Main Issues Encountered with DIY

Why Hire an Outdoor Lighting Contractor Do It Yourself (DIY) projects are typically labors of love. When it comes to home and design projects, achieving long-lasting and professional work is imperative to maintaining a well-kept and polished home. Unfortunately, many individuals try to take on work or home projects that are simply out of their
From restaurants and hotels to shopping centers and office buildings, businesses in numerous different industries are constantly seeking ways to make their commercial properties safe, inviting, and aesthetically appealing. At the same time, businesses must protect their bottom lines and ensure that any improvements made on their properties will yield a strong return on investment
The visual appearance of your property can have a significant impact on how much you enjoy spending time at home. At North Star Outdoor Lighting, we know that to make the most of your environment, you need to feel good in it. Whether you are indoors or outdoors, quality lighting can play a major role.

Innovative Lighting Technologies

Light and technology have come a long way. While many of us take for granted the everyday convenience afforded by electric lighting, the journey to get where we are today has been fraught with discovery, failures and triumphs. Let’s walk through a bit of history!
North Star Outdoor Lighting in Scottsdale Arizona showing uplighting on front yard of home
There are many things we try and do on our own. At-home facials, baking bread, doing your taxes, among numerous other household chores. As a home or business owner, outdoor lighting seems like it should not be that difficult. Unfortunately, most grossly underestimate the various considerations that go into a well-lit outdoor environment. This results

Why You Should Use LED Lights

At North Star Outdoor Lighting, we’ve staked our business on helping individuals enhance the visual appearance of their properties whether commercial or residential. With years of experience designing indoor and outdoor lighting scenes, we’ve cultivated expertise on what type of lighting highlights the features of any property best. Scottsdale and Phoenix are home to some

Scottsdale ESLO regulations.

Single-Family in ESL Exterior and Site Lighting Design Guidelines Exterior lighting includes any lighting that is mounted outside of livable building areas such as in landscaping, parking areas, along walkways and paths, on the outside of building walls, under eaves and patio covers, under open shed covers and within 3 feet of the openings in


Problem Cause Solution   No power at plug Tripped breaker or GFI Reset circuit breaker in main panel or the GFI usually located in a bathroom, garage or kitchen.   GFI keeps tripping Ground problem or defective GFI GFI’s are notorious for nuisance tripping. Use a high grade model such as the Hubbell #GF5252I.  

Top 10 mistakes in outdoor lighting

1. DON’T OWN A VOLTMETER: Don’t own a volt meter – Trying to install anything electrical without a digital volt meter is like trying to install an irrigation system without a shovel or to eat soup with a fork – it can be done but having the right tools makes it a lot easier.  

Lighting term glossary. Hope this helps!

Ambient Light Lighting throughout a space that produces general illumination. Ampere (amp) Unit to express the flow quantity of electricity. Analogous to gallons per minute. Baffle An accessory that prevents light from producing glare at certain angles. Ballast Auxiliary unit used with HID lamps to provide the power to start the lamp and regulate the
The Laser Landscape Light combines laser and holographic optical elements to produce stunning lighting effects you must see to believe. Simply point the fixture toward trees or bushes to watch your outdoor landscape come alive with thousands of twinkling lights. The fixture comes in a beautiful bronze finish, is easy to install, and is weather-resistant.
A common mistake made by many is to replace existing lamps with lamps of higher wattage than those originally installed. As an example, Mr. Smith has a low volt system with a 600 watt transformer and 25 fixtures illuminating his landscape. All of the original fixtures had 20-watt lamps in them for a total load


This will help the life of your system! Typical of most every mechanical appliance, the components of the landscape lighting system will require periodic maintenance in order to keep the system operating at peak performance. The wise Lighting Installer will incorporate a Lighting Maintenance Program into his or her offering. Maintenance will typically include lamp

Lamp Life. Hope this helps.

LAMP LIFE Lamp life is rated in hours of operation. If lamps are rated for 4000 hours at 12 volts it means that at 4000 hours, 50% of the lamps are still working and 50% are not. For maximum light output, tune lighting circuits to provide between 11.5 and 12.0 volts as measured at lamp

L.E.D Lighting. LED Lighting. Go Green!!!!!!

Why We Are Green How many times have you changed a burned out light bulb in your lifetime? Fifty times? One hundred times? What did you do with all the old bulbs? If you’re like most people, you simply tossed them into the trash can and forgot about them. It is the right time to
FX products are manufactured in southern California where we comply with the world’s toughest environmental, labor and work place safety regulations. We are proof positive that an American company can still compete very successfully with foreign made brands. We win the game with superior quality, delivery and support. REAL EFFECT LIGHTING NOT HARDWARE STORE TOYS

ESLO Fact Sheet for Scottsdale Arizona

Latest Revisions Approved Minor Amendments to ESL (Effective Mar 22, 2007) Restoration of Damaged Desert Areas (Effective Mar 22, 2007) Side Yard Setbacks for properties zoned ESL (Effective October 26, 2006) Undeveloped lot with an ESL overlay? The city has recently developed an instructional diagram that demonstrates how to determine the buildable lot area. History/Background

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Solar powered outdoor lighting fixtures. NO this is not a home depot solar light. This is a state of the art solar panel, with battery back up for all your outdoor lighting needs.
Exterior Lighting for Single-Family in Environmentally Senstive Lands (ESL) Areas Illuminance Tables Submittal Requirements Photometrics Printable Lighting Guidelines (pdf/48kb/2pp) Ambient Lighting Zones (pdf/319kb/1p) Streetlight Policy Plan (pdf/208kb/1p) Outdoor Lighting Code (pdf/115kb/2pp) Please note: The 2006 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) was adopted by reference via the International Building Code (IBC) adoption.

What is low voltage lighting?

While most homes operate on 120 volts, low voltage lighting runs on either 12 or 24 volts. Examples of low voltage lighting includes recessed lighting, landscape lights, pendant lighting, and track lights just to name a few. Low voltage lighting is usually less expensive, easier to install, safer, and uses less energy.

Converting to Low Voltage LED Lighting

Over the past several years the installation or conversion to low voltage indoor and outdoor lighting systems has become more and more common place with new home builds and renovations. This is likely due the lighting becoming more affordable, a more public consciousness towards the conservation of energy on a national scale, or in many