Have you ever wondered how DST began?

DST ends tomorrow at 2AM.

DST ends tomorrow at 2AM.

Nashville and most of the United States have enjoyed an hour of extra daylight since this past spring. On November 5th, however, that will come to an end, as Daylight Savings Time (DST) officially ends for this year. The annual ritual of setting our clocks forward in the spring, and back again come fall, is something many of us take for granted but have you ever wondered how DST began?

The History of DST

Benjamin Franklin takes the credit for the idea of DST. Yes, this is the same Ben Franklin pictured on our $100 bill and who also invented the lightning rod and bifocal glasses among creating some of the most successful and popular inventions of the modern world.

Benjamin Franklin came up with concept of DSTHis idea for coming up with the idea to reset clocks in the summer months was a way to conserve energy. By moving clocks forward, people could take advantage of the extra evening daylight rather than wasting energy on lighting. At the time, Franklin was serving as ambassador to Paris and wrote a letter to the Journal of Paris in 1784, rejoicing at his discovery that the sun provides light as soon as it rises.

The practice of DST was not put to use until more than a century later when Germany began using the idea in 1916 as a way to conserve fuel during WWI. The rest of Europe quickly followed suit with the practice and in 1918 the US adopted the concept. Although President Wilson wanted to keep DST after the war ended, its practice was not embraced by all. Farmers objected to the practice citing that they would lose an hour of light in the morning. Since the US was mostly rural during this era, the practice stagnated. It was not until the next war (WWII), that the practice of DST was re-established. Following the end of WWII, states and towns were given the choice of whether to observe DST — which led to chaos.

To curb the chaos, Congress enacted the Uniform Time Act in 1966. This meant protocol must be followed in which daylight saving time would begin on the first Sunday of April and end on the last Sunday of October. Then, in 2007, the Energy Policy Act of 2005 went into effect, expanding the length of daylight saving time to the present timing.

Why DST is Observed Today

Less than 40% of countries throughout the world observe DST. Most of the United States and Canada observe DST on the same dates. But there are exceptions. Hawaii and Arizona are the two states that don’t observe daylight saving time, though Navajo Nation, in northeastern Arizona, does follow DST, according to NASA.

LED lights are long lasting, energy efficient and among the safest lights on the market today for outdoor lighting.

LED lights are energy efficient, long-lasting and more sustainable than other lighting genres.

The primary reason for the practice of DST has long been energy savings. Brighter evenings are said to save on lighting. However, as lighting has become super efficient in recent years, it has become a smaller element of energy consumption than it was just a few decades ago. The practice of moving an hour of sunlight from the early morning, when many would sleep through it, to the evening, when you could most likely do more with the light, and vice versa, opens up a doorway of possibilities for us to get things done. Whether it is work or school related, we have grown accustomed to having an extra hour of morning light illuminating our travel to work or school in the fall and winter months. On the opposite side of the coin, we also enjoy an extra hour of afternoon light in the spring and summer to partake in outdoor living activities.

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With DST in mind, How much time will you spend this evening programming your outdoor lighting for daylight savings time? There will be multiple devices throughout your home and landscape that will require adjustment to correspond with the time and light change. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville can make sure your outdoor lighting timer isn’t one of them.

Our timers use LCA technology that automatically adjusts to facilitate the change for daylight savings time and provides automation that you will enjoy every day. It simplifies your outdoor lighting by giving you effortless control of your home’s indoor and outdoor lighting and other powered features. Our smart timer can do more than simply turn on selected lights at dusk. It can also control your indoor and outdoor electric outlets.

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David G. Todd, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville.

We are the pros when it comes to automating your lighting needs for more convenient days and beautiful evenings. To learn more contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville today. You can call us at (615) 373 – 0638, or email us at  olpnashville@outdoorlights.com.

 

 

Join us in welcoming spring this weekend at the Nashville Lawn and Garden Show!

This image features a garden from a previous Nashville Lawn and Garden show booth with our outdoor lighting.

The Nashville Lawn & Garden Show is underway and Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville would like to cordially invite you to join us as we welcome spring! This year’s show is going on now through Sunday, March 5th. at the Fairgrounds Nashville.

Plant a Forest: Gardening for the Future”, is the theme, and the show includes live gardens, lectures and demonstrations, a floral design gallery, and vendors marketplace. The event will also feature a one-day wine festival on Saturday, showcasing some of the best local vineyards and wineries.

The Nashville Lawn and Garden Show is Tennessee’s largest and most popular annual gardening event showcasing all aspects of outdoor living, including acres of beautiful gardens and the newest outdoor lighting designs and ideas!  Our lighting can be seen used in a variety of the garden displays and you can also stop by our featured booth to learn about making your landscape and gardens a showstopper at night!

One of this year's display that features our lighting. "Glamping" never looked so good!

One of this year’s display that features our lighting. “Glamping” never looked so good!

We will be in booth #219 located in the Vendor Marketplace where we will be sharing a wealth of ideas about landscape lighting for your gardens, trees, hardscapes, outdoor living spaces and more. The emphasis towards “green” outdoor lighting continues to grow here in Nashville and we will have our newest LED outdoor lighting technology on display and our talented team will be on hand to discuss lighting control automation, LCA, to carry the benefits of green outdoor lighting technology a step further.

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We are located in booth #219, stop by and say hello!

Dates and times for the show are as follows:

Show times are:
Thursday – Saturday, 10a.m. – 8p.m.; Sunday 10a.m. – 5p.m.
Location:
The Fairgrounds Nashville
500 Wedgewood Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203

ETickets for the show are available online or may be purchased at the door.

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David G. Todd, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville.

You can also contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville at (615) 373 – 0638 or via email at olpnashville@outdoorlights.com.

 

 

 

It’s almost time to “spring forward” — is your outdoor lighting timer up to the task?

 

daylight savings time begins March 6th!

Daylight savings time begins March 6th!

Sunday, March 6th marks the official onset of Daylight Savings Time where it’s time to “spring forward” and move the clocks up one hour. At this point the days start to get longer and dawn comes earlier and the evenings remain brighter for longer time. Of course this also throws many outdoor lighting timers for a loop as most on older systems are manually changed. Most homeowners have to dig out their manuals and figure out which dials and buttons to press to update their timers and get it straight with the change in time. It’s pretty annoying isn’t it?

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Our LCA lighting timer delivers on the promise of set it and forget it.

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville, we can help you either reset your existing timer OR we can install a newer technology-based timer that will accommodate for daylight changes on its very own! What a relief to not have to fiddle or worry about your timer anymore. Every new system we install has a timer so that our customers can freely customize how their lights go and off at any time of day or night based on their personal needs. The flexibility our timers provide gives you lots of options and also removes the burden of remembering when to turn your lights on or off. This facet naturally increases the safety and security at your home and grounds and adds lots of practicality, too. Our timers make it look like your home is lived in even if no one is there even if you are at work or on vacation. Would-be thieves will always know your house is lived in even if you aren’t there.

daylight savings timeCumbersome manual timers require that you remember to reset them as the days grow longer or shorter during the seasons. Our timers are controlled by Lighting Control Automation (LCA) that requires no additional support or demands from you since they automatically update themselves based on your time zone and available light. You can forget digging out the manual and trying to figure out how to program your timer every couple of months to accommodate the daylight changes in your area. Simply set your LCA timer to whatever your lifestyle needs are and then it does the rest. LCA timers even save you money because your lights are on only when you want them to be, so you aren’t paying a light bill for illumination during hours that it’s not necessary.

Control your lighting with your smartphone, network your lights!!!

Control your lighting with your smartphone, network your lights!!!

LCA timers can be as simple as you want and you never have to worry about them again; OR if you enjoy a high level of control with technical devices, you can really have fun setting your timer for an ultra-enhanced lighting mood. Aside from controlling when your lights go on and off, highly adaptable LCA’s can even be set to regulate how much light is put out by your outdoor landscape system.  You can start off at a lower power level earlier in the evening and then go to 100% power as the darker part of night comes. You can even control your indoor lights and even appliances with this same timer if that’s what you’d like to do. Best of all, you can do this and even make changes to your lighting all from a mobile device such as your smartphone or your computer no matter where in the world you are! Neat!

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Matt Oakes of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to learn how an LCA timer can improve your indoor and outdoor lifestyle. You can call us at (615) 373 – 0638, or by emailing us at: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

Daylight Savings Time on November 1st Creates Challenge for Average Landscape Timers. Go Automatic for Ease!

daylight savings time With daylight savings time less than a few months away on November 1st, you can expect your evenings to start to darken fairly early as the countdown to autumn begins. We advise our clients that right now is a good time to start to adjust their outdoor lighting to accommodate the need for earlier outdoor illumination so you can make sure that you and your family do not come home to a dark home, including the kids who may be rolling off the school bus in late afternoon.

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville, we install a timer on every one of our systems. Clients can choose to have their lights on from dusk to dawn or any configuration of hours they choose. The benefit that timers provide is that the homeowner doesn’t have to think about turning their outdoor lighting on or off and it provides safety and security around the property as well. The beauty of timers is that you can adjust them to how you live, your hours and make it appear like someone is always home.

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Our LCA lighting timer delivers on the promise of set it and forget it.

There are two types of timers—manual ones that you have to set to make the necessary changes or those managed by Lighting Control Automation (LCA). These super convenient timers are a mega improvement over outdated manual timers because they automatically adjust to daylight savings time changes. You don’t even have to think about dials or buttons or figuring out how to re-reprogram it to the proper time. No matter what your lifestyle, a LCA timer can be easily adapted to suit your needs—even if you have to leave work really early in the morning and need additional light or walk the dog before bed time. An LCA timer provides additional light exactly when you need it.

LCA’s are great if you travel often or have a vacation home that you are not frequently at, as you can control the lighting to make it appear as if someone is always home to deter thieves.  And as the days get longer or shorter, these timers simply change to acclimate to the light conditions of the season. LCA’s make your outdoor lighting system easy and effortless to manage without having to get involved with annoying programming. Since they can control lighting to a very precise degree, they also save you money on the power bill since you don’t need to waste lighting during times you simply don’t need it.

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LCA’s are so cool and adaptable that you can even set your lights to come at 50% power earlier in the evening and then gradually get brighter as night wears on. This feature not only saves energy, but it also adds great ambiance in your landscape. There is so much beyond just outdoor lights that you can do, including controlling your indoor lights and appliances to come on automatically as well.  The convenience that this type of automation provides is pretty revolutionary. And the fact that you control all these facets directly from your smart phone or laptop just makes adding a service like this a no-brainer. It doesn’t matter where you are, you can control or change the system as needed. The options are pretty extensive.

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

October is National Outdoor Lighting month, so between now and then is the perfect time to either reset your timer for daylight savings time or call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to learn more about our incredible lighting control automation features at (615) 373 – 0638. You can also email us at: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com.

As darker skies arrive earlier in the day, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville celebrates October as National Outdoor Lighting Month

National Outdoor Lighting MonthOctober is National Outdoor Lighting Month! This event was created by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives in 2013 as a consumer awareness effort to educate homeowners about the  impact quality and professionally installed outdoor lighting can make to their home, landscape, special event and lifestyle. Professional outdoor lighting increases safety, beauty and function around your home, landscape and outdoor living spaces. Our philosophy is “if it can be illuminated, it can be transformed with outdoor lighting.

Celebrating this event couldn’t have come at a better time of year. In case you haven’t noticed, night is making it’s debut earlier and earlier each afternoon as we near the end of Daylight Savings Time on November 2nd. The dark afternoons serve as the perfect catalyst in outlining the beneficial reasons for adding outdoor lighting. 

Belle Meade architectural LED lighting and tree lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

By making the decision to schedule the addition of outdoor lighting to your home and landscape now, you will never have to return home to a dark house again or regulate your outdoor activities with the setting sun. Our professional lighting designs promise carefree enjoyment and added safety to all your outdoor areas. From architectural lighting which makes the beauty of your home the centerpiece of your property, to driveway lighting powered by lighting control automation (LCA), that knows the very minute you are to arrive home each day ensuring safe entry into your home at the end of a hard day. Our LCA is available for all installations and provides effortless control of your home’s indoor and outdoor lighting and other powered features. Our smart timer can do more than simply turn on selected lights at dusk. It can control your indoor and outdoor electric outlets. Here are just a few of the benefits LCA will provide:

  • LCA will ensure your outdoor lights come on automatically at dusk and off at dawn or the time of your choosing.
  • LCA will allow you to designate zones of lighting, both indoor and outdoor and program these zones to turn on and off automatically so your home always looks occupied. This is a huge convenience when you are on vacation.
  • LCA will allow you to program your lights to come at 50% power with the onset of dusk and progressively increase as the evening gets darker. This feature not only saves energy; it also creates a romantic ambiance in your landscape.
  • LCA allows you to control lights and appliances inside your home to come on automatically as well. We can even place a central keypad to control the entire system at the flick of a switch in any location you choose.
  • LCA can be programmed to gain control from your laptop or even your smart phone. This feature allows you to control your lighting from remote locations for the utmost convenience and versatility.
  • LCA will allow you to illuminate your home and landscape in any configuration and to come on at varying times. The choices are only limited to your imagination.

http://www.outdoorlights.com/national-outdoor-lighting-month/#guideThe possibilities are endless when it comes to outdoor lighting, all providing more convenient days and beautiful evenings! You can visit http://www.outdoorlights.com/national-outdoor-lighting-month/#guide to request a free outdoor lighting guide to gain valuable tips and learn about the latest LED holiday and event lighting trends and much more!

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

You can also contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville at (615) 373 – 0638
Email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com to begin your journey to outdoor lighting bliss!

 

 

Earth Day is Tuesday, April 22nd. Remember that making a difference begins with YOU!

Earth Day 2014Today marks the 44th year we have celebrated Earth Day. I am sure you have heard about it, but do you know what it means? Or how it began?

What is Earth Day?

Every year on April 22nd, over a billion people in 190 countries take action for Earth Day. Just like Earth Days of the past, Earth Day 2014 will focus on the unique environmental challenges of our time. By taking heed as the world’s population migrates to cities, and as reality of climate change begins to come to fruition, the need to create sustainable communities is now more important than ever. Earth Day 2014 will seek to do just that through its global theme: Green Cities. The day is set aside to raise awareness of our daily impact on the world around us and how we can make a change for the better by making smart investments in sustainable technology, forward-thinking public policy, and an educated and active public, we can transform our cities and forge a sustainable future.

Silent SpringHow did Earth Day begin?

The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970 which  is known by many to mark the beginning of the modern environmental movement. In 1970, here in the US, the hippie movement was drawing to a close. Musicians that headed the age and mood of the time, such as Jimi Henrix and Janis Joplin, died that same year, and the Beatles released their final album. Even though protest plagued the nation, environmental concerns were not at the root of the riots. The war at Vietnam took center stage, as did all those opposed to it. 

At the same time, automobiles with large V8 engines gobbled up gasoline. Industry forged on polluting the environment with smokestacks and runoff within a world where little or no recourse was sought towards the effect our actions had on the environment. This all changed as a little known book, by Rachel Carson, written in 1962 titled ” Silent Spring” sold more than half a million copies in 24 countries and began to open the eyes of our nation, and the world. Maybe more than any one single person, Ms. Carson helped to raise public awareness and concern for living organisms, the environment and public health.

The inaugural Earth Day held in 1970 capitalized on the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns front and center. This initiated the continuation of observing an annual Earth Day in an effort to raise awareness of the impact our actions, negative and positive, can have on the planet.

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We offer our clients a way to invest in tomorrow through the use of “green” outdoor lighting technologies such as LED.

Here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville, we take the concerns that are observed during Earth Day very seriously every day. By providing a more environmentally sustainable approach to outdoor lighting with our LED lighting technology we are striving to make a difference. LED is by far, more energy-efficient, cleaner and a more eco-friendly way of outdoor illumination than other types of lighting. LED’s have a life expectancy in excess of 50,000 hours, which means less waste from bulb replacement. In addition, LED’s do not contain toxic chemicals. Most conventional bulbs contain a multitude of materials such as mercury that are dangerous for the environment. LED is also low-voltage, and energy-efficient which will save a tremendous amount in operating costs.  We are proud to be the Nashville area’s leading force for LED outdoor lighting.

LED lights are long lasting, energy efficient and among the safest lights on the market today for outdoor lighting.

LED lights are long lasting, energy efficient and more sustainable than other lighting genres.

In addition we, along with our parent company, and our local manufacturing company (B&B Mfg.), are also practicing what we preach about sustainable living practices. We are operating under a “green” approach to our workplace by recycling materials such as copper fixtures. We also recycle all the paper in our office and our goal is to allocate a paperless system in the near future by incorporating tablets with each of our field workers. We are also moving towards an automatic bill pay system so we save paper by not having to send out invoices each month. We have also installed solar panels on our building as well, to reflect the importance of less impact on the environment by reducing power consumption.

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We installed solar panels on our building to decrease energy usage in our workplace, and our direct impact on the environment.

By working in a field of expertise, such as outdoor lighting, that now has the technology to offer homeowners a more sustainable living product, such as upgradeable LED bulbs that never get discarded in a land-fill but can be refurbished to reuse, it is only natural to begin at the core of our business. The workplace. Hopefully, each employee, delivery-person, and individual whom frequents our office will have these sustainability practices “rub off” on he/she and take a little piece of that realization back home with them creating a ripple-effect of sustainability initiatives to live by — taking a little piece of the “Earth Day” mentality away with them for tomorrow.

Remember, that what we do today, will affect tomorrow —

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Matt Oakes of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

To learn more about ways you can benefit from sustainable options in your outdoor lighting, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville today at (615) 373 – 0638
email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

Come out and see us at the Nashville Lawn and Garden show beginning this Thursday!

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Here is one of our amazing rose garden outdoor lighting designs.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville will be participating in the annual Nashville Lawn and Garden show again this year! The show begins on Thursday, February 27th and runs through Sunday, March 2nd. The event is being held at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the show, in honor of this milestone, the show theme this year is Wine & Roses.

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Our outdoor lighting will allow you to enjoy every element present in your garden and landscape at night!

The Nashville Lawn and Garden Show is Tennessee’s largest and most popular annual gardening event showcasing all aspects of outdoor living, including acres of beautiful gardens and the newest outdoor lighting designs and ideas! This is also one of the South’s biggest lawn and garden shows, over 20,000 people are expected to attend. More than 20 live gardens will be on display all created by master horticulturalists.

This image features a garden from a previous Nashville Lawn and Garden show booth with our outdoor lighting.

This image depicts a garden from a previous Nashville Lawn and Garden show garden featuring our outdoor lighting.

At our booth, we will have landscape lighting for gardens, trees, plants, pathways, walkways and more. Hot right now at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives is green lighting. We have our newest LED outdoor lighting technology on display at our booth and our talented team will be on hand to discuss lighting control automation, LCA, to carry that green technology a step further!

You will see our outdoor lights at a variety of the garden displays, and also come see us at our booth.

Show Dates & Times are as follows:
  • Thursday, February 27, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Friday, February 28, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 1, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 2, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tickets for the show are available online or may be purchased at the door. This includes day and 4-day show passes.
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Matt Oakes of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

You can also contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville at (615) 373 – 0638 or via email at olpnashville@outdoorlights.com