LLG Earns Esteemed 2017 Angie’s List Super Service Award

Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service

AwardLandscape Lighting Guru is proud to announce that it has earned the lighting industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award. This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List in 2017.

“This award not only honors providers who have excelled in the past year, but also makes it easier for consumers to identify high quality service providers,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “The Super Service Award logo has come to be a symbol that consumers look for as a sign of quality, and a tradition for many top-rated service pros.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award winners must meet strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. The SSA winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check, submit a current trade license attestation and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Want to learn more about the achievement?  Visit Angie’s list.


About Us:

AwardLandscape Lighting Guru brings over 30 years of combined experience in custom outdoor lighting design and installation. Landscape Lighting Guru is part of a continuing legacy of landscape businesses that have been operating in San Antonio for over 20 years. We are passionate about outdoor lighting and believe lighting is an art form of both light and shadows. We create a custom lighting design based on your property’s unique elements and needs. Our goal is to create a lighting system that works in conjunction with your landscape, enhancing the beauty of your property.

Make a Shining Statement with Lighting


Vintage Light Fixture with Mixed Metals in the room

If there’s one thing that can make your home look dated, its lighting. Old fixtures and out of date technology can make you overdue for an update. The good news is that changing out or adding new fixtures can be an easy fix that makes your home some shine!  In many cases, your light fixtures are often a budget-friendly way to upgrade the décor. Here are some of the recent lighting trends to consider if you are ready for a change:

Vintage Lighting

Going vintage with your lighting is a great way to bring character to a space. You can brighten any space with a stylish fixture with rustic or industrial finishes.  There are such a variety of ways to get that vintage vibe and still fit into your décor.  Lighting fixtures utilize raw materials, vintage bulbs and simple shapes to create the vintage vibe.


Example of Glass Bubbles design

Statement Piece Chandeliers

It is time to bring back the glamour back with a statement piece chandelier.  Exciting shapes and designs are the current trend along with larger fixtures to make a big impact. These larger fixtures create a wow factor that become the new centerpieces of a room. Some of the popular designs are the glass bubbles that brings a bit of whimsy to the space and the starburst design for a mid-century feel.



Example of Starburst design

Mixed Metals

The notion that you should have one type of metal fixtures in your home is a trend that is on its way out.  There is a huge variety of metals in today’s light fixtures including soft gold, silver, brass, rose gold, copper, antique bronze and matte black.  Take advantage of the colors by designing a space that can use more than just one of these colors to create a stunning space.

Smart Lights

With Amazon’s Alexas and Google Home making their way into our homes, it is not surprising that people are looking to be able to control their lights using these new smart devices. There are several products you can buy today that go beyond your typical light bulb and that integrate smart technology into your lighting. Expect this trend to only continue to grow as more variety is offered

Whether you are remodeling, redecorating or just ready for a change, consider how lighting fixtures will fit into your décor.  If you need help installing your new fixtures, please give us a call at 210-710-7737.

Make your home shine with Inside Lighting

Inside LightingThe winter months are a perfect time to focus on indoor lighting.  Consider updating and upgrading inside lighting to be more modern and efficient.  The Guru installs new interior lighting as well as retrofitting current fixtures.

Sometimes all it takes to upgrade a room is to switch from a hanging light fixture to recessed lighting (often referred to as can lighting). Recessed lighting has become more popular over the last decade for many reasons.  Recessed lighting makes a room feel bigger because it actually takes up less visual space in the room. Because the light cans are set into the ceiling itself, nothing hangs down to interrupt the visual space of the ceiling. Another advantage of recessed lighting is its wall washing effect.  The wall washing effect is a great way to cast light on a wall you want to highlight for design reasons such as works of art, fireplace or a bookcase.

Inside Lighting

Temperature of Halogen Recessed Light

Do you already have recessed lighting in your home?  It is likely you still have the normal halogen cans in your ceiling.   A great way to freshen up the lighting in a home is to convert halogen recessed lights to LED. Most people are aware of the cost savings benefit to switching to long-lasting LED.  However, there is even more reason to consider switching to LED when talking about recessed lighting.  There is a huge temperature variance between halogen and LED lamps.  Halogen cans are so hot when the light source is on that they need to vent to the attic to prevent fires.  The picture shows the measurement of heat coming off a halogen recessed fixture.  Another issue with the halogen recessed lighting is when they are off the attic air is venting back into the house.  At this time of year, that means when the lights aren’t on, cold air is venting back into your home through the recessed lights.

An LED retrofit makes sense for two reasons.  One is that you use way less energy and you don’t heat up your room which is forcing your HVAC system to work harder.

Inside Lighting

Temperature of LED Recessed Lighting

The picture shows the measurement of heat coming off an LED recessed light.  That is a huge difference compared to halogen and depending on how many recessed fixtures you have, it is adding considerable heat to your home while you spending a of money cooling it off in the summer.

Another benefit to an LED Retrofit is that you are not letting your cool air through the vent holes into the attic when they are off. Retrofit LED cans are way better than just swapping to an LED lamp.  When you swap to an LED lamp you are still leaving the vent holes in the existing ceiling can open to the attic.

An LED retrofit gives you piece of mind knowing that the fixture is built for the LED it contains and will give you the best overall lighting and offer the longest life for the fixture.

Alternatives to Holiday Lights

As the holiday season is in full swing, it is time to make sure the outside of your home is as decked out as the inside of your home.  If you like the idea of having a cheery yard, but don’t want to spend the time or the money hanging lights from the roof line, there are other easy things you can do to make your yard more festive as an alternative to holiday lights.

Replace the bulbs in your existing outdoor lights

Purchase some red and green LED light bulbs and replace the bulbs on your front porch lights. You can make it even more festive if you change the landscape lighting that shines on your home.

alternatives to holiday lightsAdd a little greenery

An easy way to greet your guests with holiday spirit is with greenery on the door.  A fresh, fragrant greenery adds an aromatic touch especially now with so many artificial trees.  This can be in the form of garland around a post or porch rail or a wreath or swag on the door.  You can add some battery powered Christmas lights to your wreath to really make it stand out!

Wrap the base of a tree

Grab a few strands of lights and an extension cord and wrap a few trees in your yard.   You don’t have to get out a ladder and try to light up each limb.  With the majestic oak trees in San Antonio, just wrapping the bottom part of the tree can showcase both your tree and your holiday spirit.  Start at the base of the tree and wind them tightly around the tree.

Grab some projection lights

Laser or LED holiday lights are in very easy way to project colorful lights or images onto your house so it looks completely festive, without all the work. You can purchase a projector at most any store these days for a reasonable price.   You just stake it into your front yard and the light display will across the front façade of your home.

Add whimsy with yard art

Reindeer, Snowman, Characters, oh my – there are so many pre-lit yard art available anymore it is hard to pick just one.  But remember, more is not necessarily better!  Just a few festive pieces will add to the festive season without griswalding your home!

If you would like to get on our holiday light reservation list for next year, please let us know.  We will contact you next fall to firm up the details!  In the meantime, try out some of these alternatives to holiday lights this season.

Is your outdoor lighting ready for the holidays?



With mild weather in the forecast, you may consider moving your holiday gatherings outside this year.

To be prepared, check your outdoor lighting as nothing ruins a holiday get-together out more than poor lighting. Even if you aren’t thinking about having a party, but are more about some avid decorating, you need to make sure that your lighting is up-to-date and working properly.

While it will be mild weather, the evenings will cool a bit and will be perfect weather for a patio heater or fireplace. With a few additions to your patio you can extend your use of your patio to all year round including the upcoming holiday. Adding a fire feature to keep it warm can create a focal point, serves as a place around which to gather, entertain, relax, and enjoy time outdoors.  In case you missed it, check out our recent post on choosing a fire feature for your yard

As the holiday decorations start to go up this time of year, we often receive calls regarding electrical problems with the bathroom, garage or outdoor outlets not working. The usual cause for this problem is that the outdoor Christmas lights have tripped a GFI outlet or circuit breaker in your home. Standard circuit breaker will trip if you over load the wiring with too many lights on one breaker. GFI circuits are a little bit different. Morning dew, rain, or a sprinkler may introduce a bit of moisture into the Christmas electrical plugs and this could result in a ground fault. Weather proofing or covering of the electrical outlet and plug connections should reduce nuisance of GFI-Tripping.

HolidayHow to check your circuit breaker: First, unplug the outdoor lighting. Second, go to the electrical panel, check the circuit breaker and reset it if needed. Now, test the outlet for power. If it’s working, allow time for the wiring to dry out and reconnect your lights.

GFI outlets are outlets with the test and reset buttons in them. Many times, the GFI outlet in a bathroom or garage that feeds power to the outdoor outlet has tripped because of a wet plug on the holiday lights. Now, what to do: First, unplug the outdoor lighting. Second check all the GFI outlets by pushing the test and then the reset buttons. Check for GFI outlets in the bathrooms, basement, garage and the outdoor outlets themselves. Now test the outlet for power. If it’s working, allow time for the wiring to dry out and reconnect your lights. For more details on resetting your GFI outlets, check out our previous post here.

Daylight Saving Time and your Landscape Lighting

Daylight saving time ends this Sunday so remember fall back by setting your clocks back an hour.  Enjoy your extra hour of sleep this weekend!

Daylight Saving TimeWith daylight saving time ending,  it will get darker earlier in the evening. We recommend checking the timer on your landscape lighting system as it is getting darker earlier now and many systems are set for our long summer days.  And we haven’t even gotten to our darkest days which happen during the winter solstice.  Winter Solstice is December 22nd and it will be our darkest day with only 10 hours of daylight.  Compare that to summer solstice in June where we have 14 hours of daylight – we have lost 4 hours of daylight!!

With the time change, you can expect it to get dark around 5:30 in the evening.  By adding outdoor lighting to your home, YOU will control the time it gets dark at your house, not mother nature.  Here in San Antonio, we know this time of year is often the best time to enjoy the outdoors with the cooler temperatures.

Reclaim your light-filled evenings by adding outdoor lighting to your outdoor living area so you can enjoy a little more time outside this fall. Give us a call at 210-710-7737 if you need help setting your timer or are interested in adding new outdoor lights.

Want to learn more about daylight savings time?  We liked this article “Daylight Saving Time 2017: A Guide to the When, Why, What and How” at LiveScience.com!


Curb Appeal is important for Halloween

We are only two weeks away from the night when your front porch will have the most traffic it has all year long…trick-or-treaters on Halloween!  With all those neighbors ringing your front door bell, we thought it was a good time to highlight the importance of curb appeal.  Boosting your curb appeal is not only great for resale, but can be something you can enjoy too.  Here are a few quick tips to easily improve your curb appeal.

Curb Appeal for HalloweenAdding Seasonal Decor

This can be as simple as a wreath on the door and a pumpkin on the stairs for fall.  If you are looking for a Halloween decor for this season, we thought these floating witch hat luminaries at polkadotchair.com looked so cool.  You know we love our lighting!

Add Outdoor Lighting

Speaking of lighting, it has a huge impact on your curb appeal.  Not only that but it provides safety from your guests and security from any unwanted guests.

So where should you start with front yard lighting?  The first place is to look at your front porch.  You should have lighting around your front door. This helps a guest find the front door and it helps you identify a visitor before opening the door.  Lighting around your front door can be as easy as sconces on either side of your front door.  It can also be a chandelier that hangs over the front door space.

Next turn your attention to the pathway between your driveway or street to the front door.  Are there any stairs or steps that need to be lit for safety?  Consider path lights to mark the way for guests and also to highlight your landscaping.  After that, you can turn your attention to up lighting on the facade of your home and down lighting from your trees to make your home really stand out.

Plant some Flowers

You can create an instant garden using decorative pots and seasonal flowers.

Paint the Front Door

Your front door is the first thing people see when coming to your home. Make your house stand out from the rest by painting it in an inviting color that compliments your home.

Adding curb appeal doesn’t have to be a big, expensive project.  With just a few small changes, your home’s curb appeal could have a big improvement.  At a minimum, do make sure you check the safety of your front porch and make sure your light bulbs haven’t burned out.  If you need help or suggestions for adding or changing your outdoor lighting, please give us a call 210-710-7737.


Project Spotlight – Warm LED Up Lighting

We just finished up lighting this beautiful home in Fair Oaks Ranch.  The light really captures the shadows of the stone variation on the house.  We used Warm LED Up-lighting to create the effect.  With proper shielding, we are able to prevent light flowing into the sky, and can still get this beautiful result!


Warm LED Up-Lighting Warm LED Up-Lighting Warm LED Up-Lighting

National Night Out Good Reminder for Security Lighting

Security Lighting

Tonight many communities across Texas will celebrate National Night Out and it provides a good opportunity to talk about security lighting.  NNO reinforces the importance of making our communities a safer place to live and play.  The event is designed to heighten awareness of crime and how the community can help.  Burglars search for homes that give them the best opportunity to break-in without being detected. Lighting adds an element of surprise and establishes an occupancy pattern that deters intruders from targeting a home in the first place.

Residents that use outdoor lighting as part of their security plan significantly decrease their changes of being burglarized. In fact, homes without security measures such as alarms and outdoor lighting are up to 300% more likely to be vandalized. Home security statistics tell us that burglars will usually bypass a house if it requires too much effort. Adding light will make it more difficult for them to get onto your property and access your home unseen, thereby deterring potential intruders from making your home their next target.   Many people think of motion sensors and flood lights when it comes to security lighting for your home but it doesn’t have to be this way. Lighting your residence can bring together beauty and the function of security, giving you peace of mind.

The following are a few tips to consider when looking at security lighting for your home:

First, you’ll want to complete a security analysis of your home’s exterior. Walk your property at night and look for areas that might be vulnerable. Thieves will look for easy access points, so make note of any dark spots, ways they could get into your home, or hide on your property. Check all doors, sliding doors, windows, window wells, trees close to the home, anywhere someone could possibly get in or hide without being seen. Donʼt forget about your driveway, garage, or carport.  If you have a large property or acreage, you might want to consider lighting the perimeter of your yard or property, especially if you have lots of trees or a wooded area where someone could potentially hide. Lighting the perimeter makes it even more difficult for a potential intruder to get onto your property, and even more difficult for them to get near your home.

Now that you have a good idea where all the vulnerable areas of your home are, you can start adding light by up-lighting, down lighting, or using path lights. If your front entrance is dark, up-lighting front columns or other architectural features will not only accent the beauty of your home, but will also add security. For dark paths and walkways around or between the house and garage, you can use path lights, down lights, or a combination of both.

Consider having your lighting system setup to be controlled by timers. With a timer you can set the time your lights come on and turn off every day. This makes your home appear to be occupied if your out of town for long periods of time, our just for the evening.

Security Lighting can add curb appeal, safety, and security to your home. If you would like a free consultation on how Landscape Lighting Guru could help you with a security lighting plan for your home, give us a call at 210-710-7737.  A well-designed security lighting system can be beautiful while still providing you peace of mind.


Fall is coming….Are you ready?

As the cool weather moves in this week, it reminds us that fall is just around the corner.  Now is the time to do maintenance to ensure you are ready for the cooler temperatures:

FallOutdoor Lighting Check

The Guru highly recommends annual maintenance on your lighting system to give your outdoor lights the longest life possible.  During an annual maintenance appointment, our lighting technicians will walk your property and test the system for broken equipment, burned out lights, and damage.  During the service we will inspect every fixture, transformer, wire and timer to make sure they are working properly.  This is especially important if you have tree mounted light fixtures so we can back off the fixture and equipment to account for tree growth. Without an annual checkup, the fixtures can become embedded into the tree, causing a greater risk of pest infiltration, bark rot, electrical shorts, and possible fire.  Our annual maintenance also includes the application of ant control.

Keep mosquitoes away

While we are experiencing cool temperatures this fall, unfortunately its not cold enough to get rid of the pesky mosquitoes.  Keep the mosquitoes from biting by installing a mosquito repellent system. Take preventative measures by regularly checking your property for standing water.  Fall is a great time to clean up the yard and make sure there isn’t standing water breeding mosquitoes.

Water Feature

The best way to prevent costly repairs to your fountain is with routine maintenance.  Our goal in service and inspection is to keep your water feature working as well as on the day it was installed.  Fall is the perfect time to have your fountain inspected, cleaned and prepped for the colder temperatures.


Don’t have the time for another to-do list this fall?  Landscape Lighting Guru would be happy to help you with your fall to-do list – give us a call at 210-710-7737 and let us know how we can help.