Top Ten Reasons Why Charlotte Landscape Lighting Should be at the Top of Your Spring 2017 “To-Do” List

Charlotte family friendly outdoor lightingAs the weather in and around the Charlotte area continues to be pleasant and mild, it is only natural that we are starting to anticipate the arrival of spring. Home and garden shows are popping up and retail stores are already gearing up for the outdoor living season ahead. With all this in mind, many Charlotteans are already planning for home and outdoor living renovations. If you are thinking of improving upon the time you and your family spend outdoors then your 2017 spring “to-do” project list should also include landscape lighting!

The benefits of adding landscape lighting or upgrading your existing landscape lighting design are immense. However, isolating outdoor lighting as your spring project objective has advantages over other more invasive renovations. Here are the top 10:

  1. No dust or debris in the house that can occur with other renovations
  2. No cleanup required after project completion
  3. No large equipment causing damage in your yard
  4. If you are planning do-it-yourself type renovations there will be no reason to procrastinate!
  5. Beautiful nighttime landscape views to be enjoyed from inside and outside your home
  6. Extended nighttime outdoor entertaining opportunities
  7. Increased outdoor living satisfaction
  8. Improve curb appeal
  9. Improved safety and security on your property
  10. Become the envy of the neighborhood!

Charlotte Landscape & Festival LightingAdding Charlotte Landscape Lighting to your property is a great choice for improving your lifestyle and home without the hassle of a large renovation or a drawn out do-it-yourself home update. We’ll handle the outdoor lighting design, installation, and adjustments without interrupting your lifestyle.

If your landscape and outdoor living spaces lack pizzazz or functionality in the evening, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte today at more at (704) 849-8808 or via email at charlotte.outdoorlights.com.

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

What does Charlotte landscape lighting and chocolates have in common?

box of chocolatesAlthough spring is set to officially arrive March 20th, here in the Charlotte area we have already had many “spring like” days in 2017! Maybe it is just an Indian Summer, maybe it is just a happy coincidence, but as you know winter weather in Charlotte is like a box of chocolates…you just never know what you are going to get.

With the onset of the recent spring like days in mind, many Charlotte homeowners have set forth preparing their homes and landscapes for the outdoor living season ahead. Many are busy installing pools, new outdoor living spaces and additions to their landscapes. Planning and installing these projects early will allow full use of the area(s) throughout the season, but it is important to remember to include and plan for lighting because “full use” encompasses evening enjoyment as well.

Charlotte Landscape Lighting

Even if you are just in the planning stages of an outdoor project right now, give us a call so we can guide you about adding landscape lighting into the mix upfront. It’s always a good idea to make landscape lighting part of your initial planning so you don’t settle for second-choice placement. It will save lots of time and money to incorporate lighting into the very early stages of your anticipated project. Plus, you can put your lights exactly where you want them and not have to go around large hardscape or structures that are in place. Of course, don’t fret if you’re already in the midst of your project we can figure out the best way to get the look you want regardless.

Elizabeth Outdoor Lighting

Charlotte landscape lighting in Elizabeth.

Let us help you with your outdoor living or landscape project plans with a lighting plan that shows off your hard work under the stars! Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte at 704-849-8808 or email us at charlotte.outdoorlights.com

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

 

Are you coming home to a dark home every night?

charlotte-front-entry-lightingThe recent end of daylight savings time means evenings is now arriving earlier. For many Charlotteans that have no outdoor lighting, or those that are operating on aging, outdated or failing systems, this could mean you return home every night to a dark home. As the night’s darkness continues to sneak up at us, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte encourages you to turn your attention to your outdoor lighting system, (or lack thereof) and take notice if it is in need of any maintenance or service.

Charlotte LED Outdoor Lighting

We pride ourselves on not only designing and installing custom lighting systems, but also providing ongoing maintenance to keep that system performing at peak level. With the dark months upon us, and the arrival of the holiday season, now is the perfect time for a lighting system-tune up. Here are a few things we encourage homeowners with landscape and architectural lighting to look for:

Charlotte Garden LightingDimming or uneven illumination

It’s natural for light bulbs to dim over time, but your system overall should always have an even wash of light that effectively illuminates the property. If you’ve noticed it dimming, or uneven illumination there are bulbs out or the light is no longer cohesive across all sections and it may be time to have your bulbs updated.

Depending on the age of your outdoor lighting, you may have halogen lights that will dim more quickly. We now recommend converting your halogen system to LED for added energy-efficiency and performance. The typically LED light lasts up to 50,000 hours. An LED upgrade or conversion is much easier than you may think. In the hands our highly skilled technicians, you can be getting more longevity and cutting energy costs in no time, and if you want to make additions to your system, we may even be able to add more fixtures to your current transformer than you thought. Since LEDs use less wattage, more lights can be added than if they were halogen.Install lens covers to keep your outdoor lighting looking its best.

Lights and lens covers

The Queen City is revered for its abundance of beautiful trees, however this time of year means those trees are losing their leaves. We recommend any up lights have lens covers to keep those leaves away from the bulb for safety purposes.

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We carefully bury all the lighting wiring when we install a new system, but with normal erosion, wiring can become exposed from time to time. This can also occur from normal day-to-day and seasonal activities, such as fall landscaping or raking/blowing fall leaves. If you walk your property and see any wire, make sure to call us to inspect your outdoor lighting system and rebury any wire that has become exposed. Every new system we install includes a one year free Annual Maintenance and Repair Plan contract. After that, you can purchase an additional year for a reasonable fee. This includes most everything you will to keep your system in perfect working order.

It’s well worth having a maintenance plan for your peace of mind and for the longevity of your system. We will even offer the same plan on our competitor’s plans, too! So if they don’t offer you a protection plan, we will be happy to safeguard your investment and make sure it’s in great shape year after year. If you are coming home to a dark house every night, now may also be the best time to consider the addition of outdoor lighting to your property.

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantley, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte at (704) 849-8808 or via email at charlotte.outdoorlights.com.

 

 

 

 

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The Hottest Trends in Charlotte Outdoor Lighting

Deck lighting adds enjoyment to your Charlotte deckOutdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte keeps up with the latest landscape trends. We work closely with some of the area’s top landscape designers and have an edge over the competition in knowing what Charlotte homeowner’s are asking for in their landscapes. It’s also always a safe bet that an element that is receiving attention through the web, home improvement TV or in the home and garden magazines will soon be on our clients’ list of “must haves.” With this in mind, this season we are noticing more of an emphasis on outdoor entertaining and making the most out of time spent outside. This comes as no surprise as people want to savor their down time in today’s fast‑paced world.

We are seeing a push as homeowner’s“building out” outdoor areas within their landscape such as patios, decks and pool. Concentrating on improving these areas enable more frequent and longer enjoyment and we are also seeing these areas as top priorities for adding illumination. 

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte can illuminate your patio at night

The elements that make an outdoor space more inviting and comfortable are often a reflection of the creature comforts we crave within our homes and backyard. As landscapes have become extensions of interior spaces, complete with furniture, fire features, kitchens, appliances and of course soothing lighting! Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte has even received requests from homeowner’s intent on illuminating themed outdoor spaces, such as a backyard putting green. This further helps personalize the outdoor retreat to fit the homeowners’ interests.

Outdoor Lighting installation at South Charlotte backyard golf putting green

Outdoor Lighting installation at South Charlotte backyard golf putting green.

In 2016, we embrace the fact that landscapes, gardens and outdoor living spaces are getting more tech-savvy too. These areas now serve as an extension of the outdoor living trend in creative and functional outdoor living. With outdoor lighting technological enhancements such as dramatic and boldly colored lights, task lighting, accent lighting and decorative outdoor lighting.

Attraction Lights Cluster Spire Detail.

Charlotte decorative outdoor lighting.

Backyard pergola lightingAlong with the aesthetics professional outdoor lighting provides,the right lighting can also put your landscape light years ahead of all the rest. This is made possible through LED outdoor lighting. Sure, you are probably familiar with LED lighting. It is used to illuminate car dashboards, laptops, appliances and much more. LED’s are more energy‑efficient and leave less of a carbon footprint on the environment than other genres of low voltage outdoor lighting. It stands to reason they would be right at home in our backyards too. Charlotte LED outdoor lighting is used for not only function, but increased effect, style and design with the idea of providing a romantic wash of illumination.

As many of us work,or play, till long after the sun goes down, we often don’t have time to enjoy their backyard until the evening hours. That’s where we can help. By adding up‑to‑the‑minute, stylish outdoor lighting your outdoors is immediately transformed into usable space.

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

Contact us today to learn more about making your backyard and beyond and true outdoor oasis through illumination. You can reach us at (704) 849-8808 or via email at charlotte.outdoorlights.com.

 

 

Houzz Confirms Lighting Desires that Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte’s Clients Already Demand

Backyard-pergola-lightingThose of us at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte aren’t surprised by the recent survey conducted by Houzz that point out automated outdoor lighting is all the rage among homeowners. The article also indicates upgrades in exterior lighting that convert them from outdated traditional halogens to energy-saving LED’s rose to 32% of homes compared to 28% last year. We know this is unequivocally true because we are doing a HUGE amount of new LED installs and retro-fits to existing halogen systems.

Houzz found that homeowners are very interested in lighting key areas that primarily add not only beauty, but also add a safety factor to their properties, too. They study showed that target areas families most want to illuminate are:

  • Elizabeth Outdoor LightingPathways — 60%
  • Decks/Patios — 57%
  • Trees/Shrubs — 53%
  • Steps — 32%
  • Home Architecture — 28%
  • Driveway — 26%
  • Water Features — 24%
  • Outdoor Structures — 24%
  • Pots/Plants — 21%
  • Swimming Pool — 10%
  • Art/Sculpture — 9%

Clearly, areas that families most utilize are what are important to them, and decks/patios are one of the most extensively used areas in most backyards in America thanks to barbeques, dining, relaxing and outdoor entertaining. Houzz also found that more than half of homeowners prefer to use the expertise of a lighting designer when it comes to the layout of their landscape system. There is no comparison to the quality of our USA made fixtures in contrast to what is sold at the big box home improvement stores. Our high-grade, all-metal fixtures are designed to last for years regardless of sun, rain, ice and snow; and we use the thickest gauge wire available on the market today. Our competitors use cheap materials that break down after only a few seasons and do not back their products.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives ~ Wing Haven Garden

We listen to how your family lives outdoors and we cater your lighting plan specifically to the areas where you precisely want to add more light. We know your paths and walkways are zones that help you travel from part of your garden to another, so getting you around your property safely is a must. We will ensure your deck/patio not only looks fabulous in the evening hours, but provides plenty of usability for grilling, parties and just hanging out enjoying nature with the kids. Steps are a significant area that worries many homeowners because they don’t want their visitors to trip and fall, so we can ensure good lighting gives your guests sure-footing.

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

Check out our Houzz gallery of projects that we have lit up over the years to give you an idea of what we can do for you. Give Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte  a call today to learn more about how we can light up your night at (704) 849-8808 or via email at charlotte.outdoorlights.com.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte answers your questions about LED upgrades and conversions

Charlotte outdoor lighting fixturesIf you are considering an LED upgrade for your outdoor lighting system. Or if you are considering converting your existing system to LED, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte is here to help you every step of the way. We are the area’s premiere choice for outdoor lighting design and installation. The truth is, upgrading or conversion is really much easier than you may think. In the hands our highly skilled technicians, you can be cutting energy costs in no time, and if you want to make additions to your system, we may even be able to add more fixtures to your current transformer than you thought. Since LEDs use less wattage, more lights can be added than if they were halogen.

  • Here are some of the most common questions we receive from homeowner’s wishing to upgrade or convert to LED:

#1)Charlotte LED Outdoor Lighting How much will moving ahead with LED cost?

Answer: If considering a conversion or upgrade to your current system, on average, it will cost 3-4 times what our Annual Maintenance Program costs. We only recommend investing in LED if you plan to reside in your home 5 years or more. Much of the cost of moving ahead with an upgrade or conversion will be recouped through the energy savings, bulb replacement and maintenance costs you will have saved during that time. Also keep in mind the “green” benefits of converting to LED. It is hard to put a price tag on the benefits of reducing your carbon footprint because these choices help the environment and all of us in the long run.

#2) Do I have to change my fixtures out?

Charlotte landscape lightingAnswer: Not necessarily. Most traditional outdoor lighting systems such as halogen and incandescent can easily be converted to LED. To determine if your system qualifies, one of our outdoor lighting professionals needs to inspect it and if it is deemed fit to undergo the conversion, you can start enjoying the many benefits of LED outdoor lighting. We can usually retro-fit about 95% of our lighting and we can retro-fit our competitors lighting in most cases following a thorough inspection.

#3) Will I need a new transformer or timer change?

Check for damages to wiring, fixtures and bulbs, and call an outdoor lighting expert to make repairs.Answer: No. When we come to retrofit a system, our trained installers will be sure to check the condition of not only your fixtures, but also your wire, transformer and timer, leaving you with what feels like a brand new system.

#4) How long does an LED bulb really last?

Answer: The life of an LED bulb can be between 30,000 and 50,000 hours saving you in light replacement and maintenance. This is 10-15 times longer than the average bulb life, of 4,000 hours with halogen.

#5) Realistically, how much money will I save in energy costs?

Answer: Your total savings is dependent on the size of the system and time it is running. On average, a system of 25 lights or more that runs from dusk-dawn each day could save you an estimated $15-$20 per month in energy savings. Over the course of 3 – 5 years, this amount represents a substantial savings.

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

Give us a call now to answer all your LED questions and to convert or upgrade your old outdoor lighting system to new LED technology. Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte at (704) 849-8808 or via email at charlotte.outdoorlights.com.

 

Daylight Savings Time Begins March 13th — How Does Your Outdoor Lighting Timer Stack Up?

Welcome springGet ready for the onset of spring by gaining an hour during the Sunday, March 13th Daylight Savings Time change! We get more light for daytime fun in the backyard for barbeques, gardening and outside sports with the kids. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte utilizes a convenient astronomical timer on each of our outdoor lighting systems so you never have to worry about manually reprogramming it to make up for the change in hour. You can forget about finding your manual and recalling which dial or button to hit to make sure your landscape system accommodates for the seasonal change in light ever again.

The right timer will give you peace of mind by regulating your outdoor lighting system.

The right timer will give you peace of mind by regulating your outdoor lighting system.

Astronomical timers work with the power of GPS to pinpoint exactly where you live and what the light requirements are in your specific area so your landscape system knows precisely when to turn itself on and off. You never have to do a thing to it, as it is “set it and forget it” technology.  It  doesn’t get any easier than this! No one in your household ever has to come home to a dark house again since our sophisticated timers know exactly when to illuminate your property, driveway, front entrance and any other feature you want. Even if your power goes out, your timer will continue to remember what it was set to thanks to a battery back-up.

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The days of toying with your old manual timer are gone forever because our astronomical timers automatically set themselves based on your GPS coordinates. They are convenient, simple to use and amp up the level of security and safety around your property. Since our timers change to adapt to the seasons, the lights will go on and off to make it look like someone is always at home. Our timers adjust themselves accordingly each day so your home always looks lived in and occupied which deters thieves. Additionally, they improve the usability of your property since it’s easy to get on your driveway, walk on your pathways and reach you front door since the lights are always on at the right time when needed preventing potential accidents.

Beam spreads on this Charlotte home accentuate the homes facadeSince your lights are turned on and off based on the available light, your outdoor lighting system will never run when it’s unnecessary. This can save you on your power bill because the waste is eliminated, and it’s better for the environment, too.

Astronomical timers know automatically how to best utilize existing daylight hours, so they save you money since you are not consuming power to light your property and home when it’s not required. They are environmentally-friendly since they help save you money and keep power costs down. There’s a lot to be said for the convenience and cost savings that an astronomical timer provides. If you are still using a manual outdoor lighting timer, let us upgrade you existing outdoor lighting system, including our “set it and forget it” timer so you can enjoy the benefits they provide.

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte make Daylight Savings Time painless this spring with one of our astronomical timers. Contact us today to learn more at (704) 849-8808 or via email at charlotte.outdoorlights.com

Read what our many happy customers are saying about Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte!

Charlotte outdoor lighting reviewsIn today’s busy world, having a customer take the time out of their schedule to leave a review about their experience in working with us for their outdoor lighting needs speaks volumes and is greatly appreciated! When looking for the right outdoor lighting professional to design and install outdoor lighting at their home or business folks usually head to Google to start their research.

Charlotte outdoor lighting fixturesIt’s one thing to say “The Night Is Ours.” It’s far more convincing to hear what our customers are saying about us. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we’re proud of our success in achieving customer satisfaction and honored to be considered a Best in Class company in the outdoor lighting industry. We’d like to share a few of the many Google reviews we’ve received from our delighted customers. Keep in mind nothing would please us more than having you included in this very satisfied group!

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“We had a great experience with Outdoor Lighting Perspectives. The firm offered us great ideas and solutions and worked with us until we achieved the lighting effects we desired. Ken and his team would meet us on our schedule and often at night to get the best sense of what we wanted to install. Follow-up has been tremendous. Thank you!”

— E. Hobbs of Charlotte, NC, via Google Review

“We have used Outdoor Lighting Perspectives for many years. They are knowledgeable, reliable, and easy to work with.They also have good ideas on how to best highlight your yard features. I would highly recommend!”

— C. Howell of Charlotte, NC, via Google Review

Elizabeth Outdoor Lighting“Ken and team are great — extremely customer service-oriented, and fast, hassle-free service response time. Creative with their lighting expertise, always professional. A pleasure to work with, and a great value. Their installation of outdoor lighting has made a huge, positive impact for my property.”

— M. Stahley of Charlotte, NC, via Google Review

“I have had their outdoor lighting on my home for 13 years. I have the bulbs
replaced every few years and have not had any problems. I would recommend
them for any new lighting systems. Please consider them.”

— A. Litaker of Mint Hill, NC, via Google Review

Charlotte garden luminaries“My new Garden Luminaries are the hit of the neighborhood.I love them.”

— L. Spada of Charlotte, NC, via Google Review

“Ken and his team do an outstanding job. I have used them exclusively since 1997 and they have always delivered. I highly recommend Outdoor Lighting Perspectives to anyone who needs outdoor lighting and also appreciates quality products, service, and expertise!”

— T. Shannon of Charlotte, NC, via Google Review

“This is an excellent company to work with. Their installation was very neatly done and they have been very professional, even fixing a problem I caused. I would highly recommend using them for all outdoor lighting needs.”

— A. Glenney of Charlotte, NC, via Google Review

“They were installed perfectly for the effect we wanted and have been maintained meticulously after installation.”

— C. Harr of Charlotte, NC, via Google Review

Thank you from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of CharlotteWe want to sincerely thank all our amazing Charlotte outdoor lighting clients for the wonderful reviews — your correspondence, smiles and satisfaction are the reason we do what we do!

If you would like to tell us about your experience with Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte too, we would love to hear from you! You can visit our Google page by following this link directly to our review forum. You can also visit our Google+ page, our Houzz profile and our Facebook page.

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

 

 

Bring your Charlotte Home and Property into its Best Light in 2016 with the Benefits of Outdoor Lighting

Bring your Charlotte Home and Property into its Best Light in 2016 with the Benefits of Outdoor Lighting

Bring your Charlotte Home and Property into its Best Light in 2016 with the Benefits of Outdoor Lighting!

2016 is here and it’s time to finally stop ignoring your outdoor landscape lighting! Incorporating a well-designed illumination plan to your home and yard is equally as imperative as all those other New Year’s resolutions you’ve made like reducing your waistline a few inches, starting an exercise regime and updating the bathroom. There is no better time to get a nifty new outdoor lighting system put in, or add to an existing one you already have.

Charlotte entryway lighting (2)If you’ve overlooked brightening those gloomier reaches of your property for several years, it’s now time to enhance your current system to give you increased light so that you have a practical lighting scape throughout all of your property. The benefit is that it will improve the security level of your house by brightening the parts of your property for the bad guys who are looking for an easy place to hide while they break into your home. Good lighting prevents thieves from coming to your property and keeps them moving on to an easier target.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives ~ Wing Haven GardenIf your current fixtures are shabby, worn looking or old school halogens that are power-hungry, you can select brand new ones for a whole new look or we can convert your current ones to energy-efficient LED’s. Don’t wait until spring to get a new system, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte now, so that when warmer days are here, you will be ready for outdoor entertaining and fun on your deck or patio. We will help you bring in enough light so that you can easily cook a meal at the grill, enjoy a late night dinner or kick the soccer ball with the kids on the lawn after dusk. Don’t waste time waiting to get on our busy calendar later, because right now is the best time to get the task done when your trees, flowers and shrubs are in a dormant stage and will receive little disturbance.

Beam spreads on this Charlotte home accentuate the homes facade

Augmenting your outdoor lighting is a New Year’s resolution that is easy to keep because it increases the value to your home and property in countless ways. The façade of your home gets a boost in evening curb appeal, plus it adds a level of safety so your family and friends can easily navigate their car onto your driveway or walk to your door because everything is easy to see.  Every system we install comes with a timer that makes sure your lighting system goes on and off every night with no issue. The benefits that outdoor landscape lighting adds to your property and lifestyle are numerous, so don’t miss out on the benefits.

Check for damages to wiring, fixtures and bulbs, and call an outdoor lighting expert to make repairs.

With the help of one of our skilled lighting designers, this is one New Year’s resolution you will easily keep. It doesn’t involve much fuss or household disruption like other big home improvement projects. You won’t have to live in a hotel, intrude on a family member for a month or deal with any construction chaos to get a big bang your buck. It also won’t cost you a ton of dough either, as we are more than happy to work within your budget and can add fixtures and layers of light in as your finances allow. Don’t overlook the splendor and lifestyle improvements that can be added to your lifestyle with an efficient and striking lighting display.

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

Give us a call now to bring your Charlotte home and landscape into the best light this New Year.  Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte at (704) 849-8808 or via email at charlotte.outdoorlights.com.