Are you coming home to a dark home every night?

charlotte-front-entry-lightingThe recent end of daylight savings time means evenings is now arriving earlier. For many Charlotteans that have no outdoor lighting, or those that are operating on aging, outdated or failing systems, this could mean you return home every night to a dark home. As the night’s darkness continues to sneak up at us, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte encourages you to turn your attention to your outdoor lighting system, (or lack thereof) and take notice if it is in need of any maintenance or service.

Charlotte LED Outdoor Lighting

We pride ourselves on not only designing and installing custom lighting systems, but also providing ongoing maintenance to keep that system performing at peak level. With the dark months upon us, and the arrival of the holiday season, now is the perfect time for a lighting system-tune up. Here are a few things we encourage homeowners with landscape and architectural lighting to look for:

Charlotte Garden LightingDimming or uneven illumination

It’s natural for light bulbs to dim over time, but your system overall should always have an even wash of light that effectively illuminates the property. If you’ve noticed it dimming, or uneven illumination there are bulbs out or the light is no longer cohesive across all sections and it may be time to have your bulbs updated.

Depending on the age of your outdoor lighting, you may have halogen lights that will dim more quickly. We now recommend converting your halogen system to LED for added energy-efficiency and performance. The typically LED light lasts up to 50,000 hours. An LED upgrade or conversion is much easier than you may think. In the hands our highly skilled technicians, you can be getting more longevity and 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.Install lens covers to keep your outdoor lighting looking its best.

Lights and lens covers

The Queen City is revered for its abundance of beautiful trees, however this time of year means those trees are losing their leaves. We recommend any up lights have lens covers to keep those leaves away from the bulb for safety purposes.

Keep your outdoor lighting system's wiring behind the scenes.Wiring

We carefully bury all the lighting wiring when we install a new system, but with normal erosion, wiring can become exposed from time to time. This can also occur from normal day-to-day and seasonal activities, such as fall landscaping or raking/blowing fall leaves. If you walk your property and see any wire, make sure to call us to inspect your outdoor lighting system and rebury any wire that has become exposed. Every new system we install includes a one year free Annual Maintenance and Repair Plan contract. After that, you can purchase an additional year for a reasonable fee. This includes most everything you will to keep your system in perfect working order.

It’s well worth having a maintenance plan for your peace of mind and for the longevity of your system. We will even offer the same plan on our competitor’s plans, too! So if they don’t offer you a protection plan, we will be happy to safeguard your investment and make sure it’s in great shape year after year. If you are coming home to a dark house every night, now may also be the best time to consider the addition of outdoor lighting to your property.

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantley, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte at (704) 849-8808 or via email at charlotte.outdoorlights.com.

 

 

 

 

LED Conversion is a Snap When Your Outdoor Lighting has been Maintained Properly

landscape lighting in CharlotteAt Outdoor Lighting Perspective of Charlotte, we can’t emphasize enough the importance of continuing maintenance of your outdoor lighting system. Like any other hardworking electronic device in your home such as your HVAC unit, your appliances, garage door and other important components that need to function daily—regular annual maintenance is key to their longevity and extended use. You can get many years of good use out of household systems that are properly cared for instead of being neglected and therefore shortening their life expectancy. It’s way cheaper to do proper maintenance instead of having to replace a whole new unit.

Outdoor lighting maintenanceWe recently completed an extensive LED conversion on a large system that included 83 fixtures that we installed about 6 years ago here in the Charlotte area. Of course, LED’s were not the norm at that time, so halogens were used as was customary then. Well fast-forward to updated technology that now features low-consumption LED bulbs that are easy on the wallet, good for the environment and produce a lot more light with minimal wattage. Best of all, the bulbs last over 50,000+ hours so bulb change-outs are minimized dramatically, which also cuts costs. This conversion to LED’s was a pretty simple for us because the homeowner had kept everything in tip-top shape through the years with the vigilance of our Annual Maintenance & Repair Plan. The homeowner saved a heap of money because we were able to use the existing lighting fixtures without the need for a whole newly purchased system which would have cost a bundle. In this case, that expense was unnecessary since Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte’s fixtures are specially designed to be upgraded and retrofitted years later. You sure can’t do that with many of our competitor’s fixtures or those cheaply made overseas ones you get at the big box stores!

Outdoor lighting maintenace is importantIt doesn’t matter if you want to add additional zones later on, increase the size of your existing system or even change the size of the beam of light, etc. You’ve got plenty of flexibility with every fixture Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte sells because they are specially made for us to our specifications. We know exactly how they are constructed, so we can easily adapt them to future needs and changes which save you a lot of dough later. There is no need to scrap a system that is in good working order made with quality American materials of all metal construction. If your system has been well maintained and is in good condition, we can adjust it to fit your current lifestyle needs at any time of ownership.

Every new system we install includes a one year free Annual Maintenance and Repair Plan contract. After that, you can purchase an additional year for a reasonable fee. This includes most everything you will to keep your system in perfect working order:

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

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

-Replacement of your halogen or LED bulbs if they ever burn out (though we highly suggest switching to LED’s as they last 10x longer)

-Make sure knocked over fixtures are standing upright and straight

-Repair broken or frayed wires and burying wires that have surfaced above ground

-Inspect and clean your transformer

-Reset/inspect your timer

-Trim back foliage overgrowth that is covering the beam of light of your fixtures and prevents good illumination

Foliage growth may need to be trimmed to be sure your lighting is not obstructed.

Foliage growth may need to be trimmed to be sure your lighting is not obstructed.

-Make simple changes to enhance the effects of your lighting

-You get priority repairs on your system any time you call with no additional service charges for the visit.

It’s well worth having a maintenance plan for your peace of mind and for the longevity of your system. We will even offer the same plan on our competitor’s plans, too! So if they don’t offer you a protection plan, we will be happy to safeguard your investment and make sure it’s in great shape year after year.

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

Give us a call now to convert your old outdoor lighting system to new LED technology or to discuss the annual maintenance and repair of your current system.  Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte at (704) 849-8808 or via email at charlotte.outdoorlights.com.

 

 

Bring your Charlotte Home and Property into its Best Light in 2016 with the Benefits of Outdoor Lighting

Bring your Charlotte Home and Property into its Best Light in 2016 with the Benefits of Outdoor Lighting

Bring your Charlotte Home and Property into its Best Light in 2016 with the Benefits of Outdoor Lighting!

2016 is here and it’s time to finally stop ignoring your outdoor landscape lighting! Incorporating a well-designed illumination plan to your home and yard is equally as imperative as all those other New Year’s resolutions you’ve made like reducing your waistline a few inches, starting an exercise regime and updating the bathroom. There is no better time to get a nifty new outdoor lighting system put in, or add to an existing one you already have.

Charlotte entryway lighting (2)If you’ve overlooked brightening those gloomier reaches of your property for several years, it’s now time to enhance your current system to give you increased light so that you have a practical lighting scape throughout all of your property. The benefit is that it will improve the security level of your house by brightening the parts of your property for the bad guys who are looking for an easy place to hide while they break into your home. Good lighting prevents thieves from coming to your property and keeps them moving on to an easier target.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives ~ Wing Haven GardenIf your current fixtures are shabby, worn looking or old school halogens that are power-hungry, you can select brand new ones for a whole new look or we can convert your current ones to energy-efficient LED’s. Don’t wait until spring to get a new system, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte now, so that when warmer days are here, you will be ready for outdoor entertaining and fun on your deck or patio. We will help you bring in enough light so that you can easily cook a meal at the grill, enjoy a late night dinner or kick the soccer ball with the kids on the lawn after dusk. Don’t waste time waiting to get on our busy calendar later, because right now is the best time to get the task done when your trees, flowers and shrubs are in a dormant stage and will receive little disturbance.

Beam spreads on this Charlotte home accentuate the homes facade

Augmenting your outdoor lighting is a New Year’s resolution that is easy to keep because it increases the value to your home and property in countless ways. The façade of your home gets a boost in evening curb appeal, plus it adds a level of safety so your family and friends can easily navigate their car onto your driveway or walk to your door because everything is easy to see.  Every system we install comes with a timer that makes sure your lighting system goes on and off every night with no issue. The benefits that outdoor landscape lighting adds to your property and lifestyle are numerous, so don’t miss out on the benefits.

Check for damages to wiring, fixtures and bulbs, and call an outdoor lighting expert to make repairs.

With the help of one of our skilled lighting designers, this is one New Year’s resolution you will easily keep. It doesn’t involve much fuss or household disruption like other big home improvement projects. You won’t have to live in a hotel, intrude on a family member for a month or deal with any construction chaos to get a big bang your buck. It also won’t cost you a ton of dough either, as we are more than happy to work within your budget and can add fixtures and layers of light in as your finances allow. Don’t overlook the splendor and lifestyle improvements that can be added to your lifestyle with an efficient and striking lighting display.

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

Give us a call now to bring your Charlotte home and landscape into the best light this New Year.  Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte at (704) 849-8808 or via email at charlotte.outdoorlights.com.

 

Now is the time to plan for your Charlotte outdoor lighting upgrade or LED retrofit!

Santa is making his list and checking it twice

Santa is making his list and checking it twice!

Santa is making his list and checking it twice this time of year, and Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte should be on your holiday list to schedule an appointment for your outdoor lighting needs, too. Smart homeowners have been calling us now to get on our schedule for a fresh design and install on their landscape lighting; so don’t wait until spring, as we are busy as elves right now handing new installs and retrofitting existing systems.

Consider upgrading to LED outdoor lighting for a brighter, more efficient design!

Consider upgrading to LED outdoor lighting for a brighter, more efficient design!

There is no need to wait to get a new outdoor landscape lighting system on your property as this is the perfect opportunity to miss the mad rush when the weather warms up. Right now is the perfect time to light up the long and dark winter evenings with a new LED system that is both energy-efficient and wallet friendly. LED’s offer warm toned light that will lower your electric bill, and it’s the only way to go with a newly installed outdoor lighting system.  We can change out your tired transformer and timers to the latest models that bring much more ease of use and can even be controlled by any mobile device or computer even if you are away from home.

Halogen vs. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives LED outdoor lighting

If you have an existing system that is using old-fashioned halogens, but the fixtures are in otherwise good shape—then you can take advantage of our retrofitting program where we convert them to LED bulbs and save you a bunch of money by letting you keep the equipment you are currently using. Of course, if you are looking to add-on additional lighting, we can also bring some supplementary illumination to any dark corner to brighten it up. If you present lighting design is lifeless and boring, we can move remaining fixtures to new positions and freshen things up a bit for a whole new lighting scheme. We can give you a new look and feel before your Christmas party guests come to your door so you can wow them.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives - Brantley Front EntryIf the outdoor lighting fixtures you have now are tired and have seen better days, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte has an entire catalog of options that will compliment the style of your home whether it’s traditional, contemporary or even modern. Our outdoor lights are made to our stringent specifications in the good old USA (not overseas!) and there are an array of designs that will satisfy even the most fastidious homeowner. Welcome your holiday visitors with great pride to your home with beauty and safety thanks to quality outdoor lighting that is meant to impress.

Don’t let your home fall into a black void this winter. Let us light up your outdoors so that your family and guests can safely get to your driveway and front door, but also have a wonderland view in the late evenings. Let Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte light up your winter nights!

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

Give us a call now to bring your Charlotte home and landscape into the best light. We still have some appointments remaining. Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte to have your outdoor lighting holiday ready before guests arrive! You can reach us at (704) 849-8808 or via email at charlotte.outdoorlights.com.

 

 

Don’t let the rainy weather impact getting your Charlotte outdoor lighting in order for the busy season ahead!

Don't let Rain Delay getting your Charlotte outdoor lighting holiday-ready

Don’t let the rainy weather impact getting your Charlotte outdoor lighting in order for the busy season ahead!

It’s been three straight weeks of rain in Charlotte, and of course that prevents outdoor labor from happening on behalf of many contractors that work on home exteriors and yards. Customers also wait until after it rains to contact us, when really they should be calling on a rainy day so work can begin when it finally dries out on a sunny day. If you’ve been thinking on servicing or upgrading your outdoor lighting before the hectic holiday season, the time to get on our schedule is NOW!

Charlotte entryway lighting (2)Get your outdoor lighting holiday-ready in Charlotte as Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away and you want to make sure your house looks spectacular in the evening before the guests start showing up (especially the Mother-in-law). Ensure that your driveway is easy for cars to navigate on and visitors can easily see where to walk to your front door despite the dark. We will give your home’s exterior tons of evening dimension and pop thanks to skillful tricks that our lighting designers employ.

Smaller homes can look larger with professional outdoor lighting.If you’ve moved into a new home that has no landscape lighting whatsoever, you can sit down with one of our lighting architects that will help you figure out what your illumination needs are based on your lifestyle. We ask you targeted questions that help us figure out what your outdoor lighting goals are and what is most important to you. You might have an outdoor water feature or pool perimeter that you’d like to play up, or a deck or patio that needs lighting to not only accentuates it, but also to make it safe in terms of walking up and down steps. We can light up your garden beds and up light your trees so that when you are sitting in your home you can see your backyard lit up like a living canvas that you can appreciate even on the darkest night.

Festival lighting in outdoor living spaceOutdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte can provide you with useful task lighting that fits elegantly into your entire illumination scheme and doesn’t scream harsh spotlight. An outdoor kitchen work area, barbecue, overhead patio lights and garage door lighting can all be done in a classy way that still serves its needed purpose of extra visibility. If you walk the dogs late at night, we can also spotlight an area so that you and your pup can safely do your business and feel comfortable and safe.

Check for damages to wiring, fixtures and bulbs, and call an outdoor lighting expert to make repairs.Let us come and check your system before the winter hits to ensure everything is working properly. We will look at your wiring bulbs, fixtures, transformer, timer and all the working parts of your outdoor lighting system to ensure everything is in top-notch working order before your guests arrive for the holidays. If you want to add additional fixtures to your existing system, we can illuminate areas that are dark and could use additional light. If a whole new lighting plan is what you’re after, then we can suit you up with a low consumption LED outdoor lighting scheme that will be easy on your power bill and be environmentally green. Our fixtures are made in the USA and are commercial quality so you will get many years of solid use out of them. We have innumerable shapes and styles that will fit whatever look and feel you are after, including specialty fixtures that add a truly sculptural and artistic flair to your property. Why have boring lighting when you can wow your guests with the unique and spectacular. Book an appointment NOW!

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte to have your outdoor lighting ready for the busy holiday season ahead! You can reach us at (704) 849-8808 or via email at charlotte.outdoorlights.com.