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.

 

 

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!

 

 

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville explores the newest up and coming trends in lighting control automation

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Lighting Control Automation ensures your home is safe and well-lit when you need it most.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville stays on the cutting edge of lighting trends. The days of consumers depending on a toggle switch as the only way to control lighting is outdated. Lighting is continually evolving and with this evolution, new technology is being introduced every day in an effort to allow homeowners greater control and confidence inside and outside their home. Our lighting control automation provides a convenient and energy conscious way to control  lighting. Lighting control automation systems are widely used on both indoor and outdoor lighting of commercial, industrial, and residential spaces. These systems serve to provide the right amount of light where and when it is needed. Through the innovative use of LCA we can solve and manage lighting problems and also provide control in areas where it wasn’t thought possible.

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LCA will allow you the control of lighting variable areas of your landscape from the palm of your hand without having to fumble to a dark light switch.

You have probably seen commercials on TV about lighting automation being offered as a sublet of another home service. The fact is, that other companies may offer LCA as part of a package, but here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville lighting is all we do and we have the experience and support system to ensure we stand behind our systems every step of the way.

Our LCA systems are designed to fulfill your lighting needs bringing you, the homeowner, the most benefit. We offer a diverse amount of options offering the newest LCA technology allowing you to control the lights the way you want them. Your automation needs may include combining our safe entry application- and our driveway sensor application- ensuring you enter into a safe and well-lit home each evening. This same technology can also enable you to control the lights at your pool house from your smart phone without having to enter into a darkened backyard to access the lights. Our LCA services are offered a-la-carte to allow homeowners more control over their domain.

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

Control your lighting with your smart phone, network your lights!!!

Our lighting control systems can be as simple as a timer or as complex as multipoint control, a motion/car sensor, wireless remote, and smart phone control for any lighting load in your house.  When controlling the landscape lighting our easy program timer uses latitude and longitude to change the operation times throughout the year to adapt to the shorter days of winter and longer days of summer.  When controlling interior lighting, the timer also uses “triggers” to control lighting based on various events such as time delays.  In others words, you can have your timer turn off your closet or basement lights in case you forget. With LCA, you have complete control in the palm of your hand. This feature is so robust it will even allow you to turn your lights on/off from the other side of the world through any internet connection.

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Home sweet home is ready for your arrival with our expanded automation technologies.

Lighting control automation is an investment in keeping your home up-to-date with technology. Our wide variety of automation can allow you to think outside the box for your lighting needs and lifestyle with a keen eye on today, tomorrow and into the future. To learn more about lighting control automation technology contact  Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville today at (615) 373 – 0638
Email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

Our outdoor lighting and holiday outdoor lighting delivers on the promise of set it and forget it convenience!

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

How many devices can you think of that have promised set it and forget it convenience over the years and have actually delivered on that promise? From the era of programming your VCR, to the coffee makers that have left you perkless first thing in the morning, I am sure there are a host of devices that have not stood up to the promise of making life a little easier for you. Automation technologies have advanced quickly in just a short period of time, just like the commercial says ” you have come a long way baby “, today’s consumer now relies on automation to perform a myriad of daily tasks. Outdoor lighting is at the top of that list for many consumers. With daylight savings time and holiday lighting season just around the corner, now is the time to learn more about outdoor lighting automation to make this the most effortless and enjoyable season ever!

Our Set it and forget it technology makes setting your outdoor lighting for seasonal changes such as DST a breeze!

Our Set it and forget it technology makes setting your outdoor lighting for seasonal changes such as DST a breeze!

Here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville we are constantly watching the world of outdoor lighting change. Since 1995 we have been installing high quality and beautifully planned outdoor lighting for residential settings as well as commercial. As the technology has improved our quality of life as a whole, much can be said to the same effect about outdoor lighting. Convenience and dependable technologies is the case with the use of the lighting automation timer that we currently use in our outdoor lighting applications.

Matt Oakes, the automation expert at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville explains just how carefree and simple the use of  the lighting automation timer really is. ” It is a set it and forget it system.  Homeowners think that the component has to be constantly adjusted, and this just isn’t the case. When we do the install on your lighting and all the components involved, once the timer is set, you’re done. If the need arises to make changes, we can make the changes via the internet for you. The time adjusts for sun-up, sun-down, seasonal time changes such as DST and of course leap year too. We can even program in a vacation setting, or an out of town setting. This works really well for people who travel frequently, we call it the lived in or at home look , always keeping safety in mind. Even if the power goes out your timer won’t need re-programming. All memory that is installed in a non-volatile state is remembered. It even self-adjusts to keep the current time. This is truly a system that never has to be re-programmed ever, just set it and forget it”.

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Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville’s holiday lighting is effortless enjoyment for the holidays!

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville offers this same convenient and dependable technology to our holiday lighting customers too. We stay ahead of the competition by utilizing the newest in holiday outdoor lighting technologies through lighting control automation. We can even program your interior holiday lighting to come on and go off at the same intervals your outdoor holiday lighting is set for. We can program you holiday lights to come on and go off each evening at a specified time without you ever having to worry with touching a single switch. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville offers you the option of making your holiday lighting display as laid back or over the top as your heart desires, as we offer many amenities to compliment your holiday lights including lighted wreaths, and garlands. In the even you really want to make a statement, we can even sync your lights to play in time with pre-selected holiday music. The choices of our holiday lighting automation are only limited to your imagination and your budget.

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We added music to this automated holiday tree lighting installation.

Not only does our holiday lighting program offer you the newest and best in holiday lighting, put away the ladder and worry that you will get tangled again this season within your string lights. Our program offers the most convenient, hassle free, sit back and enjoy the season service you can get. We design and install your holiday display in plenty of time to get all the enjoyment before the big day arrives. After the holiday hustle and bustle we then remove your lights and store them in our temperature controlled warehouses for use again next season. Not only does this mean you can allocate that extra storage space you will have for a new use, it also means you have the capability of adding lights and extending your display year to beautiful year at your discretion without the worry of where to store it.

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Matt Oakes of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville to schedule an appointment for your outdoor holiday lighting this Christmas, don’t wait or it may be too late. Call to reserve a spot in our holiday lighting program to ensure the magic is ready to begin the day after Thanksgiving, or the day of your choosing. You may call us at (615) 373 – 0638
Email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

To see more breathtaking outdoor holiday lighting images of Christmases past, visit our holiday lighting photo gallery located on our website.

How much time will you spend this evening programming your outdoor lighting for daylight savings time?

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Our LCA technology ensures your lights will be on when you need them, each and every time.

Tonight is the night. Daylight savings time begins at 2:00 AM Sunday, March 10th. This time change means that many homeowners will be busy setting their clocks and other timed devices an hour ahead this evening to ensure the correct time. If you are still using a manual outdoor lighting timer, you are probably busy programming your timer right now in lieu of DST. Manual outdoor lighting timers are simply time-consuming and inconvenient. As the days begin to get longer they also force you to chase dusk during the entire season. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville wants to introduce you to lighting control automation, or LCA for short. LCA is convenient, versatile and will ensure that you will never have to worry about programming your outdoor lighting to accommodate DST, or chase dusk again.Daylight savings time

Not only does our LCA technology automatically adjust to facilitate the change for daylight savings time, it provides automation that you will enjoy every day. It simplifies your outdoor lighting. Our LCA provides effortless control of your home’s indoor and outdoor lighting and other powered features. The 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.

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

    Control your lighting with your smart phone, network your lights!!!

The possibilities are endless when it comes to automating your lighting needs for more convenient days and beautiful evenings. To learn more about our smart system lighting control automation contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville today.
(615) 373 – 0638
Email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

See more examples of our beautiful and intelligent outdoor lighting by visiting our landscape and garden lighting photo gallery and our architectural photo gallery located on our website.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville delivers ease and convenience through your smart phone

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

With our smart phone technology, the lights are on when you need them most.

In a world that now relies heavily on smart phone technology comes a new way to take control of yet another facet of your life with the touch of a button.  Smart phones have changed our entire world, from leading us to our destination on time, to locating a 4 star restaurant in an unfamiliar town, and letting us enjoy a new game at our leisure. Now your smart phone can offer you remote control over your indoor and outdoor lighting while you are away on business, vacation or just out to dinner.

Just when you thought the smart phone couldn’t get any smarter Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville offers homeowners the convenience and peace of mind of having your home and landscape lit when you need it most. We use lighting control animation (LCA) which offers our lighting customers access to a downloadable application that is available through your laptop, smart phone or tablet. The technology has remote control associated interface with the mobile application. Users can easily gain access via a username and password, and voila, you have complete control in the palm of your hand.

Control your lighting with your smart phone, network your lights!!!

Have you ever found yourself in this scenario; your  teenage daughter is due home at 10 pm and you and your wife are out to dinner spending a lovely evening enjoying good food and each others company. Your outdoor lights are set to turn off at 11 pm, which gives your daughter  plenty of time to come home with you residence in a well-lit. At 10:30 you receive a call from your daughter that she and her girlfriends are stuck in a traffic jam next to the shopping mall they are departing from. Traffic is backed up for 2 miles and she is calling to let you know she is going to be quite late. You feel compelled to cut your dinner short and head home to make sure your daughter is received by a lighted driveway, entrance, landscape and interior. Never fear, your smart phone is here! With the touch of a button you schedule your lights to stay on until you arrive home. Take a deep breath and enjoy some desert, your smartphone paired with our LCA technology gives your peace of mind in an uncertain world.

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Home sweet home is ready for your arrival with our expanded technologies especially for lighting.

This technology comes in handy when the unexpected happens such as missed curfews and loved ones that are running just a little off schedule. Our automation also enables homeowners to link their indoor lighting into the automation as well, which means turning the interior lights on to give the appearance that somebody is home, is easier than ever. No more worrying over leaving your loved ones in the dark again.

To learn more about this and other incredible outdoor lighting technologies contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville today. You may call us at  (615) 373 – 0638
or email us at olpnashville@outdoorlights.com

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

John Groce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Nashville

Our LCA technology gets you out of the dark and adds confidence to your lifestyle

The House

A safe house is a well-lit house. LCA makes this possible from driveway to den.

Do you cringe when entering your driveway and garage area late at night because you know you will have to fumble to find that back door key in the minimal moonlight? Do you worry that your home will become a target for thieves while you and your family are away on summer vacation? If these scenarios sound familiar to you then Outdoor Lighting  of Nashville can help. Our lighting control automation, or LCA, technology can make you life easier and offer you the conveniences that you never dreamed possible.

One of the features that is available with our LCA technology is what we refer to as ” the driveway sensor”. This feature puts an end to coming home to a dark house and can’t find the keys situation you may be finding yourself in. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville programs the lights to automatically come on when you enter your driveway at night. Not only are you ensured safe passage right to your door, but we can program the feature to automatically turn on any multitude of chosen exterior and interior lights as well. This will safely take you from the top of the driveway to the safety of your home interior after a hard day with no worry or struggle, just peace of mind.

Another wonderful feature we offer is what we call “someone’s home”. This feature can be programmed with both your interior and exterior lights to give the appearance that someone is home, by simultaneously cutting on both indoor and outdoor lighting to mimic the pattern in correspondence with someone walking around their home at night. These lights are programmed so if the home is being watched, no one is the wiser, and your home is safe while you and your family is away having fun.

A great feature we offer using LCA technology is called the “safe entry” feature. This feature works much like the driveway sensor feature, the difference is the technology is programmed into a key fab you can place on your key chain to turn on both interior and exterior lighting at the simple touch of a button.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville proudly offers these LCA features  and many more to our valued outdoor lighting customers to make their lives hassle free, and their home safer. Remember: a well-lit home is a safer home indeed.

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Matt Oakes of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville

To learn more about lighting control animation technology and our expertly designed and installed outdoor lighting, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Nashville today. Don’t leave yourself in the dark any longer. (615) 373 – 0638 email: olpnashville@outdoorlights.com