Moonlighting in Nashville’s Belle Meade Anyone?

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The stately trees that grace this driveway for our customer in Belle Meade are perfect for moonlighting

The art of moonlighting is a creative medium in itself. The type of illumination that comes from moonlighting gives off an ethereal effect that cannot be duplicated by any other lighting technique. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville was recently selected to install moonlighting for an owner in Belle Meade.

The homeowner wanted to illuminate the driveway. Here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville we try to avoid having a fixture out in the open because not only does it become a tripping hazard it is susceptible to damage from mowers, aerators, edgers and other machinery. We suggested moonlighting the large trees that grace the driveway, this would effectively light the long driveway and give a soothing, romantic light as well.

The homeowner allowed  John Groce of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville  to serve as contractor on the job, thus we were able to line up the electrician and the irrigation company to  under the sidewalk. The electrician had already been there previously and ran power to the trees. Sandra Nichols Landscaping was the landscaper on the job and we worked hand in hand during the progression.

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Landscape lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Since the electrician had run power from the house to the trees there is a receptacle at the trees. These are done on all 120 volt, line voltage and is a different fixture which uses a ballast to power the bulbs. The bulbs are all ceramic metal halide. Ceramic metal halide are the same type of bulbs used in jewelry and grocery stores and are coveted for their high score on the CRI (color rendering index). The light itself is still low-wattage, at only 39 watts, they still put out an enormous amount of light. As an example of the amount and quality these lights emit, you could hold 30 pieces of blue string in all variations in your hand, and in the noon day sun you could clearly see each variation from string to string. The same clarity is apparent under the moonlighting as well.

We are planning on using the current timer the customer has inside the home to hook in the moonlights for control. We had previously completed the lighting in this customers backyard as well.

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Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville worked hand-in-hand with Sandra Nichols Landscaping

Just as we had previously worked with this homeowner before, we enjoyed working with her once again on this moonlighting application. We want to commend Sandra Nichols Landscaping as well. This very stately driveway on this very stately property is now complete with the ambiance of the moonlighting, another job well done!

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If you are interested in exploring the possibility of adding moonlighting to your property, or other outdoor lighting applications, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville today at 615-373-0638 or email us @http://nashville.outdoorlights.com/

Moonlight and Westhaven Make the Perfect Pair Thanks to Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

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Outdoor Lighting accentuates the beauty and architecture of this home

If two words could sum up the lighting application  on this home in Westhaven they would have to be entrancing and ethereal. This home is situated on a corner lot and is close to the neighborhood clubhouse. Several angles to illuminate and a complicated roofline made this home a design challenge. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville took the challenge in stride and the end project of this home at night is truly breathtaking.

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Side view which shows how lighting accentuates the height and depth of this home

We accentuated the width and the height of the home by using well lights placed strategically so they cast a side glow and  singled out certain architectural features of the home. Well lights are one of the best lights to use when focusing on architecture. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville uses these type of lights in many of its designs, and precision placement ensures the homeowner is not met by the light intruding in through a window. We also strive to focus on the effect that a light produces, rather than the light itself. This is why discreet placement of fixtures is key.

Westhaven home during the day

This daytime photo shows the complicated roofline The roof line of this home in Westhaven presented some interesting challenges for us. From the curb side looking at the house we did up lighting and from the house side we did downlighting. We also placed lights on the upper gable of the home as well on the second story to illuminate the columns on the second floor. Roof line lighting is challenging in itself, but Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville went a step furtherNotice the down lights on this tree to provide moonlighting, or shadow lighting

By attaching lights to the trees on the side of this home. We used up lighting as well as down lighting to illuminate not only the trees but the homes facade as well. Lighting in the trees also served to cast moon lighting, also known as shadow lighting onto the walkway below. This application adds safety, beauty, depth and dimension to this area.

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These copper stake lights age to a beautiful rustic patino over time

Not a single stone was left unturned when it came to beautifully illuminating this home. We even added soffit lights in the covered patio. These soffit lights are tied into the LCA (lighting control automation) of the homes lighting system to add worry free, no hassle operation to the list of positives this home has.

The whole effect the lighting gives is one which you don’t want to turn away from. Even during the day the lighting still entrances you, notice the beautiful aged patina of the copper path lights.

Evening shot at Westhaven

This photo shows the importance of accentuating a homes architectural breaks

If you are ready to see what the evening holds in store for your home by adding outdoor lighting, give Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville a call. We can set up a night-time demonstration to show you what moonlighting can do for your landscape. 615- 373-0638, or you can email us @ http://nashville.outdoorlights.com/

Lighting Control Automation Makes Thermal Management Easy

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LCA lighting timer.

Thermal management is the new “green” trend in design. Thermal management means more energy efficiency on your heating and cooling costs and better sun protection for your valuable furniture, carpets and hardwoods. This is achieved by being able to monitor your home’s temperature and make changes to either heat up or cool down your home by way of different devices used throughout the home, one of which is your window blinds and shades. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville is proud to be able to offer our clients a way to easily tie in motorized blinds and shades to their lighting control automation for hands free operation . This is another step into the technology of lighting control automation that makes your house smarter and much more energy-efficient.

Thermal management makes your house comfortable in all seasons

With motorized blind control your blinds will know when to be adjusted and to what degree for optimal efficiency and comfort throughout the home. When the home needs to cool down the motorized blinds will automatically detect and adjust accordingly, the same with the opposite scenario of needing to be warmed up. These motorized blinds can be operated manually by using a handheld controller. Like all other handheld controllers, they are easily misplaced and never seem to there when you need them. When we tie the automation into the system with the lighting, it becomes worry free.

This innovative new application to hands free, worry free control of your blinds is being widely used by interior designers throughout the country. We have studied this technology and worked directly with many interior designers to be “fluent” in the use of thermal management. We feel this technology is going to revolutionize the industry.

Give us a call and we can discuss making your home greener and more energy-efficient, as well as hassle free. We can take the headache out of your outdoor lighting and get you on the fast track to thermal management in your home.

Your Smartphone Just got Smarter with Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

The advances of modern technology never cease to amaze me on a daily basis. The world has become not only more intelligent due to the increasing technology, it has become safer in many ways. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville has just found a way to make your home safer when you’re away, and also let’s you rest easy when you’re not in.

The technology is the addition of an application you can use on your smart phone to control your indoor and outdoor lighting from a remote location.

A safe, well lit house by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Let’s say your four-year old is home at night with the babysitter while you and your wife are on your way home from dinner and a movie. Up ahead you notice the terrible traffic. You will definitely be later than expected. You are faced with the dilemma that your outdoor lights are scheduled to turn off at midnight, and it is quarter till 12 and your still stuck behind a wreck on the interstate. You worry that your child and babysitter will be “left in the dark“, so to speak, because all the outdoor lights are due to turn off and your sitter does not know how to turn them on. Have no fear, you’re dilemma is solved. Just pull up your outdoor lighting app on your smartphone and schedule your outdoor lights and your “somebody’s home” indoor lights to stay on a little longer too. This convenient app. Will help you breathe easier when life throws you a curve ball.

Control your lighting with your smartphone

This technology is available for download on your smart phone, your laptop and your tablet. It has remote control associated interface with the mobile application. You will have to log in using a username and password. This feature gives you the confidence that someone just can’t control your lights at your house if they have your phone. There are at least five actions that you can do immediately from your phone, including turning on lights in a specific room. You can also use the app. to turn lights off for energy savings.

This application will give you peace of mind because no matter where you are you’re always in control. Our staff here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville would love to show you this new technology. Give us a call and we can help make you the king or queen of your castle, even if you are out of the kingdom.

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

Lighting design series: Find the architectural breaks

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A lot of my customers ask me about how I design outdoor lighting. Next to relationships with customers, it’s my second favorite part of my job. To some extent, I feel I should keep this a secret because I don’t want to work myself out of a job. But, I also know although absolutely critical, lighting design is just part of an outdoor lighting job. Without professional knowledgeable installation, high quality fixtures and expert maintenance, the design would be moot.

So, here is the first in an ongoing lighting design series. Every day I work with prospective business and homeowners to design outdoor lighting for their homes, landscapes, outdoor living areas and buildings. I had an interesting design consult this week with a hotel.

The owner’s primary motivation for outdoor lighting was to gain more visibility from the highway.

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View of the hotel from the highway

Here’s a view of the side of the hotel that sits on the highway. You can see that along the top of the building there are commercial outdoor lights that point down onto the parking lot for parking safety. But those down lights don’t illuminate the structure.

One idea that might come to mind is shining commercial grade spot lights at the facade to light it up like the 4th of July. The problem with super bright spot lights is the feeling they create – viewable but “blown out”. A structure looks blown out when the light becomes the focus instead of the structure it’s illuminating.

The other problem with flood lights is they obstruct the vision of the hotel guests. When you shine a generalized and bright light toward a facade, this creates a blinding effect to the guests who are looking out the window at night.

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Commercial outdoor lighting on architectural breaks

So what we want to do is use lights near the base of the building the shine upward but specifically not light under the window columns. These are the architectural breaks. The architectural breaks are the vertical lines, if you will, created by the architecture that lend themselves to illumination. So on this facade, that would be the concrete areas between the windows and of course the left and right edges of the building. I always want to light the far left and far right side of the structure to give the structure breadth.

Here’s a picture of a job we did in Nashville.

I love to look at pictures of commercial and residential applications and give some design ideas. Please feel free to comment on this post or email me pictures for ideas.

nashville33@outdoorlights.com.

Or give a call to the office and ask for me 612-620-2847.