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January 31, 2024
Top 7 Ways to Use Garden Spike Lights

If you want to look out the window of your house at night and admire your beautifully lit garden, then you’ll want to include garden spike lights in your garden lighting plan. Why? Because, garden spike lights are a super-versatile light that give your garden a beautiful lighting effect. What Are Garden Spike/Stake Lights? Garden […]

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October 25, 2023
5 Biggest Garden Lighting Mistakes To Avoid

Garden lights aren't just something you throw up. There is an art and design to it. Get your garden lighting right, and you get a beautiful outdoor area you love, enjoy, and add value to your home. Garden Lighting Mistakes to Avoid Right below are the five biggest garden lighting mistakes you should avoid. Mistake […]

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October 18, 2023
How To Design And Plan Out Garden Lighting

When it comes to lighting your garden before there is any design, you need a basic understanding of up and down lighting and what type of garden lights you can use. Why is this important? Once you’ve got an understanding of up and down lighting principles and you see what lights you can use, then […]

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October 10, 2023
Discover the Difference: Cheap vs Quality Garden Lights

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the multitude of garden lighting options out there? You're not alone. With so many sellers claiming to offer the "highest quality" garden lights, it's hard to know which ones to choose. When investing in quality garden lights, there are a few things to consider and understand. Once you know them, […]

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September 21, 2023
Festoon Lights vs. Fairy Lights

Festoon and fairy lights are two different types of lighting, each creating a unique lighting effect.  When choosing festoon lights or fairy lights, the best choice often depends on what you want to light.  Because here’s the thing… In certain situations, fairy lights should never be used; we’ll get to that shortly.  If you’re looking […]

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September 20, 2023
How To Choose The Right Bulbs

You must get the right bulbs if you want beautiful ambient lighting for your outdoor area. But looking around at light bulbs and all the different options gets a little confusing. And you want to know what else? When it comes to bulbs, there are a few things you’ve got to consider if you want an […]

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September 14, 2023
Discover the Difference: Cheap vs. Quality Festoon Lights

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the multitude of festoon lighting options out there? You're not alone. With so many sellers claiming to offer the "highest quality" festoon lights, it's hard to know which ones to choose. Here are a few things to consider so you can make your own mind up confidently when you're ready […]

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August 22, 2023
10 Type Of Events Where Festoon Lighting Works Perfectly

Regarding event lighting, nothing comes close to the stunning effect of festoon lights on an area. So let's look at some events you can use festoon lighting for… Backyard Parties Everyone loves a backyard party. Great friends, great food, and cold drinks were enjoyed under festoon party lights. If you don't want to purchase festoon […]

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August 22, 2023
Which Festoon Lights Are Best Suited For My Patio (and Why)

If you're looking for festoon lights for your patio, you'll quickly be confronted with thousands of options. And they'll all say… "We have the BEST festoon lights." Which is not true. So let's break this down for you and make it easy to determine which festoon lights are best for your patio area. First, let's […]

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August 22, 2023
10 Ways To Use Festoon Lights In Outdoor Areas

Suppose you're looking for exciting ways to use festoon lights outdoors and brighten your backyard or outdoor entertaining area. You're in the right place if you need festoon lighting ideas for outdoor spaces. Let's take a look… Turn A Wall Into A Feature With Festoon Lights If you've got a large chunk of wall, you've […]

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August 10, 2023
Ordinary Festoon Lights Vs Festoon Christmas Lights - is there a difference?

If you're looking at festoon string lights, you've probably noticed you're confronted with billions of different options. And what's more, everyone says. "We've got the best string lights." Which is rubbish. Yes, there is a difference between festoon lights and Christmas lights. Before you race out and spend money on lights, here's something to ask […]

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August 10, 2023
9 Office Lighting Ideas To Create A Vibe Your Employees Will Love

If you've ever walked into a funky bar and thought, I love the look and feel of this place. Then one of the reasons you felt that way is because of the lighting. Lighting is critical in how a room looks, feels, and appeals to us. But get this… Most office lighting is sterile, harsh […]

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August 10, 2023
How To Set An Ambient Atmosphere In Your Bar Using Festoon Lights

Festoon lights are one of the fastest and easiest ways to create a beautiful ambient atmosphere in your bar instantly. Thing is… You've got to get the right festoon lighting. Otherwise, you create a sterile environment that looks and feels like dental surgery. You don't want that. So let's look at how you create stunning […]

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August 10, 2023
11 Festoon Lighting Ideas For Your Restaurant

When we go out to restaurants for dinner with our partners, we want an intimate dining experience. The food has to be great, and we want to sit in a nice environment. How a restaurant uses light plays a critical role in how we feel. The lighting shouldn't feel like daylight. And the lighting should […]

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August 7, 2023
The Ultimate Festoon Lighting Guide For Weddings

Organising a wedding can be stressful, overwhelming, and frustrating if you try to do it all yourself. So here's what I'll do for you… I'll make lighting your wedding easy and fun for you. See, one of the businesses I have is, I hire festoon lights, and I personally do the lighting setup. I've seen […]

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August 2, 2023
10 Tips To Light Up Your Commercial Space Using Festoon Lights

If you want to light up an outdoor or indoor commercial space using festoon lights, you're in the right place. That's because you'll discover ten handy tips to light your commercial space using festoon lights. Let's take a look… Tip 1: Light Colour Is The Number 1 Secret To Beautiful Lighting The biggest mistake most […]

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April 27, 2022
18 Stunning Garden Light Ideas Quick And Easy To Do

If you're looking for ideas, inspiration, and great tips for lighting your garden and outdoor space, then you're in the right place. That's because in this fast to read yet valuable article you'll discover: First, I'll start with 3 common lighting mistakes most make and how you can avoid them. Why start with this? Because […]

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May 28, 2021
How Many Deck Lights Do I Need

The number of lights you need depends on a few key things factors like… What’s around the area of the deck you want to light? Is there garden, doors, walkways, a glass fence, walls or windows? What you need to beware of is, if you’re area has walls or a fence around most of it […]

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May 14, 2021
How Much Festoon Lighting Do I Need

How much festoon lighting you need depends on a few key factors like. The pattern you hang your lights  The distance you want to cover  And how bright your area to be  Festoon lighting is mood and decorative lighting. This means you want the lights to make your outdoor area beautiful, not ugly.  If you […]

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March 3, 2020
Types Of Lights You Can Light Trees With

The tree’s with lights are beautiful. The lights bring your trees to the life of an evening, creating a focal point. It’s easy to light trees when you’ve got the right lights. What’s the best type of lighting to put in trees so the lights turn the tree into a beautiful night time feature? The […]

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March 2, 2020
Backyard Lighting Ideas

Lighting your backyard is one of the quickest, easiest and cost-effective ways you can instantly give your backyard a mini-makeover, and make it even more beautiful and enjoyable of an evening. The Aussie backyard has always been a special place where great times are enjoyed, and lifetime memories are formed.And that’s why the backyard lighting […]

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February 20, 2020
5 Costly Fairy Light Mistakes Most Make

Here’s How You Can Avoid Them & Get Beautiful Fairy Lights That Last You Years, and Years Mistake #1: They Get Poorly Made Lights “We got some fairy lights 12 months ago off another company, they have stopped working now we have to replace them.” Cheaply made fairy lights aren’t built for harsh outdoor conditions, […]

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February 20, 2020
3 Garden Party Tips

These Will Have Them Talking About Your Garden Party For Years To Come… “Hey, you know this party is starting to look at little stiff Cole.” That’s a line for the movie… “We Are Your Friends” which stars Zac Efron as Cole the DJ, and Emily Ratajkowski as Sophie. After Sophie tells Cole the party […]

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January 24, 2020
5 Festoon Lighting Mistakes Most People Make

Here’s How You Can Avoid Them… 1. If the lighting is too bright your outdoor area has zero mood, ambience and appeal. Festoon lighting is mood lighting. Not spotlighting. You want dimmable bulbs so you get the perfect amount of light for your place. 2. Don’t Choose Ugly Bulbs Ugly bulbs devalue the appeal of your lighting. […]

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January 17, 2020
6 Must Know Party Lighting Tips For An Outdoor Party

If you get your outdoor party lighting wrong, it’s like watching a butcher with a blunt knife. Ugly. But don’t panic because I’ve got you covered. Over the past 7 years I’ve supplied lighting to some of the biggest parties and events across Australia. In this short article you’ll discover exactly how to light your […]

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January 14, 2020
11 Deck Lighting Ideas For Creating A Beautiful Deck Space

Decks give your home a nice outdoor space for entertaining family and friends… and your deck is a great outdoor spot to kick back and relax. With the right deck lighting, you can create a beautiful ambient outdoor entertaining area. In this quick to read article, I’ll give you some great ideas for lighting your […]

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October 5, 2019
4 Easy Steps to Light Mastery

Lighting has the power to showcase a room or outdoor entertaining area, making it even more beautiful. And on the other hand, the wrong lighting choice instantly destroys the look and feel of a room or outdoor area. So right here, I’ll turn you into a master of light so you always create beautiful rooms […]

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June 10, 2019
How to Make your own burger patties and lighting

Beers, burgers and festoon lighting. It’s a magical combination that would make just about any man excited.  The thing is… For the health-conscious man, buying burger patties from the supermarket isn’t the best option. Why? They pump them full of preservatives and other nasties.  But don’t panic because I’ve got a very tasty recipe for […]

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June 10, 2019
Two Great Wines You Can Enjoy While Relaxing Under Festoon Lighting

When it comes to fun activities you can do under Festoon lighting… it really is endless. One activity that comes to mind and is highly enjoyable is tasting nice wine. Sitting under festoon lights drinking great wine in the company of good people is a therapeutic activity. I wouldn’t call myself a wine expert by […]

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June 6, 2019
Why You Want Dimmable Festoon Lighting

Imagine this… I have never seen your outdoor entertaining area and I choose a light bulb at a certain level of brightness for you. You can’t adjust the brightness of the bulb because it’s fixed. The problem with this is…. Maybe you need brighter lights in your outdoor area when eating dinner… and later in […]

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May 29, 2019
3 Awesome Background Lights Ideas

Outdoor entertaining areas are the entertainment hub of a place. They are a place we sit in and have the best of times with family and friends.  We’ll enjoy nights we’ll never forget and nights we can’t quite remember.  Anyway… What adds even more style and appeal to an outdoor entertaining area is lighting.  Put […]

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May 28, 2019
Fusion Lighting Exclusive New Release ST64 Shatter-Proof LED Bulb

If you’re after commercial grade low voltage festoon lighting here’s some great news… Without a doubt the ST64 tear-drop bulb is a big beautiful bulb. But not everyone wants it in glass. In commercial environments a lot of customers don’t want glass bulbs they want a Shatter-Proof alternative. Great news… We now have a Shatter-Proof […]

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May 24, 2019
3 Ingredients That Make A Great Outdoor Entertaining Area

Let’s face it, an outdoor entertaining area is an investment in our health.  Depending on the home you have, depends on how you’ve set up your outdoor entertaining.  But once you’ve got it set up there’s 3 ingredients I think that make for a great evening in any outdoor entertaining area.  You’ll see there’s no […]

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May 22, 2019
Festoon Lighting Instantly Puts Beautiful Ambient Light Into Outdoor Entertaining Areas

When you turn your festoon lights on for the first time, you just can’t stop staring at your outdoor entertaining area.  That’s because an outdoor entertaining area without festoon lighting and an outdoor entertaining with festoon lighting… are worlds apart.  Just look at this beautiful outdoor entertaining area of our customers. The festoon lights completely […]

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May 22, 2019
Can Festoon Lighting Make You A Happier Person?

Picture this… Your outdoor entertaining area looks beautiful, basking in ambient light.  Are you happy?  It’s evening, and you are sitting in your outdoor entertaining area with your special one relaxing in beautiful light. Are you happy? You are using your outdoor entertaining area more and enjoying yourself.  Are you happy? You’re having a milestone […]

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May 21, 2019
3 Problems Cheap Festoon Lighting Causes

“I got some cheaper stuff 6 months ago and now it’s stopped working, I’ve got to pull it all down and throw it out.” Over the years I’ve had plenty of customers tell me that.  Fact is cheap Festoon lighting cause problems for you here’s 3 of them. Problem #1 Cost You Money Cheap cost […]

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May 21, 2019
Deck Lighting: What To Consider When Investing In Deck Lights

Over the past 7 years I’ve helped hundreds of customers light their deck. Because I’ve personally spoken to many of these customers on the phone, I’ve heard all sorts of stories and problems they’ve faced.  Some thought they’d save a few dollars and get cheaper lights, only for it to cost them more in the […]

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May 20, 2019
3 Important Things You Need To Know About Globes For Festoon Lighting

Lots of folks get confused when looking at bulbs for festoon lighting. And I can see why… there are lots of numbers and things quoted which makes it confusing.  Let me help you… What’ll I do for you right here is remove all the confusion and show you how to get beautiful lighting for your […]

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May 20, 2019
Maybe The World’s Most Beautiful Festoon Globes…

Because I’ve owed a lighting business for over 6 years now. When I’m out and about I’m always looking at lighting and how it affects an area.  And I’ll share this with you… Light fittings and light globes make a significant difference to end result you get.  Take Festoon lighting… When it comes to Festoon […]

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May 18, 2019
What Are The Best Bulbs For Festoon Lighting?

When you begin to look at festoon lighting you’ll quickly realise there are hundreds of different bulb options available.  The thing about bulbs is this… In festoon lighting the bulbs are very visible and they’re on constant display. The bulbs will make or break the lighting effect you get.  What’s more… The bulbs are a […]

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May 16, 2019
5 Crazy Things You Could Do Under Festoon Lighting

WARNING: These are things you could do under Festoon Lighting… and I’m not saying I endorse any of them or that I have done anyone of them. It’s a list that is crazy. Adult supervision is advised. #1 Propose To Someone This one is crazy because potentially you would then spend a large chunk of your […]

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May 16, 2019
Number #1 Design Mistake People Make When Laying Out Deck Lights

Over the past 7 years I’ve helped hundreds of customers with their deck lighting plans.  They send me their plans and I work out the best lighting solution for their deck.  And for many of these customers they are lucky the spoke to me before they started drilling holes into their deck boards.  Here’s why… […]

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May 15, 2019
Some Great Songs That Go With Festoon Lighting

When you’re sitting outside in your entertaining area with family or friends enjoying life there’s nothing better.  Good company, great music and the right lighting makes the evening enjoyable.  Turn up the tunes, dim the festoon lights and keep the drinks coming. What music should you play with your Festoon lights on? No need to panic […]

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May 15, 2019
3 Handy Tips When Buying Festoon Lighting

When you start looking around to buy festoon lighting it’s easy to get confused by all the options available to you.  There’s cheap lighting with claims of, “it’s the best quality.” Then there’s more expensive lighting with claims of “it’s the best quality.”  Not only that, there’s all different types of bulbs to choose from. […]

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May 14, 2019
3 Unique Ways To Hang Festoon Lighting

When it comes to hanging your Festoon lighting you want do it in a way that looks stylish, beautiful and eye-catching.  Because choosing a safe boring pattern option makes your entertaining area look flat, lifeless and boring. Here are 3 Unique and Standout Ways You Can Hang Festoon Lighting Sunset Beauty Pattern Okay… This pattern looks […]

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May 14, 2019
How To Use Outdoor Pendant Lighting

What’s outdoor pendant lighting? It’s lighting that hangs down low and its purpose built for outdoor conditions.  When you’ve got stylish LED light bulbs hanging down off a pendant it looks beautiful.  And the great thing about outdoor pendant lights is… there are so many different ways you can use them to enhance your outdoor […]

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May 14, 2019
3 Reasons Why You Want Dimmable Festoon Lighting

Over the years I’ve helped thousands of customers with their outdoor lighting. And here’s the thing… Lighting is the single most important ingredient to your outdoor entertaining area. Because think about it. There’s nothing worse than sitting under lighting that too harsh on your eyes, or not bright enough. So how do you create the […]

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May 8, 2019
How To Hang Festoon Lights

If you'll leave your festoon lights outside permanently, and some of the festoon light spans you want to run are over 5 meters, then using a wire hanging kit is a great idea. Why? Because when you hang festoon lights outdoors, they cop a beating from the weather, wind, or pesky children kicking balls. And […]

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October 27, 2017
How To Illuminate Your Yard With Landscape Lighting [Infographic]

If you are looking to illuminate your yard with the best of landscape lighting, then it is likely that you will find the next few lines interesting and informative. There are quite a few things which you must keep in mind and the starting point is to ensure that you have a yard that is […]

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May 26, 2017
Tips for Getting High-Quality Deck Lighting

Let’s get your deck ready for entertaining. Okay… So you’re looking around for some deck lights for your deck and you’re faced with all these different options. What’s the best option for you so you’re deck looks stunning of a nighttime? Since 2011 I’ve helped thousands of customers light their deck, so I know a […]

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