We are just a few days away until the outdoor Christmas lights come on. If you’re like us, you can’t wait to see the festive lighting on both the residential and commercial properties in your area. Unfortunately, installing outdoor holiday lights isn’t always a fun or safe project. If you’re installing lights at your home this holiday season, here are some tips to keep you and your property safe and bright.
Check your products. It’s a terrible feeling after hours of work to flip the switch to your lights and find that half of your bulbs are out. Or, worse yet, there’s a failure in the line due to weather. Before taking your lights outside, check each bulb to make sure it works and ensure that all your products are safe for outdoor installation. Outdoor products can be used inside, but it doesn’t go the other way. You want to make sure that your holiday decor can withstand the weather.
Start with the small projects. Installing holiday lights personally can take a few days. If you’re anxious to turn on your lights when the sun goes down, start with the projects that are smaller. For example, hang your lighted garland and light your front porch first. It doesn’t take as long as roofline lighting for instance, but still looks great on its own. If you are doing some roofline lighting, start earlier in the day so you can complete the project at once.
Never use nails. Nails are not your friend when it comes to outdoor lighting installation. They take unnecessary time and can cause damage to your home, especially with roofline lighting. Instead, purchase Christmas light clips. They hold the light in place using the weight of your roof shingles and they are MUCH easier to install than nailing lights in place!
Ask for help. Not all components of holiday lighting installation should be tackled on your own. If it requires your feet to leave the ground, play it safe and ask for help. Ladders can be unsteady with an uneven ground and result in too many season injuries. Have a spotter hold the ladder in place and hand you any materials as you need them.
Have a very Happy Thanksgiving this week and be safe while installing your holiday lights this weekend!
At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we pride ourselves on enhancing our clients’ outdoor living experience by increasing their home’s curb appeal and allowing them to linger longer outdoors. The design of the outdoor and landscape lighting system is incredibly important to its quality. When tackled incorrectly it doesn’t allow you to spend more time outdoors or make your home look better.
Each and every one of our professional outdoor lighting systems is designed with our clients’ goals in mind. We like to understand what they are expecting from the lighting and how they would to use their outdoor living space.
With clear goals in mind, our trained designers can layout a system using a combination of many different outdoor lighting techniques to create the perfect affect. Some of those techniques include:
- Uplighting – installing fixtures at ground left with the light shooting upward to illuminate facades and key landscaping elements.
- Path lighting – using knee-height fixtures that shoot light downward to light traveled pathways and outdoor living spaces.
- Deck and Patio lighting – creating a subtle lightscape with lights around your outdoor living structures so you can use the space whenever you’d like.
- Shadowing – causing a tree, fountain, statue or other element to cast a beautiful shadow against a wall.
Spotlighting – shooting light directly at an object to make it stand out.
- The vast majority of our low voltage lighting systems include two or more of these lighting techniques as each has a specific purpose.
Our online series, Transformation Augusta, clearly illustrates how Outdoor Lighting Perspectives works with its clients to create a beautiful affect. The four part series covers each step:
1. The Consultation. Our designer discusses the client’s property and why they are interested in adding outdoor lighting to different areas.
2. The Design Plan & Demonstration. A temporary lighting system is placed on the property so the client knows exactly what to expect after the lights are permanently installed.
3. The Installation. OLP’s professional team comes to install all the figures.
4. The Reveal. The transformation is introduced to friends and family of the clients.
If you have questions regarding outdoor lighting design or how lights can enhance your property, please contact your local Outdoor Lighting Perspectives office.
We at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives can’t believe it is already November and if the music in the stores is any indication, it’s the holiday season. The holidays are our favorite time of year. From the music and lights to the parties and presents, the entire season is so festive it’s too hard not to love.
Now that it is November, you may start thinking about your outdoor holiday décor. They key to creating a holiday lighting design is simple: do what you love! Some people only want simple white string lights on their property while other homeowners prefer elaborate displays set to music, and guess what? Both are great!
At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we help our clients design the perfect outdoor holiday display for them, their tastes and their budget. The majority of our Christmas lighting installations fall into two categories, the classic and the colorful.
There is a reason white string lights never go out of style: they are classically beautiful. They also lend themselves to multiple applications without being too much. You can highlight the architecture of your home with white c9 lights or snowflake and icicle lights in white as well as wrap garland, bushes and trees in white lights and it will look great. This home, for example, only uses white lights, and it looks fabulous.
For homeowners that want something different, introducing colors to the outdoor holiday design is usually a hit. Many of the same installation techniques may be used, but we just add pops of whatever color the owner wants, be it greens, reds or blues. You can see that this house looks beautiful with the red and green lights of the bushes, and white lights along the columns. Other homeowners may include lighted yard displays like reindeer and Santa or nutcrackers to add some color.
Even if you don’t fall into the classic or colorful holiday lighting themes, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives can find something that works for you. Trust us, we’ve done it all. Our goal is simply to provide you with holiday lights that you love and are stress free since we’ll handle the installation, take down and storage of the lights.
If you’re interested in discussing your holiday lighting options, please contact your local Outdoor Lighting Perspectives office.