Category Archives: Landscape Lighting

What to do when motion lights won’t turn off

Motion lights are a great addition to a home. They not only add safety and security, they add convenience. No longer do you need to remember to leave lights on outside (and waste power), you can be confident that they will turn on when they are needed most.
But what if they don’t turn on as expected? We tend to take them for granted, and when they don’t function correctly, it can be frustrating.


Sensitivity Settings
Quality motion detectors usually have settings that will allow you to choose how sensitive they should be to stimuli and how far away we want that stimuli to set off the detector. Be sure these settings are still accurate.

Time Setting
That same motion detector will probably also have the option of choosing how long the light can stay on. Make sure to check that the time duration is what you think it is. It may have accidentally been lengthened.

Just like our cable TV box and our computers … when in doubt, reset. After you’ve checked the settings above, cut the power to the motion detector completely for at least 10 seconds. Restore power and then see if the lights are now working correctly. Sometimes the simplest solution can be the correct one.

If these steps didn’t resolve your problem, Douthit Electrical can help! Douthit Electrical has been providing Charlotte with quality electrical services since 1990. When you need electrical service, check out our money saving coupons and give us a call!

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Using Lighting to Enhance Curb Appeal

Night lightingMost of us give special care to the look of our homes leading to our front door. But have you always wished you could share that beauty at night as well? We tend to entertain in the evenings, and we all like to hear from our friends and family how beautiful our home is … before they even step inside. Now is a great time to plan your outdoor landscaping lighting.

When you are deciding what type of lighting to use, consider what you would like to showcase. Our walkways are always an integral part of that, but using a combination of soft and focused lighting to enhance the beauty of our flowerbeds, trees, shrubs, or any ornamental design we have incorporated into our yard, should be highlighted as well.

Douthit Electric can help you choose what type of lighting should be used to produce different effects in your yard. Here is a list of a few common choices.

Outdoor Lighting Types

Path Lights – Probably the most common type that uses diffused lighting to frame an area such as a walkway. The path to your front door should be given special attention to welcome visiting guests and family alike.

Step Lights – This accent can be attached right onto steps, decks, or any other hardscape space.

Spotlights – Feature any part(s) of your landscape.

Flood Lights – A more powerful lighting typically used around driveways or areas that need extra lighting.

Well lighting – Lights that are inset into the ground and pointed upward to highlight things such as trees, walls or yard art.

Remember, lighting up your landscape to increase your curb appeal should be a fun project. We can walk you through the process, so that the design you create is the one you envisioned for your Charlotte home.

Douthit Electric has been providing Charlotte with quality electrical services since 1990. When you need quality landscape lighting service, check out our money saving coupons and give us a call!

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