Articles in: Lighting

How To Install Outdoor Lighting for Trees

Posted by: on August 15th, 2013 | 3 Comments

Installing outdoor lighting for your trees  is a great way to add some evening curb appeal as well as extra dimension to the landscaping of your home. It is a project that you can complete in an afternoon, and it doesn’t require difficult electrical work. This short video will show you how to install outdoor lighting, step by step.

To complete this outdoor lighting project you will need a lighting kit, screwdriver, drill, drill bits, shovel, and wood screws or mounting screws. All these tools and materials are available online or at your nearest Home Depot store. You will begin by wiring the power pack, screwing the cables into place. Each light pack manufacturer may be a little different so be sure to check the instructions that come with the power pack.

Next, you will want to mount the power pack to the siding of your home next to a covered GFCI outlet. If you are concerned about mounting the power pack to the siding of your home, you can always mount it to a stake and put it in the ground next to the GFCI outlet.

From there you can assemble the lights and place them around your trees, while running your cables between them. Make sure that you put the first light at least ten feet from the power pack and more than ten feet from the nearest pond, fountain, pool or other water source. Dig the holes from the stakes, put them in the ground, and then attach the wire. After digging a small trench, check the lights to make sure they work, and then bury the cable.

Browse our online Landscape and Deck Lighting Department for everything you need to light the exterior of your home.

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15 Table Lamp Ideas for Your Home

Posted by: on July 29th, 2013 | Make A Comment

Inspiration board with different styles of table lamps

 

Lighting is hugely important when designing a room, both for function and style! Table lamps can create great focal points on a side table next to a sofa, paired on top of a console table, or proudly set atop nightstands. No matter what style or space you’re trying to create, there is a table lamp (or several!) to suit any situation. We decided to round up a few of our favorites:

WHITE CERAMIC LAMPS (LEFT TO RIGHT):

A simple white table lamp is a no-brainer for any space because it can blend with just about any design style. Whether you want a more traditional silhouette or something a bit funkier, you can’t go wrong with a lamp like this. The Filament Design Cathrine Table Lamp features a textured base that adds a bit of interest, while the Illumine Bronze Table Lamp has a quirky, round cut-out base that can create a focal point no matter where it is placed. The Illumine 1-Light Table Lamp with an Ivory Finish features a traditional shape in a crisp, clean color.

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How to Make an Outdoor Chandelier

Posted by: on July 23rd, 2013 | Make A Comment

 

Here’s a great project for anyone looking for unique lighting ideas for an porch, deck or any outdoor space. Christine from The Home Depot Community has a terrific outdoor chandelier project that’s fun and easy to make.

This outdoor chandelier DIY project is pretty simple. All you need is a coco planter basket, jelly jars, LED candles and twine. This short video shows you exactly how to make the chandelier.

To make it you simply turn the coco basket upside down, and attach candle-lit jelly jars at varying lengths around the basket with twine. Then hang your new outdoor chandelier in a nice spot for all to see and admire. The real beauty of this easy little DIY lighting project is that you can complete it in no time, and then bask in the glow of your accomplishment. It makes a delightful accent for your back deck or backyard, too.

When you’ve completed this craft project and hung it in your back yard or on your porch, send us a photo! We’d love to see your handiwork. Post it to our I Did This page on our online How-To Community Forums.

Check out more DIY and home improvement videos here on the Home Depot blog and on The Home Depot’s YouTube channel.

Outdoor Lighting Ideas for Your Backyard

Posted by: on June 18th, 2013 | 6 Comments

Add color to your deck with lighting and more

 

Warm summer nights should be enjoyed outdoors. But to do that, you’ll need to incorporate lighting into your outdoor space. During our Patio Style Challenge this spring, our bloggers incorporated lighting in several different ways. Here are a few of their outdoor lighting ideas.

HANG STRING LIGHTS

In the photo above, Whitney of The Curtis Casa added custom iron posts to her deck so that she could easily string bistro lights, giving her deck a warm and romantic feel. We love the way they look next to the potted Weeping Yoshino Cherry Tree.

 

Wooden posts used to hang string lights on a deck

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DIY Decor: Turbine Pendant Light

Posted by: on May 24th, 2013 | 12 Comments

DIY Turbine Pendant Light hanging from ceiling in living room

 

I saw my first turbine pendant at a local crafts show. It was made from an upcycled old wind turbine similar to those you might have seen spinning atop homes with attic spaces many years ago. Its perfectly aged patina, weatherworn and oxidized to a dull gray, dotted with specks of rust and lit by a vintage-style Edison bulb very much appealed to my retro-modern sensibilities. My desire for one of these marvelous pendant lights was exceeded only by the steepness of the light’s price tag.

So, I studied it closely, took mental pictures, and decided I could do this. The only problem: I’m not exactly Tim the Tool Man when it comes to being handy or inventive around the house. Seriously, I once had to call my handyman over just to light the hot water heater. Duh.com, right. Well, I share this misadventure in home improvement for no other reason than to convince you that if I can build one of these, you can, too.

Here’s how it’s done.

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Stylish Solar-Powered Outdoor Lights

Posted by: on March 25th, 2013 | 2 Comments

Solar-powered outdoor lighting inspiration board

 

On a warm spring evening, we love nothing more than spending a few hours outside under the stars. But even if you enjoy the moonlight, you still need outdoor lighting to make your porch or patio functional. Rather than fooling with wiring and electricity, we love the idea of solar outdoor lights to create warm, ambient light in your outdoor space.

1. Trendscape Large Hammer Solar LED Mercury and Art Glass — We love the mercury glass votive of this solar-powered globe. A powerful solar panel on the top of the light gives it the power it needs to glow from sun-down to sun-up. It also looks just as lovely hanging or on a tabletop.

2. Trendscape Solar LED Party Ball String Lights — These lights would look lovely strung through a pergola or bobbing over a brick patio. They automatically turn on and off with the sun and can withstand the elements.

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Outdoor Lighting Ideas for Your Front Porch

Posted by: on March 18th, 2013 | One Comment

Inspiration board of Outdoor Lighting Ideas

 

When it comes to curb appeal, outdoor lighting is a great way to give your home’s façade a face lift. We love the way a lantern in an unusual shape or color can set your home apart from every other home on the block. We rounded up a few of our favorites.

TOP ROW: TRADITIONAL OUTDOOR LIGHTING

If you have a more traditional home, an outdoor light fixture with more traditional styling makes sense. But even if you go that route, consider a fixture with an oversize scale, or an usual color or patina.

The Acclaim Lighting Dover Collection is tall at 16 inches, and while it looks quite classic, two of these lanterns on both sides of a front door would make a dramatic statement.

The gray-green patina finish of the Progress Lighting Crawford Collection Golden Baroque Wall Lantern makes it the perfect complement to a traditional home with a more rustic style.

For a simple, understated option, the Hampton Bay Bronze Wall Lantern is a classic.

 

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Home Improvement 101: Light Fixtures

Posted by: on March 1st, 2013 | Make A Comment

Home Improvement 101 explains the words and terms you’ll find in home improvement, decorating and DIY. We’re pinning these mini-tutorials on our Home Improvement 101 board on Pinterest. We’re also rounding up a few of them each week here on the Apron blog.

In this installment: light fixtures.

 

Types of Light Fixtures

A graphic illustrating semi-flush mount light fixtures

See semi-flush mount light fixtures at The Home Depot

Semi-Flush Mount Light Fixtures

A semi-flush mount ceiling light falls between a flush mount fixture and a chandelier in style. Semi-flush mounts hang approximately 4 inches to 8 inches from the ceiling, giving the illusion of a chandelier where a low-hanging chandelier wouldn’t be possible. They are good for lighting fairly large areas with ambient light. This type of light fixture is well-suited for areas where you need basic functional lighting, but with a little bit of style — your entry hall, dining room or master bedroom.

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Facts about LED Light Bulbs

Posted by: on February 19th, 2013 | One Comment

 

As you have undoubtedly noticed, the number of choices for bulbs in the lighting aisles has increased exponentially. In addition to the incandescent bulb we’ve all used for many years, you’ll now find a wide variety of CFL, energy-efficient halogen and LED light bulbs on the shelves.

LED light bulbs represent the latest innovation in home lighting technology. They can last up to 46 years (or 20,000 to 50,000 hours) and consume 85 percent less energy than the traditional incandescent bulb.

These new LED light bulbs come with lots of new terminology. Lumens indicates the brightness of the light bulb. Watts refers to the amount of energy the bulb uses. You’ll also see references to the light color, listed in kelvins (K).

Packaging on all of our light bulbs at The Home Depot includes a label that lists the bulb’s brightness, temperature, energy use and lifespan.

We created this short, easy-to-follow video to explain all the new vocabulary and to help you choose the LED bulbs that best suit your home lighting needs.

 

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First Look: Under Cabinet and Accent Lighting

Posted by: on November 25th, 2012 | Make A Comment

A great way to add a touch of beauty and elegance to your décor is installing under cabinet and accent lighting around your home. With under cabinet lighting, the reflection off your stone countertop and the glow of the lights bouncing off stainless steel appliances lends a polished look to your kitchen.

For accent lights, installing them on bookcases, shelves, mantels, railings and curio cabinets is a great way to add ambiance to your living room, game room or den.

Home Depot associate Christina Zuchegno highlights the four types of accent light fixtures that we carry, including puck, linear, ribbon and rope lights. An added benefit each of these lights offer is they can be powered in different ways. You can choose an accent light in a hardwired, battery-powered, plug-in or combination plug-in/hardwired model … and best of all, they use LED bulbs to help keep your electric bills low. See her rundown of all of them in this week’s First Look video.

Our First Look series gives Apron Blog readers an inside look by highlighting some of the videos our store associates watch to learn about the new products and services available at The Home Depot.