like a car, your landscape lighting system needs service. Unlike your car however, there isn’t any sort of indicator as to when this needs to happen.

More often than not, servicing becomes a reactive process only. Proactive lighting service is seldom discussed, but it is essential every one to two years.

So, what could possibly need servicing on your lighting system?

  • Re-positioning due to frost heave and plant maturity
  • Tree-Mounted Fixtures require ‘backing-off’ of the fasteners to keep them from growing into the tree
  • Other Servicing includes cleaning the lens and inside of the fixture; lubrication of seals, application of an anti-corrosion compound to the bulb pins, and checking connections
  • Modifications like retro-fitting to LED bulbs, upgrading to digital timers or smart phone app-based controls

This Spring, contact us to service your lighting system so you can get back to enjoying beautiful evenings outside!

Want to spread your love of landscape lighting? A referral is the best compliment you can give! Feel free to share the post cards and business cards with your friends and family. We would be happy to meet with them.

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.

Why Light?

In Landscape Lighting we feel that there are three key elements to represent the answers to the question “why light?”

It is important to note that not all of these are required when choosing how your lighting will appear. It is important that the elements you request are fulfilled.

1. Aesthetics & Beauty

This would seem to be the most obvious reason to light. Most people who look up landscape lighting on the internet are looking to see beautiful images of trees, pathways and other garden features elegantly lit.

A well-balanced display of eye-catching light will wow not only you, but the guests that you are sure to invite in to see the results!

2. Safety & Security

When it comes to providing safety and security through light, it is so important to make sure this is achieved 100%.

Changes of elevation, steps, railings, and pathways are key areas to light with regard to safety.  Too bright can make for overly dark spots and ‘unknowns’ in the property. The right light level not only gives safe passage but also creates somewhat of a barrier beyond the light, keeping intruders outside.

Getting your family and friends on and off of the property at night is most important.

3. Functionality

With the ever-growing popularity of the ‘stay-cation’, light is an integral part of the yard. Patios, decks, pergolas, gazebos, and pool and hot tub areas deserve the proper light levels to be able to enjoy your investment well into the evening.

Whether you are enjoying a dip in the pool or a glass of wine, light will make it that much more inviting!

No matter which of these points matter to you, we are excited to meet to discuss your lighting dreams and make them a reality! Contact us today.