Make Your House Look Great At Low Cost with Outdoor Lighting

electrician colorado springs

Lighting up your outdoor spaces can increase your security, enhance your enjoyment of your property, and help raise the value of your home. Here are five tips to think about regarding your outdoor lighting.

#1. Entryways

You need the brightest lights on your entryways, any places into your house or garage. While spotlights or pot-lights will be the best here, you can have bright lights while still maintaining low power usage and costs. If you have lights by your windows, especially bedroom windows, consider putting them on a timer or turning them off at night. While this isn’t the greatest for security purposes, you still need a good night’s sleep. You could get blackout curtains, instead, which could help you sleep. Your doorways and other easy access points are the most important to be lit brightly.

#2. Entertainment Spaces

The lighting you have by your fire-pit, on your patio, at the BBQ, or in your dining area should be different than the lighting at your entryways. You don’t have to have glaring lights and bright spotlights where you hang out with friends and family. The lighting should be more subtle and gentle, and because of this, you will not need to use as much energy to light up these beautiful locations. Sometimes solar lights can work well in these areas, as string lights, lanterns, or more, which will reduce your costs significantly. Focus on relaxing illumination for your entertaining and garden spaces. 

#3. LED Bulbs

You don’t need to get halogen bulbs that burn through energy and ramp up your power bill to light your property well. There are numerous options of LED bulbs for outdoor lighting that can stay on throughout the night and use 90% less energy than traditional or older lights. Many LED lights are also maintenance free, and so you won’t have to spend time and money replacing any bulbs.

#4. Outdoor Certified

When hanging lights outside or when buying new bulbs for your outdoor fixtures, make sure you pay attention to whether your new lights are certified for outdoor use. Our exterior lights take a lot more of a beating than our interior ones what with rain, wind, dirt, and bugs. Ensuring that your outdoor lights and cords are designed for outdoor use will save you some headaches and money in the future. 

#5. Hanging

If you are hanging lights or attaching strings of light to your home or to other structures outside of your house, consider the methods you use to do this. For one, stay away from nails or staples which can penetrate wires and cause damage to your cords or lights which can result in shorts and other dangers. Using clips or installing hooks around your home or an archway is a great way to save your string lights. Hooks can also help to speed up the installation if you want to change lights depending on the seasons or events.

Summary

There you have it! 5 simple tips to help you light your outdoors with great, safe lights for a safer, more beautiful home!

How Safe Are Your Children Around Electricity?

Kids are naturally energetic and curious. They can get into absolutely everything, especially what you don’t want them to. Because of this, kids can get in to danger and we must be diligent about electrical safety in our homes.

Wires

electrical repair colorado springs

Look out for frayed wires! Fraying typically happens on either end of the wire and can occur because of time or the way in which we use the wires. If they are pinched or bent against the wall by a piece of furniture, a break is likely to happen in the cable and our wires can get damaged. And while a frayed wire may still work, it is dangerous to keep around.

Children can find frayed wires and hurt themselves due to the overheating of the wires, the sharpness of the frayed wire itself or the electrical charge that can run through them if touched with wet or sticky hands, something young kids tend to have. Don’t try to repair a frayed wire. Replace it.

Keep your wires close to the walls. If you have wire running through the middle of rooms or doorways, they are easy for kids to trip over which will cause harm. Keep wires out of well-travelled areas.

Outlets

Check your outlets! Kids love these things! Naturally curious children tend to stick things into the mysterious holes. If you have a lot of outlets within reach of children in your home, make sure they are tamper resistant receptacles or that the outlets are covered.

Tamper resistant receptacles stop objects other than electrical plugs from being inserted. They have been required in new builds and renovations since 2008. If you have a newer home, you likely have these already. If not, or if you’re unsure, your outlets can be inspected and new ones installed, if needed, by a professional.

Outlet protectors can also be purchased and put into outlets. For them to be effective, remember to place them back in the outlet after using it.

Lights

Examine your lights! Any bulbs that we use in our kids rooms should be LED and produce lower heat so they are not burning to touch. As well, we should make sure that no lights bulbs are touching blankets, curtains, stuffed animals, scattered clothes or books in our kids’ rooms or the rest of our house. And don’t forget to teach your kids about electrical safety! Instruct them about what they should stay away from, look out for and why.

Get Electrical Help Today

Electricity is convenient and helps us enjoy safer, happier, healthier, homes. However, it can also be dangerous if misused. Make sure your children are aware of the dangers, and of the simply precautions to stay safe. Give One Source Home Service a call today for electrical repair in Colorado Springs if you’re concerned about the electricity in your home.

Subscribe

* indicates required
/ ( mm / dd )