Turn of the century charm in the 21st century.

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This market uses the C9 to add an old world charm to the patrons overall experience of shopping here.

Yesterday evening I was driving home from work and noticed that my small, quaint town where everyone knows your name had added  lights to the tops of our beautiful turn of the century buildings that adorn our streets. The lights give the whole area of the small area that encompasses what we call our “Main street”, an old world feel and charm. I then started to notice other such lights in some other areas of my town on my drive home today. It is incredible how the use of small C9 lights can impact the appearance and feel of an area. These magical little lights exude turn of the century charm of a by- gone era right here in the 21st century.

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C9 Christmas roof line lights that are LED

C9 lights are commonly used in commercial holiday lighting displays for a subtle, charming effect. Some businesses choose the use of the lights year round for that very same reason. The light portrayed with a C9 is a welcome change from the bright lights of the big city. With all the talk about light pollution stealing the beauty of our night sky, the C9 is a subtle and elegant way to create an ambiance and outline and enhance a structure without going overboard.

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C9 Christmas bulbs

The C9 is very economically priced and is very energy-efficient. C9’s come in transparent and opaque as well as many colors to complete your holiday display. Today’s C9’s are also available in the super energy-efficient LED, that cost only pennies to operate but pack a big punch for the money in terms of effect and beauty.

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

If you are interested in learning more about capturing the old world feel of the C9, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville today. We make every effort to make your commercial outdoor lighting and commercial holiday lighting unforgettable. (615) 373 – 0638 email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

LED Ribbon Lights are Weaving Romance into Every Lighting Application

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Create a shimmering waterfall effect.

Outdoor lighting applications are a great way to create a mood of ambiance and romance within the landscape. One way that Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville utilizes light to create a mood enhancing effect is through the use of LED ribbon lighting. This ribbon lighting is often used in recreational setting such as pool and water feature lighting, deck lighting and under bars and shelves in outdoor kitchen and bar areas, and under built-in seating and benches on patios and decks. Ribbon lighting exudes a very even, soft and romantic light. The added positive attribute to LED ribbon lighting is since it is LED, it is as easy on the environment and pocketbook as it is on the eyes.

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LED ribbon lighting for use in underwater applications.

LED ribbon lighting is used in and around pools and water features and is completely submersible and is very effective in delivering even light with an effect that is unforgettable. They are often used under the ledges of waterfalls to add a distinctive glow to the water that spills out from the water feature, creating an unforgettable result.  Can you imagine a midnight swim in your pool under the glow of these dreamy lights?

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We also offer colored LED ribbon lighting for specialized applications.

With the installation of LED ribbon lighting your outdoor structures will become a relaxed place of refuge when entertaining, or just enjoying an evening at home. This unique outdoor lighting implement is a force to be reckoned with when used within the landscape in conjunction with  our quality lighting fixtures. The technology of these lights add another chapter in the book of  beautiful outdoor lighting  design.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville currently installs a tremendous amount of LED ribbon lighting which hosts the warm white light aspect of the light, however, there is color changing LED ribbon lights which can be used for a particular setting or used in a specialized application to achieve maximum effects.

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

Our preference has always been to create a subtle romantic lighting effect that allows your eye to focus on what is being illuminated instead of what is doing the illuminating.The LED ribbon lights give us another outlet to weave our magic into your outdoor lighting. Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to learn more about what it means to have a lighting effect instead of just a bunch of outdoor lights. We can schedule a night-time demonstration to show you just how beautiful your property can be in the veil of night. (615) 373 – 0638  email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

You can also experience more heavenly pool and underwater lighting designs by visiting out galleries http://nashville.outdoorlights.com/local/gallery/pool-underwater-lighting.html

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville proves it is “good to fool with mother nature” in terms of tree lighting

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Nothing compare to the haunting beauty of tree lighting, by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

When many homeowners begin to venture into the realm of outdoor lighting and the many ways it can benefit not only the safety around your home, but also the aesthetics and beauty, they don’t take into consideration the importance of having an outdoor lighting professional design and install the lighting. A professional has the knowledge, the foresight, the creativity, the skill and the experience to add lighting in areas that can enhance your home and landscape in ways you never dreamed possible. Tree lighting is one such example of creative outdoor lighting design. Tree lighting allows you to capitalize on the multi-layering  aspect of outdoor lighting and uses the mysterious illusion of light that trees naturally provide. Using tree lighting within an outdoor lighting application can produce breathtaking as well as haunting effects.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville realizes that trees bring an element of nature into the landscape and  are important in any outdoor lighting design. The regal majesty of the tree deserves to be illuminated with the best design strategies and equipment. We have completed many outdoor lighting applications that have encompassed adding the beauty of tree lighting into the scenario and it has resulted in stunningly beautiful effects. With professionally installed tree lighting there are many choices and details to take into consideration. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville focuses on those choices of the good, the bad and the ugly of tree lighting.

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Large , mature trees with sprawling canopies make the best candidates for tree lighting

Many types of light can be used in tree lighting, one of which is low voltage lighting. Low voltage lighting can result in lighting that is subtle to intense, depending on the wattage you use to illuminate a particular area. When using low voltage lighting you usually only have to go up about 30′ into the tree. This will shine a radius of light of approximately 15 to 18 feet. Depending on how intense you want the light itself to be, we generally start off with a 20 watt flood light. This will produce a subtle “moon lit” look. To achieve more intense light, we would extend the light up to 35 feet or 50 feet’. If you are using the light to define an area where you spend a lot of time, for example a horseshoe game pit, then you want to use a much brighter light to define the area more clearly.

Halogen lights can also be used in tree lighting. Halogens are great to use if you want to add a “tint” to the exuding glow, because you can add a tinted lens to the halogen fixture to achieve a myriad of effects with tinted lighting. Another up and coming light we are using more frequently in tree lighting is LED. LED is becoming more and more popular in tree lighting because of the longevity of the LED bulbs. They require less maintenance because they last so long and don’t have to be replaced as often as other lights, plus they are super energy-efficient.

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The majestic sprawling branching of the Hackberry tree

Since tree lighting requires the installer to actually climb the tree to install the lighting, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville always keeps the safety of the technician in the forefront, as well as the integrity of the tree itself. We use proper equipment that will not scar or damage the tree making it vulnerable to disease and parasites. We also have experience and knowledge as to which trees are good for tree lighting. With any tree you are considering lighting, the lights should be able to be placed  in a fairly clean shooting lane, trees that are thick and dense, such as magnolias do not make good candidates for tree lighting for this reason. Trees like pines and other evergreens are not ideal for tree lighting either because of the lack of limbs available to achieve drama and effect. Trees such as a Hackberry and oaks tend to have sprawling limbs, and can make ideal candidates for tree lighting.

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The ethereal illumination of proper tree lighting using multi-layering throughout the trees canopy

To achieve maximum effect from tree lighting it is ideal for the limbs of the tree to hang over a large surface area. You don’t want super thick foliage to snuff out the light. Shining the light down through some foliage is good and will create a haunting, dappled effect, but too much foliage is not good. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville feels the best effect is achieved when the light is shining through a different tree’s canopy, with the light shining through to a limb about 8 feet below you will achieve the most stunning effect using multi-layering of light. It is also advantageous to have the capacity to use a limb that hangs over the target point of the area or item you are illuminating. Since this is not always the case we can use light to go off the tree, at an acute angle coming straight down to achieve results. As with any lighting scenario you never want the light placed where if can shine into a person’s eyes. We also use tree lighting to light patios and walkways by throwing the light through foliage for a dramatic effect.

In a perfect world, the trees within our homeowner’s landscapes would already be perfectly placed to accommodate tree lighting. As this is not the case, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville uses experience, knowledge and design expertise to create stunning lighting effects with whatever mother nature has placed before us.

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Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to find out more about tree lighting. We can set up a nighttime demonstration for your property to show you the stunning results professional outdoor lighting can achieve at your residence. Call (615) 373 – 0638 or email us at olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

You can also see more dramatic outdoor lighting effects, including tree lighting in our photo gallery by visiting http://nashville.outdoorlights.com/local/gallery/landscape-garden-lighting.html

Historic home in Murfreesboro, TN makes new history with a lighting installation by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

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Historic residence in Murfreesboro, TN

With a historic home like this one in Murfreesboro, TN the past speaks to us through its colonial revival architecture and character of yesteryear. The owners of this 1926 home, which is registered on the national register of historic places recently contracted Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to add lighting to the already profoundly stunning home.

Colonial revival style homes are characterized by crown pediments,  elaborate front entries most often seen with the use of columns, and symmetrical front facades. It is an honor to be asked to accentuate this homes already beautiful presence.

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You can barely see the well lighting that illuminates this beautiful corner column wrapped by nature with beautiful green ivy

The homeowners wanted a well-rounded design that complimented their landscaping and a design that required as little maintenance as possible. We used a combination of low maintenance and energy-efficient LED lighting, regular architectural lighting, landscape lighting  and moonlighting strategically placed throughout the landscape to cast an ethereal glow. Our LED’s carry a lifetime warranty. The system will still require an annual visit to make sure everything is running smoothly.

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LED outdoor lighting Nashville with smoke colored acrylic lens

The homeowners wanted to showcase the homes colonial revival architecture in a relaxed, more subdued manner. We were able to achieve this by using well lights with low-wattage bulbs and using a “smoke” acrylic lens color on the well lights. The result is elegant and understated, the perfect coupling for the homes details to shine through.

The landscaping around this residence is as breathtaking as the home itself. We wanted to make sure that the landscaping got the attention it deserved, but in a soft manner, letting the planting speak for themselves. We applied moonlights to compliment all the beautiful Hosta lilies within the shade garden. We also applied focal moonlighting to a large tree in the back as well.

This home is a masterpiece in itself, the lighting application had to be on the same level to bring out the homes architecture and gorgeous grounds in a tasteful, understated elegance. It looks like 1926 was a great year for architecture and 2011 is a good year for elegant outdoor lighting.

John Groce - Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to find out what a difference outdoor lighting can make at your residence. (615) 373 – 0638
email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

LED outdoor orb pendant lighting sets the mood

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Outdoor Pendant globe or orb light

Outdoor Lighting Perspective of Nashville stays in tune with the latest design trends in outdoor lighting in order to better fulfill the needs of the ever-changing needs of our clients. We recently had a client come to us which owns a local winery and asked if we could install pendant globe/sphere lighting within the trees around the “tasting” or gathering area of the winery for him.

These lights come in 10″, 12″ and 16″ and are available in white as well as clear acrylic. The bulbs themselves are the super efficient LED lights that last an enormous amount of time. The effect these lights impose on a setting is stunning. Though these lights are contemporary in design, when strung for example in trees along a gathering or picnic area, they make the space warm and inviting.

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Outdoor LED pendant lighting when lit

Envision yourself at the winery. You are sampling various wines and having  hors d’œuvres  and mingling with friends in conversation. The sun begins to set and above you in all the surrounding trees are these heavenly pendant lights. The glow they emit, paired with their shape and placement within the trees only elevates the mood of you and the people around you.

It is our goal at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to be able convey a mood and effect through our outdoor lighting. These pendent lights are LED and can be used near ponds and water features for am ethereal and whimsical effect. These same lights have moved up into our trees and hung along outdoor structures for that same effect. These lights would be perfect in holiday lighting applications as well, you will be so enamored you may want to decide to leave them up year round.

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives NashvilleIf you are interested in setting a mood at your residence or place of business through the use of outdoor lighting, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville today to find out how.Call (615) 373 – 0638 or email us at olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

Converting gas lanterns to low voltage

A common complaint I hear is the lack of illumination from gas fueled post lanterns.  Most people unhappy with the light output, end up capping the gas line or doing away with the fixture altogether.  Before you make that decision, consider converting to low voltage.

While a gas fueled fixture can provide a sense of serenity, it lacks the firepower to provide a functional amount of light.  While some conversions may be more trying, the majority are within reach.  Look at it this way.  You will spend on average $300.00 to $400.00 dollars but see a return on investment in a fairly short amount of time.  Without an igniter switch, most gas fueled fixtures will cost you anywhere from $.50 to $1.00 to burn per day.

The first step is hiring a licensed plumber to come out and cap the gas line.  This is inexpensive and absolutely necessary.  Second, purchase a conversion kit or contact a local outdoor lighting specialist to complete the project for you.  You will be amazed at the output of a 35 or 50 watt quartz halogen bulb.  Not only will the change enhance the functionality of your home, it will also conserve energy.

The Security of Outdoor Lighting

Although home security has always been important, it has become more prevalent as of late. In recent years, the overwhelming majority of phone calls we’ve received at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives have been based on aesthetics. That being said, in the past 12 months, we have seen an uptick in regard to security related inquiries.

When I hear the term “security lighting”, something big and bright comes to mind. Though some people might not realize it, a low voltage design can provide a suitable sense of safety for a home. Different techniques such as path and moonlighting can give your property an artistic touch, while enhancing function and safety.

The facts are there. A lit home is much less likely to be burglarized, vandalize, or violated. So before you start pumping up the wattage on your floodlights, consult with your local designer. You may be able to kill two birds with one stone.

John Groce – Senior Designer of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville