Let Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte make DST easy and convenient!

OLP Daylight Savings TimeYou’ve heard the old saying “Spring Forward & Fall Back” since you were a kid to help your remember which way to turn the clock to compensate for Daylight Savings Time (DST).  Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte is here to remind you that November 1st is just a few days away and it is the day to push your clocks back one hour as our days get shorter.

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.

Losing an hour creates a host of issues since the evening arrives sooner than just a few months ago. It affects a lot of things you might not be thinking of, such as when your landscape lighting turns on and off. What your timer was previously set to may no longer work for the members of your household, so it means dealing with the annoyance of re-programming your current timer. You’ve got to dig out the manual and figure out which way to turn all those troublesome dials, switches or buttons again! We can help you avoid the nightmare that the season time change wreaks on your landscape lighting by installing the best gizmo ever—and astronomical timer. No, it has nothing to do with astronomy and the moon and stars, silly! It’s an awesome and very simple device that AUTOMATICALLY adjusts to daylight savings time so you have to do nothing at all!

Charlotte landscape lighting Outdoor Lighting PerspectivesWe simply input your exact location into the timer and a sophisticated GPS is able to determine when daylight and nightfall happens in your area and when your system needs to turn on and off. It’s genius! Your kids will not arrive home to a dark home when they get home from school, and you will easily see the driveway and your front door when you come home from work. Everyone will feel safe thanks to good visibility and not coming home to a creepy dark home.  You don’t ever have to think about adjusting your outdoor lighting again thanks to this neat device.

Charlotte architectural lighting (1)Years ago, old-school landscape lighting timers had buttons or dials had to be moved every few months to account for how long or short the days were. If you’ve got one of these antiquated timers, then you will love the ease of an astronomical timer! There is no need to do a thing to account for seasonal  time changes, as this smart device handles everything for you. It doesn’t get any better than this for a fuss-free and painless way to keep your landscape lighting working right. A battery backup takes care of everything even if there is a power outage, too.

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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 green 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. Let us install an astronomical timer on your outdoor lighting so you can take advantage of the benefits they provide.

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

Let Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte make falling back and springing forward in honor of DST effortless! Contact us today to learn more at (704) 849-8808 or via email at charlotte.outdoorlights.com.

 

Labor Day Party Planning is Happening Now! Make Sure Your Outdoor Lighting Keeps the Party Going into the Night!

Charlotte Labor DayOutdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte has been busy as the summer season comes to a close. Let’s get together to make the last big summer three day weekend a blast with a pre-Labor-Day party lighting makeover before family and friends arrive for the festivities!

The nights are getting longer and creeping earlier into the daylight hours, so you should ensure that your backyard oasis has the proper illumination so that your holiday celebration doesn’t have to stop when the sun goes down. The evenings are still warm in September in the Charlotte region, and there is no reason not to continue to take advantage of your backyard for a few more months of outdoor fun.

Charlotte architectural lighting (1)Since we are a full service outfit, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte can then take care of the job of regularly maintaining your turn-key lighting system so you don’t ever have to worry about it. We can add or extend it in the future as your needs change, upgrade fixtures if you want a whole new look or even help with existing systems.

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Don’t wait until the last minute to be put on the Labor Day schedule as appointments are filling up. If your current lighting is not giving you’re the look you want or it’s out of date, let us solving the issue for you. We can do a pre-Labor Day inspection so you are party ready on the big day! Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte ensures your current system is functioning correctly by bulb replacement and inspection of transformer, wiring and timers.

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If you need a light boost in dark areas that might be an invitation to thieves or you simply want to make it easier for guests to traverse your property without trips and falls, we can augment an existing system easily to make it safer with additional light.  Whether your current fixtures are shabby looking and are cheaply made, or maybe you are ready to change your lighting scheme to something a bit more modern—we can assist you with an upgrade that will make you proud and add value and safety to your home.

Backyard-pergola-lightingTo make your property party ready for Labor Day, we can discuss where your guests like to linger, sit and dine–and we can bathe those areas in warm light so they feel comfortable hanging out well after nightfall. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte, we know that if family and friends find it hard to see their food or grab a drink as darkness hits, they will simply figure it’s time to leave the party or want to head into your home instead.  We will make sure it’s easy for you to cook in the evening so you can BBQ well into the later hours with useful task oriented lighting.

We can add sparkly overhead illumination over your deck or patio or even above your pool that will provide plenty of natural looking light for your Labor Day entertainment. We can light up the shrubs and trees around your property, fire pit, pergola or any other feature you like to create an inviting look that will encourage your guests to gather, talk and have an end of summer blast.

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

Jump on a pre-Labor Day appointment now to take advantage of our professional installation, maintenance and repair services today. Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte at 704-849-8808 or email us at charlotte.outdoorlights.com

 

 

Don’t wait to schedule your outdoor lighting maintenance to the last minute as the outdoor living season begins!

Let a professional design your outdoor lighting system.Here in the Queen City we are definitely beginning to feel hot humid days and on these days I am so grateful for air conditioning. As a Charlotte homeowner it only took 1 time for me to experience the sweltering hot results of a HVAC system not under an annual maintenance plan to fully appreciate its value. Knowing that my air conditioner is ready for action before the hot weather descends is so comforting. You can have this same level of confidence that your outdoor lighting system will not leave you in the dark during your next outdoor celebration with an annual maintenance plan from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

Charlotte outdoor lighting in the Cotswell areaSimilar to the way exterior maintenance tasks such as pressure washing your patio or replacing mulch help prepare your home and property for the season, annual maintenance on your outdoor lighting system will provide a season of enjoyment, and beyond. The prime outdoor living season is just beginning and with a calendar full of family events like Father’s Day and 4th of July and other outdoor celebrations right around the corner wouldn’t it be nice to not have to worry if your outdoor lighting system is ready to light up your nights?

Maintenance is important in preserving the value of any item in which your make an investment. Properly performed annual maintenance on your outdoor lighting system will not only protect your investment, but it will keep your property looking its best for special events you host, as well as keep your system running safely night after night.

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Now is the time to schedule your maintenance to make sure your outdoor lighting system is working properly before the next big outdoor living event. We’ll be happy to help repair or maintain your outdoor lighting system and get you set up for routine maintenance. No other outdoor lighting Annual Maintenance Plan is more thorough than Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte. When you protect your system with our maintenance plan, you have peace of mind that we:

Check for damages to wiring, fixtures and bulbs, and call an outdoor lighting expert to make repairs.Replace all halogen bulbs (LEDs last much longer)

• Repair any damaged wire

• Rebury any wiring that has surfaced which often occurs due to lawn and landscape maintenance

• Straighten fixtures that may have been bumped

• Inspect your transformer

• Reset / check your timer

Outdoor lighting maintenace is important Trim for plant overgrowth that may be obstructing the light beam

• Perform simple changes to enhance the effects of your lighting

Priority response throughout the year and service call repairs at no charge are bonus benefits of an Annual Maintenance Plan. Your lighting system remains headache-free and at optimal performance.

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

Take advantage of our professional maintenance and/or repair services today. Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte at 704-849-8808 or email us at charlotte.outdoorlights.com

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte makes beautiful outdoor lighting as easy as 1,2,3!

Charlotte landscape lightingNot only are we the Charlotte area’s premier outdoor lighting company, we also provide the best outdoor lighting service in the area too! We cover everything from planning, design and installation to system upgrades and maintenance. Keep in mind that in order to keep your outdoor lighting system at optimal performance it is crucial to have your system maintained. As spring approaches, now is the perfect time to schedule maintenance for your system.

A small amount of maintenance is all it takes to keep your outdoor lighting looking its best.

A small amount of maintenance is all it takes to keep your outdoor lighting looking its best.

We had a rough winter here in Charlotte. Outdoor lighting fixtures all over town have been knocked around by strong winds, pelted with rain and endured freezing temperatures up until late February and early March. Finally, spring is knocking at the door and all Charlotteans are ready to get outside and enjoy the warm sunshine and Carolina blue skies. With this in mind, have you looked at the condition of your outdoor lighting system? If you answer yes to any of the following questions it is time to give Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte a call:

  • Have plants in your yard grown so much that they block your lighting fixtures? We can help plan for overgrowth and adjust your current system to keep up.
  • Have you, or are you planning to reorganize the landscaping in your yard this season? If so, you may need an outdoor lighting update to maintain a balanced design.
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.

  • 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.
Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

Learn more about outdoor lighting maintenance and repairs, or schedule a professional consultation by calling Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte today. Let us help you make the most out of your outdoor lighting system! Call us at (704) 849-8808 or email us 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

 

Ken Brantley, Owner
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Outdoor Lighting Transformations for the Charlotte Area

Recently perhaps, now that summer is here, you have been considering an outdoor lighting system for your Charlotte home. You may be wondering if such an addition is worth the investment and what the process will entail. You may also be wondering if you will like it. How would you like to walk step-by-step through the process of adding outdoor lighting? From the initial meeting with your outdoor lighting designer to the big reveal for your friends and family.

 

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte is an Outdoor Lighting Perspectives professional. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives is the world’s largest outdoor lighting company. Its outdoor lighting professionals have done over 100,000 installations, and our company upholds the highest standards in design, system components, and customer service. So walk with me through the four phases of an outdoor lighting transformation at one of our sister locations in Augusta, GA, be sure to click the links to view the videos, and see the difference outdoor lighting can truly make.

 

1) Consultation – During your consultation, you will meet with your outdoor lighting designer at your property. During this phase, show us what areas you want to highlight or illuminate, make your preferences known, and tell us how you want to feel when you step into the space.

 

2) Custom Design Plan and Demonstration – We want to be sure you love our design for your property, so before we begin installation, we will demonstrate the design using a temporary light kit. That way, you can see how your property will look after installation. During this phase, be sure to let us know if there are any adjustments or changes you want to make. Once you are happy and give us the okay, we will proceed with installation.

 

3) Installation – During this phase, our professional installers will come make your new outdoor lighting permanent.

 

4) Reveal – Once your system is installed, it’s time for you to enjoy the finished product and show it off to your family and friends. Why not do this with a gathering so everyone can all see it at once and have a wonderful, fun evening too?

 

Outdoor lighting is truly the perfect improvement for your Charlotte home. It makes your property safer, elevates mood, and makes your home and grounds stunningly beautiful at night. Are you ready for such a transformation of your property? Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte today, and let us bring light to your Charlotte nights.

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

 

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

Light More, Spend Less: One Charlotte Resident’s LED Outdoor Lighting Conversion

A long time client approached us recently. And to clarify, when I say “long time,” I mean it. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte installed his original outdoor lighting system ten years ago. His property is large, beautiful, and illuminated by 180 halogen fixtures. The only downside to the system is that operating it is costly. So when our client approached us about this, we were happy we had the perfect solution – LED conversion.

 

If you have large property with many lights or you simply want to cut costs, LED conversion can help you save on your energy bill.

If you have large property with many lights or you simply want to cut costs, LED conversion can help you save on your energy bill.

When our client first installed his system, LEDs were not good options for outdoor lighting. At that time, the color of these lights was very cold, bluish, and unnatural. So even though they consumed less energy, they weren’t attractive. As beauty is one of the main reasons for adding outdoor lighting, they just weren’t acceptable. But luckily, LED technology has come a long way in ten years. Today, their light is clear, natural, and beautiful, and we were able to offer our client high quality LED options that can be integrated seamlessly into his system. Even he won’t be able to tell the difference.

 

As we move forward with his conversion, we’re doing it in stages since LEDs can now be installed right alongside halogen lights without standing out. We will be converting the well lights and tree lighting first because they consume the most wattage. Later, we’ll revisit his path lighting.

 

LED bulbs last much longer and are more energy efficient

LED bulbs last much longer and are more energy efficient

In the end, our client is converting not because he disliked the look of his halogen system but rather because his system will look the just as beautiful and his electric bill will cost substantially less each month. LED bulbs consume about 80% less energy than halogen bulbs do. By converting just 75 of his 180 fixtures, our client will save $100+ per month, and if he converts more fixtures later, the energy savings will be even greater. Additionally, he’ll save maintenance costs since LED components last longer than halogen, with bulbs lasting up to twenty-fives times longer. And finally with Lighting Control Automation (LCA), he can turn zones of the system on or off whenever he pleases to save even more.

 

It is really much easier to convert than you 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. So what are you waiting for? Start the new year right by saving more. Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte today, or contact us here, or through our website. We’d be happy to answer any questions you have about LED conversion.

 

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

 

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

Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte This National Outdoor Lighting Month

Pumpkin spice is in the air, and before you know it you’ll be greeting tiny trick-or-treaters at your door. Then it’s time to turn your clocks back for the rest of the season. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte, there’s always a big rush at this time of the year just before daylight savings hits. It makes sense – Once we set our clocks back, many of us only ever see the sun through an office window during the week, leaving the house before the sun rises and getting home long after dark.

That’s why we’ve officially declared this month National Outdoor Lighting Month, and we’re offering a number of awesome resources for families to start preparing for the longer nights now. In addition to smart outdoor lighting design tips, high-quality product profiles and more, visit www.NationalOutdoorLightingMonth.com to download a free guide to choosing an outdoor professional. Here are just a few reasons this is one of the most important steps of lighting up your home for the Fall:

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Bring out the best in your home with professional outdoor lighting.

Don’t give in to do-it-yourself outdoor lighting projects you may have seen online or at the store. Those designs are a dime a dozen, and your home deserves a better, customized look that really reflects your personal style and taste.

A professional expert is well-equipped to pinpoint the most impressive features of your home and make them shine when the sun goes down. We’re looking for strong architectural features, landscaping details and other opportunities to make your house stand out from the rest. Choose a professional willing to offer consultations before the installation and work with you to make sure you’re getting a design you love.

An outdoor lighting professional won’t take shortcuts when it comes to wiring your system.

Perhaps one of the most important reasons to choose an outdoor lighting professional you trust is for safety. It’s extremely dangerous for an amateur to attempt to wire an entire outdoor lighting system on his or her own and could lead to malfunctions and other hazards down the road.  Choose a professional with years of experience and expertise, so you can enjoy peace of mind that your system has been installed correctly.

A small amount of maintenance is all it takes to keep your outdoor lighting looking its best.

Ask about our high-quality copper outdoor lighting fixtures that are built to last.

An outdoor lighting professional will make sure your system is built to last.

If you opt to do-it-yourself or purchase inexpensive fixtures from the local warehouse store, be prepared to replace almost the entire system after a short time.  However, if you go with a higher-level professional such as Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte, you can count on that investment to last for years.  Choose from a wide variety of top-quality copper and brass-based fixtures that are designed to react with the elements rather than fade over the years, and ask about our energy-efficient LED bulbs that offer lifetimes as long as 25 years!

Learn more about choosing the right outdoor lighting professional for your home by downloading our free guide at www.NationalOutdoorLightingMonth.com, and beat the rush when you call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte before daylight savings time November 2.

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

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

 

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.