Lighting Upgrade to LED at Restaurant Parking Lot Increases Customers’ Safety While Saving Money for Owners

Nashville Commercial LED parking lot lighting at Bastion

What happens when a bastion of fine lighting and a Bastion of fine dining cross paths? Everybody wins! Especially the patrons of Bastion, a wonderful restaurant in the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood of Nashville. The restaurant’s parking lot has been greatly improved with an upgrade to state-of-the-art LED lighting to keep customers and employees safer at night.

The restaurant’s website provides the definition of bastion: A place or system in which something (such as an old fashioned idea) continues to survive. Here in Nashville, the old-fashioned ideas of excellent service and excellent food survive at Bastion, the restaurant. The old-fashioned ideas of excellent service along with superior outdoor lighting design and installation survive at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville.

Neighborhood Ties …

Bastion recently hired Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to replace the old lights in the restaurant’s parking lot. The Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood, as you probably know, is home to several one-of-a-kind restaurants, art galleries and artist studios as well as First Tennessee Park in Germantown. What you may not know is that years ago, the founders of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville opened B&B Manufacturing just across Houston Street from where Bastion is located today. Bob Lyons Sr. and Bob Lyons Jr. started B&B Manufacturing to make the high-quality outdoor lighting fixtures they needed for their residential and commercial lighting installations.

Nashville Commercial LED parking lot lighting at Bastion

Out With the Old, In With the New

The lights in Bastion’s parking lot that needed to be replaced were metal halide lights. While metal halide lights have served us all for many years at ball parks, in parking lots and along streets, commercial LED technology now offers benefits metal halide does not. The color temperature of LED lights is brighter/cooler, which is better for a parking lot because it’s more focused. More focused light contributes to safer surroundings and clearer visibility.

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS OF USING LEDS IN A PARKING LOT:

More energy efficient: Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville replaced 400-watt metal halide lights with 150-watt LEDs. Watts measure energy efficiency, and increased energy efficiency means costs savings.

Nashville Commercial LED parking lot lighting at Bastion

Longer lasting: While the life of metal halide lights is 6,000 to 15,000 hours, LEDs will last over 30,000 hours. This presents another cost savings because LEDs do not need to be replaced as often. Metal halide lights can produce 100 lumens per watt when new, and at 400 watts these lights initially produce 40,000 lumens. (Lumens measure the total amount of light visible to the human eye from a lamp or light source.) Within 6 months, a metal halide light degrades to the point that it may only produce 24,000 lumens. LEDs will eventually degrade, too, but over a number of years, not months.

Automated: The LEDs we installed in Bastion’s parking lot use photo cells that sense when daylight is fading, so the new lights come on automatically every night.

No warm-up time needed: LED lights appear bright instantly, as soon as you turn them on. Metal halide lights need 1-15 minutes to warm up. If you turn them off and back on, you must wait several minutes because they won’t produce light again until they have cooled off.

Nashville Commercial LED parking lot lighting at Bastion

Whiter, brighter light: The LED lights we used for Bastion’s parking lot have a color temperature of 5,000 Kelvin (5,000K), a sweet spot for Kelvin and more like daylight. The color temperature of the metal halide lights was 4,000K, which means they produced a warmer—and yellower—light. The whiter (cooler) light is best for parking lots.

Light color stays true: The light an LED produces will remain the same color, while over time the metal halide lights begin to give off pink, green or blue hues. This is because the metal halide bulb burns mercury and other metal vapors in a vacuum tube. As the lights lose some of those metals, they exhibit color shifts.

No cycling on and off: Once an LED light is on, it stays on until you (or the photo cell) turns it off. As metal halide lights (and some other types, such as sodium-vapor lamps) begin to fail, they tend to cycle on and off, leading to an unsafe situation in parking lots!

Nashville Commercial LED parking lot lighting at Bastion

No toxic materials: LEDs do not contain mercury, so they can be disposed of easily. (However, most LEDs available today are made of materials that can be recycled.) Metal halide lights contain mercury, hazardous waste.

Only the Best for Bastion’s Customers

By upgrading their parking lot lighting from metal halide to state-of-the-art LED, Bastion will save money on electricity and bulbs while also providing safer lighting for their customers and staff.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville can help with all of your commercial and residential lighting needs. Contact us today at (615) 373 – 0638, or email us at olpnashville@outdoorlights.com. Please Nashville Commercial Outdoor Lighting to learn more!

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David G. Todd, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

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

As darker skies arrive earlier in the day, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville celebrates October as National Outdoor Lighting Month

National Outdoor Lighting MonthOctober is National Outdoor Lighting Month! This event was created by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives in 2013 as a consumer awareness effort to educate homeowners about the  impact quality and professionally installed outdoor lighting can make to their home, landscape, special event and lifestyle. Professional outdoor lighting increases safety, beauty and function around your home, landscape and outdoor living spaces. Our philosophy is “if it can be illuminated, it can be transformed with outdoor lighting.

Celebrating this event couldn’t have come at a better time of year. In case you haven’t noticed, night is making it’s debut earlier and earlier each afternoon as we near the end of Daylight Savings Time on November 2nd. The dark afternoons serve as the perfect catalyst in outlining the beneficial reasons for adding outdoor lighting. 

Belle Meade architectural LED lighting and tree lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

By making the decision to schedule the addition of outdoor lighting to your home and landscape now, you will never have to return home to a dark house again or regulate your outdoor activities with the setting sun. Our professional lighting designs promise carefree enjoyment and added safety to all your outdoor areas. From architectural lighting which makes the beauty of your home the centerpiece of your property, to driveway lighting powered by lighting control automation (LCA), that knows the very minute you are to arrive home each day ensuring safe entry into your home at the end of a hard day. Our LCA is available for all installations and provides 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 control your indoor and outdoor electric outlets. Here are just a few of the benefits LCA will provide:

  • LCA will ensure your outdoor lights come on automatically at dusk and off at dawn or the time of your choosing.
  • LCA will allow you to designate zones of lighting, both indoor and outdoor and program these zones to turn on and off automatically so your home always looks occupied. This is a huge convenience when you are on vacation.
  • LCA will allow you to program your lights to come at 50% power with the onset of dusk and progressively increase as the evening gets darker. This feature not only saves energy; it also creates a romantic ambiance in your landscape.
  • LCA allows you to control lights and appliances inside your home to come on automatically as well. We can even place a central keypad to control the entire system at the flick of a switch in any location you choose.
  • LCA can be programmed to gain control from your laptop or even your smart phone. This feature allows you to control your lighting from remote locations for the utmost convenience and versatility.
  • LCA will allow you to illuminate your home and landscape in any configuration and to come on at varying times. The choices are only limited to your imagination.

http://www.outdoorlights.com/national-outdoor-lighting-month/#guideThe possibilities are endless when it comes to outdoor lighting, all providing more convenient days and beautiful evenings! You can visit http://www.outdoorlights.com/national-outdoor-lighting-month/#guide to request a free outdoor lighting guide to gain valuable tips and learn about the latest LED holiday and event lighting trends and much more!

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

You can also contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville at (615) 373 – 0638
Email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com to begin your journey to outdoor lighting bliss!

 

 

Earth Day is Tuesday, April 22nd. Remember that making a difference begins with YOU!

Earth Day 2014Today marks the 44th year we have celebrated Earth Day. I am sure you have heard about it, but do you know what it means? Or how it began?

What is Earth Day?

Every year on April 22nd, over a billion people in 190 countries take action for Earth Day. Just like Earth Days of the past, Earth Day 2014 will focus on the unique environmental challenges of our time. By taking heed as the world’s population migrates to cities, and as reality of climate change begins to come to fruition, the need to create sustainable communities is now more important than ever. Earth Day 2014 will seek to do just that through its global theme: Green Cities. The day is set aside to raise awareness of our daily impact on the world around us and how we can make a change for the better by making smart investments in sustainable technology, forward-thinking public policy, and an educated and active public, we can transform our cities and forge a sustainable future.

Silent SpringHow did Earth Day begin?

The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970 which  is known by many to mark the beginning of the modern environmental movement. In 1970, here in the US, the hippie movement was drawing to a close. Musicians that headed the age and mood of the time, such as Jimi Henrix and Janis Joplin, died that same year, and the Beatles released their final album. Even though protest plagued the nation, environmental concerns were not at the root of the riots. The war at Vietnam took center stage, as did all those opposed to it. 

At the same time, automobiles with large V8 engines gobbled up gasoline. Industry forged on polluting the environment with smokestacks and runoff within a world where little or no recourse was sought towards the effect our actions had on the environment. This all changed as a little known book, by Rachel Carson, written in 1962 titled ” Silent Spring” sold more than half a million copies in 24 countries and began to open the eyes of our nation, and the world. Maybe more than any one single person, Ms. Carson helped to raise public awareness and concern for living organisms, the environment and public health.

The inaugural Earth Day held in 1970 capitalized on the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns front and center. This initiated the continuation of observing an annual Earth Day in an effort to raise awareness of the impact our actions, negative and positive, can have on the planet.

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We offer our clients a way to invest in tomorrow through the use of “green” outdoor lighting technologies such as LED.

Here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville, we take the concerns that are observed during Earth Day very seriously every day. By providing a more environmentally sustainable approach to outdoor lighting with our LED lighting technology we are striving to make a difference. LED is by far, more energy-efficient, cleaner and a more eco-friendly way of outdoor illumination than other types of lighting. LED’s have a life expectancy in excess of 50,000 hours, which means less waste from bulb replacement. In addition, LED’s do not contain toxic chemicals. Most conventional bulbs contain a multitude of materials such as mercury that are dangerous for the environment. LED is also low-voltage, and energy-efficient which will save a tremendous amount in operating costs.  We are proud to be the Nashville area’s leading force for LED outdoor lighting.

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

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

In addition we, along with our parent company, and our local manufacturing company (B&B Mfg.), are also practicing what we preach about sustainable living practices. We are operating under a “green” approach to our workplace by recycling materials such as copper fixtures. We also recycle all the paper in our office and our goal is to allocate a paperless system in the near future by incorporating tablets with each of our field workers. We are also moving towards an automatic bill pay system so we save paper by not having to send out invoices each month. We have also installed solar panels on our building as well, to reflect the importance of less impact on the environment by reducing power consumption.

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We installed solar panels on our building to decrease energy usage in our workplace, and our direct impact on the environment.

By working in a field of expertise, such as outdoor lighting, that now has the technology to offer homeowners a more sustainable living product, such as upgradeable LED bulbs that never get discarded in a land-fill but can be refurbished to reuse, it is only natural to begin at the core of our business. The workplace. Hopefully, each employee, delivery-person, and individual whom frequents our office will have these sustainability practices “rub off” on he/she and take a little piece of that realization back home with them creating a ripple-effect of sustainability initiatives to live by — taking a little piece of the “Earth Day” mentality away with them for tomorrow.

Remember, that what we do today, will affect tomorrow —

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Matt Oakes of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

To learn more about ways you can benefit from sustainable options in your outdoor lighting, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville today at (615) 373 – 0638
email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

How to prevent teetering on the “eave” of disaster with a little help from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Belle Meade architectural LED lighting and tree lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Belle Meade architectural LED lighting and eave lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville we take lighting safety very seriously. Our newest addition to our menu of outdoor lighting services is geared towards not only providing you with convenience , but preserving safety too. How many times have you found yourself risking life and limb teetering off of a rickety ladder to change out your eave lighting? This scenario is dangerous on single-story dwellings and even more risky on second and third-story homes.

LED architectural and facade lighting in Belle Meade by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

A closer look at this eave lighting proves the danger of bulb replacement on 2nd story homes.

Did you know that according to WHO (World Health Organization), falls are the second leading cause of accidental or unintentional injury deaths worldwide. Each year an estimated 424,000 individuals die from falls globally and out of this staggering number adults older than 65 suffer the greatest number of fatal falls. In addition, WHO also reports 37.3 million falls that are severe enough to require medical attention occur each year. One of the contributing factors to this high number of falls is attributed to working at elevated heights or in other hazardous working conditions. Changing out eave lighting on your home, or business, if you are not a lighting professional would fall into the category of working at both an elevated height within a hazardous condition.

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

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

In an effort to make your outdoor lighting experience more convenient, and provide peace of mind, we are now offering our customers the option of changing their eave lighting, flood lights and spot lights as an added feature to our already convenient outdoor lighting services. Our professionally trained technicians will replace your existing halogen, compact fluorescent or incandescent bulbs or we can also upgrade your eave lighting to super-efficient LED while we perform the replacement. Just imagine, no more dangerous ladders to climb, plus all the benefits of LED without having to lift a finger!

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We make every effort to ensure all our lighting is installed with safety as the first concern.

LED lighting is more energy-efficient and leaves less of an impact on the environment than other types of outdoor lighting.  It can save a homeowner thousands in energy costs over the LED’s lifetime. In addition, since they contain no glass components, they are not vulnerable to vibration or breakage like other types of bulbs and make the perfect lighting for outdoor applications. LED lights are free of toxic chemicals. Most conventional fluorescent bulbs contain a multitude of materials such as mercury that are dangerous for the environment and make disposal dangerous. Since they contain no toxic materials and are 100% recyclable, they will help you reduce your carbon footprint by up to a third. LED is safer in many regards too because it generates light from cool burning technology, and it uses less wire to install properly.

John Groce - Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

John Groce – Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville today to learn more about this service and our wide menu of outdoor lighting services designed with quality, beauty, function and safety in mind!

Please visit our extensive outdoor lighting galleries, including our architectural lighting gallery located on our website for a closer look at our LED eave lighting installations.