outdoor lighting


Get ready for Halloween in style! If you have considered having a low-voltage outdoor lighting system installed, we have a scary deal for you!

For the entire month of October; purchase any 10+ lighting ground system from Fontaine and receive a free 200w stainless steel led transformer- a $250 value!

Upon the initial consultation, we will talk a

bout the possibilities to design and choose from an elegant copper or brass fixture list. These long lasting products are made by the top manufacturers of upscale outdoor lighting; Coppermoon, Unique and Kichler. A typical 10 fixture Coppermoon system with led bulbs, wire, and fully installed will start from $2,500.

Already have a system, but using the old halogen bulbs? Have Fontaine retro-fit your exising system with super efficient and energy saving LED bulbs. Many of the older fixtures will accept the new led bulbs. Receive a free led bulb replacement for every 10+ replacements made. Depending on the bulb type, prices start from $65/bulb- we replace bulb, test voltage, and clean the fixture. If you have a fixture or wiring issue, we can quote a fast fix.

Fontaine provides full service Lightscaping! Design, Installation, Maintenance & Repair

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Call us today at (919) 380-8286 or email us sales@fontainelandscaping.com

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DSC_1318-1sOutdoor lighting has come quite a long way since it first appeared on landscapes. There are many more options, from the types of fixtures to bulb colors, that most anyone can find something that not only fits in their budget, but also takes care of their outdoor lighting needs. One of the biggest changes in landscape lighting fixtures is the bulb. LED lighting has come into its own, replacing the old Edison, energy-sucking bulbs.

lighting treeIf you had previously considered converting your system to LED, but didn’t like the white/blue color the bulbs gave off, you should think about it again. The new LED bulbs now give off that warm glow that made the halogen lighting so popular. You can achieve the exact same look, but use much less energy and save yourself money.

IMG_0393Did you know that you also free up space on your transformer? The older, non-LED systems generally have transformers loaded to 80%, which is maximum capacity according to the National Electrical Code. Just by converting a few fixtures to LED, you can free up space to add more lights to your system. By converting the whole system to LED, you can install four times the number of fixtures as the original system!

pathlight 2All outdoor lighting systems require regular maintenance. This ranges from cleaning lenses and replacing bulbs to cutting back overgrown plants and fixing exposed wires. Halogen systems require more maintenance, and time for that maintenance, than an LED system. In fact, halogen systems put more strain on its infrastructure, reducing its life, but converting to LED can prolong that system’s life by reducing the load the system has to handle. An older, and very loaded, system requires more maintenance and repair than an efficient one. Just another money-saving reason to convert to LED.

IMG_2759Another advantage of LED lighting is the fact that there are many, many options on fixtures, including quite small ones that can be hidden in places, allowing for more of a ‘Wow’ effect. The bulbs last ten times longer than regular bulbs, are cooler burning, and burn more efficiently in colder surroundings.

If your landscape has matured and requires more lighting, or if you want to reduce your energy usage, contact us about converting your old halogen system to an LED one.

Halloween logo 2014With trick-or-treaters gearing up for the big day, there are things you should do besides making sure you have enough candy to give. We’ve created a short checklist for you to help make sure your yard is safe for the ghoulish visitors. Take a quick look, it only takes a few minutes to make your home Halloween safe.

  • Make sure all outdoor lighting is working and areas are well lit.
  • Clear the walkway of any plant growth or branches that could trip someone up.
  • Make sure your decorations won’t hinder easy access to your front door.
  • If you have an irrigation system, make sure no heads are stuck up creating a tripping hazard.
  • Make sure all hoses and any gardening tools are properly put away.
  • Keep pets safely indoors and away from strange and curious little hands.
  • Give your property a once-over to make sure the trick-or-treaters will be safe.

If you complete this checklist, all the princesses, cowboys, witches, ninja turtles, robots, heroines, and other costumed kids will enjoy a happy and injury-free Halloween when visiting your house.

One other quick hint: if you are not giving out candy, or plan to have a small stash of candy alternatives for those with food allergies, put a teal pumpkin outside your door to help families recognize that you are the perfect house to visit if they have children with allergies.

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You have a light on the front of your house and the back. That’s enough, right? For some, maybe, but for those who want more out of their landscape and use of the outdoors, lighting is a very important thing! Not only is outdoor landscape lighting a great safety feature, it also enhances your home’s architectural features and adds a sense of drama to your landscape.

Do you have an outdoor area that gets no use when the sun goes down? This is where good lighting comes in handy. Obviously a flood light will illuminate a large area, but perhaps you’d like something more intimate? By adding lights to your deck posts, you can create a great place for dining and late night hanging out. Why should the dark send your friends home when the conversation is just getting started? And if you have a pool, not only would the lights be a safety feature, but also a way to extend the use of it well into the night. (If you’re a parent, when will you get use of it other than after the kids are in bed!)

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Let’s talk boundary lighting. If you find that your friends and family tend to stay close to the house, you probably have some dark spots out in the yard. By adding lights to your property’s boundary area, you expand your yard’s usefulness and will draw people further away from the house. This is especially helpful if you have another seating area in your yard, such as a pergola and bench or gazebo.

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If you have invested in a landscape design and installation, you should get the most bang for your buck. By adding lights that highlight trees and plants, you can make the most of your landscaping at all times of night and day. Instead of staring at drapes or blinds, or out a black window, wouldn’t it be nice to see your yard while having dinner or relaxing in your living room? (Do keep in mind though that you will not want too much light to seep into bedrooms, so plan your outdoor lighting accordingly.)

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Of course there’s always the aesthetic value that outdoor landscape lighting brings. Dramatic lighting can increase the appeal of certain areas of your landscape. You can focus on a fountain or pond, highlighting the water’s movement. Plants with interesting shapes, such as “weeping” branches, or colorful flowers bathed in light will bring more value to your investment. The illumination further makes your house stand out by boosting its curb appeal at night.

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It goes without saying that landscape lighting is one of the best security and safety installations you can do. By lighting up usually dark areas of your yard, you prevent prowlers and intruders from having a place to hide. A well-lit area is no friend to someone who wants to break in unnoticed. Lit pathways not only look good, but they decrease the chance of someone tripping on them. One thing a homeowner does not want is a friend or neighbor breaking an ankle on his or her property!

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With many options out there, choices can be overwhelming. To help you, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Where are the dark areas of my yard?
  2. Where would I like friends and family to spend time outdoors at night?
  3. What are potential hazards for my friends, family and visitors?
  4. What would I like a focal point to be in my nighttime landscape?
  5. What architectural features of my home would I like to highlight at night?