3 Ways to Increase Curb Appeal

If you’re trying to sell your home, you’re probably overwhelmed with indoor staging, painting, and cleaning. Many homeowners who are looking to sell get stuck indoors and forget to spruce up their outdoor spaces. Increase your curb appeal (and home market value) with these 3 simple outdoor updates for your home.

3 Ways to Increase Curb Appeal

  1. curb appeal for home saleLandscaping. Whether you have an expansive, sprawling landscape of perfectly trimmed hedges, or you prefer a simple window box of flowers, a well tended landscape entices home buyers. Many people will pay more for real estate with established, healthy plants, even if the flower beds are on the simple side. Add a few bright blooms along paths, by porches, and beneath the mailbox to increase home curb appeal.
  2. Lawn Care. It’s easy to forget what lays beneath our feet, but a flourishing yard is one easy way to increase home appeal. Lush, green grass is welcoming and homey, reminding potential buyers that buying a new house is about more than finding the right number of rooms and bathrooms. People looking for Southern real estate want a safe place to play with their kids, exercise their pets, and entertain outdoors. Before putting your home on the market, fill in dry patches with fresh seed or lay sod in the front yard.
  3. Outdoor Lighting. Outdoor lighting displays your home to full effect. With expert placement of daylight-mimicking LED lighting, a landscape lighting professional can illuminate unique architectural features, highlight gardens and pathways, and increase home security. Professional landscape lighting increases curb appeal, bringing new buyers and raising the value of your real estate.

For a fast, professional lighting installation in the southeast, call Southern Nights Illuminations.

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Outdoor Sports Lighting

So much goes into creating a safe outdoor playing space. Field managers have to consider the durability of different turfgrasses, how uneven ground could cause player injury, and the playability of sports fields. They have to think about the players, the fans, and the coaches. Whether you’re planning a professional sports stadium or a recreational field for Parks and Recs use, getting the details right keeps players safe, focused, and happy. So why skimp on the most important detail for sports after dark?

Outdoor Lighting for Sporting Fields

Braves' Game Sports LightingField lighting is a must-have for games after dark, but it’s important for dusk and early morning games as well. Outdoor lighting illuminates sports fields, creating a safe, even playing space. Self-installed floodlights can create harsh shadows, hide hidden divots or dips, and decrease the level of competition. Quality LED lighting mimics daylight, creating uniform lighting across the field. By chasing away shadows and revealing uneven ground, sports lights help prevent mishap and player injury. Sports field lighting increases competition by eliminating the distraction caused by shifting light and shadows. Precise, custom lighting provides uniform visibility across the field, allowing players to see farther and react faster to game-changing plays. Artfully designed outdoor lighting also gives the audience better visibility, so they can see the best plays as they happen, whether they’re watching their child’s first soccer game or the Braves making a winning catch.

Don’t interrupt the game when dusk falls on the field. Level the playing field with custom LED sports lighting. Call Southern Nights Illuminations today.

Brighten Up Your Home’s Unique Spaces

When homeowners hire outdoor lighting contractors, their focal points are usually the exterior of the house, the garden and landscape, and potentially dangerous areas around pathways where guests could trip and fall. While each of these are key aspects of outdoor lighting, there’s more to creating an outdoor oasis than home security and illuminating beautiful flowers. If you want your real estate to make a statement, consider architectural and specialty lighting for Atlanta homes.

Architectural Lighting for the Home

It’s no surprise that Americans take pride in their landscapes. When we have beautiful yards, it’s because we spend seasons designing, planting, and tending our outdoor spaces. Gardens are both elegant and adaptable. When we accentuate the transient beauty of nature, we decorate our homes with an ever-changing visual masterpiece. But the solid structures of your home can add just as much curb appeal. Home facades with intricate detail and unique architectural structures often fall into shadow when lighting designers focus too heavily on the landscape. However, when your electrical contractor enhances your home’s features, your house can come alive after dark. Architectural lighting softens edges that look sharp after dark, defines focal points with carefully placed task lighting, and adds depth and contrast between the home’s exterior and the landscape. Make your home facade shine day or night with professional architectural lighting.

Illuminating Manmade Structures

landscape lightingManmade structures can provide a variety of artistic functions for your home masterpiece. They can create places of visual rest with simple elegance and clean lines. They can accentuate the landscape by contrasting rough-hewn retaining walls with wild, blooming plant life. They can even become a focal point in their own right, drawing the eye with tasteful designs and beautifully enhanced functionality. The hardscape elements of the home can create just as much beauty as the softer landscape elements. Emphasize the structures that add dimension to your home by installing soft, daylight-mimicking fixtures beneath outdoor stone benches, illuminating arbors and garden gazebos, and creating an interplay of light with the cascading water of home fountains.

Create depth and definition with architectural outdoor lighting. Call Southern Nights Illuminations to schedule a free architectural lighting consultation.


Our Best Lighting Blogs

Not sure where to start on your next outdoor lighting project? Our most popular lighting blogs will take you through the process of designing custom outdoor lighting. Learn about Southern Nights Illuminations, what makes our outdoor lighting unique, and how LED lighting can improve your home or business.

Our 5 Best Lighting Blogs (and Why)

southern nights illuminations logoThe Facts About LED Lighting: Most people know that LED lighting conserves energy, but not everyone knows the myriad other benefits of outdoor LED lights. Learn why you should consider LEDs for your outdoor lighting project.

Elegant Home Security Lighting: Security lighting doesn’t have to be harsh and bright – in fact, floodlights are proven to increase security risks. Learn how Southern Nights Illuminations marries beauty with functionality in our home security lighting designs.

Security Lighting for Apartment Complexes: Apartment complexes are home to hundreds of residents, but many apartments have dim, scattered outdoor lighting. LED outdoor lighting improves security in apartment buildings, makes tenants feel at home in community spaces, and highlights the beauty of landscapes and architecture. Make your renters feel safe coming home at night with professional outdoor security lighting.

Troubleshooting Your Outdoor Lighting: Quality outdoor lighting rarely malfunctions, but if something goes wrong, you don’t need to replace the entire system. Learn to troubleshoot simple outdoor lighting problems without calling the professionals.

Shedding the Light on Moonlight: Outdoor lighting isn’t just about increasing home security and reducing the risk of nighttime injuries. At Southern Nights Illuminations we take pride in creating individual lighting masterpieces based on the needs and aesthetics of each customer. Our lighting mimics natural light using techniques like uplighting, downlighting, and “moonlighting” to give homeowners subtle, elegant landscape illumination.

Have a question about creating a quality outdoor lighting design? Call Southern Nights Illuminations.

Lighting as Unique as Your Landscape

Your landscape has its own unique characteristics, so why should you settle for uniform outdoor lighting? The lighting designers at Southern Nights Illuminations have the skills necessary to build personalized outdoor lighting masterpieces for your home or business. Make your nighttime landscape come alive with elegant, efficient LED landscape lighting.

Lighting Depth

custom landscape illuminationMany inexperienced electrical contractors believe that installing outdoor lighting is simply a matter of illuminating walkways and brightening dark corners. But each landscape has its own depth, color, and personality for outdoor lighting to enhance, not diminish. When you call Southern Nights Illuminations we’ll send a lighting technician to walk your grounds, taking into account not only your preferred lighting design, but also the slope of the landscape, the ideal color temperature for LED light bulbs, and the depth of garden plants and trees. When we create your landscape lighting, you’re guaranteed:

  • Lights that emphasize the unique architectural and landscape features of your home
  • A color temperature that brightens and softly enhances your landscape
  • Soft, blanket illumination for your yard and specific task lighting to illuminate your home’s key features
  • Lighting for hardscapes, landscapes, and architectural features as discussed in your lighting consultation
  • Illumination that works with the natural slope and growth of your yard
  • Multipurpose lighting crafted and installed for both beauty and functionality

Practical Lighting Considerations

Landscape lighting isn’t just installed to create an elegant, welcoming home nightscapes. Our lighting technicians will install lights that improve the aesthetics of your home while providing solutions for home safety, security, and energy-efficiency. We carefully place each feature to brighten the landscape, provide visibility after dark, and deter trespassers by mimicking natural daylight. We also consider the growth of trees and bushes, potential landscaping developments, the ease of lighting maintenance, and how to decrease energy use for your landscape lighting.

Call Southern Nights Illuminations to schedule a free custom landscape lighting evaluation.

Stars, Stripes, and Bursts of Light

When the average American thinks of the 4th of July, he thinks about hundreds of lights exploding in the hot night air. Whereas Christmas and New Years’ dazzling light displays are merely a garnish on holiday presents, resolutions, and four course meals, 4th of July festivities revolve around these brilliant bolts of illumination. If you’re organizing an Independence Day party for the Land of the Free, don’t forget the power of good outdoor lighting.

Holiday Light Displays

Are you the type of person who goes all-out for every event? Do you plan extravagant birthday parties, dress in all green for St. Patrick’s Day, and buy your Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving? The 4th of July is an excellent opportunity to show off your patriotic spirit. Hang tasteful twinkle lights around your outdoor entertaining area, trim the house in red, white and blue, and transform your patio into a brightly lit tribute to the U.S.A. Want a timed light display, a string of mock fireworks on your roof, or elaborate 4th of July lights you simply don’t have time for? Call Southern Nights Illuminations and ask about our holiday light displays.

Landscape Lighting

If you love to entertain, it’s imperative to invest in landscape lighting for your home. Not only does outdoor lighting illuminate the best features of your home, it also keeps party guests safe. Instead of hoping guests don’t twist an ankle at dusk, provide your party with elegant outdoor safety lighting. Call Southern Nights Illuminations to install landscape lighting, safety lights around walkways and stairs, and soft, warm architectural lighting to welcome your friends and neighbors to the festivities.


night lights - fireworksIt’s not the 4th of July without fireworks. Whether you’re stocking sparklers in the backyard or attending your local fireworks show, there’s nothing quite light watching brightly colored lights dazzle against the night sky. Research the best shows in your area, and make sure you double-check the Georgia, Alabama, or Florida fireworks laws before lighting up your own show.

Want festive party lighting, elegant landscape lighting, or subtle security lighting for your southeastern United States home? Call Southern Nights Illuminations for a free lighting consult.

Outdoor Lighting Careers

southern nights illuminations crewAre you an experienced electrician looking for a new career opportunity? Or perhaps you’re a recently certified lighting technician searching for a job with great benefits and potential for in-company growth? Southern Nights Illuminations is looking for outdoor lighting contractors to join our Atlanta team. If you’re a qualified lighting professional interested in installing custom-designed outdoor lighting, learn more about the job opportunities at our Atlanta-based company.

Southern Nights Illuminations

Southern Nights Illuminations brings almost 20 years of contracting experience to the outdoor lighting industry. Our teams specialize in designing, building, and maintaining outdoor lights for homes and businesses. We also excel at providing security and landscape lighting for neighborhoods and municipal projects. Southern Nights Illuminations installs quality LED lighting across the Southeast. Our projects often include a combination of landscape lighting, security light installs, architectural illumination, and specialty/task lighting.

Tree Climber/Landscape Lighting

We are seeking an experienced tree climber for the installation and service of landscape and security lighting systems. Installation involves rope and saddle techniques; we do not utilize spikes or use chain saws. Our projects include general outdoor lighting, moonlighting, and other electrical services. The position will involve some travel. Travel expenses and accommodations are covered. Lighting installation crew members receive $20-25 an hour (depending on experience), overtime, paid vacation, and paid holiday.

Electrical and Lighting Crew Leader

Southern Nights Illuminations is seeking an experienced electrical lighting contractor to manage a crew based out of Atlanta. Projects may include landscape illumination (including “moonlighting” in trees), retrofitting HID lighting to LED lighting, and installing/servicing landscape and security lighting. Applicants must have extensive knowledge of low voltage and line voltage supply wiring, photocells, time clocks and contractors, trouble shooting electrical systems, and basic landscape lighting systems. Position offers a competitive hourly rate of $20-25, overtime, paid vacation, paid holidays, and commissions on sales. Crew leader should expect some travel across the Southeastern United States. Hotel and daily per diem compensated on travel work.

Interested in a full time position as an outdoor lighting contractor in Atlanta? Call Southern Nights Illuminations and ask about career opportunities.

LED Lighting for Homes, Businesses, and Cities

LED lights are all the rage these days. They provide better illumination, last years longer than incandescent bulbs, and significantly reduce energy consumption. They give lighting contractors more freedom to create quality outdoor lighting for homes and businesses. And in the long run, they more than pay for themselves with lower electricity bills and next to zero maintenance costs. But with so much information inundating homeowners daily, it’s easy to loose track of why you should install LED lighting. Brush up on your LED basics.

Residential Outdoor Lighting

LED lights provide homeowners with versatile, functional landscape and security lighting. Due to the flexibility of light temperature, light quality, and fixture design, we can use LED lighting to create an outdoor masterpiece based on the natural and inanimate features of each homeowner’s architecture and landscape. Despite what sensationalist journalism leads people to believe, LED lights are 100% free of toxic chemicals and non-recyclable materials, making them safe for individual families and the environment.

LED Lighting for Businesses

When businesses install LED lighting, they install quality-assured illumination. LEDs use less energy and burn over 15x as long as incandescent bulbs, making them the smart choice for both design and long term cost efficiency. Unlike many lights, LED fixtures have easily manipulated light dispersal. Professional lighting contractors can create soft, blanket lighting that mimics daylight instead of installing harsh flood lights that might actually decrease business security.

Municipal Outdoor Lighting

roadway lightingCities who install LED lighting see an increase in driver visibility, a decrease in crime, and a renewed sense of safety among residents. Because LED fixtures have more durable components, they don’t break or rust when exposed to the elements. LED lights are resistant to shocks, vibrations, and impact as well as wind, storms, humidity, and the brine of coastal regions. LED lights rarely require maintenance or new bulbs, decreasing the cost and inconvenience of maintaining street lights and other municipal outdoor lighting.

Want to learn more about LED lighting? Call Southern Nights Illuminations today.

Ready, Aim, Illuminate

When designing lighting for outdoor spaces, fixture placement often determines the effectiveness of each nightscape. Where and how the lighting technician anchors a fixture affects the light quality, security benefits, and artistry of the overall lighting design. During the preliminary stages of drawing blueprints, our team members analyze home aesthetics and practical design elements to give our customers the best LED lighting for their outdoor spaces.

Setting the Night Scene

palm tree - uplightingSouthern Nights Illuminations doesn’t simply light your outdoor areas, we consider the growth of trees and plants, the shadows caused by permanent hardscapes, and the delicate balance between secure and atmospheric lighting. Our basic lighting designs illuminate driveways and porches, unique architectural features, and noteworthy natural elements in the landscape. Depending on the goals of the customer, we can brightly illuminate poolside entertaining areas, create focal points out of stone benches and elegant fountains, and install task lighting for areas commonly used after dark. While many lighting contractors simply wire bright floodlights in key places across the landscape, our professional Atlanta lighting designers know that bright lights will wash out the landscape, create light pollution, and negatively impact home security. The team at Southern Nights Illuminations considers every aspect of beauty and practicality before installing that first fixture.

Determining Fixture Placement

Appropriate fixture placement is the key to designing the best Atlanta landscape lighting. Our technicians consider:

  • How low-voltage LEDs can illuminate landscapes better than halogen lights
  • What size fixture/bulb is needed
  • The height of architectural and task lighting
  • Uplighting, downlighting, and moonlighting techniques
  • Potential growth of trees, shrubs, and flowers
  • How to illuminate unique landscape features without causing light pollution
  • The best way to create soft, natural lighting and reduce glare
  • Where task lighting is necessary
  • How proper fixture placement can conserve energy
  • Which fixtures will be exposed to the elements
  • How and when to conceal lighting fixtures

Call Southern Nights Illuminations to learn more about improving your home with outdoor lighting.

Customizing Outdoor Home Lighting

artistic landscape lightingSouthern Nights illuminations follows artistic design principles for outdoor lighting to give our customers elegant nightscapes and increased home security. But the most crucial skill of electrical contractors is adaptability. Our team members install quality fixtures, taking into account light quality, coloring, and the lay of the land to give homeowners the best outdoor lighting experience. Instead of installing dangerous DIY lighting or relying on an electrical engineer who only understands basics illumination techniques, call your Atlanta landscape lighting professionals.

Principles of Outdoor Lighting Design

There are four major types of outdoor lighting for the home: architectural lighting, landscape lighting, task lighting, and security lighting. When we design your outdoor illumination, we combine each of these components into a comprehensive lighting project. You might hire us to illuminate your flowerbeds, but we consider how your lighting will offset the house, how well it will light up sidewalks, and how it can increase your home security. When designing outdoor lightscapes, we also consider depth and balance, focal points, practicality, light quality, direction of individual fixtures, and subtle color temperatures in each bulb. When you call Southern Nights Illuminations you’re not just getting a few lights to brighten your home after dark, you’re getting a lighting masterpiece that will illuminate and beautify your home.

Illuminating Individual Landscapes

When designing landscape lighting, it’s important to work with the plant life, manmade fixtures, and natural slope of individual landscapes. When you call us for a lighting estimate, we send a lighting designer to your home to examine your landscape, discuss your lighting goals, and develop a personalized blueprint for your landscape lighting. We determine how to protect fixtures from the elements, where to place fixtures to provide the best illumination, and how subtle changes of lighting temperature can beautify your home. Customers have no obligation until we install the first lighting fixture, so you’re free to redesign your landscape, add or subtract lighting services, and discuss the principles of light quality with your lighting professional at no charge.

Call Southern Nights Illuminations for your free landscape lighting consultation.