Preparing Your Charlotte Outdoor Lighting System for the Holidays

It’s time to start thinking about preparing you home for the holiday and the guests that will be visiting. You may be thinking of getting the carpets cleaned, finding the “good” towels and if you’re lucky, shopping for some new furniture. A lot goes into preparing for the holidays and making your home look as festive and comfortable for your guests. Make sure the first and last things they see is projecting the mood you want to set – your Charlotte outdoor lighting system.

Outdoor lighting does more than just increase safe travels to and from your home. It projects warmth, comfort and a welcoming invitation. Take a look at some of our photos on how Charlotte outdoor lighting has created that mood on these homes and outdoor living spaces.

Charlotte Architectural Lighting

 

Charlotte Garden Lighting

 

Charlotte Patio Lighting

 

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives - Benham Pool Party

 

If this is the look and feel you want to portray this holiday season, give Outdoor Lighting Perspectives a call today.  We can custom design a landscape lighting system for you and have it installed for the holidays.  Or, if you already have a Charlotte outdoor lighting system  that is in need of a little TLC, ie., bulbs replaced, fixtures repositioned or if you want us to add on or redesign your outdoor lighting system or upgrade it to our energy-efficient LEDs, we are happy to help. Our LEDs use about a fourth of the energy as other outdoor lighting fixtures, bulbs last for about 50,000 hours and maintenance costs are lower. All of this while still giving the warm illumination comparable to halogen lighting.

 

The best part about making your Charlotte landscape lighting system looking its best and performing at its peak is that the professionals at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte will do all the work for you. All you have to do is give us a call and we’ll have you set before your guests are on their way.

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantley, Owner

704-849-8808

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

 

 

Don’t Wait To Turn The Light On

Do you remember the old slogan from the Tom Bodett commercials for Motel 6? Whether or not that motel chain is your cup of tea, the warm, folksy promise that Bodett offered at the end of every ad: “We’ll keep the light on for you,” really resonates. Leaving the light on is a timeless way of telling friends and family that you care about them and want them to arrive safely.

Your Charlotte landscape lighting is an welcoming invitation to your guest.

Your Charlotte landscape lighting is an welcoming invitation to your guest.

 

Regardless of your stage of life, Charlotte outdoor lighting offers so much to the people who live in and visit your home. Toddlers and young children often fear the dark and approach a building much more confidently when it is well lit. Whether they are your children, your grandchildren or even your great-grandchildren, you will want to make the path to your house warm and welcoming.

 

Teenagers are notorious for their inexperienced driving and late night arrivals. By lighting your driveway, you will help them navigate it safely, regardless of what time they come or go. You may find yourself staying up late to watch for their car returning from an ice cream run or a party. When the yard and doorways are lit, you won’t have to squint and peer out the window. You will know for sure if they made curfew or not.

 

Lighting your driveway with landscape lighting brings guests in and sends them off safely.

Lighting your driveway with landscape lighting brings guests in and sends them off safely.

Trips and falls are not fun at any age, but they can be especially dangerous for elderly relatives. By keeping the entrances and exits to your home well maintained and adequately lighted, you help to mitigate that danger. After daylight savings time ends and the nights grow longer, Charlotte exterior lighting grows more important with each passing day.

 

Each night when I let the dog out before I go to sleep, I am always very happy to have a way to monitor his “progress” as he sniffs about the yard. If you have a procrastinator like mine, you will be very glad to have a way to know when the business of the evening has been accomplished. I believe my lights also deter other dog owners from stopping at my yard on their evening constitutional.

 

Your friends and family are the most important part of your life. Don’t wait to turn the light on for them. Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte and your landscape lighting will extend that invitation to the each and every night.

 

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

 

Ken Brantley, Owner

704-849-8808

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

 

 

Your Charlotte Outdoor Lighting Fall Tune-Up Checklist

Autumn leaves are beautiful but can effect your outdoor lighting system

Autumn leaves are beautiful but can effect your outdoor lighting system

The leaves have started to turn and, a little farther north, fall into yards. The first few are beautiful; then they start coming down in earnest and it’s time to either get out the rake and a stack of yard bags or to call a lawn service company. If you like to outsource work around the house and yard, we hope you will call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte to service your outdoor lighting system. If you are a do-it-yourselfer, I want to give you a short list of things to check on your outdoor lights while you are cleaning up the yard this fall.

 

A quality Charlotte outdoor lighting system is going to be relatively maintenance free, but like any mechanical or electrical system, it does require a little TLC to keep it operating well and looking great. The first thing you should do is check all the bulbs: are they all in working order? Are the fixtures free of debris? You can lose a lot of lumens to dirt and bugs in your fixtures. If you have glass or plastic lenses, you want to clean both sides of them thoroughly.

 

Install lens covers to keep your outdoor lighting looking its best.

Install lens covers to keep your outdoor lighting looking its best.

Halogen bulbs need to be changed every year or two, but LEDs have a much longer lifespan. Regardless of the type of bulb, make sure you replace like with like. The last thing you want to do is put excessive strain on your system by trying to draw more power than it is designed to handle. As the sun sets earlier and daylight savings time ends, you probably want to check and/or reset your timer too.

 

Give your fixtures a look to see if they are all still straight. Storms, kids, pets, and lawnmowers can easily knock fixtures off kilter and throw their light off target. Use a small level to check vertical fixtures. Working with a partner near sunrise or sunset can help you make sure the others are shining according to the original design. Obviously, you want to repair any damaged wires, fixtures or transformers. Those can be safety hazards since electricity is involved.

 

Foliage growth may need to be trimmed to be sure your lighting is not obstructed

Foliage growth may need to be trimmed to be sure your lighting is not obstructed

Finally, take a look at the growth you have had in your yard and garden over the summer. Are some of the trees, plants, and hedges making aggressive moves toward your light fixtures? Usually a few snips with a clipper will put them back in their place, but in dramatic cases you may need to move either the plant or the fixture. In plant vs. light, the plant will always win unless you step in to lend a hand.

 

Whether you purchased your Charlotte outdoor lighting from us or another vendor, we are always happy to come help repair or maintain your outdoor lighting system. Just give us a call.

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

 

Ken Brantley, Owner
704-849-8808
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

Why Color Rendering Index Matters in LED Outdoor Lighting

With our high quality LEDs, LED outdoor lighting just became a lot more appealing.

With our high quality LEDs, LED outdoor lighting just became a lot more appealing.

As LED outdoor lighting gains popularity, many homeowners are rejoicing. At last, Charlotte residents can have an energy efficient, durable, and beautiful outdoor lighting. Just a few short years ago when LED emerged as an outdoor lighting option, it was not popular with designers or homeowners because of its look. Older LEDs emitted a bluish light that appeared cold, and it was just not as appealing as halogen. But within the past few years, LED outdoor lighting has made dramatic advancements, primarily due to the efforts of LED research and manufacturing company CREE. Now, Charlotte homeowners really can have it all – energy efficiency, durability, and beauty. But beware! Not all LEDs are created equal.

 

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte endorses LED outdoor lighting, and as professional outdoor lighting designers, we wouldn’t do this if LEDs couldn’t look just as beautiful as other options. But there is still a lot of variation between products by different LED manufactures. Just because there have been advancements in quality doesn’t mean you will get the look you want. There are still many LEDs on the market that produce cold light. So how can you be sure the LEDs you choose for your outdoor lighting will be warm, natural, and inviting? By considering their Color Rendering Index (CRI) rating.

 

All LEDs are not created equal. Know how to tell the difference between high and low quality.

All LEDs are not created equal. Know how to tell the difference between high and low quality.

The CRI rating tells the consumer the color temperature of the light emitted by an LED. 2,700 – 3,000 Kelvin (K) is the optimal color temperature for warm, natural light. Anything over 3,200 will appear blue; anything below 2,700 has insufficient lumen output for effective illumination. The next time you are in a home improvement store stroll down the light bulb aisle and check the LEDs you find there. Some manufactures will have a CRI rating somewhere on the packaging, and now that you know the optimal range you can judge the LEDs appropriateness for you home. If you find yourself holding an LED that has no CRI rating, it is safe to assume it is cheaply produced and may well be cold and blue. The CREE LEDs used by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte in our outdoor lighting systems have a CRI rating of 3,000K. This color temperature is optimal for outdoor lighting, and at this temperature, we can even mix LEDs with halogen bulbs, and you won’t be able to tell them apart.

 

Sure, the CREE LEDs we use are more expensive than some on the market. There are many cheaper options. However, our LEDs are guaranteed to give you the look you want out of your outdoor lighting system. There are years of research and development behind the LEDs we use, and that makes a difference in the lighting’s appearance. So if you are ready to make the switch to LED outdoor lighting, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte and know you are not only getting the best LEDs on the market but you’re also getting the look you truly love.

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

 

Ken Brantley, Owner

704-849-8808

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Don’t Give in to the Dark Side of Charlotte Landscape Lighting

Summer is coming to a close and the “big box” stores have outdoor lighting on clearance. Before you go getting excited about scoring a fabulous deal on the cheapest lighting fixtures money can buy, I’d like to offer you a few tips from a professional who has been in the Charlotte landscape lighting business for a while now.

 

Its tough to call solar fixtures "lighting".

Its tough to call solar fixtures “lighting”.

The Glow Worm Effect: Like with many inexpensively made imports, those stake lights you see in the discount aisle are not made to last and they don’t provide quality light. The solar-powered ones are especially weak. The concept of solar lighting sounds so promising, but the results on the street have been really disappointing. When I drive by homes with these anemic lights, I think of the glow worm night light toys that used to be popular. Glow worms are terrific for calming a fretful child at bedtime, but are not a great choice for lighting a home.

 

Lining your driveway makes it look like a runway.

Lining your driveway makes it look like a runway.

 

The Airport Effect: I’d also suggest that you avoid straight, parallel lines of stake lights going down a path or driveway. They almost always end up looking like a runway. You don’t live at the airport; your home shouldn’t look like one.

 

The Prison Escape: Another common rookie lighting mistake is putting the fixtures in any space that is convenient and then pointing them at various places in the yard. This creates two problems. First, you often see the fixture itself standing out like a lonely soldier on a field. Second, your home may end up looking like it has been caught as part of a prison escape attempt.

 

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte brings professional custom designs and techniques to the table when we create up each of our outdoor lighting plans. This includes the proper placement of the light beams and concealment of the fixtures. Each and every light operates as a player on a team whose goal is to make your home look outstanding after dark.

 

Let a professional design your outdoor lighting system.

Let a professional design your outdoor lighting system.

Our low-maintenance, energy-efficient Charlotte LED outdoor lighting fixtures put out an incredible amount of light. The solid copper and heavy duty pvc lights blend in beautifully with all your landscaping and they are built to last season after season. They can be put on a timer or paired with a remote control for added convenience. Call us for a free consultation and we’ll show you how great your house can look day and night.

 

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of CharlotteKen Brantley, Owner

704-849-8808

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Tree Lighting Isn’t Just for Holidays in Charlotte

Uplighting can create dramatic shadows using the trees branches.

Uplighting can create dramatic shadows using the trees branches.

We are so lucky here in Charlotte to have so many gorgeous native tree varieties. Whether your yard boasts maples with showy fall colors, classic southern magnolias, majestic oaks or one of the dozens of other beautiful trees of our region, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte can make them look even better. We will bring your trees out of the shadows of night and make them the stars of your yard.

 

Think about which of your trees have the most presence. Those are going to be the top candidates for lighting. Whether they are tall and stately or have a magnificent spreading canopy, those trees are the best place to start. We can light them from above, below or both, depending on what aspects you most want to feature. Our outdoor lighting specialists will bring out your trees’ best qualities using the creative interplay of light and dark, known by artists as “chiaroscuro.”

 

Lighting your trees can cast ambient light upon your living spaces as well.

Lighting your trees can cast ambient light upon your living spaces as well.

Professionally lit trees will naturally enhance the beauty of your evenings and the curb appeal of your home. Many customers allow the tree lights to do double duty as a way to indirectly shed light on walkways, decks, patios and pools. By lighting the surrounding trees, you highlight the beauty of the landscape while capturing the reflective glow in your living areas.

 

If you are looking to do something a little different, ask us about options like acrylic lens covers that allow you to play with the colors of the lights on your trees. Some homeowners love them for football season or as part of a holiday light display. We also offer lights with different beam spreads and swivel mountings so that you can easily make adjustments. Regardless of the design you choose, you will love the flexibility and ease of maintenance our Charlotte landscape lighting systems offer.

 

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of CharlotteKen Brantley, Owner

704-849-8808

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Charlotte Outdoor Lighting is the Key to Fabulous Fall Evenings

Fall brings cooler nights to enjoy outside.

Fall brings cooler nights to enjoy outside.

Somewhere, summer must have a great promotional team. It lays claim to some really great music, a few fun, low-stress holidays, seasonal fresh food, and lots of vacations. Fall has some great untapped potential though and, if you do a little advance work, it could become your new favorite season.

 

Start by thinking about your home, yard, and outdoor living spaces. Now that summer vacations are over, you will have more time to relax and really enjoy them. The temperatures will be cooler, the grass won’t need cutting as frequently, and friends and family will be around more often for some laid back socializing. Installing a quality Charlotte landscape lighting system is an ideal first step toward enjoying many lazy autumn evenings outside.

 

Consider an outdoor lighting system to your favorite spots first.

Consider an outdoor lighting system to your favorite spots first.

Where do you want to spend your time outside? Start by lighting those areas first. Whether it’s a patio, deck, porch or an open area on your lawn, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Charlotte will design a system customized to how you use your space. We can show you how Charlotte LED outdoor lights will improve the safety, security and beauty of the exterior of your home.

 

Ground-level lighting is terrific for lighting pathways and accenting landscaping and water features. Charlotte outdoor lighting on stairs and columns defines spaces and helps you and your guests avoid trips and falls. Architectural lights will improve your home’s curb appeal and increase security at the same time. Customers are always impressed with how warm and welcoming new lighting systems make their homes. They find themselves spending more and more time outdoors after they’ve been installed.

 

Shorter days don’t mean you have to sacrifice time outdoors, but they are a great reason to have a Charlotte outdoor lighting system installed. You’ve invested time and money in creating a terrific outdoor living space. Make the most of it by extending your use of these areas throughout the fall and into early winter. Don’t let anyone tell you that summer is the best time to be outside.

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantley, Owner

704-849-8808

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Make Your Special Events Unforgettable With Outdoor Lighting

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte, we love getting creative with special event lighting in your backyard. Whether you love hosting family cookouts or formal affairs, we’ll help dress up your home to match your unique style and make every event one to remember.

 

Here are a few examples of special event lighting Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte offers:

 

Cafe lights give a festive feel.

Cafe lights give a festive feel.

Café lights: Bring some European flair to your Charlotte home with these gorgeous additions to your outdoor lighting system. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte can help you bring your vision to life with a wide variety of specialty lighting designed to recreate the atmosphere of a five-star restaurant or café.

 

Battery-powered outdoor lights: Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte also offers temporary lighting solutions for special events. Use battery-powered path lights to illuminate a pathway, even if you’re only planning to use it for a night or two. It’s simple to install, effective for increasing safety and enjoyment of your guests and easy to take down at the end of the party. Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte to learn more about temporary outdoor lighting, special event outdoor lighting and other smart solutions for your next big bash.

 

Orb lights hanging from trees give a magical appearance.

Orb lights hanging from trees give a magical appearance.

Orb lighting: Get even more creative and add some style to your special event with outdoor orb lighting. These special event lighting fixtures produce a beautiful glow guaranteed to add a level of elegance and class to your party. Work with an Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte professional to craft a one-of-a-kind outdoor lighting design with these unique fixtures in your back yard today.

 

String lighting: Dress up your back yard with gorgeous string lights. These special event outdoor lighting fixtures are perfect for impressing guests, creating a fun, relaxing atmosphere and making your party one to remember. We can install special event string lighting or give your back yard or patio a more permanent party-look by adding on to your Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlottecurrent system. Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte today to learn more.

Ken Brantley, Owner
704-849-8808
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Step Up Your Curb Appeal With Charlotte Outdoor Lighting

Did you know that August is National Curb Appeal Month? There are a number of projects you can do to improve your home’s appearance during the day, but one of the easiest ways you can set your house apart from the rest is to light it up at night with a one of a kind professional design from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

Here are a few simple ideas for how professional Charlotte outdoor lighting can take your home’s curb appeal to the next level:

Charlotte outdoor lighting in the Cotswell area

Professional entrance lighting helps your home make a first impression that lasts.

Make your first impression count with extraordinary entrance lighting. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte, we offer a number of brilliant solutions to light up the first thing passersby see when they look at your home. In Charlotte, entrance lighting options range from big spotlights on your driveway to subtle highlights on your front door. Speak with one of our professionals to learn more about beautiful entrance lighting in Charlotte.

Enhance your home’s best features with custom accent lighting. Do you have a sculpture or fountain in your front yard? Is there a particular piece of architecture that stands out as your favorite part of your house? Don’t let these striking features get lost in the dark – Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte has the perfect high-quality fixtures and techniques to bring out the best in your home.

Bring new life to your Charlotte home with outdoor lighting

Professional landscape lighting gives your home’s overall design a more balanced, polished look.

Give your yard a more polished look with Charlotte landscape lighting. Once your home is illuminated with bright, beautiful outdoor lighting, your yard may look a little off balance without professional landscape lighting. Put some finishing touches on your home’s overall design with creative tree lighting, path lighting and other Charlotte landscape lighting techniques that take your curb appeal to the next level.

Ready to step up your home’s curb appeal? Give Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte a call today to schedule your professional consultation, and our experts will help you craft the perfect design for you.

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of CharlotteKen Brantley, Owner
704-849-8808
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

 

Try Something New With Your Charlotte Pool Area Lighting

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte, pool area lighting is one of our favorite designs to work with. There’s something about the pool area that transforms after dark in a way no other backyard area can match. From sparkling reflections dancing on the water to dressing up new play areas around it, here are just a few new things you can try in your pool area at home to really make it stand out from the rest.

Our solid copper fixtures blend in with their surroundings.

Carve out a party spot with path lights around the pool area.

In Charlotte, path lighting is one of the best ways to guide your guests down to the pool area without resorting to an overblown flood light or making them walk in the dark.  In addition to helping you carve out your Charlotte pool area, lighting techniques can help improve the overall safety and security of your backyard. Illuminate tripping hazards around the pool, and use Charlotte path lighting to clearly define the edges of the pool as well as safe walkways around it.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte can illuminate your patio at night

Moonlighting casts a gorgeous natural glow on your favorite backyard spots.

Create a brand new space to play games with moonlighting.

Got extra space around the pool in your backyard? Reinvent grassy spots as play areas for bocce ball, horseshoes and other games your family and friends love to play. Our experienced professionals are experts at crafting Charlotte outdoor lighting designs to fit your specific needs. For this example, ground fixtures may give the area a nice look, but they’ll also be dangerous tripping hazards and are not ideal for game spots. Additionally, traditional tree lighting techniques may be too bright and shine directly in players’ eyes. We’ll show you how to leverage professional moonlighting techniques, with Charlotte outdoor lighting designs shining through the branches and onto the play area, augmenting and emulating the natural light from the moon.

Try café lights around the seating area to tie the whole area together.

Get even more adventurous with Charlotte café lights in the style of your favorite restaurant or hotel. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte offers a number of unique options to dress up your seating areas, hot tub and other favorite spots around the pool to take your backyard to the next level. You and your guests will feel like you’re soaking up the luxury of a four star hotel every night at home with the creative, elegant pool area lighting from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte today for pool area lighting tips and tricks like these and more. With just a few expertly placed Charlotte outdoor lighting fixtures, we’ll help you transform your backyard into one of the most magical family gathering spots in your home.

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of CharlotteKen Brantley, Owner
704-849-8808
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte