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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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

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!

 

Looking forward to Holiday Outdoor Lighting Halfway Through the Year

Tomorrow is June 1st, which means that 2013 is almost halfway over and the outdoor holiday lighting season is just around the corner! The winter holiday season is one of my favorite times of the year. I love all of the colors and decorations as well as seeing the different ways people decorate their home for the holidays.

Every year we see different products and trends come to the holiday lighting industry, but some decorations are tried and true. Here are some of the outdoor holiday lighting ideas that I think will be big this season.

C9 Holiday outdoor lights by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

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

C9 String Lights. Christmas string lights are popular year after year, a testament to their versatility and classic design. So much can be done with string lights that I don’t anticipate them going out of style any time soon. Whether a homeowner wants red, green, white, yellow, blue or other color, it is most likely available. One thing that a lot of people don’t know about C9 string lights is that they not only come in a number of colors, but they have different textures as well. The more classic bulb has a smooth surface, but there is also a faceted lens that is textured. The faceted lens creates more sparkle than the smooth surface lenses which makes them perfect for the holidays.

Snowflake Lights. Snowflake and white icicle lights have been available for years now, but when it comes to snowflake lights, the options have never been so vast. Five years ago, you may have had a choice of five or so designs, but now there are so many more. Some of the commercial Christmas trees that we have done, we’ve used a bunch of different snowflake designs. Mixing and matching snowflake lights really adds some whimsy and visual interest to an outdoor holiday display.

Color. The majority of Christmas lighting that we at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives have designed and installed has been white and gold, but we are slowly seeing more and more color. Colored holiday lighting has been used commercially at a much higher rate than residential projects, but more people are inquiring about colored string lights as well as lighting displays that incorporate the colors of the season. I love this poinsettia display as a colorful addition to a lighting display!

As the season truly comes (I’m anxious, what can I say), we’ll have a better idea of what people are into this year. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we have a full service approach to holiday lighting for our clients. It has four steps: design, install, take down and store.

When a new client is interested in professional holiday lighting, we first meet with them to discuss likes, dislikes, see their house and get an idea of the budget. Each and every lighting design we create is completely custom, ensuring it is just what the client wants. Some may want a candy cane theme while someone else may want something more classic.

Once we’ve designed the lighting display, we have a team of installers that come out to the house to install it. This is one of the biggest benefits of having a company do your Christmas lights. Who wants to stand on a ladder for hours hanging lights? Not me!

After the holiday season, we come back out to the house to take down, pack up and store the lighting display until next year. Why do we store them? By storing the lights, we not only save our clients’ room, but it also allows us to test every light before installing them agai. Bulbs burn out from time to time and when we store the lights, we are able to make sure everything is in good working order before we get to your house. If something new is needed, we can order it before installation.

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

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

From everyone here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives we wanted to wish you a safe, happy and bright holiday. The holidays are our favorite time of year. As we work with our clients to make their homes more festive for the season, we can’t help but enjoy ourselves.

Here are just some of our holiday outdoor lighting displays that put a smile on our faces:

holiday lighting birmingham

This outdoor holiday lighting display in Birmingham is absolutely stunning, yet understated. The subtle white lights on the roof-line and in trees are gorgeous

This is a classic home at the holidays. The white snowflake lights frame the home nicely and the wreaths on the windows are a great finishing detail

 

I love the garland, lights and bows on this stately home. The outdoor holiday lighting truly makes the home pop in the night

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

Last put not least, our office in Nashville was lucky enough to light the capital Christmas tree. It's so full and gorgeous with over 5,000 lights!

Make sure you SHINE ON this holiday season

The passing of Thanksgiving brings the beginning of the outdoor holiday decorating season. I must say that driving home after stuffing myself with turkey and fixings became much more enjoyable as I passed homes with lights on the roofline, in the bushes and windows and on the front yard. This is the time of year, I love going on walks and driving through neighborhoods to see the lighting displays.

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

Installing outdoor holiday lights can, however, be dangerous or cause damage when done incorrectly. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we’ve come up with the SHINE ON acronym to give hints on how to create a beautiful display without incident.

Sketch: Develop a plan. For our clients, we take before pictures of the property and sketch out a plan before tackling an install. Without a plan, more time is spent on ladders and roofs were injuries can occur (and more money is spent on decorations). We also suggest taking an after picture so your planning process is shorter next year.

Hang: Make time. If you are hanging lights, give yourself several hours of daylight to install it. Doing this after work when it’s getting or is dark isn’t safe. It will take longer than you expect if you are doing it for the first time, so don’t rush yourself.

Investigate: Test and retest. Test each string of holiday lights before attempting to hang them. I actually made this mistake last night, but luckily it was just on my Christmas tree and I wasn’t on a roof.

No Shortcuts: Use the right stuff. Make sure that all of the outdoor holiday décor you are displaying is made for the outdoors (also check the extension cords you are using). It should say right on the box if it’s OK to use outside and in the winter elements. Also, make sure not to string all the lights together. Most boxes will tell you how many you can string together before the performance is an issue. If you link too many, you may blow bulbs or fuses (apparently no one told Clark Griswold about this).

Encase: tape it up. Winter brings some harsh elements. Tape up connections with electrical tape so everything stays put.

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

Another mesmerizing holiday lighting display by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

Only use clips. Too many homeowners use staples or nails to hang their outdoor Christmas lights. Not only will clips hold everything in place more securely, but nails and staples can cause damage to your home’s exterior.

Never go solo. Not unlike any other time you are going up a ladder or on a roof, use the buddy system when installing holiday lights. One person should be on the ground making sure the ladder is steady.

And when in doubt, call in the experts. Professional holiday lighting installers will handle all parts of your design, install, take down and storage. They call also get to those hard to reach places like high peaks. If you have questions regarding holiday lighting, contact your local Outdoor Lighting Perspectives offic