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Outdoor Lighting Frequently Asked Questions

Since we were founded in 2004, Creative Nightscapes has been transforming the DFW metroplex by offering unparalleled outdoor lighting and design services. With over 7,000 lighting projects completed throughout the DFW area, we have become renowned in our community for our excellent customer service, incredible craftsmanship, and passion for the trade. All of our outdoor lighting services are geared toward displaying your property in its best light. 

We often get questions about our outdoor lighting services and as part of our commitment to serving our community, have decided to put them all in one place so our clients can find the answers they need more easily. If you have any additional questions, do not hesitate to reach out. Our team would love to talk to you about all of your outdoor lighting needs.

Does Outdoor Lighting Increase My Property Value?

Yes! Outdoor lighting can increase your home’s value by as much as 12%. Potential homeowners look for strong curb appeal, safety, and visibility in their outdoor living spaces. Professionally designed outdoor lighting can transform your home into a piece of functional art, providing security while showing off the best assets of your home and outdoor living spaces.

What Are LEDs and Why Should I Use Them for Outdoor Lighting?

LED stands for light emitting diode. These diodes act as electronic semiconductors and emit gorgeous lighting as a low electrical current passes through them. LEDs are well-known for their ability to save homeowners on energy costs and maintenance costs. They have an incredible lifespan of 50,000 hours, some even lasting up to 100,000 depending on the brand, meaning that homeowners have to worry less about changing them out.

They do not contain harmful toxins, do not emit dangerous UV rays (helping protect plants and your structures from losing their color) and do not burn hot, making them safe for use around plants, children, and pets.

What Are the Color Temperatures for LED Outdoor Lighting?

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LEDs provide a versatile lighting option and come in a wide range of color temperature options. Light color is measured on a temperature scale called Kelvin (K). The lower the number, the more yellow or warmer the light appears. Higher the number, the whiter or cooler the light appears. Here is an overview of these temperature colors:

Color Temperature (2200K)

This color temperature appears as a very warm white and is often used for more low-key or mood lighting when there is already another light source close by, such as a fire pit. It helps create enough light, so individuals can see what they are doing, without being distracting.

Color Temperature (2700 K)

This warm white color creates a very friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Many homeowners and businesses prefer this for entryways of their buildings or outdoor living spaces.

Color Temperature (3000K)

Appearing as a warm or neutral white color, it is often used in gardens as the softer light helps bring out the vibrant and gorgeous colors of plants without making them appear dull or faded.

Color Temperature (4000 – 42000K)

Another lighting temperature that is most often found in gardens, this lighting temperature has a bluish tint that mimics moonlighting. This lighting temperature is perfect for the moonlighting technique, helping to catch the gorgeous greens of trees and cast gorgeous shadows on the ground of the long limbs to create visual intrigue.

Will Outdoor Lighting Consume a Lot of Energy?

One of the biggest concerns that homeowners have is over their energy bills, but we can assure you that our LED outdoor lighting will not drain your wallet. LEDs consume 75% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs.

How Long Does LED Lighting Last?

LED lightings have an incredible lifespan of 50,000 hours. Higher-end LEDs can even last up to 100,000 hours.

What Are the Different Types of Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor lighting can be broken down into different categories that describe their purpose. Here are the different categories:

Architectural Lighting

Architectural lighting consists of a combination of strategically placed uplights and downlights to accentuate the details of your home’s architectural features. 

Security Lighting

Security lighting is specifically designed to shine lights on the darkest areas of your property, making it harder for intruders to hide. It also helps make moving around your property safer as any tripping hazards will be easier to spot. One of the best things about security lighting is that it is versatile. This easily allows it to be blended in with the other types of outdoor lighting for your home, making it blend in seamlessly without losing your extra layer of protection.

Pathway Lighting

The darkness makes the pathways around your home dangerous to walk around at night as potential tripping hazards remain unseen. Ensuring that your pathways have proper lighting can help decrease the risk of an accident and avoid liability. Additionally, pathways lighting clearly mark where your guests are allowed to travel, keeping them from accidentally stepping into flower beds. 

Task and Ambient Lighting

Some outdoor spaces act as an extension of your home. Outdoor kitchens, living spaces, and dining spaces are much more inviting when task and ambient lighting are used. Grill or cook your favorite foods safely by lighting up your work area or creating a welcoming environment for your guests to have a glass of wine and intimate conversation.

Landscape Lighting

Landscape lighting enhances the look of your landscape and hardscape features. Landscape lighting, when done properly, helps bring the eye to key focal points around your property, such as a gorgeous tree, statue, or fountain.

Poolside Lighting

Poolside lighting gives you and your family a place to escape after a long day at work. Sit by the beauty of your pool and relax with your favorite book or a glass of wine. Poolside lighting also helps increase the safety of your pool, by allowing swimmers to safely enter and exit the water. It also highlights any slippery areas, decreasing the risk of slip-and-fall accidents.

Transform the Look of Your Home

Outdoor lighting is an essential part of not only your home’s security but also its curb appeal. Professionally designed outdoor lighting can completely enhance the look and feel of your home at nighttime, allowing passersby to see the amount of love and hard work that has gone into your property. Creative Nightscapes is DFW’s trusted provider of outdoor lighting services. Whether you are looking to install new lights on a new home build, update older traditional outdoor lighting to LEDs, or want to redesign your current look, our team can help! Contact us today for more information on our services or to schedule an appointment with one of our outdoor lighting professionals.