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Outdoor Holiday Lighting Installation Tips

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.

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas minus the snow? Outdoor Lighting Perspectives can create one for you with our professional holiday lighting displays.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.

christmas-lights-ladderNever 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!

Making Your Home Shine this Holiday Season

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.

LI Holiday 3There 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.

christmas-lighting-nashvilleFor 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.

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.

Stair Lighting – Options to Keep you Safe

In the outdoor lighting category, one of the goals is to make the property safer at night. When areas aren’t properly illuminated, it can be easier for people to trip and fall. Stairs are incredibly important when designing an outdoor lighting system. When properties include stairs, we also include step lighting in the design.

While step lighting is important, there are still numerous options to choose from. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we work with each of our clients to decide on step lighting that fits the space and the overall landscape lighting system.

A common outdoor lighting technique is installing step lighting into the vertical part of a stair. The light output it both effective and subtle. Because the fixture itself is set inside the step, it is barely noticeable in the light of day. Even at night, visitors will notice the steps before the fixture themselves. Depending on the numbers of steps that you have on a stairwell, the property may only need a few step lights with one fixture illuminating more than one step.

photo 2Step lights aren’t always possible or best for stair lighting. Depending on the material of the step, it may not be an option to have the fixture installed in the step itself. In those cases, we often use a deck lights along the railing posts. Deck lights shoot light downward onto the steps below. They can be installed on the rail posts throughout the stairwell, just like this installation from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Austin.

Screen Shot 2014-06-27 at 1.18.30 PMIf something more fun and festive is your style, there is stair lighting that will fit your style. In our video series, Transformation Augusta, we highlight a step lighting installation that used outdoor string lights. String lights, we are synonymous with holiday lighting, have come long way. They can now be used as a permanent outdoor lighting fixture. For step lighting, they can be wrapped around railings to light the stairs below.

If you have steps on your property that may be causing a safety concern, please reach out to your local Outdoor Lighting Perspectives office. Our trained lighting designers and installers will help you pick a step lighting option that works for your property.

When Should you Plan your Outdoor Holiday Lighting

It’s July, which means we’re over half way through the year and just a few short months away from the holiday season. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we LOVE the holidays! It’s fun, festive and there is tons of lighting. We’re often asked about outdoor holiday lighting and when the best time to plan for the season is. When it comes to holiday lights, the old saying “the early bird gets the worm” is definitely fitting.

Holiday partySome of our holiday lighting clients include towns that want their main streets lit and commercial properties like malls, restaurants and office buildings. Many times, they have a clear idea of what they’d like: lighted Christmas trees, c9 string lights, etc. Because of the specificity and quantity they may require, it’s suggested to reach out to your holiday lighting company as early as possible, often times in the summer months. That way they can order early and make sure your outdoor holiday décor comes in before Thanksgiving for installation.

While residential homeowners may not need to call regarding their holiday lights in July, early is still better. Meeting with your holiday lighting provider in September or October will give them time to get your lights and get you on the installation schedule so your lights are ready to be turned on right after Thanksgiving.

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we have a full service approach to outdoor holiday lighting with four steps.

C9 lights are a popular way to highlight a home's roofline.

C9 lights are a popular way to highlight a home’s roofline.

1. The first step in the OLP holiday lighting service is design. From classically beautiful outdoor string lighting to bright and festive candy cane and stocking lights, there is something for everyone when it comes to Christmas lights. We’ll create an outdoor lighting display that you are sure to love.

2. The second step is what every homeowner dreads: installation. Instead of you going up that tall ladder, our trained lighting installers do. We’ll check each light and make sure everything is ready to go for your holiday season.

3. When the season is over, you don’t have to worry about taking down your holiday lighting, we’ve got you covered. Our team will come to your home and take down all of your lights.

4. The last step is storage. We store all of our client’s outdoor lighting for them until the next season. Not only does this free up some space in your garage, basement or attic, but it also allows us to check each bulb before installing them again next year.

If you would like to discuss you outdoor holiday lighting needs, please contact your local Outdoor Lighting Perspectives office.

Holiday Outdoor Lighting Designs

Christmas is less than a week away and we at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives cannot wait! The holiday season is such a special time of year, enjoying friends and family. For us, outdoor holiday lighting is big component of the season and to celebrate, we want to simply share some of our holiday lighting displays that we’ve done throughout the year.

At OLP, we are all about outdoor lighting design, and for me this home is cozy, warm and inviting. The warm brick color is highlighted by the landscape lighting and popped with the additional Christmas lights. Simple white string lights were hung in the trees and the snowflake lights along the roofline add a special whimsy to the home.

While I tend to like white lights more than colored, I love the pops of red and green in this holiday lighting system. This home is large and stately, and the lights emphasize that. Lit garland around the tall columns bring some of that greenery that winter is known for into the space. To add to the green, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives use large red bows and red lights to make the space scream Christmas.

Holiday lights are not only made for the home, but also for the community. This gazebo is the center point of the community that surrounds it. White LED string lights were hung on the roof, columns and railings. Personally, I wouldn’t mind sitting in this gazebo with a hot chocolate in hand.

This holiday lighting in Birmingham is classically beautiful with its red and white lights. The home has an interesting roofline which is beautifully highlighted with white snowflake lights. Wreaths are synonymous with the holiday season so I love that the homeowner wanted not only a large lit wreath over the front entrance, but also smaller wreaths on all the windows. It is a lovely home that is welcoming throughout the season.

My last example of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives holiday lighting just can’t be illustrated in a photo, but it’s great in video form! Check out this awesome tree lighting system from our location in Nashville!

Giving the Gift of Light this Holiday Season

Light plays a huge role in the holidays. Who has a Christmas tree without lights or a menorah without candles? As you beginning your holiday shopping, we wanted to provide you with some ideas that incorporate light. You know that everyone here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives loves lights!

Sometimes a subtle hint of light can make all the different in a space. I found these rattan globes at Plow and Hearth while I was looking for something for my living room. I loved the wooden look before I even realized that they had lights! The small LED bulbs are small enough to be unnoticeable but are beautifully subtle when turned on. They are both indoor and outdoor friendly and would be perfect in a bowl indoors or a planter outside.

Lanterns are a great design element that can be used both inside and out. They come in a variety of shapes, colors and price-points that you are sure to find one that fits your friends’ style. When deciding which one is best, think about the general style of their home. Do they like modern or French country? Pick something that fits. Here are some ideas from Pottery Barn to get you started.

Festoon lighting is perfect for the person on your list that loves the outdoors. Festoon lighting, if you aren’t familiar with it, is string lights that are made for the outdoors. The bulbs are larger and can be strung from the house, deck, porch or any other space. There are also a number of shades that you can add to the lights to dress them up. We at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives can help you to choose and install the perfect set of festoon lights for any outdoor living space.

Candles always make for a great hostess gift. Everyone can appreciate a great candle, right? To make it a little more special look for unique candles or candle holders that will make the recipient smile. Red Envelope and Crate and Barrel have a number of candle and candle holder options that make for wonderful gifts.

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we’ve had several of our clients purchase gift certificates for our services for their friends and family. Landscape lighting is the gift that keeps on giving, night after night. We will work with you or your friend to design a custom outdoor living system that will highlight all the best aspects of their property and home, all while increasing the safety and security of their home.

If you have any questions, please contact your local Outdoor Lighting Perspectives office.

 

5 Easy Ways to Use String Lights this Holiday Season

If you know Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, you know that we enjoy the holiday season. Our outdoor holiday lighting service is creative and fun in a different way than our architectural and landscape lighting. While we love designing and installing outdoor holiday décor, some homeowners prefer to do it themselves. One of the most versatile diy outdoor holiday décor items is string lights.

If you are going to use string lights this holiday season, here are some easy ways to incorporate them in your design.

Another mesmerizing holiday tree lighting design by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives1) Wrap it up. Wrapping items in string lights is the most common use for outdoor string lights. Whether it is a column on your front porch or a tree in your yard, wrapping it in lights instantly makes it more festive. To make it a little more unique, try thinking beyond just white lights. For instance, my brother is in the military, so my mom did a tree with different branches is red, white and blue lights. Another idea is to wrap your columns with red and white string lights to make them look like candy canes.

2) Use them as a border. Hanging lights from the roof can be dangerous (we recommend having a professional outdoor lighting company help you with that), but there are other ways to make your home stand out that is safer to install. Use string lights as a border around all of your windows. You can even do this from the safety of your home with suction cups around the window.

3) Put them in something. Last year, one of our neighbors had these beautiful lanterns on their front porch for the holidays. They were large and red and were the perfect detail for Christmas. They placed flickering gold string lights inside them so they lanterns would stand out at night too.

4) Use them as a base. One of the reasons string lights are so versatile is because they can take the shape of whatever you need them for. I find that they are beautiful when just laid at the base of something. For example, imagine a large planter with a tree or bush in it on your property. Laying lights at the base of it instantly makes it more festive. This can be done in planters, flower boxes, or even amongst some greenery on the steps to provide sure footing.

5) Just let them hang. String lights are beautiful even in their simplest form. This may seem silly, but just letting them hang down from something is easy and gorgeous. I can’t take credit for this, but I saw it last year when visiting a friend of mine. She and her husband have a large front porch where guests would stand while waiting for them to answer the door. On either side (not that the guests would walk through), she just hung strings of lights from the eaves of the porch roof to the floor. It was simply stunning as they twinkled while we waited.

Before you install any lighting outdoors, read the packaging to make sure they are made for the outdoors. Not all string lights are safe to use outside. If you have any questions on outdoor lighting, please reach out to your local Outdoor Lighting Perspectives.

 

Holiday Lighting that Fits your Tastes

It’s November, which means it is time to start planning for the holidays. Thinking ahead ensures that you can get what you want without a problem, and that goes for your outdoor holiday lighting displays too.

For many homeowners, they want their Christmas lighting displays up the first week of December if not before (I know my neighbors get out there on the Friday after Thanksgiving). If you want it up in early December, you need to have all the pieces in advance. That is definitely the case with holiday lighting with Outdoor Lighting Perspectives. We suggest our clients call us as soon as they can to ensure they get just what they want.

When it comes to holiday décor, the options are endless. From classic to unconventional, there is something for everyone. The most important thing is that you decide what you like and enjoy during the season and just go for it!

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we work with each client to create a custom holiday lighting design that fits their needs, tastes and budget. There are four areas of the house and property that we like to discuss and take into consideration when creating an outdoor lighting display: the roofline, porch, trees and yard.

The home’s roofline is often a large component of our holiday lighting designs. It’s one the best ways to highlight the entire house. The most common roofline lighting is c9 string lights. C9 string lights are the standard string lights that you are most likely familiar with. They are classically beautiful and are available in every color from white, red, orange, blue, green, purple and more. We’ve done roofline lighting for numerous clients who have wanted something more than the classic outdoor string lights. We’ve done icicle lights, snowflake lights, candy canes, stockings and more. Each one added a special something to the display.

Poinsettia WreathThe front porch is where friends and family are welcomed during the holiday season so it has to look great! Our lighting designers will pay particular attention to the front porch area to enhance the space and make it more inviting. Our fully decorated wreaths are chosen to complement the other pieces of outdoor décor you have. If you have columns or railings on the front of your home, wrapping them in garland is a great way to dress them up. Both garland and wreaths can be pre-lit so you have that pop of sparkle on the front of the home.

Another mesmerizing holiday tree lighting design by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

Wrapping trees in lights isn’t a new design idea, but it still holds merit. Trees with Christmas lights are synonymous with the holiday season. Outdoor tree lighting does go beyond simply wrapping the trees in lights however. If you want to do something a little different, there are snowflake lights, snowfall lighting, and other décor options to make your trees pop.

The last space considered in the design phase is the yard itself. Yard displays are popular additions to a holiday lighting system. Some of our clients enjoy a large display that includes Santa and his reindeer or a nativity scene, while others may want something simple to line their pathways. Whatever your tastes, we are happy to include it in your design.

The key to design and getting what you want is timing. The earlier you reach out to your local Outdoor Lighting Perspectives office to discuss holiday lights, the more likely you are to get exactly what you want before product runs out. Please let us know if you have any questions.