Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville chosen to light the tree for Christmas at the Capitol for 4th consecutive year!

2015 Nashville capital tree is on the way

The excitement is mounting!

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville is honored and proud to have been chosen to light the Tennessee state capitol Christmas tree this year! This will mark our 4th consecutive year in lighting the tree. This year’s tree and celebratory “tree lighting” in the capitol promises just as much magic and family fun as year’s past. Being involved in-depth with the festivities, we do not want to  convey any “spoilers” for the event, but thus far the plans are to feature ornaments along with lights in colors of gold, silver and red.This year’s Christmas tree came from James and Theresa Carter in Madison. It is a Norwood Spruce weighing 1,700 pounds and is 27′ wide & about 30′ feet high.

The annual tree lighting event is scheduled to take place Monday, November 30th, from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm CST. Governor Bill Haslam and his wife will be flipping the switch marking the beginning of TN holiday season in the capitol. The tree is located at the TN State Capitol at 600 Charlotte Ave., in beautiful Nashville, TN.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville hopes you and your family can attend this extraordinary event. To help get you in the spirit, here is a look back into the archives at the previous Christmas tree’s we have been proud to light at the capitol:


  • 2014 — Last year’s capitol  tree was adorned in over one mile of lights to illuminate this majestic tree via an 80 ft. articulated lift to ensure every light was placed in the perfect spot to shine brightest. We also topped off this beauty with a three-foot jeweled star as the finishing touch. 2014’s tree was a 55-foot Norway Spruce chosen from the Cumberland Forest, where the University of Tennessee uses roughly 8,000 acres of land for research.


  • 2013 — We chose a classic theme of red and gold for the 2013 capitol tree.


  • 2012 — The 2012 capitol tree was a majestic 30-foot Norway spruce moved to Nashville from state-owned land located in Arrington. We made sure the tree shone in its holiday best filled with over 6,000 LED lights and festive ornaments courtesy of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville.
In progress adorning the 2015 capital christmas tree in Nashville, TN.

In progress adorning the 2015 capital christmas tree in Nashville, TN.

You can create holiday magic with outdoor lighting at your home too! Our huge selection of Christmas lighting elements and varied techniques in installing the lights can make your holiday just as breathtaking and magical as the lighting at the Capitol. Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to learn more about our holiday lighting today. (615) 373 – 0638
Email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

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Matt Oakes of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

See more of our magical holiday lighting displays by visiting our holiday lighting gallery located on our website.






Centerville, TN, to be the center of attention for the holidays, thanks to a little help from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

We love the holiday spirit that is in the air!

Here's a sneek peek at the magic set to unfold in Centerville:

Centerville, TN, town square holiday lighting 2014.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville is proud to share the excitement in and around the Nashville region that marks the arrival of the holiday season. From homes to historic venues we are entering the “countdown” period when locales all over Middle Tennessee will be “flipping the switch” as holiday lighting brings the magic of the season to life. We have been busy designing and installing holiday lighting for many of the holiday ceremonies scheduled to take place over the coming weeks including the festivities taking place in Historic Centerville, TN.

2015 marks our 2nd consecutive year in providing the holiday outdoor lighting at the Centerville, TN, town square. Our design this year is very similar to the display we installed at last year’s event, including a mixture of classic C6 and C9 LED bulbs for nostalgia. We do have a few surprises in store for this year, but we can’t give away any spoilers just yet! The display will also be fully operable through a convenient wireless remote control.

Don’t miss the Christmas Open House at the Centerville Town Square!

Saturday, November 28th from 5-9 pm is when all the magic will happen including a live nativity scene, story telling, horse-drawn carriage rides, a children’s coat drive, music and of course Santa will be there too! Many local businesses on the square will be open late for you Christmas shopping with the courthouse lighting on schedule for 6:00 sharp!

2015 Christmas Poster

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Matt Oakes of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to learn how we can make the holiday lighting at your home or business memorable. Call us at (615) 373 – 0638 and make this Christmas a time to remember and cherish.
Email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

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 enhance your celebrations with special event lighting!

Nashville wedding & special event lighting

Nashville wedding & special event lighting.

Hosting special events to acknowledge and celebrate the important people and milestones of your life brings abundant personal joy. You work hard planning out all the details for the big events and the small ones, like weddings, graduations, birthdays, family reunions, job promotions and even fundraising events for your favorite charity, club or organization. You pick the when and where, the food, the music, the photographer, the color scheme and decorations…but what about the lighting? Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville provides temporary lighting for all your outdoor (and indoor) events you have planned.

Huston Station Nashville lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville used special event festoon lighting to add romance to this wedding held inside Huston Station in downtown Nashville.

For an outdoor party you can extend your “party” space with our special event lighting. With the right lighting your guests can spread out into more of your back yard beyond the deck or patio. Our temporary special event lighting (as well as our permanent landscape and garden lighting designs) provide ambiance and make your back yard come to life after nightfall. It opens up plenty of additional space for your guests to circulate more easily and feel more comfortable. Lighting extended areas will encourage guests to use the areas beyond your primary location adding space to your event location.

Temporary LED lighting fixtures in Nashville

We have a variety of outdoor lighting fixtures available for temporary use or permanent installation. Our fixtures are also available in LED.

When hosting an outdoor event, safety is always an important consideration especially in the evening. Backyard terrains are grassy and often uneven, which can sometimes make sure footing uncertain. Without the proper lighting, your nighttime event mixed with high heel shoes and guests engaged in conversation as they stroll, opportunities for disaster are sure to arise. Make these areas safe for all guests (even those in heels) with ambient light for your grassy areas, gravel paths and cobbled surfaces. Proper illumination of the entry path and the party will not only enhance the safety of your event, but it will set the mood as well, making it an enjoyable evening for all.

What is a special event without pictures? How many times have you been heartbroken over candid photos of your family gathering or birthday party that weren’t taken in a properly lit area? Those are missed moments that you can’t get back. Whether you’re hiring a professional photographer, or have everyone using their cell phone cameras to snap lots of candid shots throughout the party, the right lighting is essential for getting it all on film with good color and clear faces full of expression.

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Memorial Day is right around the corner!

No matter how elaborate or simple your gathering, be it a fully catered cocktail party for your best friend’s engagement or a family reunion barbeque with relatives you haven’t seen in years, our special event lighting will ensure your party venue is awash in excellent photo-op spots. You’ll have plenty of light to capture the vignettes of love and laughter in memory rich photos that you and your family can enjoy well after the party remnants are all cleaned up.

Don’t let the lack of proper lighting throughout your event venue limit your party space, reduce your guest’s safety or prevent you from getting all the special memories of the occasion on film. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville specializes in special event lighting and residential and commercial outdoor lighting. Whether you choose an indoor or outdoor venue, our custom designed special event lighting will ensure your social gathering is memorable. Our large selection of fixtures, including festival lighting and LED lighting combined with our experience in utilizing unique lighting techniques enable us to create an atmosphere that enriches the overall experience for you and your guests during your perfectly planned milestone event.

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Matt Oakes of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Contact us today and let us create a lighting design which will help you make it unforgettable! (615) 373 – 0638   Email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

Visit our website, and our Houzz gallery, for more inspiring images of our outdoor lighting including special event lighting!

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.

Some 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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Matt Oakes of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

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


Guess who made the list as one of Huffington Post’s most over-the-top Christmas trees of 2014?

Guess who made the list as one of the most over-the-top Christmas trees of 2014? We did! According to the Huffington Post, the Tennessee capitol tree we were honored to decorate and light this year, located in downtown Nashville, made the list.

Here is the image and caption shown in the 12/06/2014 Huffington Post article:

Christmas tree at the capital Nashville TN by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

A man looks over the Capitol Christmas tree after it was lit Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn.

The picture is truly breathtaking isn’t it? As the reflection of the majestic tree is captured in the damp tiles that surround the capitol, it is a testament to the state of Tennessee in its finest moment.

The trees we decorated and lit over the past two holiday seasons, (2012 & 2013), were stunning, however this year’s tree may have outshined them all! This year’s tree is a 27-foot-tall Norway spruce donated by Ed Mascolo of Nashville. The tree was decorated in red, silver and blue with Tennessee flags. It features an oversized tree topper bow, which was handmade in the state and there are more than 3,000 LED lights on the tree.

OLP Tennessean 12114 State Capital Christmas TreeThis excerpt was published in the Tennessean on December 11th. It shows our talented team stringing lights in preparation for the big reveal officiated by Governor Haslam and his wife, Crissy, at the state capitol on Legislative Plaza.

Admittedly, we are very proud to make the list as our tree is definitely in good company alongside the upside-down tree in Paris”, the capitol Christmas tree at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, and many other amazing trees from around the world that have captured the imagination this year!

Photo of the unique upside down  Christmas tree in Paris courtesy of the Huffington Post.

Photo of the unique upside down Christmas tree in Paris courtesy of the Huffington Post.

If you would like to spark that same childlike wonder with your holiday lighting display, it is never too soon to begin thinking about next year’s Christmas lighting — on 364 days left and it will be here before you can blink!

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Matt Oakes of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to learn more about our elegant outdoor lighting designs, including special event and holiday lighting today. We are looking forward to lighting your home and business in the New Year!  (615) 373 – 0638 email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com