October. The month when the leaves change, the days get shorter and nights get longer. It’s also National Outdoor Lighting Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness on the importance of professionally designed and installed outdoor lighting. Founded in 2013, this year the program focuses on event lighting and outdoor Christmas lights.
The holidays are right around the corner and it’s one of our favorite times of the year at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives. Can you guess why? The lights, of course! Outdoor Christmas lighting displays, from simple to elaborate, have become synonymous with this time of year. We provide some of our hints and tips for gorgeous holiday lighting displays in our FREE download on NationalOutdoorLightingMonth.com. Here are just a few ideas:
Trees, trees, trees. When designing a stunning holiday lighting display, you can’t forget the trees! They make big impact when lit well. String lights are the most common way that homeowners illuminate their trees for Christmas. They can be wrapped around leafless branches, or wrapped around full evergreens for the perfect effect, but that’s not the only way trees can be lit for Christmas.
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives’ Starry Lights installation shoots hundreds of LED bursts to the illuminated surface from one small fixture. Available in numerous colors, it’s a fixture that can be used all year round, be it for an outdoor Christmas lighting display or simply for a fun addition to your backyard dinner party.
Snowfall lighting is also a popular tree lighting technique for the holidays. As the name implies, it makes it look as if the snow is falling through the tree branches. Small LED tubes are hung in the branches then the light “drips” down the tube to create the snow effect.
Another area you simply cannot forget at the holidays is the entrance of the property. It’s the time when we most often entertain friends and family! Using lit wreathes and garlands around the door or porch columns, your home is sure to look beautifully inviting for the season’s visitors.
If you have question on lighting your property for the holidays, please reach out to your nearest Outdoor Lighting Perspectives office.
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives is a trusted commercial lighting company, providing outdoor lighting for a variety of industries. From restaurants, hotels, B&Bs and more, we have lighting solutions to suit your business’s unique needs. Illuminate your outdoor spaces in a whole new way, and draw in customers like never before.
Custom Hospitality Lighting with Complementary Demonstrations
Want to see what your hospitality lighting will look like before it’s officially installed? We provide complementary lighting demonstrations to give you a sneak peek of what your business could look like. We’ll work with you to create a custom plan for your lighting that matches your needs and your budget, and then we’ll put up a display for you to see. If any adjustments need to be made, we’ll complete them on the spot to ensure your satisfaction.
Types of Hospitality Lighting:
- Architectural Lighting
- Landscape Lighting
- Pathway Lighting
- Deck and Patio Lighting
- Festive String Lighting
- Security Lighting
- …and More!
Energy Efficient LED Lighting
Our hospitality lighting company utilizes energy efficient LED lights to illuminate an area without exhausting your funds. If you’re looking for a cost-effective way to brighten your outdoor spaces, this is a great opportunity for you. LED lights are fully customizable, with options to change colors, lower intensities, adjust tones, and much more. Ask about our remote lighting controls to learn more.
If you already have lighting around your business, we may be able to upgrade it without completely replacing the fixtures. We have LED retrofit kits that work with nearly every lighting solution on the market, so we could enhance what you already have and save you even more money on commercial outdoor lighting.
Making the Hospitality Industry More Hospitable
We specialize in providing outdoor lighting for the hospitality industry. If you have an event center, hotel, restaurant, or similar establishment, we can provide the perfect lighting to make your guests feel cozy and comfortable. Accentuate the landscaping in your courtyard or add romance to an outdoor seating area. Whatever the case may be, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives is here to make it shine.
Get a Free Quote with No Obligation
Contact us today to schedule your complementary quote with a commercial lighting expert. We will come out to your property to assess your needs in person. Together, we will design the perfect lighting scheme for your business and provide you with years of illuminated enjoyment.
We at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives cannot believe that it is already September. You know what that means, right? The holiday season is right around the corner! We are so excited to provide homeowners with professionally installed Christmas lighting and a new product has got us very excited! We’re calling it: Starry Lights. What this short 42 second video to see what we mean.
Outdoor string lights are a classic lighting design during the holiday season. For years, people have strung them around branches in trees to make them glow. I love that affect, but it’s a lot of work! You have to get up on a ladder and then navigation a string of lights around branches and leaves. Starry lights creates the same beautiful affect without the work.
The Starry Lights fixture is small and can be installed into the ground around a tree or other surface you want to sparkle for the holidays. When turned on, it shoots hundreds of small bursts of LED light onto the surface, making it look as if numerous string lights had been installed. Just like other outdoor Christmas lights, the fixture can be plugged into an extension cord.
Starry Lights come in red, green, purple and blue and can made to highlight the rest of your holiday lighting. The affect is not only festive for the holidays but also fun for the whole year. Imagine sitting in your backyard surrounded by dazzling trees!
We’re thrilled to include this new fixture into our existing holiday lighting offering. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we provide full service outdoor Christmas lighting to our clients. We design and install the system so that you don’t have to go up on an roofs or spend hours hanging lights. Instead, you can sit back, relax, and simply appreciate the final look.
After the holidays are over, we’ll come back to the property and take down the lights as carefully as we put them up. Additionally we store all of our clients’ holiday lights in our facility so that we can test each bulb before next year’s Christmas lighting installation.
Take some time and look at some of our favorite lighting installations in our Christmas Lighting Gallery! If you’re interested in discussing your lighting needs, please reach out to your nearest Outdoor Lighting Perspectives location!
We at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives are thrilled to announce the launch of our online video library, available on OutdoorLights.com.
In our video library, you’ll have access to short landscape lighting videos covering some of the most popular lighting topics and services. The videos include:
Selecting an Outdoor Lighting Company. Not all companies that say they do landscape lighting are the same. In this short video you’ll learn how to pick the right contractor for you, ensuring that you home looks great for years to come.
Creative Ways to Use Lighting. Outdoor lighting isn’t only path lights and spot lights anymore (although they are still great fixtures)! We’ll show you how creativity can be applied to you backyard spaces with light.
Keys to Proper Landscape Lighting Design. A great design is essential to creating an outdoor lighting system that looks beautiful while also increasing the safety and security of your home. In this 3 minute video, we’ll show you how we create the perfect design for all of our clients.
LED FAQs. LED is the most energy-efficient light source on the market today, but we hear many questions surrounding the technology. In our Frequently Asked Questions, we illustrate and explain the benefits of adding LED lights to your property or retrofitting your current system to LED.
Garden Lighting Ideas. Here you’ll see footage from some of our clients backyards that have great light and see how garden lighting will enhance your property and allow you to appreciate the beauty that surrounds you, day and night.
Custom Designed Path Lights. If you don’t like the look of traditional path lights, these custom designed path lights, or Attraction Lights, as we call them, may be for you. Made-to-order, these path lights come in a variety of styles that not only illuminate pathways, but also create beautiful light patterns making them stunning features.
Festive Backyard Lighting Ideas. Each backyard is different an lends itself to custom designed landscape and outdoor lighting. In this video, you’ll see how we transformed a client’s backyard patio using festive string lights for beautiful light with a little whimsy.
Hardscape and Rock Wall Lighting. See how gorgeous hardscapes are brought to life at night with light!
Holiday Tree Lighting. See the newest outdoor Christmas lighting technique that we call Starry Lights. Starry lights make trees or other objects shine by projecting hundreds of LED blasts on the surface. You have to see it to believe it!
Transformation Augusta. This three-part series walks you through what it’s like to work with Outdoor Lighting Perspectives from the first consultation to the big reveal.
We hope you enjoy exploring our new video library!
Illuminate Your Outdoor Life
Turn your house into a home from the outside in. With the residential outdoor lighting solutions we offer at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, you can transform your backyard, deck, pool, or patio into a stunning display fit for entertainment or relaxation. Create the perfect outdoor space for you and your family to enjoy. We’re happy to be along for part of the ride.
Custom Residential Outdoor Lighting
Your outdoor space is truly one of a kind. We want to highlight its best features. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we don’t believe in cookie-cutter lighting kits and one-size-fits-all designs. We focus on designing the perfect lighting system for your specific needs. From casual accent lighting to fully adjustable outdoor displays, we will highlight your home in a whole new way.
Types of Outdoor Lighting
• Deck Lighting
• Patio Lighting
• Landscape Lighting
• Outdoor Path Lighting
• Low Voltage Lighting
• Pool and Pond Lighting
• Simulated Moonlight
• …and More!
Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives today at 800-447-1112 to speak with a residential outdoor lighting designer near you.
A Full-Service Outdoor Lighting Company
Outdoor lighting isn’t just a specialty for us – it’s all we do. While other companies that install lights get pulled in a million directions, we put all of our energy into illuminating your outdoor space. Whether you need a simple lighting adjustment or a complete installation, we are a full-service outdoor lighting company you can count on.
When you work with Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, you get…
• Personal service from a team of passionate, caring lighting designers
• Free design demonstrations to show off your lighting plan before installation
• Low voltage lighting solutions that light your home without bursting your bills
• Complete installation with meticulous attention to details
• Nighttime adjustments to make sure every light is in the perfect place
• Superior craftsmanship from the best lighting installers in the business
• Proactive maintenance to keep your lighting looking its best
Experience the passion in person. Give us a call today at 800-447-1112 to schedule a meeting with our residential outdoor lighting designers. The consultation is free, and your satisfaction is 100% guaranteed.
Outdoor lighting isn’t just our job – it’s our passion. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we are always coming up with new, innovative ways to show off the beauty of the outdoors. Explore our residential lighting design ideas to get inspiration for your next adventure.
Bring the Inside Out
Many of our contemporary lighting fixtures are designed to look like stylish indoor lighting. Pendant lights, drop lights, and even modern floor lamps can be used to create stunning outdoor entertainment spaces that look chic and unique. If you have a specific design aesthetic you want to accomplish, you may look for inspiration from within your home.
Consider Safety and Security
You don’t have to sacrifice safety for style. You can get the best of both worlds. Our powerful LED path lights will help guests navigate to your home or through your backyard even after the sun goes down. Your landscape and architectural lighting can double as security lighting for your property, ensuring that you stay safe from wandering intruders. Protect your family and celebrate your home at the same time.
Set the Tone for Your Home
What “tone” do you want your outdoor spaces to have? Fun and exciting? Quiet and relaxing? Whether you want to host a fabulous pool party or enjoy a peaceful outdoor oasis, we can create it for you with a custom lighting system. We also offer fully adjustable lighting solutions that allow you to change the tone of your space to fit your needs at the time. Learn how we can help you build the perfect environment.
Remember: Less Is More
With residential lighting, it’s not always about getting the brightest lights or the biggest lighting fixtures. The goal here is to subtly accentuate the best features in your outdoor spaces. In many cases, simple lighting is much more effective than extravagant light displays. Our lighting designers will work with you to get maximum results from minimal lighting, saving you money and maintenance along the way.
Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives at 800-447-1112 to discuss even more residential lighting design ideas.
The night sky is beautiful, but it’s only bright enough to light your way a couple nights a month, if that. Outdoor path lighting makes all the difference when you set foot outside after the sun goes down, keeping you safe on your way up the driveway or down to the pool. Our low-voltage outdoor lights won’t spoil your night time view, and won’t leave you paying to light the entire neighborhood.
The halogen and LED lights we usually recommend offer brighter, better-controlled illumination than solar path lights, and are more energy efficient and longer-lived than incandescent options. That means that, once we’ve helped you design the perfect outdoor path lighting, you’ll be free to stroll, without worrying about burnt-out light bulbs or cleaning up after the costly, damaging excavation needed to lay lines for incandescent lights.
There is no such thing as cookie cutter lighting
Our professional outdoor path lighting designers specialize in just one thing: getting you the safety and accent lighting you need for outdoor paths. This starts with a free consultation to identify your goals and any challenges. We’ll pay particular attention to areas where a few carefully placed lights can illuminate the safest route over uneven footing or through thick greenery.
Got kids? We’ll work with you to light the areas where toys and other objects are most likely to end up in someone’s way. We prevent collisions between unsuspecting ankles and your child’s treasured (but discarded) belongings every day.
Our outdoor path lighting can illuminate the way even if you don’t have a paver or concrete walkway laid down. Use it to brighten the perimeter of your garden beds, or designate a walkway that can be relocated with a minimum of expense and effort. The right path lighting means your pool, patio, hot tub, driveway, and garden sitting area will be open 24 hours a day, all year long.
There is something special about a patio. From a small space with a single picnic table to something more elaborate, patios provide the perfect place for outdoor entertaining. Combining a variety of lighting fixtures with the latest outdoor patio lighting ideas is one way to change your patio from simple to stunning. Lighting that space is an easy way to make it look and feel more like true living space. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives provides plenty of choices in both lighting types and styles, making it easy to light the patio of your dreams.
Start simple with basic porch lighting. Perfect for placing next to doors, these fixtures provide pools of light and simple style. Perfect for those interested in safety, step lighting adds another design element to the space while providing just a touch of light right where it is needed most. This most simple of outdoor patio lighting ideas also enhances other lighting elements.
Complete the look
To create a complete outdoor lighting design, look beyond the patio or deck to the landscaping around it. A pond or water feature, when highlighted with a pond light, is an excellent focal point for lighting design. Highlighting architectural elements of your home or favorite areas of the garden with soft-spot lights is just one of many outdoor patio lighting ideas that help integrate existing features into a lighting plan.
A Total Space
To finish off your outdoor living space add in path lights. These lights help keep your landscaping safe by highlighting sidewalks or commonly used walkways while adding another lighting element to your overall design. Path lights do more than just illuminate a pathway, when placed on the edges of gardens or amongst shrubbery; they are an easy way to add just a touch of artistic light throughout your landscaped space.
Brighten up your outdoor living space with a complete selection of outdoor lighting fixtures for your patio and garden. From a simple patio for a family dinner to a complete landscaped look featuring a deck, the right *outdoor patio lighting ideas will help you build a better patio.
Creating the ideal landscape for your home means more than selecting the best shrubs and trees. Landscape lighting is an equally important element. Outdoor LED lighting provides just the right brightness for illuminating your landscape, while providing you with an energy efficient light source. Even better, high-quality outdoor LED lighting fixtures are designed to last far longer than traditional lighting systems. From simple porch lights to a complete overhaul of your existing system, outdoor LED lighting is the ideal answer.
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives provides many solutions for retrofitting an existing low voltage quartz halogen lighting system to LED. Retrofits vary based on the types of fixtures installed. Our professional team of designers will evaluate your current system and provide options tailored to your needs and personal sense of style.
Outdoor LED lighting provides a significant savings on electrical operating costs (up to 80% in most cases). For example, a four watt LED can produce a directional light equivalent to a 20W halogen. Additionally, due to the lower wattage, the lighting system will have less voltage drop. This, in turn, provides a more even and consistent look for all of the lighting fixtures.
Long Life Expectancy
LED bulbs are engineered to last much longer than quartz halogen bulbs. LEDs have an average useful bulb life of up to 50,000 hours, while the quartz halogen bulb has a useful bulb life between 2,000-3,000 hours. The light provided by outdoor LED lighting is crisp, clear and bright. Because of their long life expectancy, you can expect to enjoy this light, without replacement costs, for much longer than traditional lighting sources.
You want your landscaping to be gorgeous and beautifully lit. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives has a variety of choices that offer energy efficiency and a long life expectancy. Whether you need to add a single porch light or want to design a complete lightscape for your yard, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives has a complete selection of high-quality, low-voltage & LED outdoor lighting fixtures. Create the garden of your dreams and light up your landscaping with lights designed to last.
Less energy usage, less glare, less razzle–and more dazzle
Our lighting designers approach each home as a blank canvas, drinking in the architectural details, landscape highlights and open spaces before crafting a lighting design that draws attention to the best aspects of all. The results reflect your desires–from creating a welcoming space for play, to announcing the majestic façade of your distinctive home.
As experienced lighting designers, we believe that less is more. In our installations, you won’t find many high-wattage lampposts (which can cause eye-irritating glare and produce inferior aesthetic results). Instead, we favor subtle lighting with less obtrusive fixtures. Multiple low-voltage lights can illuminate an area better than a pole light can–and with so much more panache. You’ll not only have far more attractive, better functioning light, you’ll enjoy lower energy bills.
It’s not about the fixtures–it’s about the effect
Installers who do outdoor lighting as a sideline usually don’t understand the full importance of the light source. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, outdoor lighting is all we do. And we know the light itself is the most crucial element in any outdoor lighting design.
What you see is the light reflected off an object. Let’s say we’re looking at lovely stone façade. There may be dozens of tones of rich brown and gold in that stone. But if all those tones don’t exist in the light source, we won’t see them. The stone could end up looking flat and grey in the wrong light. And there are many “wrong lights.” All light sources are not created equal.
Every different type of bulb (referred to as a “lamp” in the industry) has different characteristics. Different light sources offer different color temperatures, a different Color Rendering Index (CRI), different lumens per watt, different bulb life, different degradation of light over time–the list of differences go on.
There are numerous light sources to choose from. Most often we use halogen lights for their ability to accurately portray color, to work well under a variety of outdoor conditions, and to provide long life as well as very affordable operating and replacement costs. However, there are occasions when we choose other light sources–for instance, when we want to warm the color of the façade or choose an extraordinarily long-lived bulb for an exceptionally difficult-to-access location.
It’s very important to select the right light source at installation because some fixtures are specifically manufactured to accept specific light sources. Types of bulbs are not always interchangeable.
Placement is just as important as color and color temperature in any given lighting design. In placing lights, it’s important to consider which features define the property, the shape and textures of the surfaces to be lit, the shadows the light may cast, visibility and safety issues, maintenance issues, light spillage, and interaction with the surrounding landscape as seasons change and plants mature.
Directing light upward from ground level dramatically highlights key architectural and landscape features. A different lighting angle than ever occurs naturally, up lighting stands out with a bold, unique look. Light-pollution concerns can be addressed by careful aiming combined with use of the proper lamps and fixture shields. When up lighting residential buildings, placement and beam width must be carefully addressed to prevent light spillage into bedroom windows.
Our lighting designers must also carefully consider landscape issues. Will growth patterns cause plants to block the lighting as they mature? Will the proximity of deciduous trees cause debris to block lights in the fall? Will snowfall patterns render lights ineffective throughout the winter? And so on.
Illuminating an area or architectural element from above is often the best choice for safety, security or special effect. Lights shining down from above can illuminate a broad area, are difficult to tamper with, and are less likely to be hampered by landscape or weather concerns.
Bulb selection for down lighting involves practical as well as aesthetic and functional issues. For commercial applications, maintenance costs should be a major part of the equation. Maintenance issues should also be factored into residential installations. Homeowners opting to maintain their fixtures themselves may be better served by extremely long-lived lamps or a more accessible alternative to down lighting.
Wall Wash Lighting
Soft illumination accenting the texture of a wall surface can make a stunning aesthetic statement.
Often, practical issues will require that a large area is illuminated without accentuating any specific object or feature. An area’s main purpose will play a major part in lamp and wattage selection. For instance, an area used for outdoor sports would require special attention to assure that depth perception is addressed, as some lighting can “flatten” perception. Areas used to host social gatherings might require a moodier light.
A tree, a statue, a flag, a fountain or an architectural feature is often best highlighted by a spotlight. An important consideration in spotlighting is directing the light in a way that enhances the subject without creating undesirable shadows, glare or light spillage.
A skilled lighting designer can create magic with dark space as well as light. Causing a tree, a fountain or an architectural element to cast a shapely shadow against a wall can create enormous visual interest.
Backlighting can be artfully used to show off boldly shaped details. Silhouetting is highly effective when an interesting pattern or unusual shape occupies the foreground.
The elimination of hiding spots is but one concern when lighting to increase security. Attention must be paid to eliminating glare (for superior visibility). Security lighting should be strategically placed so the entire perimeter and all access points are properly lit–but that doesn’t have to mean the ugly, high-voltage lights that might come to mind when you think about “security lights.”
Illuminating walking surfaces with light projected from knee height or above is both aesthetically pleasing and a great enhancement to safety. Special attention should be paid to areas with uneven surfaces or steps. Pathway lighting should be free from glare and allow depth perception. Pathway lights are particularly helpful when paths will be traveled by unfamiliar visitors and/or elderly individuals, when vegetation crowds paths or displays the potential to grow over paths unnoticed, and at homes where children or others are prone to leave objects strewn about. Pathway lights are important enhancements that can help prevent injuries and lawsuits.
Shining a mercury lamp from a tree can create the illusion of moonlight. This is particularly desirable adjacent to buildings or on densely treed lots where natural moonlight may be blocked.
Water and Pond Lighting
Underwater lighting can add general illumination for both beauty and safety. Underwater lighting can also highlight underwater objects or murals and is lovely at a waterfall. Low-voltage lighting adds an extra dimension of safety for underwater lighting.
Illuminating a step or group of steps can greatly improve visibility and safety. Step lighting can include lights on risers, LED lights embedded along step edges, lights under steps without risers, side lights or any combination thereof.