Landscapes For Florida Living

Total Landscape Concepts, Inc is a full service design build firm. We not only design award winning landscapes, but we have a professional crew to maintain your vision.

5200 SW 73rd Avenue

Davie, Florida 33314


Thursday, June 20, 2013

How do you choose what material to use for your new hardscape?

Most people look at maintenance as a driving factor in their decision making phase…

You want materials that are easily cleaned, strong, long lasting and look good!

Interlocking concrete pavers are the best for this purpose. They provide you with all these factors and more.

Color, texture, materials, size and shape are all part of the process…

Well this is the hard part…. Most people rely on their landscape professional of Landscape Architect to help them with this choice.  Professionals are experts at realizing which product will be the best for the space and the look you are trying to achieve. Marble vs clay vs concrete pavers… Your design professional can steer you in the right direction for the overall project feel.

Patios, Pool Decks, Walks and Driveways…

Patios, pool decks, walkways and
A crucial part of the design process is that the design professional’s expertise will provide you with the correct dimensions to suit your needs…
Patios need to be large enough to provide ample room for furniture to fit, enough room to adequately entertain and enough space to enjoy your new patio…
Walkways need to be wide enough to fit to space, but never smaller than three feet. A four foot walk way is a good residential walkway, but keep in mind the special elements of the existing space.
Driveways should be wide enough to accommodate the vehicles that you expect to park. As you move forward you will want to keep in mind community standards and city or county requirements for swales and size.

Friday, January 25, 2013



Are you always changing your halogen bulbs at the cost of $5.95 or more each?  Is your current low-voltage system dim and maxed out… These are just some of the reasons you should be using LED bulbs.
 If saving money and having the ability to add lights to your existing maxed out low-voltage transformer interest you please read on!

Using LED bulbs can solve a lot of issues you may be experiencing in your landscape low-voltage lighting system. Because the average landscape up light uses 50 watts of electricity and your path lights use 20 watts of electricity it is easy to max out your low-voltage system. This is probably why sometimes you may experience areas of your landscape lighting that are dimmer than the rest.  
Low voltage systems are the way of the future using less electricity than conventional incandescent bulbs. 
Now we have the ability to add more lights to your system and use even less electricity than you are currently using! The new LED light bulbs that we are using to replace those HOT MR—16 Halogen 50 watt bulbs use only 3 watts of electricity and provide you with the same equivalent amount of brightness or lumens. For a fraction of the cost of electricity!      

Going Green and energy efficiency
Energy-efficient lighting choices lower utility bills and lessen the burden on nonrenewable energy sources, which account for 89 percent of energy production in the U.S. LEDs,  are the most efficient lights on the market they are starting to appear alongside incandescent and compact fluorescent bulbs in hardware and home-goods stores. They are, however, a mystery to many, as their mechanics are different from standard bulbs.

LED stands for
 "Light emitting diode." A diode is an electrical component with two terminals which conduct the electricity only in one direction.
Only recently has the LED market moved into making quality landscape bulbs (MR-16 Halogen base type bulb) replacing the halogen bulbs of the past. Their initial high cost originally had been the reason why we have waited to move into this market.   

We can now offer these bulbs at comparable or even lesser prices than the big box-store are charging!  We can install them and clean your lenses as a courtesy! All because we are buying them direct from the manufacturer at discounted prices.
Halogen VS LED
For years halogen has been the recommended bulb for landscape lighting because of its brightness, and its use in the low voltage lighting systems. Conventional light bulbs including halogen waste most of their energy as heat. Some higher wattage halogen bulbs burn so hot that they can actually burn you or even cause a fire when they come into contact with highly combustible materials. The new LED bulbs provide comparable lumens and deliver this light, using much less electricity, even when used in a low voltage system.        
For example, a halogen and incandescent bulb gives off 90 percent of its energy as heat; while a compact fluorescent bulb wastes 80 percent as heat.  LEDs remain cool… always with no wasted electricity and with an added benefit;  they contain no glass components, they are not vulnerable to vibration or breakage like conventional bulbs. LEDs are thus better suited for use in the landscape, where they may get knocked by an edger or mower during routine maintenance.

Measuring Brightness
Lumens are the perceived brightness that you “see” in the bulb. The more lumens the bulb has, the brighter the bulb. Lumens are the best measurement of comparative lighting among the various bulbs. Manufacturers who want to deliver the best available light for the lumens also provide a reflective mounting to direct the lumens as needed.
Longer Life
The life of a high-power white LED is projected to be from 35,000 to 50,000 hours, compared to 750 to 2,000 hours for an incandescent bulb, 8,000 to 10,000 hours for a compact fluorescent and 20,000 to 30,000 hours for a linear fluorescent bulb. LED lifetimes are rated differently than conventional lights, which go out when the filament breaks. Typical lifetime is defined as the average number of hours until light falls to 70 percent of initial brightness, in lumens. LEDs typically just fade gradually.
LEDs are solid state lighting devices that utilize semiconductor material instead of a filament or neon gas. An LED light is a tiny chip encapsulated in an epoxy resin enclosure, which makes LEDs far sturdier than traditional incandescent light bulbs or fluorescent tubes. Since LEDs don't use fragile components such as glass and filaments, LEDs are able to withstand shock, vibration and extreme temperature.