When it comes to outdoor lighting, it doesn’t have to be installed all at once. For our clients who have large properties, it’s common to do sections of the property at different times. You may start with the backyard and then move to the front, or vice versa. We are often asked if there are areas that we suggest to pay particular attention to towards the beginning of a project and for safety and security concerns and there definitely are.
Stairs. When they aren’t properly lit, stairs can be a safety hazard at night. A friend or family member can easily take a step incorrectly and injure themselves on just one stair. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we suggest that stairs are properly lit wherever they are on the property. On decks and patios, we often use step lights on the step itself or deck lighting that shines down on the stair. If you have steps near your front door, we may suggest path lighting or another lighting application.
Entrances. Personally, I don’t like to stand outside a doorway in the dark, nor do I like to look outside and not be able to tell who is waiting on my front stoop. Adequate outdoor lighting will not only make you feel more safe and secure, but also your guests. Not to mention, well lit homes are less likely to be broken into. While my mind always goes to the front door, we would suggest having any door that leads into your home well lit.
Paths and Walkways. When walking outdoors at night, it is easy to step on a rock, stick or other object and twist an ankle or, worse yet, fall. Path and walkways lighting is the best way to ensure that people can see where they are stepping. It also provides a clear path for visitors, allowing you to guide them throughout the property.
Around Pools and Water Features. Pool deck lighting is an absolute must. Yes, for safety concerns, it is important to have, but it also keeps the space usable at all times. You don’t want people to leave your poolside oasis just because the sun has gone down! Path lights and down lights are great options for poolside lighting.
If you have questions on outdoor lighting design and how it can increase the safety and security of your property, please reach out to your local Outdoor Lighting Perspectives office. One of our trained designers is sure to create a system that is both beautiful and functional.
A house and property aren’t just a house and land, in many respects it’s the center of your personal life, your home. It’s also may be your largest financial investment, one that you care for and take pride in. When it comes to making changes or renovating your home or property, we all want to feel good about the contractor that you hire. And when it comes to outdoor lighting companies, here are some questions to ask:
Is outdoor and landscape lighting their main service offering? At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, lighting is all that we do. We pride ourselves on designing, installing and maintaining the best lighting systems in the country. Unfortunately too many outdoor contractors have added lighting to their services, but they aren’t experts. You’ll want an outdoor lighting company that has the knowledge of the industry and can answer all your lighting questions.
What is their design philosophy? One basic lighting system does not fit all properties. When it comes to outdoor lighting design, your provider should be all about the effect. The effect should highlight the textures, colors and features of your home, but it should also fulfill your needs and wants? Do you want to light a particularly dark area of the yard? Do you want to be able to spend more time on your patio? The lighting design should focus on the goals that you discuss.
What types of outdoor lighting fixtures do they offer? Outdoor lighting is an investment and like all investments, you want to ensure you made a good one. The quality of a lighting system is often in the fixtures. Not only should your outdoor lighting company provide the latest lighting technologies, like LED, but they should also have fixtures with a great warranty and guarantee. That way you know that if something happens, you’re covered.
At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we pride ourselves on being America’s premier lighting provider. And to show it, we recently filmed our process. The series of videos, entitled Transformation Augusta follows Pat Otis of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Augusta while he designs, installs and reveals a gorgeous system for his clients. We’ll be sharing the episodes here on the blog as well as our website in the next few weeks.
There are boutique hotels that are inviting and unique. Lone Star Court Hotel is a new hotel in Austin that provides a retro-Austin feel and a great place to gather. The hotel includes a large open courtyard with a bar, outdoor seating and fire features. The outdoor courtyard is the heart of the hotel with live music nightly.
When it came to the hotel outdoor lighting, they turned to Rick Johnson of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Austin to enhance the safety and ambiance of the space. With great outdoor spaces throughout the entire property, Rick designed an outdoor lighting system that included both classic and more modern lighting applications.
When evaluating the space, a potential safety concern was noticed on the open rail stairwells. There were no lights! Small LED down lights were installed on the side of the handrail posts to provide the needed light for guests to see where they are stepping.
Rick used three different lighting techniques to light the beautiful trees on the Lone Star Court Property. One of, if not the, most common way to illuminate a tree is uplighting which was used on the majority of the trees at the hotel. Uplighting consists of fixtures being installed at the base of the tree shining upward and is a great way to highlight the tree. In addition to uplighting, Rick and his team installed moonlights and decorative lighting. Moonlights are installed up in the branches of the tree shining downward, resulting in beautiful shadows mimicking the effect of the moon. The decorative lights that were set in trees were LED tube styles lights.
Throughout the property, there are a number of walkways and paths as well as a few walkway bridges. LED path lights were used around the sidewalks of the property while pond lights were installed under the walkway bridges.
This is just some of the lighting that was used at the Lone Star Court Hotel, but Rick’s favorite happens in the heart of the property: the courtyard. Hanging under the pavilion in the center of the outdoor space, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Austin added 5 lines of commercial grade string lighting. Using an incandescent “Edison” bulb on a dimmer, Rick was able to provide the high end party lighting that the hotel was looking for.
If you have questions on hotel and hospitality outdoor lighting, please contact your local Outdoor Lighting Perspectives office.
Your patio is your personal outdoor oasis. If you’re like me, you enjoy reading a book or sipping a glass of wine outside. It’s the perfect place to relax outside, but if you want to get more time outdoors, you may just want to consider adding some patio lighting.
Not all lighting is created equal, so here are some outdoor patio lighting ideas for you.
If you have retaining walls throughout your outdoor space, they are a great place to install some lights. Most lights on retaining walls are installed so they point downward, illuminating both the wall and the patio. It will light portions of the space and add color and texture.
Normal down deck lights may not work if the entire space is low to the ground. For those spaces, we install path lights around the patio. Path lights provide a great spread of light and depending on the bulb, height and fixture, only a few should be sufficient to light the entire space.
While deck and path lights are the most traditional outdoor patio lighting, there are some modern options as well. LED rope lighting is a unique way to highlight all the angles and curves of a patio. Rope lighting are LED bulbs that are inside tubing. One of the reasons why is has been a great option is that they are available in multiple colors. Take a look at this rope lighting and how it highlights this outdoor kitchen.
The key to a great patio lighting design is for it properly light the space, highlight the homeowners’ favorite features and to complement the overall design of the space. When the system is designed well, it will be one of the most inviting spaces of the home.
If you have questions on patio lighting, please contact your local Outdoor Lighting Perspectives office.
A few of my good friends recently purchased a new home and my husband and I decided to go over to see the place after dinner. They had given us directions, which included “you’ll see the neighborhood sign.” Well after being on the road for longer than expected, my husband and I realized we had missed the turn. What our friends didn’t realize was that the sign wasn’t lit, and thus, we couldn’t see it.
In this case, our friends had purchased a home in a new development and many of the community’s amenities hadn’t been completed. But, it does illustrate the importance of commercial outdoor lighting. The neighborhood didn’t welcome us in any way since we couldn’t see it!
Whether it’s an entryway, the front of a building, or walkways, outdoor commercial lighting is an important part of creating an inviting environment for clients. Personally, I don’t want to go to an under-lit area.
At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we’ve designed, installed and maintained lighting projects, both residential and commercial, for years. From hotels and parking garages, to shopping malls and residential developments, we’ve done it all and each of our outdoor lighting projects is unique.
If you own or manage a commercial property, here are some areas you should make sure your outdoor lighting company pays attention to:
- Signs. If you do business at any time when it is dark (and it gets dark early in the winter), your sign should be properly illuminated. You don’t want to lose business because someone can’t find you!
- Parking lots. There is something about a dark parking lot that can make visitors uncomfortable. There are a lot of great parking lot light options that will properly light the space but still be energy efficient.
- Walkways. Much like the parking lots, it’s necessary to light any traveled path that your clients may take. This will also make them less like to step on anything that could make them fall.
While those are the three musts in our books, adding façade and landscape lights will really elevate your commercial property. If you have any questions on how to light your commercial property, please contact your local Outdoor Lighting Perspectives office.