Solar Powered Deck Lights

The addition of a deck, or balcony, can be a valuable addition to almost any home. When designing such an addition the use and traffic flow often influence the placement and size of the structure. One aspect often overlooked when designing a deck is lighting. The use of solar deck lights are not only cost effective, but can enhance the design with ease.

There are nearly as many styles and sizes of solar lighting as there are styles of architecture. Ranging from post cap lights to stair lights to hanging lanterns, there is no end to the impact that can be achieved. A trip to a home improvement center, wholesaler or department store will provide you with many choices in style, color and function.

Copper-topped post caps add a lovely craftsmen style touch and are ready to apply. Just place over the top of a 4×4 post, tack in place with brad nails or wood glue and presto! A 1920’s craftsman-style look with a modern function. Post cap lighting comes in a variety of finishes and styles, everything from Tiffany glass to mission style, providing down lighting or radiant lighting or a combination of both.

Pole and hanging lantern-style solar lights can be used in planters along the edges of a deck or balcony, or attached along railings, creating a soft, radiant illumination to guide the footsteps of guests as they move from one area to another. They can be as decorative, or as low-profile and unassuming as you wish.

Another style of solar lighting for a deck that packs an architectural punch is stair lighting. These can be mounted along the lower inside portion of the handrail, or on the stair riser itself. Placement affects the amount of light that will be cast. If the sun shines on one side of the railing for the better part of the day, or there is a ledge that may obstruct sun exposure to the solar element, be sure to test the placement before installing. Once you are sure the amount of light cast on the stairs is sufficient for your purpose, go ahead and install according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

LED lighting has become popular in outdoor lighting. When using lighting in an outdoor space warmer, more glowing light that gives the space a welcoming atmosphere may be best used as background and mood lighting, while larger, or brighter lights can be used for task lighting. This type of lighting may be best used for an outdoor kitchen or food preparation area.

Improve Your Golf Game at an Orlando Golf Academy

An Orlando vacation offers you a great opportunity to play golf and to improve your golf game as well. Orlando boasts more than 300 days of sunshine per year and is home to many top notch golf courses. Even more interesting to golf enthusiasts are the 20+ golf academies in the greater Orlando area. If you would like to learn the basics or improve your skills and get instruction from some of the top pros in the game, then the golf academies are the place to go. Let’s take a look at some of the best ones in the area.

The Brad Brewer Academy. Brad Brewer is a disciple and long time associate of Arnold Palmer and his academy offers variety of programs for both group and individual instruction. Some of the programs are “play and stay” with accommodation included in the fee and others allow you to stay in other accommodations and come for the instruction only. The academy also offers an electronic option as well, and you can get instruction using your computer at any remote location. For example, you can send a video of your swing to your e-instructor and get feedback.

Grand Cypress Academy of Golf. This academy has been rated as one of the top 25 golf schools in the U.S.A. continuously since 1999. It is located on a 21 acre facility with a variety of schools, clinics and lesson packages. The schools include the Fred Griffin Players Golf School, Grand Cypress Players Golf School, Game Development Golf School, Two-Day Golf School, Women’s Three-Day Golf School, Women’s Two-Day Golf School , and a Junior Golf School. The schools include accommodations or you can come as a commuter.

In case you cannot attend a full school session, you can also sign up for lesson packages. You can get one-on-one lessons tailored to any aspect of the game. If you are a beginner then the best thing to do is to sign up for one of the golf clinics that are offered periodically throughout the year.

Arnold Palmer Gold Academy. If you want to learn the game according to the style and philosophy of Arnold Palmer, then this is the place to go. The ratio of students to instructors is four to one, so you are sure of getting a lot of personal attention as well as having the company of other golfers. The academy breaks down the instruction into four areas: Mastering fundamentals, scoring zone, practice like a pro and course management. The facilities are open year round, with classes held each week. Private lessons and corporate events can be organized in addition the standard group lessons.

In case you are wondering, Arnold Palmer actually spends time at the academy. In the winter months of November through March, he resides at the Bay Hill Club, where the academy is located, and, when he is in town, plays each day at the club.

These are but three of the golf academies in the area. There is plenty of opportunity to improve your game while you are in Orlando. So, plan ahead and contact one of the academies now and get ready for great times in the golfer’s paradise of Orlando.