- On July 24, 2015
PROUD TO BE FREE
Columbus Outdoor LED Lighting makes it easy to show off your patriotism.
Although the Fourth of July holiday has just passed, being proud to be an American shouldn’t be a once a year celebration. Whatever side of the isle you stand on, there’s no denying that America is a great country, and a forerunner of the free world. Here are a few things you can do with the exterior of your home to express how proud you are to be an American.
- Patriotic outdoor decorations
- Add a flag(s) with the proper lighting
- Create an all American garden
- Colored LEDs for patriotic architectural lighting
Outdoor Fun with Patriotic Ornament
Outdoor kitchens are becoming more popular. They provide the perfect scene for the ideal summer day with friends and family. Everyone is able to relax as a family member grills burgers and the kids play in the pool. Patios don’t need to be simple; you can decorate them with elaborate American colored or patterned furniture. You can have lawn chairs accentuated with red or blue striped cushions and red, white, and blue umbrellas. Best of all, the fun doesn’t have to end when the sun goes down. Having your patio and pool properly lit at night can be even more fun and provide the perfect atmosphere for alfresco dining. Since bold colors are in this season, bright red and blue bunting can be used to decorate columns and porch railings to really set off the patriotism of your landscape.
You can also go beyond just decorating your outdoors with red, white, and blue by actually flying the flag high and proud in front of your home. Strategic placement of the flag is required, as you don’t want the flag to be covered by other objects or buildings. There is great honor in displaying the flag proudly on your property, but there are laws that cover proper handling of the flag. According to U.S. Code Title 4, Chapter 1 Section 6(a), “It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed 24 hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.”
A properly lit flag is attained by using focused lighting with home automation that streams from either a photo cell that uses light to determine when the lights need to be on, an astronomical timer that understands what time to turn on and off even with the changing of the seasons, or by manually using a Bluetooth transformer controllable by a phone or tablet to turn on and off and even dim to your personal preference.
The Proper Lighting
Professional landscape lighting services may be required to attain the most seamless display of your flag. NiteLites of Columbus Outdoor Lights professionals are perfect for the job. What could be better than displaying the big red, white and blue in the night sky above? Although you can attempt to do this yourself, substantial knowledge of landscape lighting design, some electrical understanding, and the ability to calculate the proper lumens needed for the height of the flag may be necessary. The best option is to have a professional come out and assess the situation for you so there is no need to redo it later.
Proper outdoor lighting can add so much more to your property than simply light. Not only will it extend the duration of your time outdoors, but it will also provide safety from tripping or stepping hazards, and security by deterring criminals from sneaking onto your property. Properly lighting walkways can create a very magical look that is great for increasing curb appeal and the value of your home.
Maintaining a nice garden really speaks to a gentle and sophisticated character. With flowers coming in almost every color, it’s quite simple to turn your garden into an all American garden. Below are some names of flowers that will be perfect in achieving this effect.
Red– salvia, geranium, verbena, poppies, zinnia, roses, begonias, mums, snapdragons and celosia.
White– geranium, alyssum, shasta daisy, salvia, mums snapdragons, verbena and madonna lily.
Blue– Gentiana Verna, ageratum, blue bells, lobelia, verbena, salvia and echinops ritro.
A lot of flowers can be found in all three colors such as daisies and roses, but the combination of different flowers is an interesting element to explore.
Colored LED Options
Different colored LEDs are also available to achieve different effects throughout your estate. If you are thinking of adding any water fountains or garden statues, you can light them up with different colors to add a patriotic effect to them, or even change them up for the holidays. These are only a few ideas, there are hundreds of great things that can be done with lighting, and professionals are ready to help you figure out the best options for your property.
NiteLites Lighting Contractors install custom light fixtures made of solid cast brass and copper that have an acid-etched finish that will patina over time. NiteLites manufactures its’ own fixtures, installs these fixtures and stands behind them with the best warranty in the business.
Let the world know of your love for this country and let NiteLites of Columbus Outdoor Lighting service technicians professionally install energy saving, high luminance lights to keep your home lit and looking beautiful. Most importantly, keep that great American flag flying brightly all year round in the day and at night.
For more information on NiteLites of Columbus Landscape Lighting Service, call 614-442-1145 or submit a request online. NiteLites also serves the Cincinnati, Dayton, Northern Kentucky, Lima and Toledo areas. You can also like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.