Halloween Lights that Really Shine

It goes without saying that we at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives love the holidays, all of them. From outdoor Christmas lights, to patriotic Fourth of July Lights, outdoor holiday décor enhances any holiday, Halloween included.

Outdoor Halloween lighting can be as simple or as complex as you’d like. At OLP, we offer professional Halloween lighting installation for those homeowners that really want to get in the spirit. I was recently sent a picture from our outdoor lighting provider in Pittsburgh that I had to share.

David Perlmutter owns and operates Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Pittsburgh. His young daughters really wanted him to decorate their house for Halloween and what dad can easily say no to their little girls, right? Needless to say this house will be a favorite for trick or treaters this year.

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David’s house already has a beautiful landscape lighting system that accentuates the architecture and textures of the home. For Halloween, he installed orange lens over his existing lights to make the façade look more orange while still highlighting his home. Lens covers or lens gels are available in all colors for the holidays, orange for Halloween, red and green for Christmas or blue for Hanukah.

The lens covers were a subtle Halloween accent, but not enough for David’s girls. To make his home scream Halloween, he installed roofline C9 lights in purple and orange. For those unfamiliar with C9s, they are a common string light found around the holidays that have a larger blub. They are one of our most popular holiday lighting products because they are so versatile and are available in all colors.

With the C9s in place, David then wrapped the shorter trees and bushes in his front yard as well as his light post in purple and orange mini lights. Doesn’t the house look great?

Outdoor holiday décor really accentuates a property and brings a little extra cheer to the season. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we provide our clients with a full service holiday lighting option, designing, installing, taking down and storing their holiday lights so it is stress-free.

To help homeowners learn more about and get them thinking about festive and holiday lighting, we’re offering a free download throughout October in honor of National Outdoor Lighting Month. Your free guide can be downloaded at outdoorlights.com/national-outdoor-lighting-month. Enjoy!

Designing your Outdoor Holiday Décor

All of us at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives are mighty excited; the holiday season is just around the corner! As professional Christmas lighting installers and designers, some of our locations have been putting up holiday lights for a week or more now (we just don’t turn them on until after Thanksgiving).

lighting festivalWhen tackling your outdoor holiday lighting display, a great design is a good place to start. Here are few ideas to help you work through creating the perfect holiday lightscape for your home:

Start at the entrance. Not only is outdoor holiday décor beautiful, but it also makes your home more welcoming to friends, neighbors and guests. Highlighting the front entry of your home is one of our must-dos. From beautiful lighted outdoor wreaths to garland and bows around your columns and porch railing, the mixture of light and greenery brings your home into the holiday season.

Highlight your home’s architecture with roofline lighting. The holiday season also happens to be the darkest time of year. If your home isn’t well lit, the beautiful lines, colors and textures can easily fade into the darkness. Roofline lighting accentuates your property’s lines. C9 string lights are one of the most common roofline lighting options. They’re available in a variety of colors to match your overall design. If you intend to include roofline lighting, we suggest hiring a professional lighting installer to tackle this task. When not handled properly, it can be dangerous.

Move the lights away from the home. With the entrance and roofline accounted for, then you can think about ways to add some festive cheer to your property. From snowfall lighting and string lights in or around the trees, to themed yard displays of reindeer and Santa’s sleigh, there is sure to be something you’ll love.

If you’d rather hand off the task of designing and installing your outdoor holiday décor, please contact your local Outdoor Lighting Perspectives. At OLP, we handle all aspects of holiday lights for you. We’ll design, install, take down and store your lights so all you have to do is enjoy the season.

National Outdoor Lighting Month Focuses on Holiday Lighting

It’s October, which means Happy National Outdoor Lighting Month everyone!

2014 marks the second year that Outdoor Lighting Perspectives has celebrated National Outdoor Lighting Month, a month long effort aimed to educate homeowners of the benefits of professional outdoor lighting. This year focused on holiday and special events lighting.

Holiday partyIn the past three years we’ve seen the outdoor holiday décor industry boom. More and more of our clients are asking us about professional holiday lighting options. We thought that we could use National Outdoor Lighting Month to provide helpful information to homeowners with respect to holiday and special events lighting. Our free download, available on OutdoorLights.com, provides thoughts, hints and tips on making your property its most festive for winter holiday season, a wedding or other special event.

October is the time of year where days start to get shorter and the nights longer. It also leads right into daylight savings (November 2nd this year) and is when we begin to get more requests for the holiday season. Be it holiday lights or landscape lights, outdoor lighting makes a big difference, especially during the long nights of winter and fall.

With respect to outdoor holiday lighting, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives offers a full-service option that’s stress free for the homeowner. It’s a simple 4-step process:

  1. Design. One of our outdoor lighting designers will help you to create a beautiful and festive lighting display that will welcome friends and family during the holiday season.
  2. Installation. No need for you to get on a ladder to string lights, we’ll handle it for you. Our team of trained installers will come to your home and wrap trees, hang lights, install yard displays, whatever your design calls for. They’ll also test each bulb to make sure everything is working as planned.
  3. Take down. Just like installation, we’ll be the ones removing all of your Christmas lights after the season is over.
  4. Storage. Our clients don’t need to free up space for their holiday lighting products, we do it so the following year, each bulb can again be tested prior to installation. If there are issues, we can address them in advance of your installation date.

If you have any questions on holiday lighting, please contact your local Outdoor Lighting Perspectives office. And, please visit our National Outdoor Lighting Month webpage to learn more.

Have fun with lights this Halloween

We are just around the corner from one of our favorite holidays at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives: Halloween. Halloween has that slightly creepy feeling to it that makes it so much fun. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we’re the holiday lighting experts, and that doesn’t just mean Christmas. We’re always looking for unique, simple and fun ways to use light to enhance the holidays. Here are some ideas for your outdoor Halloween lighting:

Use your cans and jars. We all have some coffee cans or old spaghetti sauce jars laying around the house. With a little updating, they make the perfect Halloween lighting accessory. If you have a can, poke holes in the side in some type of Halloween themed design, pumpkin, ghost, witch’s hat, etc. If you have jars, stick on some cut out shapes. Place a battery operated candle inside and you’re good to go!

PrintString lights aren’t just for Christmas. Outdoor string lights are common in December, but they can be used for other holidays too. Instead of red and white lights, get purple, orange or green. You can wrap your trees, porch columns, along your stairs or in your garden. The dark glow it gives off will be perfect for your trick or treaters.

Colored lens covers instantly make your home more festive. If you have existing up lights on your property, ask your outdoor lighting company if they provide colored lens. An eerie design is perfect for October, and green and orange lens covers will do just the trick.

Update the lights your already have. One of our favorite updates that is done to outdoor light spheres. Adding vinyl stickers to the sides of the spheres in the shape of ghost eyes and mouth is a fun, temporary update.

Lighted Jack-o-lantern by Outdoor Lighting PerspectivesProfessional light displays will enhance your property. If you’d like something that can be installed and taken down after Halloween, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives also offers outdoor lighting displays. The most common are yard displays that are made with high-quality metal and lights. Isn’t this jack-o-lantern fun?

If you have questions on outdoor holiday lighting, please contact your local Outdoor Lighting Perspectives office.

Illuminating the Mentone Inn in Alabama

Last week I was scanning Facebook when I saw a few pictures from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Birmingham that caught my eye. The pictures depicted a cozy spot that made me just want to sit on with a cup of tea and enjoy the night. Marlin Bennetch, who designs and installs custom landscape lighting in Birmingham and the surrounding areas, was gracious enough to provide me with some details to share.

landscape lighting in BirminghamMentone is a small mountain town northeast of Birmingham. It’s known as a beautiful quaint spot with an abundance of arts and crafts shops, restaurants and bed and breakfasts for tourists to enjoy. The town has the only ski slope in Alabama and cooler temperatures due to the high elevation.

The Mentone Inn is one of the bed and breakfasts that people enjoying visiting. It was built in the 1920s and has 12 rooms as well as a large front porch and outdoor pavilion. The current owner of the Inn is also a residential client of Marlin’s in Birmingham. Having seen the transformation landscape lighting can provide, he asked Marlin to come to Mentone to design a lighting system for the Inn.

Outdoor Lighting in BirminghamIn designing the system, Marlin used a combination of bullet lights, path lights and deck lights to illuminate the walkways, deck and architectural details. When discussing the fixtures themselves, it was clear that they needed to be LED. The owner and innkeeper wanted something that was environmentally friendly and cool to the touch. Families often roam the property at night and they wanted to ensure that if a child touched a fixture, they wouldn’t be burned.

LED is both eco-friendly and cool. Compared to halogen or the typical commercial outdoor lighting fixtures, LED landscape lights use on average 80% less energy, saving on electricity bills. Additionally, LED lights don’t create the amount of heat that other fixtures do.

The Mentone Inn has always been a picturesque property for visitors to enjoy, but the lighting allows it to be enjoyed both night and day. Guests can safely and clearly walk the property and passersby can enjoy the beauty as they walk or drive by.

Turn your lights on when you need them

I’m an early riser. No matter how tired I am, I’m up early. During the week, I’m up by 5:15am most days. With a dog that requires a walk every morning, I usually am outside within 15 minutes of waking up. It’s hard not to notice how dark my neighborhood is at this time.

low voltage outdoor lightingWhile we normally talk about having your outdoor and landscape lighting on at night, it’s important to note, that they can be timed to be on any time that need them, mornings included.

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we offer a service called Lighting Control Automation. Just as it sounds, it’s a unique system designed to control your lighting (it can actually handle both indoor and outdoor lighting and outlets).

To get the most of your landscape lighting investment, the system should be designed to fit your needs and schedule and that’s what the LCA system does at its core. Each and every system can be designed and programmed especially for you, making each and every system different.

For example, if you are like me, you may want your landscape lights on to come on in the morning at 5am and stay on until the sun comes up, ensure that as you go about your property, you don’t trip and fall on anything. Additionally, I’d like my lights to come on at night when the sun starts to go down until about 10pm, allowing me to utilize my outdoor living spaces and highlight the front of my home. A system like LCA could handle these tasks easily.

Lighting Control Automation makes your lights a “set it and forget it” thing, however it can be updated and changed as needed.

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we pride ourselves on providing beautiful outdoor lighting using the newest and best technologies. From highest quality LED and outdoor string lights to robust control systems, we’re confident we can create just what you need. Please reach out to your local OLP location if you have any questions.

Lighting Outdoor Common Spaces Increases Use

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.

lighting-an-outdoor-pathThis 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:

commercial-outdoor-lightingEntrances. 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.

outdoor-lightingCommon 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.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Illuminates Lookout Mountain Fairyland Club

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.

Outdoor Lighting Lookout MountainThe 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.

Chattanooga Outdoor LightingThe 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.

DSCN3706Joe, 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.

Warranty, Service and Maintenance – Must Haves for Outdoor Lighting

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

outdoor-lights-richmondWhile 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.

Planning for Halloween? It’s never too early

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.

The dark purple and orange of these lights give the spooky Halloween feeling that is great this time of year

The dark purple and orange of these lights give the spooky Halloween feeling that is great this time of year

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!

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives offers traditional and unique Halloween lighting

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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.