3 Reasons to Switch to LED Security Lighting

LEDs are the outdoor lighting solution on everyone’s mind. With the drop in price on LED lighting, more and more consumers are making the switch to energy-efficient outdoor lighting. If you’re not convinced about installing an LED security lighting system, here are the top 3 ways LEDs have revolutionized security illumination.

Why Switch to LED Security Lighting?

  1. LED Security LightingLEDs are efficient. The biggest (and most well known) selling point for LED lighting is its energy efficiency. LED lights initially cost more than other security lighting options, but they quickly make up the difference in long life and reduced energy expenditure. Over the course of 100,000 hours (about 11 years), LED lights can save homeowners roughly $45,000 in energy bills.
  2. LED lighting is effective. Most security lights – particularly the ever-popular mercury vapor flood lights – don’t direct light, but shine harsh illumination down, out, and around the area. Rather than aiding security, this method of lighting creates light pollution, glare, and deep shadows that make it easier for intruders to conceal themselves. LED security lighting directs light to targeted areas, allowing outdoor lighting designers to illuminate an entire property without polluting the night with excess light.
  3. Blue LEDs just won the nobel prize. If you need a reason to switch to LED security lighting, look no further than the 2014 nobel prize. Earlier this month Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano, and Shuji Nakamura won the nobel prize for the invention of the blue light-emitting diode, a discovery that “triggered a fundamental transformation of lighting technology.”

Get energy-efficient LED security lighting that will protect your home or business without causing light pollution or harsh glares. Call Southern Nights Illuminations today and schedule your free security lighting consultation.

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LED Lighting – Back to Basics

Whether you’re a fan of low-energy lighting or you prefer more familiar incandescent bulbs, you’re probably familiar with the benefits of LED lighting. LEDs, once expensive home illumination for the rich and the hyper eco-conscious, have dropped in price and expanded in reach. Today homeowners, businesses, and even cities choose LEDs for security lighting and architectural illumination. But what is an LED, exactly, and why is it so beneficial for outdoor lighting?

Light Emitting Diode

An LED is a light-emitting diode, a solid semiconductor that emits light when a current passes through it. Engineers specifically design LED bulbs based on their intended purpose: indoor lighting, outdoor lighting, holiday lighting, or security lighting. Each LED fixture is specifically chosen to give a business or residence the best security, nighttime illumination, and aesthetically-pleasing light possible.

Benefits of LEDs

LED light close upEven homeowners who use incandescent lighting likely know the key benefits of LED lighting. LEDs are low-energy lighting, saving homeowners up to $1500 per year in energy bills. LED lighting lasts almost three times longer than mercury vapor lighting (and 15 times longer than incandescent bulbs). But installing LED lighting in your home or business has other, less obvious benefits:

  • LEDs mimic daylight, eliminating harsh shadows and increasing the efficiency of home security lighting
  • LED lighting has instant illumination and restrike
  • LEDs work in cold temperatures without requiring warmup
  • LED lights won’t go “lights out” if a single LED fails
  • LEDs contain no mercury or other toxic chemicals
  • LEDs are dark sky friendly – they let off less light pollution than incandescent, mercury vapor, fluorescent, or halogen bulbs

Are you ready to transform your home with low-energy illumination? Call Southern Nights Illuminations for a free consultation on installing home security lighting.

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Security Lighting for Businesses

October has finally arrived, and with it, a renewed concern about safety after dark. The days are getting cooler, the nights are getting longer, and intruders are getting bolder every day. As homeowners worry about keeping their kids safe this Halloween, business owners worry about protecting their employees, customers, and business assets during one of the most crime-heavy times of the year. In fact, increased security is such a priority in October that the National Crime Prevention Council has named it Crime Prevention Month.

Outdoor Lighting for Business Security

Alarm systems alert business owners about breaches in their premises, but outdoor security lighting is the best way to prevent crime before it happens. Security lighting deters criminals by alerting bystanders to intruders. It also improves safety and may decrease the cost of insuring your building.

Where Function Meets Aesthetics

floodlights with harsh shadowsHarsh, bright security lighting isn’t just unattractive to customers; it actually increases the likelihood of criminals targeting your business. Floodlights create deep shadows and harsh glares, giving criminals places to hide. By hiring professional contractors to install security lighting for your business, you can guarantee both style and security in your outdoor lighting.

LED fixtures installed by Southern Nights Illuminations mimic daylight, creating a soft, welcoming atmosphere and eliminating the shadows that could obscure intruders. For added security to high-risk areas, install task lighting around ATMs, doorways, and in parking lots.

The best outdoor lighting is appealing and functional. Call Southern Nights Illuminations to install bright, beautiful security lighting for your Atlanta business.

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Planning a Holiday Masterpiece

globe christmas lightsIt’s hard to believe that fall is already here. It seems like just yesterday we were diving into summer, and now the season for cool nights and pumpkin spice lattes has arrived.

Believe it or not, winter will arrive just as swiftly, leaving families scrambling to find a Christmas tree, hang holiday decorations, and buy presents for the people they love. Cross one item off your holiday to-do list by designing your Christmas lighting blueprint before winter arrives.

3 Decisions to Make about Christmas Lights Right Now

  1. DIY or Professional. Christmas lights are one project many homeowners, HOA reps, and business managers try to tackle for themselves. But just because you can hang your own holiday lights doesn’t mean it’s the most efficient option. DIY Christmas lighting seems like a straightforward process, but it often ends up wasting time and energy better spent on other holiday tasks. When you book a custom Christmas light design from Southern Nights Illuminations, you’re guaranteeing a timely installation of Christmas lights, safety and convenience, and a unique holiday display tailored to your personal tastes.

  2. Energy-Efficiency. Due to the growing popularity of energy-efficient lighting and the steadily decreasing cost of production, LED Christmas lights are cheaper than ever. Many hardware stores are so sold on these holiday light displays that, in past years, they’ve offered a free upgrade to anyone willing to trade in their old Christmas lights. Southern Nights Illuminations prefers to LED lighting for outdoor projects because its eco-friendly, cost-efficient, and lasts roughly 15 times longer than incandescent bulbs.

  3. Design. Not all Christmas lights are created equal. As you contemplate which holiday lights would best suit your home, don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Get started with:

  • Traditional Christmas lights on the eves of the house
  • String lights wrapped around trees and shrubs
  • White lights, twinkle lights, or colored lights
  • Christmas lights lining fences, accentuating garlands, and emphasizing wreaths
  • Rooftop holiday lighting
  • Globe lights hung from branches and beams
  • Timed Christmas lighting displays
  • An outdoor Christmas tree bedecked in bright lights

Do you want safe, elegant Christmas lighting for your home or business without the hassle of untangling lights, balancing on ladders, and hunting for that one loose bulb? Call Southern Nights Illuminations to design a festive, professional Christmas light display for the upcoming holiday season.

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Illuminating the Meaning of Light

Light is a powerful motivator. It can inspire us to seek beauty, encourage us to persevere, and illuminate the warmth in our lives. “Lighting the darkness” can mean anything from simply flipping a switch to reminding ourselves of the warmth and love in our lives.

At Southern Nights Illuminations, we’re experts at the artistry of creating bright, functional nightscapes. But sometimes its worthwhile to step back and remember just what light means. Take a look at our favorite inspiring quotes about lighting.

Our Favorite Quotes About Light

  • light and landscapes - sun breaking through clouds“Let there be light.” It’s telling that the world begins with a light breaking through the void. Genesis 1:3-4 illuminates the creation of light, even before the universe was formed. It’s no wonder that we have such an intrinsic desire to light up the world around us.
  • “It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “Happiness can be found even in the darkest times if one only remembers to turn on the light.” J.K. Rowling uses the metaphor of light to give hope to those struggling through dark times.
  • “A blessing is a circle of light drawn around a person to protect, heal, and strengthen.” John O’Donohue articulates the power of light, both physically and metaphorically, in our lives. A circle of illumination creates warmth, welcome, and safety for those who rest in it.
  • “I really just want to be that warm, yellow light that pours over everyone I love.” – Conor Oberst

Outdoor lighting provides more than just inspiration. It’s a refuge from nighttime hazards, a bright stage to entertain, and a warm space to bask in the love of family and friends. Light up your world with custom-designed outdoor lighting from Southern Nights Illuminations.

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Coastal Lighting Solutions: A new chapter for Southern Nights

lighting for a fountain

Get the most from your landscape with the right lighting installation.

When it comes to electrical contracting, you want to take advantage of the latest technologies and innovations in the industry while also working with a company that has a legacy of great work and great service. You should be able to have your cake and eat it, too when it comes to getting the newest technologies along with a company you can trust.

Southern Nights: The History behind Coastal Lighting Solutions

While Coastal Lighting Solutions may be a new name to you, you might recognize the name Southern Nights. Southern Nights, a Fairhope-based landscape and security lighting company, was the original lighting company of Tony Alexander. There, Tony and his team gained over 20 years of experience in the lighting business while staying up-to-date and fresh in the industry. Tony opened Coastal Lighting Solutions as a breath of fresh air into the industry in 2012. While Coastal Lighting Solutions maintains the legacy, hard work, and trust that clients and friends established in Southern Nights, with our new name comes a new focus on sustainability, helping our clients to save on their monthly energy costs through green technologies such as LED lighting.

What to expect from Coastal Lighting Solutions today

Coastal Lighting Solutions provides you with a reliable, reputable company that can give you the lighting and electrical contracting services you need to be more sustainable and energy efficient in your home or business. We can help you through all stages of a project, from design and layout to installation and even repair and service throughout the years. We’re a licensed electrical contracting company with experienced professionals ready to help you with your lighting needs.

We’re looking forward to the future of Coastal Lighting Solutions and to the new innovations in lighting that are hitting the market daily. What outdoor lighting trend has you the most intrigued right now?