Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville creates magic with holiday lighting

Nashville Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Georgian style mansion in Christmas lights copy

Can you imagine the memories a Christmas lighting display like this will create?

We are quickly approaching the time of year when our thoughts turn to the smell of home-baked goodies, busy shoppers running to and fro with presents adorned with ribbons of red and green, and the way seeing a beautifully lit Christmas lighting display makes us feel inside. I remember as a child my parents would pile all of us in the car right after Thanksgiving and we would set out in search of neighborhoods with mesmerizing and memorable holiday lighting displays. This memory still brings a smile to my face when I remember seeing those lights for the first time each year from the eyes of a child, the clarity of this memory is unforgettable and still makes me feel happy to reminisce.


LED Christmas lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

This memory, this moment in time is what homeowners wish to achieve when they set out each year to create an outdoor lighting display of their own. The problem with this is that many times what the homeowner visualizes and what actually comes to fruition are two different things. This can be because of time constraints, lack of design knowledge or just simply because they don’t know where to begin. That is where we come into play…

A few outdoor lights on a string will not create a memorable holiday lighting display, but we can. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville offers a holiday lighting program that will take the guess-work out of designing your Christmas outdoor lights this year. We design, order, install, remove and store your Christmas lighting display for you and all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the season with the ones you love. No more fighting with tangled icicle lights and teetering off the ladder risking an injury. No more worries of the hazards that over exerted circuits can cause. No more rituals of turning on the lights one strand at a time. With our holiday lighting program we can also program your indoor and outdoor lighting displays to come on and off in unison by using lighting control animation that offers set it and forget it convenience.


Open the door to fond memories of Christmas lighting displays viewed from the eyes of a child.

Our Christmas lighting displays can give you an opportunity to incorporate unique and timelessly elegant designs into your lighting display, from LED Christmas lights to 3-Dimensional lighted displays, lighted LED wreaths to lighted candy cane and  snowflake roof line lighting, the possibilities and choices are endless. We specialize in providing the homeowner as well as the business owner with professionally designed and executed holiday lighting displays that will knock your socks off!

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Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville puts the magic into your holiday lighting display

If you are seeking that missing element from your outdoor lighted Christmas display that makes onlookers feel like children again, contact us to schedule a consultation for our Holiday lighting program and put the magic into your holiday season.  (615) 373 – 0638  and olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

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Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville makes sure your outdoor lighting fits to a T

Nashville Outdoor Lighting - Architectural Outdoor Lighting

Nashville Outdoor Lighting - Architectural Outdoor Lighting

Maybe you’re not quite old enough to remember the early 80’s risqué’ blue jean advertisements of Brooke Shields telling the world that nothing comes between her and her Calvins. Even today, designers of denim tout about how they have the perfect jean to fit any figure…long or short legs, small or large hips, and all body shapes and sizes. The same can be said for what type of outdoor lighting is the best “fit” for you home. One size does not fit all.

When you speak the language of outdoor lighting you take into consideration your homes length, width and depth. For example on an artist’s palette you may have hues of red, blues and greens.  The amount of each color the painter will use on his canvas will depend on what he is painting. For instance, if he is painting a landscape, chances are the artist would use predominately greens. Would the artist be able to use those same greens to achieve a rendering of an autumn sunset? Of course not, that is why this analogy shows that the same lighting design and application does not work on homes with different dimensions or architectural styles. Each home is different and individual and should be treated as such when it comes to designing the outdoor lighting.

Outdoor Lighting Perespectives of Nashville uses architectural lighting to accentuate this homes distinctive features

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville uses architectural lighting to accentuate this homes distinctive features

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville designs an outdoor lighting application that accentuates your homes individual “curves”, just like a good pair of jeans on your body should. A small ranch style home would have a much different outdoor lighting design than a larger custom-built home would. A typical ranch style home is a good package to focus on the width of the home, because in most cases a ranch reflects a longer design. With this style of home you want to use outdoor lighting to add depth, so it’s not a one-dimensional flat canvas. A good lighting design would incorporate smaller trees closer to the home and the outward landscaping of the home to accentuate the homes curves as well. Creating depth is not always about the features of the home but also using a homes unique landscaping to create depth.

Outdoor Lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Outdoor Lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Proper outdoor lighting on larger, custom-built homes begins with focusing on the width of the home as well. In most cases this type of home will not be flat across the front. With custom homes you want to stretch the width with the use of light to accentuate any peaks, eaves or arches and maximize their uniqueness and beauty. Illuminating across the front of the homes exterior and accentuating the homes height is key to maximizing the home’s beauty as well. We like to pick out vegetation to the left and right of the home so it flanks the home and frames the entire picture. This type of design also lets people know that when they drive past your home it looks even larger with properly placed and applied outdoor lighting. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville also uses architectural features such as stonework, retaining walls or any specialty element to create shadow and depth. One crucial thing that most often gets overlooked in outdoor lighting illuminating the dormers on a home, this is important in allowing your outdoor lighting application to achieve  height and balance.


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

When it comes to lighting backyard scenarios we generally consult with the homeowner to find out where they spend most of their time in the backyard. We will sit on the patio or at a table on the covered porch of a prospective client and take different aspects of the landscape and vegetation into consideration in order to frame and light these areas with a room type atmosphere, so your eye never really stops. We can even illuminate certain trees to accentuate their colors, like a Japanese maple, or create a canopy by lighting tall trees. The effects that can be created by lighting a backyard landscape can be breathtaking. We always strive to get that “perfect fit” for you with all aspects of lighting your property.

If you are ready to take your outdoor lighting to a new level of  beautiful with expert design and installation, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to learn more. (615) 373 – 0638  olpnashville@outdoorlights.com Michael Signature

Nashville Outdoor Lighting Perspectives is breathing new energy saving life into old fixtures by retrofitting to LED

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Lighting along these steps is not only beautiful but offers a safety factor.

It is now possible to retro-fit your old outdoor lighting fixtures and turn them into LED fixtures. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville  is offering this to customers who want to make the change over to LED without having to start all over with a new system. We can usually retro-fit about 95% of our lighting and we can retro-fit our competitors lighting in most cases following a thorough inspection.

We have made the transition an easy one. We simply remove the internals of  your existing fixtures and retro-fit them with LED internals. When we come out to complete a conversion we also check your transformer and adjust the voltage, re-cover any exposed wiring, reset timers and review this with you and introduce any timer or fixture upgrades available for your specific needs, adjust all your fixtures and even do any light trimming of landscaping to allow your fixtures to achieve the best effect. Our retro-fit conversions also carry a three-year warranty on the lamps with an option to receive lifetime warranties on the entire system with a yearly checkup by an Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville representative as well.

Copper Path Light by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

Copper Path Light by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

Conversion to LED can cut the power consumption and extend the life of your outdoor lights dramatically. A good example is if a client has 20 outdoor lighting fixtures on their property at 35 watts per fixture, that equals out to a total of 700 watts. With our LED  retro-fitting conversion we can achieve the desired lighting effect with the total wattage coming out to a mere 120 watts! Outdoor Lighting Perspectives  of Colorado recently did a piece on this topic as well, you can click on the link below to find out more.


Michael SignatureIf you are interested in our LED retro-fitting conversions, and want to save up to 90% in energy costs on your outdoor lighting, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville today to find out more. (615) 373 – 0638 or email us at olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

Commercial outdoor lighting all around Nashville

Nashville outdoor lighting straightest drive

Nashville outdoor lighting straightest drive

Last week we attended the CAI Nashville golf tournament Luau Golf Scramble at Gaylor Springs Golf Course here in Nashville. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We sponsored the straightest drive contest and had a nice tent where we met lots of great property managers around the Nashville area. In fact, some of the CAI members were already customers of ours and didn’t realize that we do commercial outdoor lighting. We do! After the event, we were asked by several CAI members to do a consultation. These were for traditional outdoor lighting but also for parking garage and parking area lighting.

3 main aspects – design company first – you give us a blank canvas and tell us what you want and we will tell you what you need #2 – installation - we provide all of the fixtures and all of the installation labor for you. There is no sub-contractor. We complete the install, you get warranty #3 – service. We service our systems, we service other systems. People are impressed that we have 2 full-time service vans and we’re bringing on another We customize all of our service packages for your needs – monthly, quarterly, yearly Holiday lighting – not too early to start thinking about it We offer property managers something a little different – we design, install, store. You don’t have to do anything.

Here was our booth at the golf tournament.

The good thing is that Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville hasn’t just been in our market for over 20 years, but we are the manufacturer for all of the other Outdoor Lighting Perspectives offices around the country. We have a tremendous amount of flexibility with our fixtures to not only custom design a solution but sometimes to even create a customized product. We have the ability to powder coat our fixtures to match the various applications.

Some of the CAI members we spoke to just wanted to know what we do.

Essentially, there are 3 main aspects to what we do. We are a design company first. You give us a blank canvas and tell us what you want and we will design the outdoor lighting for your needs.

Secondly, we are an installation company. We provide all of the fixtures and all of the installation labor for you. There is no sub-contractor. We complete the install, you get the warranty

Outdoor holiday lighting Nashville

Outdoor holiday lighting Nashville

Finally, we are a service company. We service our systems and we service other systems. We have 2 full-time service vans. You may have seen them around town. And we’re bringing on another service van to keep up. We customize all of our service packages for your needs whether they be monthly, quarterly, or yearly.

We also do holiday lighting. It’s definitely not too early to start thinking about holiday lighting. Unlike other holiday lighting companies, we offer property managers something a little different – we design, install, and store. You don’t have to do anything. You literally don’t ever have to touch the lighting.

Give us a call to talk about outdoor lighting for your commercial or residential application.

(615) 373 – 0638
email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

Lighting Control Automation Makes Thermal Management Easy

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LCA lighting timer.

Thermal management is the new “green” trend in design. Thermal management means more energy efficiency on your heating and cooling costs and better sun protection for your valuable furniture, carpets and hardwoods. This is achieved by being able to monitor your home’s temperature and make changes to either heat up or cool down your home by way of different devices used throughout the home, one of which is your window blinds and shades. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville is proud to be able to offer our clients a way to easily tie in motorized blinds and shades to their lighting control automation for hands free operation . This is another step into the technology of lighting control automation that makes your house smarter and much more energy-efficient.

Thermal management makes your house comfortable in all seasons

With motorized blind control your blinds will know when to be adjusted and to what degree for optimal efficiency and comfort throughout the home. When the home needs to cool down the motorized blinds will automatically detect and adjust accordingly, the same with the opposite scenario of needing to be warmed up. These motorized blinds can be operated manually by using a handheld controller. Like all other handheld controllers, they are easily misplaced and never seem to there when you need them. When we tie the automation into the system with the lighting, it becomes worry free.

This innovative new application to hands free, worry free control of your blinds is being widely used by interior designers throughout the country. We have studied this technology and worked directly with many interior designers to be “fluent” in the use of thermal management. We feel this technology is going to revolutionize the industry.

Give us a call and we can discuss making your home greener and more energy-efficient, as well as hassle free. We can take the headache out of your outdoor lighting and get you on the fast track to thermal management in your home.

Your Smartphone Just got Smarter with Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

The advances of modern technology never cease to amaze me on a daily basis. The world has become not only more intelligent due to the increasing technology, it has become safer in many ways. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville has just found a way to make your home safer when you’re away, and also let’s you rest easy when you’re not in.

The technology is the addition of an application you can use on your smart phone to control your indoor and outdoor lighting from a remote location.

A safe, well lit house by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Let’s say your four-year old is home at night with the babysitter while you and your wife are on your way home from dinner and a movie. Up ahead you notice the terrible traffic. You will definitely be later than expected. You are faced with the dilemma that your outdoor lights are scheduled to turn off at midnight, and it is quarter till 12 and your still stuck behind a wreck on the interstate. You worry that your child and babysitter will be “left in the dark“, so to speak, because all the outdoor lights are due to turn off and your sitter does not know how to turn them on. Have no fear, you’re dilemma is solved. Just pull up your outdoor lighting app on your smartphone and schedule your outdoor lights and your “somebody’s home” indoor lights to stay on a little longer too. This convenient app. Will help you breathe easier when life throws you a curve ball.

Control your lighting with your smartphone

This technology is available for download on your smart phone, your laptop and your tablet. It has remote control associated interface with the mobile application. You will have to log in using a username and password. This feature gives you the confidence that someone just can’t control your lights at your house if they have your phone. There are at least five actions that you can do immediately from your phone, including turning on lights in a specific room. You can also use the app. to turn lights off for energy savings.

This application will give you peace of mind because no matter where you are you’re always in control. Our staff here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville would love to show you this new technology. Give us a call and we can help make you the king or queen of your castle, even if you are out of the kingdom.

When the sun goes down at the pool, don’t turn on blinding light.

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A pool lit with ambient lighting

Night time is the right time to kick back by your pool and forget about the day.  As dusk turns to night, if the only lights you have to illuminate the pool area are submerged your experience may be somewhat less than relaxing.  Submerged lights may be fitted with as much as 400 watt bulbs that can create a blinding effect. It may be annoying enough to drive you back indoors for relief.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives loves to work with pool lighting because it’s very satisfying to design an ambient lighting system that turns your outdoor pool into an evening oasis when the sun goes down.  The deck area is lit and the water can be seen well without blinding your eyes.  This is done by the use of recessed low voltage lighting marking the side of pathways and post lights on steps and columns.  If your pool has a waterfall, we can provide a stunning effect with underwater lights.

Nashville pathway lighting for the pool

Copper 6" tiered light for pool decks.

We offer many different styles of lighting to make your pool area into the centerpiece of your outdoor living space.  Wood decks or the concrete decking around the pool are perfect places to recess copper wall/deck lights that will cast a low flood of light using either quartz or LED bulbs. Pathways can be lit with 6” pier mounted copper lights which also work well on retaining walls and bench seating. All of these lights are made of high-quality copper that will take on a lovely patina finish as they weather outside in the elements.  All of this will serve to enhance the beauty of your pool retreat.

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Create a shimmering waterfall effect.

A nice light for a wall is our brass ‘half-moon’ sconce that creates a rich ambient light from walls and deck posts.  Post lights help to light the way on steps and provide that extra safety factor we look for around the pool.  If you want to create a spectacular effect with your pool waterfall, the large cast brass pond light will do the trick.  Create shimmering effects behind the waterfall that will surely be the showcase of your pool area.

We can design pool lighting for your new pool or retrofit your current one.  Our goal is to give you a natural lighting effect around your pool area so when you kick back at the end of the day it truly will be a relaxing experience.  Contact us for a free quote, and remember, with the advent of warm weather comes mosquitoes.  Where there is water, there will be mosquitoes.  Contact us for help.

Michael SignatureContact us for a free quote. Call (615) 373 – 0638
or email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

How to purchase a lighting system

There is truly only one way to purchase an outdoor lighting system – the same way you purchase a new car, take it for a test drive.  When you are looking for a vehicle you can depend on; there are several steps that you take and they mirror choosing a lighting contractor too.

1.         Research

            You look into what type of vehicle you want and a reputable company to purchase from.

 2.        Evaluate importance

             You select the exact feather that you want


             You want to truly picture yourself with the vehicle

 4.        Investment

             This is a purchase that needs to last

Now, how does this equate to choosing a lighting company/design for you.  Outdoor Lighting Perspectives can offer the same service, if not better, as purchasing a new car. Below is a list of how we make the process as smooth as possible:

1.         Research            

            OLP provides a very interactive website, blog site, Facebook page, outstanding rating with BBB, and many other outlets to gather information concerning OLP.  We also conduct free consults at your home so we can get a “real feel” for your project and allow you to ask us any questions you might have concerning your project. 

2.         Evaluating the importance

            During our visit to your home we listen to the important aspects of your project – whether you want security or simple curb appeal.  Make sure you articulate your concerns for the project and the trained designer will offer his suggestions (some you might not have thought about.)

3.         Take if for a test drive  

             Even though you don’t drive lights it sure would be nice to see your home lighting design before you invest.  Please ask for a night time preview or demo.  This will allow you to see YOUR home with lights instead of looking at your neighbor’s home and imagining what your home would look like at night.  

             This process allows you live with your lights before you make the investment.  You can walk up the drive at night with the lights, take a look outside your bedroom window while the temporary system is out – it simple lets you enjoy day to day activities before you invest in the system and company. (Again, free of cost to you – we want you to feel as comfortable with your decision as possible.)

4.         Invest  

             Remember you are not investing in just a fixture but the whole lighting experience (Company, design, fixtures, install, warranty, and service follow up.) This is truly an investment and should be the last lighting system you have to purchase.  

            Lighting your home is an important home improvement project and should be taken as seriously as possible from the company you choice.  This is an investment that not only you will be enjoying but your entire neighborhood. 

These are snap shoots of a home during the demo process.  You can see that you truly get to see the project – from how the path/steps will look, what will the trees look like with lights on them, and just exactly how the home can be illuminated.

Solar outdoor lighting – not so green

I had the opportunity to visit a Williamson County residence the other day to discuss the home owner’s current outdoor lighting situation. The home owner was not pleased with their current lighting and wanted me give them a professional option. The homeowner had attempted to install / design the landscape lighting himself, a couple of times (I might add) and was ready to turn the project over to OLP. 

He had a combination of many different types of fixture, including his second set of solar lights from Home Depot. I asked him why he went with the solar lights; his reply was “To be green.” During our consultation we discussed multiple options for lighting and finally landed on low voltage copper path lighting.

During our conversation we discovered that the Solar lighting option was “not so green.” Our discovery:

1.  Both sets of solar lights ended up in the trash – probably in a land field somewhere. (This will probably be there long after us)
2.  He had purchased about 20 of these lights which didn’t even carry a 1 year warranty – how many factory hours does it take to build products that fail that quickly??
3.  The copper path lighting  he decided on is constructed from solid copper – which is a highly recycled element (and very sought after – recycle plants pay high dollar for copper)
4.  This was the last lighting system he would have to install – it carried a 10 year warranty on the fixtures.
5.  Conserving energy is a major part of “Going Green” – purchasing materials that will last and are manufactured with highly recyclable elements is just as important.

Going green with solar lighting can seem great on the outside but deep down you may be doing more harm than you think!

Nashville flooding your lights

I hope all of you are doing well and slowly putting the pieces of your property back together after the storm and flooding. We are beginning to receive phone calls from past clients stating the flood waters  have washed away their landscaping along with their lighting.

As we all know this is way down on the list of importance but we still want you to know that we are here to help put your property back the way it was before the storms. If your outdoor lighting system is gone or not working properly we will be happy to help service the system for you.

As one client has called in to let us know that his entire system has been washed way with the storm – we will be giving him a free assessment and reinstalling his entire system and honoring the original pricing for his job. Please give us a call if you have any questions and we will be happy to help in anyway to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Michael Wynn