Monthly Archives: January 2017

Using LEDs for Your Garden

LED lights can be used for a wide variety of applications around your home and your garden. The save energy and space, so here are a few ways to incorporate these handy little lights in your home, garage, kitchen and yard:

Driveway Lights

Is your driveway always dark when you come home at night? When you drive up, having decent lighting is crucial to your safety. Use LED lighting products to line your driveway. They are especially handy when you have little space and few electrical outlets available in the area. You even have the option to use solar powered, motion detection or battery powered lighting for this application.

Security Lighting

Not just your driveway and garage, but just about anywhere around your home that is accessible to outsiders, are great areas to consider adding lighting for security purposes. Adding more lighting around your home is proven to deter crime. Think about it, if you are a burglar, you want to choose the easiest place to rob. If your home is well lit, even when you aren’t home, the chances of someone seeing a trespasser around your home is much higher if it is well lit. Criminals want to target homes that are dark and won’t draw attention to themselves when they are lurking around the place.

Pathways

Every pathway around your home, especially the ones that are well traveled like the path from your garage to your front door, can be dangerous to navigate in the dark. You can easily install LED path lighting that only requires the power of the sun to be lit. Solar powered lighting is especially advantageous when the area is not commonly used, but you still want to add some lighting.

Gardens

Your garden can benefit from lighting in its pathways as well. Not just for navigation purposes, but also for aesthetic reasons. You can show off your beautiful flowers or that massive watermelon you have growing. Solar powered lights are especially effective for this area, since they should get a good amount of sun during the day and last quite a while during the night.

Garages

Your garage can be a dangerous place. Make it safer by lighting it up. Even if you don’t have many electrical outlets in your garage, you can still use LED lights that are battery powered. Use them for all the little crevices where you are storing your items to light up and see what you are looking at.

Give Your Home and Garden

When it comes to being a homeowner, there is little more satisfying than making some home improvements and seeing your pride and joy change and grow and most of us would probably make more changes if we thought they wouldn’t cost a fortune. And that’s where online quote comparison companies can really help; they are all about bringing reputable, local companies together, allowing you the customer to compare and contrast what each one has to offer and what your budget will allow for. Not only are these sites a great place to go when you’ve decided that you want some work done but they are also great for setting your budget in the first place.

“Furniture For Home and Garden”

Get everything from double glazing quotes, new driveway quotes and garden decking quotes from these websites and you’ll be able to see exactly what your home facelift can consist of in terms of your budget and your requirements. One of the best ways to improve the look, efficiency and security of your home is to install double glazed windows throughout and these days, thanks to the competitive nature of the industry, doing so doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Double glazing is particularly important as the winter months set in as it ensures that your expensive heat is kept where it should be, inside your home and it also keeps the cold air, rain and moisture out. Even cheap double glazed windows will do a great job because standards are high within the industry, so as long as you find the company through a reputable source, you shouldn’t have any trouble with these or any other types of windows and doors.

Once you’ve given your home a facelift with UPVC double glazed windows, why not complete the picture by giving your garden and outdoor space a facelift too? Again, if you go to the right place for PVC decking quotes or block paved and tarmac driveways, they don’t have to be out of budget and unobtainable, you might just get a nice surprise. Decking offers a great way of sprucing up your outdoor space and leaving you with a low maintenance, highly manageable outdoor space which needs little more than a sweep and a scrub every now and again. PVC decking stays looking good all year round, with none of the time-consuming maintenance that is associated with a garden or lawn and that’s one of the reasons why it has become such a popular choice for homeowners and why it could be exactly the right choice for you.

Solar Panel Lighting For Garden

Do not fall into the old mode of thinking that solar technology is just too expensive for the average homeowner. Truth is, there are many ways that solar energy can save you money, and add convenience to your life and home. Solar panel lighting is one great way to use solar technology to benefit your home and reduce the amount of energy you’re pulling off the grid.

One inexpensive way to utilize solar panel lighting is in the garden. These lights are a great way to highlight your garden in the evening or illuminate a footpath for guests – especially if a power source is not readily available. These lights usually just need to be staked into the ground and you’re done. They are also cheap – usually around twenty dollars. Another great idea for your home is a shed light.

These lights come with panels you can put on the roof of your shed and a wire connects to the light inside. These lights are an excellent way to provide light to an area that is not accessible to power. They are also generally very inexpensive. Garage lights are pretty much the same, except they are quite a bit bigger and can provide more wattage and light. One of the great things about these lights is you can move them to whatever location is required – garage, workshop or boat lift. This is also a great option if you have a remote cabin.

Another really interesting product is underwater solar panel lighting. These lights are a great way to show off the water garden or illuminate a pool. Finally, some people use solar power lighting to help secure their home using motion detecting solar floodlights. Whether you need light in an area that does not have power or just want to save money there is a light out there that will meet your needs.

Solar panel lighting can save you money over the long haul. But you don’t have to look too far into the future. This technology has progressed to the point that these lights are now very affordable. If you are still a little reluctant to pull the trigger consider that you can write off up to thirty percent of the cost on your taxes. And do not forget you’re also doing your part to reduce your carbon footprint.

Home and Garden Book Review

Many people want a beautiful garden, but it can take a lot of time to have such perfection. But what if I told you that you could have an almost perfect garden without the high cost, intensive effort or without spending all your time creating it and keeping it that way; if I showed you the secret would this please you?

Now then what if I told you that I learned most all of my “Secret” gardening tricks from a book? Would you believe it? What if I told you the name of the book, so you too could be one with a beautiful garden in 20% of the time, or less? Would you buy it? I did, and the book is simply called;

“Instant Gardens – Practical Projects for the Impatient Gardener” by Peter McHoy; Lorenz Books, Anness Publishing, London; 1999. ISBN: 1-85967-959-5.

The best part of this book is that it is fully illustrated with step by step instructions. Everything you’ll need for each project is listed, as well as substitutions if you cannot get the supplies, want to save a little extra money or modify the project as you go. The book goes into drawings, use of space and renderings, before you start you’ll need a plan; the plan is to have a low-cost beautiful yard and garden, that is easy to make and easy to maintain.

Build lattices, ponds, brick walkways, retaining walls, water features, fences and grass that looks like a golf course green. Understand the eco-system you are building, the birds and critters you’ll attract and how to make it all look like the garden of Eden.