Monthly Archives: November 2016

Home Theater Installation

There’s nothing like sitting back, reclining and enjoying a five-star film right in the confines of your home. One way to amplify the thrilling action you see on your screen is by watching it in your own home theater.

What once was considered a luxury only for the very rich has become much more typical for homeowners in the twenty-first century. It is a terrific outlet for families who love watching home movies, staying in on Saturday nights and really being part of the action. Frankly, a home theater is like an oasis from reality.

Nevertheless, there is always a cost involved. Surprisingly, if you know how to shop, many families can install a new home theater system for less than $1,000. Below, I will discuss all factors, as well as costs, that go into home theater installation.

 

Home Theater Installation Cost

The overall price of your home theater install will largely depend on what you need. If you are clearing out the basement, adding new soundproof walls, all new wires, a new speaker system and screen, then of course, the price will inflate. However, if you just need the wiring and other components installed, you should expect to pay no more than $500. In fact, according to our home theater installation cost estimator, the average price is $334.

 

Surround Sound Installation Cost

While the overall design may look different, installing surround sound for your home theater is not very different from any home sound system. Therefore, as HomeAdvisor points out, the average price to install a surround sound system is $492.

A surround sound system can include two small speakers plugged into a wall outlet, or it can include a dozen mounted speakers located throughout the home for cohesive sound. Either way, we highly recommend buying a pre-packaged system. They ensure that all parts are included and oftentimes, can be cheaper as opposed to buying a la carte.

If you do want to buy each piece by itself, you should look for:

  • A center channel speaker
  • Two front speakers – one for each side of the screen or on the side walls
  • One or two subwoofers
  • Two or more surround speakers or speakers behind

Deck Lighting Ideas

Your deck is the perfect place for an outdoor gathering. When the sun goes down, that doesn’t mean the party has to end. The solution is deck lights, which come in a variety to match your current style.

There are many options when it comes to light installation and it can be hard to decide where to start. Some homeowners want to provide a bright space to safely cook and play, while others desire the ambiance of subtle lighting. With a few lighting ideas, you can enjoy your deck any time of day or night.

 

Create A Plan

Before you shop for your new deck lights, you should create a plan to determine where you’d like your new deck lights. This will help you focus on what you’d like your lighting to highlight and where they will be placed, before any installations are made. Draw out a simple sketch of your deck and begin to label where the lights will go. One of the first things to consider as you plan to add lighting to your deck is how the lights will be powered. Unlike a house lamp, many can’t simply plug into the wall. So you must determine where the power source will come from.

Second, determine where you want your deck lighting to go and what it will highlight. Are you looking to create a safer outdoor environment? Deck stair lights are a great option as well as any type of overhead lighting. Looking for ambiance? Solar lights or string lights can easily provide a relaxing atmosphere.

Once you’ve mapped out where the lights will be placed, you can find the style that’s right for you.

 

 

Deck Stair Lighting

Decks tend to have specific safety regulations, as many local ordinances require deck stairs and steps to be illuminated. There are plenty of options available, ranging from deck railing lights to illuminate the steps, or lights that recess into the steps themselves. Always be sure to check your city’s code when planning a deck improvement project.

 

Low Voltage Deck Lighting

One of the more common options for homeowners is low voltage deck lighting. Low voltage deck lighting is easy to install and comes in a variety of styles to match your look. Low voltage lighting does require a transformer to reduce the voltage from the standard 120 volts to 12 volts. The initial installation may have higher costs compared to other options, but tends to take less costly maintenance. Low voltage lights tend to produce a soft light, but can vary by the type of bulb.

Porch Lighting Ideas

As the sun begins to set, many homeowners turn on a front porch light to illuminate their home. While many of us just see this as normal routine, leaving a light on is more than just illumination. It’s a welcoming sign for visitors and provides additional safety at night.

With this in mind, why just settle for any old light? By upgrading your front porch light fixture, you’re adding curb appeal and creating a warm environment for guests. There are many interesting front porch lights that will inspire you to rethink your current lighting. Here are a few outside lighting ideas to get you thinking about how you can spice up your porch.

 

Wall Lights

Porch wall lights are among the most common fixtures and come in a variety of styles to match your outdoor décor. There are classic looking lantern lights that look great on almost any front porch to modern circular porch lights. Vintage styles with Edison bulbs are becoming more trendy as homeowners bring back a classic look to their homes.

As you may guess, porch wall light fixtures are mounted to the outside of your home. If you’re replacing a wall mount light, this may be a DIY project for you, based on the product’s instructions. Whenever you are working with electricity, always remember to shut the power off before beginning your project.

 

Outdoor Post Lights

Since it’s not attached to the home, outdoor porch post lights have the freedom to go where you’d like, making them an extremely versatile option for the homeowner who is thinking out of the box. Many times, these lights are placed on the entryway to the porch. These come in many classic styles either with one bright light or multiple bulb options and they stand alone. You’ll need to contact a pro for this installation, as the wiring can be complicated if you don’t already have a post light installed.