What Is The Difference Between Centennial Brass VS Aluminum In South Florida Due To High Salt Water Environment And Rain?

Considering the high salt water environment and tropical climate of South Florida, many property owners have to deal with its impact on metal fixtures of their homes and buildings. South Florida experience rainfall for almost 6 months every year. Therefore, when it comes to selecting fixtures for your exterior lighting, you need to know which metal fixture can perform best in the tropical climate of South Florida. You also need to consider the high salt water environment of South Florida when selecting metal fixtures for landscape lighting.

The coastal areas of South Florida are beautiful locations for residential buildings but also pose great challenges in protecting architectural lighting fixtures from corrosion. Aluminum can be a durable and lightweight metal for outdoor lighting as long as it is not exposed to a condition that can destroy its protective oxide coating, which helps in preventing corrosion. Aluminum resists corrosion that occurs due to moisture and air but high salt environment and rain in South Florida can cause a condition called oxidation to your aluminum garden lighting fixtures, which discolor the surface of the aluminum.

Therefore, the best option for exterior lighting fixture is centennial brass. It is the most suitable material for all kinds of architectural lighting fixtures including landscape and lighting and garden lighting in a high salt water environment and tropical climate like South Florida. Brass in a common term used for a variety of copper-zinc alloys with an extensive range of advantages in term of durability, machinability, solidity, ductility, color, wear-resistance, and corrosion resistance. Unlike expensive aluminum, brass is reasonably priced. Brass is among a few types of metal that are highly resistant to corrosion and does not rust even in most harsh conditions.

For those who are concerned about the lighting design, at Lampscape Designs, we offer a wide range of centennial brass exterior lighting fixtures by Kichler. Centennial brass has an innate vintage looks and feels because of its golden and brown undertones. The patina over time will perfectly complement traditional style houses and make a great fusion if your home has a contemporary look. Centennial brass outdoor lighting fixtures are durable and thick-walled, which make them ideal for the most environment including the tropical climate of South Florida. To know more about why centennial brass exterior lighting fixtures by Kichler are best for your landscape lighting needs, call us now to talk to our exterior lighting experts.

VLO Landscape Lighting By Kichler

Variable Lumen Output is the latest standard in landscape lighting design, flexibility, and installation. Each of the Variable Lumen Output fixture offers three different lumen outputs and you can conveniently select your desired output with a magnetic key. This drastically reduces the high risk of failure associated with a mechanical regulator. Variable Lumen Output is based on a smart technology, which enables us to allow our clients to enjoy more personalized landscape lighting effects upon the initial install while carrying less number of fixtures. In addition to that, Variable Lumen Output fixtures can be adjusted according to the requirements of a landscape over time. 

At Lampscape Designs, we only deal with the best exterior lighting solutions and we use Kichler for all our outdoor lighting including both architectural lighting and garden lighting. We prefer Kichler because they have a reputation and they also offer a guarantee, which is superior to any other landscape lighting product manufacturer. Kichler offers above 1500 exterior lighting products to choose from. This means that when it comes to LED light fixtures, our lighting design experts could deliver anything to satisfy your landscape lighting requirements. 

Here is how we use Kichler outdoor lighting products:

As we start working on our clients’ desired landscape lighting design, we discuss a wide range of types and style of exterior lighting fixtures and products from Kichler that they may wish to consider prior to the landscape lighting installation process. We are aimed at ensuring that your outdoor lighting products are cost-effective, energy efficient, and last for a long time. The duo of Kichler outdoor lighting products and Lampscape Designs Landscape lighting services assures a stress-free outdoor lighting experience. To know more about why Kichler is best for your landscape lighting needs, call us now to talk to our exterior lighting experts.

Landscape Lighting Brings Security and Aesthetic Beauty to Your Home or Business

Whether you are concerned about safety at your home or at a commercial property you own, landscape lighting could be the solution for you. Illumination by Lampscape Designs could provide your home or business with a safely lit environment and plenty of light to enjoy evening activities, parties, events, and much more.

The shorter days and longer nights of the winter season mean that your home, yard, and property will be shrouded in darkness a bit more often. Whether you are concerned about safety at your home or at a commercial property you own, landscape lighting could be the solution for you. Illumination by Lampscape Designs could provide your home or business with a safely lit environment and plenty of light to enjoy evening activities, parties, events, and much more.

A dark front yard, back yard, or pool area could easily invite crime. In low light environments, criminals are much more likely to commit robberies because they can avoid detection. Insufficient exterior lighting means that there could be unfortunate shadows on your property, which are sought out as hiding spots by opportunists. Security is your primary concern and your property is a big investment. They say that locks keep honest people honest, a brightly lit environment with landscape lighting can help with that as well.

Similarly, darkness makes it difficult to safely enjoy nighttime activities in your yard or on your property. Tree branches, swimming pools, holes, and steps that pose no threat to people during the day could become potential hazards at night. The abundant wildlife here in the Sunshine State could seek shelter on a dimly-lit patio, creating a dangerous situation for you or your beloved pets. At the very least, a dark yard or outdoor space is not inviting to wild animals. Your family and guests will not be inclined to enjoy your outdoor areas and the beautiful South Florida weather as often without proper illumination.

Landscape lighting is a low cost, effective way to deter crime and prevent serious accidents from occurring on your property. Lampscape Designs has mastered the art of providing customers in Broward and Dade Counties with lighting that is not only top quality, but beautiful. Lampscape Designs offers truly unique custom lighting plans that can illuminate the exterior of your home or business in a way that visually elevates the structure’s architecture. We also work diligently to create a lighting design that enhances the natural landscape that surrounds your property. From the design process to the installation, our team of landscape lighting experts can help you achieve both striking aesthetics and security at your residence or commercial property.

Lampscape Designs is South Florida’s trusted expert for artistic, custom landscape lighting. We understand that it is not necessary to draw attention to your home – after all, you don’t want to anger the neighbors! Our tasteful designs will please the eye, give your property massive curb appeal, and our experts can provide you with plenty of options to fit your budget and address your safety concerns. For more information about how Lampscape Designs can enhance your home or business and bring peace of mind to you, visit our website: https://lampscapedesigns.com/ or call us today in Broward: (954) 474-4799 or in Miami-Dade: (305) 259-5483. We are fully licensed in both Broward and Miami-Dade Counties. We would love for you to let us know how we can help you achieve the look and security you desire with the help of landscape lighting.

Don’t Stay in the Dark About Outdoor Lighting: Let the Specialists Shine

Experts in the exterior lighting business cast a long shadow. A professional knows how to underscore the best features of your outdoor spaces in a non-generic way, illuminating each peak & crevice with an elegance that other contractors lack. Outdoor lighting companies don’t treat installation as a secondary service. Professional services can range from string lighting to moonlight simulation.

At Lampscape Designs, our expert team keeps up with the latest in lighting trends, quality & installation techniques. We make it a point to look at the design, optimizing your property for its unique colors, architecture, and textures. By placing lights strategically within the space, we veer away from gaudier approaches while avoiding dark spots. As specialists, we also carry higher-quality, low voltage LED fixtures that look nice & last against inclement weather. Conversely, improper lighting burns out faster and neglects areas with uneven footing or thick greenery. We work with you to light up a safe route that takes all factors into consideration, even where toys and other objects might end up in someone’s way. What’s more, normal activities and landscaping changes can dislodge wires. We can provide a low maintenance, good-looking solution.

A Lampscape Designs professional knows how to underscore the best features of your outdoor spaces in a non-generic way, illuminating each peak & crevice with an elegance that other contractors lack.

Professionals also know how to match your lighting needs to the right ambiance. We understand the keen artistry and skill level of this work. As a result, we don’t believe in a cookie cutter/ one-size-fits-all approach. We can install long life LED fixtures, fulfilling both your functional and decorative needs with a pleasing color and strong build. An expert-level attention to detail saves you both money and time. We know how to work with what you’ve got – whether it’s that stunning outdoor fireplace or your uniquely shaped patio furniture. Give your house that soft, homey glow. We’ll light the way, visit: https://lampscapedesigns.com/

NOVEMBER 1ST IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER…DON’T BE LEFT IN THE DARK!

It was 1895 when New Zealander George Hudson first proposed what we today know as “Day Light Savings Time.” Back then, it was thought the extra day light hours would benefit farming and harvesting schedules. Today, however, we at Lampscape Designs appreciate a more aestitically pleasing outcome of the Fall-Back time change we will all experience come November 1st: the oppurtunity to come home to a beautifully lit home againts a darkening sky!

 

Most of the year, our clients come home from their workday when the sun is still out and miss the oppurtunity to see their home beautifully lit up. Come November 1st, however, a brighter welcome is awaiting them. With holiday parties and cooler weather right around the corner, this is a great time for us to design your landscape lighting needs. Our cutting edge astronomical timers will not only ensure you make the most of the night, but are extremely convenient and cost effective as well. Holiday Season is outdoor gathering season in Miami and the rest of south Florida. Let us show you just how warm and welcoming our landscape designs can be!

TOP 5 BENEFITS OF LED LANDSCAPE LIGHTING

1. Long Life

Long life time stands out as the number one benefit of LED lights. LED bulbs and diodes have an outstanding operational life time expectation of up to 100.000 hours. This is 11 years of continuous operation, or 22 years of 50% operation. If you leave on an LED fixture for 8h per day it would take around 20 years before you’d have to replace the LED bulb.

LED’s are different to standard lighting: They don’t really burn out and stop working like a standard light, moreover the lighting diodes emit lower output levels over a very long period of time and become less bright.

2. Energy Efficiency

Today’s most efficient way of illumination and lighting, with an estimated energy efficiency of 80%-90% when compared to traditional lighting and conventional light bulbs. This means that about 80% of the electrical energy is converted to light, while roughly 20% is lost and converted into other forms of energy such as heat.

With traditional incandescent light bulbs which operate at 20% energy efficiency only, up to 80% of the electricity is lost as heat.

 

3. Durable Quality

LEDs are extremely durable and built with sturdy components that are highly rugged and can withstand even the roughest conditions.

Because LED lights are resistant to shock, vibrations and external impacts, they make great outdoor lighting systems for rough conditions and exposure to weather, wind, rain or even external vandalism, traffic related public exposure and construction or manufacturing sites.

 

4. Instant Lighting & Frequent Switching

LED lights brighten up immediately and when powered on verses conventional lighting which needs time to warm up and brightens up over time.

Also, LED lights can switched off and on frequently and without affecting the LED’s lifetime or light emission. In contrast, frequent on/off switching of conventional lighting does drastically reduce operational life expectancy.

 

5. Low-Voltage

A low-voltage power supply is sufficient for LED illumination. This makes it easy to use LED lighting in outdoor settings. An energy efficient and discrete converter/transformer system is utilized to power your system.

THE IMPORTANCE OF HIRING PROPERLY LICENSED CONTRACTORS

Every year, countless Florida residents and business owners suffer the consequences of hiring unlicensed contracting professionals. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the client to ensure the individuals they are hiring, as well as the company they are representing, are properly licensed and insured. You can visit the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation (DBPR) in order to verify the status of an individual and/or a business entity. Ensure your contractors are willing to offer their license number; there is nothing prohibiting someone from claiming to be licensed and insured when in fact they are not. Ours is ES12001224 and is listed on every one of our web pages; please look us up! Until someone reports an individual or business to the DBPR for making a false claim, they can continue to operate with impunity. When it comes to electrical work, such as landscape lighting, this responsibility is exceedingly important. If a homeowner were to contract electrical work on their property which leads to damage of any sort, insurance companies may refuse to honor your claims when they come to find out that your contractor was not properly licensed.

 

Avoid such a tragedy and insist on professional, licensed experts from the beginning. At Lampscape Designs, we understand the importance of this responsibility and what it means to our employees and our clients. We encourage you to visit Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation today and insure you are working with South Florida’s premier – licensed – landscape lighting experts.

 

Quick facts about licensing in the state of Florida:

 

  • According to Florida Statute 455.228 if you hire an unlicensed person, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) may issue a cease and desist order and take you to Circuit Court which has the authority to impose a civil penalty up to $5,000 for aiding and abetting unlicensed activity.
  • If you hire an unlicensed person, you may actually pay more for the job than if you had hired a licensed contractor. Especially if the work is done incorrectly or never finished. You may have to pay much more to correct or finish the job.
  • If you pull a permit for an unlicensed contractor, you are held responsible for the work, not the unlicensed person.
  • If the unlicensed person fails to pay the sub-contractor or suppliers, you will be required to pay them, even though you have already paid the unlicensed person.
  • Plumbing, electrical, heating and air conditioning work must be done only by licensed contractors in each specific trade.
  • Home improvement contractors must be Certified by the State of Florida or have County Certification.
  • There is no such thing as a “jack-of-all trades” or “handyman” that does not require licensure.
  • A Local Business Tax Receipt (formerly Occupational License) is not a Contractor’s License. It is a tax for the privilege of engaging in the managing of a business or profession. FS 205.032
  • You can be held liable for injury of individuals working on your property if the unlicensed person has no insurance including the unlicensed person’s injuries.

CELEBRATE OUR ANNIVERSARY WITH AN INTRODUCTORY OFFER!

It was 15 years ago this April that Lampscape Designs’ Adrian Palacios, CEO and Lead Designer, decided to take the plunge. After several years of being a part of a premier lighting fixture company, he embarked on a journey to shine light on beautiful South Florida homes and commercial properties. “I had established the knowledge base regarding great fixtures and the hardware, but realized that my true passion lay with manipulating and crafting light to create beautiful night time landscapes.” With this drive, Lampscape Designs was born. Adrian and his partners started just like any other business: small, fearful and full of passion and determination. 15 years later, they have enlightened the vision of countless homes and commercial properties in South Florida.

 

In celebration of this milestone, Lampscape Designs would like to offer a unique introductory offer. Schedule a free consultation during the month of April and receive $300 off the price of any design and installation of 15 fixtures or more. Spring is here and summer nights are around the corner. This is a perfect opportunity to explore the outdoor lighting you have always dreamed of for your home. Lampscape Designs is the premier landscape lighting design specialist in Miami, serving all of South Florida. Along with being fully licensed and insured,  you can be confident that they will leverage every bit of their now 15 years of experience to exceed your expectations.

OUT WITH THE OLD AND IN WITH THE NEW

The sad truth is that as things get older then upgrade is required. Whether we’re talking about computers, wallpaper, kid’s toys or even that pain in the rear outdated landscape lighting system, the reality is that standing in line at the hardware store once every 3 months or so to replace expensive bulbs and ballasts can become exhausting. The good news is that Lampscape Designs, South Florida’s leading landscape lighting company, specializes in system upgrades and will provide a complimentary evaluation and upgrade to fit any budget.

 

The advancement in L.E.D. (light emitting diode) technology has made it possible to reduce the wattage pull by approximately 70% in some older landscape lighting systems. Plus the overall life of the bulbs can run several years. That alone will ease the burden on the electric bill and dramatically reduce your trips to the hardware store. Did I also mention that the cost of L.E.D. fixtures is going down which means that the cost for upgrade may be much lower than you imagine.

 

Now is the time to reach out Lampscape Designs and have them asses your older landscape lighting system. Bring that outdoor luster back to your home with a new modern smart approach. Avoid those tedious trips to the hardware store and use that time to do the things that you want.

THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS DELIGHTFUL, NOT FRIGHTFUL

We all know how that classic Christmas song goes but here in South Florida this is not the case. As we enter into the holiday season again it’s time to start thinking about the best gifts for our loved ones. Here’s an idea, why not think outside the gift box and consider a landscape lighting system designed and installed by Lampscape Designs. What better gift to give to your loved one than to highlight the hard work that is put into their South Florida tropical yard.

 

Lampscape Designs can assist in helping your yard become a nighttime winter wonderland Florida style. With up lighting, down lighting and spot lighting Lampscape Designs will create a magnificent spectacle that you and your neighbors can enjoy year round. If a surprise is what you want to present well then we can keep the secret.

 

Outdoor living is a lifestyle and with the latest LED technology, your outdoor lighting system will also be very energy efficient. Call the professionals at Lampscape Designs today to set up your consultation. After all, they are South Florida’s best outdoor lighting company. Give the gift of light.

//LAMPSCAPE