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

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.

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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

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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Timing Systems for Outdoor Lighting - Keep Them Simple

Posted by Brian Webb on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 @ 08:00 AM

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.

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.
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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

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

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