Your premier Queen City property should be shown in its best light, day & night!

Charlotte-Focal-LightingAs a homeowner, you’ve invested copious amounts of your time and energy creating a premier property with the utmost curb appeal. As night falls, shouldn’t your landscape and garden areas be just as appealing? Landscape lighting, when strategically placed with an artistic eye for design, can make your exterior spaces come alive under a wash of moonlight-like illumination. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte is the professional exterior lighting company residents of the Queen City and surrounding areas turn to when they want their property to be shown in its best light, day or night. One of our custom designed outdoor lighting systems will make sure the stunning results of your hard work glisten in the darkness, adding ambiance to your outdoor living areas and making your property the envy of the neighborhood.

Night Gladiolus

Night- blooming Gladiolus.

We provide exterior lighting designs which highlight your home’s landscaped surroundings, drawing special attention to prized plantings, trees and other features. In the evening, exterior accent lighting adds depth, texture and dimension to your yard while enriching the colors of your landscape. Imagine fragrant Night Gladiolus glowing in the lunar-like luster of a path light as its creamy yellow blossoms permeate the night air with a spicy aroma, or the papery silver-gray bark of the river birch appearing almost sterling with up lighting while down lighting accentuates and adds drama to its umbrella-like canopy of diamond-shaped, double-toothed leaves.

Overall, the idea behind landscape and garden lighting is to create a special area which truly offers its best qualities at night. This space can be further enhanced with the addition of night-blooming varieties of flowers and plants that practically beg to be cast in the warm glow of exterior lighting, such as: Brugmansia, or Angel’s Trumpets – a small tree with hanging flowers, Evening Stock – a bordering ground cover, Tuberose – opulent flowering bulbs, Japanese Wisteria – a woody vine with clusters of blossoms, and the fragrant Evening Primrose. No matter which type of foliage or floral displays your garden and its surrounding may contain, landscape and garden lighting intensifies their vibrant beauty…matched only by their intoxicating fragrances.

Charlotte-Garden-Lighting

The aesthetic appeal of garden and landscape outdoor lighting is powerful, enabling you to utilize your property to its full potential. The amazing feeling of outdoor rooms you can create outside your home for enjoyment and entertaining with proper exterior lighting are almost endless. By filling dark shadows with warm light and spotlighting stepping stones and pathways, your garden and surrounding areas become your evening outdoor living environment casting an almost magical spell on its inhabitants.Outdoor lighting ensures the safety of your steps through you Charlotte garden

  • A few of the endless benefits of landscape and garden lighting include:
  • Add depth and mystery to your evening landscape
  • Show off your creativity
  • Make your yard safer for evening travel, while creating ambiance
  • Increase your home’s curb appeal
  • Choosing low-voltage landscape and garden lighting such as our LED lighting will save you money in operational costs

A well-lit landscape and garden area is the ultimate finishing touch for any property by adding value to your home and its surroundings while it makes them safer and makes your home and grounds stunningly beautiful at night. Are you ready for such a transformation of your property? Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte today, and let us bring light to your Charlotte nights.

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

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

Spring is Calling; Have You Considered Outdoor Lighting for Your Charlotte Landscape Yet?

landscape lighting in CharlotteI know many Charlotteans are busy planning upcoming additions to their landscapes. From bulbs, perennials, to bushes, trees and even annuals to welcome spring with a splash of color! As refreshing as it is to add to your landscape, or even take on the task of a complete yard makeover, no landscape endeavor is truly complete without outdoor lighting!

We have put together a video to demonstrate all the benefits outdoor lighting can provide when planning your spring landscape:

The best way to enhance the beauty of your gardens and landscape is through the addition of outdoor lighting. If your garden and landscape plantings are easy on the eyes during the day, by adding garden and landscape lighting you can transform these areas into a magical space in the evening. Garden and landscape lighting is not only coveted for its aesthetic appeal but having a well-lit landscape will also enable you to take advantage of utilizing your property to its full advantage.

Imagine being able to enjoy the beautiful fruits of your landscaping labors with no constraints in the garden that you worked so hard to cultivate. Imagine being able to play lawn games such as croquet, corn hole or horseshoes while hosting an evening barbecue with friends and family. The possibilities that professional garden and landscape lighting encompass are endless.

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

Want to learn more? Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte today and see your landscape in a new light! (704) 849-8808 or via email at charlotte@outdoorlights.com.

 

 

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte Discusses Illuminating the Majestic Tree

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte tree uplightingSpring is closer than you think…only 44 days away! With the arrival of spring comes an explosion of budding trees throughout the Charlotte area. As a universally powerful and majestic symbol, the tree is used to represent so many facets of life, literally and figuratively. In literature trees symbolize a multitude of things ranging from happiness and health to beauty and abundance, while in mythology the “tree of life” represents fertility and immortality. Most importantly, trees are a physical expression of life, growth and vigor reminding us that without trees human life would be unsustainable.

Majestic Charlotte trees illuminated at nightAs a homeowner, trees in your home’s landscape provide a plethora of benefits, such as: shade, windbreaks, and erosion reduction as well as adding visual contrast to your landscaping through color, height and texture diversity.Trees such as the crepe myrtle, oaks or Japanese maples make perfect candidates for the addition of outdoor lighting.

A recent survey conducted by the National Association of Home Buyers (NAHB) shows that outdoor lighting consistently tops the list of most wanted outdoor features. Along with outdoor lighting as a whole, many forms of tree lighting will create depth and texture within your landscape or garden. Professional tree lighting should inspire the onlooker through the effect not the fixture.

outdoor lighting brings this tree to life in the Charlotte sky

Uplighting can create dramatic shadows using the trees’ branches.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte is well versed in this art and we work with the homeowner, to select trees with natural grace with canopies and branching full of character.Trees with too many limbs or limbs that are bushy and close together are not recommended for this application. Up lighting works best to compliment the tree’s height and width, while down lighting or moon lighting plays the light off upper branches to produce a dazzling effect.

During each of our installations, our experienced crews take extra care to not harm the tree in any way, as such damage can pave the way for insects and diseases to move in and cause further damage. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte also makes safety a high priority by making certain all cords and wiring are out of sight, eliminating the dangers involved with loose cords or exposed areas running atop the ground which can become a safety hazard.

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte is the area’s choice for upscale outdoor lighting. If you are ready to add tree lighting to increase the beauty and ambiance within your lawn and landscape, contact us today to learn more at (704) 849-8808 or via email at charlotte@outdoorlights.com.

Visit our website and peruse through our photo galleries to see examples of how we light up the night.

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

Change is good, as is evident through our LED outdoor lighting conversions:

Beam spreads on this Charlotte home accentuate the homes facade

A New Year is a time for changes; positive changes to your lifestyle, health and even areas inside and outside your home. Change is good, especially when the benefits of making that change are in your favor. Such is the case when it comes to your outdoor lighting.

Small spaces in your Charlotte backyard can be brought to life with patio lighting from Outdoor Lighting PerspectivesHave you ever looked at your outdoor lighting system and thought “I really wish I would’ve chosen an LED system instead?” This is certainly the case with many Charlotte area homeowners who did not get on the boat with LED when they initially had their existing lighting installed, and those whose existing systems were installed during the period when LED outdoor lighting was not as within reach.

path lighting invites guests in to this Charlotte homeThe winds of change may have you thinking the time is right to consider LED, and the good news is even if you are currently utilizing a halogen system all is not lost. Converting your existing outdoor lighting system to LED is many times a viable option which also means you can enjoy the many benefits of LED without having to start anew. If your existing system is 12 years old or newer, chances are your system could be a candidate for LED conversion!

After learning this news you are probably asking where do I start? First, your system will have to be inspected to see if LED conversion is possible. Most traditional outdoor lighting systems such as halogen and incandescent can easily be converted to LED. One of our outdoor lighting professionals can inspect your existing system and determine if your system qualifies. Once your existing system is deemed fit to undergo the conversion, you can start enjoying the many benefits of LED outdoor lighting.

Benefits of LED outdoor lighting

  • LED outdoor lighting systems consume nearly 90% less energy than traditional outdoor lighting systems. These savings will make you smile each time you pay your electrical bill.
  • LED outdoor lighting systems have extended longevity with longer bulb life that needs replacement less often. For example a typical halogen bulb will burn for approximately 2,000 to 4,000 hours, whereas an LED will last a whopping 50,000+ operating hours — Wow.
  • LED is a “greener” technology because it leaves less of a carbon footprint on the environment.  LED’s are responsible for less greenhouse gases by reduced carbon dioxide emissions. LED’s also contain no harmful chemical such as mercury that makes handling and disposal dangerous.
  • LED Outdoor Light bulbs

    LED bulbs last much longer and are more energy-efficient

    LED’s are UV free which means no ultraviolet rays which are prone to attract insects.This means using LED in your landscape, deck and patio lighting installation is a plus because it will not attract insects that can invade your outdoor living enjoyment.

  • LED’s are more durable and resilient than ordinary lighting systems — shock resistant, and also react better to changes in temperature, weather conditions and repeated cycling. LED’s will better withstand the demands needed by a bulb placed in outdoor situations.
Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte

Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte is the area’s choice for upscale outdoor lighting. We are a tried and true fixture here in the Charlotte region with over 15 years of outdoor lighting experience. We closely monitor  the ever-evolving changes in LED outdoor lighting and over the last few years LED has become more accessible in terms of affordability and availability. It is true LED costs a little more up-front than a traditional outdoor lighting systems, but the money you save on energy usage and bulb replacement will enable you to recoup those initial costs quickly. Contact us today to learn more at (704) 849-8808 or via email at charlotte.outdoorlights.com

 

 

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

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

 

 

Your Charlotte Outdoor Lighting Fall Tune-Up Checklist

Autumn leaves are beautiful but can effect your outdoor lighting system

Autumn leaves are beautiful but can effect your outdoor lighting system

The leaves have started to turn and, a little farther north, fall into yards. The first few are beautiful; then they start coming down in earnest and it’s time to either get out the rake and a stack of yard bags or to call a lawn service company. If you like to outsource work around the house and yard, we hope you will call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte to service your outdoor lighting system. If you are a do-it-yourselfer, I want to give you a short list of things to check on your outdoor lights while you are cleaning up the yard this fall.

 

A quality Charlotte outdoor lighting system is going to be relatively maintenance free, but like any mechanical or electrical system, it does require a little TLC to keep it operating well and looking great. The first thing you should do is check all the bulbs: are they all in working order? Are the fixtures free of debris? You can lose a lot of lumens to dirt and bugs in your fixtures. If you have glass or plastic lenses, you want to clean both sides of them thoroughly.

 

Install lens covers to keep your outdoor lighting looking its best.

Install lens covers to keep your outdoor lighting looking its best.

Halogen bulbs need to be changed every year or two, but LEDs have a much longer lifespan. Regardless of the type of bulb, make sure you replace like with like. The last thing you want to do is put excessive strain on your system by trying to draw more power than it is designed to handle. As the sun sets earlier and daylight savings time ends, you probably want to check and/or reset your timer too.

 

Give your fixtures a look to see if they are all still straight. Storms, kids, pets, and lawnmowers can easily knock fixtures off kilter and throw their light off target. Use a small level to check vertical fixtures. Working with a partner near sunrise or sunset can help you make sure the others are shining according to the original design. Obviously, you want to repair any damaged wires, fixtures or transformers. Those can be safety hazards since electricity is involved.

 

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

Finally, take a look at the growth you have had in your yard and garden over the summer. Are some of the trees, plants, and hedges making aggressive moves toward your light fixtures? Usually a few snips with a clipper will put them back in their place, but in dramatic cases you may need to move either the plant or the fixture. In plant vs. light, the plant will always win unless you step in to lend a hand.

 

Whether you purchased your Charlotte outdoor lighting from us or another vendor, we are always happy to come help repair or maintain your outdoor lighting system. Just give us a call.

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

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.