Is your outdoor lighting ready for the holiday?

 

Holiday

With Thanksgiving next week and mild weather in the forecast, you may consider moving your holiday gathering 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.

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas with LED Holiday Lighting

LED Holiday LightingIt is beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the homes the Guru is busy decorating this holiday season. Majestic live oak trees look magical when their twisting limbs are highlighted with LED holiday lighting.

Looking for something easier?  Swap out your current outdoor lighting lamps to colored LED for the easy holiday lighting. This picture is the effect seen on the ground when red and green lamps create a moonlighting effect.

LED Holiday Lighting

Don’t be trippin’ this Holiday Season!

GFI-TrippingAt Christmas time, 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.

How to check your circuit breaker: First, unplug the outdoor lighting. Second, go to the electrical panel, gfi-Trippingcheck 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.

 

 

Reserve your Holiday Lighting spot today

Holiday LightingWe know, we know, it is over a hundred degrees outside for the last few weeks and the holidays seem far away BUT now is the time to reserve your spot.  We don’t want you to miss out by waiting until late fall when it is too late for new reservations for holiday lighting with professional lighting companies.

Landscape Lighting Guru has years of experience installing holiday lighting and decor.  Our crew has installed holiday lighting for many business and the city of San Antonio as well as on residences. Landscape Lighting Guru installs energy saving LED lights and also offers a range of holiday decor including lit wreathes and garland.

Holiday LightingIf you want your home decorated this holiday season, give us a call for a free estimate at 210-710-7737 or click here Contact Us.

 

So much more than outdoor lights!

More than outdoor lights

Landscape Lighting Guru is known for high quality installation and service of outdoor lighting systems.  But what else do we do?

In addition to our installation of residential lighting systems, the following are some other services offered by Landscape Lighting Guru:
  • Indoor Lighting including upgrading new fixtures and moving to energy efficient LED.
  • Fans – Indoors and Out
  • Outdoor Water Feature Service – we can keep your fountain or water feature in tip top shape.
  • Outdoor Sound Systems
  • Mosquito Protection
  • Outdoor Lighting Service – it is important to get a lighting check-up twice a year to prevent bigger issues down the road.
  • Commercial Lighting

    More than Lights

    Mosquito Protection for your whole Patio!

The Guru is always on the lookout for high quality products and services to improve your home inside and out.  For more information, please give us a call at 210-710-7737 or send us an email at info@landscapeligthingguru.com.

Post Holiday Blues

Post Holiday BluesAre you suffering from the Post Holiday Blues?  It is hard to get back into the regular routine after enjoying down time with family and friends.  On top of that, as you take down the holiday lights and decor, the house feels like it is missing something. I think the worst part is the outdoor holiday displays coming down making the house feel really dark.

Even though we have to wait another year to enjoy the holidays, it doesn’t mean we have to live in the darkness until then.  Outdoor lighting not only provide safety and security but it also enhances your home and property.  With the right design, you can enjoy the unique properties of your home all year round.

And you can take outdoor lighting to an even higher level with a lighting system like FX Luxor ZDC that allows you to control zoning, dimming and color.  This system would allow you to have custom lighting for every holiday, game day and any day.  To learn more about that system, visit their website at

http://www.fxl.com/luxor-zdc

Season’s Greetings

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We send our heartfelt wishes for a wonderful holiday season to all our clients and friends.   May your celebrations be safe, peaceful, and joyous and best wishes for a healthy, happy, hope-filled new year!

Holiday Lights and Rain don’t mix but we can help!

050713rain-620x413Happy Thanksgiving to all of our Holiday Lighting customers this year.

 

We are blessed with rain, but unfortunately if you have a house that is built after 1985 it is likely that your Christmas Lights are plugged into a GFCI.  Unfortunately, GFCI plugs are designed to trip when wires and lights get wet.  This protects your home and family from accidental electrocution.

 

Please click on the link below to have a better understanding how to re-set your GFCI plug after all the wires and lights have dried out.

http://landscapelightingguru.com/gfci/

Have a great weekend.  Stay dry!