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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.

large lighted LED starbursts

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.




Outdoor Lighting Perspectives creates holiday tree lighting designs that dance to music

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville rockin' tree lighting

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashvilles rockin' tree lighting

I know we all have that one tune that plays over and over again in our head during the holidays. That tune can uplift your spirits and when you  hear it on the radio can transform your mood. From classic tunes from Perry Como or  Nat King Cole to more modern upbeat melodies from Trans-Siberian Orchestra or even the Chipmunks. It doesn’t matter which is your favorite, what matters is how the song makes you feel and how it lifts you into the holiday spirit. Take into consideration the way your beloved  music mixed with dazzling holiday lighting could create an awe inspiring reaction in every one who sees it.

This unique and dazzling compilation of lights set to music is not a new idea, but we have certainly perfected it. One example is the way in which we used tree lighting to bring this maple tree to life to the beat of Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ around the Christmas tree”. Here is a video by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville that is bound to make you tap your feet and put you in the holiday mood…

This elegant Christmas lighting display incorporates the use of holiday tree lighting

This elegant Christmas lighting display incorporates the use of holiday tree lighting

Clearly there are multiple facets of outdoor holiday lighting that were used to create this extraordinary display. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville chose a majestic maple to host this rockin’ display. The tree was strung with 180, fifty light sets of LED string lights, using sixty each of red, green and white. They then used a self-contained, weatherproof sixteen channel sequencer with an FM transmitter to synchronize the lights to turn on and off in time with the music. The “falling snow” lights are controlled in the same fashion. They installed the lights over a 25 hour period using a bucket truck. The string lights sets will remain on the tree throughout the year, but the falling snow and the controller will be removed after the holidays are over. This breathtaking design is just one of the many that Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville installs each year for their commercial and residential clients. Their holiday lighting designs are among the most coveted in the Tennessee region.

Another mesmerizing holiday tree lighting design by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

Another mesmerizing holiday tree lighting design by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

This glorious installation is just one example of the brilliant designs seen within our holiday lighting program. We can transform your property into a winter wonderland with our Christmas lighting designs. You can choose elegant, traditional holiday lighting to designs that are over the top with creativity. Our holiday lighting program means that we designinstall, remove and store the lights for you in our temperature controlled warehouses until it is time to do it all again. We offer you freedom from constraints of storing your lights, installing and removing your lights so you have more time to enjoy your lighting display with your family and friends. Our system also offers you the chance to add to your holiday lighting display year-to-year as you wish. It is truly a winning combination of beauty and convenience.

To learn more about our holiday lighting program, including stunning tree lighting for the holidays on the trees within your landscape, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives today to schedule a free consultation. You may also visit our website to download a free copy of our holiday lighting guide.

Visit our Holiday lighting galleries for more stunning designs just in time for the holidays!

To find a holiday outdoor lighting designer near you, please see our outdoor lighting locations list on our holiday lighting website.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives creates “boo-tiful” Halloween lighting displays for kids of every age

Lighted Jack-o-lantern by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

Welcome guest with this lighted Jack-o-lantern by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

Autumn is by far my favorite season. The chill that you begin to feel in the autumn wind is exhilarating and the colors mother nature paints for us on her canvas are simply breathtaking. Each fall my mind takes me back to the scents of pumpkin, caramel apples and candy corn. I am also taken back to fond memories of helping my father rake leaves and jumping in the big pile he was ready to bag up and giggling the whole afternoon- thus is the splendor of autumn. This time of year also conjures up images to fright and delight with the time for trick-or-treaters to soon come knocking only a few short weeks away.

Autumn brings on a time for change, the earth changes, the trees change and the animals are preparing and gathering for the winter ahead. With this change in mind, and the upcoming Halloween holiday afoot, now is the perfect time to break out the pumpkin carving tools for the much anticipated jack-o-lantern and ring in this haunting holiday with some seasonally themed outdoor lighting. Many homeowners go all out for Halloween, creating elaborate displays for the adults and kiddies to enjoy on what many call the spookiest ( and most fun) night of the year. Whether you have your heart set on a spooktacular display or just a few well placed icicle lights in unique colors, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives can design, order, install, remove and store your Halloween lighting display for you and all you have to worry about is how many bags of candy you are going to need this year.


Just like our Christmas holiday lighting program, we offer that same attention to detail and  convenience for other occasions as well. Our lighting displays are incomparable in terms of quality and aesthetic appeal. We offer shaped holiday lighting for your display, and a large choice of the ever popular icicle lights in colors aptly suited to the occasion like “slime green”, and “purple frost”. With Outdoor Lighting Perspectives professionally designing and installing your Halloween lighting display you will definitely get treats, not tricks this Halloween.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives offers traditional and unique Halloween lighting

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives offers traditional and unique Halloween lighting

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment to take advantage of our hassle free lighting program contact us to learn more. We guarantee a “boo-tiful” lighting display this Halloween. We are also scheduling appointments for our magical Christmas lighting as well. 800-447-1112

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Set It and Forget It. Lighting timers for inside and outside your home.


Lighting control automation timer

Here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives we are constantly watching the world of outdoor lighting change. Since 1995 we have been installing high quality and beautifully planned outdoor lighting for residential settings as well as commercial. As the technology has improved our quality of life as a whole, much can be said to the same effect about outdoor lighting. Convenience and dependable technologies is the case with the use of the lighting automation timer that we currently uses in our outdoor lighting applications.


Lighting automation timer switch

Matt Oakes, the automation expert at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville explains just how carefree, and simple the use of lighting automation timer really is. ” It is a set it and forget it system.  Homeowners think that the component has to be constantly adjusted, and this just isn’t the case. When Outdoor Lighting Perspectives does the install on your lighting and all the components involved. Once the timer is set, you’re done. If the need arises to make changes, we can make the changes via the internet for you. The time adjusts for sun-up, sun-down, seasonal time changes and of course leap year too. We can even program in a vacation setting, or an out of town setting. This works really well for people who travel frequently, we call it the lived in or at home look. Always keeping safety in mind. Even if the power goes out your timer won’t need re-programming. All memory that is stalled in a non-volatile state is remembered. It even self adjusts to keep the current time. This is truly a system that never has to be re-programmed ever, just set it and forget it”.


This isn't your grandpa's lighting timer.

Gone are the days of your grandfather’s timer that hooked into one light within your home to give onlookers the impression that someone is home. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives is taking outdoor lighting to a whole new level. A level of convenience, safety and peace of mind that when you’re away your lighting isn’t on break.

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives to learn more about lighting automation timers, and lighting control automation, and all the other advances we are using to make your outdoor lighting more convenient and more breathtaking than you ever imagined.

804.353.6999 • [email protected]

Our Outdoor Lighting Expert Creates a series on Informative videos you won’t want to miss.

House uplighting picture - Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

There is no place like home, doesn't it deserve lighting worthy of a second glance?

We are still really thrilled about our ” do it yourself outdoor lighting program“. Customers of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives are raving about the quality of our fixtures as well as how easy our directives make installing your outdoor lighting yourself.  Outdoor Lighting Perspectives has taken “do it yourselfoutdoor lighting to new heights and new standards within the industry. Patrick Harders, who is one of our experts here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives has compiled a series of informative and easy “how to” videos that are currently available to view at http://monkeysee.com/play/17900-outdoor-lighting-fixtures-and-placement

These videos focus on the basics in proper outdoor lighting. They cover installation and wiring of your system, choosing the proper fixture for the specific area you are illuminating to mounting the transformer, using lighting timers and controllers and even troubleshooting your lighting system. These videos contain valuable knowledge that can be used for informative purposes or in conjunction with our do it yourself program. Here are a few tasty tidbits of the valuable information that can be seen in the lighting and fixture placement video.

well lights

These informative videos cover the important well light and it's proper use and installation.

First Patrick pointed out that the well light is the “work horse” of the outdoor lighting industry. The well light is used in facade and tree lighting frequently because the light amply covers side-to-side as well as top to bottom. When the well light is installed straight up at the object you are lighting, it gives an incredibly even light output that is difficult to achieve with other lights. When using well lights,  Mr. Harders points out you want to avoid windows when using them to uplight a homes facade. The well light that Outdoor Lighting Perspectives uses comes with a lens cover to keep out debris that can affect the quality of the light output. He also points out that the goal when using the well light, as well as any other outdoor lighting fixture , is to focus on what is being illuminated and not the source of light itself. The well light is the perfect candidate for this job because it can be buried to aid in this concept. Our well lights are designed with this purpose in mind.

Beautiful copper path lighting makes this Verbena appear ethereal

When using path lighting properly, less is more.

Our resident expert also discusses the path light. The path light is by far the most mis-used and abused outdoor lighting fixture in the business. With path lighting you have to remember that it is about “quality” and not “quantity”.  I know everyone has ridden through a community at night and witnessed path lighting that looks like an airport runway. These videos instruct the consumer on the correct way to place and install their path lighting. Each path light when properly installed, should emit a circle of light from 5-10 feet to achieve the desired effect. This video points out that when you are planning for path lighting, less is more, and with the correct quality fixtures this is easy.

pathway lighting

Proper path lighting should illuminate the path for safe travel

These are just a few of the outdoor lighting tips that Patrick Harders covered in the video series. These videos are an invaluable addition to any homeowner that is thinking of installing their own outdoor lighting, as well as homeowners who are thinking of taking advantage of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives do it yourself lighting program.

To learn more about our do-it-yourself lighting program, or our full service designs and installations contact us at 804.353.6999 • [email protected] You can also read more about our do-it-yourself outdoor lighting program at http://www.outdoorlights.com/diy.

To contact Patrick Harders at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern Virginia, click here to visit their outdoor lighting website or call (703) 361 – 0505. Patrick is a veteran in the outdoor lighting business and provides full-service lighting design and installation to customers throughout the Northern Virginia area.

Lions and tigers and solar, oh my!

Professional outdoor lighting photo

Professional outdoor lighting such as this adds safety and elegance to your home

The next time you take a trip at night through a typical American  neighborhood ( it can even be your own), notice the multitude of solar lights. You can’t miss them, they are the dreary dots of uneven lights that can barely be seen from the road. They “dot” sporadic lights down paths, sidewalks and the edges of landscaping. I like to refer to my neighborhood as the “solar lighting capital of the US”. Solar lights show up in so many yards simply because they don’t require any electricity. Solar lights are supposed to harness the sun’s light and store it to illuminate these little lights at dusk. The lights are supposed to go off again in the morning light and soak up the sun the next day to recharge the lights for the next evening. This sounds like the perfect plan doesn’t it? I mean, the energy efficiency and the green aspect plus the added benefit that your outdoor area is lighted making it safer and more beautiful with these solar lights all rolled into a neat little package of promises. That is exactly what you will get with most solar lights, promises. The anticipation of light that will never come, or if it does is so minuscule it can scarcely be called “outdoor lighting”.

pathway lighting

Proper path lighting should illuminate the path for safe travel

The scant mention of solar lighting brings terror to most seasoned outdoor lighting professionals. Just as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz referred to the dreaded “lions, and tigers, and bears” with an “oh, my“, reputable outdoor lighting professionals view solar lighting as a scary scenario and most don’t consider solar to be a source of viable light. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of St. Louis recently covered the subject of poor solar lighting in this piece.

The major downfall of most solar lights is the the inconsistencies in light, meaning sometimes they come on, sometimes they do not, and when they do come on they don’t stay on throughout the night.  There are two factors that affect the light output on solar lights. First is the amount of sun during the day and second is the length of time the lights go without receiving sunlight. While it may seem that certain dimmer lights get less sun, that is likely why particular lights are not bright at night. Unfortunately, the time you need them most, which is at night, is the time they are losing their effectiveness as the clock ticks away because they require constant sun to stay “charged up”.

House uplighting picture - Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

There is no place like home, doesn't it deserve lighting worthy of a second glance?

Even when solar lights are at full charge and burning at their utmost capacity the light they exude is not sufficient enough to light the areas around them. When you look into a landscape with solar lighting, you only see the see the lights, you don’t see any light in the area they are supposed to be lighting. Solar lights give homeowners a false security blanket. What you may be saving on power bills you are losing on safety and aesthetics when you choose solar as opposed to the other forms of outdoor lighting that are available to you.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives has outdoor lighting choices to fit any budget that won’t skimp on the important aspects of having outdoor lighting, which are added safety and beauty. If energy efficiency is a key factor in your outdoor lighting application, we offer LED outdoor lighting that is as easy on the eye as it is on your energy costs.

Contact Outdoor Perspectives to learn more about beautiful, energy efficient ways to add light to your home and landscape that won’t leave you frustrated and unfulfilled. Always remember, there is no place like home.

Contact us today at 800-447-1112 or email us at [email protected]

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives exhibits award worthy style and design on Logan Martin Lake


Mesmerizing view of this home on Logan Martin Lake under the lights

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives we believe in always giving credit where credit is due. We want to focus on one of our owners and commend him for creating such a stunning outdoor lighting design. The owner is Marlin Bennetch owner of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Birmingham. He and his team recently completed an outdoor lighting application on a weekend getaway lake house which sits on Logan Martin Lake within Images Square community. This community not only boasts beautiful homes it also has a pool, a marina and abundant lake front activities for it’s residents to partake and enjoy.

The homeowners wanted the outdoor lighting for two very important reasons, security and the ethereal illumination a properly executed outdoor lighting design can achieve. The home and grounds appear magical and oh, so inviting with lighting that showcases the front and both sides of this beautiful home. Marlin also incorporated his design to be low maintenance for the homeowners as well. He chose stake mounted flood lighting, which not only produces the desired effect in this circumstance it also helps reduce debris from blocking the light itself because of the elevation of the fixture.

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Another stunning lakefront outdoor lighting design by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Birmingham really outdid themselves with this design which in total only required the installation of 20 lights. These homeowners can rest easy that the light exuded from this application is abundant enough to deter any burglar or unsavory fellow who might happen to be roaming the neighborhood. Proper outdoor lighting secures an area almost as well as a fence would, because when a home is properly lit there is no room for a burglar to enter without possibly being detected. A dark area is more easily accessible and compromised as opposed to a well lit home.

If you are ready to add outdoor lighting that goes the “extra mile” to your home and property. Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives today to find out just how breathtaking your residence can be under the lights. 800-447-1112 or see more stunning outdoor lighting designs at http://www.outdoorlights.com/

You can also read a previous story about this particular job in Images Square by visiting http://blog.outdoorlights.com/2011/07/outdoor-lighting-perspectives-exhibits-award-worthy-style-and-design-on-logan-martin-lake/

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives says “put away that sketchpad” and try our DIY program


Beautiful outdoor lighting can be yours with Outdoor Lighting Perspectives DIY program or full service lighting

It never ceases to amaze me that every time I see or hear an advertisement for “do it yourself”  outdoor lighting it always asks that the customer draw a sketch of their yard. Seriously?

Here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives we don’t ask that you become the “Picasso” of the neighborhood. Our do it yourself program is so much better. Our way is more effective in giving you the outdoor lighting you desire because it is a more precise method. Why do it the hard way, do it our way right from the beginning and see your vision take on a personality of it’s own. Here’s how our DIY program works…

Buy outdoor lights direct with our help

Buy outdoor lights direct with our help

First, we don’t ask you to sketch your yard. We ask that you take some simple photos of your home in the areas you want to adorn with outdoor lighting.

Second, you simply upload the photos to us. It’s quick, easy and efficient. We then begin to plan your outdoor lighting design and what fixtures would work best from the photos you have provided. We put together a lighting lighting design plan for you and let you know when we have the design plan prepared.

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We will help you buy outdoor lighting fixtures direct

Third, we go over the lighting design plan over the phone with you. That’s right, an Outdoor Lighting Perspectives representative will call you and personally go over the lighting design with you to ensure everything is just the way you want it down to every last detail. From here we will put together a proposal and email it directly to you.

Beautiful copper path lighting makes this Verbena appear ethereal

Beautiful copper path lighting

Fourth, once you have ok’d the proposal we send everything you need right to your door, all you will need is your do it yourself spirit and a few household tools. Your package will include everything necessary to complete the job down to every wire and light required. An instructional DVD will come with your package as well as  your detailed design plan. Our exclusive Outdoor Lighting Perspectives fixtures come in copper and brass and they will be delivered right to your door.

Copper directional spot light

Copper directional spot light

Finally, when your fixtures are delivered , we deliver them personally so that we may answer any questions or concerns you have in person then installation will be as easy as 1-2-3. We are still here to help you even after delivery of your package. We are only a phone call or email away if you have any further questions.

So, put away that sketchpad and call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives today. Do it the right way from the beginning and let us lead you to your “happily ever after”. 800-447-1112 or email us at http://www.outdoorlights.com/diy/email-franchise.html

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives DIY is a hit

Buy outdoor lights direct with our help

Buy outdoor lights direct with our help

It’s often difficult to be all things to all people, but our friends at  Outdoor Lighting Perspectives may have just figured out a way to do so with our new Do-it-yourself lighting program.

For homeowners on a tight budget or for folks that are handy and like to do home improvement projects themselves can now buy the very finest American-made copper and brass low voltage LED and halogen outdoor lighting fixtures through OutdoorLights.com.  These are the same exquisitely handcrafted outdoor lights that Outdoor Lighting Perspectives uses in it’s full-service design and installation plan when they do all the work for you.

Our new DIY outdoor lighting solution puts you in the drivers seat and still provides you with an expert design plan and everything you need, with the exception of a few basic household tools, to install the best landscape lighting and architectural lighting anywhere.

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We will help you buy outdoor lighting fixtures direct

For a sneak peak at how it all works, see our video on YouTube at http://bit.ly/outdoorlightsdiy I am sure you will be impressed by the service we offer along with our quality fixtures.

For more information on DIY, visit http://www.outdoorlights.com/diy and let our helpful design representatives sculpt your backyard into a masterpiece.

Pergolas, Arbors, Covered Porches and Outdoor Lighting

Turn you pergola into a evening gathering spot with the addition of lights

Turn you pergola into a evening gathering spot with the addition of lights

The pergola is already a beautiful  and striking addition to any landscape. Pergolas add charm and an air of romance few other structures can compete with. Imagine taking that charm and turning it up a few notches, by the addition of lighting  your pergola. Many homeowners are doing just that.

Many other outdoor structures come alive with the addition of lighting as well. Trellis’, arbors and covered patios are breathtaking with the addition of lighting. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives has seen an increase in the amount of installations of lighting these outdoor structures. People are spending more time outdoors and focusing on the beauty in their own backyards. Not only does the lighting add an ethereal glow to your outdoor space, it also extends the amount of time you are able to enjoy your structure. Adding lights to a pergola or covered porch will allow you to enjoy it throughout the evening hours, as well as the daytime.


This arbor makes the surrounding area seem enchanted with the addition of illumination

A pergola or an arbor’s shape lends itself to illumination. When lighting any structure you want to take the standard design principles of outdoor lighting into consideration. These are the width, height and depth. In order to properly light any structure, you want to find the architectural breaks in the structure and focus your lighting within these breaks as well. For example, if your pergola is constructed with columnar sides, these sides would be a great point of interest to add lighting. The same can be said about the roof beams as well, which look surreal with light dancing off them. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives can meet with you to evaluate what parts of your pergola, arbor or covered patio would be best suited to get the most effect from lighting.

Extend the hours of enjoyment on your covered porch with lighting

Extend the hours of enjoyment on your covered porch with lighting

Covered porches can have the same architectural interest as a pergola. Today’s covered porches can also have columns to use as a focal point in lighting, as well as other design attributes such as custom stonework, individual architectural pieces worked into the structure, such as key stones, arches and in some cases the ceilings in the covered porches are finished out with high end moldings and tongue and groove bead- boarding. All of these points of interest could be considered a candidate to illuminate.


With outdoor lighting you get a place to relax around the clock

Points of refuge and relaxation can also serve as a focal point for lighting in your pergola, arbor or covered porch. If you have a swing hanging in your pergola, commonly referred to as a “pergola swing”, adding illumination would allow you to sit in your structure at night and gaze into the heavens. A seating area within a covered porch could also serve you well into the twilight hours with the addition of lighting.


These palms come alive at night with lighting

We must also never forget that adding illumination and proper lighting to your pergola, arbor or covered porch will add interest to your landscaping. Many pergolas and arbors are surrounded by lush foliage and gorgeous flowering vines, like roses. By adding lighting to your structure you can enjoy the blooms into the night. With proper lighting applied to areas of interest the landscaping will look so good, even mother nature will blush.


Lighting changes this trellis into a masterpiece in the evening

If you are looking for a way to add charisma to your pergola, arbor or covered porch give Outdoor Lighting Perspectives a call to set up a night-time demonstration. You will never have to stop enjoying the beauty of these structures once the sun has set again. Call us at 800-447-1112 or contact us at  http://www.outdoorlights.com/contact-us/free-consultation.html to set up a free consultation.