I recently visited a beautiful hotel in Maine. It had several walkways that led to different outdoor living spaces throughout the property. A few friends of mine had gathered in one of these spaces, but when it was time to leave, we noticed that we could no longer see the walkway that got us to the space in the first place. It seemed like all the other guests moved indoors as the sun went down.
This hotel property made an unfortunately common mistake; they created beautiful outdoor living spaces but forgot to add lighting. Without lighting, the spaces get less use as guests are forced inside when it gets dark.
At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we design and install commercial lighting systems to increase the safety and security of properties and allow the entire spaced to be used all the time. As we evaluate a property there are four key components we pay particular attention to:
Entrances. Oftentimes commercial properties have beautiful entranceways with retaining walls and expensive signs. It’s their way to welcome clients and guests. When creating a lighting system, this is one of the first things we look at. If an entranceway is dark, it could be passed by without ever being noticed. By adding a few spotlights, it can clearly be seen at night.
Walkways. Walkways guide clients throughout the entire property. When they’re dark, different areas can’t be used as people aren’t sure what is available. Dark paths are also a safety concern for clients and guests. Installing path lights and bollard lights provide enough illumination to make it safe for guests.
Common areas. More and more commercial properties, especially hotels, are creating outdoor living common areas be it a patio, deck, pool area, gazebo, bar or other space. To ensure that they can be appreciated and used night and day, lighting is a must. From down lighting and up lighting to string lights and spot lights, there are so many different outdoor and landscape lighting options for common areas.
Stairs. Stair lighting is an absolute must when lighting a commercial property. Without it, stairs can be very unsafe for guests and clients.
Commercial outdoor lighting increases the use of your outdoor spaces, but it also makes the entire space more beautiful and welcoming. If you have questions on outdoor lighting, please contact your local Outdoor Lighting Perspectives office.
Sometimes there are properties and jobs from our outdoor lighting franchisees that make me say “Wow” and I need to share it. Just this morning I was looking at some of our franchisees’ Facebook pages when I came across Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Chattanooga’s. Joe, who owns and operates the location, had just posted some pictures from a very special commercial lighting job in his area.
The Lookout Mountain Fairyland Club is a historical venue located on the side of Lookout Mountain near the city of Chattanooga. The 29-acre property, which was built in 1926, houses a clubhouse, fitness area, pool, tennis courts and outdoor entertaining areas. The entrance is flanked by two natural rock formations known as “the Twin Sisters.” Earlier this year, the facility decided to add outdoor and landscape lighting to the property to extend the time the facilities could be used and appreciated. Joe Bozich of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Chattanooga was chosen for the job.
Joe was excited to design and install an outdoor lighting system specifically for this property. The unique and historical property provided Joe with the perfect backdrop for his design.
The large clubhouse’s façade incorporates a lot of local mountain stonework that unfortunately was lost at night when the sun went down. With the addition of up lights along the base of the structure the gorgeous textures can be appreciated night and day.
To play up the height of the property, high power spotlights and gutter lights were used to illuminate the turrets and stone chimney.
Joe, as well as the Manager of the Fairyland Club, wanted to make sure that not only the clubhouse, but the property could be enjoyed at night. Mini floodlights and up lights were used to accentuate small ornamental plants and dogwood trees on the property.
Instead of up lighting throughout the entire property, moonlighting was added to select trees throughout the space. Unlike up lighting, moonlighting is the affect when fixtures are installed up in the branches of the trees shooting downward. The resulting look mirrors the natural look of moonlight.
The result from OLP’s lighting design is absolutely fantastic, and most importantly, the managers and patrons of the Lookout Mountain Fairyland Club are enjoy it. If you have questions on outdoor lighting for your commercial property, please reach out to your local Outdoor Lighting Perspectives office.
Let’s face it, stuff happens. Over time, even the best electronic equipment can wear out, malfunction, or just need some routine TLC. That’s why we at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives offer the best warranty in the industry and will happily service and maintain any landscape lighting system.
When something goes wrong with an OLP lighting system, our clients know they have no-nonsense warranty coverage to fix or replace the parts that are causing issues. Our outdoor lighting warranty includes:
- Lifetime warranty on brass and copper fixtures and OLP transformers
- 3 year warranty on all LED bulbs and electronics
- 2 year warranty on the Lighting Control Automation technology
- 1 year warranty on halogen bulbs, commercial fixtures and digital timers
While an outdoor lighting warranty will make you feel more comfortable with the investment in outdoor lighting, for a system to work its best all the time, it will require routine service and maintenance. For Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, that starts right after the installation with what we call a nighttime adjustment. After your lights have been installed, our designers will drive by your home at night and make sure everything looks just right and make adjustments as needed.
After the nighttime demonstration, we’ll come out to visit your property every year for annual maintenance where we complete a system check. With the Annual Maintenance plan we’ll:
- Replace halogen bulbs if you have them,
- Check the voltage levels at each fixture,
- Straighten and secure fixtures,
- Re-bury any wire that has become exposed,
- Trim any plants (with your permission) that have grown into the light path,
- And check timers and control systems.
While we visit any client with an annual maintenance plan each year, we’re happy to service any landscape lighting system (even ones we didn’t install) whenever you need. If you have an older system, at the time of service is a good time to discuss retrofitting your system to new technologies like LED landscape lighting and expanding your system if necessary.
If you have questions on our outdoor lighting warranties or service plans, please contact your local Outdoor Lighting Perspectives office.
Just last week, I was talking to my nephew when he told me all about what he wanted to be for Halloween. It’s his favorite holiday (due to the candy) and he was looking at all of the catalogs that had recently been delivered to his house full of costume ideas. While August may seem early to start planning for Halloween, it really isn’t. Fall can be a busy season for a lot of homeowners, so any advance planning will help come October.
At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we provide full service outdoor holiday lighting and installation and it’s not just for Christmas. Outdoor Halloween lighting has been growing in popularity over the last few years and they can be as simple or as intricate as you’d like. Some of the most popular options are string lights and yard displays.
Holiday strings lights are very popular around Christmas. You’ll see them in the trees and bushes, around railings and columns and lining rooflines. Well, the same type of installations can be done for Halloween, just a little differently! Instead of white string lights, Halloween calls for orange, purple and green outdoor lights. They can be installed in the same spots you would install your lights for Christmas, but will have that darker, eerie look that makes Halloween so fun.
If you are considering hanging Halloween lights along your roof, we do suggest hiring a holiday lighting installer. They’re training to do it safely and well and no one wants to go trick or treating on crutches!
Yard displays are also a popular form of Halloween lighting. When it comes to picking a display for your front yard, think about your favorite icons of the season. Do you like Jack-O-Lanterns? Or are you more of a ghost and witches person? Whatever you like, there is an option for you to have it on your property for Halloween. If you aren’t sure where to have it installed, we suggest making sure it is easily noticed by trick or treaters as they come ring your doorbell.
If you have questions or would like to discuss your Halloween lighting options, please contact your local Outdoor Lighting Perspectives office.
Today marks the first day of August, which also happens to be the first day of National Curb Appeal Month! This special month is dedicated to helping homeowners increase the curb appeal and value of their home. Enhancing the curb appeal of your home will make it more welcoming to friends, family and neighbors, but it doesn’t have to be a big project.
If you aren’t sure where to start, here are some ideas.
Decorate your front porch. Dressing up your front porch will make your home look lived in and welcoming. If you have the space, adding a few chairs and a table creates an inviting spot to sit and relax outdoors. If you have a smaller front porch or patio, consider adding a welcome mat and wreath!
Add some flowers. Flowers bring visual interest to a space by providing color and texture. Many home improvement stores have pre-planted planters filled with a variety of different flowers and plants. Let them know how much direct sunlight the spot gets so you purchase flowers that will last. Placing planters on a porch or along a walkway are great areas to consider adding flowers or plants.
Clean up your yard. Yards naturally accumulate debris overtime. Walking around your property and clearing out grass clippings, sticks and leaves will make your yard look better, especially after a good yard mowing.
Trim your bushes. Spring and summer bring wonderful vegetation and lot of growth. Sometimes that growth results in your bushes and trees looking unkempt. Periodically cutting any wayward branches and evening out your bushes will make a big impact on improving your curb appeal. Before you do any cutting, however, make sure you reference a guide on the type of bushes and trees you have.
Add outdoor lighting. You can have the most beautiful property in the world, but if you don’t have outdoor or landscape lighting, it is completely lost when the sun goes down. An outdoor lighting company like OLP can design and install a system that will highlight all the best parts of your property to increase the curb appeal and value of your home. We make sure to incorporate the architectural details, the colors and the landscaping into our overall design for the best result.
What are your plans to increase your home’s curb appeal?