Why Nashville Outdoor Lighting Can Give You The Biggest “Bang For Your Buck” When Weighing Your Spring Improvement Options:

Belle Meade architectural LED lighting and tree lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of NashvilleTis the season when many Nashville homeowners begin planning ways to enhance their outdoor environment in preparation for the quickly approaching outdoor living season ahead. They attend home & garden shows to gain inspiration, look through lawn & garden magazines and surf the internet for ideas.Though there is a large impetus on making over a landscape, or adding an outdoor living space such as a deck or patio within many mediums, have you ever taken a moment to notice almost all of these tantalizing images are enhanced with outdoor lighting? The emphasis of outdoor lighting is often downplayed where large-scale improvements are concerned, but if you look at the pictures closely, in almost every project design or makeover, outdoor lighting is present.

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Professional outdoor lighting is timeless and never goes out of style!

If you are unsure which key elements should be part of your upcoming exterior home addition, or makeover plans, outdoor lighting delivers the biggest bang for your buck because it is timeless. If you are looking to remodel or upgrade your home, creating lasting value is a top concern. According to a recent article on Houselogic, courtesy of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, lighting improvements ( both exterior & interior) are listed as one of the top 9 home improvement projects that never go out of style! In addition, some of the other improvements on the list such as perennial gardens, improving your home’s entry and hardscape exterior additions benefit from outdoor lighting too.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Rhode Island LED path lightYou may be asking how much am I looking at in terms of the investment in professional outdoor lighting? The answer is not an easy dollar amount, or even range, as professionally designed and installed lighting differs for each property, and is influenced by the individual needs of each client. Without getting too technical, The Landscaping Network explored the subject of landscape lighting in detail in a recent article titled “How Much Does Landscape Lighting Cost?”“Quality contractors use professional quality fixtures that are all metal in copper, bronze, aluminum and steel featuring powder coated colors or unique finishes. These high quality light fixtures last far longer and cost substantially more due to their  warranty. A general rule of thumb for a preliminary estimate of your future lighting is to allow about $325 per fixture to cover product and installation.” There are factors that can greatly influence the cost of a professional lighting system. These include a new system over one that is converted, or retrofitted; soil conditions; unusually long runs of wire for larger properties and remote operation among other factors.

From a budgetary standpoint, other exterior home improvement project can cost much more than professional outdoor lighting. Take for instance a hardscape patio addition; depending on the size and type of materials you choose, stamped and colored concrete patios can cost twenty dollars per square foot. According to The Landscaping Network, pavers can run on average up to $25 per square foot, and flagstone $30. According to these estimates, an average 12 x 12 patio (144 sq. ft) can add up quickly! Keep in mind, too, that to enjoy your outdoor addition in the evening most homeowners still opt to install outdoor patio lighting!

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John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

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.

 

 

Proper Nashville Outdoor Lighting Can Prevent and Reduce Winter Accidents on Dark, Slippery Surfaces.

Icy surfaces can create danger around your Nashville home

Icy surfaces can create danger around your Nashville home.

In recent weeks much of the country has seen more than its fair share of wintry weather. From snow, ice and sleet to wind gusts that chill to the bone meaning that cold-than-normal winter the Old Farmer’s Almanac predicted has come to fruition! Winter weather can make any type of travel dangerous, whether it is traveling by car to the grocery, or venturing from your home to your yard, freezing conditions can transform a wet surface into an accident waiting to happening very quickly. Icy steps, sidewalks, driveways and paths can turn a trip to the mailbox into a trip to the emergency room, especially when the area is dark!

Darkness doubles the chances of an accident on slick outdoor surfaces

Darkness doubles the chances of an accident on slick outdoor surfaces.

Darkness doubles the chances of an accident on slick outdoor surfaces because you cannot visually determine their condition and act. The addition of outdoor lighting around areas of frequent travel will help reduce the chances of getting hurt and will improve the overall safety in, and around, your home during every season.

 

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    Lighting along these steps is not only beautiful but enhances safety too!

    Lighting stairways for safety: Stairs need to be made clearly visible to prevent trips or falls. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville focuses on two distinct areas when we add lighting to the stairs around your home. This includes installing lighting on any railing, and installing lighting on the vertical area of the step itself. Both of these methods will help you and your family safely navigate stairs through increased visibility.

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    Notice how this Franklin, TN, home’s entry is clearly visible?

    Lighting paths for safety: Increasing visibility along paths and sidewalks will allow safe navigation by raising awareness of ice, snow or any object that may be present. This includes limbs or debris that can blow onto paths during spring and summer storms posing a safety hazard.

  • Lighting your home’s entrances for safety: Poorly lit entrance points into your home can post a safety hazard. The entrance itself should be clearly visible in addition to the stairs and path that lead to your door.
  • Nashville outdoor lighting in the snow

    Nashville outdoor lighting in the snow.

    Lighting the landscape for safety: A well-lit landscape enables you to “see” areas that may require special attention during wintry weather. Landscape lighting illuminates the areas around your home to enable you to stay a well-informed homeowner or the conditions around your property.

  • Lighting timers or lighting control automation can help further safety:  Adding timers or lighting control automation will ensure the lights are on when you need them most, every evening, in every season!
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Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville today to learn more about making your home and landscape safe and beautiful all year through —  (615) 373 – 0638 or via email@ olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

Our Outdoor Festival Lighting Designs Bring the Essence of Mardi Gras to Your Own Backyard!

mardis grasWith Fat Tuesday behind us for another year, the 2015 Mardi Gras came and went in keeping with the annual tradition enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year. The origins of Mardi Gras evolved from medieval Europeans passing through Venice and Rome during the 17th and 18th centuries into the French house of the Bourbons. The traditional of celebration and revelry called Boeuf Gras which means “fatted calf” continued with the French as they established colonies in America.

Historical research dictates America’s first Mardi Gras took place at “Fort Louis de la Mobile” in 1703. French-Canadian explorer Jean Baptiste Le Moyne Sieur de Bienville had established a plot of lane that lies 60 miles south of New Orleans in 1699 and named it “Pointe Du Mardis Gras” when it was realized they had arrived on the eve of the festive holiday celebrated in their homeland. This same explorer also established “Fort Louis de la Louisiane” which is now known as Mobile, Alabama, in 1702.

mardi-grasIn addition, according to the Mardis Gras New Orleans website, www.mardigrasneworleans.com, in 1704, Mobile established a secret society called the Masque de la Mobile, similar to those that form our current Mardi Gras krewes. A krewe is an organization that puts on a parade or ball for the carnival season. These lasted until 1709 and in 1710, the “Boeuf Gras Society” was formed and paraded from 1711 through 1861. New Orleans as we know it was established in 1718 by Bienville. By the 1730s, Mardi Gras was celebrated openly in New Orleans, but not with the parades we know today. In the early 1740s, Louisiana’s governor, the Marquis de Vaudreuil, established elegant society balls, which became the model for the New Orleans Mardi Gras balls of today. The earliest reference to Mardi Gras “Carnival” appear in a 1781 report to the Spanish colonial governing body. That year, the Perseverance Benevolent & Mutual Aid Association was the first of hundreds of clubs and carnival organizations formed in New Orleans.Mardis Gras 2013 with Fambeaux

By the late 1830s, New Orleans held street processions of maskers with carriages and horseback riders to celebrate Mardi Gras. Dazzling gaslight torches, or “flambeaux,” lit the way for the krewe’s members and gave each event an exciting air of romance and festivity. In 1856, six young Mobile natives formed the Mistick Krewe of Comus, invoking John Milton’s hero Comus to represent their organization. Comus brought magic and mystery to New Orleans with dazzling floats and masked balls. Krewe members remained anonymous but began the basis of the Mardis Gras celebration we know and love today.

Permanent festival lighting, such as orb lighting, also comes in a host of colors.

Permanent festival lighting, such as orb lighting, comes in a host of lively colors.

With so much to see and do during Mardis Gras week, visitors are often saddened that the celebration has to end. Don’t fret — the party doesn’t have to be over yet! With creative outdoor lighting ideas you can relive the fun and ambiance in your own backyard! In the same manner the original flambeaux added excitement and romance to Mardi Gras celebrations of old, permanent festival lighting in your backyard can enable a plethora of outdoor enjoyment!

Festoon style permanent festival lighting in the Gulch.

Festoon style permanent festival lighting in the Gulch.

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Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville offers a host of outdoor festival lighting options for your landscape, and outdoor living spaces. From cafe-style and festoon lighting to colorful orb lighting our custom design promise to enliven the evening, night after night. Contact us today to learn more at (615) 373 – 0638  or via email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

 

Experience seasons of splendor in your Nashville landscape with outdoor lighting

Imagine enjoying season after season with outdoor lighting!

Imagine enjoying season after season with outdoor lighting!

Many people assume that outdoor lighting is just a luxury to enjoy during the warmer months, when actually nothing could be farther from the truth. Lighting gives homeowners, and business owners alike, the chance to enjoy the changing seasons in all their majesty.

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

To everything there is a season:

One of the most memorable elements landscape lighting, tree lighting and even architectural lighting provide is a stage for the changing seasons. As your landscape changes, leaves change hues and blooms emerge, outdoor lighting can be there to illuminate each moment as it unfolds.

Lighting makes a huge impact as part of your landscape. Landscape lighting can be used to emphasize a perennial flower garden that changes with each colored bloom and bud, or a line of flowering trees that transform from hauntingly beautiful barren branches in the winter months to green to mounds of whimsical pink blooms from one season to the next. Even the smallest landscape ornamentals will change personalities from spring to fall. Although your outdoor lighting stays in the same place, the area it illuminates evolves, as does the scenery.

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Truly professional outdoor lighting will enhance your home, landscape and your lifestyle.

More than just a pretty face:

The benefits of outdoor lighting go well beyond beautification and aesthetic enhancement. Lighting also aids in providing a more safe and secure setting for you and your family to enjoy. This includes having a more secure area to enjoy outdoor activities and relax. Security lighting such as path lighting can even makes the trip to your front door more secure because you no longer have to muddle around at a dark entrance to find your keys or while dropping shopping bags! The addition of lighting will make ease, peace of mind and convenience as a way of life. Experts are also quick to point out that outdoor lighting reduces the chances of falling victim to crime because a well lit home, or business, is less likely to become the target of a break-in.

A closeup of one of our LED path lights.

A closeup of one of our LED path lights.

Outdoor lighting for all seasons:

Although preference of LED over halogen outdoor lighting is really a matter of choice. A higher percentage of our clients opt to go with LED. It is true that LED is more energy-efficient, long-lasting and eco-friendly than traditional outdoor lighting systems; but did you also know LED is more durable? That’s right! LED lighting makes the perfect candidate for outdoor lighting because it holds up better to the harsh elements and the extreme hot and cold of seasonal changes. In additon, since LED is a UV free source of light it is less likely to attract nuisance insects. This means the amount of mosquitoes that are drawn into your deck, patio or oudoor living space by light are reduced making outdoor living more enjoyeable for everyone!

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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 in every season! Call us at (615) 373 – 0638 or contact us via email:

 

 

 

 

Come see us at the Antique and Garden Show this weekend!

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville featured in Cheekwood Garden exhibitThe Antiques and Garden show is underway and Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville would like to invite you out this weekend! The show is being held at Music City Center. The Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville is celebrating its 25th year and features antique and horticultural dealers, magnificent gardens, beautiful outdoor lighting ideas and world-renowned lecturers, all in one place. The event runs through Sunday and the hours are as follows:

January 30 – February 1, 2015
Friday 1/30 & Saturday 1/31 from 10am – 7pm
Sunday 2/01 from 11am – 4pm

We are located in booth #H10 and our outdoor lighting is also part of a Cheekwood Garden featured exhibit where we worked in unison with Siteworks Hardscape Construction. Here is a quick peek at some of the beautiful results of this outstanding collaboration:

Cheekwood garden exhibit

Tickets are $20 and allow you attendance during the run of the show, (attend as many days as you like). Tickets for seniors 65 (or older), Active Military & Students are $12 at the door or in advance. Children 12 and under are free.

The Show benefits Cheekwood and ECON Charities.This show will inspire great ideas for design on both the interior and exterior of your home. Whether you have been searching for design ideas for a room within your home or an outdoor living space, you should stop by the show! Please take a minute to stop by our booth (#H10) , just to say hello — We hope to see you there!

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You can also contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville at (615) 373 – 0638 or via email@ olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

 

Join us at the 25th annual Nashville Antiques and Garden show this weekend!

Nashville Antique & Garden showOutdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville would like to cordially invite you to join us this weekend at the 25th annual Nashville Antiques and Garden show being held at Music City Center. The Antiques and Garden Show of Nashville features antique and horticultural dealers, magnificent gardens, and world-renowned lecturers, all in one place. The event runs this Friday through Sunday and the hours are as follows:

January 30 – February 1, 2015
Friday 1/30 & Saturday 1/31 from 10am – 7pm
Sunday 2/01 from 11am – 4pm

Deck BB02 used under fountain in entry garden by Anne Daigh landscape architect,LLC at Nasheville Antiques and Garden Show

Image from one of the gardens our lighting was featured in last show.

This years show promises to be the best ever with lectures and seminars scheduled throughout the event. There is even a Southern garden tour by Garden & Gun magazine, Music in the gardens and the keynote speaker at this year’s event is actress Diane Keaton! Of course, our talented outdoor lighting team will be on hand to answer any and all questions you have about outdoor lighting and demonstrate how the addition of light can bring your landscape to life. With spring just around the corner, this is one show you won’t want to miss!

Overhead view of entry show garden Nashville Antiques and Garden showTickets are $20 and allow you attendance during the run of the show, (attend as many days as you like). Tickets for seniors 65 (or older), Active Military & Students are $12 at the door or in advance. Children 12 and under are free. The Show benefits Cheekwood and ECON Charities.This show will inspire great ideas for design on both the interior and exterior of your home. Whether you have been searching for design ideas for a room within your home or an outdoor living space, you should stop by the show! Please take a minute to stop by our booth if you get a chance, just to say hello — We hope to see you there!

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Matt Oakes of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

You can also contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville at (615) 373 – 0638 or via email@ olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

 

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville want to know when you take down your holiday decorations, and why?

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For many families, the decided day to officially take down holiday decorations is more than just a casual activity to get the home organized while you have the time off from work. Sure, many of us decide to remove our holiday decor’ simply because we feel it is time this is especially the case when the New Year has begun as a way of paying homage to renewal and the coming year ahead. The question of when to take down Christmas decorations is answered by belief and tradition for many.

Christmas traditionsSome families take down everything Dec. 26, while others wait until after New Year’s Day. Notably, some also follow the 12 days of Christmas tradition — which means the first day of Christmas is Dec. 25, not Dec. 13, with decorations coming down on Three Kings Day, also referred to as the Epiphany, which is January 6th.

The 12 days of Christmas is based on the Bible story when the three kings, or wise men,— Balthasar, Caspar and Melchior — saw a bright star on the night Jesus was born. They followed it and, 12 days later, presented their gifts to the newborn. The day of Epiphany is Jan. 6, and cultures around the world celebrate on the night before or on that day. Many customs include taking down the Christmas tree as well as a treat for children as they are allowed to eat the goodies laden on the tree or underneath it.

Loveliest holiday lighting everAccording to an article in Huffington Post, taking down decorations at the right time is important. But, when is the right time? Here are some helpful guidelines to help make the task easier to figure out…

  • By the 2nd week of January, most people will have taken down their very Christmas related decorations. Indoor decorations like the tree and its ornaments should be taken down, and holiday specific outdoor decorations like inflatables can be stored as well.
  • By the end of January, most decorations should be stored away, especially greenery, which is most likely beginning to die and can become a fire hazard.
  • If you are really attached to your decor, you could let the red, white and silver decorations do double-duty for Valentine’s Day. However, this is really for indoor decorations where it’s not as easy to tell that you just left everything up.
  • So, what’s your plan this year? Take our poll and reply in the above comment section. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville would like to know when you and your family takes down the Christmas decorations and why?

Christmas lighting NashvilleAs part of our exclusive holiday lighting program we not only design and install your annual outdoor holiday lighting display, we also professionally remove the display and store it in our temperature controlled warehouse. Getting to “know” our customer-base is part of what makes our service a one-of-a-kind, personalized experience!

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Learn more about our custom outdoor lighting designs including landscape lighting, architectural lighting, special event lighting and holiday lighting by contacting us at (615) 373 – 0638 email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com