Sophisticated Outdoor Lighting for Evening Backyard Fun in Hot Nashville Summers

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Boy, it’s hot in Nashville! Summer heat like this that goes on for what seems an unending period of time is certainly rough for those of us that enjoy hanging outside in our backyards, so it makes sense to wait until twilight takes over and the temperatures dip a bit after the sun has retreated. Summer evenings in the yard illuminated by fabulous lighting make it easy to enjoy dining later into the night and have some refreshing beverages with friends for some cooling R&R.

Nashville pool lightingIf you are lucky enough to have a pool there is nothing better than an evening swim, and we can help you achieve an incredible poolside lighting scheme that will light up your watery surround. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville can brighten up your pool edge and the landscape flanking it in a truly elegant way to give you the feel that you are on a vacation getaway right in your own backyard.  Poolside lighting helps extend the time you can use your pool regardless of how late into the evening the fun goes.

We can work directly with your pool contractor or landscaper, or our expert designers can alternately come in afterward and install a lighting design that will seamlessly fit in and look perfectly natural. Evening lighting should not only provide incredible ambiance and mood, but it should also provide a safe way for your family and friends to continue to enjoy your yard well into the darkest hours so they can easily walk around and enjoy it. We come in and help you strike a balance of both pretty and practical without sacrificing an overall stunning look that feels pulled together.

Backyard-pergola-lightingOutdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville can light up your patio or pergola with custom overhead lighting that will cast a beautiful glow on the revelers sitting below without ever feeling harsh. If you enjoy cooking late into the night, we can give you lighting that will enable you to grill without the use of unattractive and stark floodlights, too. We can stylishly illuminate a favorite water feature such as a fountain or fish pond so that you can enjoy them no matter what the hour. Casting a few well-designed rays of light focused on a shimmering waterfall always elicits a smile from visitors who get to enjoy your water feature beyond daylight hours and delight in relaxing by the sound of water.

So you can enjoy your outdoor living areas despite hot days, we can help you with a well-rounded light scheme that can also include:

  • Accent Lighting: that can highlight a special feature in your garden such as statuary or showcase a fabulous tree and really make it stand out.
  • Path and Driveway Lighting: that safely enables your guests to get around your property without tripping or stepping on your flower beds, but also guides their eyes around your entire landscape.
  • Garden Lighting: Popping lighting in specific areas of your landscape helps tie the scheme all together by creating the feel of different rooms or areas within the property. It will draw guests to see what lies in a particular area of your garden.
Imagine enjoying season after season with outdoor lighting!

Imagine enjoying season after season with outdoor lighting!

If you’ve got a terrific backyard with great features, but can’t enjoy them in the evening because you can’t see them—then it’s time to give Outdoor Lighting Perspective of Nashville a call. You shouldn’t be frustrated by spending time in your outdoor living area simply because it’s too hard to get around. Let us show you how to tie an evening lighting plan that compliments the moon-filled starry sky.

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Matt Oakes of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to learn more about transforming your outdoors into a soothing sanctuary from the heat. You can call us at (615) 373 – 0638, or by emailing us at: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com.

Make your outdoor living spaces safer this season with Nashville deck and patio lighting.

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Deck lighting will enhance the safety and function of your deck.

Deck and patio lighting brings your backyard to life after the sun goes down while improving outdoor safety. With May being  the North American Deck and Railing Association’s Deck Safety Month, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville would like to share with you ways lighting can increase the function, style and safety of your deck or other outdoor living space.

Outdoor lighting, specifically deck and patio lighting, is especially helpful when installed by stairs risers, exits and handrails. We also use deck lighting to create ambiance within areas that are being used in the evening. For example, pillar lights help define perimeters and look amazing when mounted directly onto brick and wood columns.

Professional deck lighting creates a custom look for your outdoor living space with the dramatic play of light and shadows providing the right ambiance for your outdoor events and gatherings. This proper lighting is achieved by using a combination of lighting styles to accommodate different purposes. The size of the area to illuminate along with its function help to determine the types and number of lights you need for your deck lighting. Spot lights can be used in task areas, such as outdoor kitchens, while accent lighting creates a soft, inviting illumination in seating areas. Recessed lighting incorporated into steps and lights placed around walkways and doorways enhance safety.

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A well-lit deck makes your outdoor living experience safer.

 Increased visibility enhances safety and is attained with the right amount of light for the use of the space without distraction. Low-voltage lighting is best for deck lighting. It illuminates your custom deck without being overpowering or making it difficult to enjoy the night sky. This type of lighting will also prevent you from annoying your neighbors with intrusive exterior lighting. 

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives deck and patio lighting

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives deck and patio lighting.

When creating an outdoor lighting system, we focus on the effect, not the fixture. While the effect of our lighting design will increase the curb appeal of your home, our exclusive high quality fixtures add style and are a cut above the rest. Our corrosion-proof outdoor light fixtures, wires and lamps can weather the toughest outdoor conditions. You’ll love the way the solid copper and brass takes on a rich patina over time, blending beautifully into your landscape. With a long life expectancy and a consistent light output, we’re so confident of our equipment’s performance and durability that we offer unmatched warranty coverage.

Adding outdoor lighting to your deck space will extend function and style while increasing safety when using your outdoor spaces in the evening. Memorial Day kicks off the summer season in just a few short weeks — have your outdoor spaces such as decks, patios, and pools ready for the occasion! With deck lighting sundown will no longer dictate the end of your outdoor living enjoyment!

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to learn more about all the benefits of deck lighting today.  Call us at (615) 373 – 0638 or email us at  olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

Did your Father’s Day outdoor celebration come and go leaving you in the dark?

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Do you regret not adding lighting to your outdoor living spaces sooner?

I know you have all heard the phrase “hindsight is 20/20”, right? The phrase is actually a proverb that teaches a moral, meaning in hindsight things are obvious which were not obvious from the outset; one is able to evaluate past choices more clearly than at the time of the choice. With this in mind, you may have in fact found yourself wishing you had moved ahead with having your outdoor lighting installed prior to this past weekend’s Father’s Day festivities — hindsight.

With all the outdoor living opportunities the warmer season brings, such as Memorial Day, Mother’s Day, Graduations, Father’s Day and Independence and Labor Day, it is a shame to have your outdoor celebrations cut short because of a lack of proper outdoor lighting. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville wants to remind you that it is not too late to make the most out of your outdoor moments spent with family and friends. Now is the time to contact us to design and install your outdoor lighting to ensure all your upcoming outdoor celebrations are set to the right light. Outdoor lighting will allow carefree spontaneity and enable you to set the time the party ends, not the setting sun!

  • Here a few scenarios where the addition of outdoor lighting would be beneficial in maximizing you and your guests’ enjoyment:
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Deck lighting will enhance the safety and function of your deck.

Outdoor lighting for your outdoor living spaces — You have an outdoor barbecue planned for family and friends. You have planned everything accordingly including a delicious menu, desserts and even backyard games for the kids! Unfortunately, you did not consider the lack of lighting on your backyard deck or patio, where the event is to take place. This is a case where professional deck, patio and landscape lighting would have been a huge benefit to the success of your gathering. We can even custom design lighting specifically for your grilling area or outdoor kitchen to give you a food preparation area that is well-illuminated. With outdoor lighting nightfall would have allowed you to remain outdoors with your guests, enjoying delicious barbecue, conversation and endless fun. If you had chosen an LED installation, which utilizes exclusive CREE LED technology, your outdoor lighting would have an added bonus: it would have meant fewer bothersome insects in your landscape and outdoor living areas than that of traditional outdoor lighting.

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Enjoy all the benefits of landscape lighting integrated with pool lighting this summer!

Outdoor lighting for the areas around your pool and spa — its summertime, after all, and you decide to throw a pool party in honor of your son or daughter’s birthday! You want this occasion to be special for your child, and his/her party guests. You carefully plan the games, refreshments, paper goods, music and party favors. The day of the event arrives and you soon realize you did not consider the party would extend past dusk! You soon realize you must move the entire party indoors because the lack of visibility around your pool becomes a risk for the attendees of the party. The solution to this situation would have been the addition of water feature lighting and landscape lighting to the areas frequented around your pool. Lighting would have made your pool area safer for party-goers, giving you peace of mind and delivering a one-of-a-kind party the kids will remember forever!

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Guest house and cottage outdoor lighting.

Outdoor lighting for the areas around your guest house or cottage — You have company coming in from out-of-town this season, which will be staying in your guest house or cottage. You may have an exterior building on your grounds that has great architectural flair or that it visited often at night. It could be a guest house, cottage or some other type of outdoor building. You have the accommodations prepared for the comfort of your guests in mind, neat as a pin and ready for their anticipated arrival. Unfortunately you did not consider how dark entering and exiting the guest quarters could be for your friends or family to allow them to make themselves at home. One of the best ways to alleviate dark pathways that lead to and from your home to other structures on your property is by the addition of path lighting. Our path lighting casts a gentle glow downward on the path and adjoining landscaping making evening travel safe and relaxed. You don’t want any overly bright light to obscure night-time vision, overpower the surroundings or lose the romantic effect that you have with such beautiful structures on a property — our path lighting delivers safety and style!

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This beautifully illuminated outdoor living room is bathed in rich , romantic energy-efficient low voltage outdoor lighting Perspectives.

We hope these “real life” outdoor living scenarios have helped your realize just how much adding outdoor lighting could benefit you, your family and any guests that visit your home this season, and throughout the year.

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

Our goal is to design your outdoor lighting for the way you and your family want to enjoy the outdoors. If you are ready to make this summer the best ever during the time you and your family will spend outdoors contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville today. Our talented outdoor lighting designers are waiting to assist you! You can call us at (615) 373 – 0638, or by email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com  

Learn how our Nashville festival lighting can transfrom your backyard into pure enchantment every night!

Orb lighting used at Arrington Vineyards in Arrington TN

Festival Orb lighting used at Arrington Vineyards in Arrington, TN.

You have probably seen festival lighting the last time you flipped through the pages of an upscale home & garden magazine. Festival lighting is all the rage for homeowners wanting to add ambiance in their outdoor settings. This style of lighting is one of the most unique and versatile lighting trends customers are requesting. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville  embraces emerging outdoor lighting ideas and new ways to introduce not only illumination into an area, but also as a way to convey a feeling of a mood within a space.

Festoon Lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Festoon Lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville.

Festival lighting originated as a way to light outdoor areas in honor of outdoor celebrations. Street festivals and fairs filled with music and merriment were often draped in lights for an evening or two to commemorate a significant local event and removed at festivals end. Permanent festival lighting takes this dramatic lighting effect to a new level because the lighting is permanent which allows you to indulge in its appeal every night. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville has completed permanent festival lighting installations here in the Nashville area in residential and commercial settings for many happy customers. Calls continue to pour in as more business owners and homeowners are requesting this unique lighting for their backyards, outdoor living spaces and commercial storefronts.

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Festival lighting in this courtyard turned it from a dark, plain space into something magical.

Keep in mind, though similar in nature, all festival lighting is not the same. Generally festival lighting falls into two categories, orb or pendant lighting and festoon lighting. Each genre of permanent festival lighting has its own distinct beauty and style and we offer our customers the choice of either LED or incandescent permanent festival lighting. This is also available in white (clear), and multiple colors. In addition the bulbs can be changed out to honor a special occasion or as a way to change the mood of the area you are illuminating. The creative options are endless with festival outdoor lighting.

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    Festival lighting creates the perfect place for gathering and entertaining.

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Festoon lighting is a great way to illuminate a difficult or overlooked outdoor area in your landscape, or transform a courtyard or patio at your business into a spot begging the attention of patrons Festoon lighting is also a romantic and  imaginative lighting technique that works well in covered patios, porches, outdoor living structures or draped in waves within a designated spot in your landscape.

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Here is a picture of the same courtyard during the day.

We use multiple strands of low-voltage LED or incandescent festoon lights and string them over the span of the area we are illuminating. We use cable to support the weight of the electrical wiring when we install permanent festival lighting over an area with a large span; this ensures the safety and the integrity of the system. We use commercial-grade lighting products and professional installation to achieve this hypnotic lighting effect. Festoon lighting comes in both clear (white), and multiple colors to choose from.

  • Orb Lighting
Permanent festival lighting, such as orb lighting, also comes in a host of colors.

Permanent festival lighting, such as orb lighting, comes in a host of lively colors.

Orb lighting lends an ethereal quality to any outdoor area where it is installed. Orbs give the appearance of being “free-floating”. These lights come in 10″, 12″ and 16″ and are available in white, colored as well as clear acrylic. The effect these lights add to an outdoor setting is enchanting. Though these lights are contemporary in design they look great in  both rural and urban themed settings. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville has installed orb festival lighting in both residential and commercial settings. One memorable installation of orb lighting took us to the beautiful Arrington Vineyards in Arrington, TN. The addition of orb lighting made this already magical property even more so in the evening with this unique lighting technique. Can’t you just imagine enjoying a glass of wine under the Nashville night sky lit by the ambiance of orb lighting — priceless.

Orb Lighting at Arrington Vineyards by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Orb Lighting at Arrington Vineyards by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville is having great success using festival lighting to convey beauty, ambiance and character through our outdoor lighting designs. Permanent festival lighting is another way we are able to enliven the senses. These lights would are also perfect in holiday lighting applications too– but, you may fall so deeply in love with them you may decide to leave them up year round!

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Matt Oakes of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

If you are interested in having permanent festival lighting installed at your residence or place of business Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville today to learn more. Call (615) 373 – 0638 Email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com  

Exploring the role of lighting in celebrating the arrival of the Chinese New Year as 2014 is welcomed as the year of the horse

Orb lighting used at Arrington Vineyards in Arrington TN

Orb lighting used at Arrington Vineyards in Arrington, TN.

According to the ancient tradition of the Chinese New Year, 2014 is the year of the horse which officially began on January 31st. The Chinese New Year is an important traditional Chinese holiday celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar. In China, it is also known as the Spring Festival. These celebrations traditionally run from Chinese New Year’s Eve, the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month, making the festival the longest in the Chinese calendar. Because the Chinese calendar is lunisolar, the Chinese New Year is often referred to as the “Lunar New Year.”

Chinese New Year lasts two weeks and is traditionally a time to honor ancestors and Chinese traditions. The centuries-old celebrations end with the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the New Year. As part of this celebration, paper lanterns are hung. The lanterns are generally red in color and tend to be oval in shape. These are considered the traditional Chinese paper lanterns. Other lanterns used on the fifteenth day of the Chinese New Year during the Lantern Festival, are bright, colorful, and come in a wide array of different sizes and shapes.

Chinese lanternsHistory of the paper lantern

Paper lanterns are special kind of lanterns that originate from China and Japan. They are usually made from paper or silk, with the frames being made from bamboo or wood. A lit candle placed inside is used as the source of light. Modern paper lanterns have battery-operated lamps. Traditional paper lanterns were made in the image of myths, things from nature and or in the spirit of local culture. The lanterns symbolize joy, celebration, good fortune and longevity. Data indicates the creation of paper lantern started in China somewhere in 230 BC.

Permanent festival lighting, such as orb lighting, also comes in a host of colors.

Permanent festival lighting, such as orb lighting, also comes in a host of colors.

The design of the paper lanterns used in honor of this tradition is not that far off from the concept of certain genres of outdoor lighting commonly used year-round. These applications exude soft washes of light much like that of the paper lanterns used during the Chinese New Year. The first outdoor lighting application that comes to mind when envisioning the use of outdoor lanterns is permanent orb lighting, or pendant lighting. Here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville, this type of lighting is gaining in popularity because of not only the soft, romantic light it exudes, but also the unique and distinctive beauty it can add to an outdoor space.

Orb and pendant lighting used in outdoor lighting applications 

Orb lighting lends an ethereal quality to any outdoor area where installed. They give the appearance of being “free-floating”, much like that of a paper lantern. These lights come in 10″, 12″ and 16″ and are available in white, colored and clear acrylic. The effect these lights impose on a setting is stunning. Though these lights are contemporary in design they look great in both rural and urban themed settings. We recently installed orb lighting at Arrington Vineyards in Arrington, TN. The addition of orb lighting has made this already magical property enchanting in the evening under the spell of this unique lighting technique. The effect these lights create in any outdoor setting is stunning. Orb lighting promotes a carefree ambiance when strung in trees along a gathering or picnic area, or when used  to breathe new life into a dark spot within the landscape; they make any outdoor space warm and inviting.

Orb lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville at Arrington Vineyards. Picture provided by Nash Severance Photography

Orb lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville at Arrington Vineyards. Picture provided by Nash Severance Photography

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashvlle we are dedicated to to conveying  mood and effect through our outdoor lighting designs. Permanent festival lighting, such as orb lighting, is unique way we are able to enliven the senses through outdoor lighting. Orb lighting delivers many of the same benefits as that of lighting used in traditional age-old celebrations to harness joy and celebration with lighting. These lights would also be perfect in temporary lighting applications but we are certain you will be so enamored by them you may decide to leave them up year round!

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

If you are interested in having permanent festival lighting installed at your residence or place of business Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville today to learn more. Call (615) 373 – 0638
Email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

Please visit our extensive outdoor lighting galleries including our landscape lighting gallery located on our website for more unique and inspiring designs.

Open up a new realm of outdoor living possibilities with deck and patio lighting

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Deck and patio lighting will give your backyard a whole new look.

Your deck and patio are the single most used areas of your home from the onset of spring well into the fall. If you find yourself letting darkness elude your outdoor enjoyment by forcing you inside with the setting sun, we have just the recipe to perk up your patio or make using your deck in the evening more desirable; our deck and patio lighting designs.

When you take into consideration all the elements that make you deck a functional area such as adequate seating areas, landscape surround and a grill or even outdoor kitchens, outdoor lighting for your deck is just as important. A deck without any of these elements in essence is just a boring and dull appendage with no character or function.

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This deck and surrounding area sets the mood for many glorious entertaining possibilities with the wonderful deck lighting is now has.

Our deck and patio lighting provides added security for more visibility, mobility and footing on your deck while in use. It also provides the opportunity for extended hours of enjoyment on your deck. Lighting your deck can also promote ambiance and character in your outdoor living space as well. We use the appropriate light fixture for each installation to deliver all of these luxuries to you as part of the whole package.

Our copper and brass deck mounted half-moon sconce lights are perfect to place on the hard to light area. We generally install these on the deck posts of your decks railing. These lights are elegant and made of the finest materials which are built to stand the test of time, understated yet powerful in that they cast the industry’s widest indirect wash of light. They also work great installed in retaining walls or other areas of your deck or patio. We have even installed them underneath the built-in bench seating of decks for a dazzling, unique effect. Since these lights are made of copper and brass they weather to a beautiful patina with age.

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Our “half-moon” deck lights exudes the industry’s widest indirect wash of light.

Another favorite in our deck and patio lighting installations is the classic adjustable pier mounted copper path light. It works wonders when secured atop retaining walls, along deck and placed around the landscaping that surrounds your deck. With a high quality of light that casts a widespread glow that makes it  a solid choice for the areas that need extended visibility.

Can you imagine the entertaining and family time opportunities that having a well-lit deck would open up? No more stumbling or trying to grill by the light of a single builder-grade security light, trying to decide if the steak is rare or well-done. No more having to move your guests inside with the setting sun because of the lack of visibility. Deck lighting seems simple enough, but it opens up a whole new realm of outdoor living opportunities you never thought possible. It can even improve the way in which you view your entire backyard. Soft washes of light will create an ethereal effect on every area that surrounds the deck, from the stone used in a retaining wall to the delicate blooms of flowering shrubs that are located in your decks landscape border. The possibilities are endless.

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A well-lit deck makes it all come together beautifully.

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to learn more about our deck and patio lighting designs. We can even schedule a night-time demonstration and give you a taste of what you have been missing.

Call us at (615) 373 – 0638 or email us at  olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

For more deck and patio lighting designs to spark your inspiration; visit our deck and patio lighting gallery located on our website.