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6 Outdoor Lighting Ideas for Nighttime Curb Appeal

Nighttime curb appealAs we move into fall and winter our days become shorter, which means our homes will be viewed more in the dark than in the daylight. Here are six outdoor lighting ideas to keep your nighttime curb appeal going strong long after the sun goes down.

Add Some Nighttime Curb Appeal

Outdoor lighting ideas

Indirect Lighting – Indirect lighting generally consists of placing lights near a home or trees. Uplighting is a very common type of indirect lighting, where a light is placed at the base of a tree or near a home’s foundation and is pointed upward.

Path Lighting – Path lighting not only increases your curb appeal, it also keeps people walking on a walkway or sidewalk safe. But don’t settle for a bunch of boring plastic solar lights un-inspiringly lining your path. Consider using different styles of complementary lights to add interest. And place them throughout a landscape bed bordering the path where they can accent an interesting plant or shrub. Just be sure they are close enough to provide lighting for safe walking.

Hardscape Lighting – Trees and plants aren’t the only things on your property besides your house that you can illuminate. Rope lights can be attached to stone or wood fences for a strip of light, or individual lights can be installed on the underside of porch railings. While it may not technically add to the curb appeal because these features are behind your house, other hardscapes that can be lit are gazebos, outdoor grilling areas, and fireplaces.

Moon Lighting – This unusual name has been given to lighting that is installed high up and shines down like moonlight. It is often put in trees so that the light is softened as it filters through the leaves.

Water Feature Lighting – Water features don’t have to only be enjoyed during the day, they can shine at night too with the proper lighting. Uplighting on a fountain can have a dramatic effect and lighting a landscape pond can let your evening visitors both enjoy it and prevent falling into it. The majority of pools come equipped with a pool light for nighttime swimming, but a lit-up pool is also beautiful to just sit next to on a nice evening or even enjoy through a window from inside. With the properly located lighting, a small waterfall can be breathtaking.

Combination Lighting – Don’t feel like you need to pick just one type of outdoor lighting for your home. Some of the most stunning looks can be achieved by using multiple types of lights. Just be sure your lights aren’t going to keep your neighbors up at night because they are aimed at their house, or that a small plane will want to land it your yard because it’s lit up like a landing strip. Keep it understated and tasteful.

Now that these landscape lighting ideas have convinced you to shed some light on your home, what’s the next step? Call a Northern Kentucky licensed electrician at Rose Brothers Electric to improve your nighttime curb appeal today.

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5 Tips For Choosing Lights

greater cincinnati Electrical contractorRose Brothers and Sons Electric offer these 5 tips for choosing lights for your home. As Greater Cincinnati electrical contractors, we are often asked to install lighting in new homes. Here are a few ideas to help you make the most out of your indoor and outdoor lights

1.What Are Your Goals

When you begin choosing the lights for your new home, remember that most rooms require more than one type of lighting. Task lights, overhead lights and aesthetic lights are all important. Consider your kitchen for example. You’ll need a good overhead light for most activities and a few task lights to help you see. Lights are often added at the stove area, around the sink where you do dishes and under cabinets where you may need more direct light.   Choosing the right lighting for each individual room will create the right ambience in each room and give you the task lighting that makes you comfortable.

2. Choosing Lights For Safety and Security

Whether you are discussing indoor lights or outdoor lights, choosing lights to help you keep from falling or lights to deter intruders, should be one of your top priorities.  Outdoors lighting should include lights along the walkways and at the entryways.  This allows you ample light keep from tripping and to find your keys so you can get inside your home quickly.  Lights on steps inside and out will help keep you from tripping and missing a step.  Motion sensor lights work well in areas where you need lights for brief moments when you’re passing by.  You should also install motion sensor lights around your house to keep intruders at bay.  When it comes to adding lights to the outside of your home, you want to make sure the lighting isn’t so bright it will keep you or your neighbors up at night.

3. Choosing Lights For Aesthetics

Outdoors lighting can really add charm to your home at night.  light sconces can be added either pointing down or up to give your home some character at night.  Lights can also turn architectural aspects of your home into wonderful focal points.  When you think about adding lights for looks to your home, take a tour of your neighborhood and see if you find any homes that light up nicely.  Often neighborhoods are unique in the way they use outdoor lighting.

Indoor lighting is just as important when it comes to adding to your decor and design style.  This is especially true when you consider hanging lights or chandeliers.  Make sure the lighting you choose doesn’t outdate your home but instead, matches the decor and design of your home.  If you have high ceilings, adding lights towards the ceiling can really add a nice touch.  Recessed lighting is often all you need.  You can choose recessed lighting that is stationary or that is directional based on your needs.

4.  Choosing Lights For Ambience

Lights have a way of setting the tone for each room they are in.  Choose your lights well and make sure you choose the correct size light bulb for each lamb or light fixture.  Not only the size but the wattage is important.  The correct wattage is necessary to keep you safe from fires and melting fixtures.  Also choosing the wattage to add the right ambience is important.  A light that is too bright will make you feel uncomfortable.  Likewise, a low light that might be perfect in a bedroom would be hard to live with in other areas of the home.  Lighting can create a comfort that adds to your home and makes your rooms more inviting.

Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help you choose lights for your home.  If you need help picking out fixtures or determining where to place your lights, call the lighting experts at Rose Brothers and Sons Electric.  We can help you install all the lighting you’ll need.

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Spruce Up Your Space With The Right Lights

the right lightsWinter is slowly fading into spring and despite the cold outside and April showers, you can enjoy your home with these fresh ideas to spruce up your space with the right lights.  If you’re tired of looking at the same four walls and want to create a welcoming atmosphere, we’ll show you how adding the right lighting can not only create a warm setting but save your eyes as well.

Entryway Spruce Ups

As local Northern Kentucky electricians, we can tell you first hand how much curb appeal is refreshed with the right lighting.  Not only are outdoor lights at your entryway important for you and your guests for obvious reasons: like seeing to get your keys in the door or seeing whose at the door.  Outdoor lighting if it’s done right can bring a welcoming charm to your entryway.  With the right lighting you can create a night time curb appeal that is fit for entertaining or adding charm to you or your neighbors nighttime stroll.

Foyer & Hall Lights

Just as important as outside lights, the next area of your home to capture the attention of guests is your foyer.  A foyer often sets the stage for the rest of your home.  Even if you store shoes and coats at your entryway, you can add a beautiful light fixture or ceiling fan to the area to add light and brighten up the space.  Some homes have dramatic entrance areas complete with chandelier and sconce lights.  No matter what your choices for lighting your hall or foyer, you can call your electricians at Rose Brothers & Sons Electric to help you create the look you’re after.  With a thousand options for lighting, no one should be left in the dark.

Kitchen Lights

Whether you are a seasoned cook or just beginning, having the right kitchen lights to get the job done is important.  Task lights, under counter lights and a good source of overhead light will keep you seeing what you’re doing.  Many people spend a great deal of time in the kitchen area.  It is often where people gather during holidays and other festivities.  If the kitchen doesn’t have pleasing lights, it can make you tired or make you loose the party spirit.  Lights do matter and having the right light fixtures followed by the correct light makes a world of difference.

Bedroom Lighting

Another area of the home where lighting is important and often overlooked is the bedroom.  Many people read in bed. Having the right lights to make reading in bed comfortable is a must have.  You may find that having a light switch by the bed would be helpful too. This is a great way to stay out of the dark where you might trip and fall.  As an electrician in Northern Kentucky, we have seen many different requests for different lighting in the bedroom. No matter what age your bedroom is for, there are reasons why lighting is important and having lights that work the way you want them to when you want them to is equally important.

Spruce Up Your Space With The Right Lights

At Rose Brothers & Sons Electric we are master electricians who can help you add light fixtures, chandeliers, outlets, task lights and recessed lights to your home.  No matter what lighting you need, we can help you get it.  When it comes to electrical wiring or adding lights, call the experts at Rose Brothers today.

 

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How To Find The Right Indoor Lighting

how to find the right indoor lightingWe can show you how to find the right indoor lighting to create the ambiance you want and the light you need.  When you think about remodeling your home and installing light fixtures, you have a few things to consider. Here are a few questions that you need to answer before you look at installing indoor lighting.  How will adding lights affect the colors in the room?  What is the room used for and what Working Lights Do I Need? Will the fixtures be visible and match the decor?   As the top concerns when considering how to find the right indoor lighting, we’ll discuss them here.

How Will Adding Lights Affect The Colors In The Room?

Lighting has a lot to do with the colors you see.  You can look at a color in direct sunlight and see an entirely different color than under a florescent light.  Different lighting does affect the colors you see.  If you love the color in your living room for example, you might not want to change the lighting from incandescent to florescent.  It could in fact change the entire look of the colors in your room.  Make sure when you are choosing the indoor lights that you take into consideration the overall look of your bulbs and the brightness or dimness in respect to colors in the room.  When it comes to adding ambiance to a room, the indoor lighting has a huge affect and can really make or break the mood in the room.

What Is The Room Used For and What Working Lights Do I Need?

Think about the room you are remodeling and the type of lights you need to work in the room.  Kitchens often need not only good overhead lighting but task lights under cabinets.  A living room might need a variety of lighting.  Some to illuminate the entire room during a get together and others to light up a corner for early morning reading.  What about the basement or garage?  Maybe a large florescent fixture would light up your work area.  As you can see considering what the room is used for will lead you to the right type of indoor lighting.

Will The Fixtures Be Visible And Match The Decor?

This is really important when you consider how to find the right indoor lighting.  Many lamps, chandeliers and other light fixtures are created to match your decor.  Today’s trend is toward large lights and fixtures so match your existing decor or theme is extremely important when you’re installing indoor lights.  If the lights will be out of sight, you have more room to wiggle.  Don’t forget lights that you don’t really think about being decorative such as recessed lighting do allow you some room to choose colors and materials that are visible.

How To Find The Right Indoor Lighting

Rose Brothers & Son Electric are your local electricians in Northern Kentucky.  We can help you create the right indoor lighting solutions that will enable you to enjoy your home and use your rooms the way you need to.  If you need indoor lights installed, we can help you with any electrical wiring or upgrades.  Call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric today.

 

 

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Adding Outdoor Accent Lights In Northern Kentucky

adding outdoor accent lights in Northern KentuckyAdding outdoor accent lights in Northern Kentucky will add security, curb appeal and value to your home. We offer a wide array of commercial and residential lighting services. We work hard to provide customers with the highest quality lighting installations. If you are looking to beautify your front or back yard space or dress up your office building, we can help.

Installing Outdoor Lights

We offer reliable and high quality outdoor accent lights and security lights that will increase visibility and provide the look and ambiance you want. You will love the improvement and how it makes you feel more secure. You will also love the way adding outdoor accent lights looks. You will enjoy it so much that your business will get many compliments or you’ll find yourself spending more time outside.

Quality Installations

Our experienced staff has the skills and knowledge to set up the design and install your outdoor lights so that they run as efficiently as possible. When we design your outdoor lights, we incorporate your tastes, needs and budget into consideration as well as existing electrical lines and landscaping. Whether you want to place lights on a tree or window to add a focal point or you simply want to illuminate your path, we have many design ideas to create the look you want. Outdoor lighting is a great way to make your property beautiful and we can help.

Adding Outdoor Accent Lights in Northern Kentucky

Outdoor lighting improves the appearance of your property and increases visibility. It will add value to your property and make your home or office more secure. If you would like to learn more about adding outdoor accent lights in Northern Kentucky or about our electrical repair service, call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric today. We also offer security lights, motion sensor lights and a wide variety of options to choose from.

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Tips For Hanging Outdoor Christmas Lights

tips for hanging outdoor Christmas lightsBelieve it or not, some people look forward to hanging outdoor Christmas lights. If you’re one of those people who already have your plan laid out, this blog probably won’t interest you. If you’re not one of the people with happy thoughts about hanging Christmas lights, then read on. We can help you with a few tips for hanging outdoor Christmas Lights.

Highlight Your Focal Point

When you begin planning your outdoor Christmas light display, make sure you step back and envision how the lights will look when you’re done. Do you have a focal point that you need to highlight? Maybe you have beautiful columns on either side or your door or a roomy porch. If you plan ahead and make sure you highlight the right areas of your home, your lights will look spectacular and make your house look festive just in time for the holidays.

Popular Places to Hang Lights

Besides hanging lights on your roofline or gutter system, many people also light up bushes, hedges and trees. You can run lights around pillars, posts and deck railings for a unique look. Windows and door frames are often perfect for hanging lights and the framing makes it easy. You may also want to run lights down your driveway or on particular paths around your home. Where ever you decide hanging Christmas lights makes sense, make sure you consider safety issues like how far the area is from outdoor outlets and if the wiring will be in a safe place where no one can trip or fall.

Gather Your Lights and Extension Cords

One of our tips for hanging outdoor christmas lights includes measuring. Measure areas you want to light and determine how many lights you need. The more lights you put up and the closer you run the lights the lighter and brighter your Christmas display will be.   It is much easier to plan ahead with the right amount of light strands than try to add a strand of lights later on.  Make sure your extension cords are UL approved for outdoor use and make sure your lights can also be used outdoors. Make sure if you’ve saved lights from last year that they are in good condition. Avoid frayed or damaged cords. Remember that a strand that isn’t working could ruin your display or worse yet, start a fire.

A Case For LEDS

LED lights will save you money on energy costs. They also don’t overheat so you don’t have to worry about that. LED lights are quite popular Christmas lights and come in a variety of styles.

Tips For Hanging Outdoor Christmas Lights

Have a helper if you are hanging outdoor Christmas lights.  It makes things go so much easier and you will be less likely to fall off a ladder.  Always hang lights from sturdy eaves and tree branches.  If you experience electrical problems when hanging Christmas lights, call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric. We offer fast friendly electrical repairs and after hours we have emergency electrical repairs 24/7. Good luck hanging Christmas lights. We hope this season is filled with safe happy memories.

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What Lights Should I Add To My Bathroom?

what lights should I add to my bathroom?We are often asked, What lights should I add to my bathroom? The bathroom area is often overlooked when it comes to adding the right light fixtures. Modern baths and showers need more light than ever because the bath area is typically larger than in older homes. Here are a few things to consider when you consider where to place bathroom light fixtures.

Overhead Lighting and Recessed Lights

You will want to have an overhead light or add recessed lights to your bathroom. One of the mistakes people make is when they place these lights right above where you’ll stand. This puts light on top of your head, which isn’t flattering. It is better to have the overhead light behind you so that it doesn’t interfere with the task lights and what you see in the mirror. Don’t add too many recessed lights either. Shower and bathtub areas should also have overhead lights.

Task Lights

You should have a well-lit mirror. As we age, looking in the mirror becomes harder and harder. Task lights should be placed either above the mirror or on either side. Your electrician in Northern Kentucky can help you decide which is better and what will look the best when choosing light fixtures. Another common mistake when adding lights is to add them on one side and not the other. This causes an imbalance in the room that doesn’t usually look right. Although you rarely think of your shower light as task lighting it is usually best if the shower light is placed directly over where you stand so that you can see what you’re doing. Larger tubs and showers may need two lights.

What About Moisture Concerns

When you think about installing bathroom lighting, you should also put in a exhaust fan. This will help keep moisture down to a minimum. When choosing light fixtures don’t just ask yourself, what lights should I add to my bathroom? but also ask, which light fixtures will hold up to moisture? Avoid fabric on your light fixtures because of mold and mildew. Also brass and copper are not as durable as nickel, chrome and stainless finishes.  Shower light fixtures should be completely enclosed.

What Lights Should I Add To My Bathroom?

When it comes to adding light fixtures to your bathroom, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can help you determine what lights you need and what will illuminate your bathroom so that you can see what you’re doing. Having the right light in the right place can make a world of difference. If you have questions about adding light fixtures to your bathroom or other electric installations, call us today. We look forward to working with you.

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Fluorescent Light Repairs in Northern Kentucky

fluorescent light repairs in Northern KentuckyRose Brothers and Sons Electric can help you keep your lights working properly. Fluorescent lights can often give you a problem. They can buzz, blink, flicker and drive you crazy if you’re not careful. We can help with Fluorescent light repairs in Northern Kentucky.

Why Fluorescent Lights Installation?

Until something new comes a long, we will use fluorescent light fixtures over and over. They last 10 to 20 times longer than traditional lights and they are cooler to run which saves you money too. Because they are cost effective to run, you will find most offices and retail stores use fluorescent lighting. You will also find some household with fluorescent lights too.

Ballast Replacement

Ballast replacement is common when it comes to fluorescent light repairs in Northern Kentucky. Fluorescent bulbs are filled with gas that creates light when sparked. The fluorescent bulb fixture contains ballast, which causes the gas to spark when tripped. Often the ballast goes out and needs replaced before the entire fixture needs replacing.

Fixture Replacement and Installation

If you are having other problems with your fluorescent lights, you may need to replace the fixture. Often new fixtures look better and work better too. Rose Brothers can help you with all your light installations and fixture replacements.

Fluorescent Light Repairs In Northern Kentucky

If your home or office fluorescent lights need repaired, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric can diagnose the problem and fix it fast. We can help you get your lights working properly and show you ways to keep them in top shape.  Rose Brothers can give you the professional help you need to keep your electricity working like it should. Master electricians are on call 24/7 in case of an emergency too. When your Northern Kentucky fluorescent lights need repaired we can help! Call Rose Brothers & Sons today!

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Landscape Lighting In Florence Kentucky

landscape lighting in Florence KentuckyLandscape lighting in Florence Kentucky can create the clubhouse look you’ve always wanted, right in your own yard.  You can instantly change the curb appeal of your house while providing safety and security with outdoor lights.

Types of Landscape Lighting

There are many types of lights and fixtures on the market today.  Picking landscape lighting in Florence Kentucky that is right for you will depend on what you want to use it for.  You can choose accent lights to show off your special landscape features like fountains, trees or wall art.  There are many types of accent lights from plain fixtures to decorative.  These come in a variety of sizes too.

Pathway lights as the name suggests light up the path or walkway.  They can really add sophistication to your front steps at night.  It is a great way to add personality to your home.  It says, “come on in” to your friends but “stay away” to burglars.

Floodlights are another way to light up large areas of your yard.  As the name suggests, they flood an area with light so that you can see well at night.  They are a good source of security and can be mounted to timers, photo sensors and motion detectors.

Stair lights and deck lights are more functional and allow you to see your way down steps.  They can be mounted to wood or concrete and serve to protect you and your guests from falling or missing a step.

Installing Landscape Lighting in Florence Kentucky

When you decide to add landscape lights to your yard, pick soft lights for your patio or deck and brighter lights for areas you want to light up.  Installing lights on the walkways, steps and stairs of your yard or patio will help keep people from falling and deter crooks.  Florence Kentucky landscape lights add romance to a backyard patio and also help people feel more comfortable if you plan to entertain.  Once you decide on the type of lighting you want you can begin to look at the different fixtures and find a look that’s right for you.

Installing outdoor lighting and electricity requires the use of the right cables and insulated cables as well as weatherproof switches and outdoor outlets.  You will also want to install any motion detectors or photo sensors.

The electricians at Rose Brothers & Sons Electric will be happy to help you plan and install your landscape lights in Florence Kentucky.  We know the best way to work outside and avoid any problems you might encounter in your electricity.  We have the equipment we need as well as the expertise to get the job done and do it right.  If your interested in landscape lights, call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric today.

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Northern Kentucky Security lights

security lights in Northern KentuckyYou Don’t have to dig a mote or bury traps for home protection.  Installing security lights in Northern Kentucky is one of many ways you can keep your home intruder proof.  There are many  easy ways to protect your home without breaking your wallet.  Here are just a few to get you started.

Make Sure Doors and Windows Are Secure

Many people make the mistake of not locking their door because they live in a safe neighborhood or maybe they feel locks aren’t much of a deterrent.  Locks, however, do help.  Burglars are looking for an easy mark.  The first thing they’ll do, is test the locks and the doors to see how sturdy they are.  If they feel it will be too hard, they might just pick a different house.  Having exterior lights at the door helps deter intruders and helps keep you safe as you unlock the door.

Sliding glass doors are viewed as an easy target,too.  The locks are usually not too secure and older sliding glass doors come off their hinges easily.  Placing a stick or pipe in the track of the door will keep it from opening even if the lock is busted.  Windows can also be an easy way in.  You can make sure all  your windows only open 6 inches by putting a dowel stick down the side track of the window leaving 6 inches free.  Keep exterior lights on motion sensors around the perimeter of the house to help make an intruder uncomfortable.  Don’t have large shrubs close to windows where an intruder could hide.

Protection Signs

Having a dog, especially a yappy dog is a great way to protect your property.  Thieves don’t want to attract attention or get hurt.  If you don’t have a dog, put a “beware of the dog,” sign up anyway.  When service people come to your house to work, make them wait until you put your dog (or pretend dog) away.

Place a “premises are protected by Xyz Company” by your drive.  This will let any would be burglar know that your house may be under a security system.  Burglars may wonder what you have that needs protection, but they will think twice before entering.

Install Security Lights in Northern Kentucky

Replacing outdoor lights with motion sensor lights will keep you safe without having lights on all night.  They don’t require as much electricity as a security lamp or streetlight because they are not on all the time and usually they aren’t as big.  Having Northern Kentucky security lights that come on when someone is in the target area, can light up any portion of your house or yard where you want to keep intruders away.

You can also install security cameras that capture movement at the doors or windows.  Dummy cameras also work well if you don’t want to spend the money or time monitoring cameras.  Most break-ins happen in the afternoon according to some reports.  Seeing cameras in the daylight will cause a thief to pick another home.  Having cameras near your exterior lights will do the same at night.

As you can see, thieves will pick the easiest target.  They will avoid any house that is hard to enter or presents a threat of getting caught.  It doesn’t always take an expensive security system to protect your house.  Installing exterior lights and security lights in Northern Kentucky will do the trick.

Rose Brothers & Sons Electric would be happy to show you where to place security lights and how to better protect your home with the use of exterior lighting.  There are many benefits to hiring a professional electrician to secure your premisis.  If your interested in protecting your family, please give Rose Brothers & Sons Electric a call today.

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