Category Archives: General

What’s the Best Way to Light the Exterior of My Home?

Landscape lighting should be subtle. The goal is to draw attention to what is being illuminated as opposed to the light source itself. Photo: Jeff Zaruba   TIP 1: Be street smart As you’ve heard many times before, “You only get one chance to make a first impression.” From the street, the way a house looks… Read Full Post »

Landscape Designers Ride Momentum from Early Spring

After several lean years during the recession, followed by the slow revival of the home-building and commercial-construction sectors, landscape designers are finally feeling like their industry is surging, with customers jumping on trends ranging from outdoor kitchens to landscape lighting to sustainable elements. A mild winter meant an early start for these professionals, who are… Read Full Post »

Shedding Light on Sustainable Desert Gardens | The National

While doing research on sustainability with regards to landscape lighting, I found an interesting article on The National web site. The writer, Jane Aldersley, talks about the environmentally friendly benefits of LED lighting given the extremely low energy consumption of today’s LED technology. This was not surprising since it is well known that LED energy… Read Full Post »

Landscape lighting design takes shrewd eye, technical skill

From The National Post The intensity of color, the refinement of shadow, the synergy of shapes — such phrases are usually reserved for fine art classes or a Group of Seven tour through the Art Gallery of Ontario. But today they are the catch-phrases of a new breed of artist: the landscape lighting designer. What… Read Full Post »

Outdoor Lighting Tops List of Most Popular Outdoor Living Features in ASLA Survey

15 Hot Outdoor Design Trends Survey identifies the top three outdoor design elements, and five most popular features of each. By Charlotte O’Malley Outdoor living spaces for entertaining and relaxing will be in high demand during 2014, according to the Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects in January-February… Read Full Post »

Which Outdoor Lighting Is Right for You, LED or Low-Voltage Halogen?

County Living Magazine A Resource Guide for Home, Health, Work & Leisure Which Outdoor Lighting Is Right for You, LED or Low-Voltage Halogen?  February 11, 2013 Outdoor lighting can be a highly efficient way to add curb appeal, safety and security to your home each and every evening – even when you’re not at home.But… Read Full Post »

Landscape Architect & Specifier News Feature

P.M. Lighting’s PM7XLC path light was recently featured in Landscape Architect & Specifier News magazine as a world premier item. This solid copper 11 inch path light is excellent for large scale projects when a standard path light will not provide the impact or illumination required. This fixture can handle up to a 50 watt… Read Full Post »

Copper and Brass Comparison

One of our dealers recently asked us to help him explain the differences between copper and brass to his clients and why we use copper as the primary material for our fixtures. We want to share this with our readers to expose a few myths and misconceptions about which material is best for outdoor landscape… Read Full Post »

Leverage a custom approach to lighting to distinguish from competition

No doubt you have seen proposals from competitors that lack creativity, use the same fixture selection for multiple applications, and smack of a “cookie-cutter” approach to design.   Take advantage of this type of selling approach by leveraging a custom approach to your design plans and show clients the difference between mundane lighting and impressive… Read Full Post »

Install & Demo Van

What is your closing rate?

The past two years have been a challenge for many of our dealers and one of the most widely heard comments is that homeowners have been much harder to convince to pull the trigger on lighting projects. Not that they don’t want to move forward with lighting their home …. they just simply take their… Read Full Post »