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White Holiday Lights Are Always in Style

When it comes to the holidays, we encourage our clients to have fun with their outdoor décor. Whatever you like, go for it. We are often asked however, what is in style or on trend.

Much like any other type of design: interior, clothing, etc., there are trends that come in out in the world of holiday lighting. A few years ago it was the icicle lights. Numerous homeowners on just one street would have icicle lights hanging from their roofs and porches.

While there are trends there is one holiday lighting staple that has never and will never go out of style: white lights. White lights, whether they are c9 string lights or snowflake lighting, they always look classically beautiful.

Take this example of holiday lighting in Long Island. The homeowner wanted something clean and simple that would welcome friends and family for the holidays without overpowering the house. The Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Long Island team used white lights throughout the space.

The homeowners wanted some decoration that could be admired both day and night, so garland was hung around the columns of the front porch and on the small balcony above. Additionally, wreaths were hung on three of the front windows. In the daytime, passersby can see the green garland and wreaths. Both the wreaths and garland have white lights in their branches to make them pop at night. It’s such a simple idea that makes the home look beautiful day and night

For added interest, one of their front trees was wrapped and a few light bursts were installed in their front bushes.

Another example of classic white holiday lighting is on this brick home in Richmond, VA. The homeowners wanted their roofline lined with some type of holiday lighting, but not c9 string lights. They wanted something with a little more pizazz. To achieve their intended look, the Outdoor Lighting Perspectives team installed snowflake lighting using white lights.  Wreaths and bushes were also wrapped with white lights as well.

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we love all types of outdoor holiday décor, lights, displays, wreaths, trees, ornaments, etc. When thinking about your lighting scheme and what you want to invest in, invest in the items that will last for years to come. We have many clients that have basic pieces of their holiday lighting that is used year after year, while they make small changes each year with fun pieces like a lit Santa or reindeer. In the end, as long as you love it, it will be great.

If you have questions on holiday lighting, please reach out to your local Outdoor Lighting Perspectives office.

 

Getting the Most out of your Cookouts with Unique Outdoor Lighting

There are only a few more weeks left in the summer, so live it up! Enjoy the nice summer nights outdoors with friends and family while you can. We all know that proper outdoor lighting is important when it comes to outdoor entertaining, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun and be creative with it! Here are some fun outdoor lighting ideas that our lighting designers have sent me.

LED palm tree

Nothing says summer like umbrella drinks and palm trees, even in areas of the country that don’t have palm trees. I love this LED palm tree. The first thing that catches my eye is the color. It’s bright and joyful. Doesn’t it make you smile? Placing a few around an outdoor pool area like this is so much fun. The key is to get ones that are good quality that you can use year after year.

Who says you can bring a little elegance to your patio? Our Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City owner sent me this picture of a recent project. The homeowners have a beautiful covered porch that they use for dining and entertaining. They really wanted the space to feel like an extension of their home and needed more than the typical flood lights. So the OLP team installed an outdoor chandelier! It’s it great?

Last week I talked about outdoor string lights, but they don’t just need to be for the holidays. Use them now! Some of our franchisees have installed string lights likes these over outdoor living areas as well for outdoor parties. They are a great way to bring some light into the space in an intimate and unique way. Make sure that you get high quality bulbs that can withstand any outdoor elements.

We love it when our clients ask us for unique designs and installs for outdoor entertaining. Our goal is to make sure that you get the most out of your outdoor spaces, and sometimes that isn’t the typical lighting package.

If you have questions regarding outdoor lighting for any area, please contact your local Outdoor Lighting Perspectives office.

 

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!

 

Outdoor Holiday Lighting Makes Your Property More Appealing

My favorite part of the holiday season is the outdoor holiday décor. The trees, lights, bows, I love it all. It’s not uncommon to find me walking around the outdoor malls that have gorgeous holiday displays in the winter months. And according to Downtown Decorations, that’s the point.

In a recent article, Downtown Decorations explains that by decorating and keeping the outside of your commercial property looking good, you can increase your bottom line. As the customer’s first impression of a store is really the outside of it, it’s important to entice the visitor to want to come in, walk around and see what’s inside. And word of mouth can grow from there too. If someone is wowed by your holiday lighting, they may tell others to go and see it. And hopefully they’ll want to come in and explore the store too.

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we work with a lot of commercial properties on their holiday decorations and each one is different. Some clients want a more traditional Christmas look while others want something a little more playful and different. We want to make the properties we decorate to be festive when we walk away. The holidays are a fun, but sometimes stressful, time of year. Outdoor decorations make people want to linger longer and enjoy the cheerful décor.

Check out some of these commercial holiday projects:

This giant ornament and reindeer make quite a statement welcoming shoppers to an outdoor mall.

For a more traditional reindeer display, some commercial properties use vine reindeer wrapped with string lights for their outdoor holiday display. These are noticed both day and night.

This space not only wanted a decorated Christmas tree, but also wrapped the palm trees in the back.

Wishing You a Safe and Bright Halloween

With costumed kids and lots of candy, Halloween surely is a fun holiday, but with nights starting earlier, it’s important to make sure trick-or-treaters are safe as they go from house to house.

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

The house I grew up in had a long brick front walkway that wasn’t completely level. Even with our coach lights on, visitors couldn’t clearly see where they were stepping. It was the perfect example of an outdoor space that needed outdoor Halloween lighting, not only for decoration, but also for safety. While red, green and white string lights are popular forms of Christmas lighting, there are orange and purple lighting for Halloween. My dad would line our walkways with orange string lights. They added some festivity to our home, but they also provided enough light that all of the trick-or-treaters would know where they were stepping and wouldn’t trip and fall.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives offers traditional and unique Halloween lighting

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If you don’t have efficient walkway and path lighting, you may want to add some fun outdoor Halloween lighting for the holiday. String lights are just one way to do it. You can also put up Halloween lighting displays. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we have a wide variety of shaped displays including jack o’lanterns, witches, ghosts and more. The outdoor led lights are energy efficient and durable to stand up against any harsh elements and can be used year after year.

Trick or Treaters may also need lighting while walking from house to house. Take my neighborhood for example. While my house has outdoor lighting, the streets don’t have lights and no sidewalks. That means that those cute kids in costumes have to walk in the street. Luckily, there are costume ideas and other novelties that include lighting to make sure that passing cars see them. For example, some kids’ costumes are incorporating lights right in the costume fabrics.

Other parts of the costume can incorporate light as well, like a wand. Every witch, wizard or princess has a wand. Why not have a wand that lights up?

And lastly, glow sticks and flashlights are easy simple ways to make sure that your Halloween stays safe and fun. From everyone at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we are wishing you a happy and bright Halloween.

Your Christmas Wreath, Your Way

Have you ever gone into a home décor store with a clear idea of what you want just to find out that they have nothing like it? That, my friends, is one of my pet peeves, especially around the holidays. Decorating for the holidays is one of my favorites things to do (yes, the weekend after Thanksgiving and my house is a cheery place if I do say so myself), so I get disappointed when I can’t find just the right piece.

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we’ve erased this disappointed when it comes to pre lit holiday wreaths. With our customizable options, our clients get their wreaths, their way, and the possibilities are endless.

Pre lit holiday wreathThe first step is for the client has to do is pick the type of wreath they want. This includes different foliage types (maybe you prefer a pine wreath as opposed to mixed foliage), sizes and lights. Our wreaths come pre lit so you don’t have to worry about stringing wreaths year after year.

Wreath with BowNext, you decide what color bow you want on the wreath (if you want one). There are a ton of color and pattern options and finishes.

Classic WreathThe last step is to decide what type of ornaments or decorations you want added to your wreath. Some of our clients like to decorate their outdoor wreaths with a traditional style with red and gold bulbs, while others like a punchier look with candy cane colors and poinsettias.

No matter your personal taste, our goal is to provide you with the wreath that you want. Here are some different wreath designs to spur your thinking:

Candy cane wreath

 

 

This candy cane themed wreath is one of my favorites. The red and white striped bow is so full and fun it just makes me smile. Opaque and shiny red and silver bulbs of various sizes are spread throughout the foliage along with white-tipped pine cones and white finishes adding to the festive feel.

 

 

Poinsettia Wreath

 

 

My mother LOVES poinsettias, so I’m sure she would love this wreath. The large flowers are spread amongst bulbs of various shapes and sizes. I really like the purple bulbs as they add an unexpected color to the wreath.

 

 

 

 

 

Maybe traditional wreaths are more your style. The burgundy and gold colors on this wreath remind me of the traditional holiday look. The gold pine cones and leaves look great spread through the project.

 

 

 

 

Or maybe the typical green foliage wreath isn’t your thing all together. There are still options. These mesh wreaths are available in a variety of sizes and colors too.

If you are interested in learning more about holiday wreaths or other outdoor holiday décor, please contact your local Outdoor Lighting Perspectives office.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives gets decked out for the holidays

This deck built by Archadeck of Greater Atlanta gets decked out for the holidays

This deck built by Archadeck of Greater Atlanta gets decked out for the holidays and shows how holiday outdoor lighting designed for well-loved areas of the landscape can create magic.

What could be more uplifting for the spirit or the soul this holiday season than entertaining friends and family on your own Christmas deck? That’s right, a Christmas deck. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives recognizes that many locations across the country experience mild to moderate temperatures during the winter and for many homeowners decks become an extension of their living space all year through. With this in mind we are able to create a magical spot of festive folly with the use of holiday outdoor lighting in spots like a deck, a porch or even a gazebo.

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Even Santa dreams of a tropical getaway. This beach-side gazebo has been illuminated with ethereal holiday lights in anticipation of his arrival.

Even if your climatic conditions won’t allow for entertaining within your deck or other outdoor structure during the cooler months, can you imagine the feeling of looking out the back windows of your home and seeing a beautiful holiday lighting display? Being able to take in this merriment on a nightly basis can be your prescription for joy this Christmas. In the same manner front yard holiday lighting designs are planned to inspire awe and childlike whimsy for all.

We try to think outside the box in terms of holiday lighting designs for our customers. We offer traditional and classic holiday lighting designs that are timeless in their beauty and elegance. We also offer the bold, intriguing and unique holiday lighting that you only usually see in magazines that inspire daydreams and wishes. These unique holiday lighting designs are usually the result of creativity and looking at a landscape as an artist’s canvas hungry and open to imagination. We look at each landscape and residence we design as its own canvas. With our staff of experienced and talented lighting designers, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives can fulfill your desires of having an outdoor holiday lighting design that makes you take a second look, and leaves your guests taking photos of your holiday lighting for inspiration for their holiday lighting for next season. Remember, imitation is the best form of flattery and we can create a design for you that is truly unforgettable.

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This gazebo is lit for the holiday and would make an unforgettable spot for your holiday party.

If you are ready to make your holiday lighting fantasies a reality this holiday season, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives to look at your deck, pergola, porch or other outdoor structure in a new “holiday” light. To locate an Outdoor Lighting Perspectives in your area visit our locations list located on our website.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives!

See more stirring images of outdoor holiday lighting by visiting our holiday lighting photo galleries located on our website.

 

 

Make it an unforgettably sweet Christmas with unique candy cane lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

These unusual candy cane icicle lights aren't something you see in your typical, mediocre holiday lighting display.

These unusual candy cane roof-line lights aren't something you see in your typical, mediocre holiday lighting display.

Do you remember the era of the old fashioned candy shop where you could belly up to the bar and get a real homemade root beer float? Or maybe you remember those delectable sugary creations from the many large lidded jars that were proudly displayed on the counters? These are the images that come to mind when we think of the candy canes. The origins of the candy cane go back for over 350 years. From the candy cane’s humble beginnings, adding stripes  to the otherwise pure white confections that were seen in 1900, and flavors like peppermint and wintergreen have made the candy cane itself an icon of the holidays and a symbol of sweetness all over the world. Along with the mouth-watering temptation associated with the candy cane, it’s shape and characteristics have become a fun part of  holiday decorating as well. The candy cane is one of the most easily identifiable symbols associated with the Christmas holiday.

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These lighted 3D candy canes can calm your sweet spot for unique holiday lighting

In a world filled with mundane outdoor holiday lighting designs, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives rises to the top with unique holiday lighting designs that entail the stuff dreams are made of. Our holiday lighting designs include timeless and traditional as well as specialty style lighting that you only see in the most beautiful outdoor holiday lighting displays. One of our most popular holiday lighting themes is the candy cane. Using lighted candy canes as part of your outdoor holiday decorating brings to mind sugarplums and images of a winter wonderland seen from the eyes of a child. Candy canes bring whimsy to life within your holiday lighting display. As part two of our outdoor holiday lighting design series on unique holiday lighting, we focus on the many ways this beloved symbol can make your own Christmas lighting design magical.

Candy cane LED lighted yard displays and candy cane roofline lighting

Our candy cane themed lighting can be used together to create a sweet treat for your Christmas lighting design

It takes design savvy and thinking outside the box to create an unforgettable Christmas lighting panorama. Our line of lighted candy canes provide the base for your holiday fantasies with roof-line candy cane lighting that can be used to define your roof-line and architectural details. Along with the candy cane roof-line lights, we also offer lighted candy cane stake lights that provide a perfect candy land effect when used to border walkways, paths and even your driveway. Our unique selection of lighted yard displays feature this cute confections as well, to give you the ultimate answer to that sweet tooth!

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Close up of our 3-D lighted candy cane yard display

To learn more about our unique outdoor holiday lighting designs including the candy cane, among other beautiful Christmas lighting options and styles, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives today. Find an Outdoor Lighting Perspectives close to home by visiting our locations list located on our website.

Happy Holidays from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives!

Be the star of the show with unique star inspired holiday lighting designs from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

3d lighted LED Star Wreath

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives offers homeowners a myriad of different style star to use in your outdoor holiday lighting display.

For most of us, the image of the star has played a role of great significance in our lives. From “wishing on a star” as a child, to fond memories of reciting “twinkle, twinkle little star” with our preschool friends. The symbol of the star can mean many things including a love for nature, power, light and healing. For many people the star serves as a symbol of their religious beliefs, including the star of David and the star of Bethlehem. For whatever reason the star holds a special place in your heart, the star itself is a beloved icon of the holidays and is a common theme in outdoor holiday lights. In this story we focus on using the shape and significance of the star in holiday outdoor lighting design. This is part one of a two part series on unique holiday lighting design choices that are sure to turn heads.

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These lighted starbursts are used to light the way to holiday bliss

Up until just the last decade or so, Christmas lighting was basic in it’s design limitations. In essence you had two choices, plain strings of lights in white or clear, or multi-color plain strings lights. This is certainly not the case nowadays. Today’s outdoor holiday lighting includes all sorts of colors, shapes and sizes to choose from.

As for the star theme, our star lighting elements include lighted wreaths designed in the shape of a star. These can be used singularly or in multiples across your homes facade or another prime location of interest as part of your Christmas lighting display.  Star shaped roofline lighting can add whimsy and charm to your home’s distinct curves and lines, along with other unique holiday lighting elements that serve as the “haute couture” in outdoor holiday lighting designs.

single Starburst LED holiday light

This unique single starburst LED lighted holiday stake is stunning and unique twist to the star shape, when used alone, or in multiples.

One of these unique pieces is our LED lighted starburst stakes. These lighted startbursts offer you a new take on the traditional star. Adding one of these unique lighted stakes can make a statement, and when used in multiples to line a walkway or path they are simply breathtaking. We also have a wide array of stand up one-dimensional and three-dimensional lighted yard displays that also feature the star as the center of the theme.

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Twinkle, twinkle lighted star

If you are in search of the unique, and unusual as part of your outdoor holiday lighting design this year, contact your local Outdoor Lighting Perspectives to see how we can create a holiday lighting display that will make your holiday decorating shine like a star in the night sky.

To find an Outdoor Lighting Perspectives location near you visit our locations list available on our website.

 

 

 

LED holiday lighting from here to eternity, a new realm of lighting

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This magnificent outdoor holiday lighting display was achieved through the use of LED lights.

When you drive by a beautifully illuminated outdoor holiday lighting display and it brings a smile to your face and a warm feeling in your soul do you ever think about what elements went into creating such an inspirational display? Most folks don’t bother with learning the logistics of what goes into a well designed and executed Christmas light display, but many of the lights we use in our holiday lighting displays may play a role in making our planet a better place to live.

Some history on holiday lights

Festivities practiced by ancient civilizations used lights as part of their celebration practices. This ancient tradition of associating the use of light that signified a special occasion is believed to have set the groundwork for our modern-day use of lighting our homes, our landscape and our trees as part of celebrating the holidays.

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This vintage advertisement for GE holiday lights is circa. 1949

The first signs of celebratory lights were candles, tallow lights and nutshells which were filled with oil and lit. Our modern electric lights made for Christmas were introduced by Thomas Alva Edison in 1882, just three years after his invention of the first light bulb in 1879. Since their debut in 1882, holiday lights have seen many changes over the years. Today’s modern Christmas lights offer many benefits that our forefathers would’ve never deemed possible within the small but complicated workings that make up a light bulb.

Much of the holiday lighting we see nowadays is made up of energy efficient LED ( light emitting diode) lighting. LED light bulbs use modern technological advances to create a light that uses less energy to light, has a longer bulb life, responds faster to switching, exudes more robust and clearer illumination, and is more gentle on the environment than it’s predecessors.

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Up close and personal with the LED.

If half the world’s lighting needs could be met by conversion to LED by the year 2025, researchers predict  this would reduce the world’s power usage by at least 120 gigawatts. This reduction in power usage would reflect a savings in energy costs worldwide of over 100 billion dollars per year, and would also reduce carbon dioxide emissions brought on by power plants by 350 megatons each year. So when you think in terms of a small, LED light, look at it as a little light that packs a lot of punch in terms of the  positive effects the LED’s “green” technology could have on our entire planet.

LED light is said to  have first been  invented by a group of four independent research groups in the United States  in 1962, but much speculation has been made over a Russian genius by the name of Oleg Losev who is said to have discovered the LED forty years prior to that. Believe it or not nearly 100 years ago Henry Round at Marconi Labs noted the emission of light from a semiconductor diode, but published only a very short note on his findings and made no further investigations on the subject at the time which left the door open for Losev to hold the title as the first to discover the LED.

C9 Holiday outdoor lights by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives created this stunning holiday lighting display by using the charming C9 LED lights.

Every good design is all about the details…

Now let’s talk about the “playful” part of the LED lighting. When I refer to this aspect of the LED light as playful, I am referring to the myriad of beautiful and mesmerizing components that are used in creating an LED outdoor holiday lighting display. Our LED displays incorporate LED roofline lights, such as the C9 that promote a charming and elegant feel into your display. We also use holiday wreaths, garlands and foliage that are lit using LED technology. The use of these classic and inspirational pieces can be used in multiples to heighten the beauty of your outdoor holiday lighting display. Even the use of a single lighted wreath adorning your front door can make a huge impact on your Christmas display and will welcome visitors and guests for the holidays in a manner nothing else comes close to. Many of our customers also lean towards using the more unique LED components we offer, such as the LightLinks roofline lighting that comes in a host of merry holiday shapes such as candy canes and snowflakes, just for starters. The LightLinks line of holiday lighting also offers large, lighted stand-up 3-dimensional yard displays that come in a variety of cherished holiday icons.

lighted palm tree by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

Lighted palm tree by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives can design a unique LED holiday lighting display for you using LED. We can design a custom Christmas lighting display for you, from sugarplum fantasies to a traditional display that mimic the old world beauty and charm of a” Currier and Ives “holiday postcard. To learn more about our professional outdoor holiday lighting, including the energy efficient LED’s, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives today.

To locate an Outdoor Lighting Perspectives close to you, visit our locations list located on our website.

Yearning for images of inspirational holiday lighting? Then visit our outdoor holiday lighting photo gallery, also located on our website.