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?

Lighting Control Automation Timer Nashville lighting control

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

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville Partners with Top Landscape Architect, Anne Daigh, to Light Up Edgehill Village

Close up bulb shot for Anne Deigh project

In progress unique lighting installation in Edgehill Village.

We love unique and creative outdoor lighting challenges at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville and this one from our friend, and landscape architect, Anne Daigh is one of our favorites. Anne, who is a talented landscape architect here in Nashville, was looking for a partner to help illuminate a courtyard  located in super trendy Edgehill Village—a vintage industrial building that has been repurposed into cool shops, businesses and restaurants just off Music Row. The location consists of 8 brick building that once house Whiteway Cleaners in the 20’s which have been restored to embrace their historical style and significance.  Anne’s  goal was to illuminate it in a unique way that would inspire patrons and keep them coming back. She approached us with a clever way to light this outdoor area so that it would pay homage to the structure’s history, but also have a retro modern feel at the same time.

In progress unique lighting installation in Edgehill Village.

In progress unique lighting installation in Edgehill Village.

The courtyard is partially exposed to the open air, and we wanted to make sure Anne’s vision came to life by tying the indoors and outside together. We used LED dimmable Edison style light bulbs that were customized to nest inside massive metal caged orbs that vary from 18” to 38” in circumference. The orbs are red and bring a fabulous pop of color into this indoor/outdoor space that we suspended with aircraft cables from the exposed metal grid iron work that supports the roof covering the courtyard.

In progress unique lighting installation in Edgehill Village.

In progress unique lighting installation in Edgehill Village.

Edgehill Village loves the final result that Anne designed and Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville installed, and we were thrilled to partner with her on illuminating yet another fashionable and trendy corner in the city of Nashville. We love that we have our name stamped all over some of the hippest spots in town like the Country Music Hall of Fame and The Gulch. We are thrilled that building and landscape architects come to us to put the final touch on their masterful creations so that they are showcased to the max in the evening hours. And we are more than happy to make them look good after the sun goes down.

We used LED dimmable Edison style light bulbs that were customized to nest inside massive metal caged orbs

We used LED dimmable Edison style light bulbs that were customized to nest inside massive metal caged orbs.

It doesn’t matter to us if you have a humble residence, a big estate, a corporate park or a new restaurant—you are guaranteed to get the same level of service and quality from our team at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville. We are happy to present creative ideas that will fit most any budget, and we will make sure that your friends or your customers will be delighted by what they see. We promise that we will create a look that’s memorable and can give you any look you are trying to capture. We use the same commercial quality fixtures and wiring for all our customers, so you are guaranteed years of good use from all the equipment we install. We are also thrilled to partner with your designer or landscape architect  to make your outdoor illumination dreams come true.

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to bring your landscape lighting plan come alive. You can call us at (615) 373 – 0638, or by emailing us at: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com.

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Matt Oakes of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

 

Nashville Outdoor Lighting that Provides Three Dimensional Flair Every Night and Expands Outdoor Living

Nashville outdoor lightingMany of our clients comes to us with the primary objective of lighting the front facade of their house. We want to point out that many aspects of your Nashville property can benefit from outdoor lighting, especially your backyard. After all most outdoor living occurs in the backyard!  Don’t miss out on the opportunity to create a beautiful nightscape that provides breadth and texture all around your property and gives you a truly three dimension look against the evening sky — including the back of your home.

Paint a picture with light!

Imagine looking out the windows of your kitchen or living room and seeing a picturesque yard where every innuendo of your back landscape is visible, and the full expanse of your property! You can appreciate your favorite seating area even when not in use, a water feature, garden beds and even your pool well after the sun has retired. If you have a big picture window, we can give you an incredible vantage point from inside your home that will look like a postcard come to life night after night. Even if the weather is less favorable, you can still enjoy your outdoor spaces from inside your home.

Nashville tree and patio lighting

Good illumination will pull you toward the outside and make your outdoor spaces glow with a wash of what will look like romantic moonlight. Your dark patio or deck takes on a romantic appeal with expertly targeted lighting in locations that gives your home an expansive feel. We are not talking about a few spotlights or eave lights, but rather an intricate ambient lighting display that gives you visibility to easily walk around the property and also bathes it in elegant light.

Since October is National Outdoor Lighting Month, now is the perfect time to let Outdoor lighting Perspectives of Nashville help you enliven your home and property when the sun goes down. Change what you see from the indoors every evening and magically transform your backyard so that your eye can roam around from area to area when the sun goes down. Your whole outdoor living environment will be filled with visual and dimensional mood thanks to lighting that creates incredible depth.

Nashville garden lighting

We add lighting all around your home and the reaches of your garden so that your property  comes alive at night. You will be able to easily see around dark corners, we can also cast warm light into the canopy of trees and have your paths looking fairytale-worthy. With our mild weather even in the cooler months in Nashville, you will be able to extend your outdoor time thanks to better visibility and the ability to safely navigate your backyard even at the darkest hours. Why not enjoy your fire pit with the family on a crisp fall night? Invite some friends over and hang out on the deck while grilling a few steaks and great conversation thanks to wonderful illumination that gives you the opportunity to do so effortlessly!

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“Let us show you how you can prolong your outdoor fun well into the end of the year and help you enjoy your outdoor spaces even when sitting indoors.”

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville. You can call us at (615) 373 – 0638, or by emailing us at: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com  

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

 

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.

Lighting Control Automation Timer Nashville lighting control

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.

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.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville and Pork Leg Porkers, a winning combination

travel-and-leisure-best-bbqAs you will recall in our August 18, 2014 article, There’s more to do in Music City than just music — much more!, Nashville was voted #1, the best American city for barbecues in 2014 by Travel & Leisure magazine for being home to a “greatest-hits” collection of barbecue styles. To continue with the best barbecue stewardship, on May 14-16 of this year, as it does every year, the Memphis in May International Festival hosted the 47th Annual World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, and our own Bob Lyons Jr. had the privilege of joining the Peg Leg Porkers competitive BBQ cooking team.

World Championship BBq Cooking contest at Memphis in May 2015The Memphis in May International Festival promotes extensive education, international, and economic programs for Memphis, but it is most widely known as the promotional umbrella and organizer for the numerous annual events Memphis hosts each May. As the city’s largest “community entertainment happenings”, each is professionally and spectacularly executed, making events like the Beale Street Music Festival, the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest and the Sunset Symphony some of Memphis’s can’t miss pleasures to attend with friends and family, all throughout the month of May.

Peg Leg Porker

Peg Leg Porker’s signature is a 16-ingredient medley of warm red spices — low salt, no sugar — that gets applied after the pork ribs emerge from the smoker. Based on chili and paprika, the finishing rub is intended to mirror the flavors of barbecue sauce. It is a strategy that showcases the smoky meat, without losing it under a sticky lacquer of caramelized mopping sauce. When the rib meat is as tender and juicy as Peg Leg Porker’s, clinging to the bone with just the right tenacity, there’s no need to overshadow it.”

As attendees of so many of these phenomenal events each year, it just didn’t seem like they could be any better. WRONG…multiply that feeling times 2 when you are an active part of the happenings!! Bob Lyons Jr. described his participation in the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest with Carey Bringle and the entire Peg Leg Porkers team as one of the most unforgettable times he’s ever had. That’s not too surprising, considering it’s the 26th time Carey, pitmaster and leader of the Peg Leg Porkers team, has personally competed (12th for Peg Leg team) and especially since he and his team are more commonly known as pitmaster pranksters with a reputation for thoroughly enjoying themselves at each event.

Every year, this World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest entertains visitors from all 50 states, as well as several foreign countries from around the world. This year Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville lent its expertise in the field of outdoor lighting by supplying a bit of “special event”/festival outdoor lighting for the occasion.

Once again “the largest barbecue-cooking contest in the world”, so titled by the Guinness Book of World Records in 1990, the Memphis in May Festival’s 47th Annual World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest was a huge success! We want to congratulate Carey Bringle, Bob Lyons Jr. and the entire Peg Leg Porkers team for participating. If you’d like to check out some of the prize-winning pork cooked with Carey’s own dry seasoning spice blend and Wet Sauce recipes, be sure to stop by his Peg Leg Porker restaurant conveniently located between the downtown community and the residential areas, in the Gulch section of Nashville, at 903 Gleaves St. Nashville, TN.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville vanIf you have an upcoming special event for which you need temporary outdoor lighting to create the perfect ambience and mood, give Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville a call to discuss your options. We offer a host of temporary and special event lighting options. Contact us at (615) 373 – 0638 or via email: 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!