Outdoor Resort In Your Lapeer MI Backyard

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker-Shooltz Realty

This summer many will be spending more vacation time at home, in Lapeer, instead of traveling. According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), with a few updates to your outside lighting, you can enjoy a mini vacation at home.

Believe it or not, it's easier - and less expensive - than you might imagine to transform your outdoor lightingexisting patio, deck or pool area into a retreat.

Rather than buying a costly designer patio set or lounge chairs that will lose their luster by next season, invest in a new lighting scheme that will enhance your existing outdoor furniture and amenities.

All that is needed are some basic tools, a transformer, outdoor low-voltage cooper cable and low-voltage lighting fixtures - all of which you can find at your local lighting store.

Beauty on a budget
How do you start? Select 2 or 3 items that are important to you during the daylight hours, such as an ornamental tree, a water feature, a sculpture, etc. A fixture or two trained on each of these features will make your backyard come to life after dark.

When laying out your project, remember a little light goes a long way outdoors. Avoid making the common mistake of too many fixtures in one area.

Add light, not energy
One of the simplest ways to save on electricity costs is to use a photocell, when it becomes dark or daylight, the photocell automatically turns the lights on and off. An even more efficient light source is LED. This developing lighting technology provides equivalent light output to that of halogen or incandescent, but at considerable energy savings of up to 75% less.
references: efrogpond, donsrealty.net

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