16 Feb

The Bright Side of LED: A 7-Year Journey of Efficiency

Hey there, lighting enthusiasts! Let’s talk about LED bulbs – those little marvels that have revolutionized the way we light up our lives. They’re not just about saving the planet one bulb at a time; they’re about bringing efficiency and longevity to our lighting systems. With a lifespan that can stretch up to 7 years, it’s time to consider whether your lighting system is due for a well-deserved upgrade.

The LED Advantage

First off, LED bulbs are the champions of energy efficiency. They use at least 75% less energy than their incandescent counterparts. That’s not just good for the environment; it’s great for your wallet too. With LEDs, you’re looking at significant savings on your electricity bill over their lifespan.

But here’s the kicker: these bulbs are not just about energy efficiency. They’re built to last. With a lifespan of up to 50,000 hours, we’re talking about a solid 7 years of brilliance if you’re using them for about 10 hours a day. Compare that to the 1,200 hours you’d get from a traditional incandescent bulb, and it’s a no-brainer.

Out with the Old, In with the LED

If your lighting system is still living in the dark ages (read: anything but LEDs), it’s time for an overhaul. Here’s why:

Cost Efficiency: The initial investment in LED bulbs pays off in the long run. You’ll be buying fewer replacements and enjoying lower energy bills.
Performance: LED bulbs provide consistent light quality over their lifespan, which doesn’t fade over time.
Eco-Friendly: Less energy use means a smaller carbon footprint. By switching to LEDs, you’re doing your bit for the planet.

Is It Time for an Upgrade?

Now, if your lighting system is approaching or has surpassed the 7-year mark, it’s an ideal time to consider an upgrade. Not only could your system be operating less efficiently, but advancements in LED technology mean newer models are even more energy-efficient, brighter, and offer more features (like smart home integration).

Upgrading your system is not just about replacing old bulbs. It’s an opportunity to reassess your lighting needs. Maybe it’s time to introduce more versatility with dimmable LEDs or enhance the ambiance with different color temperatures. It’s also an excellent moment to ensure your outdoor lighting is up to par, enhancing curb appeal and security.

In essence, the LED revolution is here to stay, and its benefits are too good to ignore. If your lighting system is on the older side, consider this a friendly nudge to start thinking about an upgrade. It’s a win-win situation: you’ll enjoy better lighting, lower costs, and a happier planet. So, why wait? Illuminate the way to a brighter future with LEDs.

We are happy to take a look at your system, whether we installed it or not, and review your options. Please reach out to our award winning team at 727.474.2628 or office@decoratingelves.com.

10 Feb

What is Turtle & Wildlife Friendly Lighting?

Outdoor lighting is a vital part of your home or business’ exterior image, providing beauty and safety. However, lighting can be very disruptive to the environment if not designed and installed with care, discretion, and consideration. Here in Tampa Bay, where our ecosystems are rich and diverse, we must consider the impact of urban development and the lighting that goes with it. If eco-conscious design is your vibe, then turtle and wildlife-friendly lighting is for you. At Decorating Elves, we provide lighting solutions that both beautify your outdoor spaces and keep nature in mind.

Understanding Turtle & Wildlife Friendly Lighting

Turtle and wildlife-friendly lighting is designed with a focus on natural habitats and preservation, especially for animal species with high sensitivity to artificial lights. Sea turtles are one species that are very affected by large amounts of artificial lighting, especially sea turtle hatchlings. Using lighting designed to prevent natural habitat and migration pattern disruptions, we can live in harmony alongside all of nature’s creatures.

Key Features of Wildlife-Friendly Lighting

Shielded Fixtures

These fixtures direct all light downward, reducing the amount of light that spills out into the natural habitats of animals. We also install these lighting fixtures as low as possible to further prevent light spillage.

Long Wavelength Light Sources

Lights that emit longer wavelengths, such as amber or red lights, are less attractive to insects and less disruptive to nocturnal wildlife.

Motion Sensors and Timers

Implementing lights with motion sensors or timers ensures they are used only when necessary, reducing the overall environmental impact.

Benefits for Tampa Bay Properties

The best thing about turtle and wildlife-friendly lighting is that it is beneficial for both local wildlife and property owners. Turtle and wildlife-friendly lighting is efficient, affordable, cost-effective, and enhances your property’s safety and appearance – all without contributing to disruptive light pollution. The health of our environment affects us all, so eco-friendly lighting isn’t just for beachfront properties or nature reserves…we all need to do our part by investing in a tomorrow for our planet.

Decorating Elves: Your Partner in Environmentally Friendly Lighting

At Decorating Elves, we understand the importance of balancing aesthetic appeal with environmental responsibility. Our team of experts is skilled in designing and installing turtle and wildlife-friendly lighting systems that cater to the unique needs of both residential and commercial properties. We offer a range of services including landscape lighting, holiday lighting, security lighting, and outdoor audio systems, all tailored to be as environmentally friendly as possible.

Schedule Your Estimate Today

If you’re a property owner in the Tampa Bay area looking to enhance your outdoor space with lighting that’s both beautiful and environmentally responsible, look no further. Decorating Elves is here to help. Call us at 727-474-2628 or contact us online to schedule an estimate for your eco-conscious outdoor lighting project today!

05 Feb

PMP Appointments: What Matters

Pathway lighting in a landscaped yard

Where do your PMP (Preventive Maintenance Program) appointments come into play? Have you ever noticed how the right lighting can completely transform a space? Whether it’s your cozy backyard or the grand façade of a business, outdoor landscape and architectural lighting isn’t just about illumination – it’s an art. And like any masterpiece, it needs regular care to keep shining bright.


First off, let’s talk safety. Outdoor lighting is more than just pretty lights; it’s a safety feature. Well-lit pathways prevent trips and falls, and a brightly illuminated business front deters unwanted visitors. By keeping up with your PMP appointments, you ensure that all lights are functioning correctly, reducing the risk of accidents or security issues.


But it’s not just about safety. It’s also about longevity. Outdoor lighting fixtures are constantly exposed to the elements. Rain, wind, and even the relentless Florida sun can take a toll. Regular maintenance checks as part of your PMP can spot issues like water damage or wear and tear before they turn into costly repairs. This not only saves you money in the long run but also ensures that your lights last as long as they’re meant to.


Let’s not forget about energy efficiency. With technology constantly evolving, your PMP appointments are a chance to keep your system up-to-date. Your lighting specialist can suggest more energy-efficient bulbs or fixtures, reducing your carbon footprint and your electricity bill. It’s a win-win.


Aesthetics play a huge part too. Lighting sets the mood. It can make a space feel warm and inviting or cool and professional. During PMP visits, lighting experts can adjust the positioning and intensity of your lights to ensure they’re creating the desired effect. They can also suggest new lighting designs or upgrades that might better suit your evolving style or needs.

Lastly, it’s about peace of mind. Knowing that a professional is regularly checking your lighting system means one less thing to worry about. You can rest easy, knowing that your property is safely and beautifully lit, without the hassle of having to check each light yourself. We typically schedule systems for quarterly, semi-annual or annual service plans depending on your unique system.

In conclusion, keeping your PMP appointments is crucial in maintaining the safety, longevity, efficiency, aesthetics, and peace of mind that comes with your outdoor landscape and architectural lighting. So, don’t put off that call to schedule your next visit. Keep your lights shining bright and your property looking its best.

Remember, in the world of outdoor lighting, a little maintenance goes a long way!

13 Jan

Turning Oak and Palm Trees into Nighttime Stars in Tampa Bay!

Beautifully uplit trees in pool area of St. Petersburg, FL home

Hey there, luminous enthusiasts! ✨ Ready to bid farewell to those holiday lights but not quite ready to let go of the sparkle? Well, buckle up because we’ve got a bright idea for you – lighting up those majestic oak and palm trees in Tampa Bay with some dazzling minis and up-lights that’ll make your landscape the talk of the town, year-round!

A Tropical Twist to Traditional Lighting

We get it, palm trees and oak trees are the unsung heroes of our Floridian landscapes. So, why not give them the spotlight they deserve, quite literally! Swap out those seasonal lights and let’s bring in the big guns – mini lights. These tiny powerhouses are not only versatile but also perfect for weaving through the fronds and branches of your favorite green companions.

Up-lighting: Elevate the Nighttime Drama

Now, let’s talk up-lights – the superheroes of outdoor lighting. These ground-mounted warriors cast a mesmerizing glow upwards, accentuating the grandeur of your oak and palm trees. Imagine strolling through your backyard, with these giants gently illuminated from below, creating a magical ambiance that’s sure to make your neighbors green with envy.

Beautifully uplit oak tree in front of St. Petersburg home Beautifully uplit oak tree in front of St. Petersburg homeTampa Bay, Meet Permanence

Living in the Sunshine State means we get to enjoy our outdoor spaces all year round. So, why limit the dazzle to just the holiday season? Let’s make those twinkling lights a permanent fixture in your landscape. With weather-resistant and durable lighting options, you won’t have to worry about taking them down when the festivities end. Instead, bask in the warm glow of your beautifully lit trees every single night.

Why Stop at Trees?

Who says trees get to have all the fun? Extend the brilliance to your entire landscape! Outline pathways, highlight architectural features, and create a symphony of light that transforms your outdoor space into a tropical paradise.

The Finishing Touch – Professional Installation

Now, we know you’re eager to get started, but let’s not forget the importance of professional installation. At Decorating Elves, we’re not just about making your trees twinkle; we’re about creating an experience. Our team of lighting experts knows the ins and outs of turning your outdoor dreams into a dazzling reality.

So, there you have it – a fun and professional guide to lighting up your oak and palm trees in Tampa Bay! Let’s make your landscape the beacon of brilliance in the neighborhood. Ready to transform your nights? Let’s chat!

You can also reach us at office@decoratingelves.com or 727.474.2628

11 Jan

The Importance and Advantages of Architectural Lighting

Architectural lighting is an art form that blends design and technology to enhance the appearance and functionality of your home, business, and outdoor spaces. At Decorating Elves, we know the advantages of architectural lighting designs and how they capture the imagination to elevate the aesthetic of your entire property.

dark home before landscape lighting   after gorgeous landscape lighting is installed

The Role of Architectural Lighting

Architectural lighting is more than just illumination…it involves strategy and precision. By placing lights in orientations and spaces to enhance your property’s architectural features, this outdoor lighting technique really pulls together the entire look. Suitable for residential and commercial applications, architectural lighting can accent textures, colors, and structural details that may be lost otherwise.

Advantages of Architectural Lighting

Enhances Aesthetic Appeal

Well-designed architectural lighting can highlight the unique features of a building, making it stand out. It adds depth and dimension while bringing all of your property’s unique features to light (pun intended).

Increases Property Value

There’s no doubt about it…architectural lighting is a simple way to take your property from flat to fancy. It adds sophistication and style to building and outdoor spaces with prominent architectural features dying to be shown off. Curb appeal adds an average of 4% to the value of the property. 

Improves Safety and Security

Architectural lighting also plays a vital role in the safety and security of your property. Well-lit exteriors and landscapes reduce the risk of accidents while also potentially deterring criminal behavior.

Energy Efficiency

Modern architectural lighting solutions often incorporate LED technology, which is more energy-efficient and cost-effective than traditional lighting. This not only reduces electricity costs but also minimizes the environmental impact.

Customization and Control

With advancements in lighting technology, architectural lighting systems offer a high degree of customization. Property owners can choose from a range of colors, intensities, and even smart control systems to create and change the look all year long.

Decorating Elves: Your Architectural Lighting Expert in Tampa Bay

Let Decorating Elves help make your outdoor lighting vision a reality with our team of highly experienced designers and installers. We’ll explore your wants and needs for your outdoor lighting project, then give you a design that blows your expectations out of the water. Elevate your outdoor game even further with our other services, such as landscape lighting, holiday lighting, security lighting, and outdoor audio systems.

Ready to Illuminate Your Space?

If you’re in the Tampa Bay area and want your home or business’ exterior to make jaws drop, Decorating Elves needs to be your next call. Our expertise in outdoor lighting design and installation ensures that your space is not just lit, but brought to life. To schedule an estimate for your outdoor lighting project, including architectural lighting, call us today at 727-474-2628 or contact us online.

12 Dec

What is Moonlighting for Your Outdoor Space?

backyard pond with moon lighting

Moonlighting, a unique and elegant lighting technique, can transform your outdoor space into a serene and captivating area, perfect for both residential and commercial properties. But what exactly is moonlighting and how does it enhance your outdoor environment? This post explores the magical world of moonlighting, its benefits, and how Decorating Elves, a premier outdoor lighting design and installation company, can help Tampa Bay property owners bring this enchanting illumination to their living and entertainment spaces.

Moonlighting in Landscape Lighting

Moonlighting is a sophisticated lighting technique that replicates the natural, soft glow of the moon’s light. It is achieved by strategically placing lighting fixtures high in trees or on the eaves and peaks of buildings. This placement allows light to cascade down through the branches and leaves, creating mesmerizing shadow patterns on the surfaces below.

Aesthetic and Functional Benefits

Moonlighting is not only about aesthetics; it serves functional purposes as well. It provides a low-level, even ambient illumination that enhances the beauty of your garden while offering practical benefits like security and safety. This technique is especially effective over water features like pools or fountains, where it creates a jaw-dropping reflective effect. It’s ideal for outdoor entertainment areas, where it gives an ethereal, romantic ambiance.

Why Choose Moonlighting?

  1. Subtle Elegance: Moonlighting offers a subtle elegance that can’t be matched by more traditional forms of outdoor lighting. It’s gentle and unobtrusive, creating an ambiance of tranquility and peace.
  2. Flawless Natural Art: The interplay of light and shadow through leaves and branches creates a dynamic and ever-changing artwork in your yard, making every evening a unique experience.
  3. Stunning Versatility: Moonlighting is versatile and can be used to accent water features, lower plantings, outdoor living spaces, and even architectural features of your home or business.
  4. Energy Efficiency: Utilizing LED technology, we offer an energy-efficient option that can help reduce your energy consumption while still providing ample, beautiful illumination.

Decorating Elves: Bringing Moonlighting to Your Space

At Decorating Elves, we specialize in creating custom designs that perfectly complement your outdoor space. Our expertise lies in carefully placing and angling lights to achieve the most natural and effective illumination. Whether it’s for enhancing the beauty of your garden, adding romance to an outdoor dining area, or ensuring safety along pathways and pools, our team has the skills and experience to bring your vision to life.

Schedule Your Outdoor Lighting Project Today

If you’re in the Tampa Bay area and interested in transforming your property with moonlighting or other outdoor lighting solutions, Decorating Elves is here to help. We invite you to schedule an estimate for your outdoor lighting project by calling us at 727-474-2628 or contacting us online.

04 Dec

Illuminate Your Holidays with LED Christmas Magic!

High end year round LED outdoor lighting on a two story home

The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to spread the festive cheer than by transforming your home into a winter wonderland of LED Christmas lights- but  all year round? At Decorating Elves in Clearwater, FL, we’re ready to sprinkle some magic with our low voltage LED outdoor lighting – the perfect Christmas present for your home.

Why LED Lights?

Let’s start with the star of the show – LED lights. Not only do they bring an enchanting glow to your home, but they also come with a sleigh-load of benefits. LED lights are energy-efficient, lasting longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. This means more twinkle for your buck, and you won’t find yourself constantly replacing burnt-out bulbs.

Setting the Scene: Outdoor Elegance

Imagine your home adorned with a dazzling display of lights, casting a warm and inviting glow. Our expert elves at Decorating Elves specialize in creating outdoor lighting designs that complement your home’s architecture and landscaping. Whether it’s outlining your roofline, wrapping trees in a cascade of lights, or highlighting architectural features, we’ve got your outdoor décor covered.

Creating Magical Moments

The holidays are all about creating magical moments, and our custom LED outdoor light displays are here to set the stage. Capture the joy in the eyes of your loved ones as they come home to a beautifully lit exterior. Picture festive gatherings under a canopy of sparkling lights, making memories that will last a lifetime.

Low Voltage, Big Impact

Worried about energy consumption? Fear not! Our low voltage LED lights not only contribute to the festive atmosphere but also keep your energy bills in check. It’s a win-win for both your wallet and the environment.

Why Choose Decorating Elves?

With years of experience in the business, Decorating Elves is your go-to destination for all things holiday lighting. Our skilled team takes pride in delivering top-notch service, ensuring that your home stands out with elegance and charm.

In conclusion, make this holiday season unforgettable by gifting your home the brilliance of LED lights. Decorating Elves is here to turn your festive dreams into a dazzling reality. Contact us today, and let the magic begin! 727-474-2628 or office@decoratingelves.com 🌟🎁

01 Dec

The Purpose of Garden Lighting

Gardens are not just daytime retreats; they can transform into enchanting nightscapes with the right lighting. At Decorating Elves, we believe that garden lighting is an essential aspect of premium outdoor living, especially for residents in the Tampa Bay area who like to be outdoors all year long. This post discusses the various purposes of yard lighting and how it can enhance your home or business’ outdoor experience.

back garden lighting on a 2 story home with palms

Enhancing Beauty and Aesthetics

The primary purpose of garden lighting is to highlight the natural beauty of your landscape. By strategically placing lights, you can accentuate the shapes and textures of trees, plants, and architectural features, creating a dynamic and visually appealing space. Subtle lighting can bring out the colors of flowers and leaves, while dramatic illumination can cast intriguing shadows and silhouettes.

Increasing Functionality

Garden lighting extends the usability of your outdoor space beyond sunset. It allows for evening gatherings, quiet moments of relaxation, and safe nighttime navigation through paths and walkways. Well-lit gardens are more inviting, making your outdoor areas functional and enjoyable at any hour.

Improving Safety and Security

A well-lit garden deters potential intruders by eliminating dark hiding spots. It also ensures safety for homeowners and guests by illuminating paths, steps, and uneven surfaces, reducing the risk of trips and falls. Effective garden lighting provides a sense of security, making your outdoor space safer at night.

Setting the Mood

Lighting plays a crucial role in setting the mood of a garden. Soft, warm lights can create a cozy, tranquil atmosphere, while brighter, cooler lights can energize the space. With the right lighting, your garden can become a serene haven or a lively entertainment area, depending on your mood and occasion.

Highlighting Water Features

If your garden includes water features like fountains or ponds, lighting can enhance its appeal and create stunning visual effects. Illuminated water features become focal points, adding a sense of luxury and elegance to your garden.

water feature with garden lighting

Showcasing Art and Décor

Garden lighting can spotlight statues, sculptures, or other decorative elements, turning them into nighttime showpieces. This adds an artistic dimension to your garden, making it a gallery of your style and taste.

Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

Modern lighting, especially LED options, is energy-efficient and sustainable. It minimizes electricity consumption and reduces the need for frequent bulb replacements. This is not only cost-effective but also environmentally friendly.

The Decorating Elves Advantage

At Decorating Elves, we specialize in creating custom garden lighting designs that meet the unique needs and preferences of each client. Our team of experts ensures that every installation is both beautiful and functional, enhancing the safety, beauty, and enjoyment of your outdoor space.

We are just a call away for Tampa Bay property owners looking to transform their gardens into beautifully lit sanctuaries! Schedule an estimate for your garden lighting project today by calling 727-474-2628 or contacting us online.

28 Nov

Outdoor Accent Lighting: Your Complete Guide

Outdoor accent lighting is more than just a way to illuminate your property… it’s an art form. Lighting accents seamlessly pull together all the feature elements of your yard to enhance their beauty, functionality, and security. At Decorating Elves, we specialize in transforming Tampa Bay area properties into visually stunning spaces using various outdoor lighting techniques like accent lighting. This post will walk you through the basics of outdoor accent lighting and how it can elevate your residential or commercial space.

Understanding Outdoor Accent Lighting

Accent lighting focuses on creating focal points in your outdoor space. It’s about highlighting the architectural features of your building, showcasing your garden’s best elements, and creating an inviting atmosphere for everyone who visits your property. This type of lighting is more focused and intense than ambient lighting, so it draws the eye to specific points.

Types of Outdoor Accent Lighting


Spotlights are the quintessential accent lights. They can be used to highlight architectural features, garden statues, or even trees and plants. By adjusting the angle and spread of the light, spotlights can create dramatic effects that bring your outdoor space to life.

Garden Lights

Garden lights can accentuate the natural beauty of your landscaping. Whether it’s illuminating a pathway or casting a gentle glow on flower beds, these lights add a magical touch to your garden, making it a joy to view both day and night.

Wall Washers

Wall washers are used to create a uniform light over a large surface, like the side of a building or a privacy fence. This type of lighting adds depth and dimension to structures, highlighting textures and colors beautifully.

example of wall washing with outdoor accent lighting

Selecting the Right Fixtures

The choice of fixtures is crucial in outdoor accent lighting. At Decorating Elves, we recommend fixtures that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also durable enough to withstand Florida’s brutal climate. LED and low-voltage lights are often preferred for their longevity, energy efficiency, and minimal maintenance needs.

Incorporating Smart Lighting

Modern outdoor lighting systems can be easily integrated with smart home technology. This allows you to control your lighting remotely, adjust settings according to the time of day, and even program lighting scenes for special occasions and holidays (did you know that holiday lighting is how Decorating Elves got our start? Check out our gallery and YouTube channel for examples of our jaw-dropping installations).

Design Principles

When designing outdoor accent lighting, it’s important to consider balance and harmony. The goal is to enhance your space without overwhelming it. Our team at Decorating Elves works with you to create a design that respects your property’s unique characteristics and style.

Outdoor accent lighting around a resort style pool

Professional Installation

While DIY options are available, professional installation ensures that all of your outdoor lighting is safe, efficient, and optimally designed. Our experienced team at Decorating Elves can handle every aspect of the installation process, from design to implementation.

Schedule Your Lighting Project Today

Whether you’re looking to highlight the architectural beauty of your home, create a welcoming ambiance for your commercial property, or simply enhance your outdoor living experience, accent lighting is a powerful tool. If you’re in the Tampa Bay area and considering an outdoor lighting project, Decorating Elves is here to help.

We invite you to schedule an estimate for your outdoor lighting project by calling us at 727-474-2628 or by reaching out online. With Decorating Elves, your property will always outshine the neighbors!

Accent lighting on a back porch and stairs of a home with excellent outdoor lighting

24 Nov

Rebranding Brilliance: Permanent Outdoor Lighting ≠ Year-Round Outdoor Lighting

Welcome to the rebranding of outdoor illumination! At Decorating Elves, we’re all about clear communication with our customers, and today, we’re making a case for a terminology makeover. Say goodbye to the misleading and embrace the clarity – let’s explore why “Permanent Outdoor Lighting” is truly “Year-Round Outdoor Lighting”, and should be thought of as such.

The Evolution of Lighting Language

Commercial property with year round roofline lighting

Language evolves, and so should our terms for things that light up our lives. The phrase “Permanent Outdoor Lighting” might sound awesome, even too good to be true. That’s because it really may be. The word ‘permanent’ is defined as existing perpetually; everlasting, especially without significant change. Does that truly sound like a lighting fixture descriptor? We all know that something electrical- outdoors, exposed to the elements, powered every single night, battling squirrels, lawn mowers, and Uncle Buck’s questionable driving skills… isn’t thought of as “everlasting”. We expect it to fade and/or fail eventually.
Enter the more realistic term of “Year-Round Outdoor Lighting,” where versatility meets expertise.

  • Dynamic Design

    Outdoor spaces are not static, and neither should your lighting be. Year-round lighting allows for dynamic design changes, adapting to different seasons, holidays, and moods.

  • Adaptability in Action

    The beauty of year-round lighting lies in its adaptability. It’s not about being permanently stuck with one look – it’s about embracing change without sacrificing continuity.

  • Versatility Unleashed

    Year-round outdoor lighting opens doors to a world of possibilities. Switch up the ambiance for summer nights, fall festivities, winter wonderlands, and holidays, all with the same expertly designed fixtures.

  • Expertise in Transformation

    At Decorating Elves, we’re not just about putting up lights; we’re about crafting experiences. Year-round outdoor lighting showcases our expertise in creating lighting solutions that transform with the ebb and flow of time.

    Commercial property with year round roofline lighting

In the world of outdoor lighting, terminology matters. “Year-Round Outdoor Lighting” is not just a name change; it’s a declaration of our commitment to dynamic, expertly crafted, and versatile designs. So, let’s retire the term “Permanent Outdoor Lighting” and usher in the era of illumination that adapts, evolves, and continues to shine with brilliance throughout the seasons. Because at Decorating Elves, we believe your outdoor space deserves a lighting experience as vibrant and dynamic as you are.