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

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

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

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

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.

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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

704-849-8808
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte