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Outdoor LED Landscape Light Color Explained

When we inform customers that we exclusively use LED bulbs in our fixtures one of the first questions we are asked is, ” What color are these lights?”

What color are our LED lights

outdoor landscape lighting Color-Temperature-Chart in kelvin
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The vast majority of our clients want warm white light. Not the stark, blue, cool light that many associate with LED bulbs. Fortunately, the LED light industry has made advances to the point where bulbs (diodes) can be manufactured to emit a broad spectrum.  So meeting the request for warm white lights is a daily activity for us.

Color Spectrum – Kelvin

The halogen lights that have been traditionally used in outdoor landscape lighting are roughly 3,000 kelvin. The LED bulbs we use range between 2,700 kelvin and 3,000 kelvin. To the naked eye there is no essentially no difference between the traditional halogen and our LED lights.

Custom Color Lights

On occasion, we’ll receive a request for a special light color. For example, we have bi-pe bulbs that are 2200 kelvin that actually match the color of a candle flame! They are popular in our deck/post fixtures where clients may have candles on nearby tables.

Also, some clients like to install red and green bulbs at Christmas; orange bulbs at Halloween; and red and blue bulbs for Independence Day.

If you would like custom color LED lights let us know and we’ll take care of it for you or point you to a source for them.

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Phone: 770-653-6425
Email: floods@abulouslighting.com

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Outdoor LED Landscape Light Color Explained

Outdoor LED Landscape Light Color Explained

Installing Pole Lights

We recently reconditioned some old pole lights and installed them at a nearby church. In the process we converted them to LED and connected them to a new outdoor landscape light system we installed.

(click on any of the images to see a larger version).

Recondition the fixtures

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Reconditioned Fixture Parts

We started by completely disassembling the fixtures, sanding and cleaning them and repainting them.

We also sourced new screws etc. as necessary.

Begin Reassembly – Re-wire

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Reconditioned Heads

Then we assembled most of the parts in preparation for installation.

We also ran new low voltage wiring and replaced sockets and replaced the white plastic candle covers.

Measure, Locate and Mark Fixture Locations

Identify and mark locations of fixtures.

Taking care not to disturb any existing buried  infrastructure we marked the exact location of each fixture in preparation for digging holes for the concrete foundations.

Pour Concrete and Set Forms

Level concrete form.

We filled the bottom of the holes with concrete to create a good base.

Once we had a good amount of concrete poured we set 90-degree sweeps , ran 12-gauge landscape wire.

Then we placed and leveled the forms.

Set and Level the Anchor Bolt/Template Assembly

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Set and level-anchor-bolts

Before the concrete hardened we set the anchor bolts and leveled the templates.

The templates were made to match the bolt pattern of the fixtures bases.

Install Lights and Connect to Power

We waited two days for the concrete to set, knocked the forms off and installed the poles.

Later that day we connected them to the 12-volt outdoor lighting system and the job was complete.

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Homeowner’s Guide to Professional Landscape Light Maintenance

Homeowner’s Guide to Professional Landscape Light Maintenance

If you want to maintain your system like a pro here is your homeowner’s guide to professional landscape light maintenance. These steps are copied almost verbatim from our technician-training manual.

Tools and equipment needed

  • Screwdriver (Philips and standard).
  • Diagonal plyers (wire cutters).
  • Wire strippers.
  • Wire nuts (see image below).
  • Buriable stranded wire (make sure you have appropriate gauge wire).
  • Glass cleaner (such as Windex).
  • Non-abrasive power cleaner (such as Bartender’s Friend).
  • A bucket of lukewarm water with a mild household soap solution.
  • Another bucket with water only.
  • A towel.
  • A soft cloth.
  • Heavy-duty paper towels.
  • Electric silicone grease or spray.
  • Electrician’s grease.
  • Toothpicks.
  • An old toothbrush.
  • Cotton swabs.
  • WD-40 or similar.
  • Voltmeter (must be able to measure AC).
  • Replacement stakes.

Survey the system

Landscape light systems run on 12 volt AC power. Make sure you have purchased bulbs that are rated for AC (not DC).

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Outdoor Lighting

We are currently running specials in two North Fulton neighborhoods.

If you have received a letter from us we would love an opportunity to give you a free no obligation outdoor lighting quote featuring the special pricing. Please give us a call or write and we’ll schedule a visit at a time that fits your schedule.

If you want to learn more about our company read on. We also have loads of resource pages on this site for those who want to learn more about the latest in outdoor lighting.

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How to calculate the cost of landscape lighting

Our customers frequently ask us how much their power bill will increase after their new system is installed. Nowadays we’re only installing LED systems so our response is, “You will not even notice it.”

However, back when we installed incandescent systems the power requirements were much greater. While the number was relatively low compared to air conditioning units and the like, we would always provide cost estimates.

This article will show you how to calculate the cost of power for landscape lighting. If you don’t want to do the math we’ve included a handy calculator so you can quickly determine the cost for your system (or any other electrical component for that matter).

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Choosing beam angle

When you set out to purchase fixtures you may be presented with options for bulbs or fixtures with various beam angles. To  choose the correct beam angle you must consider the distance between your fixture and your subject. You must also consider the size of your subject area.

Professionals also consider the power of the lamp (lumens) as well as foot-candle. We will not go into professional level detail here, but we will give you the information to make an informed buying decision. We will also provide handy calculators to help you determine the optimum bulb for your specific environment.

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How to Install Down Lighting

Do-it-yourself Down Light Installation

It is fairly easy to install lights on the ground around your house but placing moonlighting 30′ up a tree is a different story.  In this article we show the homeowner how to professionally install down lighting (moon lighting) using the correct components and techniques.

First of all we assume you have the skills and equipment you need to position yourself in a tree.  Installing down lights in trees is risky. If you do not have the skills and equipment to ensure your safety you need to hire a professional installer. 

Determine the location of the fixture

You’ll want to be at least 25′ in order to achieve the appropriate effect. Make sure the fixture will be located where glare will not spill over into the neighbor’s yard and cause light trespass.  The ‘beam spread’ of your fixture/bulb as well as the height of the fixture will determine the area that will be lit. If you need help with height and spread use our handy beam spread/angle calculator.

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How to Plan Landscape Lighting

 It’s All About the Plan

Most homeowners have what it takes to install basic landscape lighting. The job is simple enough; place some fixtures, run some wires, hang a transformer and connect everything. But you can’t just start placing components without a plan. We’ll review how to plan landscape lighting.  Once you have the diagram (with accompanying documents) you will have a much better chance of winding up with the system you envisioned.

We are going to assume that you will be installing a simple LED system. This means you will not have to worry about voltage loss and all of the things you’ll need to do to avoid it. If you insist on installing an incandescent system this process will work, but you’ll need to brush up on some of our other articles before you begin.

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