Thursday, November 5, 2009

Wow, It's getting dark....

Daylight savings has ended and it is getting dark close to 5pm. When I started the heads up back in September it seemed far off but we all know time flies. So, for anyone left in the dark, you'll need to get working on your landscape lighting system maintenance. Safety is critical so keep walkways well lit.

-change all the bulbs at the same time each year. It's okay to wait for one to burn out (indication that others will follow). Changing at the same time will save you time and money. Time because you won't be out there every other night changing one bulb at time and money because you won't have to track which bulb was replaced when....

Just a quick tip but hopefully helpful...

LaGina


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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Landscape Lighting Safety & Security

There are many reasons to install a low voltage landscape lighting system. Because we are nearing Daylight savings and it's getting darker earlier in the evening, I think it's a great time to talk safety and security. The benefits of landscape lighting is that it is also energy saving and improves the look of your property at night.

An led lighting system goes a step beyond and produces an 80% energy reduction over typically lighting system. You can realistically power an entire led landscape lighting system for less than the cost of running just two security lights (about 300 watts of light).

If you are putting in new lights or maintaining what you have, be sure to stroll around in the yard right at dusk to get an idea of where you may have dark spots. For safety purposes you will want to be sure to have all steps, entryways, and walkways well lit. Especially during the upcoming events and holidays when more people will be visiting your home. Trips and falls are one the most common accidents occurring on your home premises.

For security purposes, you will want to have your lights on to deter any suspicious characters from lurking in the dark. It has been proven, a well lit home is less likely to be burglarized. Do not allow your home to be the darkest on the block.


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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Daylight Savings 2009!

Let us pretend it is November 1, 2009 and the time is 1:59:59 a.m... In just one second we arrive at 1:00:00 a.m. That's right, we fall back one hour in time without a time machine!

So why am I telling you this in now? I'm telling you now because:

* I care about your safety and security

* It's better to plan ahead than be left in the dark

* It gives me time help you prepare

Each year during the "time change" LaGina Glass Landscape Lighting experiences a sense of urgency for keeping your homes and businesses well lit for safety & security purposes.

If you have a landscape lighting system we suggest:

# Get your replacement bulbs early
# Replace all bulbs at the same time
# Reset your light timers to turn on just before sunset
# Replace damaged fixtures

If you do not have a landscape lighting system, please consider the added safety, security, aesthetics and the extended outdoor living space you achieve with outdoor lighting.

Ever wonder about the history of Daylight Savings? Click here to learn more...

Thanks for visiting!

LaGina Glass


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Monday, September 28, 2009

Waste...

I was challenging myself on what my exact ideas are about energy conservation. (1) Technology is allowing "us" to make better choices about the way we "use" our resources. (2) How does that relate to how I do business?

I am not an engineer and I'm not technical to the point that I can answer all the questions around energy conservation. But what I do know is that I really dislike the idea of waste. Even more so, the idea of marketing services or products by convincing people they need more than the do.

Of course I'm chosing my words carefully because I've had clients who were "suspicious" about my suggestions in the past. Sadly due to having experienced the savvy salesperson who went for the ultimate sale! Not my game and I'll admit to taking classes to learn how to do just that. I "wasted" my money because my personality would never allow me to go there.

This is my personality - I love to learn. I'm the one my friends call for information because they know I'll know. Not because I actually know, but they know - I either know someone who does or I will find out. In addition to learning, I love sharing with people what I know.

I don't brag, I just think not sharing the information is another form of "waste." If I have info that will help someone else, prepare yourself to be schooled and if you actually apply what I share - even better. If you find my info unable to meet you needs, that's okay. No harm no foul.

How does this relate to business?

I don't have any goals to push my products on anyone. But I have made the effort to cut out the waste and offer a high quality product at affordable prices. No heavy sales pitch and I'm available to answer questions about your project because I enjoy sharing what I know.

I will never sell you something you don't need and if I believe there is something better for you, I will point you in the right direction. It's about the right product for the right job. Simple.

That completes my challlenge for today.

LaGina

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Monday, September 21, 2009

PRESS RELEASE










PRESS RELEASE

September 21, 2009








For Immediate Release

Contact:

LaGina Glass

619-822-2055

LaGina Glass Landscape Lighting















Feed the Children of Malawi

$10 Donation from each Purchase








San Diego, Ca - September 21, 2009

Feed
the Children is desperately trying to move 11 million pounds of rice
(donated by the Taiwanese government) into the country of Malawi.  That's enough
rice for over 100 MILLION MEALS to starving children.

America's Charities - Feed the Children





LaGina Glass Landscape Lighting will donate $10 of each purchase
made online to Feed the Children. $10 will feed one meal to 500 children. For additional
donations, please visit the website which also gives you the option to forward
to friends and family.

Click
on the America's Charities logo to the left and check out the workplace video explaining
the incredible work this organization does for the U.S. and countries
all over the world. I was inspired to reach out in a way I never have
before; understanding that one person (plus one, plus one..) can make a
difference!



 






LaGina Glass Landscape Lighting specializes
in Architectural and
Landscape Lighting Distribution and Design of Landscape Lighting
Systems. Mission: To bring quality products to every home with a focus
on sustainable products and energy conservation. Featuring a high
quality, high efficiency LED landscape lighting product line with an
80% savings in energy consumption versus typical landscape lighting
systems.
 

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

$10 Donation to Feed the Children of Malawi

Special Broadcast Message

Feed the Children is desperately trying to move 11 million pounds of rice (donated by the Taiwanese government) into the country of Malawi. That’s enough rice for over 100 MILLION MEALS.

LaGina Glass Landscape Lighting will donate $10 of each purchase made online to Feed the Children. $10 will feed 500 children. For additional donations, please visit the website which also give you the option to forward to friends and family.


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Thursday, September 17, 2009

New product - New look at LaGina Glass Landscape Lighting

We moved our website and made many change; like easier navigation around the pages. We had good success with our 10pc landscape lighting set so we added more combination available in halogen and led. We also added new well-lights with led mr16s and soon to come, more specialty wall and hanging fixtures.

We've also been working with T5 and T8 led retrofits and we may offer that on our site in the near future. I'm really excited about the direction we're going and the possibilities are endless.

Our philosophy to only offer high quality products at really great prices will remain no matter what we add to our product line. Hopefully you'll stop by our new site for a quick look around.

Have a blessed day.


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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Light Emitting Diode - L.E.D. High Efficiency Lighting

In the August issue of LEDs Magazine, there is an article about a gentleman in Arizona who converted his entire home to LED lighting. He started with the outdoor lighting and was able to reap an immediate savings of $20 a month off his electric bill. If you have an existing lighting system, please consider changing your MR16 20 and 25 watt halogens to 3 or 5 watt MR16 LED.

He then went indoors and changed under cabinet lighting, track lights, recessed ceiling lights and so on. He is making a huge impact in his community with these changes; simple and powerful. There are many options out there to retrofit your existing fixtures, even your recessed lights can be retrofitted with a Cree LED retrofit kit.

He started this project over two years ago and hasn't had to change any LEDs; they will last at least 10 years before he ever will. The upfront costs are a little higher but the retrofit usually pays for itself within 2-3 years. However, consider the fact of the ongoing savings. LED pays for itself over and over again!


LaGina


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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Fall Back w/ True Daylight $avings!

Use your imagination:

It's November 1, 2009 and the time is 1:59:59 a.m. and then what? In just one second we arrive at 1:00:00 a.m. That's right, we fall back one hour in time without a time machine!

Why am we telling you this in September? We're telling you now because:

* We care about your safety and security
* Better to plan ahead than be left in the dark
* Gives is time help you prepare
* Extended special $avings on products through November 1st


There was a time in my career where I was the manager of a big box retail store and we were pressed to keep the store stocked with all the items we promised our clients we'd have. Year after year, no matter how attentive i was to our levels of supply, I could not keep enough light bulbs in stock. Come October, the bulbs were flying off the shelf faster than we could bring them in.

LaGina Glass Landscape Lighting has been experiencing the same sense of urgency for keeping your homes and businesses well lit for safety and security (and because we want them to look nice). Plan early and be ahead of the game.

Tips:

* Get your replacement bulbs early
* Replace all bulbs at the same time
* Reset your light timers to turn on just before sunset
* Replace damaged fixtures


How we can help?

* Special $avings on replacement bulbs
* Special savings on replacement fixtures
* Special savings on our new LED 10 Light Set
* Special savings on our new LED MR16 Replacement Bulbs


Now through November 1st, I will continue to provide tips and specials every couple of weeks to get you ready for the dark. Specials will not stay the same so if you see something you need, take advantage as the updates come in!

Please forward to your friends and neighbors!

Best wishes,


LaGina Glass


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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Landscape Lighting Troubleshoot

This week I was called out to a job site to help troubleshoot an LED landscape lighting system where the LED was flashing. My initial thought was the installer did not have enough voltage going to the lights (voltage drop). Arriving on site i realized the fixture was only 25 feet away from the transformer so voltage drop was unlikely.

Tip: When you troubleshoot a job be patient and start by turning on the system and noting anything that isn't usual. For example, the flashing LED and half of the system off. Helps you get closer to the source of the problem.

So, what wasn't told to me prior is the second half of the yard wasn't working at all. Hmmm.... So here's the deal.

I started at the source of the first flashing led to test the voltage (need 12-13v for efficiency) and we were at 6 volts. I pulled up the wiring and discovered lots of heat...bad bad.

I cut out the overheating connectors and discovered crossed wires - sparking when they were touching which tells me the circuit is closed instead of open. So, the problem wasn't at that particular fixture.

Going back to the first fixture in the line - incorrectly wired; the connections and the wiring had melted all the way down. Now the installer has to re-pull wire under tile and concrete to make the correction.

How to avoid this: Take your time. Low voltage wiring is fairly simple if you go one step at a time. Most low voltage wire is marked with one rigid wire and one smooth (or one with writing on it and one without. In this case, the installer actually wired both wires of a line together.

I'll discuss this more in another post, perhaps in a video.

LaGina


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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Going Green

I have a client in the process of going green from led lighting, organic edible landscapes to rain barrels and more. I just wanted to commend her on her efforts and look forward to hearing more about what she's doing to conserve!

Happy Savings!


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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Home Garden Lighting

Home garden lighting may seem complicated during the initial search so we really have been working to keep it simple. As needs or questions about how to buy garden lights or how to install outdoor lighting we are available to help out. Because the market for landscape lighting is so broad, we designed our site with a very simple selection of high quality step lights, path lights, deck lights and path lights.

We have a line of garden led lights made of the same high quality copper and brass as the halogen lights; however LEDs are 80% more efficient. One thing that is overwhelming when searching for landscape lights is the never-ending selection. Plastic, aluminum, brass, or copper, up lights, well lights, wall lights, etc. and on and on.

If you really want a quality system to highlight your landscape and beautify your architectural features (and add safety), you can do a great job with just a few simple tips.

1. Select copper or brass fixtures - non-corrosive and usually has a lifetime warranty
2. Most designs require three types of fixtures: path lights, spot lights and step or deck lights
3. Know your desired effect - select the best type for the job (decorative garden lighting may not always give you the light you desire)

Happy Lighting!!!


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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Installing LED MR 16 Bulbs

I'm having great success with my new MR16 LED Bulbs. My happy customers are taking out their old 20 watt, 35 watt and 50 watt halogen and putting in my new 5 watt LED.



It's so easy to do and the energy savings is instant. The light output is just as bright and the warm white color is doing wonders for the landscape and architecture.



In the case you install the LED and it flashes, it just means you need to bump up the voltage at the transformer. The bulbs work best at 12v - 13 volts. If you have a question or comment, please post and I'm happy to share my knowledge with you.



I'm just excited to have so many people taking the step to conserve. Take a look around your home for other applications to use these bulb. Like your halogen track lights...I have six and went from 300 watts in my track lights down to 30 watts!



Thanks!



LaGina

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

LED is the Way to Go!

I have a client in serious need of an energy make over. In one small section of the yard, he had over 300 watts of light. We are able to reduce his wattage to 36 total watts!!! LED is the New Fluorescent!

For an easy make over - visit www.lglandscapelighting.com/ledlights.html

Happy savings!

LaGina
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Monday, August 10, 2009

MR16 LED Bulb

In a previous post, I mention my 5 watt-led landscape lighting kit; however I forgot to mention my new MR 16 LED bulb.

Many of you have a system already and may not want to change all of your fixtures. Here's what I have so far: a new MR 16 LED - 5 watt bulb that fits your typical up,down light.

Take out that halogen 20 watt or 35 watt and put in the 5 watt. The bulb is good for 10,000 hours and save 75-85 percent in energy.

Go to www.lglandscapelighting.com/bulbs.html.

Oh yes, these bulbs are also great indoors for track lighting fixtures that use MR16.

Hope you enjoy the info...

LaGina
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Sunday, August 9, 2009

New Item-LED Landscape Lighting Kit

Folks have been asking for help putting together a small LED lighting system so, I put together a LED landscape lighting kit. The landscape lighting kit has (6) up/down lights, (4) path lights and (1) 150 watt transformer.

LED:
No bulbs to change
Last 50,000 hours (10 years +)
Environmentally friendly - no gases


The 6/4 combination of lights is typical of a basic front or backyard design. It will allow you to create a simple, safe and beautiful design. The best part is this - the kit only uses 50 LED watts but includes a 150 watt transformer. That leaves room to add up to 20 (5watt) lights.

Take a look for yourself by visiting www.lglandscapelighting.com/ledlights.html

Have a blessed day,

LaGina
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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Water Conservation - High Alert!

Message from the mayor (news release June 1, 2009):


Our City's water supplies are currently in crisis. There are unprecedented challenges facing our water system including the prolonged and continuing drought conditions across the west and mounting legal restrictions on deliveries of imported water for our region. Our water wholesalers have already informed us that water deliveries will be reduced. Learn more....http://bit.ly/JycN9


Just in case you missed it!


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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Landscape Lighting Safety


It has been hot this month and I thought it necessary to send out a quick reminder for all of you using low voltage halogen lights to take a walk around your property and make sure to clear out all the debris that tends to settle around your fixtures. Halogen lights get really hot and to prevent any fires, you'll want to be sure you have no dry brush sitting on the fixture.

This is especially important if you have well lights with exposed bulbs like in the picture above. Be safe, stay cool and we'll chat later.

LaGina


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Friday, July 3, 2009

Do-It-Yourself Landscape Lighting Tips

Check out this new mini-site. Built for the do it yourselfer who needs a little help getting the job done. The site is as non-technical and easy to follow. If it gets too messy you can always call in a professional to get it done. If you are looking to put in 20 or fewer lights this is for you!

Hope it helps!

LaGina


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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Installing Landscape Lighting

I found this video on you tube and wanted to share it because I thought it was a good start for anyone installing a low voltage landscape lighting system. Keep in mind a few things while you are viewing this: (1) the fixtures in the video are being discontinued by the manufacturer, (2) the video does not address issues with voltage drop or dim lights, (3) it doesn't highlight the value of selecting quality fixtures and (4) it doesn't explain the importance of multi-tap transformers.

Again, it is a great video for visualizing some of the steps you'll need to consider when planning the project. For more details, I set up a mini-site to help with other details I'm sure you will find helpful. You may also visit us to purchase quality lighting fixtures and/or learn more about us.

Hope you find the video helpful.


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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Quality Landscape Lighting Fixture - LG-110

video

Hope this is helpful: it can be difficult to visualize all the great features when you're looking at a still shot - so I thought this brief video would help. If you like, I'm happy to add a few more...

LaGina


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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Troubleshooting Tips

If you have a section of lights go out your problem could be a tripped breaker in your transformer box. The breaker typically looks like a toggle switch or a button. Locate the breaker, flip it on or push in the button to reset. If it trips immediately, you may have a cut wire or loose connection on that line. Many times it is a simple power surge and will reset with no problem.

Questions or comments welcome...

Hope this helps.

LaGina


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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Visit www.sdlights.weebly.com for a low cost solution for replacement fixtures.


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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

My friend Steve

Hot tip! If you ever need help with warranty or product information from Aurora Lighting - call Steve. He's pleasant, intelligent and more than willing to assist!

LaGina
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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Fire Safety

If you are planning to add lighting to your canyon think carefully and consider the level of dryness. Halogen landscape lights burn very hot and are hazardous in dry brush. If you have a deck consider mounting lights on it or below and cast light down (avoid disturbing neighbors across the way).


Be Safe,

LaGina Glass Landscape Lighting @ www.lglandscapelighting.com


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Friday, May 22, 2009

In-Ground Well Lights

If you are putting well lights in the ground (in concrete) be sure to use a fixture that is well sealed at the point the wire enters the fixture. If not properly sealed - water can be vacuumed into the fixture. This will cause excess condensation and eventually water will build up in the fixtures and corrode the socket. Some light condensation is normal in halogen light fixtures because of the heat of the fixture.
Below are a pictures of a fixture that is having problems with water entering from below:

















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Sustainability

I wanted to share this article because it rings so very true. Consumers are constantly bombarded with "green this" and "green that." It's becoming more difficult to make buying decisions that are in line with our beliefs.

This article (http://www.bbmg.com/pdfs/BBMG_sustainability_white_paper.pdf) makes great marketing points for consumers but especially for businesses who focus on sustainable products. How to set apart from competitors by truly providing products that are practical for the environment, shares the same value with consumers and actively adds value to the community at large.

LaGina


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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Waterproof Connectors

It is very important to use waterproof connectors when making your wire connections. Electrical tape wrapped around the wire nut is not waterproof. In fact, when water does get under the tape, it actually holds the water in (next to the wire). Although it will work for a while it will eventually corrode the wire. In addition, water can then be drawn into the fixture via the wire connections.

Spend a little extra and purchase the waterproof connectors pre-filled with silicon. There are various types on the market but a good one can be purchased at The Home Depot in the electrical department. Make sure you use the connector properly -do not pre-twist the wires you are connecting. Place them side-by-side and as you turn the connector onto the wires, the wires will intertwine themselves. Makes a solid connection.

Hope this is helpful.

LaGina
www.lglandscapelighting.com for L.E.D. and Halogen Landscape Lighting fixtures and accessories.


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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Hybrid Landscape Lighting System

If you have an existing low voltage landscape lighting system and you are looking to add to your system, consider adding in L.E.D. Lights. It easily integrates into your existing set-up and you add very little to your energy costs.

Or perhaps you system is failing or you have damaged fixtures - replace with led as you upgrade your system. You may not have an immediate need to change everything at once; change one at a time and enjoy your new (decreased) energy bill!

LaGina
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Corrosion...What to do...

I've spoken about this before but I'm running in to this all the time. When you make the decision to use aluminum (thin material) fixtures you will likely experience corrosion sooner or later. There are aluminum products (aircraft grade) that are heavy duty, coated well and weather resistant; however, not all aluminum is alike.

So, chose your fixtures wisely - the first clue is the price. If it is inexpensive beyond belief it may not be of good quality. Spend a little more upfront and not have to concern yourself with replacements later. Brass and copper fixtures work well especially if you live near the ocean (salt water will enhance the corrosion process).

Quick tip.....

LaGina


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Thursday, May 7, 2009

I'm Thrilled

My morning client was not only fun to meet but super excited about her lighting project. This will be challenging but also rewarding. She already has an edible garden and saves rain water...now I'm more than happy to cut her energy costs!

One more person doing their share - life is good :-)

LaGina
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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Email

Now I'm testing my email for posting. Somebody stop me ...Lol
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Testing my mobile blog...now i can post anywhere, anytime...woohoo!


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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Upgrade to led landscape lights

Another job well done and another citizen saves energy!

I finished retrofitting a client from halogen lights to L.E.D. landscape lights. We were able to remove 14 fixtures at 20 watts each and replace with 11 led lights at 1 watt each and 3 led lights at 8.5 watts.

We went from 280 watts to 32.5 watts - incredible - instant energy savings with no loss in design or lighting affects.

  • No more light bulb changes,
  • No more gases (used in halogen light bulbs) released into the environment

These led lights will run for more than 10 years with no maintenance...wow!


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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Installation Tips - For LED Landscape Lights

I've been asked on several occasions about L.E.D. landscape lights. The questions have typically come from homeowners who currently have a landscape lighting system but want to conserve energy. LEDs are about 80% more efficient than the typical (halogen) system so it makes good sense to replace existing halogen lights.

If you have a system, that is operating well and/or if you are sick and tired of changing lights bulbs, making the switch to L.E.D. is as easy as 1-2-3!

1) Remove the old fixture
2) Put the new L.E.D. fixture in place
3) Make the connection

Congratulations! 80% Instant Savings! Your energy bill will show an immediate change with 3 little steps.

To quantify:

If you have 20 lights at 20 watts per light = 400 watts.

If you replace the 20 watt light with a 3 watt l.e.d. (exactly, only 3 watts without losing light or design effects), you are now using 60 watts (20 x 3 = 60)!

Just like that - 400 to 60 in 3 (steps)!

L.E.D.s do not use bulbs so there is nothing to change - another instant savings on bulbs! They last 50,000 hours (that can easily exceed 10 years depending on how many hours per night you have them on).

Easy as 1-2-3...


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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Maintenance Tips



Just wanted to remind you about adjusting your timers on your outdoor lighting system. If you are using a mechanical timer it is very important to have the "current time" accurate. Many of the mechanical timers have the "pins" and you move those pins according to the time you want the system to go on and the time you want them to go off. If your "current time" is incorrect, the on/off settings will be incorrect. When we have daylight savings or you lose power, you will have to manually reset the timers. Sounds like a lot....can be; especially if you have multiple timers on site.
The best way to get away from this is to invest in a digital timer. Digital timers can be set to automatically adjust for daylight savings and they have a battery backup. If you lose power, the battery will keep the time so there is no need to adjust. In addition, the digital timers have vacation mode which allows you to have your lights operate at different times to simulate activity on your property.



Thought you should know....




LaGina


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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Quality Fixtures






If you have fixtures that look like this, you are experiencing corrosion. Your fixture is made of aluminum and any nicks or scratches on the fixture will accelerate the corrosion process. Here in beautiful San Diego and any other coastal city, the ocean is no help. You must invest in quality brass or copper fixtures. They will not rust, corrode or fall apart like the aluminum products.



This brass fixture is a great example of what you should be investing in. It will not corrode and will give you many years of enjoyment (has a lifetime warranty). For other quality products (including beautifully crafted copper fixtures) visit www.lglandscapelighting.com. These fixtures are available in halogen or the high energy efficient L.E.D.



Thanks for visiting: LaGina







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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Design Tips

Okay so today is just a beautiful as yesterday!

If you decide to design your own lighting sytem (and you can do it) make sure you take the time to walk around the area you are considering lighting up. Look at the area from several points in the yard and ask yourself, "what would I like to see when I'm sitting here?" Move around and ask the same question. Doing this will help you determine where to place your fixtures to get the most out of the beautiful light it will provide.

For a more energy efficient system, consider using LED lights which are at least 80% more efficient that the standard halogen lighting system. The up front costs are higher but the energy savings will give you an excellent return on your investment!!!

There are other things to consider but doing this little exercise will prove to be one of the most beneficial....

LaGina


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Monday, April 6, 2009

Installation Tips

What a beautiful day in San Diego; sunny and warm... i love this. Anyway,

My tip for today for installing a low voltage lighting system directly ties into the initial design of the system. As I'm out with clients, one of the main problems with their existing system is actually a design flaw. When you are adding lights to a new landscape (plants, trees, hard cape, etc.) be sure to consider the current size of your greenery and what it will become.

For example, if you have a tree at 4' but you know this plant will reach 12' at its fullness, please consider how you will place your lighting fixtures. Putting the fixture too close to the base of the plant/tree will cause the fixture to be overrun as the tree begins to grow.

It sounds simple enough but I have issues with trees growing over the fixture and sometimes it is really a mess dealing with the roots. Just a quick tip about something you should consider during the planning portion of your project.

Thanks...


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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

L.E.D. Lighting

If you are anything like myself, when you want to know something you research to the ends until it all comes together. Well, how about L.E.D. lighting and specifically landscape lighting. Manufacturers are working diligently to improve on what is already an incredible product.

It reminds me when personal computers were first available on the market. The moment you bought one something new would come out (still true today). Something very similar is happening with led landscape lights. What you see today (extremely efficient at 50,000 hours) has progressed over the past three years.

Today, you can get a white light (not just colors) to accentuate your landscapes natural color and textures. Years ago, heat was a problem but no more...l.e.d. is cool to the touch (be sure to ask about this because not every manufacturer has caught on). In addition, it was difficult to get an l.e.d over 1.5 watts. Landscape L.E.D.s are reaching newer heights at 3, 6, 8, 9, 10 watts even. Until tomorrow and I'm sure we'll discover even more. Yes, at 6 - 10 watts you can light a palm tree!

Coming soon I'll illustrate the progression of landscape lighting ...where we were and where we are now!

ITMT - In the Mean Time visit www.lglandscapelighting.com


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Monday, March 23, 2009

LG Landscape Lighting

I am happy to report my new eCommerce website is up and running! If you see something and want to make a suggestion for improvement, please do so. I'm always open to open and honest feedback. If what you want to say isn't helpful, please don't say it (no sarcasm intended, just looking for great suggestions or observation).

With that said, I'm so glad to have finally gotten here. I've changed my mind, my concepts and i finally reached what I've been striving for. A website, a product line and a vision I am proud of. My products are professional quality, energy efficient and affordable.

My specialty is L.E.D. and I'm so excited about this technology. I recently finished a job in Coronado and wow... With the initial design, we were working with halogen low voltage fixtures and we were at 660 Watts. We took the same design and changed to L.E.D. fixtures and used a whopping 80 watts. It's bright and will lasts over 10 years without changing a thing. It uses no light bulbs - L.E.D. lasts up to 50,000 hours!!!

Enough for now, visit http://www.lglandscapelighting.com/

Thank you,

LaGina


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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Do you really need a new system?

Although my passion is designing new landscape lighting systems, lately I find myself doing some fixing and repairing.

Here is what I am finding:

  • Improper connectors (not waterproof) - electrical tape is not a waterproof connection.
  • Corrosion in the wiring - the wire is no longer copper colored and flexible (it's black and crispy).
  • Tricky wiring - system has been pieced together (you know, someone accidentally cuts it and reconnects it...to the wrong wire)
  • Bad sockets - will no longer hold the bulb in place
  • All "25" fixtures on the same line (wired in a row - answers the question, "why is the first one bright and the last one is so dim.")
  • Old 12v (only) transformers (no breaker or safety features)

I could go on for days but I will not. My point is this: if you recognize one or all of these issues in your current system, don't expect a miracle. If I recommend a new system, you should probably go with my recommendation (even if you don't hire me for the job).

Although I will likely be able to get your existing system up and running, it is only a temporary fix. You will be calling again for further repairs - your system is already failing. I can get you up and running and you can call again next week and I'll find something else and you'll call me again in another week.

Or, we can just do it right the first time. I realize a new system can be costly but when you add up all the cost of repair after repair, it will be worth it in the long run. The new fixtures and transformers have lifetime warranties and you get an entire year of complimentary maintenance should you need it.

Suggestion: Have the work done in sections. Maybe you get new fixtures in the front yard and save up for the back; whatever is most important to you.

If you don't have the problems listed above, chances are your system just needs a tune-up and I'll let you know that. Heck, I've been called out to design new systems and let the homeowner know all they needed where new light bulbs.

Oh well, you decide...

Later,

LaGina.Glass@gmail.com or 619.822.2055


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