A recent outdoor living survey confirms what Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville already knew!

 

Outdoor lighting plays a major role in the success of landscape architecture.

Outdoor lighting plays a major role in the success of landscape architecture.

A survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects reveals the hottest outdoor living trends for 2014, and it is no surprise to us that outdoor lighting was at the top!  The data compiled reveals “consumer demand remains strong for attractively designed residential landscapes that are perfect for entertaining and relaxing. The survey also shows continuing popularity for both sustainable and low-maintenance design.” All of these findings are “spot-on” as they closely mimic the trends we are seeing here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville. Homeowners are putting more effort into their landscape than ever before, including landscape lighting. In addition, they are also integrating outdoor lighting into the outdoor spaces they utilize for entertainment, recreation, family time and relaxation purposes. With low-maintenance and sustainability in mind, LED outdoor lighting makes up more than half of the residential, and commercial, installations we do.

Outdoor lighting nashville spa lightingHere is a look at the results of the 2014 Residential Landscape Architecture Trends Survey conducted by the American Society of Landscape Architects:

Outdoor Living Features (Overall rating for 2014)   Percent Rating Popular or Somewhat Popular: Across all categories, 98.3 percent of respondents rated lighting as somewhat or very in-demand for 2014.

  • Lighting – 98.3%
  • Seating/dining areas – 97.7%
  • Fire pits/fireplaces – 95.4%
  • Grills – 94.3%
  • Installed seating (benches, seatwalls, ledges, steps, boulders) – 89.6%
  • Outdoor furniture – 84.1%
  • Counter space – 75.5%
  • Utility storage – 65.5%
  • Stereo systems – 60.7%
  • Wireless/internet connectivity – 56.0%
Landscape lighting done right

We offer nighttime demonstrations in order to determine the areas of your property that would benefit the most from lighting.

Why, you may ask, has lighting become such an integral part of outdoor living? The answer is simple; outdoor lighting extends the safety, security, comfort, beauty and function of your outdoors in the evening. Outdoor lighting makes it possible to live the way you and your family want to live outdoors with no limitations on enjoyment! Outdoor lighting is now within the grasp of every homeowner. Where once upon a time, homeowners had to “guess” at where and how outdoor lighting could enhance their home and landscape, we offer nighttime demonstrations in order to determine the areas of your property that would benefit the most from lighting. Here are just a few examples of the impact outdoor lighting can have…

  • Outdoor lighting that is sustainable and low-maintenance
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives LED path light

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

LED lighting is energy-efficient, making them more economical to operate than traditional outdoor lighting. LED lighting also leaves less of an impact on the environment than other genres of outdoor lighting.  It can save a homeowner thousands in energy costs over the LED’s lifetime. In addition, since they contain no glass components, they are not vulnerable to vibration or breakage like conventional bulbs and make the perfect lighting for outdoor applications. LED lights are free of toxic chemicals. Most conventional fluorescent bulbs contain a multitude of materials such as mercury that are dangerous for the environment and make disposal dangerous. Since they contain no toxic materials and are 100% recyclable, they will help you reduce your carbon footprint by up to a third. LED is safer in many regards too because it generates light from cool burning technology, and it uses less wire to install properly. Our LED outdoor lighting is also longer lasting and requires less frequent replacement and maintenance making their operation seem effortless!

  • Outdoor lighting for residential landscapes that are perfect for entertaining and relaxing
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Landscape lighting is one of the best investments a homeowner can make to enhance the beauty and function of their landscape.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville  embraces both classic and 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. Landscape lighting is one of the best investments a homeowner can make to enhance the beauty and function of their landscape.

There are four (4) main benefits to adding landscape lighting to your property. These are beauty and curb appeal, safety, security and the way it adds value to your home. While the aesthetic benefits of landscape lighting are an inevitable plus, the added benefit of making your home safer and more secure is a driving force for installing landscape lighting for many homeowners.There are many different types of landscape lighting to choose from including innovative and versatile permanent festival lighting that adds a touch of whimsy and romance to any landscape!

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Matt Oakes of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville today to learn more about our timeless landscape lighting designs. We can turn your landscape into your favorite place to be all season long! Call us at (615) 373 – 0638 or contact us via email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com Please visit our extensive outdoor lighting galleries located on our website, including our landscape lighting gallery, for more inspiring outdoor lighting designs.

There’s more to admire in the landscape than just lawn.

For many homeowners, spring is the season they most enjoy their home’s landscape. Whether it is because of that lush, green lawn they have worked so hard to feed and tend, or the parade of bountiful blooms heavy on limb and leaf, fragrant and colorful, spring is the season that provides stimulation for all the senses! In order to get breathtaking results, now is also the time of year when homeowners spend a considerable amount of time and effort to ensure they have a landscape they can be proud of.

One commonly overlooked feature that provides endless benefits to the landscape in the evening is landscape lighting. With a growing trend towards outdoor living, having the ability to enjoy the spoils of your labor can be just as beneficial in the evening as they are during the daylight hours. Quality outdoor landscape lighting can turn your spring landscape into a jewel that shines after dark.

Franklin TN LED residential outdoor lighting

The outdoor lighting at the stunning home in Franklin, TN serves as a perfect example of how you can benefit from LED landscape lighting.

There are four (4) main benefits to adding landscape lighting to your property. These are beauty and curb appeal, safety, security and the way it adds value to your home. While the aesthetic benefits of landscape lighting are an inevitable plus, the added benefit of making your home safer and more secure is a driving force for installing landscape lighting for many homeowners.

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Nashville path lighting elegantly integrated into this award-winning show garden.

Landscape lighting aids in a more secure home because of the lack darkness your landscape offers to would-be criminals. Burglars typically decide which homes to rob from their vantage point in the street. They look for easy accessible homes they think they can enter and exit without being observed by neighbors or passersby. If your Nashville home and landscape is well-lit, criminals are more likely to pass it by, since an attempted break-in on your property would require them to step into the light, leaving them vulnerable and exposed.

From a safety perspective, the addition of landscape lighting improves safety for you, your family and guests walking around your property at night. Whether it is a quick trip to the pool house to grab laundry, or an evening game of corn hole by the deck or patio, landscape lighting will ensure the areas you frequent in the evening are visible and safe for eased travel and enjoyment.

It is no secret that homes with professional outdoor lighting installations generally sell for more than those which do not. Not only does your home “show” better at night for potential buyers and to spark interest, today’s home buyer is savvy and recognizes the many benefits of outdoor lighting in comparison to other homes in their price range.  Remember, landscape lighting which has been installed by a licensed outdoor lighting professional ensures proper installation and placement for optimal aesthetic value. This is one of the many reasons investing in a professionally installed system is worth the investment.

Outdoor Lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Outdoor Lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville.

There are also many different types of landscape lighting including to choose from when deciding to move ahead with a professional system. These include line voltage and low voltage, but here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville we receive more requests for LED outdoor lighting systems. LED’s are extreme energy efficiency and offer a very long bulb life.  Since they don’t use a “filament” in the classic sense, the piece of metal inside a bulb that burns out causing a normal bulb to fail, an LED bulb can last for tens of thousands of hours. LED technology has advanced in such a way that it is widely used and well received by Nashville homeowners as the top choices for outdoor lighting, meaning: your peonies will seem pinker and more vivid, as will the lushness of your lawn, under the spell of LED landscape lighting!

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John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville today to learn more about our timeless landscape lighting designs. We can turn your landscape into a showplace at night too! (615) 373 – 0638 email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

 

Visit our extensive outdoor lighting galleries located on our website, including our landscape lighting gallery, for more inspiring images.

Nashville outdoor lighting provides four seasons of added safety, security and stunning beauty to your home and landscape

Nashville outdoor lighting

Outdoor lighting enhances your home and landscape every evening through every season.

For many folks the latter part of winter can present itself in dismal ways. The excitement of the holidays is behind us for another year and our Nashville homes and landscapes are vacant of the holiday lighting that was present just a short time back. Do you remember the way you felt each time you pulled into your driveway and gazed upon your home and landscape under the warming glow of  holiday lighting? Do you miss the way the lights subtly accentuated your home and property? If so, you are not alone in missing the enchantment that outdoor holiday lighting brings. Instead of spending another dark evening wishing you could get that feeling back, why not install outdoor lighting  that will keep that magic alive all through the year?

Outdoor lighting can extend your hours of enjoyment into the evening all around your home and within your landscape. Having outdoor lighting will also improve the safety and security of your home, and improve your home’s curb appeal. Not only will you get peace of mind in knowing the lights are on when you need them most, you will also get to experience the  nuances of nature that are missed by keeping your landscape in the dark.    With outdoor lighting each season presents its own distinct beauty and you get to witness each of these changes under the soft wash of light that outdoor lighting will provide.

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Outdoor lighting brings forgotten areas of your landscape to life.

The Winter Landscape

Nashville’s frigid winter temperatures may chill the bones, but snow, ice and the unique qualities of the winter landscape lend a magical beauty, especially under the illumination of outdoor lighting.  Outdoor lighting will enhance the haunting silhouettes of leafless tress within your yard. Even though the trees are lacking in their leafy abundance their beauty is still present.  Well lit paths and entries will also guard against accidents that could result from treading on dark, slippery surfaces in the cold of the winter evenings.

Nashville garden lighting in the rose garden

Garden lighting accentuates the beauty of blooming perennials and other foliage in the landscape.

The Spring Landscape

Bulbs and flowers begin to wake up from their long winter nap and the landscape comes alive with color. Perennial grasses come out of dormancy and the trees within our landscapes bud and spring new growth. With the addition of outdoor lighting such as garden and landscape lighting you will get a ring-side seat to witness the attraction of the world around you springing to life. As the days and nights begin to get warmer your desire to stay outdoors also heats up, outdoor lighting will allow you to enjoy the inspirational beauty of spring with a well-lit home and landscape.

A well lit pool and surround means safety and beauty

A well-lit pool and surround means safety and beauty

The Summer Landscape

Not only does summer present more opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities after the sun goes down, the landscape itself lends itself to lingering longer in the evening hours. Outdoor lighting will enable extended hours of enjoyment in all facets of your landscape. Adding pool and underwater lighting to your pool area will enable you to enjoy a dip in the pool on those balmy summer nights, and deck and patio lighting will ensure your outdoor celebrations aren’t forced indoors due to the lack of light. Outdoor lighting will let you love and live in your landscape all summer long. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville also offers party and special events lighting that is perfect for outdoor events you have planned, such as parties and weddings just to name a few.

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This gazebo comes to life at night within the landscape with outdoor lighting

The Autumn Landscape

Autumn is the most beautiful time of the year in Tennessee. Our area is among only a handful of areas throughout the country that draws in tourists just to view our lovely fall foliage each autumn. Our landscapes are ablaze with color from amber to gold and every hue in-between. Tree lighting is one genre of outdoor lighting that will allow you to enjoy all the changing beauty of the trees within your yard. We use a combination of up and down lighting, as well as moon lighting, to play up the beauty and unique form of each tree. With outdoor lighting you will never miss a moment of the changes nature provides.

If you are ready to witness all of Mother Nature’s majesty in your landscape every evening, for 365 days a year outdoor lighting is just the ticket. Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to make it happen. We can schedule an evening demonstration to show you all the beauty and magic you have been missing. Call today (615) 373 – 0638
email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

John Groce - Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

John Groce – Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

See what you have been missing by visiting our garden and landscape lighting gallery, our pool and underwater lighting gallery and our deck and patio lighting gallery located on our website.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville makes sure your outdoor lighting fits to a T

Nashville Outdoor Lighting - Architectural Outdoor Lighting

Nashville Outdoor Lighting - Architectural Outdoor Lighting

Maybe you’re not quite old enough to remember the early 80’s risqué’ blue jean advertisements of Brooke Shields telling the world that nothing comes between her and her Calvins. Even today, designers of denim tout about how they have the perfect jean to fit any figure…long or short legs, small or large hips, and all body shapes and sizes. The same can be said for what type of outdoor lighting is the best “fit” for you home. One size does not fit all.

When you speak the language of outdoor lighting you take into consideration your homes length, width and depth. For example on an artist’s palette you may have hues of red, blues and greens.  The amount of each color the painter will use on his canvas will depend on what he is painting. For instance, if he is painting a landscape, chances are the artist would use predominately greens. Would the artist be able to use those same greens to achieve a rendering of an autumn sunset? Of course not, that is why this analogy shows that the same lighting design and application does not work on homes with different dimensions or architectural styles. Each home is different and individual and should be treated as such when it comes to designing the outdoor lighting.

Outdoor Lighting Perespectives of Nashville uses architectural lighting to accentuate this homes distinctive features

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville uses architectural lighting to accentuate this homes distinctive features

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville designs an outdoor lighting application that accentuates your homes individual “curves”, just like a good pair of jeans on your body should. A small ranch style home would have a much different outdoor lighting design than a larger custom-built home would. A typical ranch style home is a good package to focus on the width of the home, because in most cases a ranch reflects a longer design. With this style of home you want to use outdoor lighting to add depth, so it’s not a one-dimensional flat canvas. A good lighting design would incorporate smaller trees closer to the home and the outward landscaping of the home to accentuate the homes curves as well. Creating depth is not always about the features of the home but also using a homes unique landscaping to create depth.

Outdoor Lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Outdoor Lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Proper outdoor lighting on larger, custom-built homes begins with focusing on the width of the home as well. In most cases this type of home will not be flat across the front. With custom homes you want to stretch the width with the use of light to accentuate any peaks, eaves or arches and maximize their uniqueness and beauty. Illuminating across the front of the homes exterior and accentuating the homes height is key to maximizing the home’s beauty as well. We like to pick out vegetation to the left and right of the home so it flanks the home and frames the entire picture. This type of design also lets people know that when they drive past your home it looks even larger with properly placed and applied outdoor lighting. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville also uses architectural features such as stonework, retaining walls or any specialty element to create shadow and depth. One crucial thing that most often gets overlooked in outdoor lighting illuminating the dormers on a home, this is important in allowing your outdoor lighting application to achieve  height and balance.

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This gazebo comes to life at night within the landscape with outdoor lighting

When it comes to lighting backyard scenarios we generally consult with the homeowner to find out where they spend most of their time in the backyard. We will sit on the patio or at a table on the covered porch of a prospective client and take different aspects of the landscape and vegetation into consideration in order to frame and light these areas with a room type atmosphere, so your eye never really stops. We can even illuminate certain trees to accentuate their colors, like a Japanese maple, or create a canopy by lighting tall trees. The effects that can be created by lighting a backyard landscape can be breathtaking. We always strive to get that “perfect fit” for you with all aspects of lighting your property.

If you are ready to take your outdoor lighting to a new level of  beautiful with expert design and installation, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to learn more. (615) 373 – 0638  olpnashville@outdoorlights.com Michael Signature