Lighting Control Automation Makes Thermal Management Easy

Lighting Control Automation Timer Nashville lighting control

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.

Controlling indoor lighting with Lighting Control Automation

Outdoor stair lighting Nashville

Lighting along these steps is not only beautiful but offers a safety factor.

Mary Lynn Crozier has a ritual every time she comes home at night.  When she enters the front door, she immediately turns on the foyer lamp.  Then she goes into her living room and turns on the two sofa lamps.  From there, she heads to the kitchen and switches on the recessed light over the sink.  She finally heads to the study and clicks on the overhead ceiling fan and light.  All of this before she is able to take her coat off.

Lighting Control Automation Timer Nashville lighting control

LCA lighting timer.

Wouldn’t it be nice if all of these lights could be controlled from one, conveniently located switch when you enter your home? Aside from the considerable ease of having a single control center, the energy that is saved in the form of electricity and light bulb life can be significant. 

So what can Outdoor Lighting Perspectives do for Mrs. Crozier?  Many people think that our expertise is only in outdoor applications. It’s true that we do have the experience to give you the quality design, stylish and well-made light fixtures and outstanding service for all your outdoor lighting needs.  But one thing you may not realize it that our lighting is run by a smart system – one that has the ability to control all the lights on your home and property.

Using the dedicated wiring already in your home, an attractive, inconspicuous module and timer can be installed into your wall that can control any or all of your lighting.  It’s an efficient way to save time and energy and can give any homeowner that feeling of security the minute you set foot in your front door. 

Let us come to your home for a free consultation and quote.  We’ll help you put your lighting smart system to work for you in both your home and yard. 

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives NashvilleContact us at (615) 373 – 0638
email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com
or to check out our website, click here.

There is color in light. Some is good and some is not so good. How does LED compare?

CRI - Color Rendering Index

CRI - Color Rendering Index

Have you ever seen a colored light bulb? Have you seen the effect that bulb has on the items it’s illuminating? Halloween is coming up. If you haven’t seen it, try a black or orange light bulb and study how it affects the colors of what it’s illuminating. Inherently, based on the type of light bulb, the light generated from that bulb has a color. In the world of lighting, that color is measured on the Color Rendering Index (CRI).

The peak of the CRI is 100.  To give you an example, noon day sun would best fit this description.  Remember, it’s not the color of the sun.  It is how well the sun’s light reflects the truest color of an object.   According to this index, poor color (where colors do not show) is 79 or lower.  Good color is achieved from 80 – 94 and great color at 95 plus.  The following are common bulbs, their CRI, and their common uses, and average bulb life.

MR16 Quartz Halogen Bulb

MR16 Quartz Halogen Bulb

Quartz Halogen – CRI: 100!

Quartz halogen bulbs have a perfect CRI of 100 and they are long lasting also – anywhere from  2,000 – 4,000 hours. These bulbs are used in the automotive industry as well as in residential indoor and outdoor lighting, and commercial lighting

Ceramic Metal Halide – CRI: 96

At nearly a perfect score, ceramic metal halide has an incredibly long bulb life – 12,000 – 20,000 hours. If you used ceramic metal halide bulbs for your outdoor lighting and ran the lights 12 hours each night, the bulb would last 3-5 years! Ceramic metal halide bulbs are used in residential as well as commercial lighting settings

Metal Halide – CRI: 80+

Although the CRI of metal halide is significantly lower, it still has a phenomenal bulb life of 12,000 – 20,000 hours. Metal halide bulbs are used for both residential and commercial lighting applications.

LED CRI - 50

LED CRI - 50

LED – CRI: 50

So here is where the green bulb comes into play. LED bulb Life is 25,000 – 50,000 hours. The bulb life is what makes it so green. Unfortunately with a lower CRI, the lighting effect does not reflect the truest color of the object it’s illuminating.

I am in full agreement that energy savings is a good thing.  However, considering color, I’m not ready to anoint LED king just yet.  To understand the importance of color, we first need to understand how it is gauged.  The CRI or Color Rendering Index measures how well a light source emits a broad, complete spectrum of visible color.  In laymen terms, how light reflects off of a source.

How to purchase a lighting system

There is truly only one way to purchase an outdoor lighting system – the same way you purchase a new car, take it for a test drive.  When you are looking for a vehicle you can depend on; there are several steps that you take and they mirror choosing a lighting contractor too.

1.         Research

            You look into what type of vehicle you want and a reputable company to purchase from.

 2.        Evaluate importance

             You select the exact feather that you want

 3.        TAKE IT FOR A TEST DRIVE

             You want to truly picture yourself with the vehicle

 4.        Investment

             This is a purchase that needs to last

Now, how does this equate to choosing a lighting company/design for you.  Outdoor Lighting Perspectives can offer the same service, if not better, as purchasing a new car. Below is a list of how we make the process as smooth as possible:

1.         Research            

            OLP provides a very interactive website, blog site, Facebook page, outstanding rating with BBB, and many other outlets to gather information concerning OLP.  We also conduct free consults at your home so we can get a “real feel” for your project and allow you to ask us any questions you might have concerning your project. 

2.         Evaluating the importance

            During our visit to your home we listen to the important aspects of your project – whether you want security or simple curb appeal.  Make sure you articulate your concerns for the project and the trained designer will offer his suggestions (some you might not have thought about.)

3.         Take if for a test drive  

             Even though you don’t drive lights it sure would be nice to see your home lighting design before you invest.  Please ask for a night time preview or demo.  This will allow you to see YOUR home with lights instead of looking at your neighbor’s home and imagining what your home would look like at night.  

             This process allows you live with your lights before you make the investment.  You can walk up the drive at night with the lights, take a look outside your bedroom window while the temporary system is out – it simple lets you enjoy day to day activities before you invest in the system and company. (Again, free of cost to you – we want you to feel as comfortable with your decision as possible.)

4.         Invest  

             Remember you are not investing in just a fixture but the whole lighting experience (Company, design, fixtures, install, warranty, and service follow up.) This is truly an investment and should be the last lighting system you have to purchase.  

            Lighting your home is an important home improvement project and should be taken as seriously as possible from the company you choice.  This is an investment that not only you will be enjoying but your entire neighborhood. 

These are snap shoots of a home during the demo process.  You can see that you truly get to see the project – from how the path/steps will look, what will the trees look like with lights on them, and just exactly how the home can be illuminated.

Nashville flooding your lights

I hope all of you are doing well and slowly putting the pieces of your property back together after the storm and flooding. We are beginning to receive phone calls from past clients stating the flood waters  have washed away their landscaping along with their lighting.

As we all know this is way down on the list of importance but we still want you to know that we are here to help put your property back the way it was before the storms. If your outdoor lighting system is gone or not working properly we will be happy to help service the system for you.

As one client has called in to let us know that his entire system has been washed way with the storm – we will be giving him a free assessment and reinstalling his entire system and honoring the original pricing for his job. Please give us a call if you have any questions and we will be happy to help in anyway to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Michael Wynn

Sandra Nichols Landscaping and OLP make a great team!

As I was looking through last months issue of Nashville Home & Décor Ideas, I came across an article by Sandra Nichols Landscaping, Inc one of our preferred partners.  Over the past few months she has referred several customers for lighting needs.  It made me realize that Spring has now sprung and people will get back out and start enjoying their landscape and gardens.  Let Outdoor Lighting Perspectives help you enjoy those gardens after the daylight hours while adding a sense of security and we also highly recommend Sandra Nichols Landscaping for any of your landscaping needs.