Selling your home in the New Year? Outdoor Lighting Adds Plenty of Evening Curb Appeal to Turn Heads!

House for saleAre you thinking of listing your home for sale?

Whether you are thinking of selling your home due to relocation, or you are ready to upgrade (or even downsize) your existing residence, the addition of outdoor lighting at your home can help bring your listing into the “best light” and spark interest with potential buyers!

We’re early in the home selling season, which typically heats up from spring through mid-summer, but you can get a jump on adding curb appeal now so that you can be ready to make a lasting first impression when the buyers pull into your driveway. Since days are still short and the evenings come early, you need to be ready to make a big impact after the sun sets since most buyers will visit your property after work when it’s nightfall. You certainly don’t want potential buyers to come up to a home drenched in darkness, so investing in landscape lighting will have them seeing everything in clear light.

Nashville outdoor lightingThe addition of outdoor lighting adds curb appeal!

Entice the attention of prospective buyers with lighting ambiance that adds dazzle to your garden beds and elicits a wonderful sense of warmth, charm and elegance.  Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville can also illuminate your For Sale yard sign so that it’s visible even at night when people are driving by. If your home looks appealing at nightfall, there is a good chance that a potential purchaser will want to make an appointment to tour it during the day.

Beautiful outdoor lighting designs in Belle Meade, Nashville TN by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Your buyers are likely working a day job and commuting, so they will need to see your home at night for the first time, so make certain your property is attractive and well-lit. You want to ensure that your home is clearly visible from the street as we know that many potential buyers decide right on your driveway whether or not they want to actually go in. Adding landscape lighting stages the outside of your property at night very similarly to the way indoor staging does, and architectural lighting helps bring the details of your home to center stage. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville will work within your budget and provide you with an outdoor lighting plan that gives your property appeal well into the evening hours. We will show off the roofline of your home, the façade and front door; we will illuminate your flower beds, the patio, your walkways and all the interesting facets your property has to offer so they can visualize what their outdoor lifestyle can be if they buy your home.

Belle Meade architectural LED lighting and tree lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of NashvilleMake sure buyers are easily able to get around your property to check out all the benefits your home has to offer and how they can see themselves living there. If your home looks extraordinary in the twilight hours, they will be excited about making a follow-up appointment to see your home during the day. Good landscape illumination also makes your house look larger in the backdrop of the night sky — enhancing the depth and width. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville will set you up with an expert lighting designer that will showcase your home’s features such as a back deck, gazebo or a two-story front porch in its best light.  Your tree canopies will be lit up and ready to pique the interest of lookers, and we will add sparkle to every corner of your property to give it a grander perspective of size. We can take a pool, water feature or pond and give it immense depth and elegance, too!

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Matt Oakes of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Let Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville bring you some real estate curb appeal through a wash of evening light. You can call us at (615) 373 – 0638, or by emailing us at: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com.

 

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!

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

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.

 

 

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville gives you the top 5 favorite reasons to make outdoor lighting at your home this years resolution

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This home in Nashville stands as a beacon of beauty and peace of mind with professional outdoor lighting.

The New Year is just days away, and with i’s arrival comes the time to make your annual New Year’s resolution. Choosing a resolution, or goal to achieve within the coming year is the easy part, all good intentions aside keeping and fulfilling it can be much more difficult. According to research conducted by Proactive Change 40%- 45% of Americans will make one or more resolutions this year. This same data also indicates that only 75% of those Americans will still be sticking to succeeding in their goal past the first week, and after 6 months only 46% will still be on track. Making a New Year’s resolution is one thing, but sticking to it to reach your inspired goal is quite another. I believe that this is due in part to the fact that most resolutions we set are too difficult, this year why not make a resolution that is easily accessible? Resolving to make your home and landscape a safer, more secure and beautiful place to live is a great resolution and  is easy with the addition of outdoor lighting.

Outdoor lighting adds many benefits to your home. From strengthening your homes curb appeal to thwarting off would-be burglars. A home and landscape that is charming by day will become dazzling in the evening by adding outdoor lighting. Here is just a few of the reasons to make outdoor lighting the one New Year’s resolution that is easy to keep.

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This home is bright and beautiful thanks to outdoor lighting.

1) An end to coming home each night to a dark house – this alone is reason enough to install professional outdoor lighting at your home. Dark and dimly lit areas around your home and within your landscape leave you open to unsavory activity.  In the evening, darkness and fear of the unknown go hand-in-hand. If security is a concern outdoor lighting is critical. Having ample lighting around doorways, rear entrances of the home, garages and carports can help create a secure environment when entering your home and leaving. This security can be taken even a step further by adding LCA, (Lighting Control Animation), which can ensure your lights will be on whenever you need them. This convenient automation even allows you to control your outdoor lighting from remote locations.

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A well-lit deck or patio will enable you to use your outdoor space long after the sun sets.

2) Being able to entertain outdoors past sundown – have you ever had a summer barbecue on your deck or patio and just when the party gets rolling you have to cut it short because of the lack of light? By adding outdoor lighting in and around your outdoor spaces, this will never have to happen again. You can entertain into the wee hours if you wish with no worry of interrupting the treasured memories you will be creating with family and friends.

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Path and landscape lighting aids in more secure travel when venturing outdoors in the evening.

3) Your kids won’t have to run from imaginary monsters anymore – Admit it, even as an adult your imagination wanders when you are forced to venture outdoors in the dark. Professionally installed landscape and path lighting will put an end to the creepy feeling that can overcome you when you venture to areas within your landscape at night. From getting the forgotten bike out of the driveway, to retrieving the expensive iPod that was left next to the kids swing set, you will feel more aware and more secure of your surroundings with outdoor lighting.

 

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Outdoor lighting makes this home’s entrance inviting and memorable.

4) A great way to make a lasting first impression – the first place to begin creating a warm and welcoming entrance to your home is with outdoor lighting. Path lighting in particular gently illuminates the path to your front door in an effective way to create ambiance and set the mood for things to come. Architectural and facade lighting that makes your homes most beautiful features come to life will lead the eye to drink in the unique characteristics of your home too. When guests remember visiting your home for the first time, a lasting impression of beauty and a welcoming atmosphere will enter their minds when you have professional outdoor lighting.

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Outdoor lighting brings forgotten areas of your landscape to life.

5) Fall in love with your home and landscape all over again – seeing your home and landscape in a whole new way, with the right outdoor lighting can make you fall in love with your home and landscape over and over again for years to come. One wonderful aspect of having outdoor lighting and especially landscape lighting, is the beauty of seeing your surroundings change with the seasons. From the gold and amber hues of autumn, to the greens and blooming buds of spring and summer, your home and yard will transform into something new and beautiful with the arrival of each season.

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Professional landscape lighting can create evening vignettes of beauty in your landscape.

By taking all the positive benefits of outdoor lighting into account you will see that resolving to add outdoor lighting goes much further than just making your home “another pretty face”. The added safety and security that comes along with professional outdoor lighting will also deliver peace of mind to you and your family. Let us get you started on the fast track to making your New Year’s resolution a success this year. Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to learn more today (615) 373 – 0638
Email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

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Matt Oakes of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

From our families to yours, we would also like to wish you a safe, healthy and prosperous New Year!

See shining examples of the benefits of professional outdoor lighting by visiting our landscape and garden lighting gallery and our architectural lighting gallery, both located on our website.

When adding an enhancement for outdoor living this Spring, don’t get left in the dark.

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This deck is all ready for use this spring, with outdoor lighting and freshly planted trees abound with blooms, welcome.

Spring is a time for renewal. The winter world around us comes to life, from the green of the forest to the newborn wildlife that open their eyes to a new world. Spring is also a time when homeowners spring to life after a long winter of staying indoors. Many homeowners set their sights on creating an outdoor oasis to enjoy time outdoors for the upcoming season. This interest can include adding outdoor living spaces such as decks, patios or even a garden trellis to take in the beauty of a newly planted landscape up close. Many homeowners plan to add a pool or spa to their home and landscape this time of year, so the structure will be “swim ready” just in time for warm weather. Whatever your inspiration or intention is for the upcoming spring, outdoor lighting will enhance your chosen endeavor. Outdoor lighting will enable you to swim longer, play longer and relax longer by giving you the opportunity to utilize your outdoor area well into the night. The time to plan your outdoor lighting comes at the same time you plan your outdoor improvement- from the very beginning.

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A well-lit deck makes it all come together beautifully.

Having your outdoor lighting professional present from the planning stages along with your contractor can make a huge difference in the fluidity of your entire design. We specialize in working hand-in-hand with landscapers, and builders to make sure your completed outdoor living enhancement is a true masterpiece. The benefit from early communication within the planning means that we can run the lines for your outdoor lighting while the ground is already disturbed from the building process. In essence this makes the task more exact and also ensures no disturbances or damage is caused by waiting to call on your outdoor lighting representative after your structure is completed. This also means less wait time. When you are ready to dive into your new pool, or enjoy a cookout on your new deck, it will be “lights, camera, action” because your outdoor lighting is ready when you are.

A well lit pool and surround means safety and beauty

A well-lit pool and surround means safety and beauty

Having the added convenience of a properly lit outdoor structure will add security, expanded enjoyment and beauty to the structure as a whole. The ambiance of outdoor lighting playing off the water adds to the imagery to make it more desirable. Fantasy often mimics reality and pool lighting is just one aspect of where the ambiance of outdoor lighting can enhance your entire experience of how your outdoor structure functions.

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

Don’t get left in the dark, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to make sure your outdoor living structure is lighted properly for its spring debut.

Call us at (615) 373 – 0638 or email us at olpnashville@outdoorlights.com to learn more.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville uses lighting automation to make your holiday season merry and bright inside and out.

Lighting control automation from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville puts you in the driver seat this season

Lighting control automation from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville puts you in the driver seat this season

Do you ever wish you had a Christmas light fairy that could magically turn your interior and exterior holiday lighting displays on and off for you? Having a stunning outdoor lighting display gives you, guests, and onlookers only half the effect a well-lit home interior can convey. When a professionally designed interior and exterior holiday lighting display work together to create that warm, fuzzy feeling inside that only the holidays can provide the end result is unforgettable.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville can install and program the automation needed to light your home’s interior and exterior holiday lights in one simple step. Interior displays such as lighted wreaths, trees, window decorations, and garland around the front door and entry ways will automatically be programmed to come on and go off at a specific time along with your professional outdoor holiday lighting display.

Let Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville be your "Christmas light fairy" for interior and exterior lighting automation

Let Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville be your "Christmas light fairy" for interior and exterior lighting automation

Setting it up is simple, we will need to perform the initial install and program the automation to suit your needs. After that, it’s lights, cameras, action! The system is pre-programmed and can be used year after year without additional programming. This technology and convenience combined with our spectacular holiday lighting program gives you the ultimate in unique and distinctive holiday lighting that will make you the envy of the neighborhood.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville's holiday lighting automation will make onlookers go ga-ga with delight

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville's holiday lighting automation will make onlookers go ga-ga with delight

Who doesn’t get a little chuckle when they remember Clark Griswold in the movie “National Lampoon’s Christmas vacation” when he flipped the switch to turn on the holiday lights for the first time and it ended up in a dangerous fiasco of chaos. Fortunately,with Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville taking care of your holiday lighting control automation, a scene like this only happens in the movies. We are now able to give you the capability of cutting on all your holiday lighting, interior and exterior, with the simple flip of a switch. Our automation offers safe, hassle free holiday lighting on demand. We can also have the lights set up where they will automatically come on and go off at schedule times throughout the holiday season.

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Matt Oakes of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

The Holidays are almost here, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to schedule a consultation for our holiday lighting program and lighting control automation for your interior and exterior to make your holidays happy and bright. Don’t delay, contact us today (615) 373 – 0638  email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

Do It Yourself Usually Means Going it Alone But Not When It Comes to DIY Lighting

Professionally installed outdoor lighting

I wanted to convey to you the consumer, the pitfalls of the do-it-yourself outdoor lighting kits that are out there. More often than not, we go to a job and quote only to be called back by the customer who tried to do it themselves. This is an example of one such tragedy…

The problem was the homeowner called us to complain that the post lights he had installed had too much glare. What we came up with to be the source of the problem was that if they turn OFF then there was no more power on the driveway gate entry with the lighting there as well. Everything was on one circuit, and the homeowner had opted not to use dimming.

What this translated to was control of an existing line voltage fixture. The light would be on from dusk until daylight. If Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville would’ve installed this we would’ve installed hardware and receiver devices at each post light. We would also install a switch inside the house to control either, or both lights. We don’t want to cut power to the gate, just to be able to control the lights. In essence the homeowner did not have a separate circuit out there.

A professionally lit home by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

For this particular scenario we would set up a timer, transmitter and two receiver devices. All of which are professionally installed, professionally maintained, expandable, and supported.  The Do-it-yourself market makes these kind of jobs sound easy, but they just simply are not, especially when electricity is a key factor. If you don’t have the expertise behind the installation you won’t be able to work around the problem that can, and usually does arise. You simply won’t know the full functions within the technology to be able to work around the problem.We can figure out the solution and then spec., purchase and install. We can handle any problems that arise like wiring problems and other issues because lighting is all we do.

This homeowner went online and bought a do-it-yourself product for about $400, then he did not know HOW to install it. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville would’ve been able to do the same installation for $600-$700, worry free. The do-it-yourselfer has no ongoing or online support, and usually the product only has a 1 year warranty assigned to it.

The advantage of fully understanding the technology of outdoor lighting and having more than one way to solve an issue safely when one arises is immeasurable. If you are considering doing your lighting yourself, why not call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville a call. We can set up a night-time demonstration and show you the difference letting a professional take care of your lighting can make.

Core drilling to install landscape lighting

 

Brick column lit by flush mounted core-drilled well light

Brick column lit by flush mounted core-drilled well light

 

The ease of installing outdoor lighting varies from job to job.  Often the architecture or the aggressive growth habits of plant materials can heed one’s progress.  Recently I put a design together for a gentleman who was building a Mediterranean style home.  The design for the front facade was pretty straight forward, but the pool area was a bit tricky.

A series of columns surrounded the pool deck encompassing the perimeter, providing a sense of security.  Since columns are architectural strengths, this was obviously something I wanted to showcase.  Most of these were easily accessible due to a sweeping plant bed, but a few of the columns ran directly into the concrete pool deck where no fixture could be submerged.

Surface mounting a fixture on a column is a last resort and can seemingly be obtrusive to the eye.  One card played in our favor.  Although the hardscape directly joined the concrete on the pool side, there was a slim plant bed running behind the column that would allow us an avenue for our low voltage wire.  With the help of a licensed core driller, we were able to access the concrete and from there drill out into the plant bed running behind the column.

Though on this particular job core drilling worked in our favor, I have seen many projects halted and many lighting designs rejected because there wasn’t a proper way to illuminate an outdoor living space.  The moral of the story is aim before you shoot.  Make sure proper sleeves are installed before the mason lays the pool deck. You never know when you might want to add additional audio equipment, grilling equipment or even an outdoor gas fireplace. It’s good to prepare with running some lines when you do the initial build.

It is better to have plenty of options, as opposed to…well… none.

Give me a call for a free demonstration at your home.
(615) 373 – 0638