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!

There’s more to do in Music City than just music — much more!

Music cityThe entire world already knows Nashville as “Music City” because our foundations were built on music. From early settlers playing the fiddle before setting out on the Cumberland River, to being the home of the famed “Grand Ole Opry“, Nashville has always been revered for its music, musicians, songs and the place where dreams can come true! Today’s Nashville offers a wide range of diverse musical styles, not just country & western music. Nashville has also become a hub for pop, rock, bluegrass, Americana, jazz, classical, contemporary Christian, blues, and soul music. Rolling Stone recently gave Nashville the title of “Best Music Scene.” Talented artists such as  Robert Plant, Bon Jovi, Michael Buble and many more are among those who have come to Music City to write and record. Artists like Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, Michael McDonald, Sheryl Crow, and Jack White have even chose to call Nashville home.

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Statue on Nashville’s music row.

With all its memorable melodic venues, and a history rich in music, there is still much to see and do in Nashville, especially when it comes to food! Of course, there is a wide variety of food genres to choose from but being natives to Nashville we have a few places we are quite partial too when it comes dinnertime: here they are listed in random order.

Nashville hot chickenHattie B’s Hot Chicken — Widely regarding around this region as the best hot chicken and wings around.  Hattie B’s has two convenient locations to please, offering your choice of heat levels from mild to “shut the cluck up” there is something delish to suit even the most discriminating hot chicken lover!

Even more to cluck about — Yes, we even celebrate our homage to hot chicken — Listed on Gourmet.com as one of America’s best food festivals, the Music City Hot Chicken Festival is held every 4th of July in Nashville. This annual event includes authentic Nashville style hot chicken vendors, an amateur hot chicken cookoff, beer, sunshine and even a parade!

travel-and-leisure-best-bbqDid you know Nashville was voted the best, meaning numero uno (#1) American city for barbecues this year by Travel & Leisure magazine! That’s right — Music City won for compiling a greatest-hits collection of barbecue styles. Among one of our personal favorites for BBQ is Peg Leg Porker BBQ. This barbecue alone is worth a trip to Nashville! Located in The Gulch, Carey Bringle’s Peg Leg Porker is finger-licking BBQ at its best. According to an article in Nashville Scene, The owner, “Bringle is a Nashville boy with roots in West Tennessee — Graceland and thereabouts, where the term “ribs” means Rendezvous-style dry rub. Peg Leg Porker’s signature is a 16-ingredient medley of warm red spices — low salt, no sugar — that gets applied after the pork ribs emerge from the smoker. Based on chili and paprika, the finishing rub is intended to mirror the flavors of barbecue sauce. It is a strategy that showcases the smoky meat, without losing it under a sticky lacquer of caramelized mopping sauce. When the rib meat is as tender and juicy as Peg Leg Porker’s, clinging to the bone with just the right tenacity, there’s no need to overshadow it.”

If your hungry for a change then Epice ( The name, pronounced “ay-PEACE,” means “spice” in French), is just the spot. “The sleek Lebanese bistro in 12South is the perfect antidote to local food overdose”, as an article in Nashville Scene commented. Epice is a neighborhood bistro serving moderately priced, simple and authentic Lebanese foods reflective of Lebanon’s flavorful Mediterranean cuisine.

The Mediterranean

The Mediterranean.

In addition, Kalmatas is another of our faves. Kalmatas has three locations of their family style restaurant that bring together the diverse flavours of the Mediterranean to your table. The tastes of Kalmatas come full-circle as traditional recipes are enjoyed with a modern twist that captures the classic taste while ensuring a health conscious option for everyone to enjoy.

Your friends here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville have been proudly providing outdoor lighting for homes and business in the Nashville area for over 25 years. We are always striving to improve the enjoyment you experience in your own backyard, and around town! Now, with all this talk about food — it’s dinnertime~

 

 

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville, “the night is ours” and all that entails!

We are proud to unveil our new look, and logo, now covering our Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville fleet of vans and trucks! You may have noticed them around town already. In case you haven’t seen one yet, here is a sneak preview:

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A sneak peek at our new van graphics.

As you can see, the new graphic showcases one of our beautiful copper path lights in action and also highlights our new tagline; “the night is ours“. Here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville, “the night is ours” is all the name entails and much more because we are experts at making the night yours through our professional outdoor lighting designs! Here are just a few of the ways we are making the evening more beautiful and more functional for residents and businesses all over the Nashville area:

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    Nashville holiday lighting.

    Holiday Lighting for Home & Business: Are renowned holiday lighting designs have given Nashville area residents joy during the Christmas holiday for many years. We offer an innovative holiday outdoor lighting program that is an ultra-convenient, ultra-beautiful way to take care of your holiday lighting needs. This program means we take care of everything for you from installation to removal and storage.

  • Permanent festoon lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville at The Gulch

    Permanent festoon lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville at The Gulch.

    Residential and Commercial Outdoor Lighting Design & Installation: Our outdoor lighting services include architectural and facade lighting to bring out the best features in your beautiful home or storefront. We also specialize in landscape and garden lighting, fountain and water feature lighting, deck and patio lighting, tree lighting, statuary lighting and we are the leader among LED outdoor lighting designs and installation.

  • Huston Station Nashville lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

    Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville special event lighting for wedding held at Huston Station in downtown Nashville.

    Temporary Outdoor Lighting for Special Events: We provide temporary lighting (including indoor as well as outdoor), for events and special occasions such as weddings, outdoor proms, dances, graduation and birthday celebrations, family reunions and other outdoor (and indoor) events you have planned.

  • Orb lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville at Arrington Vineyards. Picture provided by Nash Severance Photography

    Orb lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville at Arrington Vineyards. Picture provided by Nash Severance Photography

    Permanent Festival Lighting: Festival lighting is all the rage for homeowners wanting to add ambiance in their outdoor settings. From festoon to orb lighting, festival lighting is one of the most unique and versatile lighting trends for adding illumination into an outdoor area, but also as a way to convey a feeling of a mood within the space.

  • Lighting Control Automation: Our lighting control automation (LCA) technology can make your life easier and offer you the conveniences that you never dreamed possible. From  programming the lights to automatically come on when you enter your driveway at night, to the capability of controlling your lighting from your smart phone even while on vacation — wow!
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Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville van.

Even though our vans and trucks have a new look, the outstanding service we have provided to the Nashville area for over 25 years remains the same. Our experience and level of commitment in satisfying our customers makes us a household name in outdoor lighting. To learn more about making the night yours, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville today at (615) 373 – 0638
email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

 

How outdoor lighting is helping Nashville homeowners add design, and curb appeal, to their home

Belle Meade Blvd. outdoor lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Belle Meade Blvd. outdoor lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville.

This past weekend marked not only the arrival of August, but also the inaugural arrival of National Curb Appeal month. This new, annual event is dedicated to helping homeowners focus on ways to add value and design appeal to their home’s exterior. One of the best ways to add loads of curb appeal to your home, and landscape, is through the addition of outdoor lighting. Look through the pages of any upscale home or garden magazine and outdoor lighting takes center stage.You may think that creating that same type of nighttime magic, and elegance at your home is only a dream. However, nothing could be farther from the truth. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville has opened up a world of possibilities to homeowners with our professional outdoor lighting designs enabling you to not only daydream about outdoor lighting at your home, but make that vision a reality too!

Recently, our friends at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Augusta  filmed the transformation of one of their client’s properties taking it from beautiful by day to pure enchantment at night. These videos serve as a perfect example of how Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville can transform your property too. It all begins with our consultation, take a look…

The Idea and Inspiration: When most people think of lighting the outside of their homes, they usually just consider safety and security. Important considerations, however, landscape lighting can be incorporated into an overall landscape plan that also adds to the overall beauty of your property. The lighting of steps, paths and walkways will make the grounds of your property safer; the lighting of the home façade, trees, and outdoor living spaces will add significantly to the aesthetics and make the home more inviting.  And there is the obvious benefit of added security by eliminating dark areas of the yard.

Free Design Consultation and Demonstration: Most people don’t realize this until we add lighting, but the backyard is a whole new room that they haven’t explored fully. You can have the option of going  beyond that light bulb at the doorway and create a storybook setting at your house too. Good lighting can bring magical qualities to any setting. You can rediscover the perimeter of your property, make it fun to entertain friends and family at night again and highlight points of interest, such as sculptures, fountains or even trees within your yard. Take a look at this  “preview”of  how the addition of outdoor lighting can enhance our property  as we reveal what is involved in a  nighttime demonstration …

The Installation: Once you have experienced the magic of a nighttime demonstration, here is an  in-depth look at our quality installation process…

The Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Reveal: Here in Nashville, March through September is some of the best times to enjoy outdoor living. With the addition of outdoor lighting, your landscape and outdoor living spaces are instantly transformed into usable space.Take a look at the big reveal of this transformation and imagine you and your family in the starring role…

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Matt Oakes of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Ready to experience this kind of transformation for yourself? Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to make it happen today! Our talented outdoor lighting designers are waiting to assist you too!  (615) 373 – 0638 email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

Visit our extensive outdoor lighting galleries located on our website, including our landscape lighting gallery, for more inspiring images.

A recent outdoor living survey confirms what Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville already knew!

 

Outdoor lighting plays a major role in the success of landscape architecture.

Outdoor lighting plays a major role in the success of landscape architecture.

A survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects reveals the hottest outdoor living trends for 2014, and it is no surprise to us that outdoor lighting was at the top!  The data compiled reveals “consumer demand remains strong for attractively designed residential landscapes that are perfect for entertaining and relaxing. The survey also shows continuing popularity for both sustainable and low-maintenance design.” All of these findings are “spot-on” as they closely mimic the trends we are seeing here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville. Homeowners are putting more effort into their landscape than ever before, including landscape lighting. In addition, they are also integrating outdoor lighting into the outdoor spaces they utilize for entertainment, recreation, family time and relaxation purposes. With low-maintenance and sustainability in mind, LED outdoor lighting makes up more than half of the residential, and commercial, installations we do.

Outdoor lighting nashville spa lightingHere is a look at the results of the 2014 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects:

Outdoor Living Features (Overall rating for 2014)   Percent Rating Popular or Somewhat Popular: Across all categories, 98.3 percent of respondents rated lighting as somewhat or very in-demand for 2014.

  • Lighting – 98.3%
  • Seating/dining areas – 97.7%
  • Fire pits/fireplaces – 95.4%
  • Grills – 94.3%
  • Installed seating (benches, seatwalls, ledges, steps, boulders) – 89.6%
  • Outdoor furniture – 84.1%
  • Counter space – 75.5%
  • Utility storage – 65.5%
  • Stereo systems – 60.7%
  • Wireless/internet connectivity – 56.0%
Landscape lighting done right

We offer nighttime demonstrations in order to determine the areas of your property that would benefit the most from lighting.

Why, you may ask, has lighting become such an integral part of outdoor living? The answer is simple; outdoor lighting extends the safety, security, comfort, beauty and function of your outdoors in the evening. Outdoor lighting makes it possible to live the way you and your family want to live outdoors with no limitations on enjoyment! Outdoor lighting is now within the grasp of every homeowner. Where once upon a time, homeowners had to “guess” at where and how outdoor lighting could enhance their home and landscape, we offer nighttime demonstrations in order to determine the areas of your property that would benefit the most from lighting. Here are just a few examples of the impact outdoor lighting can have…

  • Outdoor lighting that is sustainable and low-maintenance
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives LED path light

We offer our clients a way to invest in tomorrow through the use of “green” outdoor lighting technologies such as LED.

LED lighting is energy-efficient, making them more economical to operate than traditional outdoor lighting. LED lighting also leaves less of an impact on the environment than other genres of outdoor lighting.  It can save a homeowner thousands in energy costs over the LED’s lifetime. In addition, since they contain no glass components, they are not vulnerable to vibration or breakage like conventional bulbs and make the perfect lighting for outdoor applications. LED lights are free of toxic chemicals. Most conventional fluorescent bulbs contain a multitude of materials such as mercury that are dangerous for the environment and make disposal dangerous. Since they contain no toxic materials and are 100% recyclable, they will help you reduce your carbon footprint by up to a third. LED is safer in many regards too because it generates light from cool burning technology, and it uses less wire to install properly. Our LED outdoor lighting is also longer lasting and requires less frequent replacement and maintenance making their operation seem effortless!

  • Outdoor lighting for residential landscapes that are perfect for entertaining and relaxing
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Landscape lighting is one of the best investments a homeowner can make to enhance the beauty and function of their landscape.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville  embraces both classic and emerging outdoor lighting ideas and new ways to introduce not only illumination into an area, but also as a way to convey a feeling of a mood within a space. Landscape lighting is one of the best investments a homeowner can make to enhance the beauty and function of their landscape.

There are four (4) main benefits to adding landscape lighting to your property. These are beauty and curb appeal, safety, security and the way it adds value to your home. While the aesthetic benefits of landscape lighting are an inevitable plus, the added benefit of making your home safer and more secure is a driving force for installing landscape lighting for many homeowners.There are many different types of landscape lighting to choose from including innovative and versatile permanent festival lighting that adds a touch of whimsy and romance to any landscape!

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Matt Oakes of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville today to learn more about our timeless landscape lighting designs. We can turn your landscape into your favorite place to be all season long! Call us at (615) 373 – 0638 or contact us via email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com Please visit our extensive outdoor lighting galleries located on our website, including our landscape lighting gallery, for more inspiring outdoor lighting designs.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville wants to know what you and your family have planned in honor of the 4th of July?

American FlagIndependence Day all over America evokes feelings of pride in our country, and a mood of nostalgia and patriotism. Here in the Nashville area, the best place to experience the Fourth of July like it was meant to be celebrated, in my opinion, is at the Whitland Avenue 4th of July Celebration. This celebration is the closest example of Norman Rockwell’s America you are going to get, with an impetus on family, friends and the wonder of the 4th!

The celebration takes place on Whitland Avenue, a peaceful tree-lined shaded street with beautiful old homes and well-manicured and landscaped yards. Several blocks are blocked off to accommodate the celebration. Almost every house is decorated with American flags and a large American and Tennessee flag hang suspended from wires across the street. This is the 38th year for this event and you live in, or near, Nashville and have never attended, mark your calendars for this year.

Please enjoy a peek into the annual reading of the Declaration of Independence, an integral part of the Whitlands 4th of July celebration each year!

The event begins at 11:00 am with a parade. This parade is a little different from the traditional holiday parades because it is full of nostalgia of hometown and yesteryear where children decorate their bicycles ablaze with red, white, and blue and proudly display American flags from their handlebars and parade down the street in all smiles! More children are pulled in wagons decked out in patriotic splendor. The children beam with pride as the people on the sidewalk cheer them. Some participants also walk their dogs down the parade route dressed in their holiday canine best.

outdoor-lighting-nashville TNThe Children’s Parade kicks off the event, following the parade portion, the celebration continues as live music abounds marking the beginning of patriotic readings, recitations and poetry steeped in Americana. As  the band continues to play the picnic begins where you can sample prize-winning homemade desserts and other fair.

Just as the Tennessean described the Whitland Avenue 4th of July celebration; “it as if time stands still as Nashville’s Whitland neighborhood enjoys life in ‘own little bubble’.  It is almost as if they invented July 4th somehow.The folks on Whitland Avenue started this as a small celebration, and it has just ballooned into something special. The event  just a lot of fun with loads of character.”

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville would like to wish you and yours the most wonderful 4th of July ever! Enjoy –

Did your Father’s Day outdoor celebration come and go leaving you in the dark?

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Do you regret not adding lighting to your outdoor living spaces sooner?

I know you have all heard the phrase “hindsight is 20/20″, right? The phrase is actually a proverb that teaches a moral, meaning in hindsight things are obvious which were not obvious from the outset; one is able to evaluate past choices more clearly than at the time of the choice. With this in mind, you may have in fact found yourself wishing you had moved ahead with having your outdoor lighting installed prior to this past weekend’s Father’s Day festivities — hindsight.

With all the outdoor living opportunities the warmer season brings, such as Memorial Day, Mother’s Day, Graduations, Father’s Day and Independence and Labor Day, it is a shame to have your outdoor celebrations cut short because of a lack of proper outdoor lighting. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville wants to remind you that it is not too late to make the most out of your outdoor moments spent with family and friends. Now is the time to contact us to design and install your outdoor lighting to ensure all your upcoming outdoor celebrations are set to the right light. Outdoor lighting will allow carefree spontaneity and enable you to set the time the party ends, not the setting sun!

  • Here a few scenarios where the addition of outdoor lighting would be beneficial in maximizing you and your guests’ enjoyment:
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Deck lighting will enhance the safety and function of your deck.

Outdoor lighting for your outdoor living spaces — You have an outdoor barbecue planned for family and friends. You have planned everything accordingly including a delicious menu, desserts and even backyard games for the kids! Unfortunately, you did not consider the lack of lighting on your backyard deck or patio, where the event is to take place. This is a case where professional deck, patio and landscape lighting would have been a huge benefit to the success of your gathering. We can even custom design lighting specifically for your grilling area or outdoor kitchen to give you a food preparation area that is well-illuminated. With outdoor lighting nightfall would have allowed you to remain outdoors with your guests, enjoying delicious barbecue, conversation and endless fun. If you had chosen an LED installation, which utilizes exclusive CREE LED technology, your outdoor lighting would have an added bonus: it would have meant fewer bothersome insects in your landscape and outdoor living areas than that of traditional outdoor lighting.

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Enjoy all the benefits of landscape lighting integrated with pool lighting this summer!

Outdoor lighting for the areas around your pool and spa — its summertime, after all, and you decide to throw a pool party in honor of your son or daughter’s birthday! You want this occasion to be special for your child, and his/her party guests. You carefully plan the games, refreshments, paper goods, music and party favors. The day of the event arrives and you soon realize you did not consider the party would extend past dusk! You soon realize you must move the entire party indoors because the lack of visibility around your pool becomes a risk for the attendees of the party. The solution to this situation would have been the addition of water feature lighting and landscape lighting to the areas frequented around your pool. Lighting would have made your pool area safer for party-goers, giving you peace of mind and delivering a one-of-a-kind party the kids will remember forever!

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Guest house and cottage outdoor lighting.

Outdoor lighting for the areas around your guest house or cottage — You have company coming in from out-of-town this season, which will be staying in your guest house or cottage. You may have an exterior building on your grounds that has great architectural flair or that it visited often at night. It could be a guest house, cottage or some other type of outdoor building. You have the accommodations prepared for the comfort of your guests in mind, neat as a pin and ready for their anticipated arrival. Unfortunately you did not consider how dark entering and exiting the guest quarters could be for your friends or family to allow them to make themselves at home. One of the best ways to alleviate dark pathways that lead to and from your home to other structures on your property is by the addition of path lighting. Our path lighting casts a gentle glow downward on the path and adjoining landscaping making evening travel safe and relaxed. You don’t want any overly bright light to obscure night-time vision, overpower the surroundings or lose the romantic effect that you have with such beautiful structures on a property — our path lighting delivers safety and style!

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This beautifully illuminated outdoor living room is bathed in rich , romantic energy-efficient low voltage outdoor lighting Perspectives.

We hope these “real life” outdoor living scenarios have helped your realize just how much adding outdoor lighting could benefit you, your family and any guests that visit your home this season, and throughout the year.

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

Our goal is to design your outdoor lighting for the way you and your family want to enjoy the outdoors. If you are ready to make this summer the best ever during the time you and your family will spend outdoors contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville today. Our talented outdoor lighting designers are waiting to assist you! You can call us at (615) 373 – 0638, or by email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com