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!


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...


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....



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 These fixtures are available in halogen or the high energy efficient L.E.D.

Thanks for visiting: LaGina


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....



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.