11 Sep

Get Ready for Halloween with Professional Lighting Installation and Service

What is Halloween without the spooky decorations and ghoulish lights that bring this October holiday to life?

This season, rather than just buying pumpkins and grabbing a bag of candy, make the most of Halloween with a professional lighting installation that transforms your outdoor space into a dark and mysterious embodiment of the Halloween spirit.

Decorating Elves, Tampa’s premier outdoor lighting company, specializes in Halloween lighting and decor to turn your yard into a ghoulish graveyard, chilling cemetary, or evil yard hunt. Give your neighbors something to talk about! Read More

20 Aug

How to Use Your Outdoor Lights to Honor Important Initiatives This Fall

Every year, Choose Hope and other organizations encourage Americans to learn more about important causes by representing each initiative with a ribbon color. However, wearing a colored shirt and adding a ribbon into your Facebook profile picture aren’t the only ways to spread awareness for a cause.

You can also use the lighting outside of your home or business to draw attention to a cause you want to champion. Changing the color of your outdoor lights for a week or month will encourage neighbors and visitors to ask about your lighting theme. This will give you the opportunity to spread awareness and encourage others to learn more about your cause. Read More

10 Aug

What Is Your Outdoor Space Missing? A Sound System

What elements create the perfect outdoor atmosphere? You might think of a screen to shield you from mosquitos, a pool to keep cool through Florida’s heat, and beautiful accent lights to illuminate the night. But don’t forget about a sound system!

Why Use a Sound System Outside?

A welcoming and enjoyable backyard ambiance isn’t complete without the ability to fill your space with any music you choose. Whether it’s upbeat music during a pool party or mellow acoustics as you relax watching the sunset, music can enhance every moment and memory. Read More

16 Jul

How to Find Outdoor Lights That Don’t Attract Bugs

You love sitting outside on your deck relaxing after a long day at work, but you hate the bugs that constantly swarm around your outdoor lights. Nothing ruins the mood quite like the buzzing and crashing noises that insects make as they collide with your lighting fixtures.

Did you know there are certain lights that actually don’t attract bugs at all? Learn more about LED lights below so you can begin using them to illuminate your favorite outdoor spaces. The bugs will have to find somewhere else to hang out! Read More

14 Jun

The Importance of Using Timers with Your Outdoor Lighting Landscape

There are some elements of your daily routine that you simply need to be present for: your toothbrush can’t brush without your mouth, and your cereal won’t make it very far unless you’re there to eat it. But you definitely don’t need to be present each day to ensure that your outdoor lights turn on and off.

Regardless of the size and scope of your outdoor lighting landscape, you can (and should!) use timers to automate your lighting schedule. This is more important than you might realize! Read More

15 May

Adding Outdoor Lighting for Your Summer Parties

Summer is a time of celebration! Every warm evening with a late sunset is a good enough reason to stay outside and relax with a cool drink. Of course, summer is also the season of barbecues, graduation parties, swim parties, and so may other festive gatherings. If you want to make the most of your outdoor space this summer, whether just for yourself or for all of your guests as well, the right type of decorative outdoor lighting can transform the atmosphere of your backyard.

Patio Stringers Are the Secret to Great Outdoor Lighting Read More

13 Apr

The Audio System Your Outdoor Landscaping Has Been Missing

Backyards aren’t meant to sit empty. The addition of a patio, comfortable seating, and maybe even a fire pit can turn an unassuming exterior space into an outdoor oasis. Beyond the hardscaping and landscaping that you use to design an impressive and irresistable backyard atmosphere, you also need to consider the subtle yet powerful component of sound.

A professional sound system can remain invisible while surrounding your backyard retreat in a perfectly even blanket of high quality sound. You may not realize what a difference sound can make to the atmosphere and ambience of your backyard. Read More

15 Mar

Making Plans for Stunning Outdoor Lighting Around Your Pool

The term “lanai” sounds like a foreign term to many Americans, but as a Florida homeowner you are perfectly familiar with this Hawaiian word. A lanai is an outdoor patio or balcony that is built out from the back or side of the home in order to extend the living area and provide a comfortable and attractive place to spend a few hours relaxing or gathered with friends. In Florida, where mosquitoes are active nearly any time of year, most lanais are surrounded by a large screen enclosure that keeps unwanted bugs and debris away. Read More

15 Feb

How Does a Lighting Expert Become a Certified Low Voltage Lighting Technician?

Creating an attractive outdoor lighting landscape is not nearly as simple as just installing a few light bulbs and exciting LED colors. In fact, designing, installing, and maintaining a jaw-dropping outdoor lighting landscape requires extensive talent and years of training.

That is why Decorating Elves, Tampa Bay’s premier outdoor lighting company, is proud to be led by Nick Schriver, a Certified Low Voltage Lighting Technician with years of experience in the industry. Decorating Elves also has five technicians in the progress of becoming Certified Low Voltage Lighting Technicians. Read More

13 Feb

Residential Lighting and Security: What You Need to Know

From a security perspective, lighting can have a substantial impact on reducing the fear of crime. Sufficient lighting is necessary to see and be seen. An adequate level of lighting should allow the identification of a face from a distance of about 30 feet.

Outdoor lighting should be uniformly spread to reduce the contrast between illuminated areas and shadows. Better consistency of lighting can be achieved by using more fixtures with lower wattage rather than less fixtures with higher wattage bulbs. Read More