As darker skies arrive earlier in the day, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville celebrates October as National Outdoor Lighting Month

National Outdoor Lighting MonthOctober is National Outdoor Lighting Month! This event was created by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives in 2013 as a consumer awareness effort to educate homeowners about the  impact quality and professionally installed outdoor lighting can make to their home, landscape, special event and lifestyle. Professional outdoor lighting increases safety, beauty and function around your home, landscape and outdoor living spaces. Our philosophy is “if it can be illuminated, it can be transformed with outdoor lighting.

Celebrating this event couldn’t have come at a better time of year. In case you haven’t noticed, night is making it’s debut earlier and earlier each afternoon as we near the end of Daylight Savings Time on November 2nd. The dark afternoons serve as the perfect catalyst in outlining the beneficial reasons for adding outdoor lighting. 

Belle Meade architectural LED lighting and tree lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

By making the decision to schedule the addition of outdoor lighting to your home and landscape now, you will never have to return home to a dark house again or regulate your outdoor activities with the setting sun. Our professional lighting designs promise carefree enjoyment and added safety to all your outdoor areas. From architectural lighting which makes the beauty of your home the centerpiece of your property, to driveway lighting powered by lighting control automation (LCA), that knows the very minute you are to arrive home each day ensuring safe entry into your home at the end of a hard day. Our LCA is available for all installations and provides effortless control of your home’s indoor and outdoor lighting and other powered features. Our smart timer can do more than simply turn on selected lights at dusk. It can control your indoor and outdoor electric outlets. Here are just a few of the benefits LCA will provide:

Our Set it and forget it technology makes setting your outdoor lighting for seasonal changes such as DST a breeze!

Our Set it and forget it technology makes setting your outdoor lighting for seasonal changes such as DST a breeze!

  • LCA will ensure your outdoor lights come on automatically at dusk and off at dawn or the time of your choosing.
  • LCA will allow you to designate zones of lighting, both indoor and outdoor and program these zones to turn on and off automatically so your home always looks occupied. This is a huge convenience when you are on vacation.
  • LCA will allow you to program your lights to come at 50% power with the onset of dusk and progressively increase as the evening gets darker. This feature not only saves energy; it also creates a romantic ambiance in your landscape.
  • LCA allows you to control lights and appliances inside your home to come on automatically as well. We can even place a central keypad to control the entire system at the flick of a switch in any location you choose.
  • LCA can be programmed to gain control from your laptop or even your smart phone. This feature allows you to control your lighting from remote locations for the utmost convenience and versatility.
  • LCA will allow you to illuminate your home and landscape in any configuration and to come on at varying times. The choices are only limited to your imagination.

http://www.outdoorlights.com/national-outdoor-lighting-month/#guideThe possibilities are endless when it comes to outdoor lighting, all providing more convenient days and beautiful evenings! You can visit http://www.outdoorlights.com/national-outdoor-lighting-month/#guide to request a free outdoor lighting guide to gain valuable tips and learn about the latest LED holiday and event lighting trends and much more!

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

You can also contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville at (615) 373 – 0638
Email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com to begin your journey to outdoor lighting bliss!

 

 

Experience the fun and splendor of Nashville in autumn, there is plenty to see and do!

Autumn in Middle TennesseeAutumn has arrived in Nashville and there are plenty of things to do, and sights to see! The  beauty of Mother Nature is evident from every direction as leaves begin their annual show of colors serving as the perfect backdrop to our many local seasonal festivals and events. Beginning in September and running into early November, Nashville offers loads of festive opportunities during the Autumn and Halloween Season. There is an unlimited supply of historic ghost tours, pumpkin patches, corn mazes and haunted houses to enjoy here in the Middle TN region. Here is a peek at just a few of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville’s fall favorites:

Corn Mazes and Pumpkin Patches: 

  • Gentry Farm is 22 miles from Nashville in Franklin, TN, and features a pumpkin patch, farm animals, play areas, nature trail, barns a corn maze and hay rides. Address for Gentry Farm is :1970 Highway 96 West, Franklin, TN 37064, Phone: 615-794-4368
    Email: info@gentryfarm.com
  • Pumpkin patch at RiverView MoundsShuckles Corn Maze offers a variety of autumn-inspired activities on over 30 acres. Activities include a hayride, face painting, pony rides, jump & slide, zip lining, pedal cars, (moonbounce), pumpkin sling shot, hay-hum theater, and of course the corn maze (flashlight nights and kiddie corn maze included.) Shuckles Corn Maze is located just 25 miles from Nashville  in Gallatin. Address: Lower Station Camp Creek Road, just west of Station Camp High School in Gallatin, TN 37066, Phone: 615-206-0112
  • Norman Farm is located just 19 miles from Nashville in nearby Hendersonville. Filled with fun for all ages including hayrides, farm animals, pumpkin patch and corn mazes. Address: 512 Jones Lane, Hendersonville, TN 37075, Phone: 615-824-8254
  • A little farther out but worth the drive, is RiverView Mounds Century Farm located 46 miles from Nashville in Clarksville. This 177 year old century farm is still family owned and offers Hayrides, a corn maze, pumpkin patch, historical indian mound hayride tours and farm animals. Address:1715 Boyd Rinehart Rd Clarksville, TN 37043
    Phone: 931-624-1095
    Email: ScarlettCM@RiverViewMoundsFarm.com

Festivals and Celebrations:

  • Cheekwood Harvest is a cultural event that runs September 27th until November 1st at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum. The event boasts 55 acres allowings guest to walk around and enjoy the season’s changing colors. Children will love to pick a pumpkin from the patch or explore the Turner Seasons garden to find the hidden scarecrows. During Cheekwood Harvest  you can enjoy viewing works of art or take the time to make some art yourself during their Family Studio Drop-In ‘Art’ivities. In addition, you may stop by for one of their Drawing Room Concert Series happening all October.
  •  El Dia de los MuertosAlso at Cheekwood, on November 1st you can celebrate El Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead! Each year, Cheekwood celebrates one of the most important celebrations for the Latin American community with demonstrations, energetic music, and cultural significance. It is a time for families to come together to remember their ancestors and celebrate the continuance of life. The event welcomes all ages as children continue to discover more to love about this unique event. No need to worry about food as there will be plenty of traditional Latin American foods to try!
  • Musicians Corner begins September 6th and goes on until October 25th. The fall performances of Musicians Corner take place each Saturday in September and October at Centennial Park. This is a free and family friendly event that provides musical performances from 1:30-5pm. Everyone is encouraged to arrive early for some pre-show activities begin at noon with food trucks, beer, wine, and activities for children.

Halloween Haunts!

  • The Bell Witch Cave is among the most well-known “haunted” locations in the US. Located in nearby White Creeks Pike, TN, it is also one of Middle Tennesseans’ favoite Halloween haunts! The Legend of the Bell Witch of Adams Tennessee is one of the most notable spirits ever documented by paranormal science making this an experience unlike your normal haunted house.  The Bell Witch Cave offers plenty of events, every year, during the Halloween season including candlelight tours of the haunted cave, hayrides, storytelling, psychic readings and tours of the replica John Bell Cabin as well. Location: 430 Keysburg Road, Adams, TN 37010.
  • Halloween 2014Hauntanel! There is fun for all ages at Hauntanel including a haunted hayride, and haunted “sideshow” trails new for 2014 (not for the faint of heart). Enjoy the 2nd annual “Hauntanel” Halloween weekend at the famous Fontanel Mansion in Whites Creek, TN. Hosted over the October 24-26 weekend from 6pm-11pm. Hauntanel will welcome kids young and old to enjoy a 2 mile old-fashioned hayride through the dusky  woods of the property while a costumed guide treats guests to tales of long ago along the journey. The event is tailored for families and younger children from the hours of 6pm till 8pm. This fun and friendly evening ride welcomes children and you festive adults to arrive ” in costume” as well and participate in the fun. Upon arrival at the mansion, guests will trick-or-treat before heading back down for the second part of the hayride.  There will be a variety of music and fall foods and beverages. These Hayrides are recomended for children and adults of all ages. Portions of the proceeds to benefit the Monroe Harding Childrens Home. Don’t forget the pumpkin patch and 4th annual Whites Creek Fall Craft Festival held this year at Fontanel as well!
  • President Andrew JacksonHauntings at the Hermitage This annual event takes you through a tour of the haunted side of the Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson. This “spooktacular” event leave many attendees saying that “Old Hickory” never left the Hermitage and you can, on occasion, still hear him making noise! This event will be divided into two sessions–one for families with young children, and one for visitors 13 and up. Activities will include haunted hayrides, trick or treating, a murder mystery puzzle and much more! The Family Session is from 4-7pm and the After Dark Session is from 7pm-10pm. The After Dark session is not recommended for children under the age of 13.
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Matt Oakes of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

This list is just a taste of the fun fall events going on in and around Nashville in honor of the season! From our staff and families here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to yours,we wish you all the joys of autumn!

 

 

 

Our products are proudly made in the USA, in fact, right here in Nashville!

American FlagIn today’s world, more and more products seem to be made outside the USA. Here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville our fixtures are manufactured not only here in the USA, but right here in Nashville! Some may ask, “why is being made local so important?” The truth is, support of American made, and particularly locally made products is vital to our country’s economy and the local economy and remain a testament to quality and craftsmanship. A vital element of the push to  “going Green” includes supporting and buying local which aids in sustaining the local economy.

 B &B Manufacturing and Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville and B&B Manufacturing is located right here in beautiful Nashville!

The Nashville economy relies heavily on manufacturing. Historically, the strength of America has been the product of the hardworking individuals within the economic stronghold of local American factories. The manufacturing industry, as a whole, not only sustains the future of the next generation’s workforce; it also plays a major role in our local economy and overall well-being of all of us whom live and work in Nashville.

Our facilities neighbor Nashville's historic Houston Station.

Our facilities neighbor Nashville’s Houston Station, former home of the old May hosiery mill, within the up and coming Houston/Wedgewood neighborhood.

Fortunately, consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the major role in which the “Made in Nashville” label plays in our full economic structure.People throughout the country are rediscovering the benefits of buying local. Buying local  means you are supporting local economies and able to witness the direct impact of choosing local. As a whole,many are realizing that saving a little on their purchases is costing them a lot more in the long run and are going back to shopping with an eye for quality, durability and craftsmanship; three things which are synonymous buying local.

Deck BB02 used under fountain in entry garden by Anne Daigh landscape architect,LLC at Nasheville Antiques and Garden ShowSupporting locally made products benefits our whole society because it creates upward mobility while building a broader, stronger American middle class. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville and B & B Manufacturing are proud to provide quality outdoor lighting fixtures made right here in the USA, additionally being manufactured locally here in Nashville. In fact, the lights we install are the same fixtures, components and even LED bulbs that are putting people to work locally. From LED bulb assembly to shining the fixtures and shipment and installation, these are the jobs provided here at our facilities that are providing employment for Nashville residents.

Belle Meade architectural and landscape lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of NashvilleIn case you did not know, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville is also B&B Manufacturing.  B&B was established by Bob Lyons Sr., Bob Lyons Jr.,(hence the B and B), along with Winston Edwards who played a vital  role when we began manufacturing in 1998. B&B Manufacturing is a privately held company that manufactures commercial and residential outdoor lighting  fixtures locally to Outdoor Lighting Perspectives and Green Outdoor Lighting locations all over the country. Our goal is to provide you with the best quality outdoor lighting fixtures,expert outdoor lighting design and installation with personal service to match.

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to learn how we can pass our quality onto you by designing your outdoor lighting. We have over 22 years of experience lighting the most beautiful homes and landscapes in the Nashville, TN area.  (615) 373 – 0638 email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

 

 

 

How the simplicity of colored lens covers can add drama to your existing outdoor lighting

Colored Lens filters promise creative Nashville outdoor lighting

Colored Lens filters promise creative Nashville outdoor lighting.

Many times, our stories serve as a way to convey the benefits of outdoor lighting to homeowners who do not have existing outdoor lighting. We are pleased that we can serve as a reputable and informative source about all genres of outdoor lighting. We also feel it is important to keep our existing outdoor lighting customers informed of ways they can implement their systems to gain the most enjoyment. Colored lens covers are a great example of a simple way to add drama to your existing landscape lighting for a special event, occasion or just to change the mood in your landscape!

Lighting Effects with orange lens covers, photo courtesy of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Colorado

Lighting Effects with orange lens covers, photo courtesy of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Colorado.

Multi-color acrylic lens covers are available through Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville that simply install over your existing well lights.These vibrant lens covers are available in green, red, dark blue, light blue, amber, purple and orange. In addition, colored lens covers are also available for spotlight fixtures and colored LED bi-pin bulbs are available for path lights. 

With Halloween and Christmas right around the corner, imagine the possibilities these colorful colors could serve in your landscape…

Not only can these versatile lens covers enhance the festive mood in your landscape, they work great when used in conjunction with other genres of holiday outdoor lighting. This lighting amenity speaks well to homeowners who love the use of festive color in their home during the holidays, and aren’t afraid of using color in the landscape.

Colorful Nashville Holiday Lighting

Colorful Nashville Holiday Lighting.

Red lens covers welcome the holiday season. Photo courtesy of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Colorado.

Red lens covers help welcome the holiday season. Photo courtesy of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Colorado.

Since these covers come in a myriad of colors, they are easily interchangeable on a whim. Orangem amber and purple work great for celebrating Halloween. Orange would also reflect a show of support for the University of TN football! Red and green work great for Christmas, blue works great for Hanukkah and also to show support for the Titans on game day! The list of possibilities and creative ways you can use these lens covers to show off your distinct style is truly endless!

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville today to learn more about colored lens covers for your existing Nashville outdoor lighting system and our other unique lighting amenities. Call us at (615) 373 – 0638 or via email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

Enjoy a moment of nostalgia as we travel back in time to when we were known as “Lightscapes”

OLP 1997 article about Lightscapes in the Nashville Banner

1997 article about Lightscapes in the Nashville Banner.

Recently, I came across this newspaper clipping from an article featured in the Nashville Banner from 1997. Although the article was written over a decade ago, it made me take a nostalgic look back in the past of our beloved company that is now known as Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville.

As many of you may already know, we were originally called “Lightscapes” and were operating under that name from 1987 until 1999. The birth of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives can be traced back to us, as we were a driving force in the way outdoor lighting was brought to market. By creating a turnkey landscape lighting business which featured the advent of the “night-time demonstration”, by doing this we brought the concept of all-inclusive outdoor lighting out of the shadows, away from being “avant garde” and into the mainstream.

Timeless outdoor lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville.

Timeless outdoor lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville.

Up until this point in time, outdoor lighting and landscape lighting was reserved mainly for the elite due to the expense of having to go through so many “channels” to have a system installed. For example, there was no “one stop” to receive a design consultation, order fixtures, schedule installation or even consider a “night-time” demonstration or system maintenance. In order to have any type of upscale outdoor lighting you first had to hire a designer, then you had to most likely arrange an appointment with a specialty lighting store which carried outdoor lighting fixtures. Upon arrival of the fixtures ( which could take weeks or even months) you then had to hire an electrician to install the lights, many of which having no experience in outdoor lighting at all, and rely on a wish and a hope that everything came out as you imagined once the switch was turned on that first evening. This is the part of the story where things often became a headache for the homeowner — like having to contact the electrician or your designer to “tweak” placement or other dilemmas that would, and did, often arise. In some cases, a number of the fixtures might not be operating properly, etc, and you are back to square one in the endless pursuit of lighting the night! This formula added up to a frustrating, time-consuming and much too expensive proposition for most homeowners. We aimed to change it all, and we did!

Up close look at BB02 path light

Up close look at BB02 path light.

Not only do we plan, design, and install your outdoor lighting as part of our all-inclusive service, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville is also B&B Manufacturing.The B&B in B&B Manufacturing actually stands for, yes, you guessed it, Bob and Bob, which are Bob Lyons Sr. and Bob Lyons Jr. The father and son team that started this company back in the 80’s. B&B Manufacturing is a privately held company that manufactures commercial and residential outdoor lighting  fixtures. We use our own quality fixtures exclusively, as do many of the other Outdoor Lighting Perspectives locations throughout the country.

Nashville Landscape Lighting Gazebo

This gazebo comes to life at night within the landscape with outdoor lighting

This means we are a one-stop-shop for all your outdoor lighting needs. No middle man, no separate scheduling, and no runaround. Our vision and innovation cuts out all the “channels” involved in the outdoor lighting installations of yesteryear.We also have the advantage of fully understanding the technology of outdoor lighting because it is all we do. This means we have more than one way to solve an issue safely when one arises.This level of commitment, experience and talent is immeasurable in the business. We can even schedule a night-time demonstration at your home or business to let you experience the magic that is Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville!

Reflecting on this particular article, where our lighting was featured on a local Victorian mansion used as the 1997 Decorator’s Show Home for the Junior League‘s annual fund-raiser, you will notice elegance in outdoor lighting never goes out of style. When Bob Lyons was interviewed for the Nashville Banner he pointed out one of the secrets behind successful outdoor lighting, which still rings true today — “…lights placed in the right places, trees and plants will glow and the best features of your house will shine.” It may sound simple, but there is an art in knowing proper placement and choosing the right fixture to gain the most benefit.

Lightscape logo

Recognize this?

One of the biggest benefits of using an established company like us for your outdoor lighting needs is that we have proven that we have staying power within our market and region. We have a great product and great service, as well as a group of wonderful people to go along with it. “The perfect lighting.” Lyons says, “is when you never see a fixture day of night”. That is where the true measure of magic in our outdoor lighting lies.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville vanContact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to learn how we can pass our quality onto you by designing your outdoor lighting. We have over 26 years of experience lighting the most beautiful homes, storefronts, businesses and landscapes in the Nashville, TN area. (615) 373 – 0638
email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

If you listen closely, you can hear the faintest tinkle of sleigh bells in the distance…

outdoor holiday lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

If you listen closely on this hot September afternoon you can hear the faintest tinkle of sleigh bells in the distance.

It may seem improbable, but if you listen really closely on this hot September afternoon you can hear the faintest tinkle of sleigh bells in the distance…Why? You may ask? Naturally, it’s because Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville is busy scheduling appointments for our holiday lighting program. Believe it or not Christmas is only 15 weeks away! Factoring in most Nashville homeowners prefer to have their holiday lighting up and running the day after Thanksgiving leaves only 12 weeks to have your lighting planned, designed and scheduled for installation to enjoy in time for the season.

Colorful Nashville Holiday Lighting

As slots are already beginning to fill up, we encourage you to start thinking about your holiday lighting for the upcoming holiday season ahead. In case you haven’t heard about our convenient outdoor lighting program here are the details, and how it works:

Our holiday outdoor lighting program is an ultra-convenient way to have the holiday lighting covered for your home or business this season. It’s easy, effortless and most of all beautiful!  We design, order, install, remove and store your outdoor holiday lighting for you. We translate your desired holiday lighting theme, colors and locations you wish to illuminate into a customized design and then order all the lights for you. When the time is right, we install your holiday lights to enjoy until it is time to remove the lights. After the holiday season is over, we will come out and professionally remove your outdoor holiday lighting and store it in our temperature controlled warehouse until the next holiday season. 

Elegant Nashville Holiday Lighting

We also offer the widest selection of outdoor holiday lights around, everything from classic and elegant to unique and whimsical — if you dream it, we can design it!

nashville Christmas Lights bb

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville’s holiday lighting program takes one of the most dreaded tasks of the year and makes it something to look forward to. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy the season with family and friends. Our team of trained installers will take care of the hard part, so you don’t have the chore of the teetering ladder, tangled cords and headaches that go along with installing your holiday lights.

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville today to get on our holiday lighting program list. We will be offering many of our same classic, timeless designs to make this year a holiday to remember, as well as some new additions to our already overflowing selection of holiday outdoor lighting. (615) 373-0638 email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

You can see more examples of our holiday lighting designs by visiting our outdoor holiday lighting photo gallery located on our website today!

 

 

Adopt your ducks today and come join us for a day of racing, all to benefit a good cause!

Rubber Duck with SunglassesIt’s that time of year again in Nashville when as many as 10,000 rubber ducks compete in the Nashville 2014 Kiwanis Incredible Duck Splash! The event takes place this weekend, on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 3:30 pm in the Lazy River at Nashville Shores Waterpark.

This is the second year for the event and YOU are cordially invited to get in on the fun by adopting ducks to compete in the event, and attending! Through Duck Adoptions, this community event funds the Nashville Kiwanis Club’s philanthropic grant program. By adopting a duck today you will help support local charities that improve the lives of children in Middle Tennessee! Your duck adoption(s) help fund important programs at: Book’em, CASA Nashville, Children’s Miracle Network at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital, Ducks Unlimited, Fisk University, GraceWorks Ministries, Hiram Lodge Preservation Inc., Mental Health America, Nashville Symphony, Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research, Salvation Army Nashville Area Command, Special Olympics Tennessee, Tennessee Voices for Children, Unlock the Champion, and the Kiwanis family clubs of Kentucky and Tennessee to support our Kiwanis Global Campaign for Children to eliminate maternal/neonatal tetanus.

The Rubber DUcky Race 2013On event day, KIDS “Quacktivities” will kick off at 3:00 pm with the race commencing at 3:30. For those who are interested, Nashville Shores is offering discounted admission to the park in honor of Kiwanis Family Day (use promo code “kids” on the Nashville Shores homepage).These discounted tickets are $16.99 instead of the usual $34.99 per person, and $9.00 pre-paid parking passes can be purchased also. The Donor of the winning duck will receive $10,000, and additional prizes will be awarded. We invite you and your family to join us for an afternoon of fun in the sun, all to benefit many worthy causes in our region.

Nashville 2014 Kiwanis Incredible Duck Splash!

Please visit http://goo.gl/yOqIzs to adopt your ducks now! Thank you for supporting the Kiwanis of Nashville Foundation’s mission with your donation. As an active member of Kiwanis, owner of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville, Bob Lyons of team “Quack Kills”, wants to thank you for supporting this incredible event!

We look forward to seeing you there!