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One of the benefits of this job is you get to see a lot of different landscape techniques.  How people try to enhance their outdoor living spaces with pools, patios, hardscapes, greenery, etc.  It’s all fascinating to me because I love the design elements that go into these spaces.  Some yards are good and some yards, well, not so much.  Every once in a while you come across a yard that has cracked the code with basic elegance.

The house pictured here is a recent client addition for us out in the Lake Travis area.  This is not a big estate home with hundreds of thousands of dollars thrown into the yard.  Their front entry is simple, clean, and very cool.  Notice the use of the stone steps, a small wood boardwalk under a series of three clay pots, gravel, small grasses, all leading up to a beautiful front gate.

Of course, I have to mention the enhancement that our outdoor lighting provides to the whole scene.  We used just two path lights to highlight the steps by placing them on opposite sides of the walkway for balance.  We also automated the courtyard wall lights with our LCA technology utilizing some dimming capability to blend in with the landscape lighting.   All the outdoor lights come on simultaneously at sunset providing a welcome and inviting entry for their guests.

We contributed a small piece with the lighting but kudos to the homeowners for an overall great design!


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Do you remember sitting in the car as a child and having your parents or grandparents tell you when to blow so you could blow the red light to green? Then you blow the light to green and you believe you are so magical. Then you come to the next light and start blowing, and blowing, and huffing, and puffing, and your grandparents try to distract you until they see the yellow light on the alternate side of the stop light and signal you to try again. Magic! It worked again. I’m magic!

Post-it note - turn lights off

There's an easier way to make sure the lights are turned off

As you grow older, you learn more ways to make the lights turn but you realize that it’s not magic. It’s electronics at work. You see the little tire lines in front of a stop light and know if you pull your tires directly on to those lines, the turn light or signal light will come on sooner.

We’ve found a way to create a little magic with your outdoor lighting. You tell us when you want your lights to come on and when you want them to go off. You base this on your security and safety needs as well as your energy conservation desires. There is no reason to run the lights all day and no reason to leave yourself a sticky note to remember to turn the lights off. We program your lighting timer and your lights come on and off exactly when you want!

What’s better is our lighting control automation experts will even tie in your other systems to work in conjunction with your lighting automation system. For example, we can use the same timer to turn your security system on when you desire. We can even provide you with access to turn these off and on while you are away.

Here’s a great video to show how it works.

As you saw in the video, we can turn certain lights on in sequence. We can turn lights on at a partial percentage in the early dusk hours and turn them all the way up when it’s fully dark. You tell us what you want and we program it to work for you.

Give us a ring to talk about lighting control automation for your home. (615) 373 – 0638

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