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.

Looking for a new Job? We’re Hiring!

We are looking for a bi-lingual lighting crew leader that can learn the Landscape Lighting business from the tops of the trees down.  We are looking for a new member of our Lighting Guru Family.  This is a long term position that requires a long term attitude.

This position requires:

  • Excellent tree climbing skills
  • Above average intelligence
  • A competitive spirit
  • Ability to read and speak English
  • Clean Driving Record with driver’s license
  • Over the age of 18
  • Must have a flexible attitude (often we do other things than our absolute preferred job) You have to be able to take on new challenges
  • Drug free work place
  • Working outside in all kinds of weather
  • Ability to safely lift over 50lbs
  • Ability to safely climb with over 15lbs
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish


Nice to haves:

  1. Landscape Lighting experience
  2. Electrical Experience
  3. Climbing with ropes and saddles and climbing gear
  4. Tree trimming experience
  5. Small team Management experience
  6. Computer experience
  7. Smart phone experience


  • 40 hours of paid vacation after the first 6 months
  • 40 hours of paid vacation after the second 6 months
  • 4 paid holiday days
  • Family atmosphere
  • Ability to learn and share in the growth of a company from a proven leader in the industry

Please send your resume to kmcfarland@landscapelightingguru.com if you are interested!

Preserve the Night Sky with the Moon Light Effect

Moon Light Effect

Cool LED down moonlighting

As we continue our Preserve the Night Sky series, our first key feature we want to discuss is one of our signature designs, the Moon Light Effect.  This is a method of lighting the landscape and the trees to cast beautiful shadows and light on the grass and the plants below, all the while grazing the textured bark of our live oak tree’s grand twisted branching structure.  Done correctly, this method highlights the tree and the surround area without effecting the night sky.

However, there are some important things to watch out for when installing the lighting for the moon light effect. The fixtures and the wire MUST be mounted to the trees with the correct methods and materials.  Trees are not buildings, they grow, they move, and they have pests in them.  The fixtures and wire should NEVER be surface mounted to a tree like it can and should be to a building.  After all, why would we want to hurt the very specimen tree we are trying to show off?

The fixtures make a significant difference as well.  Did you know that most fixtures on the market are designed for up lighting?  If you take a fixture that was designed for up lighting and put it in the down position, it will be just a few rain events away from being a complete waste of your time and money.  So do your research before you invest the time and money.  We offer free consultations, so we would be happy to visit with you and talk about the lighting plan that would work best for you.


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Protecting your home with lights

Protect your homeAccording to the FBI, home break-ins are the most common threat to our home.  A burglary occurs every 13 seconds in the U.S. and the summer are the peak months for burglaries to occur.  Now is the time to protect your home from possible break-ins.

Security and Landscape Lighting is one of the best ways to deter criminal behavior around your home.  Lighting your exterior is very important and should be in the front and rear of the home. The lights should be on a timer and there may also be places you should consider motion sensor lighting as well.

Interior lighting is also necessary to show signs of activity inside.  Make your home appear occupied with the use of timers for the lights.

Call today for a free lighting evaluation to see how you can enhance your property’s night time aesthetics while deterring criminals.

Give the Gift of Light

gift cardsHave to buy a gift for someone who already has everything?  Consider a different gift this year with the Landscape Lighting Guru gift cards.  They are available in any domination and can be used on installation and service calls. This is a great gift for that special somebody who has dreamed of warming up their outdoor space with beautiful landscape lighting.  Or perhaps someone who wants to update their indoor lighting to LED but doesn’t know where to start.

Landscape Lighting Guru offers many services besides outdoor lighting installation and service.  We offer LED retrofitting indoors and outdoors, Fan installation, mosquito control, landscape audio systems and outdoor water feature service. If you are interested in a gift card, please give us a call at 210-710-7737 or email at info@landscapelightingguru.com

Leave the Lighting to the Pros

Holiday LightingOne of our favorite things to do during the holiday season is to grab some hot cocoa and pile into the car to drive around to look at holiday lights. Making your house one that neighbors will marvel at is a major undertaking for any homeowner and it does not come without risk. The good news is that you can save yourself from the hassle and potential mishaps by hiring holiday lighting professionals to do the heavy lifting for you—giving you more time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the holiday season.  Need more convincing?  Here are the top 3 reasons to hire a lighting pro this holiday season:

Avoid the hassle and headache of DIY holiday lighting

Homeowners dread the annual undertaking of getting the holiday decor up.  Not only does it involve time spent on installation and making sure all wires are safe, it also involves replacing strings should they burn out mid-season – plus taking them all down and putting them carefully into storage once the holidays have passed.

You’re busy enough during this time of year; give yourself a break and avoid the hassle of decorating your home and property by hiring professionals who specialize in holiday lighting services. You’ll save yourself both time and frustration, and you’ll have the guaranteed assurance of a beautiful display all season long—without ever lifting a finger.

Stay safe: leave Christmas lighting to the pros

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates there were 15,000 injuries involving holiday decorating seen in emergency departments nationwide.  34% of those injuries are related to falling!  Stay off the ladder this year and leave the climbing to us.

Take advantage of custom designed and energy-efficient holiday lighting

Our holiday lighting specialists will thoroughly assess the layout of your property as well as the architecture of your home in order to best highlight and enhance its beauty with festive, shimmering lights.

Our holiday lighting is top-of-the-line, and we use only environmentally friendly and energy efficient LED bulbs. The energy efficiency helps to reduce the strain on your electricity bill throughout the winter

Ready to hire a pro?  We have a just a few spots left for our holiday lighting!  If 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.



Light up your world with custom outdoor light fixtures!

custom outdoor light fixturesWe were so excited to recently create these custom outdoor light fixtures again!  We designed these fish basket lanterns to hang in the client’s trees in the back yard.

We love the way they sway in the trees and light up the entire yard.  The are done with energy efficient LED lighting.

The guru designed these fixtures for another client last summer and we posted about it here.

If you are interested in these or a different type of custom light fixtures, please give us a call 210-710-7737 or click to send us an email.

Elements of Lighting Artwork

Lighting ArtworkThe weather has been a challenge lately. I’m sure glad we get to do interior projects as well. Here are some before and after pictures of a beautiful 100 year old home in San Antonio. This customer has the most amazing art collection. The right LED lighting was really what was needed in this home.  Lighting artwork is an important element to the piece itself.

Most importantly, the client was happy with the results.  The following was his testimonial:

“The Guru team did a great job! The lighting in our home was more cave like than anything, it was impossible to enjoy the art pieces or even the living room after dark. The transformation was incredible, I feel like I am in a new home. Job well done!” ~Brad Gray