Don’t Make Lighting Your New Landscape an Afterthought

Nashville backyard lightingDon’t Make Lighting Your New Landscape an Afterthought — Proactive Planning with a New Outdoor Lighting System Makes all the Difference.

If you are planning on building a home, installing landscape or outdoor living space additions or have a property without any outdoor landscape lighting, then we can design a system from scratch and lay everything out. It’s always best to include your outdoor lighting architect in your home-build or landscape renovation projects upfront so that we can work in tandem with your contractor to take advantage of the construction phase. Being proactive can save you money and hassle later when it comes time to determine where power and fixtures need to be if you can if you’ve put it into the plans in advance.

Nashville Outdoor Lighting MaintenanceEven if you don’t plan on putting in outdoor lighting right away, we can install sleeves before your driveways, sidewalks, patios and other structures are poured or built. Sleeves allow wiring to easily be passed through at any time instead of having to dig under existing hardscape like concrete.  It minimizes on mess later in terms of disrupting or moving your plants, shrubs and trees because accessibility is made easy. It also helps in case you have an issue with wiring later on as it can be quickly serviced or replaced through the same sleeve.

Of course, we are always happy to work around your existing home structure and landscaping as well. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville will come in and evaluate your property plot and work around existing structures wherever possible and even dig under them if necessary to get the look you want to achieve–so don’t fret if you forgot to include landscape lighting in your initial plans.

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

You can consult with one of our outdoor lighting designers and they will ask you questions about your outdoor lifestyle and how you like to dine, play and entertain outside. Not only will we illuminate the façade of your home, entryway and driveway; but we can also add lighting to your backyard so that your deck and patio can handle some serious entertainment and family time. We can give your pool, water features and outdoor living spaces the royal treatment so they can be enjoyed at any hour of the night. If you love lawn games, we can give your family and friends plenty of visibility to toss around the football or enjoy a game of cornhole well into the evening. If late night grilling or cooking in your outdoor kitchen is the standard in your household, we can provide you with task lighting so you can tell when the steaks are done without having to bring them inside to check.

Nashville magical backyard lighting

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville doesn’t slow down during the winter months; in fact, we are busier than ever. The cooler temperatures provide a great time for landscape additions as plants are dormant, and the dark evenings means outdoor lighting is more welcomed than ever. Let’s sit down and discuss designing  the ideal outdoor lighting for your home and property for season after season of enjoyment!

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to chat about newly installed landscape lighting or enhancing your current outdoor lighting. You can call us at (615) 373 – 0638, or by emailing us at: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com.

 

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville Partners with Top Landscape Architect, Anne Daigh, to Light Up Edgehill Village

Close up bulb shot for Anne Deigh project

In progress unique lighting installation in Edgehill Village.

We love unique and creative outdoor lighting challenges at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville and this one from our friend, and landscape architect, Anne Daigh is one of our favorites. Anne, who is a talented landscape architect here in Nashville, was looking for a partner to help illuminate a courtyard  located in super trendy Edgehill Village—a vintage industrial building that has been repurposed into cool shops, businesses and restaurants just off Music Row. The location consists of 8 brick building that once house Whiteway Cleaners in the 20’s which have been restored to embrace their historical style and significance.  Anne’s  goal was to illuminate it in a unique way that would inspire patrons and keep them coming back. She approached us with a clever way to light this outdoor area so that it would pay homage to the structure’s history, but also have a retro modern feel at the same time.

In progress unique lighting installation in Edgehill Village.

In progress unique lighting installation in Edgehill Village.

The courtyard is partially exposed to the open air, and we wanted to make sure Anne’s vision came to life by tying the indoors and outside together. We used LED dimmable Edison style light bulbs that were customized to nest inside massive metal caged orbs that vary from 18” to 38” in circumference. The orbs are red and bring a fabulous pop of color into this indoor/outdoor space that we suspended with aircraft cables from the exposed metal grid iron work that supports the roof covering the courtyard.

In progress unique lighting installation in Edgehill Village.

In progress unique lighting installation in Edgehill Village.

Edgehill Village loves the final result that Anne designed and Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville installed, and we were thrilled to partner with her on illuminating yet another fashionable and trendy corner in the city of Nashville. We love that we have our name stamped all over some of the hippest spots in town like the Country Music Hall of Fame and The Gulch. We are thrilled that building and landscape architects come to us to put the final touch on their masterful creations so that they are showcased to the max in the evening hours. And we are more than happy to make them look good after the sun goes down.

We used LED dimmable Edison style light bulbs that were customized to nest inside massive metal caged orbs

We used LED dimmable Edison style light bulbs that were customized to nest inside massive metal caged orbs.

It doesn’t matter to us if you have a humble residence, a big estate, a corporate park or a new restaurant—you are guaranteed to get the same level of service and quality from our team at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville. We are happy to present creative ideas that will fit most any budget, and we will make sure that your friends or your customers will be delighted by what they see. We promise that we will create a look that’s memorable and can give you any look you are trying to capture. We use the same commercial quality fixtures and wiring for all our customers, so you are guaranteed years of good use from all the equipment we install. We are also thrilled to partner with your designer or landscape architect  to make your outdoor illumination dreams come true.

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to bring your landscape lighting plan come alive. You can call us at (615) 373 – 0638, or by emailing us at: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com.

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Matt Oakes of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

 

Dinner under the stars with a little help from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville!

Outdoor living in Nashville TN is better with outdoor lighting

Outdoor living is better with outdoor lighting!

What better way to surprise your family than with an outdoor autumn dinner under the stars? Invite family and a few close friends for dinner and a memorable autumn evening, or,  host a romantic moonlit dinner with your significant other and enjoy a favorite meal (even if you order it in!) on your patio or deck abound with great conversation. Of course, doing this all in the dark or with only a few spotlights just isn’t going to cut it, but Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville can be your wingman and show you exactly how to get it done so that you can stage you backyard with the perfect dining alcove bathed in stunning light.

Nashville backyard lighting

We will come in and illuminate the shadows in the darkness so you can see all around the perimeter of your backyard and be able to enjoy all the foliage and hardscapes. We can up light into the canopy of trees for a dreamy effect and we can cast light downward from the eves so that your home looks washed in moonlight. We can spotlight particular garden beds so the shrubbery appears to glow in the evening, and we can show off the stone on a retaining or rock wall and make it shimmer.

Task lighting over an outdoor kitchen makes food preparation effortless!

Task lighting over an outdoor kitchen makes food preparation effortless!

For an evening dinner, we can add deck or patio lighting so you have plenty of visibility to be able to clearly see what’s on your dinner plate and get around in the dark while still being romantic and not overly harsh. We can add specific task lighting at your barbecue grill or outdoor kitchen so you can prep and cook a meal without having to use a pesky flashlight to see what you are doing. You can safely flip your steak knowing full well that it’s done without guessing. It adds a heap of convenience if you fancy yourself an outdoor grilling chef!

Nashville cafe-inspired outdoor lighting

Indulge in the season — it’s easy with outdoor lighting!

We are lucky that Tennessee temperatures in autumn afford us the opportunity to enjoy outdoor dining well into the year, and what better way to enjoy the fall evenings than highlighted by artistically designed outdoor lighting set up by a pro. The changing leaves flicker like fire when illuminated in the twilight; and when they drop, their branching takes on a haunting appearance that will leave you breathless. If you only think that outdoor lighting is for the summer time, you are missing out on a grand visual opportunity to enjoy the majesty of the changing seasons.

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville before you plan your dinner under the stars so we can set the mood for the perfect evening with the perfect lightscape added to your outdoor living area. Maybe even take over and woo your honey with candles, flowers and a divine meal. We love this easy and tasty pork recipe for Grilled Brown Sugar Pork Chops that is delicious and very simple to whip up without too much fuss.

Grilled Brown Sugar Pork Chops

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 6 boneless pork chops
  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine brown sugar, apple juice, oil, soy sauce, ginger, salt , and pepper. Bring to boil. Combine water and cornstarch in small bowl, and whisk into brown sugar mixture. Stir until thick.
  3. Brush grate lightly with oil before placing pork chops on the grill. Cook over hot coals for 10 to 12 minutes, turning once. Brush with sauce just before removing chops from grill. Serve with remaining sauce.
  4. Enjoy!
Grilled brown sugar pork chops.

Grilled brown sugar pork chops.

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Matt Oakes of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville so we can help you light up the night. You can call us at (615) 373 – 0638, or by emailing us at: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com.

 

Nashville Outdoor Lighting that Provides Three Dimensional Flair Every Night and Expands Outdoor Living

Nashville outdoor lightingMany of our clients comes to us with the primary objective of lighting the front facade of their house. We want to point out that many aspects of your Nashville property can benefit from outdoor lighting, especially your backyard. After all most outdoor living occurs in the backyard!  Don’t miss out on the opportunity to create a beautiful nightscape that provides breadth and texture all around your property and gives you a truly three dimension look against the evening sky — including the back of your home.

Paint a picture with light!

Imagine looking out the windows of your kitchen or living room and seeing a picturesque yard where every innuendo of your back landscape is visible, and the full expanse of your property! You can appreciate your favorite seating area even when not in use, a water feature, garden beds and even your pool well after the sun has retired. If you have a big picture window, we can give you an incredible vantage point from inside your home that will look like a postcard come to life night after night. Even if the weather is less favorable, you can still enjoy your outdoor spaces from inside your home.

Nashville tree and patio lighting

Good illumination will pull you toward the outside and make your outdoor spaces glow with a wash of what will look like romantic moonlight. Your dark patio or deck takes on a romantic appeal with expertly targeted lighting in locations that gives your home an expansive feel. We are not talking about a few spotlights or eave lights, but rather an intricate ambient lighting display that gives you visibility to easily walk around the property and also bathes it in elegant light.

Since October is National Outdoor Lighting Month, now is the perfect time to let Outdoor lighting Perspectives of Nashville help you enliven your home and property when the sun goes down. Change what you see from the indoors every evening and magically transform your backyard so that your eye can roam around from area to area when the sun goes down. Your whole outdoor living environment will be filled with visual and dimensional mood thanks to lighting that creates incredible depth.

Nashville garden lighting

We add lighting all around your home and the reaches of your garden so that your property  comes alive at night. You will be able to easily see around dark corners, we can also cast warm light into the canopy of trees and have your paths looking fairytale-worthy. With our mild weather even in the cooler months in Nashville, you will be able to extend your outdoor time thanks to better visibility and the ability to safely navigate your backyard even at the darkest hours. Why not enjoy your fire pit with the family on a crisp fall night? Invite some friends over and hang out on the deck while grilling a few steaks and great conversation thanks to wonderful illumination that gives you the opportunity to do so effortlessly!

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“Let us show you how you can prolong your outdoor fun well into the end of the year and help you enjoy your outdoor spaces even when sitting indoors.”

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville. You can call us at (615) 373 – 0638, or by emailing us at: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com  

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

 

Now is the time to start thinking about enlightening your home or business with holiday cheer!

Santa is ready to start planning for the upcoming holiday season!Maybe one of furthest things from your mind as you enjoy the last days of summer is holiday lighting for your home or business, but since we’re more than halfway to Christmas time (yikes!), the timing is perfect so you can get on our holiday schedule to start designing your lighting scheme right now. Don’t wait until the last minute!

You are busy enough during the holiday season shopping for family and friends and getting into the holiday spirit with dinners and parties galore. Let Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville remove all the stress and pressure of lighting up your home and business. We provide high quality holiday lighting and decor for local residential and commercial clients and it doesn’t matter how large or complex your dreams are. We can design and decorate any location for the holiday season in a truly unique and elegant way — Whether you are a homeowner, business owner, or both, we will give your property a holiday vibe that will knock the socks off of your guests or customers.

Colorful Nashville Holiday Lighting

Colorful Nashville Holiday Lighting.

Our holiday lighting program provides you a stress-free way to illuminate your home or business with holiday elegance without having to climb a hazardous ladder in frosty weather, and the results are professional and impressive.  We eliminate the hassle of having you deal with miles of wire, extension cords and lights. Our lighting specialists will chat with you about your ideas and we will work within your budget to create a spectacular lighting showcase that will make your home or business shine during winter evenings.

holiday OLP garlandOnce you decide on your preferred design, we do all the work for you. We order your lights and decorations, install them and then remove and store them at the end of the season in our climate-controlled warehouse. We only work with commercial quality lighting and offer eco-friendly LED bulbs that are energy-saving, produce low heat and are easy on your electric bill. You can enjoy the holiday parties and not have to fret about lighting up your property.

Christmas lighting at the Loveless Cafe by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Christmas lighting at the Loveless Cafe by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville can give you any look you want when it comes to holiday lighting. It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a chic and elegant appeal with all white lights and gorgeous swags of silver bunting, or a fanciful kaleidoscope of candy colors–our lighting professionals can achieve any customized look and feel you can imagine. With our commercial clients, we understand the impact that holiday lighting can have on sales. Decking out your shop attracts customers in a big way, and we can handle your indoor and outdoor lighting with ease.  We’ve created a lot of sparkle for local businesses through the years, and we are happy to help you tackle any theme you envision to wow your customers.

Loveliest holiday lighting ever

It doesn’t matter to us if you live in a charming home or own a fancy restaurant, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville will give you the same special treatment no matter what, and we will take all the effort out of your holiday lighting program and give you plenty of seasonal mood and cheer with our glittery lights, fabulous décor, lit trees and elegant garlands. We have got your covered no matter what holiday you’d like to showcase–Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza and New Year’s! And best of all, when the holidays are all wrapped up, we come back to your home or business and we take everything down and pack it away so you don’t have to. It certainly does not get any more easy and convenient than that!

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Matt Oakes of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Call us now to schedule an appointment to begin your holiday lighting planning and learn how we can give you a fuss-free way to decorate for the holidays. Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville at (615) 373 – 0638, or by emailing us at: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com  .

 

Turn Your Backyard into a Staycation Paradise Well into the Evening with Outdoor Lighting

Backyard-pergola-lightingWhen properly designed and installed, your very own backyard can have such an incredible spa-like feel that it may make you feel like skipping the expensive vacation spot altogether. Your own outdoor retreat can feel like a pricey resort right at home without the hassle of passports, airports or long drives with screaming kids. The oasis can come to you and provide relaxation and entertainment well into the evening hours without the fuss and annoyances.

There are lots of inexpensive garden ideas that can help add that island staycation vibe. You can drape a hammock across two trees, or anchor it from your pergola for lazing around with an icy margarita or put in a fire pit to roast marshmallows for starters. We’re more than happy to work with you or your landscape architect to bring the staycation feel you are seeking to your outdoor living spaces with a custom outdoor lighting design and turn-key lighting program.  And with the heat and humidity in Nashville this summer, it’s a no-brainer to wait until the evening hours when things are cooler to enjoy some time outdoors.

Nashville underwater lightingOutdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville can design your landscape lighting to tie all your outdoor features together in one gorgeous way so that your backyard oasis can be enjoyed by your family and friends well into the evening in an elegant and safe way. You can stay outdoors later instead of having to go inside because the sun has gone down and you can’t see or have inappropriate flood type lighting that is severe and doesn’t get the job done. Let us illuminate your yard in a gorgeous way that makes it easy to get around your property and highlights the great features in a wonderfully dreamy and elegant way.

If a tropical feel is what you are after, then we can mimic a lighting mood that will send your senses back to island time. Overhead festival type lighting can set a party mood over your patio or deck that can make your outdoor feel like your favorite resort.

Nashville backyard festival lighting

Why quit using the pool simply because it’s dark outside? We can light your pool perimeter so you can keep the party rolling well into the evening. In fact, we can add lighting to any water feature so that the unwinding sound of a waterfall or trickling water coupled with the night-time visual can have a totally mesmerizing and tranquil twilight effect. We can even light up a koi pond so that the fish can be viewed well after the nightfall.

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The addition of lighting around a deck or patio gives you a place to dine and have conversation late into the night if you like. We can improve task lighting at your outdoor kitchen or barbecue so that you can cook and serve food no matter what the hour, and without having a harsh or loud glare either. We can also add some sparkle to a gazebo or pergola so that it becomes a romantic getaway spot to share with your greatest love.

deck lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

If the grandkids are over, why not give them a spot to play in the evening? We can light up a horseshoe pit or even a bocce or basketball court for hours of extended night-time play. And for a real conversation centerpiece, we’ve had customers ask us to light up their beyond life-size lawn chess sets so that fierce matches can be played al fresco well past daylight hours. Neat!

augusta 50Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville can expertly illuminate your entire yard in an enchanting way so that your trees can lend a dramatic sense of evening atmosphere that you will swear will make you feel you’ve been transported to your favorite getaway destination.  You tell us your favorite vacation spot is, and we will match your backyard into a similar ambiance and feel. It doesn’t matter if it’s Puerto Rico or Paris—we can help you achieve a staycation look will feel like a spa resort every night of the year. Let us show you how!

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to learn more about giving your outdoor spaces a destination resort feel. You can call us at (615) 373 – 0638, or by emailing us at: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com  .

 

 

The West End’s newest condominium community lights up its entrance with a custom lighting design by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Image courtesy The Dallas on Elliston.

Image courtesy The Dallas on Elliston.

How long has it been since you checked out the Midtown/West End area? This part of town is one of Nashville’s most up and coming regions and has so much to offer in regards to its restaurants, residential communities, shopping, and nightlife. One of its newest additions is the recently restored/constructed condominium community, The Dallas on Elliston. Located between 21st and 22nd avenues on Elliston Place, The Dallas is at the epicenter of the West End, rich in history and designed with cutting edge materials, world-class amenities, and all the modern conveniences making it the perfect place to call home.

Upon its completion, the developer wanted to install outdoor lighting to enhance the street front exterior of this magnificent complex with illumination which accentuated its beautiful architectural and landscape features while also increasing safety on the property. They contacted Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville, the area’s premier outdoor lighting professionals to custom design and install just the right type of lighting and fixtures to achieve their goals. Unfortunately, the developer had just one dilemma standing in the way of the completing this task…no power source currently available outside the facility. Not being a company who “gives up” easily, we took a step back to review the situation and ultimately came up with a plan which meets the client’s needs until a permanent exterior power source can be established.

By utilizing the beautiful trees outside the complex to “house” the lighting, we were able to use battery-powered “tight wrap” lights to add beauty and character, as well as increased safety to the complex in the evening, thus achieving the client’s goals. These battery operated lights also use a built-in timer which creates a lighting cycle each day with automatic on and off times for increased battery life with up to 30 days of power from just one battery. These are truly innovative fixtures! The end result is just the right amount of ambient lighting to bring attention to this splendid residential complex within Nashville’s most vibrant neighborhood at night, beckoning prospective residents to live here and call it “HOME SWEET HOME!”

Why Nashville's West End

As previously mentioned, this condominium community is centered in the heart of the Midtown/West End area and has an impressive Walk Score (public access walkability index) of 89. It is in close proximity (between 2-5 blocks away) to just about everything:

  • Vanderbilt University
  • Baptist Hospital
  • BRT stops
  • Music City Bikeway
  • Bridgestone Arena
  • Centennial Park
  • Elliston Place Soda Shop
  • PF Changs
  • Hurry Back
  • Jimmy Kelly Steakhouse
  • Café Coco
  • Michaelangelo’s Pizza
  • Samurai Sushi
  • and so much more

As you can see, it really does have a lot happening in this part of town, and while you are taking in the sites in the Midtown/West End area, may we suggest two of the area’s must try oldest eating establishments:

  • Jimmy Kelly’s Steakhouse – Founded in 1934 and housed in a glorious Southern mansion in the heart of Music City, Jimmy Kelly’s Nashville steakhouse serves the finest cuts of beef, pork, poultry and seafood with a fine selection of signature salads and specialty side dishes for a lovely fine dining experience.
  • Elliston Place Soda Shop – As Nashville’s oldest continuously operating restaurant in its original location, Elliston Place Soda Shop holds a special place in the local restaurant community. Since 1939, good food has been the mainstay of this charmingly nostalgic ice cream parlor/family style restaurant/diner. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert are available at this hot spot with a wide variety of choices sure to please everyone!

While Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville may not be as historically seated in the Nashville community as The Dallas on Elliston and other long time establishments, we respect and appreciate those who are. We feel honored and proud to assist our hometown businesses and residents in “owning the night” right on their own property. In addition to the battery-powered “tight wrap” type of commercial lighting we used at The Dallas, we also offer many other versatile lighting options for business and property owners throughout Nashville and its surrounding areas. Even if you have been told by other lighting companies “it is not possible”, chances are, through our inventive, versatile lighting knowledge — we can find a way!

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…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.