Get Out and Enjoy Downtown and Home Town Fun in Nashville with Family this 4th of July Weekend!

Happy Independence Day from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville!

Happy Independence Day from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville!

Here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we are getting ready to celebrate Independence Day with our families, and it’s a time when we think about how lucky we are to live in a country where freedom, opportunity and a deep sense of patriotism are abundant. It’s a great day to gather up the kids for some family fun, relaxation, good food and, of course, music. We know there’s truly no place like Nashville for a true American 4th of July family experience, and if you are stumped for ideas on what to do on the 4th, here’s four ideas for you to try on for size:

Downtown Nashville’s Music City: Let Freedom Sing! celebration is going to be of epic proportions. Being a city that knows how to entertain in huge fashion, the fireworks display this year is said to be the largest and longest in America (even bigger than the Macy’s one in New York City!!) and will be synchronized to live music performed by the Nashville Symphony. The big boom goes off at 9:30 PM downtown along Riverfront Park, Public Square and Cumberland Park and is completely free to the public.

Events downtown start as early as 12 noon with local and national bands playing throughout the afternoon, and a free and kid-friendly Family Fun Zone on 5th Avenue and Broadway features inflatables, games and music for kiddos. At 6:30 PM, country music sweetheart Martina McBride will kick off a special performance along with opening act Mikki Ekko at the Jack Daniels Main Stage located at 1st Avenue and Broadway.

Nashville fun family for July 4thIf mega sized events aren’t your thing and you prefer something a little more old-fashioned, then get yourself a true taste of how America celebrates in a small community by visiting Whitland Avenue for their annual Fourth of July parade that kicks off at 11 AM. The gorgeous antique homes are dressed up in red, white and blue grandeur, and the energy rivals that of the Christmas season. This event is all about the children in our community, and they will happily ride their bicycles down the parade route waving a big ol’ flag and wearing a megawatt smile. We are sure it’s something they will remember when they grow up and they pull their own children down the same street in a red wagon festooned with festive bunting. Family pets get in on the act too, wearing all sorts of charming and celebratory outfits. Then the good people of Whitland have a fantastic picnic, so be sure to bring a blanket and some food. This is down home fun at its best, and our favorite part is the pie and dessert contest. Yum!

Nashville SkylineSince July 4th happens to fall on the first Saturday of the month, you can also visit the local art galleries around Nashville completely free to check out their exhibits on the First Saturday Art Crawl that happens every month. Over 20 galleries are part of this event covering art across all styles and genres.

Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum is featuring their Human Landscape exhibit at the moment, so go stroll through the 55-acre estate where 9 massively scaled outdoor sculptures, such a human heads, are done with a truly unique sense of inventiveness.

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John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville is beyond proud to be part of the Nashville market, and we’ve been thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with our residential and commercial customers to help them realize their lighting and landscape dreams over the last two decades. We are truly thankful to the community for embracing us and having trusted in our expertise. We’ve truly loved lighting up your world! Happy July 4th, y’all!

Let Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville do your outdoor lighting maintenance now, for an interruption free summer event schedule!

Outdoor Lighting NashvilleAs a host, nothing is worse than realizing too late that you have forgotten to get or do something for the party. A missed detail can be devastating…often filling you with regret and spoiling your fun at your own event. To prevent this from happening during any 4th of July celebrations you may have planned, please allow us to suggest a few items for your pre-party check list:

  • Check your propane tank levels or charcoal and lighter fluid now to ensure you will be ready to grill.
  • Start stocking up on ice (put it in your deep freeze) and your favorite beverages now, to beat the rush the Friday before July 4th.
  • Make sure you’ve pulled together all the backyard game components this week… like the “birdie” for badminton, the complete bocce set, all of the wickets for croquet, the Frisbee and all the bean bags for corn hole.
  • Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to do your outdoor lighting inspection and maintenance now.
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The outdoor living season is here. Time to schedule your outdoor lighting maintenance!

Try to imagine how you would feel if your outdoor lighting system failed during your next outdoor cocktail party or your upcoming 4th of July cookout. After you did a frantic timer check without successfully getting the lights back on, you could dig out your candles or bamboo tiki torches (if still have any oil for them) to add some light to your patio or deck…but who can have fun now? It’s just not the same as using your custom designed outdoor lighting system which perfectly casts just the right amount of task and ambient lighting all throughout your outdoor living area.

With this in mind, wouldn’t it be more comforting to know well before your next outdoor evening event that your outdoor lighting system has been fully inspected, adjusted and any needed repairs completed? Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville can give you this peace of mind with our Annual Maintenance Plan by assuring you need never lift a finger to adjust a fixture or change a bulb around your Nashville home.

Nashville Outdoor Lighting MaintenanceNo other outdoor lighting Annual Maintenance Plan is more thorough than ours. On an annual basis we will come to your home to:

  • Replace your halogen bulbs (LEDs last 10 times longer)
  • Straighten any knocked fixtures
  • Repair any damaged wire and rebury any wiring that has surfaced
  • Inspect and clean your transformer
  • Reset or check the timer
  • Trim or adjust for plant overgrowth
  • Perform simple changes to enhance the effects of your lighting

Plus, throughout the year, you receive priority response and repairs with no service charge. Your lighting system remains headache-free and operating beautifully.

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You enjoy your first year of annual maintenance free with your full-service outdoor lighting system installed by the professionals at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville. After the initial year, you may sign up for continued Annual Maintenance Plan.

We service other systemsWe will service competitors’ lighting systems as well. If your Nashville outdoor lighting system was installed by another company, you can still take advantage of our maintenance and/or repair services.

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Matt Oakes of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville today to learn more about our outstanding maintenance programs and how an outdoor lighting design can enhance your home, landscape and lifestyle. (615) 373 – 0638 email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com.

PS – just as a reminder… according to Tennessee Code Annotated 68-104-210 makes it a Class B Misdemeanor for unlicensed individuals to set off fireworks.   A Class B misdemeanor is punishable by imprisonment of up to six months and a fine not to exceed $500.

Don’t miss the 2015 Nashville Symphony Show House home tour!

2015 Nashville Symphony Show HouseRecently Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville had the distinct pleasure of being invited to participate in the 2015 Nashville Symphony Show House. This year’s show house was built by Castle Homes in partnership with Wade Weissmann Architecture, Inc., this beautiful residence, often referred to as a “southern contemporary folk style home” is over 5,000 square feet with multiple porches showcasing fine southern living. As such, no fine southern home would be complete without outdoor lighting to enhance the home’s beautiful architectural features and enhance the southern nights spent outdoors!

Outdoor Lighting at Castle Home Symphony Show House

Outdoor Lighting at Castle Home Symphony Show House.

We were thrilled to be asked to custom design and install the outdoor lighting system for the home’s exterior and surrounding property. We worked closely with Siteworks Hardscape Construction LLC, here in Nashville in planning the lighting to enhance the beautiful outdoor living spaces they designed and constructed which grace this year’s showhouse.

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Hardscapes built by Siteworks LLC at Castle Show House.

Showcasing the latest interior design and decorating ideas from some of the area’s top designers along with fresh building and architectural approaches, this magnificent home will be open for daily tours through June 28th in the beautiful Forest Hills area just South of downtown Nashville. Proceeds from the tours benefit the Nashville Symphony. No matter if you are infatuated with all that is vintage or captivated by modern innovations, this home has something for everyone to love. Tickets are $15, available at www.castle homes.com.

  • Additional information regarding home tour:

When: Tours take place 11 a.m.-6 p.m. through June 28.

Where: 2 Bridleway Court in Forest Hills. Shuttle parking is being provided at Congregation Micah, 2001 Old Hickory Blvd., Brentwood.

2015 Nashville Symphony Show House

Be sure not to miss this wonderful opportunity to support one of our city’s greatest treasures, the Nashville Symphony. Music education and community engagement have been at the heart of its mission since the orchestra’s beginnings. The institution reaches more than 100,000 adults and children annually through its free education and community engagement programs.

Outdoor Lighting at Castle Home Symphony Show House

Outdoor Lighting at Castle Home Symphony Show House.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville is proud to be a part of such a beautifully crafted architectural work of art which in turn supports the cultural arts of our community. The funds raised will assist the Nashville Symphony as they continue to engage the community, enrich audiences and shape cultural life for Nashville residents, through music.

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville today if you would like to learn more about the benefits of adding outdoor lighting to your home and landscape, you can request a free consultation by calling (615) 373-0638 or visit our website to learn more at nashville.outdoorlights.com.

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Matt Oakes of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Come see for yourself the beautiful building details of the Nashville Symphony Show House. Open daily from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., click this link for tickets and more information.

Some surprises are marvelous…while others are not.

Nashville LED lighting is greener and more beautiful than everDon’t you just love surprises? You know, that wonderful feeling you get when you open your cable bill and discover they have cut your monthly fee by 30% because you’ve been a loyal customer since 1998, or when you pull up to the drive through window to pay for your special order cup of designer coffee that you only splurge on once a month and the cashier tells you the person in the car in front of you paid for your order and said to have a great day. These kind of surprises are marvelous!

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However here’s another scenario to consider; You are entertaining 25 guests at your home for an evening cocktail and dinner al’ fresco event, and just as dusk arrives and dinner is being served, your outdoor lighting system fails…this is not the kind of surprise any host or hostess would like. Instead of enjoying the conversation, drinks and food with your guests, you are frantically running around trying to find every candle you own to cast some sort of light across the tables in order to salvage the evening. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the confidence in knowing that your outdoor lighting system is primed and ready for peak performance for all of your upcoming outdoor celebrations and social gatherings?

Nashville outdoor lighting maintenanceThe key to having a trustworthy outdoor lighting system is proper maintenance. With an annual maintenance plan from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville, you can rest assured that your outdoor lighting system has been inspected, adjusted and any needed repairs made so you will not have to worry about any surprises. We provide excellent maintenance and service plans that will deliver peace of mind and enjoyment that delivers night after night. We employ highly trained outdoor lighting professionals who are aware of and can fix a variety of outdoor lighting problems, regardless of who installed your outdoor lighting system.

Nashville Outdoor Lighting MaintenanceOver time, several different issues can arise in an outdoor lighting system. Since we can’t prepare for everything, we need to have routine maintenance. That’s why we offer top quality, professional service for all systems. Bulbs burn out, fixtures get knocked out-of-place and even shrubs and storms can alter your system’s performance. We are here to alleviate all those issues and more. No other outdoor lighting Annual Maintenance Plan is more thorough than ours.

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Properly performed annual maintenance on your outdoor lighting system will not only protect your investment, but it will keep your property looking its best for hosting special outdoor events, and keep your system running safely night after night. Now is the time to schedule your maintenance to make sure your outdoor lighting system is working properly before your next outdoor evening celebration or event.

We service other systemsDon’t hesitate to contact us just because we didn’t install your outdoor lighting system. As the area’s leading outdoor lighting specialists, we want your outdoor lighting system to be the best it can be! In addition to residential and commercial design and installation, we also offer special event lighting and system upgrades!

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

Give Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville a call today and discover how our professional service can benefit you and your home…you’ll be surprised at how much we can do for you! Call us at (615) 373 – 0638 or email us at olpnashville@outdoorlights.com.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville and Pork Leg Porkers, a winning combination

travel-and-leisure-best-bbqAs you will recall in our August 18, 2014 article, There’s more to do in Music City than just music — much more!, Nashville was voted #1, the best American city for barbecues in 2014 by Travel & Leisure magazine for being home to a “greatest-hits” collection of barbecue styles. To continue with the best barbecue stewardship, on May 14-16 of this year, as it does every year, the Memphis in May International Festival hosted the 47th Annual World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, and our own Bob Lyons Jr. had the privilege of joining the Peg Leg Porkers competitive BBQ cooking team.

World Championship BBq Cooking contest at Memphis in May 2015The Memphis in May International Festival promotes extensive education, international, and economic programs for Memphis, but it is most widely known as the promotional umbrella and organizer for the numerous annual events Memphis hosts each May. As the city’s largest “community entertainment happenings”, each is professionally and spectacularly executed, making events like the Beale Street Music Festival, the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest and the Sunset Symphony some of Memphis’s can’t miss pleasures to attend with friends and family, all throughout the month of May.

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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.”

As attendees of so many of these phenomenal events each year, it just didn’t seem like they could be any better. WRONG…multiply that feeling times 2 when you are an active part of the happenings!! Bob Lyons Jr. described his participation in the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest with Carey Bringle and the entire Peg Leg Porkers team as one of the most unforgettable times he’s ever had. That’s not too surprising, considering it’s the 26th time Carey, pitmaster and leader of the Peg Leg Porkers team, has personally competed (12th for Peg Leg team) and especially since he and his team are more commonly known as pitmaster pranksters with a reputation for thoroughly enjoying themselves at each event.

Every year, this World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest entertains visitors from all 50 states, as well as several foreign countries from around the world. This year Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville lent its expertise in the field of outdoor lighting by supplying a bit of “special event”/festival outdoor lighting for the occasion.

Once again “the largest barbecue-cooking contest in the world”, so titled by the Guinness Book of World Records in 1990, the Memphis in May Festival’s 47th Annual World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest was a huge success! We want to congratulate Carey Bringle, Bob Lyons Jr. and the entire Peg Leg Porkers team for participating. If you’d like to check out some of the prize-winning pork cooked with Carey’s own dry seasoning spice blend and Wet Sauce recipes, be sure to stop by his Peg Leg Porker restaurant conveniently located between the downtown community and the residential areas, in the Gulch section of Nashville, at 903 Gleaves St. Nashville, TN.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville vanIf you have an upcoming special event for which you need temporary outdoor lighting to create the perfect ambience and mood, give Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville a call to discuss your options. We offer a host of temporary and special event lighting options. Contact us at (615) 373 – 0638 or via email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com.

 

Annual maintenance on your outdoor lighting system will provide a season of enjoyment, and beyond!

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Memorial Day is right around the corner!

The prime outdoor living season is almost in full swing. Family and social gatherings for celebrations like Memorial Day, Graduation, Father’s Day and other outdoor occasions are right around the corner. Like many other Nashville homeowners, you’ve probably been busy with home improvement projects such as planting flowers, replacing mulch and weeding and feeding your turf. Similar to the way these exterior maintenance tasks help prepare your home and property for the season, annual maintenance on your outdoor lighting system will provide a season of enjoyment, and beyond.

How exciting was it the first time you saw your home, outdoor living spaces and landscape lit up after the professionals at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville completed the installation of your system?  You probably couldn’t wait to host an evening event, just so you could show off the dramatic transformation your investment in your home’s appearance had brought about. No matter how big or how small your expenditure, from toaster ovens to automobiles, maintenance is important in preserving the value of it. Properly performed annual maintenance on your outdoor lighting system will not only protect your investment, but it will keep your property looking its best for special events you host, as well as keep your system running safely night after night.

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Now is the time to schedule your maintenance to make sure your outdoor lighting system is working properly as we officially welcome the outdoor living season this coming Memorial Day weekend. We’ll be happy to help repair or maintain your outdoor lighting system and get you set up for routine maintenance. No other outdoor lighting Annual Maintenance Plan is more thorough than Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville. When you protect your system with our maintenance plan, you have peace of mind that we:

  • Replace all halogen bulbs (LEDs last much longer)
  • Repair any damaged wire
  • Nashville outdoor lighting maintenanceRebury any wiring that has surfaced which often occurs due to lawn and landscape maintenance
  • Straighten fixtures that may have been bumped
  • Inspect your transformer
  • Reset / check your timer
  • Trim for plant overgrowth that may be obstructing the light beam
  • Perform simple changes to enhance the effects of your lighting

As an Annual Maintenance Plan member, you receive the extra benefit of priority response throughout the year and service call repairs at no charge. Your lighting system remains headache-free and at optimal performance.

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You receive these full benefits of your first year of annual maintenance free with your full-service outdoor lighting system installation. After the initial year, you have the option to subscribe to continue an Annual Maintenance Plan to protect your investment. We can provide the maintenance in a convenient and timely manner, making your outdoor lighting maintenance one less thing you have to worry about this season!

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville vanHave an existing outdoor lighting system not installed by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville? No worries, we service competitors’ lighting systems as well. Take advantage of our professional maintenance and/or repair services today. Give us a call at (615) 373-0638. Or, email us at olpnashville@outdoorlights.com to learn more.

Make your outdoor living spaces safer this season with Nashville deck and patio lighting.

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Deck lighting will enhance the safety and function of your deck.

Deck and patio lighting brings your backyard to life after the sun goes down while improving outdoor safety. With May being  the North American Deck and Railing Association’s Deck Safety Month, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville would like to share with you ways lighting can increase the function, style and safety of your deck or other outdoor living space.

Outdoor lighting, specifically deck and patio lighting, is especially helpful when installed by stairs risers, exits and handrails. We also use deck lighting to create ambiance within areas that are being used in the evening. For example, pillar lights help define perimeters and look amazing when mounted directly onto brick and wood columns.

Professional deck lighting creates a custom look for your outdoor living space with the dramatic play of light and shadows providing the right ambiance for your outdoor events and gatherings. This proper lighting is achieved by using a combination of lighting styles to accommodate different purposes. The size of the area to illuminate along with its function help to determine the types and number of lights you need for your deck lighting. Spot lights can be used in task areas, such as outdoor kitchens, while accent lighting creates a soft, inviting illumination in seating areas. Recessed lighting incorporated into steps and lights placed around walkways and doorways enhance safety.

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A well-lit deck makes your outdoor living experience safer.

 Increased visibility enhances safety and is attained with the right amount of light for the use of the space without distraction. Low-voltage lighting is best for deck lighting. It illuminates your custom deck without being overpowering or making it difficult to enjoy the night sky. This type of lighting will also prevent you from annoying your neighbors with intrusive exterior lighting. 

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives deck and patio lighting

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives deck and patio lighting.

When creating an outdoor lighting system, we focus on the effect, not the fixture. While the effect of our lighting design will increase the curb appeal of your home, our exclusive high quality fixtures add style and are a cut above the rest. Our corrosion-proof outdoor light fixtures, wires and lamps can weather the toughest outdoor conditions. You’ll love the way the solid copper and brass takes on a rich patina over time, blending beautifully into your landscape. With a long life expectancy and a consistent light output, we’re so confident of our equipment’s performance and durability that we offer unmatched warranty coverage.

Adding outdoor lighting to your deck space will extend function and style while increasing safety when using your outdoor spaces in the evening. Memorial Day kicks off the summer season in just a few short weeks — have your outdoor spaces such as decks, patios, and pools ready for the occasion! With deck lighting sundown will no longer dictate the end of your outdoor living enjoyment!

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to learn more about all the benefits of deck lighting today.  Call us at (615) 373 – 0638 or email us at  olpnashville@outdoorlights.com