Memphis BBQ Contest Showcases Nationwide Talent and Gets Us Thinking about Illuminating Your Outdoor Kitchen and Grill Area for Summer

Nashville SkylineBeing part of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville is something we absolutely love to do as a team. We enjoy meeting clients, being creative with lighting and we are always up to a challenge when it comes to making things work in the most unique situations to give our customers exactly what they want. We also love to support Nashville’s local community events and give back whenever we can.

Springtime means barbecue time!We’ve participated in many fun events such as the Memphis In May BBQ competition with the team at Peg Leg Porkers, which brings in the county’s best BBQ teams for a cook off while raising awareness that provides education, international and economic program opportunities for the people of Memphis. Unfortunately, we couldn’t make it this year, but we wanted to tip our hat to the Peg Leg Porkers team for their stellar effort this year.

The Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is quite a big deal for those of us with our hearts deep in BBQ, and it’s no different than ranking in a golf major or even the Kentucky Derby. They take barbeque seriously in the Memphis area, so it’s no surprise its home to this event. Any team taking the top three slots garners some pretty significant bragging rights throughout the entire USA and the BBQ world. Judging is serious business and determining the final winner in various categories is quite the heart-stopper.

Peg Leg Porker

To taste some fabulous BBQ in Nashville, definitely drop by Peg Leg Porker in the Gulch for some certified world-class barbecue and to congratulate the team.

Nashville’s own  Peg Leg Porker founder and owner, Carey Bringle, is a veteran of the Memphis in May contestant, but has never ended up in one of the coveted top-3 finalist spots.But this year was different as Bringle fielded two teams, one in his traditional category of Pork Shoulder and a second smaller team competing in Whole Hog. A brand-new competition trailer hauled everything they needed to compete, including one of his new line of smokers that he is selling, specifically the BMF-200. Fantastically, they came in third place and faced some stiff competition!

Task lighting over an outdoor kitchen makes food preparation effortless!

Task lighting within an outdoor kitchen makes food preparation effortless!

If you live in Music City and you want to get your own BBQ groove going, we can add real value to your backyard grilling and smoking experience thanks to task lighting that makes the job easy no matter what time you are flipping meat. Your outdoor kitchen and deck/patio area will not only look great, but it will work hard for you to ensure you know exactly when the brisket is done and ready to eat. Proper visibility to cook, serve and dine is an important part of any outdoor barbeque zone, so why not let Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville help you get it summer ready so you can show off your grilling skills to family and friends.

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Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to get your backyard in gear for outdoor dining and fun! Phone us at 615-373-0638, or by email at: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com.

 

Outdoor festival lighting is all the rave in Nashville — but keep in mind all festival lighting is NOT created equal!

Nashville TN festival outdoor lighting

Festival outdoor lighting recently completed in Nashville, TN, by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that all festoon, festival and decorative outdoor café lighting is the same! If you compare those made and installed by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville versus those found at your big box or home improvement stores, you will be amazed at how much betters ours are by a stretch! First of all, our permanent festival lighting is made right here in the USA and is also made to LAST for years, and not just one or two seasons. If you are going to invest in festival overhead lighting, make sure you invest in a product that can stand the test of time and can resist the varied weather here in Nashville; such as the sun, rain, wind, snow and ice.

Nashville backyard festival lighting

We can recreate the same magic in your residential or commercial outdoor space!

Our festival lighting entails using commercial grade lighting suspended by heavy wire so it doesn’t sag over time. We professionally install everything we sell so that you can be sure it is safe, hung properly and provides a custom look that is all your own. We also ensure it is suspended with corrosion resistant hooks exactly where you want them so that it provides a gorgeous overhead lighting effect for years to come. Unlike those cheap string lights that only look like café lights, our bulbs don’t crack, yellow or fill with water. This can be highly dangerous and can cause your breakers to trip, and shock or even a fire. Don’t risk your family’s safety on cheap fixtures!

Our festoon lighting uses LED bulbs so that they are low-wattage, last 50,000+ hours and are easy on the wallet. We offer you clear, white and a rainbow of colors so that you can customize the look and change them out during any time of the year such as the holidays. It’s great to have options!

Festoon style permanent festival lighting in the Gulch.

Festoon style permanent festival lighting in the Gulch.

We’ve replaced plenty of inferior so-called café lights that our competitors are selling, and you can be assured theirs are nothing more than cut-rate imitations. Don’t be fooled into thinking that these are the same ones you see at actual restaurants and cool retail street alleys that we’ve installed all over Music City like Edgehill Village, The Gulch and homes just like yours. Check out this recent installation we did for a customer in Clarendon, where we swathed their brick patio from above with festival lights that went from a nearby tree to the back wall of their home. We are sure you will agree that it adds a ton of backyard beauty and charm with unmatched simplicity and style.

Nashville Fiesta Lighting

If you want the look of an elegant French café over your patio or deck, festoon lighting is the ideal solution for overhead. It can elegantly drape across large expanses without having to use a harsh stadium-type fixture with a large bulb that is blinding and has a tacky look. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville can install your festival lighting so that it perfectly fits into your existing landscape lighting plan in a totally natural way so that it is a cohesive part of your outdoor entertaining area. You will be able to hang out with family and friends, easily be able to cook, dine and play card or board games with the kids.

Don’t waste your money on cheap imitation café lights that are nothing more than seasonal string lights that are not meant to last. Instead invest in authentic, high quality festival lights that will provide years of solid use with no headaches or disappointment over the long term.

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to check out our permanent café festoon lighting options and how we can give your deck or patio the cool look of an outdoor dining venue. You can call us at (615) 373 – 0638, or by emailing us at: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com.

Endless benefits abound with Nashville backyard lighting!

backyard gazebo lightingThe best way to make your backyard look and feel like an outdoor oasis is to think about your illumination plan BEYOND the front door. If all you have is a light at your entryway and a few fixtures casting a harsh light on your home’s façade and a blaring flood light on your driveway–you are missing out a whole outdoor lighting experience that can enhance your outdoor lifestyle tremendously!

Hardworking families are spending more and more hours at the office, doing homework and running around with endless activities—and most people don’t get home until well after the sun has set. The only way to nurture time with family and friends after dusk is by lighting up the areas in your backyard you enjoy spending time.  Make your outdoor space just as useable as your indoor spaces by thinking of your outdoor landscape illumination in the same you do about inside lighting.

LandscapeLightingLots of people seem to ignore their backyards as an extension of real estate that is available for evening entertaining with their family and friends. It’s possible to light up the entire perimeter of your property and make your deck or patio a place that is just as comfortable and welcoming as your living room thanks to an outdoor lighting scheme that will make your outdoor spaces highly functional. Why sit cooped inside with the kids when everyone can be having just as much fun outdoors and getting a good dose of fresh air? Get everyone off the computer and TV and get everyone outside for family bonding and memories.

GardenPathLightsOur energy-efficient LED outdoor lighting uses very little power and brings in plenty of light so that you can hang out doing all the things your family loves to do like playing a game of football on the lawn, some Scrabble by the fire pit or dining al’ fresco while Dad is flipping burgers under some good task lighting at the grill. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville’s outdoor lighting systems are programmable, so they are designed to work to fit your lifestyle. We place lights where you need them so you can make the most out of each backyard zone that your family and friends hang out. We can drape decorative festival lighting across large expanses such as your patio or deck so that you’ve got good overhead lighting that is both elegant and practical.

Nashville Landscape Lighting

We also go beyond just pathway, task and façade lighting, too. We have artistic lights that add incredible drama and personality to your evenings as well. Even if it’s raining or cold outside, you can enjoy a gorgeous view of your wonderful backyard from your windows. We can highlight special features such as a water feature, your pool, an outdoor sculpture or a fabulous ornamental tree.

Good outdoor lighting changes the way you live, brings your family outdoors to gather and gives you added space to enjoy what feels a lot like a stay-cation when you get home from work and school. Let Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville create a relaxing outdoor oasis of relaxation in your backyard through romantic outdoor lighting! You can call us at (615) 373 – 0638, or by emailing us at: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com.

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Chase away the winter blues with beautiful backyard views through outdoor lighting!

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives tree lightingIf you are looking out your home’s back windows and there is a dark void, you are missing a fabulous opportunity to extend the dimension, depth and view of your backyard through the use of professional landscape lighting. Wouldn’t you rather see your entire backyard elegantly illuminated so you can still enjoy it on a cool night while you are sitting in the comfort of your home with a good book in your hand?

Many of our customers come to us only thinking about adding outdoor landscape lighting to the front of their home, or only adding architectural lighting to their home’s front facade. However, there is a big missed opportunity right out your living room and kitchen windows where the addition of outdoor lighting would benefit. A lifeless winter landscape can get a good dose of drama with outdoor lighting that can make every season look like an evening postcard from your windows. We can uplight your tree branches to give them an exciting and ethereal look that will make them dazzle even though they are bare of leaves. We can even add a downlit moonlight effect that can make your lawn shimmer and play up interesting shadows.

Outdoor lighting enhances your landscape during all seasons!

Outdoor lighting enhances your landscape during all seasons!

Backyard landscape lighting can unify your garden beds and make the perimeter of your property seem much larger than it actually is. We can illuminate walking paths, arbors and arches to give them a fairytale appeal that makes you wonder what could be on the other side. We can give your patio or hardscape a theatrical feel by casting a wash of light on stone or brick so that your yard bounces with texture. We can also make a water feature, outdoor fireplace or even a beloved outdoor sculpture pop in the dark of night so that it stands out and can be appreciated at all hours.

trellis_lighting_by_Outdoor_Lighting_Perspectives-300x225At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville we feel there is no reason to have a boring back yard when the opportunity to make a splashy effect can be appreciated during every season of the year. You and your family can enjoy the first blooms of spring, the colorful riot of leaves turning scarlet and gold in autumn and the hauntingly beautiful branches of barren trees dancing in the winter wind. You can also watch the wildlife that inhabits your backyard in the evening hours. Relish in a gorgeous back landscape whether you are indoors or out by always showcasing a fabulous view from any window in your home to the delight of your family and visitors.

Outdoor lighting perspectives outdoor oasis through lighting

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville will help you with an outdoor landscape lighting design that will capture mood and ambiance that you can delight in if you are working late in your home office, washing dishes in the kitchen or just hanging out with the kids on the couch. Gazing outside even on a wintry, chilly night over all the facets of your back yard is sure to put you in a relaxing mood no matter what’s gone on that day. Let us show you how to paint a dazzling picture of your property with the use of artistically placed light.

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Matt Oakes of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to bring your landscape to life in all seasons. You can call us at (615) 373 – 0638, or by emailing us at: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com.

 

 

Centerville, TN, to be the center of attention for the holidays, thanks to a little help from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

We love the holiday spirit that is in the air!

Here's a sneek peek at the magic set to unfold in Centerville:

Centerville, TN, town square holiday lighting 2014.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville is proud to share the excitement in and around the Nashville region that marks the arrival of the holiday season. From homes to historic venues we are entering the “countdown” period when locales all over Middle Tennessee will be “flipping the switch” as holiday lighting brings the magic of the season to life. We have been busy designing and installing holiday lighting for many of the holiday ceremonies scheduled to take place over the coming weeks including the festivities taking place in Historic Centerville, TN.

2015 marks our 2nd consecutive year in providing the holiday outdoor lighting at the Centerville, TN, town square. Our design this year is very similar to the display we installed at last year’s event, including a mixture of classic C6 and C9 LED bulbs for nostalgia. We do have a few surprises in store for this year, but we can’t give away any spoilers just yet! The display will also be fully operable through a convenient wireless remote control.

Don’t miss the Christmas Open House at the Centerville Town Square!

Saturday, November 28th from 5-9 pm is when all the magic will happen including a live nativity scene, story telling, horse-drawn carriage rides, a children’s coat drive, music and of course Santa will be there too! Many local businesses on the square will be open late for you Christmas shopping with the courthouse lighting on schedule for 6:00 sharp!

2015 Christmas Poster

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Matt Oakes of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to learn how we can make the holiday lighting at your home or business memorable. Call us at (615) 373 – 0638 and make this Christmas a time to remember and cherish.
Email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

Dinner under the stars with a little help from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville!

Outdoor living in Nashville TN is better with outdoor lighting

Outdoor living is better with outdoor lighting!

What better way to surprise your family than with an outdoor autumn dinner under the stars? Invite family and a few close friends for dinner and a memorable autumn evening, or,  host a romantic moonlit dinner with your significant other and enjoy a favorite meal (even if you order it in!) on your patio or deck abound with great conversation. Of course, doing this all in the dark or with only a few spotlights just isn’t going to cut it, but Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville can be your wingman and show you exactly how to get it done so that you can stage you backyard with the perfect dining alcove bathed in stunning light.

Nashville backyard lighting

We will come in and illuminate the shadows in the darkness so you can see all around the perimeter of your backyard and be able to enjoy all the foliage and hardscapes. We can up light into the canopy of trees for a dreamy effect and we can cast light downward from the eves so that your home looks washed in moonlight. We can spotlight particular garden beds so the shrubbery appears to glow in the evening, and we can show off the stone on a retaining or rock wall and make it shimmer.

Task lighting over an outdoor kitchen makes food preparation effortless!

Task lighting over an outdoor kitchen makes food preparation effortless!

For an evening dinner, we can add deck or patio lighting so you have plenty of visibility to be able to clearly see what’s on your dinner plate and get around in the dark while still being romantic and not overly harsh. We can add specific task lighting at your barbecue grill or outdoor kitchen so you can prep and cook a meal without having to use a pesky flashlight to see what you are doing. You can safely flip your steak knowing full well that it’s done without guessing. It adds a heap of convenience if you fancy yourself an outdoor grilling chef!

Nashville cafe-inspired outdoor lighting

Indulge in the season — it’s easy with outdoor lighting!

We are lucky that Tennessee temperatures in autumn afford us the opportunity to enjoy outdoor dining well into the year, and what better way to enjoy the fall evenings than highlighted by artistically designed outdoor lighting set up by a pro. The changing leaves flicker like fire when illuminated in the twilight; and when they drop, their branching takes on a haunting appearance that will leave you breathless. If you only think that outdoor lighting is for the summer time, you are missing out on a grand visual opportunity to enjoy the majesty of the changing seasons.

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville before you plan your dinner under the stars so we can set the mood for the perfect evening with the perfect lightscape added to your outdoor living area. Maybe even take over and woo your honey with candles, flowers and a divine meal. We love this easy and tasty pork recipe for Grilled Brown Sugar Pork Chops that is delicious and very simple to whip up without too much fuss.

Grilled Brown Sugar Pork Chops

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 6 boneless pork chops
  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine brown sugar, apple juice, oil, soy sauce, ginger, salt , and pepper. Bring to boil. Combine water and cornstarch in small bowl, and whisk into brown sugar mixture. Stir until thick.
  3. Brush grate lightly with oil before placing pork chops on the grill. Cook over hot coals for 10 to 12 minutes, turning once. Brush with sauce just before removing chops from grill. Serve with remaining sauce.
  4. Enjoy!
Grilled brown sugar pork chops.

Grilled brown sugar pork chops.

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Matt Oakes of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville so we can help you light up the night. You can call us at (615) 373 – 0638, or by emailing us at: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com.

 

Now is the time to start thinking about enlightening your home or business with holiday cheer!

Santa is ready to start planning for the upcoming holiday season!Maybe one of furthest things from your mind as you enjoy the last days of summer is holiday lighting for your home or business, but since we’re more than halfway to Christmas time (yikes!), the timing is perfect so you can get on our holiday schedule to start designing your lighting scheme right now. Don’t wait until the last minute!

You are busy enough during the holiday season shopping for family and friends and getting into the holiday spirit with dinners and parties galore. Let Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville remove all the stress and pressure of lighting up your home and business. We provide high quality holiday lighting and decor for local residential and commercial clients and it doesn’t matter how large or complex your dreams are. We can design and decorate any location for the holiday season in a truly unique and elegant way — Whether you are a homeowner, business owner, or both, we will give your property a holiday vibe that will knock the socks off of your guests or customers.

Colorful Nashville Holiday Lighting

Colorful Nashville Holiday Lighting.

Our holiday lighting program provides you a stress-free way to illuminate your home or business with holiday elegance without having to climb a hazardous ladder in frosty weather, and the results are professional and impressive.  We eliminate the hassle of having you deal with miles of wire, extension cords and lights. Our lighting specialists will chat with you about your ideas and we will work within your budget to create a spectacular lighting showcase that will make your home or business shine during winter evenings.

holiday OLP garlandOnce you decide on your preferred design, we do all the work for you. We order your lights and decorations, install them and then remove and store them at the end of the season in our climate-controlled warehouse. We only work with commercial quality lighting and offer eco-friendly LED bulbs that are energy-saving, produce low heat and are easy on your electric bill. You can enjoy the holiday parties and not have to fret about lighting up your property.

Christmas lighting at the Loveless Cafe by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Christmas lighting at the Loveless Cafe by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville can give you any look you want when it comes to holiday lighting. It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a chic and elegant appeal with all white lights and gorgeous swags of silver bunting, or a fanciful kaleidoscope of candy colors–our lighting professionals can achieve any customized look and feel you can imagine. With our commercial clients, we understand the impact that holiday lighting can have on sales. Decking out your shop attracts customers in a big way, and we can handle your indoor and outdoor lighting with ease.  We’ve created a lot of sparkle for local businesses through the years, and we are happy to help you tackle any theme you envision to wow your customers.

Loveliest holiday lighting ever

It doesn’t matter to us if you live in a charming home or own a fancy restaurant, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville will give you the same special treatment no matter what, and we will take all the effort out of your holiday lighting program and give you plenty of seasonal mood and cheer with our glittery lights, fabulous décor, lit trees and elegant garlands. We have got your covered no matter what holiday you’d like to showcase–Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza and New Year’s! And best of all, when the holidays are all wrapped up, we come back to your home or business and we take everything down and pack it away so you don’t have to. It certainly does not get any more easy and convenient than that!

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Matt Oakes of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Call us now to schedule an appointment to begin your holiday lighting planning and learn how we can give you a fuss-free way to decorate for the holidays. Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville at (615) 373 – 0638, or by emailing us at: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com  .