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

 

 

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

 

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704-849-8808
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

Not All Outdoor Lighting In Charlotte Is Created Equal

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte, we’re firm believers that not all outdoor lighting is created equal. Whether we’re talking about the fixtures used to illuminate your home or the designs crafted to bring out your favorite features or the installation itself – here’s why Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte does it best.

Our solid copper fixtures blend in with their surroundings.

Our solid copper fixtures blend in with their surroundings.

  • Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte outdoor lighting fixtures are first-in-class. While other companies may settle for cheaper materials, we use only the best, solid copper fixtures available in industry, so your system is built to last. Even if your home faces severe weather throughout the year, our Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte outdoor lighting fixtures react with the elements to develop a beautiful patina finish over the course of time. Learn more about high quality Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte outdoor lighting fixtures when you call today.
  • Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte outdoor lighting designs are custom-made for each and every home. Our outdoor lighting professionals don’t use a template or the same look for every house like some other companies may do. When we come to your home, we’re always looking with fresh eyes and new creative ideas for how to bring out the absolute best in your unique home. Don’t settle for someone who promises a ‘speedier’ installation. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte outdoor lighting designs come with the attention and care that’s required to guarantee a one-of-a-kind, quality look you’ll love.
Landscape lighting brings out the best features of your home.

Landscape lighting brings out the best features of your home.

  • Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte outdoor lighting maintenance is as easy as picking up the phone. If you’ve invested in an Annual Maintenance Plan, our friendly professionals will be at your house in a flash in the unlikely event you experience any system malfunctions or just need to make a few adjustments to your fixtures throughout the year. Every customer receives one year of the maintenance free to make sure your Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte outdoor lighting maintenance gets off to a smooth start.

Don’t just take it from us – See for yourself why Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte outshines the rest when you call for your consultation today.

 

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

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704-849-8808
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Summer’s Finally Here – Is Your Charlotte Outdoor Lighting Ready?

We had a rough winter – and a strange Spring – here in Charlotte. Outdoor lighting fixtures all over town have been knocked around by strong winds, pelted with rain and endured freezing temperatures even through April. Finally, it’s about that time when the kids will be out of school and we’ll start planning our summer vacations.

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

Before you turn the page on this year’s winter and Spring, take a second to step outside and evaluate how your outdoor lighting system is holding up. Here are a few things to look for that could signal a need for professional outdoor lighting maintenance:

  • Have plants in your yard grown so much that they block some landscape  lighting fixtures? We can help plan for overgrowth and adjust your current system to keep up.
  • Have you reorganized the landscaping in your yard? You may need an outdoor lighting update to maintain a balanced design.
  • Has your outdoor lighting system dimmed over the season? It may need to be evaluated for bulb replacement, outdoor lighting system repairs or more.
  • Is your outdoor lighting system draining too much energy? Take a look at your energy bill. If the numbers are higher than you’d like, it may be time for you to update your Charlotte landscape lighting systems to LED.

Learn more about outdoor lighting maintenance and repairs, or schedule a professional consultation by calling Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte today.  We can get you back in shape and looking better than ever before.

 

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of CharlotteKen Brantley, Owner
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Here’s How To Get The Most Out Of Charlotte’s Great Weather With Outdoor Lighting

If you’re anything like us, the interior of your house is spotless (since we’ve been cooped up all season), while the outside… could use a little work. Now that the days are longer and the weather’s finally returning to normal, here are a few ideas from the experts at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte for how to get back outside and get your home back in top shape for the Spring.

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

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

  • Take a walk through the yard

If you’ve invested in the Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte Annual Maintenance Plan, there’s absolutely no manual labor involved in sprucing up your system other than taking a leisurely stroll through the backyard. Try to pinpoint trouble spots: fixtures that may have been knocked out of place or bulbs that are dim or completely burnt out

 

  • Clean up the landscaping

If you haven’t touched up the yard since the Fall, you might have some overgrowth to deal with. Check your shrubs, tree branches and other foliage to be sure it isn’t covering up any of your fixtures or otherwise interfering with your home’s lighting design.

Transform your pool area into a luxurious party spot with professional outdoor lighting.

Transform your pool area into a luxurious party spot with professional outdoor lighting.

  • Use your imagination

Don’t limit yourself to the outdoor lighting system you already have. Start enjoying other areas of the house after dark by expanding your home’s design and creating new favorite gathering spots. For example, transform your pool area into a luxurious party spot just in time for the warmer weather, or design your patio with the atmosphere lighting of a four-star restaurant. The possibilities are endless – work with one of our experts to come up with an inspired new look for the new season.

Learn more about prepping your home for Spring with professional outdoor lighting when you call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte today.

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

Your Charlotte Outdoor Lighting: Behind The Scenes

Last week we talked about making an entrance with beautiful outdoor lighting. This week, we’re looking at what goes on behind the scenes – and how to keep it behind the scenes.

Keep your outdoor lighting system's wiring behind the scenes.

Keep your outdoor lighting system’s wiring behind the scenes.

Bury the evidence

Just as you don’t see the wires carrying Superman through the air, you shouldn’t see the unattractive cables and cords that make up your beautiful, elegant outdoor lighting system. We’re not claiming we’re superheroes, but if we’ve done our job right, your neighbors shouldn’t even know we’ve been there. You can always easily spot an amateur job or an outdoor lighting system that desperately needs an upgrade by the unsightly wires and extension cords draping the house and yard.

Our professionals at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte are experts at keeping your system’s wiring behind the scenes. We’ll bury unsightly cords in the ground to keep them out of sight, and more importantly, out of the way. If your outdoor lighting system is out-of-date and matches this profile, it’s a safety hazard and liability risk you can’t ignore.

Bring new life to your Charlotte home with outdoor lighting

Enjoy a softer, subtle look when you upgrade your outdoor lighting system.

Some out-of-date outdoor lighting systems we see have fixtures knocked around, or clients have replaced bulbs with the wrong wattage or have otherwise altered the original design in an unflattering way. These issues typically cast unattractive shadows on the home’s actual features and shine glaring spotlights directly into the eyes of unwitting guests. Again, if your outdoor lighting system is installed correctly your home should be the star of the show, and the actual fixtures and lighting design should be a subtle enhancement coming from behind the scenes.

Another reason to upgrade? Soon your block will be lined with Christmas lights and other festive decorations. It’s this time of year you’ll notice spotlights on homes, most likely line voltage spotlights.  Those extension cords will be draped through yards, behind bushes and perhaps even across driveways.  Instead of using these unsightly lights to highlight your holiday decor for a short time, consider having outdoor lighting installed to bring all of these fun holiday outdoor lighting designs to life.

Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte to learn more about  adding or upgrading your system today to show off your holiday decor and your home all year long.

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

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Make Your Outdoor Lighting Last Longer With Lens Covers

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte, we only use the best materials possible. We boast unique, copper crafted fixtures that actually react to the elements to develop into a beautiful patina finish, and our LED bulbs could last as long as 25 years when properly maintained. However, its important to remember that while this equipment is designed to endure all types of unpredictable Charlotte weather, it’s still a good idea to check it semi-regularly whenever you get out in the yard and to take some smart precautions to prevent damage, such as installing lens covers on well lights.

What could happen?

A number of outdoor hazards could potentially cause damage to your outdoor lighting. In addition to rain, dirt and other elements dimming or damaging your lights, consider the possibility of a small animal creating a nest in your well lights. In addition to posing a major electrical danger to the animal, a number of things could happen to your wiring.

Well lights are especially vulnerable to falling leaves and other debris that could interfere with your outdoor lighting.

For example, if a bird, squirrel or other small animal packs pine straw and other debris in your well lights, it could pose a major fire hazard. Additionally, if they chew through any of the wiring or other equipment, your entire outdoor lighting system could be toast.

Another, impactful (although probably less dangerous) hazard is fire ants. If an army of ants invades your outdoor well lights, not only will it interfere with your carefully planned lighting design, but it could also damage the fixture and the bulb, which could cost you more money in the long run.

How to prevent damage to your outdoor lighting

It’s easy to make your outdoor lighting last as long as possible just by checking your fixtures whenever you’re already out doing yard work. If you’re already up on the roof cleaning out the gutters, take a few seconds to also clear out any debris that may have fallen into your outdoor fixtures. Check well lights in the ground as you’re raking leaves or working in the garden to help prevent build-up there.

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

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

The smartest, easiest way to prevent damage to your outdoor lighting? Install lens covers. Spending that extra money could save you hours of your time and hundreds of dollars in the long run. Rather than continue to dig out debris from your fixtures or even face big replacement costs, a simple cover will protect the bulb  and ensure that your outdoor lighting design always looks its best.

Learn more about proper maintenance of your outdoor lighting and how to prevent damage to your system when you call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte today.

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

 

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Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Take Your Time – Upgrade Your Outdoor Lighting In Phases To Get Exactly What You Want

Most likely, you didn’t buy all of the luxurious furnishings in your Charlotte home in bulk or pick everything as-is from some showroom floor. You spent years meticulously putting furniture and décor together to transform the inside of your house into your one-of-a-kind home.

Why treat the outside of your home any differently? When it’s time to upgrade your outdoor lighting, consider doing it in stages to make sure you like what you’re getting and infuse your own personal style in every stage of lighting of your home.

Charlotte outdoor lighting in the Cotswell area

Work with an expert to infuse your own personal style into your home’s outdoor lighting.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte offers a number of upgrade options to give you complete control and make sure you’ll love how your house looks at night. For example, if it’s time to replace just a small portion of your outdoor lighting, there’s no need to overhaul the whole system.

Many homeowners in Charlotte are also upgrading to LED outdoor lighting for a brighter, longer-lasting and more efficient system. If you’re interested in switching to LED, you certainly don’t have to rip out the entire system and start over from scratch. If your transformer and current wiring are still in good shape, we can easily make the switch in as many phases as you want and can even retrofit your halogen fixtures in most cases to the more energy-effiient LED.

When you choose Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte, you can be sure your

Consider upgrading to LED outdoor lighting for a brighter, more efficient display.

Consider upgrading to LED outdoor lighting for a brighter, more efficient display.

home will continue to look its best even while you’re still in the process of upgrading in phases. An expert can help you design an upgrade plan and decide where to start to prevent splotchy lighting or other unflattering features from occurring while your upgrades is still in progress.  Plus, we’ll help you decide if any changes in your system are necessary – if you’ve made landscaping changes or renovations to your home since installation, it may be time to move some fixtures around or reconsider bulb-types to make sure everything still looks its absolute best.

We’re dedicated to helping you bring out the very best in your home, and we want your input every step of the way. Call now to ask about how you can get started, and upgrade your outdoor lighting today.

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

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704-849-8808
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

 

 

 

Considering an upgrade? It’s never been easier – check out our outdoor lighting photo gallery on our website for some inspiration on how you could light up your home.

 

Do You Have an Old Outdoor Lighting System? Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte can Revamp or Replace it for you

Have you taken a stroll through your yard this spring to find your outdoor lighting system is not working very well?  It happens to many homeowners when the system ages and has not been serviced at regular intervals.   Maybe you purchased your home with the outdoor lighting system already installed and it has not weathered well over the years.  There’s no need to worry.  Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte can revamp commercial grade

Replace or revamp your old outdoor lighting can renew the look of your outdoor spaces

Replace or revamp your old outdoor lighting can renew the look of your outdoor spaces

systems in most cases and if that is not an option, we can redesign and replace it with a new system.

We like to give our clients options and if their old systems are useable, we can incorporate into the new design.  There are times when older fixtures are still useable but not working properly.  In those cases, we can sometimes repair the existing system by rewiring or correcting faulty connections.  Faulty wiring can lead to a decrease in light output or complete failure of the circuit.

Often times when we come in to service a system, our trained eyes notice that fixtures originally illuminating an area are now being blocked by plant growth.  We can either relocate the old fixtures to better showcase your landscaping or home or even add lighting to the design to accommodate for the growth, especially in trees and larger foliage.

Bring new life to your Charlotte home with outdoor lighting

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte can bring your home to life at night by revamping or replacing your old outdoor lighting

If neither of these options are a candidate for your property, we can remove the old system and design a new lighting scheme to enhance the existing landscaping.  If the system is fifteen years old or older, the prudent option often is to replace the system.   With OLP high quality fixtures, LED technology and our seventeen year history in the Charlotte marketplace, we would welcome the opportunity to help with your landscape lighting needs.

Rest assured that no matter what option is needed for your old system; Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte is committed to getting your outdoor lighting back in shape. So if you have an old system, give us a call. We not only pride ourselves on our ability to design and install beautiful systems but also on our ability to revamp a system that qualifies.

 

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To see how more photos of our landscape lighting brings new life to your home and outdoor spaces, visit our architectural lighting photo gallery and our landscape and garden lighting photo gallery on our website.