Landscape Lighting Design for Large Properties

Landscape Lighting Design for Large Properties

Landscape lighting design is crucial when it comes to improving the overall aesthetic of your home. As a DIYer, it’s easier to arrange a few accent lights around a smaller property. But when you’re working with a property on a much larger scale, overwhelm can...
3 Ways To Increase Curb Appeal

3 Ways To Increase Curb Appeal

As a homeowner, it is vital to prioritize your home’s curb appeal. Curb appeal is the attractiveness of a home from the perspective of a passerby of a street. The theory is simple, the more attractive and safe your home appears from the curb, the more your property is...
Houston Residential Lighting

Houston Residential Lighting

There are so many ways to breathe life into your beautiful home. It’s a place for self-expression and a haven away from the busy outside world. It’s a project that you want to put energy into. While people put so much thought into the inside of their homes, they often...
How To Choose A Professional Lighting Company In Texas

How To Choose A Professional Lighting Company In Texas

If you are a homeowner or business owner, the odds are you’ve considered adding landscape lighting to your property. Outdoor lighting can completely transform your estate and choosing a professional lighting company is the first step. If you live in Texas, Houston...
How To Choose A Landscape Lighting Design

How To Choose A Landscape Lighting Design

Landscape Lighting Design can seem overwhelming to someone who hasn’t looked into it before. Whether you’re a new homeowner or you’ve decided it’s time to integrate outdoor lighting into your current home, Houston Lightscape’s guide will help you figure everything...

4 Outdoor Lighting Ideas For Entertaining

With the weather warming up, it’s time to get outdoors and enjoy your yard. So many people take their yard for granted. It can be the best place to experience the excitement of Summer. The days of Summer can be too hot to entertain though, making night the perfect...
SPRINGTIME ILLUMINATIONS

SPRINGTIME ILLUMINATIONS

Springtime will spring before you know it. It’s the golden season for outdoor living, before the formidable Houston summer heat. Time to survey the patio, ready the grill, and get ready for those laid-back evenings with family and friends. Early springtime is also...
LIGHTING YOUR HOME: A THREE-NOTE CHORD

LIGHTING YOUR HOME: A THREE-NOTE CHORD

A lot of the value of long professional experience is in knowing how to best approach the task at hand.  So it is on the artistic side of outdoor lighting. Experience teaches us how to think about the nightscape with a method. To “see” it before the first...
LANDSCAPE LIGHTING FOR SMALLER HOMES

LANDSCAPE LIGHTING FOR SMALLER HOMES

Turns out, a surprising number of homeowners think landscape lighting is too extravagant for their modest properties. A perk for the owners of estates, mansions, mini-mansions, and grand residences. That is to say, for people with something to show off.  A little...
COLOR IN LANDSCAPE LIGHTING?

COLOR IN LANDSCAPE LIGHTING?

The First Law of Residential Landscape Lighting is “less is more”. A design achieves the greatest drama and beauty with as little lighting as possible. How little is “as little as possible”? Generally, just enough to meet safety, security, and functionality needs. An...
DIY OR PROFESSIONAL?

DIY OR PROFESSIONAL?

A quick search of the internet turns up a lot of content on do-it-yourself (DIY) outdoor and landscape lighting. As a matter of fact, there are literally thousands of articles, blogs, and guides on the subject. Retailers of outdoor lighting hardware naturally promote...
REPAIR OR REPLACE?

REPAIR OR REPLACE?

New clients are not always starting from a scratch. Quite a few explain they’ve got outdoor lighting systems already in place. They’re not satisfied with the performance of the system, or perhaps with its general condition. Long-time owners of a property realize one...
HARDSCAPE LIGHTING

HARDSCAPE LIGHTING

  HARDSCAPE AND SOFTSCAPE Outdoor living spaces have two basic ingredients: softscape and hardscape. Softscape is all that’s alive and growing. Trees, shrubs, lawns, flowers, succulents, and so forth. Hardscape is pretty much everything else. It’s not living....
LANDSCAPE LIGHTING POWER COSTS

LANDSCAPE LIGHTING POWER COSTS

Landscape lighting systems consume electrical power.  And alas, electrical power costs money. Therefore, unless money is no object, it’s reasonable to ask how much it costs to power a landscape lighting system. Obviously, any homeowner thinking of having a system put...
OUTDOOR LIGHTING MAINTENANCE

OUTDOOR LIGHTING MAINTENANCE

Outdoor lighting systems need a modicum of maintenance to live long and prosper. The lighting designer ’s mantra is “less is more”. The maintenance version is “a little goes a long way”. It doesn’t take much to keep an outdoor lighting system in tip-top shape. It just...
LIGHTING YOUR TREES

LIGHTING YOUR TREES

In 1913 the poet Joyce Kilmer wrote: “ I think that I shall never see, A poem as lovely as a tree”. Trees are indeed magnificent works of nature. They ’re the most impressive natural features on most of the properties in our area. Lighting trees with 21st-century...
HOME SECURITY LIGHTING

HOME SECURITY LIGHTING

  WILL OUTDOOR LIGHTING MAKE YOUR HOME SAFER? From time to time there’s an item in the media suggesting that outdoor lighting doesn’t improve home security. One of the arguments is that outdoor lighting is as likely to help a burglar as to deter one.  Others note...
DARK SKIES

DARK SKIES

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s Dark Skies Program estimates that 80% of Americans have never seen the Milky Way. The reason isn’t poor eyesight, bad weather, or lack of a telescope. Rather, it’s because the nights in our developed areas aren’t dark...
Landscape Lighting Design: BRIGHTNESS AND TEMPERATURE

Landscape Lighting Design: BRIGHTNESS AND TEMPERATURE

How much light? Outdoor lighting designers hold to the maxim that “less is more.” Homeowners are concerned with security, safety, and utility. A good design, professionally installed and maintained, fully addresses these practical concerns while knocking...

POOL DECK DESIGNS

A residential swimming pool with basic underwater lighting is like a blank canvas. It practically begs for a deck and area lighting design that elevates the merely attractive to a boutique resort feast for the senses. The guiding artistic principle is subtlety. We...