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National Garden Month Has Charlotteans Digging in the Dirt!

Charlotte Garden LightingOutdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte is supporting National Garden Month by helping Charlotteans light up their evening landscape that they are busy working on this spring season. With the fabulous weather we’ve been having, homeowners are outdoors in their gardens planting new shrubs and flowers, getting their veggie plants in the ground, cleaning out their pools and prepping for warm weather entertaining with family and friends.

Small spaces in your Charlotte backyard can be brought to life with patio lighting from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

Once you’ve got your front and back yard spruced up and just how you want it, be sure to cap it off with custom landscape lighting that shows off all your hard work. There is no reason why all your beautiful trees, upgrades and hardscape should disappear into the blackness of night. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte will design an illumination scheme that casts a moonlight glow on your garden beds, stonework, pathways and your home’s frontage. We can highlight any special feature that you are looking to stand out in your landscape such as an ornamental tree, water feature or even a piece of garden art or sculpture. You can enjoy your backyard at virtually any hour of the day or night thanks to professionally installed outdoor lighting.

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Landscape lighting offers additional benefits our customers rarely think about when setting up an appointment with us. Sure the gorgeous evening glow is what delights our clients most, but you get the bonus of increased safety, security and convenience, too! Ward off potential trips and falls from guests with good lighting where everyone can walk around with good visibility. Sure footing thanks to proper illuminations makes it easy to get around, go up and down stairs and get the car safely onto the driveway without running over garden beds or the lawn. You can see who is by the pool and in the water, your visitors can get to your front door with ease, and your lit pathways can guide your guests from one end of your property to the other easily.

Charlotte landscape lightingSecurity is another key outdoor lighting advantage, since burglars usually try to avoid well-lit homes that look occupied. We will look at your property in the evening to consider areas that are poorly illuminated and are potentially good targets for a thief, and we will add targeted light that will send them elsewhere. We install timers that turn your lights on and off at random times so it looks lived in, even if it’s a summer or vacation home.

The convenience factor of being able to hang out with friends and family well into the evening is another big plus that custom landscape light brings about. We can set up task lighting so you can grill and work at your outdoor kitchen with ease, you can have dinner, the kids can play on their swing set, and guests can swim in the pool all night long. The entertaining can go on as long as you like thanks to good outdoor lighting that keeps the party rolling. Everyone will feel comfortable because it’s easy to see and it looks gorgeous outside to boot.

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

Lawn and Garden Month is the perfect time to get all your outdoor projects completed for summer fun. Give Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte a shout when you are done, so we can put some sparkle on all your hard work. Call us today to learn more at (704) 849-8808 or via email at charlotte.outdoorlights.com.

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

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

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

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

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

Elizabeth Outdoor Lighting

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

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

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

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

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

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

Artistry through lighting is what our most recent installation is all about!

Attraction Lights 4x4 Circle Cross Series.

Attraction Lights 4×4 Circle Cross Series.

In our previous post, “Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte and Attraction Lights are the artistic union of light and shadow, where form enhances function“, we discussed the way one of our newest decorative lighting mediums, Attraction Lights, draws the eye to the  artistry of the fixture and the haunting shadows these lights cast. This week, our focus is a recent outdoor lighting installation which showcases the beauty and benefit of these decorative lights when used alongside our traditional fixtures. 

In this video clip, Larry Spada, who is the creative director and brand strategist with Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Richmond, VA, and resident of Charlotte NC, discusses the details of his “in progress” outdoor lighting installation at his charming home.

This installation entails replacement of his existing fixtures with two(2) decorative Attraction lights at well-appointed locations to enhance the front of the property. The project also includes the installation of three (3) Boca lights to aid in illuminating the planted areas around the front perimeter of the home and along the driveway to enliven a beautiful, mature crepe myrtle tree!

Attraction Lights’ LED illuminated sculptural fixtures become focal points when used in conjunction with traditional Outdoor Lighting Perspectives fixtures and together they add distinctive new dimensions within your landscape and garden. This artistic lighting exhilarates the senses and evokes ambiance. Stay tuned for a look at the completed installation taking place at this charming Charlotte residence….

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

If you are ready to experience the captivating allure that outdoor lighting can add to your home or business, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte today to learn more about our one-of-a-kind outdoor lighting designs and these artistic assets. You can reach us at 704-849-8808 or email us at charlotte@outdoorlights.com.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte and Attraction Lights are the artistic union of light and shadow, where form enhances function

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Focal point statuary lighting at Charlotte home.

In a gallery setting, the lighting of artwork is crucial to supporting the meaning of the artwork.  Soft lighting illuminates the image or sculpture for subtle consideration, while strong lighting creates strong highlights and shadows to enhance the physical form of the object. In the outdoor lighting industry, your home and its surrounding property are the physical forms of the object for which the outdoor lighting design, a.k.a. artwork, of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte enhances…meaning essentially, our artwork enhances your most beloved work of art, your home and property, highlighting its meaning and value to you.

Considered artists of light and shadow, we create custom lighting designs (our artwork), that are a combination of soft ambient lighting and task lighting which heightens the textures, architectural elements and colors of your home; increases the functionality and safety of areas and structures on your property; and adds complexity and depth to your garden and landscape. We are currently creating just such artwork for a client in the Queen City with traditional Outdoor Lighting Perspectives fixtures and the addition of Attraction Lights’ artistic sculptural lighting in 4×4 bollard light fixtures.

Attraction Lights Cluster Spire Detail.

Attraction Lights Cluster Spire Detail.

Attraction Lights is Lyle Braud’s company which came about after he spent many years creating artistic garden lighting layouts and beautifully tailored landscape light designs for his landscape design build company. For more than 12 years now, he has focused his artistic energies on the sculptural designing of distinctive lighting fixtures which provide excellent LED lighting and can stand alone as incredible works of art. With geometric, abstract, or nature-like designs, their shadow pattern lighting adds drama and beauty to any area in which they are installed, while helping to direct the eye through the landscape.

Attraction Lights 4x4 Circle Cross Series.

Attraction Lights 4×4 Circle Cross Series.

Although the majority of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte’s lighting designs are created with the core idea of “focus on the effect, not the fixture”, some require a bit more. There is certainly a time and place where it is quite apropos to incorporate a lighting fixture which “has a strong, sculptural presence during the day, and are a beautiful, glowing presence at night,” as these marvelous illuminations are described by Randall Whitehead, nationally known lighting designer, author, and speaker. We absolutely agree and feel that these wonderful, artistic illuminated elements are as intriguing as they are captivating. They can be used as a stunning work of art in your landscape, or as a conversation starting centerpiece or focal point in your garden.

Pathway lighting with a twist.

Pathway lighting with a twist.

These pagoda-like pathway lights, driveway lights, bollards, area lights, or garden sculptures come in a variety of materials, sizes and pattern styles formed within the metal housing which cast a distinct light and shadow pattern on the surfaces surrounding the light fixture. The interplay between object and shadow is enchanting, almost supernatural. Unique features include a light source hidden inside the cap of the fixtures (this prevents the glare typically associated with a traditional pagoda light and many of the bollards available today), inserts made of art glass and acrylic as well as those made of traditional clear glass, signature design elements and the ability to integrate custom graphics and fixture design for a distinguished outdoor lighting design.

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

Attraction Lights’ LED illuminated sculptural fixtures become focal points when used in conjunction with traditional Outdoor Lighting Perspectives fixtures and together they add distinctive new dimensions within your landscape and garden. This artistic lighting enlivens the senses and evokes ambiance.

If you are ready to experience the captivating allure that outdoor lighting can add to your home or business, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte today to learn more about our one-of-a-kind outdoor lighting designs and these artistic assets. You can reach us at 704-849-8808 or email us at charlotte@outdoorlights.com.

 

Be sure to check back in to see the final reveal of our Charlotte project which incorporates Attraction Lights.

Charlotte Outdoor Lighting Makes a Great Holiday Gift

An investment in the beauty, safety and value of your home is a good idea any time, but it can be especially meaningful during the holiday season. When you install a professional Charlotte outdoor lighting system, you are improving the quality of life at your home all year long.

Let a professional design your outdoor lighting system.

Let a professional design your outdoor lighting system.

 

A well-designed architectural lighting plan will include your decorating ideas for your home. Whether you hang wreaths in December or display flags on the big oak in your front yard, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte will make sure that everyone can appreciate your sense of style. You will be able to see your beautiful home accessories day or night.

 

There is nothing more warm and welcoming than arriving at a well lit house. When you incorporate Charlotte architectural lighting into your property, you let friends and family know that you are always happy to see them. Day or night, every month of the year, you leave a light on for them.

 

Outdoor lighting increases safety all year long

Outdoor lighting increases safety all year long.

Strings of blinking lights wrapped around trees are fun, but they do little to improve the safety of your home. Trip and fall injuries are usually preventable. The first step in avoiding this common problem is making sure that walkways and stairs are easy to see. By illuminating areas where there is a change in elevation, like doorways, gates, and patios, you make movement safer for everyone. It’s a great way to show you care.

 

The one group of potential visitors who won’t appreciate your Charlotte landscape lighting, is burglars. Home security professionals recommend that you light shadowed areas close to your home to take away possible hiding places. Everyone likes to see Santa bringing a big bag of gifts. No one wants to see the Grinch taking everything out of your house. Quality exterior lighting is one of the best security features money can buy and that’s one of the best gifts you can give yourself and your family.

 

Give Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte a call today and give the give of outdoor lighting to yourself or your loved ones this holiday season!

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantley, Owner

704-849-8808

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Don’t Wait To Turn The Light On

Do you remember the old slogan from the Tom Bodett commercials for Motel 6? Whether or not that motel chain is your cup of tea, the warm, folksy promise that Bodett offered at the end of every ad: “We’ll keep the light on for you,” really resonates. Leaving the light on is a timeless way of telling friends and family that you care about them and want them to arrive safely.

Your Charlotte landscape lighting is an welcoming invitation to your guest.

Your Charlotte landscape lighting is an welcoming invitation to your guest.

 

Regardless of your stage of life, Charlotte outdoor lighting offers so much to the people who live in and visit your home. Toddlers and young children often fear the dark and approach a building much more confidently when it is well lit. Whether they are your children, your grandchildren or even your great-grandchildren, you will want to make the path to your house warm and welcoming.

 

Teenagers are notorious for their inexperienced driving and late night arrivals. By lighting your driveway, you will help them navigate it safely, regardless of what time they come or go. You may find yourself staying up late to watch for their car returning from an ice cream run or a party. When the yard and doorways are lit, you won’t have to squint and peer out the window. You will know for sure if they made curfew or not.

 

Lighting your driveway with landscape lighting brings guests in and sends them off safely.

Lighting your driveway with landscape lighting brings guests in and sends them off safely.

Trips and falls are not fun at any age, but they can be especially dangerous for elderly relatives. By keeping the entrances and exits to your home well maintained and adequately lighted, you help to mitigate that danger. After daylight savings time ends and the nights grow longer, Charlotte exterior lighting grows more important with each passing day.

 

Each night when I let the dog out before I go to sleep, I am always very happy to have a way to monitor his “progress” as he sniffs about the yard. If you have a procrastinator like mine, you will be very glad to have a way to know when the business of the evening has been accomplished. I believe my lights also deter other dog owners from stopping at my yard on their evening constitutional.

 

Your friends and family are the most important part of your life. Don’t wait to turn the light on for them. Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte and your landscape lighting will extend that invitation to the each and every night.

 

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

 

Ken Brantley, Owner

704-849-8808

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

 

 

Charlotte Outdoor Lighting is the Key to Fabulous Fall Evenings

Fall brings cooler nights to enjoy outside.

Fall brings cooler nights to enjoy outside.

Somewhere, summer must have a great promotional team. It lays claim to some really great music, a few fun, low-stress holidays, seasonal fresh food, and lots of vacations. Fall has some great untapped potential though and, if you do a little advance work, it could become your new favorite season.

 

Start by thinking about your home, yard, and outdoor living spaces. Now that summer vacations are over, you will have more time to relax and really enjoy them. The temperatures will be cooler, the grass won’t need cutting as frequently, and friends and family will be around more often for some laid back socializing. Installing a quality Charlotte landscape lighting system is an ideal first step toward enjoying many lazy autumn evenings outside.

 

Consider an outdoor lighting system to your favorite spots first.

Consider an outdoor lighting system to your favorite spots first.

Where do you want to spend your time outside? Start by lighting those areas first. Whether it’s a patio, deck, porch or an open area on your lawn, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Charlotte will design a system customized to how you use your space. We can show you how Charlotte LED outdoor lights will improve the safety, security and beauty of the exterior of your home.

 

Ground-level lighting is terrific for lighting pathways and accenting landscaping and water features. Charlotte outdoor lighting on stairs and columns defines spaces and helps you and your guests avoid trips and falls. Architectural lights will improve your home’s curb appeal and increase security at the same time. Customers are always impressed with how warm and welcoming new lighting systems make their homes. They find themselves spending more and more time outdoors after they’ve been installed.

 

Shorter days don’t mean you have to sacrifice time outdoors, but they are a great reason to have a Charlotte outdoor lighting system installed. You’ve invested time and money in creating a terrific outdoor living space. Make the most of it by extending your use of these areas throughout the fall and into early winter. Don’t let anyone tell you that summer is the best time to be outside.

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantley, Owner

704-849-8808

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Try Something New With Your Charlotte Pool Area Lighting

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte, pool area lighting is one of our favorite designs to work with. There’s something about the pool area that transforms after dark in a way no other backyard area can match. From sparkling reflections dancing on the water to dressing up new play areas around it, here are just a few new things you can try in your pool area at home to really make it stand out from the rest.

Our solid copper fixtures blend in with their surroundings.

Carve out a party spot with path lights around the pool area.

In Charlotte, path lighting is one of the best ways to guide your guests down to the pool area without resorting to an overblown flood light or making them walk in the dark.  In addition to helping you carve out your Charlotte pool area, lighting techniques can help improve the overall safety and security of your backyard. Illuminate tripping hazards around the pool, and use Charlotte path lighting to clearly define the edges of the pool as well as safe walkways around it.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte can illuminate your patio at night

Moonlighting casts a gorgeous natural glow on your favorite backyard spots.

Create a brand new space to play games with moonlighting.

Got extra space around the pool in your backyard? Reinvent grassy spots as play areas for bocce ball, horseshoes and other games your family and friends love to play. Our experienced professionals are experts at crafting Charlotte outdoor lighting designs to fit your specific needs. For this example, ground fixtures may give the area a nice look, but they’ll also be dangerous tripping hazards and are not ideal for game spots. Additionally, traditional tree lighting techniques may be too bright and shine directly in players’ eyes. We’ll show you how to leverage professional moonlighting techniques, with Charlotte outdoor lighting designs shining through the branches and onto the play area, augmenting and emulating the natural light from the moon.

Try café lights around the seating area to tie the whole area together.

Get even more adventurous with Charlotte café lights in the style of your favorite restaurant or hotel. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte offers a number of unique options to dress up your seating areas, hot tub and other favorite spots around the pool to take your backyard to the next level. You and your guests will feel like you’re soaking up the luxury of a four star hotel every night at home with the creative, elegant pool area lighting from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte today for pool area lighting tips and tricks like these and more. With just a few expertly placed Charlotte outdoor lighting fixtures, we’ll help you transform your backyard into one of the most magical family gathering spots in your home.

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

Landscape Lighting Puts The Finishing Touches on Your Home’s Overall Look

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte, we’ve noticed a lot of home magazines stepping up their advertising with beautiful, glamorous photographs. But there’s one thing we’ve noticed all of the smartest ads have in common – they take advantage of the amazing transformative effects of professional landscape lighting.

Beam spreads on this Charlotte home accentuate the homes facade

Landscape lighting gives your home’s overall look a brighter, more balanced look.

Lighting up your home’s architecture and then calling it quits is like painting the center of a canvas and leaving the edges blank. Rather, an expert outdoor lighting professional always utilizes all of the space available in a home to give it a fuller, more balanced look with landscape lighting. Here are a few examples of Charlotte landscape lighting options to make your own home look like something out of a photograph.

  • Expand your Charlotte outdoor lighting system into the yard with a few subtle landscape lighting fixtures that shine a spotlight on the features you love and hide the ones you’d rather keep in the dark.
  • Uplight the trees in your yard to bring out your favorite textures and cast beautiful, unique shadows around the yard.
  • Use outdoor lighting to brighten up your deck and patio. Our experts can help you craft an atmosphere for your backyard that’s even better than the magazines by adding depth to your design with creative landscape lighting in the background.
  • Charlotte Garden Lighting

    Create a majestic pathway for guests in your home with creative path lighting.

    Get creative with Charlotte path lighting:

    • Design a spiraling walkway to your favorite gathering spots
    • Craft a unique pattern to play on the reflections in the pool.
    • Come up with your own ideas for your unique home. Our outdoor lighting professionals are experts at customizing Charlotte landscape lighting to match your one-of-a-kind style.

Learn more when you call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte. Landscape lighting is just one of the many ways we help you put the finishing touches on your home’s look at night. Our experts are standing by to help you customize your one-of-a-kind design today!

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