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.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville – 20 years in Nashville and going strong!

OLP Nashville Bob Lyons I and II

Here is the Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville and B&B Manufacturing family, Bob Lyons Sr. and Bob Lyons Jr. are the two gentlemen wearing black on the front row.

Reflecting on how we got to where we are today is an important part of what makes our business so special. Many of you probably don’t know the humble root of how Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville got to the point it is today.

Outdoor Lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Outdoor Lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville is also B&B Manufacturing. The B&B in B&B Manufacturing actually stands for Bob and Bob, which are Bob Lyons Sr. and Bob Lyons Jr. A father and son team that started their company back in the 80’s. B & B Manufacturing a privately held company that manufactures commercial and residential outdoor lighting  fixtures

BB3 well light

The BB3 well light is used to uplight the front of architectural facades. It is one of our signature architectural lighting fixtures.

exclusively for the Outdoor Lighting Perspectives franchises.  The story begins when a fellow named Bob Cook (yes, another Bob) starting making landscape lighting fixtures from plumbing parts. These fixtures weren’t fancy, but were very functional. One particular fixture was the icebreaker. We now call this light a directional flood light known as our BB12 outdoor light.  It was the dawn of our new up light which proved to be a winner because up until that point lighting professionals were using inside bulbs not designed for an enclosed MR16 outdoor fixture as up lighting, this caused sockets to fail because it overheated and it also did not work with moisture.  Bob came up with the solution and the BB3 fixture was born, which led to the BB12 as well.

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The dawn of outdoor lighting design began for B&B when they found a better way to efficiently light the MR16.

The wondrous thing about the BB3 was it did not require a socket, and it had an ideal beam spread. At the time GE made a bulb that was completely water submersible, which overcame the dilemma of moisture wreaking havoc on the bulb. The combination of our BB3 with the water submersible bulb was an idea before it’s time that set the standard for B&B manufacturing.

Now, in 2012 professional outdoor lighting companies are using an LED version of the same bulb that we used it in an outdoor up light. The weakest point of any LED bulb is its capacitor that it uses and the heat at which the components of the bulb operate.  Another step for us was to come up with an LED bulb that burns cooler, thus we came up with our LED PAR bulb that uses a cooler burning tantalum capacitor. Since heat can affect the life expectancy of any LED bulb, our PAR LED bulb has an almost unlimited life since it is not affected by as much heat. Our PAR bulb can be used in both an enclosed and open fixture and is also completely submersible.

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The result of ingenious design is the BB12, a standard among Outdoor Lighting Perspective locations.

Our newest addition to the B&B arsenal is the SLUGGER LED replacement bulb. It uses the same technology as the PAR LED does but runs at 4 watts instead of the 6 watt that the PAR bulb does. A small bulb that served as a giant step for our LED outdoor lighting fixtures.

We are committed to improve upon our LED bulbs and are staying on the LED information highway by offering you the newest technology at a reasonable price. Our philosophy here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville and B&B is to provide you with the best quality outdoor lighting fixtures, expert outdoor lighting design and installation with personal service to match.

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to learn how we can pass our quality onto you by designing your outdoor lighting. We have over 20 years of experience lighting the most beautiful homes and landscapes in the Nashville, TN area.  (615) 373 – 0638 email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

Michael Wynn of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Michael Wynn of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville proves it is “good to fool with mother nature” in terms of tree lighting

Tree Lighting Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Nothing compare to the haunting beauty of tree lighting, by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

When many homeowners begin to venture into the realm of outdoor lighting and the many ways it can benefit not only the safety around your home, but also the aesthetics and beauty, they don’t take into consideration the importance of having an outdoor lighting professional design and install the lighting. A professional has the knowledge, the foresight, the creativity, the skill and the experience to add lighting in areas that can enhance your home and landscape in ways you never dreamed possible. Tree lighting is one such example of creative outdoor lighting design. Tree lighting allows you to capitalize on the multi-layering  aspect of outdoor lighting and uses the mysterious illusion of light that trees naturally provide. Using tree lighting within an outdoor lighting application can produce breathtaking as well as haunting effects.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville realizes that trees bring an element of nature into the landscape and  are important in any outdoor lighting design. The regal majesty of the tree deserves to be illuminated with the best design strategies and equipment. We have completed many outdoor lighting applications that have encompassed adding the beauty of tree lighting into the scenario and it has resulted in stunningly beautiful effects. With professionally installed tree lighting there are many choices and details to take into consideration. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville focuses on those choices of the good, the bad and the ugly of tree lighting.

Tree Lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Large , mature trees with sprawling canopies make the best candidates for tree lighting

Many types of light can be used in tree lighting, one of which is low voltage lighting. Low voltage lighting can result in lighting that is subtle to intense, depending on the wattage you use to illuminate a particular area. When using low voltage lighting you usually only have to go up about 30′ into the tree. This will shine a radius of light of approximately 15 to 18 feet. Depending on how intense you want the light itself to be, we generally start off with a 20 watt flood light. This will produce a subtle “moon lit” look. To achieve more intense light, we would extend the light up to 35 feet or 50 feet’. If you are using the light to define an area where you spend a lot of time, for example a horseshoe game pit, then you want to use a much brighter light to define the area more clearly.

Halogen lights can also be used in tree lighting. Halogens are great to use if you want to add a “tint” to the exuding glow, because you can add a tinted lens to the halogen fixture to achieve a myriad of effects with tinted lighting. Another up and coming light we are using more frequently in tree lighting is LED. LED is becoming more and more popular in tree lighting because of the longevity of the LED bulbs. They require less maintenance because they last so long and don’t have to be replaced as often as other lights, plus they are super energy-efficient.

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The majestic sprawling branching of the Hackberry tree

Since tree lighting requires the installer to actually climb the tree to install the lighting, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville always keeps the safety of the technician in the forefront, as well as the integrity of the tree itself. We use proper equipment that will not scar or damage the tree making it vulnerable to disease and parasites. We also have experience and knowledge as to which trees are good for tree lighting. With any tree you are considering lighting, the lights should be able to be placed  in a fairly clean shooting lane, trees that are thick and dense, such as magnolias do not make good candidates for tree lighting for this reason. Trees like pines and other evergreens are not ideal for tree lighting either because of the lack of limbs available to achieve drama and effect. Trees such as a Hackberry and oaks tend to have sprawling limbs, and can make ideal candidates for tree lighting.

Tree lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

The ethereal illumination of proper tree lighting using multi-layering throughout the trees canopy

To achieve maximum effect from tree lighting it is ideal for the limbs of the tree to hang over a large surface area. You don’t want super thick foliage to snuff out the light. Shining the light down through some foliage is good and will create a haunting, dappled effect, but too much foliage is not good. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville feels the best effect is achieved when the light is shining through a different tree’s canopy, with the light shining through to a limb about 8 feet below you will achieve the most stunning effect using multi-layering of light. It is also advantageous to have the capacity to use a limb that hangs over the target point of the area or item you are illuminating. Since this is not always the case we can use light to go off the tree, at an acute angle coming straight down to achieve results. As with any lighting scenario you never want the light placed where if can shine into a person’s eyes. We also use tree lighting to light patios and walkways by throwing the light through foliage for a dramatic effect.

In a perfect world, the trees within our homeowner’s landscapes would already be perfectly placed to accommodate tree lighting. As this is not the case, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville uses experience, knowledge and design expertise to create stunning lighting effects with whatever mother nature has placed before us.

John Groce - Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to find out more about tree lighting. We can set up a nighttime demonstration for your property to show you the stunning results professional outdoor lighting can achieve at your residence. Call (615) 373 – 0638 or email us at olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

You can also see more dramatic outdoor lighting effects, including tree lighting in our photo gallery by visiting http://nashville.outdoorlights.com/local/gallery/landscape-garden-lighting.html

Converting gas lanterns to low voltage

A common complaint I hear is the lack of illumination from gas fueled post lanterns.  Most people unhappy with the light output, end up capping the gas line or doing away with the fixture altogether.  Before you make that decision, consider converting to low voltage.

While a gas fueled fixture can provide a sense of serenity, it lacks the firepower to provide a functional amount of light.  While some conversions may be more trying, the majority are within reach.  Look at it this way.  You will spend on average $300.00 to $400.00 dollars but see a return on investment in a fairly short amount of time.  Without an igniter switch, most gas fueled fixtures will cost you anywhere from $.50 to $1.00 to burn per day.

The first step is hiring a licensed plumber to come out and cap the gas line.  This is inexpensive and absolutely necessary.  Second, purchase a conversion kit or contact a local outdoor lighting specialist to complete the project for you.  You will be amazed at the output of a 35 or 50 watt quartz halogen bulb.  Not only will the change enhance the functionality of your home, it will also conserve energy.