Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte Discusses Illuminating the Majestic Tree

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte tree uplightingSpring is closer than you think…only 44 days away! With the arrival of spring comes an explosion of budding trees throughout the Charlotte area. As a universally powerful and majestic symbol, the tree is used to represent so many facets of life, literally and figuratively. In literature trees symbolize a multitude of things ranging from happiness and health to beauty and abundance, while in mythology the “tree of life” represents fertility and immortality. Most importantly, trees are a physical expression of life, growth and vigor reminding us that without trees human life would be unsustainable.

Majestic Charlotte trees illuminated at nightAs a homeowner, trees in your home’s landscape provide a plethora of benefits, such as: shade, windbreaks, and erosion reduction as well as adding visual contrast to your landscaping through color, height and texture diversity.Trees such as the crepe myrtle, oaks or Japanese maples make perfect candidates for the addition of outdoor lighting.

A recent survey conducted by the National Association of Home Buyers (NAHB) shows that outdoor lighting consistently tops the list of most wanted outdoor features. Along with outdoor lighting as a whole, many forms of tree lighting will create depth and texture within your landscape or garden. Professional tree lighting should inspire the onlooker through the effect not the fixture.

outdoor lighting brings this tree to life in the Charlotte sky

Uplighting can create dramatic shadows using the trees’ branches.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte is well versed in this art and we work with the homeowner, to select trees with natural grace with canopies and branching full of character.Trees with too many limbs or limbs that are bushy and close together are not recommended for this application. Up lighting works best to compliment the tree’s height and width, while down lighting or moon lighting plays the light off upper branches to produce a dazzling effect.

During each of our installations, our experienced crews take extra care to not harm the tree in any way, as such damage can pave the way for insects and diseases to move in and cause further damage. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte also makes safety a high priority by making certain all cords and wiring are out of sight, eliminating the dangers involved with loose cords or exposed areas running atop the ground which can become a safety hazard.

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte is the area’s choice for upscale outdoor lighting. If you are ready to add tree lighting to increase the beauty and ambiance within your lawn and landscape, contact us today to learn more at (704) 849-8808 or via email at charlotte@outdoorlights.com.

Visit our website and peruse through our photo galleries to see examples of how we light up the night.

Now is the time to consider outdoor lighting to enliven your anticipated spring landscaping endeavors!

Uplighting a pergola in Charlotte

Outdoor lighting beautifies every season within the landscape!

There is no denying that winter has finally arrived here in the Charlotte area. Late January and early February are most often the time when we experience our coldest temperatures. Daydreaming of warmer days and nights ahead help to ease winter’s chill. With this in mind, many homeowners are beginning to plan for upcoming landscaping projects and additions. Landscape lighting, accent lighting and garden lighting is a magical way to enhance your outdoor spaces and add beauty to the landscape — and the best part is, outdoor lighting can be added anytime, in any season!

It is a common misconception that many residents think of spring as the ideal season for planting, when in truth, many trees and shrub specimens respond better when planting during the cooler months because it reduces stress on new plantings and makes them more likely to establish successfully in order to thrive in the future. Here in the Southeast, cooler temperatures and lowered humidity make fall and winter the best times to move ahead with many landscaping projects. This includes the addition of outdoor lighting to the landscape!

Take a look at these Charlotte landscapes before and after the addition of outdoor lighting and see why lighting adds the finishing touches to your new or existing landscape:

Charlotte Architectural Lighting

Charlotte Garden Lighting

  • Benefits of the well-lit landscape: 

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

Outdoor lighting ensures the safety of your steps through you Charlotte gardenA picture is worth a thousand words when it comes to describing the beauty benefits of landscape lighting. Trees, shrubs and flowers come to life under the spell of lighting! Your lawn will appear more lush, your blooms will appear more colorful and vivid, and your landscape will have depth and dimension! 

Landscape lighting also aids in a more secure home because the veil of darkness is lifted making your home less tantalizing to would-be criminals. Burglars typically decide which homes would make good candidates from the vantage point of the street looking for accessible homes that allow easy entry and exit. Criminals are more likely to target a home that cannot be observed by neighbors or a passersby. If your home and landscape is well-lit, criminals are more likely to pass it by, since an attempted break-in on your property would require them to step into the light, leaving them vulnerable and exposed. No more dark hedges or shrubs under windows!

Charlotte trees light at night with outdoor lightingFrom a safety perspective, the addition of landscape lighting improves safety for you, your family and the guests who frequent your property at night. Whether it is a quick trip to the pool house to grab laundry, an evening game of corn-hole or horse shoes by the deck or dinner on the patio, landscape lighting will ensure the areas you frequent in the evening are visible and safe for eased travel and enjoyment.

Charlotte outdoor lightingIt is also no secret that homes with professional outdoor lighting installations generally appraise for more than those which do not. This is a testament to the power of curb appeal. Not only does your home “show” better at night for potential buyers and to spark interest, today’s home buyer is savvy and recognizes the many benefits of outdoor lighting in comparison to other homes in their price range.

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte today to learn more about our timeless landscape lighting designs! You can reach us at (704) 849-8808 or charlotte.outdoorlights.com

Change is good, as is evident through our LED outdoor lighting conversions:

Beam spreads on this Charlotte home accentuate the homes facade

A New Year is a time for changes; positive changes to your lifestyle, health and even areas inside and outside your home. Change is good, especially when the benefits of making that change are in your favor. Such is the case when it comes to your outdoor lighting.

Small spaces in your Charlotte backyard can be brought to life with patio lighting from Outdoor Lighting PerspectivesHave you ever looked at your outdoor lighting system and thought “I really wish I would’ve chosen an LED system instead?” This is certainly the case with many Charlotte area homeowners who did not get on the boat with LED when they initially had their existing lighting installed, and those whose existing systems were installed during the period when LED outdoor lighting was not as within reach.

path lighting invites guests in to this Charlotte homeThe winds of change may have you thinking the time is right to consider LED, and the good news is even if you are currently utilizing a halogen system all is not lost. Converting your existing outdoor lighting system to LED is many times a viable option which also means you can enjoy the many benefits of LED without having to start anew. If your existing system is 12 years old or newer, chances are your system could be a candidate for LED conversion!

After learning this news you are probably asking where do I start? First, your system will have to be inspected to see if LED conversion is possible. Most traditional outdoor lighting systems such as halogen and incandescent can easily be converted to LED. One of our outdoor lighting professionals can inspect your existing system and determine if your system qualifies. Once your existing system is deemed fit to undergo the conversion, you can start enjoying the many benefits of LED outdoor lighting.

Benefits of LED outdoor lighting

  • LED outdoor lighting systems consume nearly 90% less energy than traditional outdoor lighting systems. These savings will make you smile each time you pay your electrical bill.
  • LED outdoor lighting systems have extended longevity with longer bulb life that needs replacement less often. For example a typical halogen bulb will burn for approximately 2,000 to 4,000 hours, whereas an LED will last a whopping 50,000+ operating hours — Wow.
  • LED is a “greener” technology because it leaves less of a carbon footprint on the environment.  LED’s are responsible for less greenhouse gases by reduced carbon dioxide emissions. LED’s also contain no harmful chemical such as mercury that makes handling and disposal dangerous.
  • LED Outdoor Light bulbs

    LED bulbs last much longer and are more energy-efficient

    LED’s are UV free which means no ultraviolet rays which are prone to attract insects.This means using LED in your landscape, deck and patio lighting installation is a plus because it will not attract insects that can invade your outdoor living enjoyment.

  • LED’s are more durable and resilient than ordinary lighting systems — shock resistant, and also react better to changes in temperature, weather conditions and repeated cycling. LED’s will better withstand the demands needed by a bulb placed in outdoor situations.
Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte is the area’s choice for upscale outdoor lighting. We are a tried and true fixture here in the Charlotte region with over 15 years of outdoor lighting experience. We closely monitor  the ever-evolving changes in LED outdoor lighting and over the last few years LED has become more accessible in terms of affordability and availability. It is true LED costs a little more up-front than a traditional outdoor lighting systems, but the money you save on energy usage and bulb replacement will enable you to recoup those initial costs quickly. Contact us today to learn more at (704) 849-8808 or via email at charlotte.outdoorlights.com

 

 

Warm Holiday Wishes From Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

As we begin to wind down for the holidays, I always like to take a little time to reflect on this year’s accomplishments. 2014 was a good year for us here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte and so much of that is attributed to our current clients, both old and new. We appreciate all your business and the friendships we have developed with you and thank you for helping make this a great year.

Path lighting installed in the Cotswold area.

Path lighting installed in the Cotswold area.

This year we’ve had a variety of outdoor lighting jobs, both small add-ons’ all the way up to large new installs for both residential and commercial clients and even entrances to subdivisions around Charlotte. What stands out the most is the use of our energy-efficient LED outdoor lighting. Because it looks as warm and natural as our older halogen technology, almost all new installs are using the LEDs and many of our existing clients with older systems are having their fixtures retrofitted to our LEDs. The energy-efficiencies can’t be beat and that along with lower maintenance costs and the environmental impact make it a great choice.

We continue to have a great working relationship with Solow Design Group here in Charlotte. Their landscape designs are second to none and the beauty they create, along with the high-quality outdoor lighting we install, can be seen all over the Charlotte area. In fact, some of our designs together are displayed on their website and our Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte photo gallery.

Charlotte architectural lighting

Charlotte architectural lighting

There have been many more exciting projects we have completed this year and quite a few on the books already for next year. We are blessed to have a booming business and look forward to the new designs we will customize for our clients. So, as we say goodbye to 2014 and start planning for a great 2015, we want to wish each of you warm holiday wishes and hopes for a prosperous new year.

 

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

 

 

Give the Gift of Charlotte Outdoor Lighting

Give the gift of outdoor lighting this year.

Give the gift of outdoor lighting this year.

So many gifts that we give have a very limited lifespan. Technology toys become obsolete so quickly and many other gifts break or go out of style in a matter of months. A Charlotte outdoor lighting system is a gift you can give yourself and your home that will pay dividends for many years to come– perhaps even for as long as you own your home.

 

The first thing you will notice after installation of your new custom-designed system is how great it makes your home look from the street. As you pull up in front of your house or into your driveway after dark, you will feel a little more relaxed and at peace. Your home is welcoming you back with its brightness and warmth. Others will notice the change as well; neighbors and friends will comment on how great your home looks– did you have work done?

 

Once spring rolls around, you will find that you are spending more time out in the yard. The landscaping and garden look terrific and it’s much easier and more fun to spend time out on the patio or deck. Families that have a lighted outdoor living area are out in the yard more often and stay there for longer stretches of time. High quality lighting is the most important component to enjoying your outdoor living spaces. Your lighting is buying you extra time with friends and family.

 

Outdoor lighting makes your home look good all year long.

Outdoor lighting makes your home look good all year long.

Too many homeowners wait until the last few weeks before they put their home on the market to make the improvements that they have always wanted for their property. Make sure you make the upgrades that will improve your quality of life at home now so that you can enjoy them. Wonderful amenities like Charlotte landscape lighting should be something you purchase and use yourself, not just pass along to your home’s next owner.

 

Give Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte a call so we can show you what an investment in outdoor lighting will mean to your life and home.

 

Ken Brantley, OwnerKen Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

704-849-8808

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

 

Making Your Holidays Brighter and Better with Charlotte Outdoor Lighting

With each new experience we have the opportunity to embrace the best things about it and to take away lessons that will help improve our future experiences. Hopefully your Thanksgiving was filled with family, friends, good food, and plenty of time to relax. Thinking back on it, what things would you change to make your next holiday even better?

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives - Brantley Front Entry

The front of the house can create a warm and welcoming atmosphere with outdoor lighting.

 

Starting with the arrival of guests to your home, was the front of the house well-lit, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere? Quality Charlotte architectural lighting makes your house stand out like a beacon of hospitality. When your visitors walked toward the entryway with their contributions to the evening’s feast, could they easily see the right path to take? Proper walkway lighting not only protects against falls, it lets your guests know how much you value their safe arrival.

 

Homes with professional Charlotte outdoor lighting need very little extra attention to prepare to greet the holiday season. The yard and facade already look bright and festive. Many homeowners spend a good portion of their Thanksgiving weekend pulling lights out of storage and testing them before stringing them around trees and along rooftops. An investment in a permanent landscape lighting system buys you extra free time that you can spend on favorite pursuits like watching football or playing it out in the yard with the kids.

Landscape lighting done professionally adds value to your home.

Landscape lighting done professionally adds value to your home.

 

You are probably already starting to plan for your next party or family gathering. As you think about the event, remember that the first and last impression that everyone will have will be of your house and yard. Professional Charlotte landscape lighting will create a feeling of warmth and celebration even before your guests ring the doorbell. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte can make that happen. Call us for a free consultation.

 

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantley, Owner

704-849-8808

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Charlotte Outdoor Lighting Makes a Great Holiday Gift

An investment in the beauty, safety and value of your home is a good idea any time, but it can be especially meaningful during the holiday season. When you install a professional Charlotte outdoor lighting system, you are improving the quality of life at your home all year long.

Let a professional design your outdoor lighting system.

Let a professional design your outdoor lighting system.

 

A well-designed architectural lighting plan will include your decorating ideas for your home. Whether you hang wreaths in December or display flags on the big oak in your front yard, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte will make sure that everyone can appreciate your sense of style. You will be able to see your beautiful home accessories day or night.

 

There is nothing more warm and welcoming than arriving at a well lit house. When you incorporate Charlotte architectural lighting into your property, you let friends and family know that you are always happy to see them. Day or night, every month of the year, you leave a light on for them.

 

Outdoor lighting increases safety all year long

Outdoor lighting increases safety all year long.

Strings of blinking lights wrapped around trees are fun, but they do little to improve the safety of your home. Trip and fall injuries are usually preventable. The first step in avoiding this common problem is making sure that walkways and stairs are easy to see. By illuminating areas where there is a change in elevation, like doorways, gates, and patios, you make movement safer for everyone. It’s a great way to show you care.

 

The one group of potential visitors who won’t appreciate your Charlotte landscape lighting, is burglars. Home security professionals recommend that you light shadowed areas close to your home to take away possible hiding places. Everyone likes to see Santa bringing a big bag of gifts. No one wants to see the Grinch taking everything out of your house. Quality exterior lighting is one of the best security features money can buy and that’s one of the best gifts you can give yourself and your family.

 

Give Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte a call today and give the give of outdoor lighting to yourself or your loved ones this holiday season!

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantley, Owner

704-849-8808

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

What Does an Outdoor Lighting Pro Bring to the Table?

Landscape lighting done professionally adds value to your home.

Landscape lighting done professionally adds value to your home.

If you have ever tried your hand at another person’s job, you know the potential pitfalls you can run into when you are attempting a new task with unfamiliar tools. Charlotte landscape lighting is a classic example of a project that is deceptively difficult for the average homeowner. Fortunately, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte can help you out.

 

One advantage that outdoor lighting design professionals have is that they are experienced at thinking in three dimensions. When they approach facade lighting, they work their way up and down and side to side, always considering special architectural features that create a feeling of depth. Your home isn’t flat and your lighting shouldn’t make it look that way.

 

Every home gets a custom design to highlight their best features.

Every home gets a custom design to highlight their best features.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte also understands that your home doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Our experienced exterior lighting designers give careful consideration to your entire property and how your house looks within that environment. If you have outdoor living spaces, gardens or outbuildings, they will work to create a design that integrates all the parts of your property into one comprehensive and attractive plan.

 

There are dozens of tricks, tools and specialty lighting techniques that our pros regularly use to make their projects really stand out at night. Moon lighting, for instance, creates the effect of a bright full moon shining down through the trees onto your property, regardless of how big the actual moon may be on any given night. Sometimes even we barely notice that the light comes from a fixture and not the sky. It’s extremely difficult to pull off a special effect like moon lighting if you are an amateur.

 

Our solid copper fixtures blend in with their surroundings.

Our solid copper fixtures blend in with their surroundings.

Perhaps the biggest advantage the professional has in Charlotte outdoor architectural lighting is knowing which tools to use when. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte has access to reliable, reputable suppliers and only uses the highest quality brass, copper and heavy-duty pvc lighting fixtures handcrafted for exterior use. We know when a well light should be used instead of a spot light (or something else entirely). We also have an eye for potential nighttime safety hazards and make them our highest priority.

 

Exterior home lighting is an investment in your property that will pay dividends in increased safety, security and curb appeal. Give us a call for a free consultation and we will show you the professional advantage only Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte can give you.

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantley, Owner

704-849-8808

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Taking Charlotte Outdoor Living to the Next Level

 Fall and winter are outstanding times to evaluate your home and yard and make arrangements to improve them. During the spring and summer there can be a lot of competition for the best contractors and the best prices. The cooler months are the time when the early birds are thinking about how they want to enjoy their yards next year and making their plans.

 

Professionally designed and installed Charlotte outdoor lighting is frequently underused and undervalued. If you have ever spent an evening relaxing around a fire pit on a well lit paver patio, you know how the lighting elevates the quality of the experience. People aren’t stumbling around in the dark, accidentally swapping drinks or risking a dangerous trip and fall. The patio lighting warmly echoes the light from the fire and improves both the mood and the safety.

 

Charlotte landscape lightingIf you are lucky enough to have a gazebo, trellis or swing in your garden, it is probably one of your favorite parts of your yard. They are wonderful because you can almost surround yourself with nature. When they are carefully and gently lit, you will find that you spend even more time outside enjoying the serenity of the garden. With your lights on a dimmer, you can decide if you want enough light to see the colors of the flower blossoms or read a book or whether you want to keep things dim enough to enjoy the fireflies without losing your footing on your way from the house.

 

Have you invested in a grill or outdoor kitchen big enough to feed the whole clan? Can you see the food while you are cooking it? If you accidentally left this key design detail off your original plans, now is the perfect time to do a project add on. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte can design and install a system that will make all your outdoor cooking and entertaining so much easier and more enjoyable. It’s never too late to add lighting to your outdoor living area… and it’s never too early.

 

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

704-849-8808

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

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