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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.

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.

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!

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.

 

No-Hassle Holiday Lighting Makes the Season More Enjoyable

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love the holiday season. I love the music. I love the company. I love the food. And I definitely love the lights.  From homes decked out from top to bottom in lights to those that have subtle candles in the window, they all make me smile.

Growing up, my mom always did something different with the front of the home. At the end of the day, our family, our neighbors and our friends loved whatever she did, but she never enjoyed the process of putting them up. She would sometimes complain about the time it took and how difficult some of it was and whether it was worth it. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we pride ourselves on no-hassle outdoor holiday lighting that you can sit back and just enjoy. Our full service program includes 4 steps: design, installation, take down and storage.

The first step of our holiday outdoor lighting process is design. We work with our clients to create a lighting display that fits their needs and budgets. While creating the design and choosing products, we will look at the property, the architecture of the home to create a custom look that is different from the neighbors’ home. The products may include roofline, door, yard and other decor products.

After the design is created and agreed upon, we will get all of the necessary products and install them on your behalf. There is never a need for you to get up on a ladder! And no need to waste your day installing outdoor lighting. Our trained and insured installers will test every bulb before and after installation ensuring your display is as festive as you desired.

My least favorite part of the holidays is having to take down our holiday decorations. It takes a ton of time to take them down and pack them up properly. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, the same trained installers that put up your lights will come and take them down, packing them up nicely to be used again next year. They will make note of all your products and supplies so nothing is lost between seasons.

The last step in our hassle-free outdoor holiday lighting service is storage. After we take down and pack up the lights, we take them back to our storage facility. By having all the pieces on our property, we can test each and every product and bulb before going to your home the next year to install them. That way, if a light is out, we know ahead of time and can order any replacement materials that are needed.

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

 

Decorating Outdoors? Use these Safety Tips

Make sure you plan out your holiday lighting before stepping on that ladder to minimize time.

We are not far from outdoor holiday decorating time. While it is fun (for some people) to decorate the house with lights and décor pieces, it can be dangerous. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 12,000 people are injured each year due to holiday decorating. If you are going to hang lights or decorate outdoors for any holiday (Halloween, Hanukah, Christmas, etc.), keep these safety tips in mind.

Before you go outside…

Check your outdoor holiday lights. Have you ever spent hours on a project to realize that something isn’t working properly? Don’t let that happen with your outdoor holiday décor. Plug each string of lights in and check each bulb before installing it. Make sure each bulb not only works, but also is screwed in its socket tightly so you know it will work once installed. It’s much easier to check and change bulbs in the comfort of your living room than outside on a ladder.

Read the product information. This goes for both your lights and any extension cords you may be planning on using for the system. The first thing to check is what they are actually made for. There is a big difference between products that are made for outdoor use and those that are made for indoor use. Outdoor products are designed to withstand the elements, indoors aren’t. Using indoor product outdoors can cause shortages and failures. Once you’ve verified that your lights and cords are safe to use, check any usage numbers associated with the cords. You don’t want to overload them with too many strings of lights.

Dress appropriately for what you are doing. This tip is particularly important if you are going up on a roof, in a tree or up a ladder. What shoes you wear are incredibly important. They need to have traction so that you don’t slip on any surface that may become wet and slippery. Additionally, don’t wear too loose of clothing that may get caught on branches, clips, ladders, etc. The more fitted your clothing is the less likely you are to have to free yourself of being connected to something.

While installing…

Have a buddy to help. It’s always safer to install lighting, especially any that is off the ground, using the buddy system. Your buddy can spot you as you climb and pass you anything that you may need allowing you to focus on your safety and what you are hanging or installing.

Unplug everything. While installing your lights, you should not have it connected to a power source. They should be off. It is much safer to not have any electricity running through a system while you are working with it.

Make sure everything is secure. While the holidays are a time of cheer, they also happen to occur in months that can be harsh. Make sure that your outdoor holiday lights are securely connected to your home, tree, etc. so that nothing pulls in the wind. When securing things to your home, DO NOT USE NAILS! Nailing or stapling lights to your home may cause future damage like leaks in your roof. Use lighting clips that are made for installing string lights. They are easy to secure to and remove from your home.

After you’re finished installing…

Check the system. Plug everything in and make sure it is all working as planned. If something isn’t working and you think you know why, unplug everything again before trying to fix it. For lights that you placed or installed on the ground, make sure they aren’t in areas of your property that you know are known to hold water when it rains. Lights should never be in standing water.

Unplug the system at night. We all love not only enjoying our holiday lights, but also allowing our friends and neighbors to enjoy them as well. That being said, they shouldn’t be on all the time in case something sparks or shorts. When you go to bed, make sure everything is properly unplugged and off.

Enjoy. This is the key to all outdoor holiday systems. Go outside and just look at your lights.

For those of you who don’t want to chance injury, there are outdoor lighting companies, like us at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, that would be happy to install and take down your lights for you. If you have questions, please contact your local Outdoor Lighting Perspectives office.

Tree Lighting for the Holidays Adds Festive Flair

The holidays are a time for happiness and cheer. We at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives are happy to add to the ambiance through our outdoor holiday lighting service. It puts a smile on our faces when we see how welcoming and bright our clients’ homes can look for holiday visitors.

Each of our holiday lighting systems is different. At OLP, we custom design the lighting plan based on the clients’ properties, tastes and budgets. Our trained installers will put up the lights and take them down at the end of the season. Additionally, we store all of our clients’ lighting product for them so each bulb can be tested before being installed again the following year.

Holiday tree lighting is always a popular installation, but there is more than just one way to do it…

Wrapping trees in string lights is the most popular method of holiday tree lighting. It’s a design classic that can make a big impact. Take this tree from the Nashville capital for example. The Outdoor Lighting Perspectives team wrapped it thousands of bulbs to highlight its size and beauty. With the lights, it can now be admired both day and night. While white and red bulbs are used most often, string lights are available in a number of different colors.

There are numerous types of ornaments that are meant for the outdoors, but most of them don’t light up themselves. To add something extra to a tree, we have colored spheres in a variety of colors and sizes that can take on an ornamental feeling. The surface is textured, allowing for more “sparkle” than a smooth surface. For added excitement and visual interest, spheres with twinkling bulbs can be installed.

Snowflakes are one of the key icons of the holiday season. Snowflake lights can be hung from tree branches along with string lights to create a tree straight out of winter wonderland. Some of our snowflake lights are constructed with LED rope lighting and some are made with layers of metal that is back lit with LED bulbs. The most interesting trees with snowflake lighting have several different designs incorporated.

One type of outdoor holiday lighting that is growing in popularity is snowfall lighting. Snowfall lighting intends to mirror the look of falling snow. I like to think of snowfall lighting as icicle lights taken to the next level. Instead of having all of the lights on each line lit up at one time, they light up in one after the other.  Here’s a video of a project that one of our locations did a few years ago that incorporated snowfall lights. Watch out for the “dripping” lights, that is snowfall lighting.

If you don’t have trees on your property, but would like something for the holidays, we have temporary, pre-lit trees that are perfect for outdoor décor. Some are made of poles and string lights, while others, like these spiral ones, are hollow structures that are taken apart at the end of the season.

If you have question on outdoor holiday lights, please contact your local Outdoor Lighting Perspectives.

 

Christmas in July – Six Months to Prepare

This week marks six months until Christmas. Are you ready? Yeah, me neither, but it is time to start thinking about it. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we are already thinking about and planning the upcoming holiday lighting season.

Now some of you may be thinking that planning 6 months in advance seems a little nutty, but in reality it isn’t if you are considering professional holiday lighting, especially if you have specific designs in mind.

The options for outdoor holiday lighting have grown tremendously in the last ten years. Do you remember when white icicle lights were the new trend? While they are still popular, there are so many more possibilities to consider. This post could go on and on if we were to talk about all forms of outdoor Christmas lighting, so we’ll just focus on one section that makes a big impact: roofline lighting.

C9 string lights were first introduced in 1927 and continue to be the go-to product for rooflines. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, our trained lighting installers use clips to perfectly outline the roof structure around a home or commercial property. While warm and cool white are the most popular colors, they are available in a wide variety of colors, from traditional reds and greens to purple and orange. If you are considering purchasing and installing C9 lights on your own home, here are a few tips. First, make sure you buy lights that are made to be outside and two, never use nails. Too many homeowners use nails or staples to hold the string lights in place, but that can result in damaging the roof.

Icicle lights continue to popular amongst homeowners, and now, it includes snowfall lighting. Snowfall lighting is very similar to icicle lights, except that it looks like falling snow. A line of lights form the “icicles,” but instead of being illuminated all at one time, the lights go on down the row, as if it is falling snow. Snowfall lighting can be installed along the roofline, but also up in trees which can create a gorgeous effect.

Snowflakes are a universal symbol for winter so it isn’t surprising that they’ve made their way into roofline lighting. While the vast majority use white lights, it does bring more visual interest than the standard string lights. Some companies offer a variety of snowflake styles to choose from.

Candy cane, bow and Christmas stocking lights are one way to highlight your roofline while adding pops of color. The colors in the roofline can be added in other outdoor holiday décor that you choose to incorporate throughout the design.

If you are interested in professional holiday lighting at your home or business, please contact your local Outdoor Lighting Perspectives office. It’s never too early to discuss your options and plan your lighting for this holiday season!