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How long does each 250ml bottle of lure last?
Up to 3 months. This may vary depending on the heat and humidity in your area.
Will the Mosquito Slayer kill ALL the mosquitoes in my backyard?
No, however customers regularly report substantial reductions in the number of mosquitoes and midges (see testimonials). We can say however that our system is proven to be the most effective method on the market to control mosquitoes.

How big is a CO2 gas cylinder? How long will it last?
As a rough guide, a 20lb gas cylinder will last 2-3 months depending on environmental factors such as heat. Larger cylinders are available on request. Please phone us for more information.

What is your delivery time?
As soon as funds are cleared into our account, we will ship your order. Typical freight times are 5 business days from the date your funds have cleared. A consignment number is available on request which you can use to track your order.

What is your warranty? Can you supply spare parts?
Standard warranty is 12 Months back to base which covers parts and labor. Return freight to us is at the customers cost, subsequent return to the customer is at our cost. We can supply spare parts for all models of Mosquito Slayer. Call us for more information.

How long is the power cable? What if I need a longer length?
All Mosquito Slayer units come with a 10 meter power cable. Cables can be custom made to your specific requirements. Please call us for more information.Does the Mosquito Slayer have a timer function?
No, however we can supply AC power timers which will easily perform this function. Please check our “Accessories” category.

How is the Mosquito Slayer Mounted?
The Mosquito Slayer Series 4 is mounted easily via a keyhole bracket mounting system. A few well placed screws into any surface is all you need. The Mosquito Slayer Pro is mounted on a supplied mounting bracket which can be screwed into any flat surface. Additional Mounting brackets are available if you wish to move your mosquito slayer to more than one fixed location.

How does the Mosquito Slayer differ from the Mosquito catchers I can buy from ebay?
Firstly, the Mosquito Slayer produces its own Octenol and does not require strips of Octenol which oxidize very quickly. This drastically reduces effectiveness and turns the device into nothing more than a UV light with a fan and some water. Secondly, the Mosquito Slayer pro is a scientifically proven system which utilizes every possible means of attracting Mosquitoes and Midges. Lastly, the Bantol range of proven mosquito attractants are only available to those who have purchased the Mosquito Slayer system.

How much does the Mosquito Slayer cost to run? What are the ongoing costs?
The Mosquito Slayer costs around $30USD per month of use to run. Your local gas supplier may also charge for an initial (once off) hire of a gas cylinder which may be around $150USD. Alternatively, we now supply 20lb gas cylinders which reduces the running cost per year by around 50%. Call us for more information.

Do I need to use the Mosquito Slayer all rear round?
No. Only the months you intend on spending time outdoors and are affected by mosquitoes. For many people this is only 3-4 months a year.

Are spare parts available for the Mosquito Slayer?
Yes. Simply contact us. Spare parts are available for both the Mosquito Slayer Series 4 and Mosquito Slayer Pro.

Can the Mosquito Slayer be moved around?
Yes definitely. Trolleys are available which hold both the Mosquito Slayer your CO2 cylinder. We can also supply power inverters to enable you move your Mosquito Slayer to areas without AC mains power. Perfect for camping and remote outdoor events.

How long will it take for the Mosquito Slayer to start killing Mosquitoes and Midges?
Immediately providing there are Mosquitoes or Midges / Sand Flies in the area. We have recorded catches of over 10,000 insects in a single night. Typical results will vary depending on your location.

Is the Mosquito Slayer safe for children?
All attractants and fumes released by the mosquito slayer are naturally occurring. The attractants used in the Mosquito Slayer are made from food grade products and are non toxic.

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Mosquitoes carry three of the major diseases that plague horses today. These include the West Nile virus, Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis and Western Equine Encephalomyelitis. The response to infection can range from very mild symptoms like lethargy and loss of appetite all the way to coma or death. Prevention of mosquito bites, therefore, is crucial to the wellbeing of your horse. Another concern closer to home is flies on dogs, flies control will be another issue I address soon, as well as how to get rid of flies in the house.

Mosquito life cycle

There are currently 150 species of mosquitoes in the United States, and while they vary in size and demeanor, they all share the same life cycle.

Mosquitoes begin their lives in an egg. The female mosquito will deposit her eggs in standing water, singly or as a group in a floating raft. The amount of water necessary for laying eggs is surprisingly small; an egg can hatch in as little as two tablespoons of water. The exception to this rule is the Aedes mosquito, which is responsible for spreading Dengue and Yellow Fever. The female generally lays her eggs above water and waits for floodwaters to hatch them. Aedes mosquito eggs can survive long periods of time before hatching.

About a week after the eggs are laid, they emerge into larvae or “wigglers.” At this stage, no amount of mosquito repellent will harm them more than it impacts the environment. The wigglers live on the surface of the water they were hatched in and breathe through a siphon while feeding on organic matter and microorganisms. Mosquito larvae typically molt 4 times in the larval stage and grow larger each time they shed their skin. Extermination and fumigation is usually most effective when it is targeted toward mosquitoes in their larval state; not only are the wigglers vulnerable to a host of predators, they are also susceptible to pesticides designed to kill or halt their growth.

The third stage of the mosquito’s life cycle is that of a pupa. These mosquitoes are called “tumblers.” The tumbler’s life stage is one of rest; they do not eat during this time. The pupa lives in this state from one to four days, before transforming into an adult mosquito. Pest control products designed to eliminate mosquitoes in the larval state will usually be effective on tumblers as well.

The fourth and final stage of mosquito development is adulthood. When the transition is complete, the adult will break open the pupa case and crawl into a safe area to rest. The mosquito’s wings will dry from the water he has been living in since his egg was laid. His external skeleton will also harden until the time he is strong enough to fly away and live on land.

The adult mosquito’s first orders of business are to feed and to mate. Male mosquitoes do not drink blood, preferring to dine on sugary fluids like flower nectar. Females generally mate rather quickly after emerging from the pupa and then take a blood meal to provide her eggs with protein so that the circle of life can continue.

Mosquito control

There are a variety of ways to protect your horses from mosquitoes. Best results are attained by adapting two or more principles, instead of relying upon a single step for mosquito management.

Reducing mosquito population

This step is accomplished by reducing mosquito breeding as much as possible. Adult males swarm in areas with tall grasses or weeds to signal a mate. Managing these locales is a simple way to decrease population. Another is to promptly dry up and clean any areas that rainfall collects, like tire ruts or in old tree stumps. Care should also be taken to maintain sanitary drinking water for your horses, as this is an area mosquitoes are drawn to.

Sprays and traps

An automatic mosquito spray system or premise spray can be used in horse stalls to address
mosquito control. A mosquito trap is a new option to consider as well. Traps lure mosquitoes through a combination of sounds and/or lights into their fans. Once inside, mosquitoes cannot escape and are trapped in a bag or reservoir until their bodies are disposed.

Physical barriers for horses to wear

Mosquito bites can be reduced by physically preventing the insects from coming into contact with the horse. Items to consider include leg wraps, fly sheets, and face masks. These items can be sprayed with mosquito repellent for further protection. Caution should be used when applying physical barriers to horses as they can become tangled quite easily or overheat an animal during the hot summer months.

Mosquito repellents and insecticides

There are a variety of sprays, concentrates, lotions, and gels that are approved for use on horses, including pyrethins, citronella, eucalyptus, and DEET. Test a small amount on your horse before applying the product, as some horses are sensitive to these chemicals. A mosquito repellent or insecticide should also be reapplied after exercising your horse, as they tend to sweat off.

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Everyone dreads the beginning of warm weather and the start of fly infestation. Most people make getting rid of flies more difficult task than it needs to be; using toxic fly repellent in the barn is not the way to effectively eliminate the problem. First, sprays hardly eliminate the problem, have a horrible smell and contain toxic chemicals; they also increase rather than decrease the fly population. There are easier ways to eliminate house flies that do not require hiring an exterminator who will use insecticide or fumigation methods that are harmful to the environment and do little to stop infestations for the long term. You will discover how much easier it is to get rid of flies after you understand the biology of flies, eco-systems of insects and how to handle fly control in a proactive manner.

The number one priority for effective fly control is implementing changes in your garbage and sanitation maintenance schedules. As you large animal lovers know, this is absolutely essential with livestock & horses. You might think youre being the best possible horse mom, giving your animals the best horse feed possible and, the freshness of the ingredients serves as a unwanted draw to flies. If youre concerned about horse health, you cant allow these problems to get even the slightest toehold. Fly & Mosquito control is a byproduct of excellent sanitation. The first step in the process is scrubbing your garbage cans—replacing them is even better. Beginning right now always line your garbage cans with plastic liners, ascertain that the lids fit tightly and securely. Garbage cans that are securely sealed minimize odors, the biggest lure for flies, especially when they are looking for places to lay their eggs.

It is essential to get rid of manure and garbage every week—no excuses for lack of sanitation. The fly life cycle is at least eight days from cocoon stage until their emergence as adult houseflies. Loose straw, mulch, wet manure, leaves and rotten hay are popular breeding materials for flies and should be covered in black plastic or spread thinly. This plastic covering helps maintain a warm temperature thus reducing the number of larvae that are able to survive.

Get rid of any animal odor near your property quickly. Small animals can cause fly infestation within 24-48 hours while larger animals can create a larger problem within the same period. Enlist the services of local authorities when you need to dispose of large game animals such as deer.

Weed control is another essential component of effective pest control. Like almost all species, flies need cool places to rest, and tall weeds or overgrown grass provide perfect spots for fly hangouts. (For those of currently raising plants such as medicinal marijuana, you may wish to try something a bit alternative, such as indoor cultivation, a green house or enclosed wire netting.) When you have a well-groomed lawn and fields you discourage visiting flies thus helping decrease the fly population surrounding your property.

The One-Two Punch Secret of Effective Fly Control: Reducing Fly Reproduction and Killing Adult Flies

It is a natural assumption that once you find yourself surrounded by House Flies the first course of action should be eliminating the infestation. However, blasting your property with fly spray is the worst thing you can do; it is not only toxic and ineffective for controlling flies but may also increase your fly population. It is important to understand you only see 10% of the flies causing the problems, so it is essential to maintain control over the other 90% in an expedient manner. This means you must kill the adult flies as well as any developing young in order to achieve fly control.

What many people don’t realize is they are surrounded by many beneficial fly killer bugs that are more than happy to prevent that 90% reaching adulthood. These fly predators prevent approximately 86-88% of fly larvae from becoming adult flies. They accomplish this by preying on the developing fly pupae and killing them while simultaneously turning them into perfect nurseries for offspring of their own. What you want to do is increase the fly predator population simultaneously with fly killing strategies that will not harm them. (Dont forget that utilizing these techniques serve almost no purpose in effectively dealing with mosquito control problems.)

The only reason people have pest problems is because flies reproduce faster than beneficial predators at a ratio of nine to one. When you implement organic pest control you are pro-actively increasing the population of fly parasites thus decreasing the ratio of fly larvae that grow into adults by 2-4%. In order to achieve the best results you should spread the beneficial bugs in early spring. After that time, you need to use fly traps and poison fly bait. It is essential to know which fly traps work best with specific fly pests. You also need to know where to place the traps for successful fly killing and control. Now, if youre tooling around in a fifth wheel or hauling an atv trailer, you might find any ensuing fly infestations require a completely different strategy.

Effective Pest Control Strategies: Which Fly Trap Goes Where?

The best traps for controlling House Flies are non-poisonous lures that emit odors; these are called attractant traps. They work effectively within a range of approximately 150 feet but cannot be placed near areas where you wish to kill flies. You can use these traps to draw flies away from barns, kennels and living areas. Sticky traps are effective in barns and kennels without increasing the fly population yet will eliminate the pests who have not chosen to take up residence elsewhere.

Fly traps with a visual component are necessary to trap Biting Stable Flies. Traps for house flies have no affect on Horse, Deer or Biting Stable Flies. You need to place lures at least 10 feet from the stable in a sunny area that is no more than 4 feet above ground. For effective cattle fly control you need to place each trap between 50-100 feet from one another in an area your animals cannot reach. The traps are not toxic, but they are extremely sticky. You will need specialty visual traps fin order to lure Deer and Horse Flies; the traps are designed to catch the flies when they try to escape.

How to Get Rid of Major Fly Infestations Before They Get Significantly Worse.

When your fly population has reached the infestation level it will be necessary to use poison fly bait. This bait zeroes in on the flies that are in charge of the swarming. Another thing you want to do is set out your fly trap and place your beneficial fly parasites in motion to capture any flies that attempt to emerge from their cocoons. Fortunately the poison fly bait doesn’t destroy your beneficial bugs but only the pests. Insect repellent and insecticides tend to destroy the beneficial bugs as well, an action that can create an ever-worsening fly problem. The reality is if you want to kill flys you need to begin by killing all the fly larvae before they mature thus reducing the adult population. No other way handles the problem efficiently.
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There are some other beneficial bugs that are also immune to poison fly bait besides fly parasites. Mites and Dung Beetles help control the control flies and occur naturally in nature. When you combine these “good bugs” and fly traps, increased sanitation efforts and fly predators, you should be able to control your fly population without resorting to toxic fly sprays. Unfortunately you may find that your neighbor’s less effective methods of fly killing causes them unwanted pests to visit. Once you show him how free of pests your stable is, it won’t take long before all your neighbors will ask for advice on organic pest control products that actually work to kill flies. Once the see that fly traps, well-maintained laws, beneficial insects and clean garbage make that big of a difference, they will be more than happy to do likewise just to get rid of flies.

This entry was written by bradylord , posted on Friday December 16 2011at 03:12 am , filed under
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Is the fear of mosquito bites keeping you inside this season? Are you leery of slathering dangerous chemicals all over your body just for a few hours of protection against the blood-thirsty creatures? Have you found so called mosquito traps to be less effective than promised?

Most store-bought bug sprays contain N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide, or DEET to combat mosquitoes. This chemical can irritate and cause skin reactions. Extremely rare cases of seizures and death have been attributed to DEET as well. Clearly, there has got to be a better way to manage mosquitoes than to apply dangerous poisons to your body.

How to get rid of mosquitoes naturally

The first step of mosquito management is to make yourself as unattractive to them as possible. Mosquitoes are attracted to a few specific characteristics in a host.

Carbon dioxide. Mosquitoes hunt their prey through the CO2 that we all expel when breathing.
Body heat. Mosquitoes have sophisticated sensors that track body heat and gases.
Color. Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors.
Moisture. Mosquitoes absolutely love anything wet. Moisture not only attracts them to food sources, but also to breeding areas.
There are other traits that mosquitoes prefer, but these are the main attractions. The first step in mosquito control is to manage these items as well as you can.

Of course, we cannot stop breathing or control our body heat just to get rid of mosquitoes. We can, however, trick them into seeking those traits elsewhere. A fire puts out carbon dioxide and heat. Even burning a candle can be a great assistance in the war against mosquito bites.

Color is probably the easiest to control. If you’re going into an area that may have mosquitoes, wear light clothing to make yourself as unattractive as possible. It is also advisable that you wear long pants and long sleeves when weather allows it. In particularly mosquito-filled areas, rely upon clothing that fits close to your skin to prevent mosquitoes from crawling up pant legs or through sleeves.

Moisture is the main concern in mosquito control. Not only the moisture that we expel when we breathe, which alerts them to a host, but because they require it to reproduce successfully. Just like expelling gases and heat, we cannot control the moisture that we expel with our every breath. However, we can manage the moisture around our homes or farm buildings by cleaning up any stagnant water that might be attractive to a female mosquito looking for a place to lay her eggs.

Following the steps outlined above should severely limit mosquito populations, but mosquito-prone areas may require more aggressive actions.

A mosquito net keeps not only a mosquito, but other flying insects out as well. The net can be placed over beds to protect while sleeping indoors or you can purchase a tent made of mosquito netting for camping. Mosquito nets have been used since prehistoric times to protect against a variety of insects. The nets can be made from cotton, polyester, polyethylene, or nylon. They are generally very lightweight and provide excellent protection against mosquitoes. The use of flies traps will not be very much help in this regard.

A mosquito trap is another way to protect without harmful pesticides. These devices come in a variety of sizes and prices, depending upon need. They are placed between the mosquito source and where people gather. Once the trap is set, it will release a combination of odors and/or lights to lure mosquitoes inside. The traps then capture the mosquito and force them into bags, basins, or sticky boards to die.

Another way to combat mosquitoes and getting rid of flies is through the use of homemade mosquito repellent and organic fly control. Many people swear that Listerine is a great repellent. Although there have been no scientific studies to confirm or disprove their claims, Listerine features eucalyptol, a derivative of eucalyptus oil, which is commonly used in insect repellents. The amount of eucalyptol in Listerine, however, is not very high. A better answer may be to make your own insect repellent at home. Following is a recipe that has been used since medieval times to protect against mosquitoes and other biting bugs.

Vinegar of the Four Thieves Insect Repellent:

1 quart bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar

2 Tbsp. each of dried mint, lavender, rosemary, and thyme.

Quart-sized (or larger) glass jar with airtight lid

Put the vinegar and dried herbs into large glass jar.

Seal tightly and store on counter. Shake well each day for 2-3 weeks.

After 2-3 weeks, strain the herbs out and store in spray bottles, preferably in fridge.

To use on skin, dilute to half with water in a spray bottle and use as needed.

For extra-strong repellent, you may wish to add fresh garlic to the mixture.

As you can see, there’s no reason to call for an exterminator when you can attain easy, inexpensive mosquito management without the use of harsh chemicals or pesticides.

This entry was written by bradylord , posted on Sunday March 25 2012at 11:03 pm , filed under
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Do you want to get rid of mosquitoes? Then it might be time to look at the Stinger Mosquito Control Vacuum System that is available. Also known as the ‘NoSquito,’ the Stinger Mosquito Control Vacuum System has a whole host of features included which helps to keep your garden and outdoor seating area bug free.

There are different reasons that the Stinger Mosquito Control Vacuum System is so popular however the fact that it has so many features really helps. When you start to look at ways to get rid of mosquitoes, you will see that there are loads of different options and solutions open to you. However there aren’t many that are like the Stinger Mosquito Control Vacuum System and there aren’t any that work as effectively.

Of course when you start to talk about a product that works so well, it is easy to start worrying about the price tag. As much as we all want to be able to sit outside without worrying about bugs and creepy crawlies we don’t all have the budget to be spent on large, expensive solutions. Thankfully with the Stinger Mosquito Control Vacuum System you don’t have to worry about this, because by anyone’s standards it is an affordable solution to your bug problem.

So How Does It Work?

The Mosquito Control vacuum system works in a unique way. It has a system within it that mimics human breathing. This helps to encourage these bugs to come and take a bit. When they do they are sucked inside with the vacuum filter and trapped. You will need to get a propane tank add on for this to happen, but most places that sell the Stinger Mosquito Control Vacuum System will be able to provide you with everything you need to make sure it all works effectively.

One of the best things about the system is the fact that it is very safe to use. You don’t have to worry about it being around young children or animals, because it is risk free. On top of that it is easy to set up and get going with – so you don’t have to worry about getting it and not be able to use it!

Where Can I Get One From?

The Stinger Mosquito Control Vacuum System is easy to get hold of – although shopping online might be the easiest way. Most of us love online shopping because it means that we can buy what we want from the comfort of our own home. There is no rushing to get to a shop before it closes or worrying about queuing up for hours, because you can do it all at the click of a button. All of this at a time to suit you, which helps to make it as convenient as possible.

There are different places that stock the Stinger Mosquito Control Vacuum System although Amazon might be the easiest place to buy this from. Not only that buy Amazon is really cost effective and often allows you to get this delivered to your door quickly, so not sitting around and waiting for it to arrive.

Why Do I Need It?

None of us want to put up with creepy crawlies ruining our time in the sunshine yet we all want to enjoy the warmer weather. As soon as we get a few hot days, it makes sense that we make the most of this by sitting out in the sunshine. Whether we want to invite a few friends around for drinks on the patio or you want to enjoy your dinner in the sunshine, it stands to reason you are going to want to do this without being bitten at every twist and turn.

However just as we enjoy the warmer weather, so do the bugs. In fact insects such as mosquitoes seem to thrive in warm weather and as soon as we start to sit out and enjoy it, it seems they want to be outside too. They can seemingly spend hours buzzing around our heads and biting us, which is not only annoying but also extremely painful.

Rather than let this be a problem you can invest in a Stinger Mosquito Control Vacuum System which will help to get rid of these mosquitoes for you straight away. This system can be used time and time again, which means that once you have invested in one of these you can simply sit back and enjoy time in your garden bug free.

Is It Worth It?

It can be easy to assume that you can use one of the many other solutions and methods to get rid of mosquitoes. You only have to carry out a quick search on Google to find a number of systems that aren’t Stinger Mosquito Control Vacuum System that claim to be able to help with this. Whether you are using mint or lemon and water solutions to deter them or insect sprays to kill them you can guarantee that they won’t be as effective as the Stinger Mosquito Control Vacuum System.

On top of that the Stinger Mosquito Control Vacuum System is also very easy and hassle free to use. Do you really want to be spraying the whole area with a water solution while everyone enjoys their dinner? Probably not! Do you want to have to get children and pets out the way while you go wild with insect spray in order to get rid of these critters? More than likely not!

Instead you can make your life much easier by simply going for the Stinger Mosquito Control Vacuum System. Once it is installed it does its job – it isn’t damaging to food, pets or children. You don’t have to worry about it throughout the evening and you don’t have to worry about it being dangerous to anyone.

In fact this light weight system is easy to use and easy to set up – so why not look at getting one now and making your garden bug free as soon as possible!

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10 Interesting Mosquito Facts That Will Help You Choose Mosquito Control That Fits Your Life

Mosquitoes are from the Culicidae family, and are a type of fly. They are grouped into the “true fly” category and the word mosquito is Spanish for “little fly.” Although they are undoubtedly a nuisance to man as well as beast, these creatures have been around for many years. The oldest known mosquito with an anatomy similar to our modern mosquitoes was found in amber over 79 million years old! That is why it’s so important to find the best mosquito repellent.

Although males and females both feed through a proboscis, only female mosquitoes suck blood. Females need protein to nourish their eggs and this requires her to take a blood meal in order to reproduce. Although many types of female mosquitoes feed upon humans, they also feed on the blood of amphibians, birds, and other mammals. Male mosquitoes prefer to drink nectar or other sugary substances. Mosquitos can be more harmful than flies on dog.
All mosquitoes need water to reproduce. Some species can even lay eggs in as little as 2 tablespoons of water. That’s why experts suggest that you clean out your roof gutters and bird baths regularly for adequate mosquito control. Just a little bit of standing water can harbor hundreds of mosquito eggs.
Mosquito bites itch because when the female bites you, she injects chemicals into your body that keep your blood from clotting and to reduce pain. These chemicals cause irritation, and thus, itching.
Mosquitoes can’t see very well. They can generally only identify a person who’s closer than 30 feet away. Instead of vision, mosquitoes rely upon extremely sensitive thermal receptors located on their antennae that help them locate the blood near the surface of your skin. The receptor’s sensitivity can triple under extremely humid conditions, which is why you notice an increased need for mosquito repellent in the early spring and mid-summer months.
Mosquitoes can live a relatively long time in bug years. If they don’t fall victim to being slapped at or covered in insecticide, the male can live about 2 weeks and the female for as long as a month. During her lifetime, the female can lay from 1-3 batches of eggs, each containing several hundred new mosquitoes!
Mosquitoes are also attracted by the CO2 you expel when you breathe. The modern mosquito trap is based on this principle, and it expels carbon dioxide, moisture, and other chemicals to attract mosquitoes before trapping them safely inside.
Worldwide, mosquitoes kill more people than any other creature. They are responsible for transmitting a variety of encephalitis diseases, which cause brain inflammation or death. These include Eastern and Western equine, St. Louis, Japanese, and La Crosse encephalitis as well as Rift Valley Fever, Dengue, Malaria, and Yellow Fever. Malaria alone is responsible for almost 1 million deaths per year, most in sub-Saharan Africa. There are a variety of charity organizations that collect money to donate a mosquito net to needy families at risk of contracting the deadly disease.
A female mosquito can drink up to three times her weight in blood. The amount she takes is relatively small, however; it would take well over a million bites to drain all of your body’s blood.
Bug zappers are useless against mosquitoes. Studies have shown that less than 1% of bugs killed by zappers are mosquitoes or other biting insects. The devices kill beneficial or harmless insects and have no effect on mosquito control of the mosquito population. The best way to manage the little bloodsuckers is to maintain an anti mosquito yard. Keep areas dry and sanitary; if that doesn’t work then apply a natural mosquito repellent to any exposed body parts and don’t forget to put some on your pets too.
You can’t catch AIDS from a mosquito bite. Studies with HIV clearly show that the virus responsible for the AIDS infection is regarded as food to the mosquito and is digested along with the blood meal. As a result, mosquitoes that ingest HIV-infected blood digest that blood within 1-2 days and completely destroy any virus particles that could potentially produce a new infection. If that’s not enough comfort then you can relax knowing that mosquitoes do not ingest enough HIV particles when taking a blood meal to pass the disease onto another person.
There’s no doubt that the mosquito is an interesting insect, as well as a deadly one. They’ve been around for millions of years now and show no sign of leaving any time soon. In the meantime, protect yourself, your family, and your pets with a repellent when going outdoors for any period of time. Wear light colored clothing (mosquitoes prefer dark colors) and remember that knowledge is the best mosquito repellent available. Clean up any wet areas outside of your home and keep grass and weedy areas mowed regularly to prevent infestations. Follow these tips and you’ll be well on your way to a bite-free summer and discovering flies how to get rid of

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Protecting your dog from mosquito attacks
Mosquito bites don’t just happen to people; dogs suffer as well. As a matter of fact, mosquitoes feed upon a variety of animals including mammals and reptiles. Keeping mosquitoes away from your pets require a few extra steps before taking letting your animals outdoors, but they will thank you for the effort.
Step one is to keep your pets away from standing water where mosquitoes live. Old tires, bird baths, ponds, or other areas that can hold even the slightest amount of stagnant water are places that mosquitoes thrive. Female mosquitoes need water to lay their eggs in as well as blood to nourish them. Keep those areas clean and dry and try to keep animals away from the potential hazards they may contain. Also keep your lawn maintained as mosquitoes prefer to breed in tall weeds and grasses.
Step two is to apply mosquito repellent to your dog before allowing him outside. There are a few ways to apply repellent; the easiest is to purchase a flea and tick collar for your pet. Some of these are also effective in mosquito extermination. You may wish to apply a mixture of essential oils designed to repel mosquitoes. Although these are effective, always do a patch test to make sure your pet isn’t sensitive to the oils. Finally, you may consider vitamin supplements or yeast that you can add to the dog’s food. Of course you should always check with your veterinarian before introducing any new substances to your pet.
Step three is to take measures against mosquitoes that do bite. Mosquitoes can transmit heartworm to your dog, so be sure to provide them with medication to protect them. Heartworm is a very serious and potentially fatal disease that is easy and inexpensive to prevent.
Step four is to allow your dog inside if it’s possible. Dogs are pack animals that want to be close to you. Even the largest dogs can be trained to behave properly with a little time and attention. If you must leave them outdoors, then try to avoid allowing them to remain outside during the early morning and early evening, when mosquitoes are at their most active. Consider using a mosquito net over your pet’s doghouse to protect him while he rests and keep his water bowl fresh and clean to discourage mosquitoes from laying eggs there.
Step five is to experiment with pest control products. There are a variety of pet-safe options that you can use around your yard.
Pesticides are a method of mosquito control that most of us are familiar with. There are a variety of products aimed at reducing mosquito populations available for purchase. Check the label to make sure that it’s safe to use around pets and wildlife, but most of the products for sale nowadays aren’t generally hazardous to animals or the environment. Test any pesticides on a small area before treating your entire yard.
If you prefer an organic pest control method you might want to consider introducing a mosquito killer into your yard. The dragonfly is a natural predator that feeds upon mosquitoes from birth until death. If insects aren’t your thing and you have a pond there are a variety of fish that love to dine on a tasty mosquito. The Mosquitofish is capable of eating 100-500 mosquito larvae every day. Guppies are another good choice for mosquito management with the added benefit of being able to thrive in less than perfect conditions. Bats are also a natural predator of mosquitoes that are capable of eating hundreds of mosquitoes in a single evening. Frogs are another option to consider if you live in a wet area that is prone to mosquito infestations.
If you’re not keen on the idea of introducing mosquito predators in your yard, you might want to consider a mosquito trap. Like its name suggests, the mosquito trap is a contraption that’s designed to trap mosquitoes. They use bait or bright lights to lure mosquitoes inside and they find themselves unable to escape. They either get stuck to the flypaper stuck inside or killed by poison or an electric shock.
There are a variety of ways to protect your pets from mosquitoes this season. Mosquito management may seem like a daunting task, but it’s really quite simple. All you have to do is remember to follow a few basic steps:
Keep your yard clean and remove any standing water as soon as it accumulates.
Keep your pets inside the house as much as you can.
Make sure domestic pets are treated regularly to prevent heartworm.
If insecticides become necessary, use them as soon as the problem arises to keep mosquito populations down.
With a little preparation, you and your best friend will be well on your way to a mosquito-free summer.
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West Nile Virus From Mosquito Bites Are Just One Concern For Horse Owners.
Mosquitoes carry three of the major diseases that plague horses today. These include the West Nile virus, Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis and Western Equine Encephalomyelitis. The response to infection can range from very mild symptoms like lethargy and loss of appetite all the way to coma or death. Prevention of mosquito bites, therefore, is crucial to the wellbeing of your horse. Another concern closer to home is flies on dogs, flies control will be another issue I address soon, as well as how to get rid of flies in the house.
Mosquito life cycle
There are currently 150 species of mosquitoes in the United States, and while they vary in size and demeanor, they all share the same life cycle.
Mosquitoes begin their lives in an egg. The female mosquito will deposit her eggs in standing water, singly or as a group in a floating raft. The amount of water necessary for laying eggs is surprisingly small; an egg can hatch in as little as two tablespoons of water. The exception to this rule is the Aedes mosquito, which is responsible for spreading Dengue and Yellow Fever. The female generally lays her eggs above water and waits for floodwaters to hatch them. Aedes mosquito eggs can survive long periods of time before hatching.
About a week after the eggs are laid, they emerge into larvae or “wigglers.” At this stage, no amount of mosquito repellent will harm them more than it impacts the environment. The wigglers live on the surface of the water they were hatched in and breathe through a siphon while feeding on organic matter and microorganisms. Mosquito larvae typically molt 4 times in the larval stage and grow larger each time they shed their skin. Extermination and fumigation is usually most effective when it is targeted toward mosquitoes in their larval state; not only are the wigglers vulnerable to a host of predators, they are also susceptible to pesticides designed to kill or halt their growth.
The third stage of the mosquito’s life cycle is that of a pupa. These mosquitoes are called “tumblers.” The tumbler’s life stage is one of rest; they do not eat during this time. The pupa lives in this state from one to four days, before transforming into an adult mosquito. Pest control products designed to eliminate mosquitoes in the larval state will usually be effective on tumblers as well.
The fourth and final stage of mosquito development is adulthood. When the transition is complete, the adult will break open the pupa case and crawl into a safe area to rest. The mosquito’s wings will dry from the water he has been living in since his egg was laid. His external skeleton will also harden until the time he is strong enough to fly away and live on land.
The adult mosquito’s first orders of business are to feed and to mate. Male mosquitoes do not drink blood, preferring to dine on sugary fluids like flower nectar. Females generally mate rather quickly after emerging from the pupa and then take a blood meal to provide her eggs with protein so that the circle of life can continue.
Mosquito control
There are a variety of ways to protect your horses from mosquitoes. Best results are attained by adapting two or more principles, instead of relying upon a single step for mosquito management.
Reducing mosquito population
This step is accomplished by reducing mosquito breeding as much as possible. Adult males swarm in areas with tall grasses or weeds to signal a mate. Managing these locales is a simple way to decrease population. Another is to promptly dry up and clean any areas that rainfall collects, like tire ruts or in old tree stumps. Care should also be taken to maintain sanitary drinking water for your horses, as this is an area mosquitoes are drawn to.
Sprays and traps
An automatic mosquito spray system or premise spray can be used in horse stalls to address
mosquito control. A mosquito trap is a new option to consider as well. Traps lure mosquitoes through a combination of sounds and/or lights into their fans. Once inside, mosquitoes cannot escape and are trapped in a bag or reservoir until their bodies are disposed.
Physical barriers for horses to wear
Mosquito bites can be reduced by physically preventing the insects from coming into contact with the horse. Items to consider include leg wraps, fly sheets, and face masks. These items can be sprayed with mosquito repellent for further protection. Caution should be used when applying physical barriers to horses as they can become tangled quite easily or overheat an animal during the hot summer months.
Mosquito repellents and insecticides
There are a variety of sprays, concentrates, lotions, and gels that are approved for use on horses, including pyrethins, citronella, eucalyptus, and DEET. Test a small amount on your horse before applying the product, as some horses are sensitive to these chemicals. A mosquito repellent or insecticide should also be reapplied after exercising your horse, as they tend to sweat off.
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Easy Tips For 2012 On How Top Get Rid Of Mosquitos That Plague Livestock.
April showers bring May flowers, but they also bring mosquitoes to bite and pester. These blood-suckers not only cause pain to livestock, they also carry a variety of diseases including Malaria and the West Nile Virus.
Livestock bothered by mosquitoes spend more time scratching than they do eating. This, naturally, results in smaller animals that do not thrive as well as they should. Extensive blood loss can lead to reduced productivity or even death.
There are, however, options available to maintain effective mosquito control and fly control. Here are a few of the most common management procedures for the treatment of mosquitoes.
The first line of defense in affecting mosquito management is to reduce breeding areas. In order to reproduce, adult females must lay their eggs in water. They are able to reproduce in a variety of areas-rain water ponds, irrigated pastures, or stale trough water being just a few examples. According to Nancy Hinkle, Ph.D., 80 percent of the battle against mosquitoes is won by eliminating breeding grounds in standing water. Mosquitoes prefer to breed in shallow water so care should be taken to clean wet areas regularly. Grass and weeds should also be managed properly to eliminate mosquito resting areas.
As important as water management is to mosquito control, it is frequently necessary to use tools like pesticides to keep populations in check. Insecticides can be applied for the purposes of larviciding, pupiciding, or adulticiding. However, it is generally recommended that personal undertaking of mosquito control only focus on the first two options, as large-scale mosquitocidal operations should be left to public agencies charged with the task.
A larvicide is an insecticide that targets the mosquito while it is still in its larval life stage. Larvicides may be placed in standing water where mosquito larvae have been found to control the emergence of adult mosquitoes. Acceptable pesticides vary according to different locales, so it is important to check with local government to find out what chemicals are acceptable for extermination in your area. One of the most common is Methoprene, which is applied to ground equipment and also applied aerially. This insecticide acts as a growth regulator, which prevents the pupa from molting into an adult mosquito. It is considered to be a biochemical pesticide because instead of extermination, it interferes with the insect’s life cycle.
Effective pupiciding can be accomplished in the same manner as insecticiding. A product like AGNIQUE® MMF Mosquito Larvicide and Pupicide is an effective exterminator that is designed for use in water. It causes a film to spread over treated areas which leads to the drowning death of mosquito larvae and pupae.
The mosquito trap is another option for effective organic pest control. Mosquitoes find their prey by detecting CO2, light, and heat. Mosquito traps use a combination of artificial smells and lighting displays that are designed to lure mosquitoes into the trap. Once inside, the fans capture the mosquito and force it into a bag, catch basin, or sticky board to die. This mosquito control trap is an environmentally safe choice, as they do not generally involve pesticide foggers. This makes them a safe product to use around humans and animals.
Another environment-friendly option is to use a mosquito eater. Mosquito predators can be wonderful allies in the war against insects. Dragonflies, in particular, are ravenous for mosquito larvae. Their life cycle is similar to the mosquito’s and they hunt their prey from larvae until death, making the dragon fly one of their largest natural predators. Birds are another pest control against insects and many of them love to dine on a nice, fat mosquito. The Purple Martin, in particular, enjoys a nice mosquito meal. Bats also eat insects, including mosquitoes. In fact, many types of adult bats are able to eat half their weight or more in bugs every night. Some people insist that the crane fly is another insect which preys upon the mosquito. However, this is not true. In fact, not only do they not eat mosquitoes, the adult crane fly does not eat at all. Their grubs feed on decaying plant life and the flies carry no venom and don’t bite anything. Somehow the crane fly has developed a reputation as a great mosquito hunter. However, introducing these flies into a new locale will only result in the need to exterminate two different kinds of pests.
Effective do it yourself pest control and fly prevention is possible with a minimum of effort. Remember that the trick to mosquito management is to use prevention as early as possible in each stage of the bug’s life. Manage stagnant water to prevent attractive breeding grounds. Use larvicides or mosquito eaters to stop mosquitoes at the larval stage. The final stage of the mosquito life cycle is the costliest to manage, so focus should be placed upon the first stages to prevent the baby insects from reaching the adult stage of their life cycles.

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How to install wall lights and its electrical wiring with switch?

I need to know about Installing new wall light step by step
from dragging wall and ceiling. to finish all ceiling and wall back to its original condition.

Before you start, buy and read Home Depots book on home wiring. It’s pretty basic and easy to understand.

Things you’ll need:
3/0 cut-in or old work box for each fixture (3-oh cut in)
cut in switch box (single gang for one switch, double gang for 2, etc)
14/2 romex (12/2 if you tie in to a 20 amp circuit)
some romex staples
a junction box with cover
Switch cover plate
your fixtures

all this can be found at Home Depot or similar

Locate a constant power source. Try to avoid circuits with motors such as fridge, microwave, a/c, etc. These will dim the lights every time they turn on. Turn off the breaker. Be doubly sure that the power is off in the wire you are about to cut. You can get a little sensor that will light when next to a hot circuit.

Use the 3/0 box to trace an opening where you want your light. Use a keyhole saw to cut the opening. You may have to trim it a little to get the 3/0 box in the hole. DON’T PUT IT IN YET!!

Repeat with the switch box where you want the switch.

Now go to the attic. Locate the top of the wall above your light. Drill a 3/8″ hole there. Repeat in the wall above your switch. Run a 14/2 into the 3/8 hole and out of your light hole. Run the other end down the wall to your switch. Mark it at the switch as “switch leg.”

Now go to your constant power source. Check again to be sure it is off. Cut the wire and run both ends into the junction box. Run a new 14/2 from the junction box to your new switch box. Use wire nuts to tie all the blacks together. Repeat with the whites and bare grounds. Put on the cover of the junction box.

Use romex staples to secure your romex to rafters. Be sure to staple within 6 inches of the box.

Now you get to go downstairs. Pull all the romex out of their respective holes. At the light, pull the romex thru the opening in the 3/0 box as you insert the box into the hole. Use a drill to tighten the screws that are attached to the wings on the box. You’ll need about 6-8″ of romex at the box.

Do the same at the switch box being sure to pull both your power and switch leg romex into the box.

Strip the sheathing off the romex so that 1/4″ remains in the box. Cut the wires inside to 6″. You can have a bit more but not less. Strip the ends of the insulated wires. Use wire nuts to tie the white wires together. Tie the bare grounds together along with an additionial piece of bare that is about 6″ long to form a little pigtail. Make small hooks in the blacks and the bare wires. Connect one of the blacks to one of the gold screws on the switch. Doesn’t matter which one. Connect the other black to the other screw. Connect the bare pigtail to the green screw on the switch. Insert the switch into the box and tighten it until it is snug. No need to really crank it. Put on your cover plate and you are done with the switch.

Follow the instructions on your fixture to install it. Just strip the romex and individual wires like you did at the switch.

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String lights are looked for to enliven every festive occasion -from birthday celebrations to bridal ceremonies. Due to reason that they could be used in any combinations and flexibility they offer in arranging them, not since they are lower investment decoration mode.

That said, we have few tips for hanging string lights for an upcoming event.

One way or another, it all depends on creativity used in the lights arrangement that makes them more amusing to see.

Measurements: Have a landscape approach are where the lights were usually to be used. You should take it into account. You will use a long measuring tape and make doors measurements, trees, bushes and even windows, and other where you plan to hang the lights. All in all, based on the following measurements you usually can decide light lengths strings.

Nevertheless, using ladder: This depends on place and the height where you have to hang string light.

You may use a stepladder or an extension ladder to hang lights at desired place. After this is probably significant for you make sure that ladder was probably placed firm on flat ground and at an angle that it is probably comfortable and safe to climb.

Use Clips: whenever to may want to hang lights along the gutters or the roof, you intend to use appropriate clips to keep them affixed. Surfaces or plastic clips may be used, if you intend to attach the lights to window trim and any other akin tube light clips.

Sounds familiar , does it not? Planning: Hanging the outdoor string lights require some planning to be dYou must make sure that, you can discover an electrical receptacle for the lights. All heavyduty extension cords from electrical outlet shall be checked prior to use. Make sure receptacles circuit is rated to handle all combined amperes light strings connected to it.

You see, therere different regulations you think to consider in advance of going on to finalize the string lights to be used. You plan to consider the event theme, place of landscape region and the lighting type to be used and the party field that thinks to be decorated -all this kind of thinks to be plan before hand.

All that kind of tips and creative concepts used in arranging lights will support you to in making our own outdoor occasion an one of a kind and a memorable Though such occasions are meant of get together, such short decorating tip may make them more memorable.

Testing lights: You think to make sure that there were always no lights on bulbs were probably missing in string and there are always no damaged or worn out bulbs or lights. While, arrange for replacement, in case any faults looked for in bulbs. With that said, in the event a faulty wire were probably observed replace the string. It is this have to be before you hang or the lights. String was usually prepared to be hanged, when inspection probably was completed and all needed replacements were probably done. Now you could re test string to check whether it is working.

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Whats difference between LED lights and traditionary light strings?

LED Lights have been practically an electronic device that has no filament to burn out like conventional light bulbs. LED lights emit photons when electricity has been passed thru them, whereas not going in too much technical detail. Sounds familiar? They could last nearly a lifetime, since youll find no filament that gets quite warm like a light bulb. Then, it is a manufacturer defect and not as the LED burned out in most cases, in case they do struggle. They are used in everything electronic for over years after light bulbs due to their longevity. Its a well previously, LEDs were made in exclusive colours like orange, green, now or even yellow in the past few years. Whitey LEDs have been now being used in all types of Flashlights types now.

With that said, we now have multi color LEDs that will display any colour under the sun from one device. I mean being used in the huge Jumbotron displays and electronic billboards you see along the highways. I mean now as well being used in outdoor and indoor holiday light strings. Furthermore, lED lights that slowly fade from blue to gold and back. They all overlook tone at same time and in no circumstances go out of sync, in case you plug them in at same time. It always was actually amazing.

Now pay attention please. To sum it up, use LED lights for Christmas in the event you think it is possible., and you must use conventional light strings, sort out problems with them, in the event you cannot use LED lights for Christmas. As a outcome, put them away right after year carefully and you better not have too huge amount of difficulties with them. We oftentimes come up with a burned out bulb successive year on a set or 2 that was not when they put them away.

As a consequence, pretty often a damaged bulb or 2. Far the LED lights have worked every time after being stored with all the lights working and as bright as fortnight we purchased them.

Conservative outdoor light sets and indoor light sets are actually flawed and loads of anybody are tired of setting them up. Let me ask you something. Conventional benefits lights? LED lights, you will never again require to worry about that. They likewise do not cost as much as LED lights but pick up your LED lights on sale and you will see no difference.

Conventional light bulbs use a filament that has to get warm from element having to burn whitey rather hot. Now regarding the aforementioned reason. They still should deal with a filament that has a limited essence time, even if miniature light bulbs do not get that rather hot. Its a pain, when they burn out. Light bulbs in addition come wires break, bulbs break, loose, light and fall out darkens due to a coating on the inside glass from burning and so a lot more disadvantages that why will everybody want to use them since we now have LED lights. Until you could afford to replace our own the all the outdoor light display or indoor light display, you may got to put up with conventional light strings.

Sounds familiar , doesnt it? LED Lights have always been not light bulbs. Sounds familiar , does it not? They been around for many years but have simply been incorporated in Christmas Light strings in years past couple. LED lights have characteristics all of the own and usually were a good choice for our own outdoor scenes or indoor decorations.

With that said, lED gains light strings usually were good. Now please pay attention. They last forever in the event sorted out problems with. Now look. They do not get warm. They are brighter with more bright color than conservative light bulbs. With that said, tones could review fluidly unlike light bulbs. LED strings have probably been fixed colour. The best negative subject about LED lights always was cost. Thence, they probably were a bit more over-priced than conventional light strings but. Christmas on close out sales and you will get them practically cheap!

LED Lights have usually been cool! Literally.

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If you’ve got a garden with a deck and was thinking of ways to liven it up then listen up. Outdoor deck lighting offers some of the best techniques of creating that artistic impression that will bring out the best in your outdoor decking. Over the past few years this market has grown extensively with homeowners wanting more out of their outdoor living space and doing so without paying a fortune for outdoor light fixtures. By carefully researching what types of lighting are available on the market you could save money on electricity bills while keeping a low carbon footprint on the environment all the while enjoying the best that your outdoor lifestyle has to offer.

If you look closely you want your outdoor deck lighting to be durable through tough weather, long lasting, energy efficient, low voltage, safe and easy to install. Let’s look at the types of lighting applications that you can expect to find on the market.

• Incandescent Lighting

• Fluorescent lighting

• Led Outdoor Lighting

• Solar Lighting

These are the most popular on the market and are available in many designs and finishes. Fluorescent light bulbs are extremely popular due to their extensive range available in many wholesale outlets like Wal-Mart. They are quite cost effective and produce ample light and have a lifespan of only between 10,000 – 20,000 hours of light life.

Incandescent lights work very well and consume reasonable levels of energy. Unfortunately around 98% of the energy output is mostly heat. They are the cheapest because they are inexpensive to produce, but the major downside is that they only have a lifespan of around 1000 hours and thus require more maintenance and replacements and therefore cost more money in the long run.

Led outdoor lighting is the best of the three and solves most of your requirements. They produce more light per watt of energy are more flexible to use in small spaces to the size of the bulbs. They have no toxins like mercury vapour that’s present in other bulbs and have an amazing lifespan of around 40,000 – 60,000 hours of light life and also gradually die out, unlike fluorescent bulbs which black out abruptly.

If you can afford it solar powered outdoor lighting offers the best solutions with the best results on almost every level.

When shopping for your outdoor deck lighting fixtures look at different designs and lighting techniques. For example if you have a wooden deck with a natural wood finish you might want to consider recessed lighting fixtures in the floor or on the walls. These not only look smart but are also safe from tripping over and stay out of harm’s way. Wood or iron post caps look great but not all at the same time. Railing lights will light up the whole deck and also work well on stair rails. Iron finishes go well with a rustic antique look and also work best when installed as low wall mounted deck stair lighting fixtures.

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Transforming your dull porch into something with more flair shouldn’t have to cost you an arm or a leg. With so many designs on the market it makes purchasing quality porch lighting very affordable especially in this economy where every penny counts. Your ideal porch lighting should not only create a sense of warmth and comfortable living, it should also provide a certain sense of safety.

Transport yourself back in time by installing vintage outdoor porch lighting that brims with artistic style and taste. By performing an easy search online you’ll find many wholesale distributors and stores like Wal-Mart in the USA and online market places like eBay that specialize in distributing all types of outdoor accessories and lighting technologies.

Choose your styles carefully when doing your shopping and ask questions about design when you can’t make up your mind. Installing constructive outdoor porch lights will not only brighten up your home at night it can serve another purpose by keeping out any potential robbers. One very important aspect of you might want to consider is to look for porch lights that use light bulbs that would fit your needs like soft light, or maybe dimmed light units. You want the type of light bulbs you use to offer the best quality light while providing the longest life and also giving you value for your money.

The three most popular types of light sources are:

Fluorescent light bulbs – Burns bright, quite cost effective, but has a short lifespan offering up to 20,000 hours of light.

Incandescent light bulbs – Very popular in most homes due to their price. They are the cheapest and are quite inexpensive to maintain. Has the shortest lifespan offering up to only 1000 hours of light life. Repeated replacement costs make this quite expensive in the long term.

Led light bulbs – Quickly becoming the most popular method of lighting. Requires the least amount of energy and thus saves you money immediately on your energy bills. Has the longest lifespan offering up to 80,000 hours of light life. This is definitely a good option to consider when installing your outdoor porch lighting.

The most common types of porch lighting available to consumers are flood lights, vintage or modern sleek lanterns, hanging ceiling lights and lastly wall mounted lights. To put down a list here of all the different types of designs available would probably take up too many pages but in essence what you want is decent lighting that can be manipulated to create the feel that you love. What is important here though is type of finish that can withstand any harsh weather, be impervious to rust and be waterproof to provide you with light for many years to come.

Wall mounted porch lighting lanterns are easily available at good prices with vintage and period designs that will make you feel at home. Living in the USA you have to be safety conscious and with the right down and uplighting you can achieve two effects that will give you the most light coverage per square meter.

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With today’s various barn lights you may wish to examine whether the ones you are currently using are not costing you too much. There are plenty of reasons to check out lighting that might be more cost effective. With energy costs projected to continue to rise, it would be worthwhile to look in to low energy barn lights.

With many barn lights you typically have the basic equivalent of high output interior lighting. Yet, with a few modifications you can reduce the cost of your annual electrical expenditures while creating a more welcoming scene.

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Farm Lights

Farm lights are designed to be powerful enough to allow you to get everything you need to get done in a day. It doesn’t matter if there is natural light, the chores are there to be done regardless of the number of daylight hours you have at your disposal.

With specialty barn lights you can get the same high power lighting while using less energy. In addition, there is no reason why you can’t create a beautiful atmosphere whether you use your barn for utilitarian purposes or as a decorative building.

Shed Lights

Attractive shed lights are often thought to be used for smaller sheds and mini-barns. Yet they are powerful enough to use in a working barn. They will often allow you to upgrade to a higher voltage fluorescent bulb, which will burn through less energy.

You can use higher voltage barn lights with a fluorescent bulb as well. This will allow you to have the full bright atmosphere you need while decreasing the cost to run them. Incandescent bulbs tend to throw out much more heat, and burn through sometimes twice the amount of electricity.

Before you have your next barn party or decorate for the holidays, consider the changes that you can make now to increase visibility while also increasing attractiveness. Just because it’s a barn doesn’t mean that there isn’t value in creating an ambiance.

String Lights

While many people use string lights around the perimeter of the barn to show it off, especially during the holiday season, this is also a practical way to help increase the visibility at a low voltage.

These lights offer you a continuous path in which to brighten your way.

Hanging additional lights gives you more options. Running each lighting combination into its own switch means that you can light up just part of the structure or you can brighten it up entirely. If you want to create a better environment, start with restructuring the wiring and the bulb configurations.

It does not take long to hang new barn lights and running the new ones into a new switch is easy. Your overall effect will be increased lighting with a decreasing electric bill. This is especially true if you switch light bulbs when you hang the new lights.

LED & Solar Lights

Large barns can benefit from the metal halide lighting while smaller barns can be improved with some of the LED lights that are slowly becoming available. LED lights are not powerful enough to add more than accent lighting. Solar lighting is improving as well, which could be the best answer of all.

As the industry changes and the attention shifts from the current technology to improving upon what could be available the prospect of using LED and solar lighting for barns of all sizes improves. It could happen very soon.

With barn lights that are well crafted, attractive, and energy efficient you may find more uses for the building than you thought possible. When you are not worried about running the lights you are more apt to allow for further developments to happen. Throw a party, decorate it, and have fun with this unique structure that you’re lucky enough to have.

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Outdoor motion lights help to increase the safety and security of your business or home without constantly leaving the lights on. Winter time darkness will often force you to leave a regular outdoor light on nearly all the time if you want the walkway and doorway lit for you and your customers.

Middle of the night activity and noises are not uncommon. It is not possible for you to be at your business 24/7. This is wehre outdoor motion lights come in handy. The light is usually enough to scare an intruder away while keeping you safe from any potential contact.

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Outdoor Solar Motion Lights

Using outdoor solar motion lights is a very economical method of ensuring that your business or home is safe and well lit at just the right times. You can count on them to light up when there is movement as well as when you arrive at your business to open or lock up.

You can also count on them to turn themselves off when no motion is detected. When winter time light is scarce for recharging it is always nice to know that the lights will not waste their energy by staying on full time. They turn on and off when appropriate to save those charges for when it counts the most. On most outdoor solar motion lights you can adjust the lenght of time they will stay on after movement has ceased.

Motion Sensor Spot Lights

Motion sensor spot lights are a great way to be sure that the places that you need to light up the most are well lit on demand. This can be as simple as having a bright light to park under or it can be a great way to light up the back door to your business when there is a rustle about. You can also use is as an accent light to increase the power of other lighting in the area.

Using lights for safety starts with looking around your business or property and finding the most vulnerable areas. If you have dark places, likely hiding spots, or areas where it is easy to break into your business these are the kind of lights that help deter breaking and entering.

Outdoor Security Lights

For anyone that has a business in a high crime area, or has valuables to protect outdoor security lights are an essential part of keeping your business protected. Lights are actually a better deterrent than a weapon. There is no engagement but it serves as a warning to an individual.

That warning can be taken quite seriously as no one who is about to commit a burglary wants to get caught. Since you are not engaging, there is no need for a criminal to feel trapped or threatened. They simply want to leave and find a less complicated house to enter.

Porch Lights

Of course, porch lights are often the simplest form of security lighting. They help to keep the back door area constantly lit and are a statement of presence at the place of business. Avoiding the dark and keeping the porch light on has been a tradition in communities since they were lanterns to be lit by fire.

Maintaining a business where there is always ample lighting is a way to make sure accidents don’t happen and intruders become wary. There is always room for lighting no matter what kind of business you are in.

Outdoor motion lights give you and your business partners peace of mind. They are easy to install and are low maintenance. The light bulbs rarely need to be replaced because they do not burn consistently throughout the night. And the solar panels are maintenance free as well, although a clean once a year is a good idea. With optional timer settings you can choose how long they burn when the motion sensor is set off.

Stay safe, make life easier, and always know what is going on outside your business with simple to use lights that turn on when needed.

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Outdoor party lights are more than just a festive way to help your guests see in the great outdoors. If you are hosting an outdoor party or event, lighting the area keeps everyone from stumbling through the dark. It’s simply practical. You can take it another step farther and get creative with your lighting.

For a backyard party, the way you string outdoor party lights will influence the way your guests gather and congregate. Most people create a perimeter and then criss-cross the lights inside that perimeter.

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You can do that, or you can string them to run in smooth lines that highlight the area progressively. The lights closest to the house may be spaced out farther than those that are farther from the house. This gives an even lighting scale throughout the garden or yard.

Outdoor String Lights

Outdoor string lights can be used to mark the preferred direction you want your guests to walk. You may not want the whole gang traipsing through the house when they first arrive. Highlighting a path or walkway that leads to the patio or back helps direct guests upon arrival.

Your outdoor party lights may very well inspire some new party ideas. The strings lights that are available today are often more festive, colorful, and have a definite theme attached in some cases. The lighting can be merely a decoration to help announce the theme.

Outdoor Party Ideas

Your outdoor party ideas should always include a set of outdoor lights. You can use color variations or you can actually get each individual theme in the form of a string of lights. Everything from holidays to national celebrations to anniversaries can be highlighted on a string.

In some instances you can even announce birthdays, baby showers, home comings, and other special personal events that call for a party. With each light string you will have not only a way to mark the event, but a great memento to keep marking the occasion just for you.

Outdoor Patio Lights

Of course, outdoor patio lights are an essential part of hosting a successful back yard party. This is often the area where the talking, connecting, and fun happens the most. You can find your patio filled with people on every brick. Lighting up this area keeps the connection going.

It really doesn’t matter what the occasion is or why you are hosting an outdoor party. What matters is the quality of the experience your guests have. You want people connecting, having fun, and socializing in a meaningful way. Keeping the lights on simply helps to create the ambiance that allows this to happen.

The best way to hang your outdoor party lights is the way that compliments your back yard and encourages people to stay and connect. Since there are many different ways to go about doing this, don’t be afraid to get creative. You may even combine light sets to make it special in some way.

Combining light sets gives you a chance to make your own party statement and light the areas that you want people hanging out in. If there are parts of the yard that you would prefer are avoided, you simply avoid hanging lights there. Most people will understand the point.

Your party will be a huge success as you set up the scene. Ambiance can take a hesitant guest and turn him into a social butterfly. It can make an arguing couple forget their problems for the evening. Ambiance is created with light.

Hanging outdoor party lights puts you in the mood as well. It’s an enjoyable way to start getting into your own festive mood. Once the lights are up and the guests arrive, the rest starts to fall into place almost completely by itself.

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There is no question that outdoor pendant lighting is both beautiful and useful. It helps you get in the house at night, keeps a warm light on for those who are yet to arrive, and lights the area to help deter theft. You can take it to the next level by using it to create some of the striking night time scenes that really grabs attention.

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Outdoor Pendant Lighting Fixtures

Before you choose your outdoor pendant lighting fixtures you will need to evaluate the conditions. Wet conditions require certain fixtures. There are those that will do just fine in a dry area, but make sure that the area stays dry even in a thunderstorm.

The fixtures that are approved for wet conditions are going to provide you with a more limited range of options, but you will not have to worry about anything shorting out in the middle of a bad storm. This can often be when you need the light the most.

The use of outdoor pendant lighting for purely decoration purposes is very popular. Yet, if you’re going to have a light that is attractive against a setting that is truly beautiful, why not make sure the light provides a function as well? There are many functional lights that can create the stunning scene you want.

Black Outdoor Pendant

The use of decorative wreaths or even silk flower arrangements against the back portion of a black outdoor pendant fixture can spark a beautiful arrangement. If you are adding the light to a front porch you want to go with large, highly visible adornments. This gives it curb appeal all the way from the curb.

If you are using it on a back porch, you can go with smaller adornments that are daintier or less bold. These arrangements are typically seen when entertaining or if you use the back entrance as the main entrance for the family.

Rustic Outdoor Pendant

The use of a rustic outdoor pendant can create some very interesting arrangements. These can be appropriate for seaside looks complete with antique buoy rings, old oars, and antique rope. You can use them for the cabin in the woods look. If you live in a wooded area and have a home that sparks wilderness images, this can be the perfect accent to upgrade your home.

Of course, you can use the rustic look for newer homes as well. Some are simply gorgeous and classy and will match almost any outdoor dĂŠcor. If you are looking for something unique and versatile, rustic is often the way to go.

Outdoor Pendant Light Installation

Outdoor pendant lighting is not difficult to install. It is important that you remember the basic rules of electrical safety and make sure that all power to that specific area of the home is off. Do not even attempt installation on a wet, damp, or even overly humid day. It is not safe and the moisture is likely to get trapped in the elements and burn out the light sooner rather than later.

Use a voltage tester in order to be absolutely sure that there is no electrical current. Even with the breaker switched off, it is still quite possible to have a lingering current. If you take the time to check you will be sure that there is no power to the lines you need to access.

The imagination can run wild when it comes to how to increase the decorative value of outdoor pendant lighting. For every style there is a matching ambiance that you can create. Many of the fixtures are not only beautiful but are also versatile, allowing you to make adjustments to the scene whenever you would like.

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The glow of the bulbs can be mild or bright, depending on your needs. They also come in a variety of nice colors. Moreover, there is evidence that these lights are actually safer than traditional bulbs. They do not burn in the same fashion. They create less heat because they complete a connection rather than travel through an element.

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Landscape LED Lights

Using landscape LED lights is a fantastic way to highlight the best of your property while maintaining a high level of security. Studies have proven that well lit landscaping deters intruders. Studies have also proven that well lit landscapes are visually calming. These lights are often concentrated for a more stimulating look.

Making a statement with your lighting is often much easier with this form of lighting. There is an ease about them that makes them more versatile in many ways. Because they come in various sizes and even colors, you can get creative or you can go with a more traditional look.

Outdoor LED Bulbs

Outdoor LED bulbs last much longer than the incandescent traditional bulbs and are easy to replace. Most of the bulbs will burn one hundred hours to every hour that an incandescent bulb will burn. This means that you can get thousands of hours of consistent light. The longevity of the bulbs is often the attraction.

When created for outdoor use, these bulbs are hearty. You should double check to make sure that those bulbs which will be exposed in any way to weather are able to withstand everything from a downpour to being submerged. Many can be placed underwater for several hours and the housing will remain secure and watertight.

Outdoor LED Flood Lights

If you want to create a very specialized look, whether for the holiday season or all year long, outdoor LED flood lights are the way to go. You get the energy efficiency but you also get the distinct bright and crisp look that these lights are known for. You can use them for all kinds of purposes and they remain reliable for a long time.

If you are concerned about safety the flood lighting will give you the ability to light up a specific area where your property is vulnerable. Usually, if you can highlight a tree or an area of the landscaping at the same time you are also beautifying your property. These are also excellent for highlighting door wreaths and other decorations.

Outdoor LED Christmas Lights

Of course, the outdoor LED Christmas lights are also quite unique. These little bulbs can be used to decorate your standard fir tree or they can offer a highlight for a rose bush, fig tree, Dogwood branches, and other plants or limbs that are not usually highlighted. The small beams of light can make even a dormant tree beautiful.

Any time you hang outdoor LED lights, or holiday lights in general, you have the opportunity to be creative and festive. Of course, the crisp beam of the LED bulb will give you a totally new canvas to work with if you wave never tried these before.

Making good use of outdoor LED lights is fun and can give you a broad range of options. Every time you want to make a change or transition from one season to the next there is a lighting strand or style that will help make that happen for you. It’s a great way to bring the additional light into your yard without running up a high energy bill.

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The Outdoor Landscape Lighting Universe helps you to improve the look of your house, garden and estate.

There are many houses and gardens that look great in the daytime, but when the evening settles, they become invisible and overlooked.

This does not need to be so!

With some good outdoor lights, you can make your house and garden look great, even in the dark.

It will also increase the security of your estate as it becomes harder to hide in the dark for any potential burglars or other criminals.

The outdoor landscape lighting universe is huge. We will help you to chose some quality and tasteful lights for your outdoor areas by giving your unbiased advice. You will then be able to make your own informed decision about your outdoor lights.

Lighting Universe

There exists a great lighting universe of both old style and modern lighting today. The out door lights for the home and garden, include:

And for the festive moments, there are all kinds of outdoor lighting, including:

If your estate is commercial, you have a great variety to chose from, including:

These options do not need to cost an arm and a leg in utility and maintenance bills. There are many quality outdoor motion sensor that can ensure the lights are only on when needed.

We hope that we will be able to help you decide on what is the best for you in the outdoor landscape lighting universe. And we would love to hear from you. On most of our pages there is a comment section where you can share your comments, ideas, advice and photos. We look forward to hearing from you :-)

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Outdoor Halloween lights can take the ordinary decorations and turn them into extraordinary decorations. Your home and property can be a spooky but safe environment for everyone. Kids will creep by and adults will love the look you create all with a little bit of well placed lighting.

The use of decorations is only half of the setting. How you light it up is really what makes it great. When you can create an ambiance that is perfect for the night, your whole scene becomes the talk of the neighborhood. A few props and some creative lighting will make the night extra special.

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Outdoor Pumpkin Lights

Using outdoor pumpkin lights adds a little something extra. These are the lights that offer a bit of welcoming. After all, you don’t want the little ones to be too afraid to stop by. If you are throwing a party you can use them to light a pathway, and even string them up inside for effect.

Using higher quality lights is always a good idea. You will want to make sure that the strands are approved for outdoor use and that the general theme is well represented. For simple lighting, these little strands can be just enough dĂƒÂŠcor to let the neighborhood know you’re participating in the events.

Outdoor Halloween Props

The use of outdoor Halloween props can be where you really get expressive. With the creative use of props, you can start the spooking of passersby early. When placing props try them out in different places to get the greatest effect. Walking up and down the street in front of your home is very helpful for proper placement.

If you have barriers, shrubs, or blind spots it’s always a good idea to place a scary prop where it will not be seen until the Trick or Treat crew is right up on it. This little element of surprise can go a long way on a night like this.

Outdoor Lighted Halloween Decorations

Outdoor lighted Halloween decorations can also be used to create something special. When the decorations light up they stand out on their own but are still part of a great scene. The lighting helps to ensure that your best pieces won’t be missed or overlooked even if they are not right in front.

Placing decorations for scary looks or for fun looks requires a bit of skill. Using the area you have as completely as possible is usually the best way to go. For the most part, the decorative pieces will attract the attention of everyone, and having an impressive yard or walkway can be all you need to be a popular stop on the candy route.

Outdoor Halloween Decorations

All of your outdoor Halloween decorations can be used to their fullest when you add things like smoke, backlighting, and even colored flood lighting. You can even dress up and become part of the landscape, scaring everyone as you become the decoration that moves and speaks.

Have fun with your outdoor Halloween lights. This is the time of year to go all out and make the scenes look as big and bold as you possibly can. You don’t have to go overboard. You just want to ensure that you are creating the look that you want to get the most out of the night.

Whether you use outdoor Halloween lights or a combination of decorations and lighting you can make the evening a scream with creepy ideas that only you can bring to life. If you are having fun, your guests and the Trick or Treat crews will also be having fun. That is, of course, what the entire holiday is about. Joining the fun is often as simple as going with the flow and letting your inner monster hang out.

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Yard lights can make a big difference on your garden and other outdoor areas at nighttime. In the daytime everyone can see your garden and find their way around without any problems. However, when nightfall sets in, its another story. Yard lights can make a big difference here.

Yard lights serve several purposes. It can serve a functional role, so you can find your way to your door when you get home at nighttime. It can serve a more festive role, by enlarging your party area to also include the garden. And lastly, it also serves a protective role. Burglars will be more hesitant to rob a house that is well lit. Thieves prefer to operate in the dark – not in a floodlit area where everyone can see them.

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Landscape Lighting

Landscape lighting can be very decorative and change the entire perception of your home and garden. And best of all, it does not have to cost a lot of money to install yard lights. However, before you start, you should outline what you would like to be illuminated by your outdoor landscape lighting. Do not just go off and start buying outdoor lights and fixtures.

There are many different kind of landscape lighting and there are many levels of prices. There is a big difference between watertight outdoor lighting and non-watertight outdoor lighting. If you are considering buying non-watertight outdoor lights, make sure that where you put them will never get wet – not even in a storm with heavy rain. Not only could they break in the storm but it might be the time you need them the most.

Low Voltage yard Lights

Low voltage yard lights is an excellent choice for areas that do not require a lot of light and where the light will be on for most of the time. By choosing low voltage lights, such as 12V outdoor lights, you could save a neat sum of money in electricity bills.

Another good use of low voltage yard lights is for pathways and drives. Usually these are in the front of the house so they could be left on for long periods of time – sometimes the entire night. Having your pathway and drive lit will enhance your home’s features, make your guests feel welcome when they arrive, and serve as a security measure as well.

Solar Yard Lights

Solar yard lights are becoming more and more popular. Like low voltage yard lights they do not give off a huge amount of light. However, these solar powered yard lights do not consume any electricity. The batteries are recharging during the day when the sun is out and then shine in the night. A drawback is that if it is not very sunny, then they will not shine for that long in the evening.

You can read more about the advantages and disadvantages of solar yard lights here.

Installation of Yard Lighting

Installation of yard lighting is different than the annual traditional decoration of the house with Christmas yard lights. Firstly, the yard lighting will be up for a long time, not just during the holiday season. Secondly, yard lighting usually also serve a practical purpose, such as lighting a specific area. Christmas yard lights are mostly decorative, however, lights around the BBQ can be decorative as well, but they should also ensure that the BBQ area is well lit so it is safe to BBQ at nighttime.

Unless you are installing solar yard lights, you will have a lot of wires when you install your yard outdoor landscape lighting. Do not dig them down straight away, but do try to leave them as much out of sight as you can. Then leave your outdoor lights on for several nights and walk around, imagine you are having a birthday party or family gathering. Which areas of your garden would you like to see brightly lit and which areas would you like to see dimly lit. And are there any pathways that need to be lit?

The outdoor landscape lighting universe is huge. So take your time to ensure that your landscape lighting will be just right. Good luck.

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Since the early 1990’s, solar security light has become more and more widespread. Not only are they more energy efficient, but they are also a lot more versatile. As solar powered security lights do not need any wiring, they can be installed places where regular lights would be hard to fit.

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Solar Powered Security Light

Solar powered security light is today no different from security lights from ordinary and LED lights.

Before, solar powered security lights required large solar panels to be able to recharge their batteries so they had enough power to shine the entire night. Some even had regular back-up batteries making them very heavy and bulky. However, today solar lights and solar lamps are becoming more and more energy efficient. And combined with more efficient solar cells, solar powered security light is now are real affordable option when choosing between your solar security light suppliers.

The solar lamp manufacturers have made huge progress in designing and manufacturing energy efficient solar powered lighting that is both cheap and reliable.

Solar Motion Sensor Light

Adding solar motion sensor light to your security lights, being solar powered or not, is an energy efficient choice. However, it is not suitable for all areas.

Solar motion sensor lights are fine for your home or smaller business area where you would like to deter thief’s. However, for bigger industrial sites, you might want to keep the area lit at all times. You can add additional lights which will be triggered by motion sensors, but the majority of the area should be kept lit at all times.

Even though motion sensors will reduce your energy bill, you could potentially save more by keeping your business area lit at all times. Your insurance premium could be reduced if you keep your business area lit in the night.

Solar Lamp

A solar lamp is becoming a more and more popular choice. Not only are they becoming close to regular and LED lights pricewise, but the low level of maintenance required are making them a very popular choice.

Maintenance is really straightforward.. If you notice that the lights start to go weaker at an earlier hour, you should clean the solar panels. This could be caused by dirty solar panels. It is recommended to clean the solar panels at least once or twice a year to keep your solar powered security lights in perfect working condition.

A solar security light is not a very sophisticated unit. The solar lamp uses LED technology to keep energy consumption efficient. And the solar panel that powers the unit is today quite small and discreet. If you are in an area that can go without sun for an extended period it is possible to buy solar security lights with back-up batteries. These will obviously be more bulky and more expensive.

Another great feature of solar powered security lights is that they can be moved around very easily. As they do not have any wiring, you only need to loosen the light from the wall or ground and move it to its new location.

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Out door lights are a simple but effective way to rejuvenate your landscaping. With so many variations and options it is almost impossible not to come up with a combination that works for your property. Residential and business properties often need a little sprucing up over time. And it adds to your property’s security as well.

Instead of redoing the landscaping, adding outdoor landscape lighting creates a totally new ambiance for much less. You can save money while recreating the look of your property.

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Low Voltage Outdoor Lights

Low voltage outdoor lights create a soft, beautiful glow that consumes less energy. These are great for landscapes that are highly colorful. Even in the dark, the color reflects the lighting with just enough emphasis to provide a backdrop scenery to get excited about.

Sometimes you want to create an ambiance that is light and airy versus bright and bold. You have to look at the overall picture in order to determine what is really right for your home or business.

Outdoor Solar Lights

For energy efficient out door lights you have the option of using outdoor solar lights. These are often easier to place, move, arrange, and rearrange because you don’t have to deal with wires.

If you place the outdoor solar lights in one area and wait for night fall you can assess the arrangement and come back as many times as you need to for adjustments. The various styles, sizes, and heights make it easy to create the scene that you are the happiest with. You do not have to dig up the yard or find creative methods of hiding the wiring.

As with all out door lights you will want to make sure that you are constructing a scene that is pleasurable versus creating a scene that is blinding to drivers and passersby at night. Softer lights are often a good way to ensure that this is the result. You should also check from a pedestrian’s viewpoint and a driver’s viewpoint before settling on any single arrangement.

With a full layout you can create visually stimulating scenes by combining lights. You can use different types and strengths to accent certain areas of the landscaping. By doing this, you bring attention to the best parts in a subtle manner. Always be sure the softer lights are highlighting color or an area where the foliage is lower. It makes a better design.

Landscape Lighting

Landscape lighting can be made in any number of ways. You may be able to find that the out door lights that you like best have variations in design and height. Height variation is actually a great way to make the entire area look brighter without over saturating the garden with too much landscape light.

Instead, you can elevate lighting to give the radius a larger circle. The casting from the bulbs, regardless of their strength, will go farther out from a higher point of elevation. This will help the overall lighting while minimizing the number of lights you need to create the look you want.

Give yourself plenty of time to figure out how you want to place the lighting. Unless you are using wireless units, you will have to make a firm decision. By placing the lighting units in various places temporarily you can check out the scene in the dark and make the final adjustments as necessary.

If you need to bury wires, tape them as far out of sight as possible during the construction phase. As you get the look you want you can do permanent installations for the fixtures. Out door lights create a fantastic new look for just about any garden or landscaped area. The difference can bereally impressive.

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Patio Design – Expanding Your Home Outdoors

by: Nicholas Webb

A patio can be just like another room in your house. Effective patio design can mean that your increase the floor space of your home, by adding an outside room that allows you to entertain like never before. A patio can just be a rectangular slab of concrete with some plastic chairs and griller, but it can also be so much more.

What comes to mind when you think of a patio?

Patio design gives you the opportunity to create an outside living area – an extension of your home – for entertaining and relaxing all year round. For instance, people who like to entertain may want to consider a patio with an undercover kitchen and dining area. By adding a barbecue grill, a built in fridge and some quality outdoor furniture, the patio can, in itself, become a feature of your home.

When commencing a new patio design, it is important to remember that your new outdoor entertaining area does not need to be expensive. There are a variety of different patio surfaces to fit a particular style or budget, including concrete pavers, natural clay stones and bricks. There is no need to stick to one type of paving or surface – experiment. Pebbles, gravels, bricks and tiles, can all be incorporated. A contrasting brick edge can also be effective. Similarly, patio shades need not be extensive, just enough to cover the main cooking and eating areas; after all, why block out the view of your gorgeous garden in the midday sun or the stars in the sky on a clear night.

Consider textures, colors, and materials before starting

One of the most important considerations of patio design is landscaping. Plants help to soften the hard surface of a patio floor by providing color, texture and fragrance and they set the mood for an outdoor living space. Further, you might also like to consider the use of a water feature and some soft low voltage lighting or candles, to create a stunning patio setting for night time entertaining.

Finally, selecting the right furniture is the key to the perfect patio design. There is no need to spend thousands of dollars on the right setting; more importantly you want to select items that are durable, basic in color and rich in style and sophistication. Consider resin coated wicker or rattan pieces that can be dressed up with different cushions and throw rugs. These items can be changed regularly to cater for a themed party or more simply, to match the changes in your flourishing flower beds.

A patio design can be as elaborate or as straightforward as you want it to be. Patios can be arranged in any shape and size and can be refreshed regularly just like the interior of your home. Outdoor entertaining is an increasing pastime – enjoy it with family and friends!========================

When the days start to get shorter, the darkness may drive us inside from our porches, patios or decks. Don’t despair – outdoor lighting can lengthen the day and dramatically extend the potential of our outdoor living spaces.

The first step, as with any project, is to plan. How do you want to use this space after dark, and what lighting will you need? Lighting can be summarized in four categories:

Security lighting is needed in highly vulnerable areas of your property. Because it is bright and often motion activated, keep it away from the living areas so that it’s not distracting. Alternatively, have your security lighting on a manual on/off switch so that you can override automatic illumination.
Task lighting is for performing specific activities such as grilling or walking safely up and down steps and along paths. You should place task lighting between your eyes and the object that needs to be lighted and should take care that it does not glare. An overly bright light will blind rather than guide.
Accent lighting adds drama or can highlight an unusual feature. Uplighting, for example can illuminate an interesting piece of statuary. Silhouetting, achieved by placing a light between an object and a fence or wall, dramatically displays an unusual tree or bush.
General or ambient lighting provides overall illumination so that people feel comfortable and look good. The most magical of lighting imitates what is found in nature – moonlight or starlight. Moonlighting is produced by hanging lights in mature trees, pointing downward to produce a dappled effect, as if the area were lit by a full moon. The look of starlight can be achieved through the use of flickering candles, sprinkled here and there throughout the space, or by suspending tiny lights in the branches of a tree to create a sparkling night time canopy. Of course, there are many other attractive types of light – some just plain fun!
No matter what type of lighting you choose, it will be powered by one of these sources.

Fire is the oldest source of light and considered by some to be the most romantic. Flames, produced by candles or oil-burning lamps, are warm and flattering to faces, and have a hypnotic effect that induces calm and relaxation. Firelight on reflected surfaces such as ponds, mirrors and even gazing balls is a particularly effective way to create atmospheric lighting and enhance the impression of light.
Try snaking a row of candles along a garden path or suspending them in glass jars from branches. An array of tiki burning torches can add an exotic touch to your patio area. Although torches are designed to withstand a reasonable amount of wind, it’s best to provide as much protection as possible to any open flame and never leave one unattended.

Solar-powered lights are an easy and portable choice for outdoor lighting. Some lights have a collector panel that can be concealed behind shrubbery, while others contain their own energy cell and absorb the sun’s rays even on a cloudy day.
Battery-operated and rechargeable units are also wireless and very portable while in use.
Line-powered or hard-wired lights are connected to the electrical system of your home. Weatherproof lamps may be plugged directly into an outdoor socket. Wire for lighting that is further from the house runs through buried conduits. The most permanent of outdoor lighting, it is also the most expensive, sometimes costing in the tens of thousands of dollars. It should be installed by a licensed electrician.
Low-voltage units also connect to the electrical system of your home, but are fitted with a transformer that reduces the electrical current from 120 volts to a safer supply of 12 volts. Although they are less durable than line-powered fixtures, they are also a lot less expensive and are ideal for a small outside space where only short cable runs are required. They are designed for an easy do-it-yourself installation.
Whatever your light source, keep these tips in mind:

Less is more in lighting. Be subtle: try to hide lights where possible and use a low watt bulb.
Avoid setting lights in straight lines up and down paths, drives or patio edges. This “airport runway” effect is a very common error.
Yellow lights are unflattering to both people and plants. Where possible, install blue-white bulbs or purchase daylight-blue filters for your fixtures.
Position outside lights where they are easily accessible for changing light bulbs. Investing in long-life outdoor bulbs will make the maintenance even easier.
With any unit requiring electricity, use the protection of ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) on all outdoor circuits.
Don’t let the sun dictate the use of your outdoor space. Get outside after dark and light up the night!

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Landscape lighting can add a beautiful quality to any home. There are many choices available to someone who is considering it. Landscape lighting, and any outdoor lighting, can help protect a home as well as keep people from stumbling in the yard. Mainly, people purchase landscape lighting to enhance the appearance of their yard or landscaping.

There are many types of landscape lighting. You can purchase low voltage landscape lighting is recommended if you are interested in conserving energy. Another option to conserving energy is solar landscape lighting. Solar, or from the sun, is powered from the suns rays. It stores energy during the day while the sun is out and then, at night, when it is dark, they are lit using this saved energy. They give off a faint glow that really can light up a little area or large area. These types of outdoor landscape lighting can be great ways to light your yard cost efficiently.

If you are considering doing work on your landscaping, consider landscape lighting design. Designing a beautifully light yard can be tough work, but there are professionals that can help you. For example, something that can be done is light a walkway to the front steps to your home or line the driveway with lights from the street to your garage. Maybe you would prefer to focus your lights on a single bush or tree that is special in some way or to shine on a flag.

When considering landscape lighting, ensure that you think of safety first. Consider speaking with a professional to help you design what you would like your yard to look like. Consider as well using energy efficient landscape lighting such as solar or low voltage. Landscape lighting can add beauty and charm to a home when it is done properly and safely.

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Aaaah, autumn! It’s the perfect time to entertain outdoors — most of the bugs are gone, the sun isn’t scorching even though it’s warm enough to enjoy an afternoon or evening al fresco, and there’s a bounty of good things to serve for an outdoor meal.

Because the days are shorter in the autumn, outdoor entertaining in the fall calls for special attention to lighting and temperature.

Lighting

The earlier sunset will afford you an ideal opportunity to bathe your outdoor space in evening lights. Use soft light, but use plenty of it. Try dozens of votive candles in jars and glasses to protect the flame from the wind, hurricane lamps, or kerosene lanterns set on low. Create cozy seating areas and equip each with a glowing light source.

Heating

The method you’ll use to chase the chill from the night will vary depending on your climate and your outdoor space. If you have a yard (and community by-laws allow), a campfire is a wonderful informal party setting. In smaller gardens, consider self-contained fire pits or a chimenea.

For a more formal affair, you can install a propane-powered heater. These units are available in a range of heating powers and prices. Or, drape attractive throws or quilts on each chair for your guests to wrap around their shoulders to ward off the night air.

Of course, you’ll want to take advantage of the wonderful colors and textures of autumn in your decorating scheme and table settings.

Color

Autumn’s colors are deep and rich — russet, crimson, burnt orange, gold, dark green, and the color of hay. Use these hues repeatedly in tablecloths and settings, flowers, centerpieces, and even the food. Scoop out pumpkins and other squash and fit them with containers of water to make vases. Mass potted mums in vivid colors. Use orange Chinese lanterns, bright rosehips, stems of red or orange berries, or chilies. Wrap vibrant maple or sumac leaves around votive candleholders or napkin rings. Sunflower heads can be strewn on the tabletop, or left on the flower stalks in a container.

Texture

The textures of fall are earthy and rustic. Especially play these up if your gathering is informal — a corn roast, a bonfire, a jeans and sweater evening. Use burlap or rough cotton to cover your buffet table, and dish towels as napkins. Weigh down your tablecloth with apples or pears hung on rough twine. Or use rattan placemats and wicker baskets. Terracotta pot saucers make great paper plate holders.

If you’re hosting a fancy sit-down outdoor dinner, use the subtler textures of hydrangea blossoms and colored leaves on a linen tablecloth. Try bringing your indoor dining table outdoors for the evening-it will add unexpected elegance to your setting. Paint gold lettering on small gourds to use as place cards. Grace your table with late-blooming roses in crystal vases.

Whether you hold a harvest hoedown or a stylish sit-down dinner party for eight, fall for outside entertaining this autumn!

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Believe it or not, landscaping can be an important part of a good home security plan. A burglar who is “casing the joint” from the street will choose the house with tall shrubs and trees that provide hiding places. Homes with little or no outdoor lighting are preferred targets as well.

So, how can you landscape to protect against burglars while still creating an aesthetically pleasing yard? Here are a few tips:

You don’t need to eliminate trees, but keep them trimmed back from your house; tree branches can be used as a ladder if they are next to a window or skylight.

Mow your lawn regularly; an unkempt lawn can suggest to a thief that the owners are away on a trip.

Store ladders, lawn chairs, and picnic tables out of sight lest they be used as a means to reach high windows.

Trim back shrubs growing near doors and walkways, keeping them 3 feet or shorter in height. Also, don’t allow shrubs to block any of your windows.

Adding gravel under windows makes for noisy footing for would-be thieves.

Consider planting thorny bushes (of the low growing variety) around windows. Some examples are: Hawthorne, Rose Shrub, and Barberry.

Forgo privacy and keep your trees and shrubs trimmed back in order to allow a clear view of the outside of your house. Having neighbors that can see your doors and windows can help deter thieves even if you happen to be out of town.

Keep your yard well lit. Motion-detecting lights make decent choices; body heat-triggered sensors are even better (less likely to be triggered by a waving branch or a passing animal).

Dogs are not a complete home security plan, but can make good home protectors because they have keener hearing than humans, along with a propensity for barking at strangers. Dogs training can help your dog learn exactly what you want him to do.

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You can use flexible track lighting in your home in a variety of ways. Some good ideas include highlighting artwork, giving enhanced lighting to task centers, and improving the look and feel of your home. Modern flexible track lighting gives you the ability to use light for a powerful effect in a way that standard lighting cannot. Flexible track lighting is much more versatile than other types of lighting.
Since the tracks are flexible you can move them to create the right effect. Before deciding to install flexible track lighting take some time to assess your lighting needs. One way to do this is by spending time in the various areas within a room and determininghow lighting can give the best impact in the space.
Once you know the look you want it will be easier to decide on the right type of lighting. If you want to room to appear larger you will get by using your flexible track lighting to throw a wash of light on the wall. Think about what other types of lighting you plan to have in the room. Will you only use track lighting or would you rather layer in other types of lights? When you install flexible track lighting you can put up a runner on which you can place several types of fixtures.
You will get a modern look and feel with flexible track lighting. It will look best in a home with a contemporary design style. Once you have decided that a flexible track lighting system is the right choice you will have a few other choices to make. You will first need to decide which type of system works best for you. You will need to choose between various track layouts including a cross layout, grid layout, and straight run.
You can also find layouts that look like letters of the alphabet like H, L, and T. The type of layout that is right for you will depend on the lighting effect you want and the shape of the room. It is important that you take the time to determine you lighting needs prior to purchasing lighting fixtures. This will help you pick the lamps and voltage that will work best for you.

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