Festival lighting is all the rage for homeowners wanting to add ambiance in their outdoor settings. This genre of decorative lighting is one of the most interesting and versatile lighting trends customers are requesting. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte embraces emerging and unique outdoor lighting ideas and new ways to introduce not only illumination into an area, but also as a way to convey a feeling or a mood within a space.
One of our most recent festival lighting projects took place in South Charlotte. The homeowners were seeking a unique way to integrate ambiance into their outdoor living environment, which includes a spacious patio, hot tub, elevated screened porch, under porch dry space and custom outdoor fire pit area. Festival lighting was the perfect accompaniment to their elegant outdoor living space. It allows for enough illumination, with a touch of whimsy, to extend evening function without being obtrusive in regards to their existing outdoor lighting.
The homeowner’s are elated with the results, so much so that they shot the beautiful imagery you see here from their own backyard. We want to send them a sincere thank you for providing us the chance to share this elegant project with others!
We are having great success among Charlotte area homeowners using festival lighting to convey beauty, ambiance and character in a space. Permanent festival lighting is another way we are able to enliven the senses through outdoor lighting.
If you are interested in creating the same type of magic in your Charlotte backyard, through our permanent festival lighting, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte today to learn more at (704) 849-8808.
Fall is the time of year when our minds are on planning and installing new landscape materials. The mild temperatures and winter ahead will give your new specimens time to develop a strong root system and thrive. Whether it is an extensive landscape addition, a flower-lined path or adding trees to your landscape, outdoor lighting can improve the benefits and enjoyment. Many times, homeowners consider the addition of landscape lighting after a landscape renovation is completed, as an afterthought. When it comes to a new addition to your yard, it is critical to remember the inclusion of outdoor lighting into the scope of your project. Bringing in a lighting expert early into the design plan, allows for much greater flexibility on what kind of lighting options you may have available to use.
It is a common misconception that many Charlotte area residents assume spring is 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!
Landscape lighting is an investment in your home. It adds beauty, yes, but also value. Professional lighting can show off your home’s architecture, beautiful façade and also the design and specimens used within the landscape itself. Why leave your landscaping in the dark when you can let others also enjoy the gorgeous trees lit up on your property or the bountiful blooms earned from hours spent working in the garden. On dark, winter nights, landscape lighting will bathe your home and property in beautiful lighting that creates a warm and inviting atmosphere. Large trees, meticulous shrubbery and even the architectural details of your home are all on full display for everyone to enjoy.
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.
From 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 the mailbox or walking the dog, landscape lighting will ensure the areas you frequent in the evening are visible and safe for eased travel and enjoyment.
If you are thinking of adding to or renovating your landscape, front or back, don’t wait until the last minute to contact your lighting designer thinking we can just come in at the end and work around everything your landscape architect has already done. It makes more sense to bring us in at the very early stages so that we can work in tandem with your architect or designer to install wiring and conduit pipe in right at the beginning planning stages. We can locate transformers and figure out where fixtures need to go so that you can illuminate special features you’d like to include. We have worked with countless local landscape designers, and we can easily integrate our working plans with theirs so that you can see it all come together in one cohesive manner. Of course, we have also come in after the fact countless times as well, so don’t fret if you overlooked lighting options earlier. We can make it work no matter what.
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.
Fall is in the air!
Autumn is almost here as is apparent from the gradual increase in night arriving earlier and days seem to shorten. Daylight SavingsTime (DST) ends on November 6th, and creeping closer to this date, night will arrive earlier each day moving forward. Even as the Charlotte region continues to have summer-like temperatures enjoying outdoor living and backyard activities can be disheartening if you don’t have the right lighting, and even more so if your current outdoor lighting keeps you chasing dark each evening because of an outdated timer!
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte utilizes a convenient astronomical timer on each of our outdoor lighting systems so you never have to worry about manually reprogramming to accommodate the earlier arrival of dark. You can forget about finding your manual and recalling which dial or button to hit to make sure your landscape system accommodates for this seasonal change in light ever again.
Our astronomical timers work with the power of GPS to pinpoint exactly where you live and what the light requirements are in your specific area so your landscape system knows precisely when to turn itself on and off. You never have to do a thing to it, as it is “set it and forget it” technology. It doesn’t get any easier than this. No one in your household ever has to come home to a dark house again since our sophisticated timers know exactly when to illuminate your home, driveway, front entrance and any other feature you want. Even if your power goes out, your timer will continue to remember what it was set to thanks to a battery back-up.
Since your lights are turned on and off based on the available light, your outdoor lighting system will never run when it’s unnecessary. This can save you on your power bill because the waste is eliminated, and it’s better for the environment, too.
The right timer will give you peace of mind by regulating your outdoor lighting system.
Astronomical timers know automatically how to best utilize existing daylight hours, so they save you money since you are not consuming power to light your property and home when it’s not required. They are environmentally friendly since they help save you money and keep power costs down. There’s a lot to be said for the convenience and cost savings that an astronomical timer provides. If you are still using a manual outdoor lighting timer, let us upgrade you existing outdoor lighting system, including our intelligent timer so you can enjoy the benefits they provide.
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte can make the seasonal changes of light to dark an enjoyable time of the year with a timer upgrade for your existing system. Contact us today to learn more at (704) 849-8808 or via email at charlotte.outdoorlights.com
Outdoor lighting isn’t just about pretty fixtures, it’s also about good design. It takes years of learning and skill to have the talent to properly showcase a home, property and all its unique features in the best light. It’s a delicate balance of uplighting, downlighting and other professional techniques to illuminate everything to achieve the perfect picture in the dark of night. Most homeowners, your landscaper or pool guy do not have the ability, experience or artistry to pull all these methods and aspects together to create a gorgeous dimensional look that makes your home stand out. If not done properly, you end up with a flat look and lots of dark areas that just don’t do your home justice.
Only trust your home & landscape to a professional
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte has professional designers and architects on staff that know how to paint a picture with rays of light. We employ all sorts of clever tricks to angle and bend light in various directions so that it shows off your home, plants, trees and all the architectural facets in elegant and exciting way.
Fixtures are placed close to the façade of your home or directly under a tree to create a bold and striking beam of light that has quite an eye-catching feel. Move a fixture a few feet away, and a whole new look is achieved with a wider bathe of light.
This is a tough one for a novice to achieve, and it’s an extension of downlighting that provides broad washes of light that make things appear as if they have been kissed by the moon. We hide fixtures high up in the trees that cast a gorgeous shadowy effect that gives the feeling as if the light is being pulled through the limbs of your trees. The glow it creates can be quite fascinating and exciting series of shadows with a very natural feel.
This technique is similar to moonlighting, but it’s brighter and more intentional. We can affix your fixtures high up on your home, any structure or even a tree so that it splashes a wide angle of light over a large, expansive area. You get a lot of bang for your buck with downlighting since we can cover quite a bit of real estate when it’s employed properly. Different effects can be created depending on how close or far it’s placed from the area being lit.
Silhouetting and Shadowing:
This is where deep experience is truly needed in terms of outdoor landscape lighting, and it has the most impact in the hands of a knowledgeable lighting designer with some serious creativity. The designers at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte employ some theatrical skills by strategically placing fixtures behind a favorite feature such as an ornamental tree or a waterfall to create a dazzling backdrop that makes the object pop in the night and look larger than life. The mood silhouetting creates is incredibly striking and it’s a definite head-turner. Alternately, shadowing showcases an object in a softer light but creates tons of movement such as capturing a tree’s limbs and leaves glimmering in a breeze. The level of drama created by these two effects is like no other in the hands of someone that really knows what they are doing!
A treasured piece of sculpture, a water fountain or a piece of outdoor art that needs its own special halo of light to make it glow in the evening can be highlighted with specific accent lighting. Depending on the situation, our architects angle a beam of light upward or downward to pinpoint anything that has incredible architectural value that is like a treasure in the garden. If you’ve got an item that you want to cast a very special glow directly onto, accent lighting is the way to turn on the charm in a gorgeous way.
Let us show you how our lighting designers can utilize dramatic tricks to make your home stand out from the rest. Give Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte a call today so we can demonstrate how we can change the look of your home in the evening at (704) 849-8808 or via email at charlotte.outdoorlights.com.
Ken Brantly, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Charlotte