Outdoor Lighting Tips

5 Ways to Combine Technology & Outdoor Lighting to Feel Safe at Night

Posted by Angela Lingle on Fri, Apr 28, 2017 @ 08:50 AM

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Jenna lives alone in a large beautiful home in Verona. Her back yard is the 16th hole. Yet at night, she did not feel safe. Minor vandalism occurring at night has kept Jenna up at night.

 

Fortunately, technology is changing every day and that allows outdoor lighting to do more than just beautify homes. Technology allows low voltage lighting to advance and provide affordable control and options that increase safety and security to homes, walkways, steps, pools, ponds and more. Below are five ways technology makes outdoor lighting both safe and cost-effective.

 

#1  An astronomical timer will allow your system go on every night at dusk, factoring daylight savings time. It never needs adjusting. Jenna originally had her lights going off at midnight. However, with the vandalism occurring in the neighborhood we adjusted her timer to have her lights go dusk till dawn.

 

#2  Zoning and diming allows Jenna to separate her property into lighting zones. This will allow Jenna to keep her path lights on all night, but turn off some of the accent lighting on trees. She also has control over the brightness of her fixtures.    

 

#3  Adjustable color fixtures allow Jenna to control the color of individual fixtures. She can change the color of an up light to draw attention to a particular area. The color can by changed by an app on her phone.

 

#4  LED bulbs keep Jenna’s operating cost at less than $1.50 a month to run. Technology has allowed low voltage lighting to run more energy efficient than ever. Her bulbs range from 3 to 5 watts and will burn for over 40,000 hours.

 

#5   Outdoor lighting eliminates dark spots without bothering the neighbors. Jenna wants to feel safe, but she loves and respects her neighbors, and she was concerned about her property being too bright. Low voltage lights are very soft and eliminates dark corners to increase safety, beauty and awareness.

 

Jenna is thankful that her system keeps up with advances, and allows her to enjoy her home more than she ever has, while feeling safe again at night when alone.  Path-lights.jpg

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Outdoor Romance Right in Your Own Backyard with Lighting

Posted by Angela Lingle on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 @ 04:24 PM

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Believe it or not, it’s easier – and less expensive than you may think – to transform your existing patio, deck, or pool area into a romantic retreat that you will love...and will also make your neighbors jealous.

With a surge in extending family entertainment into outdoor living spaces, World Class Outdoor Lighting has transformed average-looking backyards into gorgeous backyard retreats. The World Class difference: the company takes special care to make sure that your outdoor living space and entire outdoor lighting project reflects your own personal style.

“Once we complete a home’s project, it’s amazing how quickly word spreads in the neighborhood about the beautiful effects our outdoor lighting has created for a client’s home,” states Angela Lingle, owner of World Class Outdoor Lighting in Madison, WI. “It’s obvious that neighbors see the increase in home value and the curb appeal outdoor lighting offers. Usually by the end of the season, we’ve completed four to six more projects in that same neighborhood. Everyone wants to be the envy of their neighborhood, which is our motto, and our creative design and professional installation proves it.”

World Class Outdoor Lighting has been making Southeastern Wisconsin area homes and businesses more attractive, inviting and enjoyable for more than 15 years, and now they have come to the Madison, Middleton, Verona, Fitchburg, Sun Prairie, Monona, McFarland, and surrounding areas. This recent craze to extend family living spaces into the backyard isn’t the only change they’ve seen. New product enhancements that extend the life of lighting fixtures, lamp and technology improvements to the timing aspect make outdoor lighting even more attractive than ever.

Lighting your home adds a whole new look to your home at night. World Class Outdoor Lighting has designed and installed architectural lighting around thousands of homes and businesses. They utilize the features of the property to make it look even more appealing at night. Not only do their designs add beauty to your home or business, they also act as great security lighting as well.

And for prospective clients, World Class Outdoor Lighting offers something new. Simply send Angela an email at angela@worldclassoutdoorlighting.com and include of a photo of your property during the day. She will send back an evening picture with outdoor lighting added so you can get the feel of what your home or business can – and will – look like.

Quality Fixtures

Another important tip from the experts at World Class Outdoor Lighting is to use the best quality fixtures you can afford. “The fixtures we use will last for years and, in most cases, outlive the landscaping,” Angela says. With easy access to DIY mega-stores, homeowners often make the mistake of buying the least expensive product and installing it themselves. A lot of business comes our way to fix what homeowners tried to do themselves or because they hired a contractor without the expertise we have,” explains Angela. They don’t end up with the effect they were looking for because either the fixture is cheap or the placement is ineffective. “The lack of a designer’s eye can actually make your home look worse,” states Angela. Simply stated, “Thirty-eight percent of our business comes from redoing other people’s work,” Angela adds.

The Designer’s Eye

Shadows, existing landscapes, tree girths, distance from the curb, window placement, roof lines and neighboring lights are all taken into consideration with the creative design eyes at World Class Outdoor Lighting.

Professional Installation

Just as important as having the creative designer’s eye is the installation itself.World Class Outdoor Lighting, in most cases, provides its own 20-amp dedicated circuit giving reliable and hassle-free service to the lighting. Installation is usually completed in a day or two, depending on the size of the project. Precise care is taken to not disturb any existing landscape, ensuring that the plantings and lawn look virtually untouched.

World Class Outdoor Lighting also works with other local businesses in the installation process. For example, Angela works with J&K Security, for those who would prefer to control their lights from their phones, or with Ganshert Nursery & Landscapes and Ageless Concrete, when more than lighting is desired.

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Maintenance of Your Outdoor Lighting

It’s not uncommon for World Class Outdoor Lighting to drive by throughout the season after a project is completed. As shrubs grow and tree girths expand, it can change the effect of the lighting. A quick snip of a short branch or adjustment of a fixture can make all the difference. That’s the extra attention to detail and customer service Angela wants to make sure her customers understand. Our contractors don’t just install and move on to the next project. They are with you throughout the life of the lighting. With easy, affordable maintenance, the beautiful lighting you’ve invested in will continue to bring the curb appeal and value to your home. If a fixture is disturbed, they fix it. If a bulb burns out, they replace it. And with their convenient drive-bys to make sure everything looks great like it did the day it was installed, the customers often don’t even realize that a bulb was out and replaced.World Class Outdoor Lighting has already taken care of it.

The experts at World Class Outdoor Lighting take special care to meet with each customer, listen to their desires, and develop a lighting scheme to reflect the personality of the home and its owners, regardless if it’s new or existing construction. A passion for hard work and an understanding of the outdoor lighting industry make working withWorld Class Outdoor Lighting an outstanding experience. As Angela would say, “Be the envy of your neighborhood.”

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Article written by Kris Risch and featured in the Sun Prairie Neighbors publication. 

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Discover the Pleasure of Outdoor Living in Your Own Backyard with Lighting

Posted by Angela Lingle on Thu, Jul 21, 2016 @ 03:52 PM

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As warm weather comes to Madison, everyone is eager to enjoy the outdoors. Homeowners have many ways to enhance their own backyards—through landscaping, outdoor lighting, decks, and patios—that can provide
a perfect place to entertain, relax, and reconnect with nature.

World Class Outdoor Lighting can make it happen!

For Angela Lingle, co-owner of World Class Outdoor Lighting, a home’s landscaping is not complete without installing the proper lighting. “It makes a night-and-day difference,” she says, “adding beauty to the home, increasing security, and ultimately increasing the property value.”

Lingle says most of her outdoor lighting clients are homeowners who have been in their houses for three to five years. "When people build homes, they often budget for the house and minimal landscaping; outdoor lighting isn’t factored in,” she says. “But once the lawn, trees and other plantings have really settled in, homeowners are ready to make an investment in lighting—one that will dramatically enhance the look of the home’s exterior.”

Although outdoor lighting options are available for do-it-yourselfers in large hardware stores, the quality of the fixtures that World Class Outdoor Lighting can offer is dramatically better, according to Lingle. Also, her company is able to work with homeowners onevery step of the process from design to installation to maintenance. And, with a ten-year warranty on all fixtures, World Class Outdoor Lighting can service the product and ensure that it continues to complement the home, showing it— literally—in its best light.

The company uses energy-efficient LED lights with bulbs that last from seven to eight years. “Most of our lighting effects come from three fixtures: up-lighting to focus on beautiful homes and trees, inviting pathway lighting, and down-lighting to accent a deck or pier,” Lingle says. “We also install light fixtures for outdoor kitchens, railings and decks. They really give houses a ‘wow’ factor.”

Lingle notes that much of her business comes from neighbors, who notice a nearby house with newly installed outdoor lighting. "When we finish a project, all the neighbors surrounding our client call us, because it really beautifies the home. It’s more fun to come home at night when the house is all lit up,” she says. “I love being part of that process: helping people enjoy their homes to the fullest.”

Discover the Pleasure of Outdoor Living in Your Own Backyard, a World Class Outdoor Lighting article written by Angela Lingle, was featured in May's edition Habitat Handbook in Madison Magazine.

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Discover the pleasure of outdoor lighting in your own backyard!

Posted by Angela Lingle on Thu, Jun 23, 2016 @ 10:38 AM

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For Angela Lingle, co-owner of World Class Outdoor Lighting, a home’s landscaping is not complete without installing the proper lighting. “It makes a night-and-day difference,” she says, “adding beauty to the home, increasing security, and ultimately increasing the property value.”

Lingle says most of her outdoor lighting clients are homeowners who have been in their houses for three to five years. “When people build homes, they often budget for the house and minimal landscaping; outdoor lighting isn’t factored in,” she says.

“But once the lawn, trees and other plantings have really settled in, homeowners are ready to make an investment in lighting—one that will dramatically enhance the look of the home’s exterior.”

Although exterior lighting fixtures are available for do-it-yourselfers in large hardware stores, the quality of the fixtures that World Class Outdoor Lighting can offer is dramatically better, according to Lingle. Also, her company is able to work with homeowners on every step of the process from design to installation to maintenance. And, with a ten-year warranty on all fixtures, World Class Outdoor Lighting can service the product and ensure that it continues to complement the home, showing it—literally—in its best light.       

The company uses energy-efficient LED lights with bulbs that last from seven to eight years. “Most of our lighting effects come from three fixtures: up-lighting to focus on beautiful homes and trees, inviting pathway lighting, and down-lighting to accent a pool, deck or pier,” Lingle says. “We also install light fixtures for outdoor living spaces, outdoor kitchens, railings and decks. They really give houses a ‘wow’ factor.”

Lingle notes that much of her business comes from neighbors, who notice a nearby house with newly installed outside lighting.

“When we finish a project, all the neighbors surrounding our client call us, because it really beautifies the home.It’s more fun to come home at night when the house is all lit up,” she says. “I love being part of that process: helping people enjoy their homes to the fullest.”

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To read the full article published in Madison Magazine via Channel3000, please visit: http://bit.ly/MMagWCOL

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Timing Systems for Outdoor Lighting - Keep Them Simple

Posted by Brian Webb on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 @ 08:00 AM
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The best advice I can offer to a client as a contractor and designer of thousands of outdoor lighting systems is to keep your timing system simple.  You want all the lighting to come on when it gets dark without having to adjust that time manually and you want the lighting to go off at a pre-determined time…lets say 1:00 a.m. 

At World Class Outdoor Lighting, we install an astronomic timer that has these features, with no adjustments ever needed by the client.  These timers not only allow you hassle-free timing of your outdoor lighting system, they pay you back with energy cost savings as well as longevity in lamp life due to the system going on and off only when it should. 

How many times have you seen a row of homes and one has a street light on - in the middle of the day? Or in commercial situations, outdoor lights left on during the day? That can really add up in the energy bill! Sync the timing of the lights with the need for the light based on the season - i.e. time-of-day. Especially in Wisconsin - being in the Midwest, we have very long daylight hours in the summer and just the reverse of that in the winter. Your lighting system should respond to those changes in daylight patterns. The beautiful outdoor lighting then becomes more of an essential part of your home aesthetics instead of looking like an after thought.

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Photo eye sensors used to the preferred technology for outdoor lighting systems - but with new technology, the astronomic timer is the simple, more efficient and more affordable alternative.For clients that are more tech-savvy, we offer more complex control systems such as smart phone control capabilities - contact Brian at World Class Outdoor Lighting for more information on more complex automation alternatives for your home lighting - our systems can handle your indoor lighting controls as well. For the average homeowner, however, we have found that our clients are very satisfied with the astronomic timer - we set it and you can forget it.

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Take It Outside - Tips for a Romantic Backyard Escape

Posted by Brian Webb on Sat, Jan 19, 2013 @ 09:34 AM

Outdoor patio lightingLonger days, warmer weather - no better opportunity than that to extend your living space and take it outside.

Outdoor living spaces have grown in popularity because they are affordable, families are enjoying together-time at home instead of going out, and because of the subtle ways that furniture and lighting can really bring the homey feeling outdoors.

While World Class Outdoor Lighting can't help you with the furniture part, we can certainly help you dramatically improve the ambiance in your backyard, your deck, pool or patio lighting and spotlight the beautiful aspects of your landscape investment.

Remember that resort you went to last time - you sat outside at night and there were focal points to look at? Little nooks and cranies to highlight the beauty of the property.  If you've made any investment in landscaping at all, you should show it off in the same way. Have a World Class Outdoor Lighting professional install your outdoor lighting - it will bring that romantic feel to your outdoor spaces and encourage more opportunities to take it outside!

World Class Outdoor Lighting in Waukesha, Wisconsin will design an outdoor lighting scheme that is perfect for your home and for your budget! Our professional service team will install  your high quality lighting fixtures on time and on budget. After the install, we will maintain your outdoor lighting with yearly maintenance - which includes whenever there is an issue with a light, a fixture, your automated system or simply that your shrubs have grown and are onstrucing the light - we will take care of it for you.

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3 Expert Tips For A Well-Lit Front Walk

Posted by Brian Webb on Sun, Dec 16, 2012 @ 04:31 PM

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When considering outdoor lighting enhancements for a front walk, sidewalk or front porch, remember these three key elements. 

  1. Have Your Address Easy to Find

    Make certain that your house number is well lit for safety and practicality. Guests arriving after dark will appreciate knowing which house is yours. A simple spot light on your number or a down-lite is plenty to accomplish this.

  2. Guiding the Way

    Lead guests to the front door or along sidewalks and paths with path lights set along the walkway. Choose soft-light fixtures that direct most of the light downward. Lighting sidewalks and pathways will increase the safety of your property as well.

  3. Step by Step

    Ensure safe footing on steps between outdoor living areas by using down-lighting or foot lighting to easily show stair depth. Spot lights on the exterior of your home will also add indirect light to these areas, making them easier to transgress.

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These three elements are essentials to consider when lighting your front walk, sidewalk and front porch. For more expert advice on outdoor lighting installation in Madison, Milwaukee, Appleton, Green Bay, Wisconsin, contact us and we'll walk you through the entire process and answer any quesions you have.

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