Our LED’s put us at the top in the Queen City for beautiful outdoor lighting designs.

Charlotte entryway lighting (2)LED lighting truly is a worldwide trending topic right now. Their popularity isn’t surprising, as they are lighting the way to a greener future. These innovative illuminators are doing this by using 75 percent less energy, lasting 25 times longer than incandescent light bulbs, and doing both of those desirable acts at a cooler temperature. In the energy industry the combination of these impressive features into a single bulb is a homerun, especially when compared to halogen or incandescent bulbs. However, for lighting designers and homeowners these features made LED bulbs intriguing, but could in no way make up for their lack of the warm and inviting sunlight-like color rendering capability. This is certainly not true for today’s LEDs!

cri_chart_webA good understanding of the color rendering index (CRI) rating of a light bulb is valuable for designers and homeowners alike. Because of the light bulb, we have the ability to be surrounded by color and light 24 hours a day…shouldn’t our interiors and exteriors be awash in the best true-color producing light possible? In general terms, CRI is a measure of a light source’s ability to show object colors “realistically” or “naturally” compared to a familiar reference source, either incandescent light or daylight. Daylight has the peak CRI of 100 and the newer LEDs have a 90.

The CRI rating tells the consumer the color temperature of the light emitted by an LED. 2,700 – 3,000 Kelvin (K) is the optimal color temperature for warm, natural light. Anything over 3,200 will appear blue; anything below 2,700 has insufficient lumen output for effective illumination. Any LED which has no CRI rating, is most likely poorly manufactured and will provide a cold sterile blue hue. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte uses CREE LEDs (CRI rating of 3,000K) in our outdoor lighting systems because they are the most optimal for outdoor lighting with a warm, natural feel.

Bring new life to your Charlotte home with outdoor lightingThe technological color quality improvements of the LED lighting today is how Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte is able to bring residents of the Queen City the most cutting edge, energy-efficient, durable, and beautiful outdoor lighting designs. Although CREE LEDs are more expensive than others on the market, they are guaranteed to give you the look you want from your outdoor lighting system. We are proud to use CREE bulbs as they were developed right here in the Raleigh-Durham area of North Carolina with many years of research and development for the ultimate in lighting appearance and performance.

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

If you’re ready to make the switch to LED outdoor lighting, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte and know you are not only getting the best LEDs on the market but the most cutting edge outdoor lighting design to make your property the envy of the neighborhood!

Call us at (704) 849-8808 or email us at charlotte.outdoorlights.com.

 

 

 

 

Now is the time to consider outdoor lighting to enliven your anticipated spring landscaping endeavors!

Uplighting a pergola in Charlotte

Outdoor lighting beautifies every season within the landscape!

There is no denying that winter has finally arrived here in the Charlotte area. Late January and early February are most often the time when we experience our coldest temperatures. Daydreaming of warmer days and nights ahead help to ease winter’s chill. With this in mind, many homeowners are beginning to plan for upcoming landscaping projects and additions. Landscape lighting, accent lighting and garden lighting is a magical way to enhance your outdoor spaces and add beauty to the landscape — and the best part is, outdoor lighting can be added anytime, in any season!

It is a common misconception that many residents think of spring as the ideal season for planting, when in truth, many trees and shrub specimens respond better when planting during the cooler months because it reduces stress on new plantings and makes them more likely to establish successfully in order to thrive in the future. Here in the Southeast, cooler temperatures and lowered humidity make fall and winter the best times to move ahead with many landscaping projects. This includes the addition of outdoor lighting to the landscape!

Take a look at these Charlotte landscapes before and after the addition of outdoor lighting and see why lighting adds the finishing touches to your new or existing landscape:

Charlotte Architectural Lighting

Charlotte Garden Lighting

  • Benefits of the well-lit landscape: 

There are four (4) main benefits to adding landscape lighting to your property. These are beauty, curb appeal, safety and security. While the aesthetic benefits of landscape lighting are an inevitable plus, the added benefit of making your home safer and more secure is a driving force for installing landscape lighting for many Charlotte area homeowners.

Outdoor lighting ensures the safety of your steps through you Charlotte gardenA picture is worth a thousand words when it comes to describing the beauty benefits of landscape lighting. Trees, shrubs and flowers come to life under the spell of lighting! Your lawn will appear more lush, your blooms will appear more colorful and vivid, and your landscape will have depth and dimension! 

Landscape lighting also aids in a more secure home because the veil of darkness is lifted making your home less tantalizing to would-be criminals. Burglars typically decide which homes would make good candidates from the vantage point of the street looking for accessible homes that allow easy entry and exit. Criminals are more likely to target a home that cannot be observed by neighbors or a passersby. If your home and landscape is well-lit, criminals are more likely to pass it by, since an attempted break-in on your property would require them to step into the light, leaving them vulnerable and exposed. No more dark hedges or shrubs under windows!

Charlotte trees light at night with outdoor lightingFrom a safety perspective, the addition of landscape lighting improves safety for you, your family and the guests who frequent your property at night. Whether it is a quick trip to the pool house to grab laundry, an evening game of corn-hole or horse shoes by the deck or dinner on the patio, landscape lighting will ensure the areas you frequent in the evening are visible and safe for eased travel and enjoyment.

Charlotte outdoor lightingIt is also no secret that homes with professional outdoor lighting installations generally appraise for more than those which do not. This is a testament to the power of curb appeal. Not only does your home “show” better at night for potential buyers and to spark interest, today’s home buyer is savvy and recognizes the many benefits of outdoor lighting in comparison to other homes in their price range.

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte today to learn more about our timeless landscape lighting designs! You can reach us at (704) 849-8808 or charlotte.outdoorlights.com

Give the Gift of Charlotte Outdoor Lighting

Give the gift of outdoor lighting this year.

Give the gift of outdoor lighting this year.

So many gifts that we give have a very limited lifespan. Technology toys become obsolete so quickly and many other gifts break or go out of style in a matter of months. A Charlotte outdoor lighting system is a gift you can give yourself and your home that will pay dividends for many years to come– perhaps even for as long as you own your home.

 

The first thing you will notice after installation of your new custom-designed system is how great it makes your home look from the street. As you pull up in front of your house or into your driveway after dark, you will feel a little more relaxed and at peace. Your home is welcoming you back with its brightness and warmth. Others will notice the change as well; neighbors and friends will comment on how great your home looks– did you have work done?

 

Once spring rolls around, you will find that you are spending more time out in the yard. The landscaping and garden look terrific and it’s much easier and more fun to spend time out on the patio or deck. Families that have a lighted outdoor living area are out in the yard more often and stay there for longer stretches of time. High quality lighting is the most important component to enjoying your outdoor living spaces. Your lighting is buying you extra time with friends and family.

 

Outdoor lighting makes your home look good all year long.

Outdoor lighting makes your home look good all year long.

Too many homeowners wait until the last few weeks before they put their home on the market to make the improvements that they have always wanted for their property. Make sure you make the upgrades that will improve your quality of life at home now so that you can enjoy them. Wonderful amenities like Charlotte landscape lighting should be something you purchase and use yourself, not just pass along to your home’s next owner.

 

Give Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte a call so we can show you what an investment in outdoor lighting will mean to your life and home.

 

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

704-849-8808

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

 

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

What Does an Outdoor Lighting Pro Bring to the Table?

Landscape lighting done professionally adds value to your home.

Landscape lighting done professionally adds value to your home.

If you have ever tried your hand at another person’s job, you know the potential pitfalls you can run into when you are attempting a new task with unfamiliar tools. Charlotte landscape lighting is a classic example of a project that is deceptively difficult for the average homeowner. Fortunately, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte can help you out.

 

One advantage that outdoor lighting design professionals have is that they are experienced at thinking in three dimensions. When they approach facade lighting, they work their way up and down and side to side, always considering special architectural features that create a feeling of depth. Your home isn’t flat and your lighting shouldn’t make it look that way.

 

Every home gets a custom design to highlight their best features.

Every home gets a custom design to highlight their best features.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte also understands that your home doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Our experienced exterior lighting designers give careful consideration to your entire property and how your house looks within that environment. If you have outdoor living spaces, gardens or outbuildings, they will work to create a design that integrates all the parts of your property into one comprehensive and attractive plan.

 

There are dozens of tricks, tools and specialty lighting techniques that our pros regularly use to make their projects really stand out at night. Moon lighting, for instance, creates the effect of a bright full moon shining down through the trees onto your property, regardless of how big the actual moon may be on any given night. Sometimes even we barely notice that the light comes from a fixture and not the sky. It’s extremely difficult to pull off a special effect like moon lighting if you are an amateur.

 

Our solid copper fixtures blend in with their surroundings.

Our solid copper fixtures blend in with their surroundings.

Perhaps the biggest advantage the professional has in Charlotte outdoor architectural lighting is knowing which tools to use when. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte has access to reliable, reputable suppliers and only uses the highest quality brass, copper and heavy-duty pvc lighting fixtures handcrafted for exterior use. We know when a well light should be used instead of a spot light (or something else entirely). We also have an eye for potential nighttime safety hazards and make them our highest priority.

 

Exterior home lighting is an investment in your property that will pay dividends in increased safety, security and curb appeal. Give us a call for a free consultation and we will show you the professional advantage only Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte can give you.

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantley, Owner

704-849-8808

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

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

704-849-8808

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Preparing Your Charlotte Outdoor Lighting System for the Holidays

It’s time to start thinking about preparing you home for the holiday and the guests that will be visiting. You may be thinking of getting the carpets cleaned, finding the “good” towels and if you’re lucky, shopping for some new furniture. A lot goes into preparing for the holidays and making your home look as festive and comfortable for your guests. Make sure the first and last things they see is projecting the mood you want to set – your Charlotte outdoor lighting system.

Outdoor lighting does more than just increase safe travels to and from your home. It projects warmth, comfort and a welcoming invitation. Take a look at some of our photos on how Charlotte outdoor lighting has created that mood on these homes and outdoor living spaces.

Charlotte Architectural Lighting

 

Charlotte Garden Lighting

 

Charlotte Patio Lighting

 

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives - Benham Pool Party

 

If this is the look and feel you want to portray this holiday season, give Outdoor Lighting Perspectives a call today.  We can custom design a landscape lighting system for you and have it installed for the holidays.  Or, if you already have a Charlotte outdoor lighting system  that is in need of a little TLC, ie., bulbs replaced, fixtures repositioned or if you want us to add on or redesign your outdoor lighting system or upgrade it to our energy-efficient LEDs, we are happy to help. Our LEDs use about a fourth of the energy as other outdoor lighting fixtures, bulbs last for about 50,000 hours and maintenance costs are lower. All of this while still giving the warm illumination comparable to halogen lighting.

 

The best part about making your Charlotte landscape lighting system looking its best and performing at its peak is that the professionals at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte will do all the work for you. All you have to do is give us a call and we’ll have you set before your guests are on their way.

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

 

 

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

704-849-8808

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Tree Lighting Isn’t Just for Holidays in Charlotte

Uplighting can create dramatic shadows using the trees branches.

Uplighting can create dramatic shadows using the trees branches.

We are so lucky here in Charlotte to have so many gorgeous native tree varieties. Whether your yard boasts maples with showy fall colors, classic southern magnolias, majestic oaks or one of the dozens of other beautiful trees of our region, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte can make them look even better. We will bring your trees out of the shadows of night and make them the stars of your yard.

 

Think about which of your trees have the most presence. Those are going to be the top candidates for lighting. Whether they are tall and stately or have a magnificent spreading canopy, those trees are the best place to start. We can light them from above, below or both, depending on what aspects you most want to feature. Our outdoor lighting specialists will bring out your trees’ best qualities using the creative interplay of light and dark, known by artists as “chiaroscuro.”

 

Lighting your trees can cast ambient light upon your living spaces as well.

Lighting your trees can cast ambient light upon your living spaces as well.

Professionally lit trees will naturally enhance the beauty of your evenings and the curb appeal of your home. Many customers allow the tree lights to do double duty as a way to indirectly shed light on walkways, decks, patios and pools. By lighting the surrounding trees, you highlight the beauty of the landscape while capturing the reflective glow in your living areas.

 

If you are looking to do something a little different, ask us about options like acrylic lens covers that allow you to play with the colors of the lights on your trees. Some homeowners love them for football season or as part of a holiday light display. We also offer lights with different beam spreads and swivel mountings so that you can easily make adjustments. Regardless of the design you choose, you will love the flexibility and ease of maintenance our Charlotte landscape lighting systems offer.

 

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

704-849-8808

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte