Turn Your Backyard into a Staycation Paradise Well into the Evening with Outdoor Lighting

Backyard-pergola-lightingWhen properly designed and installed, your very own backyard can have such an incredible spa-like feel that it may make you feel like skipping the expensive vacation spot altogether. Your own outdoor retreat can feel like a pricey resort right at home without the hassle of passports, airports or long drives with screaming kids. The oasis can come to you and provide relaxation and entertainment well into the evening hours without the fuss and annoyances.

There are lots of inexpensive garden ideas that can help add that island staycation vibe. You can drape a hammock across two trees, or anchor it from your pergola for lazing around with an icy margarita or put in a fire pit to roast marshmallows for starters. We’re more than happy to work with you or your landscape architect to bring the staycation feel you are seeking to your outdoor living spaces with a custom outdoor lighting design and turn-key lighting program.  And with the heat and humidity in Nashville this summer, it’s a no-brainer to wait until the evening hours when things are cooler to enjoy some time outdoors.

Nashville underwater lightingOutdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville can design your landscape lighting to tie all your outdoor features together in one gorgeous way so that your backyard oasis can be enjoyed by your family and friends well into the evening in an elegant and safe way. You can stay outdoors later instead of having to go inside because the sun has gone down and you can’t see or have inappropriate flood type lighting that is severe and doesn’t get the job done. Let us illuminate your yard in a gorgeous way that makes it easy to get around your property and highlights the great features in a wonderfully dreamy and elegant way.

If a tropical feel is what you are after, then we can mimic a lighting mood that will send your senses back to island time. Overhead festival type lighting can set a party mood over your patio or deck that can make your outdoor feel like your favorite resort.

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Why quit using the pool simply because it’s dark outside? We can light your pool perimeter so you can keep the party rolling well into the evening. In fact, we can add lighting to any water feature so that the unwinding sound of a waterfall or trickling water coupled with the night-time visual can have a totally mesmerizing and tranquil twilight effect. We can even light up a koi pond so that the fish can be viewed well after the nightfall.

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The addition of lighting around a deck or patio gives you a place to dine and have conversation late into the night if you like. We can improve task lighting at your outdoor kitchen or barbecue so that you can cook and serve food no matter what the hour, and without having a harsh or loud glare either. We can also add some sparkle to a gazebo or pergola so that it becomes a romantic getaway spot to share with your greatest love.

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If the grandkids are over, why not give them a spot to play in the evening? We can light up a horseshoe pit or even a bocce or basketball court for hours of extended night-time play. And for a real conversation centerpiece, we’ve had customers ask us to light up their beyond life-size lawn chess sets so that fierce matches can be played al fresco well past daylight hours. Neat!

augusta 50Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville can expertly illuminate your entire yard in an enchanting way so that your trees can lend a dramatic sense of evening atmosphere that you will swear will make you feel you’ve been transported to your favorite getaway destination.  You tell us your favorite vacation spot is, and we will match your backyard into a similar ambiance and feel. It doesn’t matter if it’s Puerto Rico or Paris—we can help you achieve a staycation look will feel like a spa resort every night of the year. Let us show you how!

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to learn more about giving your outdoor spaces a destination resort feel. You can call us at (615) 373 – 0638, or by emailing us at: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com  .

 

 

Get Out and Enjoy Downtown and Home Town Fun in Nashville with Family this 4th of July Weekend!

Happy Independence Day from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville!

Happy Independence Day from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville!

Here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we are getting ready to celebrate Independence Day with our families, and it’s a time when we think about how lucky we are to live in a country where freedom, opportunity and a deep sense of patriotism are abundant. It’s a great day to gather up the kids for some family fun, relaxation, good food and, of course, music. We know there’s truly no place like Nashville for a true American 4th of July family experience, and if you are stumped for ideas on what to do on the 4th, here’s four ideas for you to try on for size:

Downtown Nashville’s Music City: Let Freedom Sing! celebration is going to be of epic proportions. Being a city that knows how to entertain in huge fashion, the fireworks display this year is said to be the largest and longest in America (even bigger than the Macy’s one in New York City!!) and will be synchronized to live music performed by the Nashville Symphony. The big boom goes off at 9:30 PM downtown along Riverfront Park, Public Square and Cumberland Park and is completely free to the public.

Events downtown start as early as 12 noon with local and national bands playing throughout the afternoon, and a free and kid-friendly Family Fun Zone on 5th Avenue and Broadway features inflatables, games and music for kiddos. At 6:30 PM, country music sweetheart Martina McBride will kick off a special performance along with opening act Mikki Ekko at the Jack Daniels Main Stage located at 1st Avenue and Broadway.

Nashville fun family for July 4thIf mega sized events aren’t your thing and you prefer something a little more old-fashioned, then get yourself a true taste of how America celebrates in a small community by visiting Whitland Avenue for their annual Fourth of July parade that kicks off at 11 AM. The gorgeous antique homes are dressed up in red, white and blue grandeur, and the energy rivals that of the Christmas season. This event is all about the children in our community, and they will happily ride their bicycles down the parade route waving a big ol’ flag and wearing a megawatt smile. We are sure it’s something they will remember when they grow up and they pull their own children down the same street in a red wagon festooned with festive bunting. Family pets get in on the act too, wearing all sorts of charming and celebratory outfits. Then the good people of Whitland have a fantastic picnic, so be sure to bring a blanket and some food. This is down home fun at its best, and our favorite part is the pie and dessert contest. Yum!

Nashville SkylineSince July 4th happens to fall on the first Saturday of the month, you can also visit the local art galleries around Nashville completely free to check out their exhibits on the First Saturday Art Crawl that happens every month. Over 20 galleries are part of this event covering art across all styles and genres.

Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum is featuring their Human Landscape exhibit at the moment, so go stroll through the 55-acre estate where 9 massively scaled outdoor sculptures, such a human heads, are done with a truly unique sense of inventiveness.

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville is beyond proud to be part of the Nashville market, and we’ve been thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with our residential and commercial customers to help them realize their lighting and landscape dreams over the last two decades. We are truly thankful to the community for embracing us and having trusted in our expertise. We’ve truly loved lighting up your world! Happy July 4th, y’all!

Let Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville do your outdoor lighting maintenance now, for an interruption free summer event schedule!

Outdoor Lighting NashvilleAs a host, nothing is worse than realizing too late that you have forgotten to get or do something for the party. A missed detail can be devastating…often filling you with regret and spoiling your fun at your own event. To prevent this from happening during any 4th of July celebrations you may have planned, please allow us to suggest a few items for your pre-party check list:

  • Check your propane tank levels or charcoal and lighter fluid now to ensure you will be ready to grill.
  • Start stocking up on ice (put it in your deep freeze) and your favorite beverages now, to beat the rush the Friday before July 4th.
  • Make sure you’ve pulled together all the backyard game components this week… like the “birdie” for badminton, the complete bocce set, all of the wickets for croquet, the Frisbee and all the bean bags for corn hole.
  • Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to do your outdoor lighting inspection and maintenance now.
Royal Oaks Belle Meade outdoor lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

The outdoor living season is here. Time to schedule your outdoor lighting maintenance!

Try to imagine how you would feel if your outdoor lighting system failed during your next outdoor cocktail party or your upcoming 4th of July cookout. After you did a frantic timer check without successfully getting the lights back on, you could dig out your candles or bamboo tiki torches (if still have any oil for them) to add some light to your patio or deck…but who can have fun now? It’s just not the same as using your custom designed outdoor lighting system which perfectly casts just the right amount of task and ambient lighting all throughout your outdoor living area.

With this in mind, wouldn’t it be more comforting to know well before your next outdoor evening event that your outdoor lighting system has been fully inspected, adjusted and any needed repairs completed? Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville can give you this peace of mind with our Annual Maintenance Plan by assuring you need never lift a finger to adjust a fixture or change a bulb around your Nashville home.

Nashville Outdoor Lighting MaintenanceNo other outdoor lighting Annual Maintenance Plan is more thorough than ours. On an annual basis we will come to your home to:

  • Replace your halogen bulbs (LEDs last 10 times longer)
  • Straighten any knocked fixtures
  • Repair any damaged wire and rebury any wiring that has surfaced
  • Inspect and clean your transformer
  • Reset or check the timer
  • Trim or adjust for plant overgrowth
  • Perform simple changes to enhance the effects of your lighting

Plus, throughout the year, you receive priority response and repairs with no service charge. Your lighting system remains headache-free and operating beautifully.

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You enjoy your first year of annual maintenance free with your full-service outdoor lighting system installed by the professionals at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville. After the initial year, you may sign up for continued Annual Maintenance Plan.

We service other systemsWe will service competitors’ lighting systems as well. If your Nashville outdoor lighting system was installed by another company, you can still take advantage of our maintenance and/or repair services.

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Matt Oakes of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville today to learn more about our outstanding maintenance programs and how an outdoor lighting design can enhance your home, landscape and lifestyle. (615) 373 – 0638 email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com.

PS – just as a reminder… according to Tennessee Code Annotated 68-104-210 makes it a Class B Misdemeanor for unlicensed individuals to set off fireworks.   A Class B misdemeanor is punishable by imprisonment of up to six months and a fine not to exceed $500.

Some surprises are marvelous…while others are not.

Nashville LED lighting is greener and more beautiful than everDon’t you just love surprises? You know, that wonderful feeling you get when you open your cable bill and discover they have cut your monthly fee by 30% because you’ve been a loyal customer since 1998, or when you pull up to the drive through window to pay for your special order cup of designer coffee that you only splurge on once a month and the cashier tells you the person in the car in front of you paid for your order and said to have a great day. These kind of surprises are marvelous!

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However here’s another scenario to consider; You are entertaining 25 guests at your home for an evening cocktail and dinner al’ fresco event, and just as dusk arrives and dinner is being served, your outdoor lighting system fails…this is not the kind of surprise any host or hostess would like. Instead of enjoying the conversation, drinks and food with your guests, you are frantically running around trying to find every candle you own to cast some sort of light across the tables in order to salvage the evening. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the confidence in knowing that your outdoor lighting system is primed and ready for peak performance for all of your upcoming outdoor celebrations and social gatherings?

Nashville outdoor lighting maintenanceThe key to having a trustworthy outdoor lighting system is proper maintenance. With an annual maintenance plan from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville, you can rest assured that your outdoor lighting system has been inspected, adjusted and any needed repairs made so you will not have to worry about any surprises. We provide excellent maintenance and service plans that will deliver peace of mind and enjoyment that delivers night after night. We employ highly trained outdoor lighting professionals who are aware of and can fix a variety of outdoor lighting problems, regardless of who installed your outdoor lighting system.

Nashville Outdoor Lighting MaintenanceOver time, several different issues can arise in an outdoor lighting system. Since we can’t prepare for everything, we need to have routine maintenance. That’s why we offer top quality, professional service for all systems. Bulbs burn out, fixtures get knocked out-of-place and even shrubs and storms can alter your system’s performance. We are here to alleviate all those issues and more. No other outdoor lighting Annual Maintenance Plan is more thorough than ours.

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Properly performed annual maintenance on your outdoor lighting system will not only protect your investment, but it will keep your property looking its best for hosting special outdoor events, and keep your system running safely night after night. Now is the time to schedule your maintenance to make sure your outdoor lighting system is working properly before your next outdoor evening celebration or event.

We service other systemsDon’t hesitate to contact us just because we didn’t install your outdoor lighting system. As the area’s leading outdoor lighting specialists, we want your outdoor lighting system to be the best it can be! In addition to residential and commercial design and installation, we also offer special event lighting and system upgrades!

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

Give Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville a call today and discover how our professional service can benefit you and your home…you’ll be surprised at how much we can do for you! Call us at (615) 373 – 0638 or email us at olpnashville@outdoorlights.com.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville and Pork Leg Porkers, a winning combination

travel-and-leisure-best-bbqAs you will recall in our August 18, 2014 article, There’s more to do in Music City than just music — much more!, Nashville was voted #1, the best American city for barbecues in 2014 by Travel & Leisure magazine for being home to a “greatest-hits” collection of barbecue styles. To continue with the best barbecue stewardship, on May 14-16 of this year, as it does every year, the Memphis in May International Festival hosted the 47th Annual World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, and our own Bob Lyons Jr. had the privilege of joining the Peg Leg Porkers competitive BBQ cooking team.

World Championship BBq Cooking contest at Memphis in May 2015The Memphis in May International Festival promotes extensive education, international, and economic programs for Memphis, but it is most widely known as the promotional umbrella and organizer for the numerous annual events Memphis hosts each May. As the city’s largest “community entertainment happenings”, each is professionally and spectacularly executed, making events like the Beale Street Music Festival, the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest and the Sunset Symphony some of Memphis’s can’t miss pleasures to attend with friends and family, all throughout the month of May.

Peg Leg Porker

Peg Leg Porker’s signature is a 16-ingredient medley of warm red spices — low salt, no sugar — that gets applied after the pork ribs emerge from the smoker. Based on chili and paprika, the finishing rub is intended to mirror the flavors of barbecue sauce. It is a strategy that showcases the smoky meat, without losing it under a sticky lacquer of caramelized mopping sauce. When the rib meat is as tender and juicy as Peg Leg Porker’s, clinging to the bone with just the right tenacity, there’s no need to overshadow it.”

As attendees of so many of these phenomenal events each year, it just didn’t seem like they could be any better. WRONG…multiply that feeling times 2 when you are an active part of the happenings!! Bob Lyons Jr. described his participation in the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest with Carey Bringle and the entire Peg Leg Porkers team as one of the most unforgettable times he’s ever had. That’s not too surprising, considering it’s the 26th time Carey, pitmaster and leader of the Peg Leg Porkers team, has personally competed (12th for Peg Leg team) and especially since he and his team are more commonly known as pitmaster pranksters with a reputation for thoroughly enjoying themselves at each event.

Every year, this World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest entertains visitors from all 50 states, as well as several foreign countries from around the world. This year Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville lent its expertise in the field of outdoor lighting by supplying a bit of “special event”/festival outdoor lighting for the occasion.

Once again “the largest barbecue-cooking contest in the world”, so titled by the Guinness Book of World Records in 1990, the Memphis in May Festival’s 47th Annual World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest was a huge success! We want to congratulate Carey Bringle, Bob Lyons Jr. and the entire Peg Leg Porkers team for participating. If you’d like to check out some of the prize-winning pork cooked with Carey’s own dry seasoning spice blend and Wet Sauce recipes, be sure to stop by his Peg Leg Porker restaurant conveniently located between the downtown community and the residential areas, in the Gulch section of Nashville, at 903 Gleaves St. Nashville, TN.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville vanIf you have an upcoming special event for which you need temporary outdoor lighting to create the perfect ambience and mood, give Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville a call to discuss your options. We offer a host of temporary and special event lighting options. Contact us at (615) 373 – 0638 or via email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com.

 

Annual maintenance on your outdoor lighting system will provide a season of enjoyment, and beyond!

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Memorial Day is right around the corner!

The prime outdoor living season is almost in full swing. Family and social gatherings for celebrations like Memorial Day, Graduation, Father’s Day and other outdoor occasions are right around the corner. Like many other Nashville homeowners, you’ve probably been busy with home improvement projects such as planting flowers, replacing mulch and weeding and feeding your turf. Similar to the way these exterior maintenance tasks help prepare your home and property for the season, annual maintenance on your outdoor lighting system will provide a season of enjoyment, and beyond.

How exciting was it the first time you saw your home, outdoor living spaces and landscape lit up after the professionals at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville completed the installation of your system?  You probably couldn’t wait to host an evening event, just so you could show off the dramatic transformation your investment in your home’s appearance had brought about. No matter how big or how small your expenditure, from toaster ovens to automobiles, maintenance is important in preserving the value of it. Properly performed annual maintenance on your outdoor lighting system will not only protect your investment, but it will keep your property looking its best for special events you host, as well as keep your system running safely night after night.

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Now is the time to schedule your maintenance to make sure your outdoor lighting system is working properly as we officially welcome the outdoor living season this coming Memorial Day weekend. We’ll be happy to help repair or maintain your outdoor lighting system and get you set up for routine maintenance. No other outdoor lighting Annual Maintenance Plan is more thorough than Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville. When you protect your system with our maintenance plan, you have peace of mind that we:

  • Replace all halogen bulbs (LEDs last much longer)
  • Repair any damaged wire
  • Nashville outdoor lighting maintenanceRebury any wiring that has surfaced which often occurs due to lawn and landscape maintenance
  • Straighten fixtures that may have been bumped
  • Inspect your transformer
  • Reset / check your timer
  • Trim for plant overgrowth that may be obstructing the light beam
  • Perform simple changes to enhance the effects of your lighting

As an Annual Maintenance Plan member, you receive the extra benefit of priority response throughout the year and service call repairs at no charge. Your lighting system remains headache-free and at optimal performance.

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You receive these full benefits of your first year of annual maintenance free with your full-service outdoor lighting system installation. After the initial year, you have the option to subscribe to continue an Annual Maintenance Plan to protect your investment. We can provide the maintenance in a convenient and timely manner, making your outdoor lighting maintenance one less thing you have to worry about this season!

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville vanHave an existing outdoor lighting system not installed by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville? No worries, we service competitors’ lighting systems as well. Take advantage of our professional maintenance and/or repair services today. Give us a call at (615) 373-0638. Or, email us at olpnashville@outdoorlights.com to learn more.

Don’t let your beautifully cultivated Nashville garden and landscape vanish in the cover of night

Outdoor Lighting perspectives rose garden lightingYou’ve worked so hard to make your property look its best, so why allow it to disappear under a veil of darkness? Artistically installed landscape and garden lighting can make your exterior spaces feel like an outdoor room filled with natural moonlight enhanced focal points. With a custom designed and professionally installed garden and landscape lighting plan by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville, the fruits of your labor  will not only shine in the darkness, but your outdoor living areas will come to life.

Zen inspired landscape lighting

With the utmost care we provide exterior lighting designs which highlight your home’s landscaped surroundings, drawing special attention to prized plantings and trees. In the evening as colors seem richer and more vivid — lighting adds depth, texture and dimension not typically visible during the day. Imagine fragrant night-blooming jasmine glowing in the moonlight-like illumination of a path light as its small tubular blossoms permeate the night air with its exotic sweetness, or the papery silver-gray bark of the river birch appearing almost sterling as tree lighting accentuates and adds drama to its umbrella-like canopy of diamond-shaped, double-toothed leaves.

Night -blooming Brugmansia, aka Angels trumpet.

Night -blooming Brugmansia, aka Angels trumpet.

Several night-blooming varieties of flowers and plants beg to be cast in the warm glow of landscape and garden lighting, for example: Brugmansia – a small tree with hanging flowers, Night Phlox – a bordering ground cover, Tuberose – opulent flowering bulbs, Japanese Wisteria – a woody vine with clusters of blossoms, and the fragrant Moonflower vine. No matter which type of foliage or floral displays your garden and its surrounding may contain, landscape and garden lighting intensifies their vibrant beauty…matched only by their intoxicating fragrances.

Tree and landscape lighting on Royal Oaks in Belle Meade by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Tree and landscape lighting on Royal Oaks in Belle Meade by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville.

Garden and landscape outdoor lighting is not only coveted for its aesthetic appeal but having a well-lit landscape will also enable you to utilize your property to its full potential. The amazing spaces you can create outside your home for enjoyment and entertaining with proper exterior lighting are almost endless. By filling dark shadows with warm light and spotlighting stepping stones and pathways, your garden and surrounding areas become your evening outdoor living environment casting an almost mystical spell upon its inhabitants.

A few of the endless benefits of landscape and garden lighting include:

  • Add depth and mystery to your evening landscape.
  • Show off your creativity.
  • Make your yard safer for evening travel, while creating ambiance.
  • Increase your home’s curb appeal.
  • Choosing low-voltage landscape and garden lighting such as our LED lighting will save you money in operational costs.
John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

The ultimate finishing touch, landscape and garden lighting adds value to your home and property. If you’re ready to learn more about garden and landscaping, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville today. We can make sure your home and its beautiful surroundings never disappear at nightfall! (615) 373 – 0638 email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com