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

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

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

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

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

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

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

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

Outdoor Lighting Increases Enjoyable Space and Keeps Family and Friends Hanging out Well into the Season.

Charlotte tree lightingCharlotte’s weather affords us the ability to enjoy the outdoors in the evenings well into fall and even winter. Entertaining friends and family is the perfect way to spend a seasonally cool evening, so grab a jacket and get ready to hang out as the leaves change color!

All the comforts of indoors can easily be appreciated outdoors in the beauty of your backyard at nightfall. We can cast a warm glow over your outdoor fireplace or fire pit so that the family can have fun roasting marshmallows and swigging down a yummy cup of hot chocolate. Your pool deck is the perfect spot to hang out and can take on the effect of a pretty lake when we string festival or orb lighting above it for a magical evening effect. You can root for you’re the Panthers on a Sunday Night and celebrate a winning touchdown on your covered porch thanks to fixtures that will have the entire veranda glowing after dusk.


An outdoor kitchen or barbeque is ideal for an autumn night romantic dinner with your significant other right under the moonlight on a starry night, too. Task lighting will provide efficient illumination so you can whip up a delicious meal to accompany a fabulous bottle of wine right on your deck or patio on any night. We can cast a passionately dramatic light in this area so you and your best love can dine al fresco with enough visibility to see what’s on your plate, yet keep things looking as if it’s lit up by candlelight.

Charlotte outdoor kitchen task lighting

We can brighten the obscurities in the blackness so you can see all around the boundary lines of your property and be able to appreciate all the greenery and hardscapes and give things greater depth than they actually have. We can cascade light down from your trees for a moonlit effect and we can enchantingly light up your winding pathways to make them look like they lead into a fairyland world. There are tricks to fool the eye that our talented lighting architects employ that speaks volumes to the artistry that a pro lighting designer with training has.

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Autumn Charlotte weather enables us North Carolinians the chance to enjoy outdoor living nearly all year long. Take advantage of enhancing your backyard lifestyle by having Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte come out to transform your yard into an alluring space that gives you additional square footage and usability in the evening. It adds value to your home and it’s a significant lifestyle boost, as it means more quality time with your family and friends and it gets you breathing fresh air outside, too.

October is National Outdoor Lighting Month, so it’s the perfect time to reap all the benefits that evening illumination has to offer, including the safety and security that a well-lit property affords.

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

Let Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte increase your outdoor living plan with the help of strategically placed lighting fixtures made in the USA. Contact us today to learn more at (704) 849-8808 or via email at


Taking Charlotte Outdoor Living to the Next Level

 Fall and winter are outstanding times to evaluate your home and yard and make arrangements to improve them. During the spring and summer there can be a lot of competition for the best contractors and the best prices. The cooler months are the time when the early birds are thinking about how they want to enjoy their yards next year and making their plans.


Professionally designed and installed Charlotte outdoor lighting is frequently underused and undervalued. If you have ever spent an evening relaxing around a fire pit on a well lit paver patio, you know how the lighting elevates the quality of the experience. People aren’t stumbling around in the dark, accidentally swapping drinks or risking a dangerous trip and fall. The patio lighting warmly echoes the light from the fire and improves both the mood and the safety.


Charlotte landscape lightingIf you are lucky enough to have a gazebo, trellis or swing in your garden, it is probably one of your favorite parts of your yard. They are wonderful because you can almost surround yourself with nature. When they are carefully and gently lit, you will find that you spend even more time outside enjoying the serenity of the garden. With your lights on a dimmer, you can decide if you want enough light to see the colors of the flower blossoms or read a book or whether you want to keep things dim enough to enjoy the fireflies without losing your footing on your way from the house.


Have you invested in a grill or outdoor kitchen big enough to feed the whole clan? Can you see the food while you are cooking it? If you accidentally left this key design detail off your original plans, now is the perfect time to do a project add on. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte can design and install a system that will make all your outdoor cooking and entertaining so much easier and more enjoyable. It’s never too late to add lighting to your outdoor living area… and it’s never too early.


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


Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Don’t Give in to the Dark Side of Charlotte Landscape Lighting

Summer is coming to a close and the “big box” stores have outdoor lighting on clearance. Before you go getting excited about scoring a fabulous deal on the cheapest lighting fixtures money can buy, I’d like to offer you a few tips from a professional who has been in the Charlotte landscape lighting business for a while now.


Its tough to call solar fixtures "lighting".

Its tough to call solar fixtures “lighting”.

The Glow Worm Effect: Like with many inexpensively made imports, those stake lights you see in the discount aisle are not made to last and they don’t provide quality light. The solar-powered ones are especially weak. The concept of solar lighting sounds so promising, but the results on the street have been really disappointing. When I drive by homes with these anemic lights, I think of the glow worm night light toys that used to be popular. Glow worms are terrific for calming a fretful child at bedtime, but are not a great choice for lighting a home.


Lining your driveway makes it look like a runway.

Lining your driveway makes it look like a runway.


The Airport Effect: I’d also suggest that you avoid straight, parallel lines of stake lights going down a path or driveway. They almost always end up looking like a runway. You don’t live at the airport; your home shouldn’t look like one.


The Prison Escape: Another common rookie lighting mistake is putting the fixtures in any space that is convenient and then pointing them at various places in the yard. This creates two problems. First, you often see the fixture itself standing out like a lonely soldier on a field. Second, your home may end up looking like it has been caught as part of a prison escape attempt.


Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte brings professional custom designs and techniques to the table when we create up each of our outdoor lighting plans. This includes the proper placement of the light beams and concealment of the fixtures. Each and every light operates as a player on a team whose goal is to make your home look outstanding after dark.


Let a professional design your outdoor lighting system.

Let a professional design your outdoor lighting system.

Our low-maintenance, energy-efficient Charlotte LED outdoor lighting fixtures put out an incredible amount of light. The solid copper and heavy duty pvc lights blend in beautifully with all your landscaping and they are built to last season after season. They can be put on a timer or paired with a remote control for added convenience. Call us for a free consultation and we’ll show you how great your house can look day and night.


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


Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Loving Outdoor Living in Charlotte Made Simple

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  It’s possible to absorb large amounts of information by simply looking at one photo.  With that in mind, we wanted to let you know Loving Outdoor Living Free e-magaineabout a new e-magazine filled with beautiful photos, called Loving Outdoor Living.  The free online guide, brought to you by Outdoor Living Brands, contains page after page of full-colored outdoor settings, information on new outdoor living products and the latest home developments in outdoor living spaces. You’ll even find information on entertaining outdoors and tasty recipes to try.

Take your time to browse through the free Loving Outdoor Living e-magazine.  You can even download the PDF version to save for future reference.  If you like what you see and are interested in more, hop on over to the Loving Outdoor Living blog that continues to engage you with the latest news on outdoor living comforts and accents.

Loving Outdoor Living Blog

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte is proud to be part of the Outdoor Living Brands family.  As you page through the free e-magazine, be sure to stop and read how Charlotte outdoor lighting adds more life to outdoor living, found on page 25.  The article will explain how landscape lighting enhances your outdoor living spaces and the various techniques we use to light your Charlotte decks, paths, pool areas and more.

It’s the perfect time of year to enjoy your outdoor living spaces.  It’s also the perfect time of year to enhance those spaces with Charlotte outdoor lighting so you can enjoy them longer Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotteinto the night.  If you’d like to see how Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte could light your home, landscaping, pathways, deck, patio, pool area, garden and more, give us a call at 704-849-8808 or visit our Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte website.  Our consultation is always free.  We think you’ll like how your outdoor living spaces look at feel with the soft illumination of Charlotte outdoor lighting.

Dress Up Your Charlotte Deck And Patio In Their Spring Best With Outdoor Lighting

Amidst all of this rain, we’ve already had a few glimpses of beautiful Spring weather this season in Charlotte. Don’t wait until the next blue-sky, 80-degree day to start wishing you could enjoy the weather deep into the night. Here’s why it’s important to start planning your custom designs for your deck and patio now with Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

Professional outdoor lighting offers a wide range of design options and versatility when it comes to how you enjoy the outdoors after dark. Here are a few ideas to keep in mind as you craft a one-of-a-kind look for your home:

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte can illuminate your patio at night

Create a cozier atmosphere in your backyard with deck and patio lighting.

Just steal some inspiration from your favorite restaurant’s patio – They don’t leave you sitting in the dark while you’re enjoying food or drinks outside. Professional outdoor lighting is almost always used to create a warm, subtle atmosphere to augment your dining experience. You can use this same technique to enjoy a luxurious, cozy night outdoors in your own home – whether you’re enjoying drinks with neighbors or games with the family – with professional deck and patio lighting.

Go big with your deck and patio lighting to host larger parties at home.

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte, we can match any style. If soft, subtle deck and patio lighting isn’t your speed, we can take it up a notch with bigger designs that really make your home stand out. Transform your house into the neighborhood party spot with creative lanai lighting, deck and patio lighting and more. Our experts are standing by to bring your vision into reality this spring.

Beat any commercial space with the perfect deck or patio lighting.

Outdoor lighting is an extremely important safety feature for any homeowner with a deck or patio.

Deck and patio lighting are extremely important safety features for any home.

In addition to enhancing the overall look and feel of your home after dark, deck and patio lighting are extremely important additions for any homeowner with these outdoor features. Just imagine the kids playing outside, or a guest taking a break outside to get some fresh air – If the area isn’t properly lit it’s an accident waiting to happen. It’s an easy problem to fix, with just a few simple outdoor lighting fixtures placed near any steps or trouble areas, and a flood light to cast a light over the entire deck or patio for safety.

Call now for even more ideas about how you can transform your deck and patio and get it into shape for the spring and summer weather with Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

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

Outdoor Lighting for After the Snowstorm

As you know, snowstorm Pax arrived in Charlotte last week. It  really came down out there! Schools were closed, businesses are sent their workers home, and we were all hunkered down. Hopefully, you were by a fireplace. While it seemed like Puxatawnee Phil might have been lying earlier this month while we were out enjoying the sun and mild temperatures, last week we have no doubt he was telling the truth. Even though the storm drove us back indoors, warmer weather is right around the corner. We do, after all, live in North Carolina. When spring finally comes, be sure you are ready to escape into the outdoors, and be sure you can spend as much time there as you want. This can all be made possible with outdoor lighting.


Get your outdoor living spaces ready for spring time use with outdoor lighting.

Get your outdoor living spaces ready for spring time use with outdoor lighting.

Whether you want to light the front of your home or extend the hours you can use your deck, gazebo, fire pit, or garden, outdoor lighting adds beauty, functionality, and safety to your property. Not only does illuminating the front of your home help prevent trips and falls as you walk to the door, it attracts the eyes of those strolling down the street and welcomes guests when they arrive. Deck and patio lighting allows you to use these areas far into the night and can create a variety of moods in your outdoor living spaces. Fire pit area lighting can help facilitate conversation since you will be able to see the faces of those across the pit from you, and it can also help you avoid stepping on the marshmallow bag. Nothing elevates the look of your garden more than garden lighting. Carefully illuminated trees, foliage, and flowers inspire relaxation and a sense of peace. Sounds enticing, doesn’t it? Especially today.


Be sure your home is ready when the snow melts.

Be sure your home is ready when the snow melts.

The outdoors are beautiful, and I know you want to preserve that beauty. With advancements in LED outdoor lighting technology, you can minimize your impact on the environment while you enjoy it. The high quality LEDs from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte are indistinguishable from traditional halogen lights, consume 80% less energy, and last up to 25 years. You won’t have to sacrifice light quality to fulfill your dedication to the world around you.


Yes, there was a lot of snow on the ground and luckily it did melt fast and soon we will be enjoying warm, spring weather. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte has the industry experience you need to turn your outdoor lighting visions into reality and the ability to maximize the time you can enjoy the outdoors. Give us a call.



Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte



Ken Brantley, Owner
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Bright Ideas For Your New Years Resolutions

Now that the New Year has begun, we expect to see homeowners all over Charlotte hunker down and start getting serious about crossing the biggest home projects off their to-do lists. One of the easiest ways to dramatically transform and improve the way your home looks from the street? You guessed it – Include outdoor lighting systems from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte in these big home projects:

Give a warmer welcome home this holiday season with professional outdoor lighting.

Make a great first and lasting impression with one-of-a-kind outdoor entrance lighting.

Refurbish the front door

 It’s the first thing your guests see when they arrive at your house and the last thing they’ll see before they leave. It’s easy to make a great first and lasting impression with a few simple entrance lighting fixtures at your home.

Consider installing some accent lighting to highlight your house’s street number, family nameplate or any other unique features at your front door. It’s also a good idea to install path lighting and other entrance lighting fixtures around the driveway to help improve visibility at night, increasing your family’s safety and giving your home a more polished, put-together look overall.

Charlotte Garden Lighting

Don’t wait until Spring to enjoy your own backyard — ask an outdoor lighting expert how you can maximize the potential in your own backyard today.

Maximize your backyard’s potential

The weather in Charlotte is just mild enough that we’re able to enjoy our backyards almost all year round. Take advantage of where you live, and don’t let your backyard sit in the dark until Spring. Work with a professional at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte to light up your yard with one-of-a-kind landscape lighting. We’ll bring out your favorite features around the house, whether it’s an old tree that adds character to the yard or carefully plotted greenery. It only takes a few simple fixtures to drastically improve your home’s appearance at night and maximize your backyard’s potential all year round.


Create a one-of-a-kind party atmosphere with professional pool deck lighting.

Feel free to host a pool party any time of the year when you makeover your favorite gathering spots with outdoor lighting.

Improve your family’s favorite gathering spots

On a similar note, you don’t have to wait until Spring to get family and friends outside together on the back porch, patio or other sitting areas. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte offers a number of easy solutions to light up your favorite gathering spots so you can utilize them any time you want to. Ask about how you can create a one-of-a-kind atmosphere for your deck, pool area or other backyard party spot with an expertly crafted outdoor lighting system today.

It’s never been easier to knock out your biggest home projects and drastically improve the appearance of your home. Give Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte a call today – once you’ve crossed off one New Years Resolution, you might find the inspiration to actually cut the carbs and drop the doughnuts follow through on some of the other, more difficult resolutions.

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

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Make Your Backyard the Place to Be with Charlotte Outdoor Lighting

Beat any commercial space with the perfect deck or patio lighting.

Beat any commercial space with the perfect deck or patio lighting.

Autumn in the South is a welcomed change that brings an array of brightly colored trees and pleasantly cool temperatures. It is a brilliant season tailor made for receptions, tailgates, birthday parties, and several other special events. Yet who has the time or money to spend on finding extravagant venues to host these events? Crowded restaurants are too impersonal, public parks have no ambiance, and overpriced destination spots may be more trouble than they are worth. You want to be able to host the perfect event that can only be made complete by the perfect venue. That’s why Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte proposes turning your very own backyard into the season’s hot spot with outdoor lighting.

Imagine, for a moment, that you are planning a reception. You’ll be needing a stunning yet personal venue to welcome a small group of family and friends. Forgo the poorly decorated community center or over-the-top commercial venue and focus on your own backyard. By installing strategically placed outdoor lights you can transform the area into something spectacular. Deck lights washing over your gathering area will provide illumination for safety and beauty, giving your guests a place to sit and relax.

The comfort of your backyard with a beauty of professional lighting.

The comfort of your backyard with the beauty of professional lighting.

A few well placed spot lights will give attention to specific elements, such as a water features or majestic trees, and catch your guests’ eyes. And scattering a handful of path lights or well lights in the right places can cast dramatic shadows to complete the ambiance. In the end you’re left with a fantastic space you can enjoy year round.

Whether you are looking for a place to host the next PTA meeting, a Panthers tailgating party, or simply an oasis for your own use, outdoor lighting can benefit you. We enjoy slightly warmer fall nights here in Charlotte as opposed to those further north. Make the most of these comfortably cool nights through outdoor lighting. The aesthetic beauty created by subtle lights will beckon you each and every night to come outside. You’ll be stunned at how extravagant your own yard can become.

Never have to rely on the yellow books or search engines to find the perfect spot. With outdoor lighting in your yard, you’ll have already have it. Give us a call today. We’ll discuss your needs and work to design your personal outdoor lighting system. Soon enough you and your family will be skipping the noisy venues for a chance to relax in your newly illuminated, breathtaking backyard.

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

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte