The vintage charm of this Elizabeth area home and its landscaping is preserved and enhanced through the collaborative efforts of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte and Solow Design Group

Elizabeth Outdoor LightingOur latest project, located in the Elizabeth area of Charlotte entailed the illumination of the custom landscape design created by Solow Design Group. As always, it is a pleasure to work with a firm with such an incredible reputation in the exterior design industry. To fully complement the renovated landscape of this vintage 1930’s home, we custom designed and installed an outdoor lighting system that transformed the entire perimeter of the property.

In the early 1900s homes typically maintained simple landscape designs consisting of foundation plantings, clipped boxwood and hedge-lined walkways from the street to the front door. It wasn’t until the 1930s that Thomas Church began a movement in residential landscaping that created outdoor spaces as extensions of indoor living spaces, called garden rooms. Following his garden style, hardscapes were brought to the home landscape, with the addition of patios off of back doors and liberal use of plants in natural forms to soften the overall effect.

Elizabeth Outdoor LightingOutdoor rooms extend the home living area. It’s evident in these amazing photos, that Solow Design Group successfully created a garden room complete with sitting areas and walkways that preserve the vintage charm of this property. This in turn provided us with the perfect “canvas” upon which we rendered a complete lighting system to enhance and extend the homeowner’s enjoyment of their newly designed landscape area well into the hours after the sun goes down.

The entire perimeter of this beautiful property has been transformed. Low-growing shrubs and raised beds of perennials around the outside edges of the outdoor patio provide natural beauty and stabilize the patio and walkway flagstones. Notice the curves that were incorporated into the hardscape design which soften the effect and add visual interest throughout the landscape design.

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Amongst the natural areas of foliage and rock created by Solow Design Group, we had a mix of new fixtures and design additions of high quality LED. In addition we converted the homeowner’s existing line voltage to super-efficient LED and converted many of the handmade specialty fixtures the homeowner had picked out for her design, which are quite whimsical and converted those to LED as well for continuity of the lighting design.

Elizabeth Outdoor LightingThe benefits of converting an existing system to LED lighting include:

  • a more clean, natural and beautiful illumination
  • an electric bill which will cost substantially less each month
  • longer bulb life with less frequent replacement
  • less of a carbon footprint on the environment
  • UV free bulbs which are less prone to attracting insects and they are more durable and resilient than ordinary lighting systems

No matter the architectural style of your home or whether you need a single bulb area illuminated or you are looking for a comprehensive lighting system for all of your home and surrounding property, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte is your first choice. A custom created outdoor lighting design can be an integral part of your outdoor living space and landscape…adding just the right touch to your property. Extend your outdoor living to the hours after the sun goes down, whether it is for entertaining or just relaxing in the evening with loved ones.

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

For over 15 years Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte has been the area’s choice for upscale outdoor lighting. As a full-service outdoor lighting company, we do one thing — outdoor lighting — with perfect placement of energy-efficient, handcrafted copper and brass outdoor lighting fixtures and a passion for timeless style. When you see how our professional lighting transforms your home, you’ll agree that our designs do more than illuminate…they captivate. Contact us today to learn more at (704) 849-8808 or via email at charlotte.outdoorlights.com

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

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Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

How Much Outdoor Lighting Does It Take To Show Off Your Charlotte Home?

One of the first questions we’re faced with when consulting with clients about installing Charlotte outdoor lighting systems is, “How many fixtures do I need to buy?”

The size of your house doesn't calculate the number of lights you may need.

The size of your house doesn’t calculate the number of lights you may need.

Some Charlotte outdoor lighting companies may offer “one size fits all” quotes depending on the size and other specs of your house. These are typically package deals that come with a set number of fixtures, regardless of whether or not your home really needs them all. On the other hand, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte outdoor lighting fixtures are custom designed to show off the best and brightest features of every home.

Here’s how we determine how many outdoor lighting fixtures it takes to show off your home’s unique style and flair after dark:

  • What are the main attractions? First, we’ll focus our attention on illuminating your favorite architectural features, landscaping, pool areas and other main attractions in your home.
  • Where are the holes in the design? Next, in order to achieve a well balanced, polished look for your overall design we’ll install Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte’s path lighting to fill in any holes in the system and connect different areas of your home and yard.
  • What kind of effect are we going for? Different clients appreciate different looks. If you’re going for a big, bombastic spotlight effect on your home, we’ll likely require more fixtures than another client looking to craft a relaxing nook in the backyard.

Outdoor lighting is about the effect, not the number of fixtures.

  • Sometimes, less is more. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte, we’re experts at getting more out of your outdoor lighting system for less. Even if you’ve got a lot of area to cover, we can easily adjust the placement or increase the beam of your fixtures. It all depends on the specifics of your home.

If you’ve already gotten quotes from other Charlotte outdoor lighting companies without having a professional actually come to your home, you may be disappointed with the final result. Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte today for an in-person consultation where our friendly professionals will outline exactly what types of outdoor lighting fixtures will bring out the best in your home.

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

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

The New Superhero Your Outdoor Lighting System Needs

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, those bright, beautiful figures in the sky may just be your neighbor’s LED outdoor lighting.

Based on our latest installations and scheduled appointments, we’re noticing a trend in Charlotte: LED outdoor lighting. Here’s why more of your neighbors are making the switch than ever, and why Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte considers LED the next big superhero of outdoor lighting.

LED bulbs last much longer and are more energy efficient

Compared to traditional halogen bulbs, LED bulbs seem almost invincible.

LED lives forever.

OK, not really. But it’s close. The average lifespan of an LED bulb is more than 25 years! That’s longer than some mortgages. Compared to how often you may have to change halogen bulbs or how quickly your house starts to look dimmer compared to your neighbors’ at night with traditional bulbs, switching is a no-brainer. Plus, when you convert to LED outdoor lighting, you’ll save big on those maintenance and replacement costs that typically come with traditional halogen bulbs.

LED saves the world.

When you convert your outdoor lighting system to LED, you’ll save even more than just maintenance costs. The reason these bulbs last so long is because they’re incredibly energy-efficient. LED outdoor lighting helps you reduce your carbon footprint and live a greener life. You’ll start to notice savings on your monthly electricity bills and, almost literally, help save the world.

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Give your home a more beautiful, balanced look with LED outdoor lighting.

And through it all, LED looks incredible.

Ever noticed that even while he’s fighting the bad guys, Superman’s hair remains perfectly coiffed and he rarely even breaks a sweat? Consider your LED outdoor lighting the unbelievably pristine, perfectly put-together superhero of your home.

LED outdoor lighting systems offer a brighter, more balanced look for the homes they light up. While LED helps save your energy bill and the environment, it also helps your house look its best year-round without the flickering or dimness often associated with traditional halogen bulbs. That’s what we call superpowers.

Take your outdoor lighting system to the next level today by calling Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte and install an LED outdoor lighting system or upgrade your existing system to LED.

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

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives’ Systems Can Even Withstand Carolina Weather

In good Carolina fashion, the past few weeks have brought a massive winter storm, 70 degree sunny days, and thunderstorms. And that’s just this month. We also experience hail, hurricanes, and the occasional earthquake here in Charlotte. Let’s face it. Anything that spends its lifetime outdoors in the Queen City takes a beating. For this reason, your outdoor lighting system, especially your fixtures, must be resilient in order to continue beautifying your property night after night. Good news! Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte offers the most durable outdoor lighting systems on the market. Here are a few reasons why.

 

Copper and brass fixtures can withstand the harshest weather.

Copper and brass fixtures can withstand the harshest weather.

  1. Copper and Brass Materials – These materials are utilized because they are naturally resistant to wear and tear from the elements. The only changes you will observe will be a patina coating that will form over time. It can of course be polished off, but many actually prefer this finish as it gives and “aged” look.

 

  1. PCV Materials – Our well lights are made of sturdy, black PVC. Again, these components are not painted, so you never have to worry about cracked finish.

 

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

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

  1. Glass Lens Covers – Lens covers help keep trash, mulch, and landscaping debris away from a fixture’s bulb. They are used most frequently on well lights, which are likely to gather such debris since they are buried.

 

  1. Extra Power Capacity in Transformer – The transformers used by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte are over engineered. That said, this over engineering allows them to run cooler than their counterparts.

 

  1. Warranty – Despite using the best fixtures on the market, occasionally components may break or need tweaking. All of our work comes with a warranty.

 

If your system is a bit under the weather, give us a call. If you have an Annual Maintenance Agreement with us, the work you need may already be covered. If you don’t own an Outdoor Lighting Perspectives system, call us anyway. We are able to service systems installed by other designers and contractors and don’t mind doing so. We can spruce your system up, make adjustments, and replace bulbs. That way, when the weather calms down a bit, you can be outside enjoying it, whether it is day or night.

 

Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte today. We have been in the area many years, and Carolina weather doesn’t frighten us. We can have your outdoor lighting system ready for you to spend time outdoors just as soon as you are able to do so.

 

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

 

 

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

Outdoor Lighting for After the Snowstorm

As you know, snowstorm Pax arrived in Charlotte last week. It  really came down out there! Schools were closed, businesses are sent their workers home, and we were all hunkered down. Hopefully, you were by a fireplace. While it seemed like Puxatawnee Phil might have been lying earlier this month while we were out enjoying the sun and mild temperatures, last week we have no doubt he was telling the truth. Even though the storm drove us back indoors, warmer weather is right around the corner. We do, after all, live in North Carolina. When spring finally comes, be sure you are ready to escape into the outdoors, and be sure you can spend as much time there as you want. This can all be made possible with outdoor lighting.

 

Get your outdoor living spaces ready for spring time use with outdoor lighting.

Get your outdoor living spaces ready for spring time use with outdoor lighting.

Whether you want to light the front of your home or extend the hours you can use your deck, gazebo, fire pit, or garden, outdoor lighting adds beauty, functionality, and safety to your property. Not only does illuminating the front of your home help prevent trips and falls as you walk to the door, it attracts the eyes of those strolling down the street and welcomes guests when they arrive. Deck and patio lighting allows you to use these areas far into the night and can create a variety of moods in your outdoor living spaces. Fire pit area lighting can help facilitate conversation since you will be able to see the faces of those across the pit from you, and it can also help you avoid stepping on the marshmallow bag. Nothing elevates the look of your garden more than garden lighting. Carefully illuminated trees, foliage, and flowers inspire relaxation and a sense of peace. Sounds enticing, doesn’t it? Especially today.

 

Be sure your home is ready when the snow melts.

Be sure your home is ready when the snow melts.

The outdoors are beautiful, and I know you want to preserve that beauty. With advancements in LED outdoor lighting technology, you can minimize your impact on the environment while you enjoy it. The high quality LEDs from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte are indistinguishable from traditional halogen lights, consume 80% less energy, and last up to 25 years. You won’t have to sacrifice light quality to fulfill your dedication to the world around you.

 

Yes, there was a lot of snow on the ground and luckily it did melt fast and soon we will be enjoying warm, spring weather. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte has the industry experience you need to turn your outdoor lighting visions into reality and the ability to maximize the time you can enjoy the outdoors. Give us a call.

 

 

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

 

 

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

Spotlight on 2013: The year’s most popular trends

As we wrap up another great year at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte, we’d like to thank all of our wonderful clients again for helping us light up Charlotte with beautiful, one-of-a-kind designs and recap our favorite outdoor lighting trends of 2013.

Smaller homes can look larger with professional outdoor lighting.

LED outdoor lighting offers a brighter, balanced look for your home.

Making the switch to LED

The biggest trend we noticed in Charlotte this year is that a majority of our clients chose LED bulbs for new outdoor lighting systems. We highly recommend these high-quality bulbs, not only because they offer a brighter, balanced look that compliments the overall lighting design, but because they’re a wise investment. LED bulbs use less energy than halogen bulbs to produce a stunning lighting effect, and the lifetime of the bulb is expected to last decades. Between a lower electricity bill and virtually no maintenance/replacement costs, it’s no wonder LED outdoor lighting was one of the most popular trends in 2013.

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Entrance lighting really makes your home pop — and it looks even better in LED!

Another major achievement we want to make sure we highlight this year is our one-of-a-kind entrance lighting. This year, we converted 4 large entrances from halogen bulbs to LED. In addition to immediately brightening up the whole area and creating a warmer welcome to the neighborhood, our experts estimate the return on investment for clients who choose LED is approximately 3 years, keeping in mind the energy savings and maintenance benefits detailed above.

It’s just about that time of year again – If your New Years resolution is to save some money or just get some home improvement tasks done, LED outdoor lighting is the perfect investment for you. Happy holidays from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte, and we look forward to helping you enjoy an even brighter 2014!

Ken Brantley, Owner

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

Every Night is a Spectacular Light Show with Charlotte Outdoor Lighting

While we celebrated the independence of our great nation on the Fourth of July we enjoyed many different festivities. Decked out in red, white and blue, we gathered with friends and family to eat good food and relax in the summer heat. The biggest and most prized event on this patriotic holiday was probably the fireworks show. To watch the flames and sparks Charlotte fireworksdazzle the night air was simply entrancing. The vivid colors were stunning, the patterns captivating, and the entire spectacle was amazing from start to finish. Their ability to capture an audience through awe inspiring lights is exactly what outdoor lighting does and Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte can provided a quality system that outlasts any fireworks show.

Fireworks ignite the sky with power and prestige. Outdoor lighting can do the same for your home and landscape. Our LED lights are powerful yet not overwhelming. They can produce a soft glow to gently bathe your flower beds or shine with immense power to flood your yard with light for safety and security. Choose from a range of beam spreads to find the right intensity for your needs. Each bulb will be tucked away neatly in our high quality fixtures. Just like quality fireworks, you want your landscape lights to be able to perform perfectly. But instead of fizzing out at the end, these timeless fixtures will endure. Instead of rusting like cheap aluminum, they iodize and slowly transform with a natural patina finish. The elements in the atmosphere will change the copper casted lights over time with colors that blend into your landscape. With the durability of our fixtures you’ll never have to Charlotte outdoor lightingworry about them breaking. Our well lights are made with heavy duty pvc and every light we install is guaranteed to stand firm. Each piece of our landscape lights are made with quality elements to make the best product possible.

Our outdoor lights will outshine any fantastic explosion you may have seen this past week. They will bring out the interesting texture of your home, the dramatic shadows of your trees, and the hard earned beauty of your entire yard. When designed and installed properly, your home will be an eye catching spectacle every single night. Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte at 704-849-8808 to begin your journey today. We’ll give your home and landscape the same awe and wonder we experience while watching fireworks every Independence Day. Except this light show will last for years to come.

Ken-Brantley,-OLP-Charlotte

Ken Brantley, Owner
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

 

 

To see more of our professionally designed outdoor lighting, visit our outdoor lighting photo gallery on our website.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte Keeps it Classy with Copper Fixtures

In Charlotte, we’ve got class. We are a booming city with some of the nation’s most architecturally pleasing homes. We take pride in tasteful landscaping. So does it make any sense to purchase sub-par fixtures for your home? Not in the least. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte prominently uses brass and copper fixtures for our outdoor lighting. Many competitors use aluminum or even plastic fixtures. Some may not see a big difference between the types initially. However, choosing copper and brass fixtures will make all the difference in the long run.

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Imagine placing two different fixtures in your yard. One is copper and the other aluminum. On the outside they look relatively the same. Both are aesthetically pleasing, both are shiny and new, and both are firmly in place. But let’s put them to the test. A chaotic year full of storms and weather mishaps later, there they stand. The aluminum one is barely hanging on. It’s begun to chip and peel due to wear and tear. The fixture has rusted over and has lost its appeal. Because it’s aluminum, the water reacts to the components of the fixture and results in rust. It’s unappealing and fragile due to this chemical reaction.

The copper fixture, on the other hand, is standing tall. It hasn’t chipped, hasn’t peeled, and has not rusted.  Instead, it oxidizes and the copper begins to color slowly to a beautiful patina finish. It showcases subtle hues that blend beautifully into its surroundings. It becomes a welcomed, natural fixture that belongs in your landscape.

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Your Charlotte home and yard deserve the best.  Settling on anything less than the best only devalues the look of your home. Allow Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte the opportunity to design your lighting system in the Charlotte style and class that you deserve.

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

 

To see how our outdoor lighting fixtures can bring life to your home, visit our architectural lighting photo gallery and our outdoor lighting photo gallery on our website.