We are the Nashville-Area Outdoor Lighting Problem Solvers!

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville will bring your aging halogen or incandescent lighting system anew with extensive retrofitting capabilities

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The benefits of retrofitting outdated and aging outdoor lighting systems are crystal clear!  LED lighting inherently produces a lower carbon footprint, which is foremost in the minds of eco-conscious clients.  LED lighting retrofitting can offer up to 80% off electrical operating costs, so this is a solid solution for any Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville client – big, small, consumer, or business!  Additionally, LED offers something that old halogen lighting cannot – super longevity.  We’re talking about 50,000 hours of use, compared to the average of 2,500 hours produced by their aged counterparts.  This means in addition to direct cost savings and lowering your carbon footprint, you will see a lot less of us, because we won’t be replacing your LED bulbs as often.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville is Your Lighting Service Partner

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When other lighting companies see an old lighting system, they might immediately see huge dollar signs, because it is not an inexpensive thing to completely replace an old system.  Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville, however, will see an opportunity to save you money.  We will thoroughly audit your current lighting system and do our homework to find solutions to replace only what is absolutely necessary to replace.  We are not looking to charge the most money or take up the unnecessary time to replace your entire lighting system.  We are looking for ways to save time and money through in-depth problem-solving.  We will honestly tell you what components can be salvaged for your halogen-to-LED retrofitting, and which can not.

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We know you have questions about replacing your halogen system with LED.  Many, if not most of us prefer the warm glow of those incandescent and halogen systems.  Not to worry!  LED now comes in a range of “color temperatures.”  That means we can work with you to determine how warm or cool you prefer your retrofitted LED lighting to be and provide an ample solution.  We are lighting experts, and we provide LED choices that you will not see in big box stores.  So, if you don’t see suitable LED solutions lighting for your home in those stores, it’s no surprise, please know that our selection goes lightyears beyond what you see there!

See the difference in older lighting solutions versus new LED lighting options

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So, there you are still considering what it will take to come up with a new lighting solution for your old lighting system.  And here we are to help you tackle the ins and outs of bringing your outdoor lighting into the 21st century.  Allow Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to problem solve for you!  We will offer real solutions to any outdoor lighting problem, at the same time working to save you time and money for materials cost and savings in the future with our incredibly efficient LED’s.  Don’t let another company come to your home and pull up your entire lighting system.  Call on us to save it!

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville is ready to solve your most difficult lighting problems! If you have any sort of outdoor lighting need, we can help. We are ready to earn your business. Contact us today at (615) 373-0638, or email us at olpnashville@outdoorlights.com.

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David G. Todd, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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!

 

 

Enjoy a moment of nostalgia as we travel back in time to when we were known as “Lightscapes”

OLP 1997 article about Lightscapes in the Nashville Banner

1997 article about Lightscapes in the Nashville Banner.

Recently, I came across this newspaper clipping from an article featured in the Nashville Banner from 1997. Although the article was written over a decade ago, it made me take a nostalgic look back in the past of our beloved company that is now known as Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville.

As many of you may already know, we were originally called “Lightscapes” and were operating under that name from 1987 until 1999. The birth of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives can be traced back to us, as we were a driving force in the way outdoor lighting was brought to market. By creating a turnkey landscape lighting business which featured the advent of the “night-time demonstration”, by doing this we brought the concept of all-inclusive outdoor lighting out of the shadows, away from being “avant garde” and into the mainstream.

Timeless outdoor lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville.

Timeless outdoor lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville.

Up until this point in time, outdoor lighting and landscape lighting was reserved mainly for the elite due to the expense of having to go through so many “channels” to have a system installed. For example, there was no “one stop” to receive a design consultation, order fixtures, schedule installation or even consider a “night-time” demonstration or system maintenance. In order to have any type of upscale outdoor lighting you first had to hire a designer, then you had to most likely arrange an appointment with a specialty lighting store which carried outdoor lighting fixtures. Upon arrival of the fixtures ( which could take weeks or even months) you then had to hire an electrician to install the lights, many of which having no experience in outdoor lighting at all, and rely on a wish and a hope that everything came out as you imagined once the switch was turned on that first evening. This is the part of the story where things often became a headache for the homeowner — like having to contact the electrician or your designer to “tweak” placement or other dilemmas that would, and did, often arise. In some cases, a number of the fixtures might not be operating properly, etc, and you are back to square one in the endless pursuit of lighting the night! This formula added up to a frustrating, time-consuming and much too expensive proposition for most homeowners. We aimed to change it all, and we did!

Up close look at BB02 path light

Up close look at BB02 path light.

Not only do we plan, design, and install your outdoor lighting as part of our all-inclusive service, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville is also B&B Manufacturing.The B&B in B&B Manufacturing actually stands for, yes, you guessed it, Bob and Bob, which are Bob Lyons Sr. and Bob Lyons Jr. The father and son team that started this company back in the 80’s. B&B Manufacturing is a privately held company that manufactures commercial and residential outdoor lighting  fixtures. We use our own quality fixtures exclusively, as do many of the other Outdoor Lighting Perspectives locations throughout the country.

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

This means we are a one-stop-shop for all your outdoor lighting needs. No middle man, no separate scheduling, and no runaround. Our vision and innovation cuts out all the “channels” involved in the outdoor lighting installations of yesteryear.We also have the advantage of fully understanding the technology of outdoor lighting because it is all we do. This means we have more than one way to solve an issue safely when one arises.This level of commitment, experience and talent is immeasurable in the business. We can even schedule a night-time demonstration at your home or business to let you experience the magic that is Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville!

Reflecting on this particular article, where our lighting was featured on a local Victorian mansion used as the 1997 Decorator’s Show Home for the Junior League‘s annual fund-raiser, you will notice elegance in outdoor lighting never goes out of style. When Bob Lyons was interviewed for the Nashville Banner he pointed out one of the secrets behind successful outdoor lighting, which still rings true today — “…lights placed in the right places, trees and plants will glow and the best features of your house will shine.” It may sound simple, but there is an art in knowing proper placement and choosing the right fixture to gain the most benefit.

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One of the biggest benefits of using an established company like us for your outdoor lighting needs is that we have proven that we have staying power within our market and region. We have a great product and great service, as well as a group of wonderful people to go along with it. “The perfect lighting.” Lyons says, “is when you never see a fixture day of night”. That is where the true measure of magic in our outdoor lighting lies.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville vanContact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to learn how we can pass our quality onto you by designing your outdoor lighting. We have over 26 years of experience lighting the most beautiful homes, storefronts, businesses and landscapes in the Nashville, TN area. (615) 373 – 0638
email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

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