Have you ever wondered how DST began?

DST ends tomorrow at 2AM.

DST ends tomorrow at 2AM.

Nashville and most of the United States have enjoyed an hour of extra daylight since this past spring. On November 5th, however, that will come to an end, as Daylight Savings Time (DST) officially ends for this year. The annual ritual of setting our clocks forward in the spring, and back again come fall, is something many of us take for granted but have you ever wondered how DST began?

The History of DST

Benjamin Franklin takes the credit for the idea of DST. Yes, this is the same Ben Franklin pictured on our $100 bill and who also invented the lightning rod and bifocal glasses among creating some of the most successful and popular inventions of the modern world.

Benjamin Franklin came up with concept of DSTHis idea for coming up with the idea to reset clocks in the summer months was a way to conserve energy. By moving clocks forward, people could take advantage of the extra evening daylight rather than wasting energy on lighting. At the time, Franklin was serving as ambassador to Paris and wrote a letter to the Journal of Paris in 1784, rejoicing at his discovery that the sun provides light as soon as it rises.

The practice of DST was not put to use until more than a century later when Germany began using the idea in 1916 as a way to conserve fuel during WWI. The rest of Europe quickly followed suit with the practice and in 1918 the US adopted the concept. Although President Wilson wanted to keep DST after the war ended, its practice was not embraced by all. Farmers objected to the practice citing that they would lose an hour of light in the morning. Since the US was mostly rural during this era, the practice stagnated. It was not until the next war (WWII), that the practice of DST was re-established. Following the end of WWII, states and towns were given the choice of whether to observe DST — which led to chaos.

To curb the chaos, Congress enacted the Uniform Time Act in 1966. This meant protocol must be followed in which daylight saving time would begin on the first Sunday of April and end on the last Sunday of October. Then, in 2007, the Energy Policy Act of 2005 went into effect, expanding the length of daylight saving time to the present timing.

Why DST is Observed Today

Less than 40% of countries throughout the world observe DST. Most of the United States and Canada observe DST on the same dates. But there are exceptions. Hawaii and Arizona are the two states that don’t observe daylight saving time, though Navajo Nation, in northeastern Arizona, does follow DST, according to NASA.

LED lights are long lasting, energy efficient and among the safest lights on the market today for outdoor lighting.

LED lights are energy efficient, long-lasting and more sustainable than other lighting genres.

The primary reason for the practice of DST has long been energy savings. Brighter evenings are said to save on lighting. However, as lighting has become super efficient in recent years, it has become a smaller element of energy consumption than it was just a few decades ago. The practice of moving an hour of sunlight from the early morning, when many would sleep through it, to the evening, when you could most likely do more with the light, and vice versa, opens up a doorway of possibilities for us to get things done. Whether it is work or school related, we have grown accustomed to having an extra hour of morning light illuminating our travel to work or school in the fall and winter months. On the opposite side of the coin, we also enjoy an extra hour of afternoon light in the spring and summer to partake in outdoor living activities.

Franklin TN LED residential outdoor lighting

With DST in mind, How much time will you spend this evening programming your outdoor lighting for daylight savings time? There will be multiple devices throughout your home and landscape that will require adjustment to correspond with the time and light change. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville can make sure your outdoor lighting timer isn’t one of them.

Our timers use LCA technology that automatically adjusts to facilitate the change for daylight savings time and provides automation that you will enjoy every day. It simplifies your outdoor lighting by giving you effortless control of your home’s indoor and outdoor lighting and other powered features. Our smart timer can do more than simply turn on selected lights at dusk. It can also control your indoor and outdoor electric outlets.

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David G. Todd, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville.

We are the pros when it comes to automating your lighting needs for more convenient days and beautiful evenings. To learn more contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville today. You can call us at (615) 373 – 0638, or email us at  olpnashville@outdoorlights.com.

 

 

Add Drama to your Nashville Landscape this Season with Outdoor Lighting!

Nashville TN moonlighting used in treesFew seasons bring as much joy as the arrival of spring. Here in Nashville, there is much to see and do. From a visit to the zoo at Grassmere, catching a MusicCity concert, to a stroll through beautiful Cheekwood Estate & Gardens during the Cheekwood in Bloom event. Look around, there’s no place more beautiful and alive than Nashville in the spring.

On the homefront, Nashvillians are busy sprucing up their homes and landscapes in honor of the season. This often includes adding or extending an outdoor living space or revamping the landscape. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville can add drama and enhance the function and beauty of your spring endeavors through the addition of outdoor lighting.

Lighting added to stairway into children's treehouse.

Lighting added to stairway into children’s treehouse.

Outdoor lighting serves as a beneficial addition to outdoor spaces such as decks, patios and even children’s play areas such as a treehouse. Through illumination, you are able to increase the safety of a space and in turn, increase the time you can spend enjoying your outdoors. Our Nashville outdoor lighting portfolio is loaded with inspiration for lighting for outdoor living spaces.

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Nashville festival lighting over patio.

When it comes to improving the look and feel of your Nashville landscape — lighting is the answer. From formal gardens, perennial beds, or a complete landscape overhaul, we can add beauty to your investment.

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Nashville landscape and water feature lighting.

If you are planning landscape or outdoor living space additions or have a property lacking outdoor lighting, 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 plan in advance.

Even if you don’t plan on adding outdoor lighting right away, we can install sleeves before your hardscapes 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. This proactive approach minimizes on mess and causes less disruption of the landscape. 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.

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Of course, we are always happy to work around your existing outdoor structures and landscaping. We will come in and evaluate your property and work around existing structures wherever possible–so don’t fret if you forgot to include landscape lighting in your initial plans.

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David G. Todd, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of 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.

Join us in welcoming spring this weekend at the Nashville Lawn and Garden Show!

This image features a garden from a previous Nashville Lawn and Garden show booth with our outdoor lighting.

The Nashville Lawn & Garden Show is underway and Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville would like to cordially invite you to join us as we welcome spring! This year’s show is going on now through Sunday, March 5th. at the Fairgrounds Nashville.

Plant a Forest: Gardening for the Future”, is the theme, and the show includes live gardens, lectures and demonstrations, a floral design gallery, and vendors marketplace. The event will also feature a one-day wine festival on Saturday, showcasing some of the best local vineyards and wineries.

The Nashville Lawn and Garden Show is Tennessee’s largest and most popular annual gardening event showcasing all aspects of outdoor living, including acres of beautiful gardens and the newest outdoor lighting designs and ideas!  Our lighting can be seen used in a variety of the garden displays and you can also stop by our featured booth to learn about making your landscape and gardens a showstopper at night!

One of this year's display that features our lighting. "Glamping" never looked so good!

One of this year’s display that features our lighting. “Glamping” never looked so good!

We will be in booth #219 located in the Vendor Marketplace where we will be sharing a wealth of ideas about landscape lighting for your gardens, trees, hardscapes, outdoor living spaces and more. The emphasis towards “green” outdoor lighting continues to grow here in Nashville and we will have our newest LED outdoor lighting technology on display and our talented team will be on hand to discuss lighting control automation, LCA, to carry the benefits of green outdoor lighting technology a step further.

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We are located in booth #219, stop by and say hello!

Dates and times for the show are as follows:

Show times are:
Thursday – Saturday, 10a.m. – 8p.m.; Sunday 10a.m. – 5p.m.
Location:
The Fairgrounds Nashville
500 Wedgewood Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203

ETickets for the show are available online or may be purchased at the door.

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David G. Todd, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville.

You can also contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville at (615) 373 – 0638 or via email at olpnashville@outdoorlights.com.

 

 

 

Our recent install at 500fifth takes Nashville residential outdoor lighting to a new level

Nahsville Upscale Apartment Outdoor Lighting

Nashville outdoor lighting at 500fifth.

When you think of Nashville residential outdoor lighting you probably picture a beautiful home in Brentwood or Belle Meade or maybe even a quaint farmhouse nestled among acreage in Middle Tennessee. These images are accurate, and with good reason, because Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville specializes in residential, commercial outdoor lighting and holiday outdoor lighting in the Nashville area. However, with the growing trend in urban residential living, Nashville outdoor lighting is popping up amid all genres of housing. From townhouses, condominiums and even upscale apartments.

Nahsville Upscale Apartment Outdoor Lighting

One of our most recent outdoor lighting projects took place at 500fifth Apartments in downtown Nashville. This upscale complex delivers breathtaking views of the city skyline and offers an easy commute to those working downtown.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville was asked to help make the building’s facade come to life through the addition of lighting. We accomplished this project with understated grace as we used up lighting to create the look and feel they had in mind. Through the use of 3000 degree kelvin/200 watt LED up lighting fixtures mounted on custom brackets the entire front facade of the 500fifth becomes a location you immediately want to know more about. The lighting adds dimension, depth and an air of majesty to the building.

Nahsville Upscale Apartment Outdoor Lighting

On this particular project our goal was to illuminate the front facade of the building. However, on many apartment properties there are other facets on the grounds that can also benefit from the addition of outdoor lighting. This can include, but is not limited to, the property’s common areas such as the pool, parking areas, walkways and clubhouse. We have also had great success illuminating the signage located at the entrance to many of the apartments we have lit. Take a look at the areas we illuminated at The Grove Whitworth apartments in Green Hills, TN…

Nashville signage outdoor lighting for the Grove at Wentworth apartments in Green Hills TN

Outdoor Lighting at the Clubhouse at the Grove Whitworth in Green Hills TN

Pool area lighting at The Grove Apartments in Green Hills TN

As you can clearly see, Nashville residential outdoor lighting can benefit all types of homes, from apartments to estates and everything in between! Contact us today to learn more about adding ambiance, beauty and functionality to your property at night. You can reach us at (615) 373 – 0638, or by emailing us at:olpnashville@outdoorlights.com.

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John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

 

 

Color Saturation outdoor lighting is perfect for the holidays, or anytime you want a burst of color!

nashville-colorful-holiday-outdoor-lightingOutdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville is the region’s innovator when it comes to cutting-edge outdoor lighting technologies. We are poised to provide our clients with the highest-quality outdoor lighting, with the best design while staying above the curve of trending technology. One of our newest outdoor lighting introductions this season is our color saturation LED outdoor lighting.

WOW! The dramatic images shown below using color saturation on this home in Brentwood, TN, speak volumes of the drama you could create for the upcoming holidays, special occasions or anytime you want to add pizzaz to your outdoor lighting scheme. You can also see more images of this amazing design by visiting our Houzz gallery.

Unique holiday outdoor lighting in Brentwood, TN.
Unique holiday outdoor lighting in Brentwood, TN.
Unique holiday outdoor lighting in Brentwood, TN.
Unique holiday outdoor lighting in Brentwood, TN.

A rainbow of colors is possible with Nashville RGB LED outdoor lightingTraditional colored LED outdoor lighting is grand, however our color saturation LED outdoor lighting takes colored to a whole new level allowing you to change the color of your LED’s and your freedom of expression on a whim! Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville is now offering this capability for use with our LED up lighting and down lighting landscape lighting designs. This technonolgy allows you to use RGB LED controllers via  Bluetooth controls to create unique lighting effects using our RGB LED lights.This means you can customize the color of your lighting any time you want, and just as easily return to traditional clear, at the drop of a hat.

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

If you would like to learn more about this new and innovative outdoor lighting technology, and more cutting edge options for your property, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville today at 615-373-0638, or email us at: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

Your Fall decor will get more mileage with outdoor lighting

Nashville outdoor lighting enhances seasonal outdoor decorAs the season changes, so does the exterior aesthetics of our homes. From the vibrancy of the deep greens and bright blooms of the summer landscape to the subdued hues of amber and gold as leaves begin to change and landscapes welcome autumn. One popular way we pay homage to the changing seasons is through outdoor holiday decor. Many Nashville front porches and entries are brimming with a bounty of harvest-themed decor already. Wreaths adorned with hints of Halloween will soon mingle alongside pumpkins, scarecrows and colorful mums.

Nashville Halloween LightingOutdoor lighting will ensure you home and landscape is full of curb appeal throughout the year, and will also allow you to get more enjoyment from any seasonal outdoor decorating you do. Imagine the impact outdoor lighting will create when paired with the decor and timely plantings around your home’s front entry. Colors will look bolder, textures will have more dimension and all salutations will be easily legible to guest that come to call — and don’t forget about lighting the way for those trick-or-treater’s who are soon to come calling!

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In addition to highlighting your outdoor decor landscape lighting, tree lighting and even architectural lighting can also serve as a stage for the changing seasons. As your landscape changes, leaves change hues and blooms emerge, outdoor lighting can help illuminate each moment as it unfolds.

Autumn in Middle TennesseeLighting makes a huge impact as part of your landscape. Landscape lighting can be used to emphasize a fall garden or a line of deciduous trees that transform from jewel tones in the fall to barren branches in the winter.Even the smallest landscape ornamental will change personalities from spring to fall. Although your outdoor lighting stays in the same place, the area it illuminates evolves, as does the scenery.

The benefits of outdoor lighting go well beyond beautification and aesthetic enhancement. Lighting also aids in providing a more safe and secure setting for you and your family to enjoy. This includes having a more secure area to enjoy outdoor activities and relax. Security lighting such as path lighting can even makes the trip to your front door more secure because you no longer have to muddle around at a dark entrance to find your keys or while dropping shopping bags.The addition of lighting will make ease, peace of mind and convenience as a way of life. Experts are also quick to point out that outdoor lighting reduces the chances of falling victim to crime because a well-lit home, or business, is less likely to become the target of a break-in.

Autumn in Middle Tennessee

Although preference of LED over halogen outdoor lighting is really a matter of choice. A higher percentage of our clients opt to go with LED. It is true that LED is more energy-efficient, long-lasting and eco-friendly than traditional outdoor lighting systems; but did you also know LED is more durable? That’s right! LED lighting makes the perfect candidate for outdoor lighting because it holds up better to the harsh elements and the extreme hot and cold of seasonal changes. In additon, since LED is a UV free source of light it is less likely to attract nuisance insects. This means the insects that are drawn to your front porch or outdoor living space by light are reduced making outdoor living more enjoyable for everyone!

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville today to learn more about our timeless landscape lighting designs. We can turn your landscape into your favorite place to be in every season! Call us at (615) 373 – 0638 or contact us via email at olpnashville@outdoorlights.com.

 

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville, Enjoyment is the Mother of Invention!

A rainbow of colors is possible with Nashville RGB LED outdoor lightingIn much the same way the old English proverb tells us that “necessity is the Mother of invention”, so is exploring new technologies to offer our customers more options and enjoyment from their outdoor lighting. Our emphasis here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville is keeping up with cutting-edge, emerging outdoor lighting implements to bring the newest and best to you! With this in mind, we are currently offering a new way for homeowner’s to add a splash of color to their home’s facade and landscape — Blue tooth controls that allow you the freedom to change your outdoor lighting to colors within the spectrum of RGB (Red, Green, Blue), on demand.

Outdoor-Lighting-Perspectives-of-Nashville color-filtersWe can now offer this capability for use with our up lighting and down lighting landscape lighting designs. You can use RGB LED controllers via your Bluetooth controls to create unique lighting effects using our RGB LED lights.This technology means that you can alter the hue of your lighting any time you want, and just as easily return to classic clear, at the drop of a hat! Just imagine the creative possibilities within your landscape….

  • Create an “under the sea” theme for your childs’ backyard pool party by changing to blue or green lighting for one magical evening they will always remember.Signify the arrival of your family's new addition, with pink or blue lighting
  • Signify the arrival of your family’s new addition, with pink or blue lighting, making an evening baby shower even more of a special delivery!
  • Show your patriotism for the annual 4th of July backyard BBQ in red, white and blue!
  • Welcome your tailgating friends to your home by sporting your team colors, even if it’s just to mark the victory of your little leaguers.
  • Halloween in right around the corner, is your home's front entrance and landscape ready?Add a “spooktacular” effect with orange lighting to greet Halloween trick-or-treaters….
  • The possibilities are truly endless.

If you would like to learn more about this new and innovative outdoor lighting technology, and more cutting edge options for your property, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville today at 615-373-0638, or email us at: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

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Matt Oakes of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville