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

OLP 1997 article about Lightscapes in the Nashville Banner

1997 article about Lightscapes in the Nashville Banner.

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

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

Timeless outdoor lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville.

Timeless outdoor lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville.

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

Up close look at BB02 path light

Up close look at BB02 path light.

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

Nashville Landscape Lighting Gazebo

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

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

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

Lightscape logo

Recognize this?

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

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

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