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Say Goodbye to Hazardous Steps & Stairs with North Houston Outdoor Stair Lighting

Incorporating outdoor lighting into your home is a way to not only add a flash of elegance to your home, but it is also a means of improving safety and quality of life.

Ever been in that awkward position of trying to get into the house at night where you can’t see anything? Tripping, fumbling, and stumbling is a quick way to put a damper on anyone’s evening. Not an issue if you can see where you are going, right? Don’t stop at functionality. Why not go for a little personality as well?

Outdoor Stair Lighting for Beauty & Safety

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives offers a wide range of services in the manner of outdoor stair lighting. Our outdoor stair lighting can be easily incorporated into a plethora of different hardscapes. From concrete and stone pavers to composite and wood decking, our outdoor stair lighting bathes your decks and walkways with a beautiful glow, enhancing your home and improving safety.

Outdoor Stair Lighting is very low profile, meaning it will stay tucked beneath each step, and will not protrude out, maintaining your landscaping’s sharp look.

Ambient & Subtle Stair Riser Lighting

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of North Houston, we also offer outdoor stair riser light installation. Stair riser lights are a great outdoor lighting solution for stairs and pathways in your yard. They can, like our other outdoor stair lighting options, be installed into stairs directly whether they are wood or stone. This removes the need for path lighting, which can sometimes be a hindrance when it comes to lawn maintenance. We can (and most often do) install outdoor stair lighting after your project is complete all while maintaining your project’s appearance, however, we prefer to install outdoor stair lighting during construction.

Lastly, we can indeed use the beloved path lighting for stair lighting too. Depending on where your stairs are located and what surrounds them, we’ll create a custom plan that works for you.

We are pleased to offer the best outdoor lighting to all of the North Houston areas including The Woodlands, Spring, Cypress and more. If you’re ready to get out and enjoy your yard at night, call us today or fill out a form for a free design demonstration. (281) 402-3100

Let Us Restore Your Landscape Lighting to its Former (Pre-Harvey) Glory

Have you been able to put your landscaping back together since Hurricane Harvey? It’s true the house took priority over the landscaping, and we’ll all be seeing effects of this storm for years to come. Bit by bit we’ve been climbing back to normalcy. The next step after restoring your landscaping itself is to install (or re-install) landscape lighting. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of North Houston can help.

Restoring Previous Landscape Lighting, or Starting Over

If you had landscape lighting before Harvey, you know how elegant and beautiful it can be, and you’re probably eager to restore it. You know how landscape lighting can cast a gentle play of light and shadow across your yard and among the trees, shrubs and flowers. After you cleared tree limbs and broken shrubs, did you replicate your previous landscape design or work from a new landscape plan? And once plantings were restored or replaced, what did you do about the pre-Harvey outdoor lighting fixtures in your yard?

If your landscape design is back in place, it’s time to get your landscape lighting back in place, too. Of course, if the landscaping plan changed, your lighting design will change, as well. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of North Houston can help restore order to your corner of the world regardless of who installed your original landscape lighting.

Make the Move to LED Outdoor Lighting

There’s a lot of work still to be done. During our free design consultation at your home, we’ll take stock of what’s left of your prior landscape lighting equipment. We’ll need to determine whether your lighting system needs maintenance, retrofitting or complete re-installation. We can even start over with a new landscape lighting design if your landscaping plan has changed. Also, if your previous lights were halogen, we do recommend replacing those fixtures and bulbs with LED equipment. LED lighting uses up to 80% less energy so you’ll see immediate savings in your monthly electric bill.

First-time Landscape Lighting

Homeowners who didn’t have landscape lighting before Harvey are starting fresh. If you’re uncertain about landscape lighting, please take full advantage of our free nighttime demonstration because it’s a game-changer. We’ll meet with you to talk about a lighting design for your property, and then we’ll come back one evening about a half hour before dark and set up temporary landscape lighting fixtures. When the sun sets, we’ll turn those lights on so you can see what your lighting design will look like. We’re confident you’ll be amazed and thrilled with the results.

We are pleased to offer the best outdoor lighting to all of the North Houston areas including The Woodlands, Spring, Cypress and more. If you’re ready to get out and enjoy your yard at night, call us today or fill out the form to the right for a free design demonstration. (281) 402-3100

Party Planning Includes Outdoor Lighting Readiness

You’ve got to plan ahead if you want to be ready for your Start-of-Summer Party, also known as Memorial Day! Sure, it’s barely spring now, but the beginning of summer is not far away. Of course many of the parties you’ll host this summer will take place outdoors, so let Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of North Houston help you get ready with professional outdoor lighting.

No one will want the party to be driven inside because darkness has set in. Not only does outdoor lighting help you see what you’re doing, it also contributes to the festive outdoor party vibe you want to establish. You want everyone to have fun, and outdoor lighting will go a long way to help with that.

Get Started With Deck Lighting!

The deck is always a place where people gather to talk. It doesn’t even matter if you have enough seating because guests are usually content to stand in conversation clusters. It does help if you have a railing they can lean against since that’s a natural instinct. What also helps is discreet deck lighting that sets the convivial mood. Small LED lights under the deck railing will wash the deck with a subtle glow so friends can see the people they’re talking with. For safety, you’ll want tiny lights installed on the deck’s stair risers. It’s a little trick that can increase your guests’ safety immeasurably.

Show Off With Patio Lighting!

If you love your patio, you’ll want your friends to love it, too. Do you have container gardens on the patio, or planter boxes? Quirky standing metal sculptures that double as drink holders? Garden stools you’ve repainted or bejeweled? However you’ve decorated your patio, this is the time to show it off! Our professional lighting designers know how to angle your patio lighting to greatest effect, making use of any landscaping you have around the patio’s edge, too.

If You Have It, We Can Light It!

What other outdoor living features do you have around your yard that would be enhanced with outdoor lighting this summer? An outdoor kitchen always needs a few lights for utility, especially if anyone is going to be slicing limes with a sharp knife! If you have a fire pit or outdoor fireplace, guests will gravitate toward those. Lead them with path lighting, and your colorful gas flame will handle the rest.

The best hosts know how to provide the perfect setting and let their guests make the most of it. You can make the most of your outdoor living spaces after dark this summer when you have professionally designed and installed deck lighting, patio lighting and more. Our design consultation at your home is free. We can even set up an after-sunset lighting demonstration so you can see how far a little lighting here and there will go toward making your summer nights more fun outdoors.

We are pleased to offer the best outdoor lighting to all of the North Houston areas including The Woodlands, Spring, Cypress and more. If you’re ready to get out and enjoy your yard at night, call us today or fill out the form to the right for a free design demonstration. (281) 402-3100

Install Year-Round Fun with String Lighting for Patios

While you’re sprucing up your patio for spring, go for the best! Festive patio string lights professionally installed by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of North Houston, now that’s the best. What’s the difference, you ask? It’s true you can buy party lights at the do-it-yourself store, and you can hang them. But for the optimal effect, you need professionally designed and installed string lighting for patios whether you’re dressing up a home patio or commercial location.

You may call them string lights, party lights, bistro lights, café lights or market lights. Here’s why you want us to install your lights for you:

  • Custom-designed strings measured to fit your space
  • Beautiful globe LED bulbs with nostalgic appeal
  • Straight lines or fan layout – you choose
  • Professional-grade lights and installation
  • 5-year warranty on LED bulbs – that’s right, 5 years!
  • Permanent lighting you can leave up year-round
  • Perfect for home and commercial use

The Design

A good lighting design doesn’t happen by accident. During our free consultation, our professional lighting designer will meet with you at your location and talk about the effect you want to achieve with string lighting. We’ll look at the available points from which we can hang the light strings, to see if we need to add poles. We’ll also talk about the layout options including straight lines or a fan-shaped design.

The Quality

We only use professional-grade bulbs, wiring and light sockets — all of the string assembly and connections. The socket holders we use are made of quality rubber, not plastic that breaks easily. We measure your space during our initial consultation and return with strings custom-made to fit the designated area. It’s the quality of our lighting strings and installation that allows you to leave these lights up year-round.

The Installation

We do all the work for you including measuring, climbing the ladder and reaching. We offer suspended or non-suspended lighting. Suspended means we use a guide wire to make the lighting string more secure. This is especially important if you’re stringing lights near ceiling fans. Non-suspended means we allow each string to sway freely.

The Look

Our nostalgic round globe bulbs harken back to olden days even though they’re energy-efficient LED lights. They emit a soft, warm light, not the bluish cast previously associated with LED lighting. The effect is festive and great for parties as well as everyday fun. Our string lighting for patios says, “This is the place!” The look is perfect for a home patio or commercial establishments including restaurants, coffee shops, the golf club or bar and grill. Anywhere you want to have fun.

The Warranty

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives is so confident about our LED bulbs we offer a 5-year warranty on them.

We are pleased to offer permanent patio string lighting to all of the North Houston areas including The Woodlands, Spring, Cypress and more. If you’re ready to get out and enjoy your yard at night, call us today for a free design demonstration. (281) 402-3100

Do's and Don'ts for Outdoor Lighting

Do's and Don'ts for Outdoor Lighting

It is common for homeowners to walk down the lighting aisle and grab the first light fixtures they come across. Unfortunately, there is more to landscape lighting than simply buying the biggest, brightest lights to light up walkways. The optimum results of installing outdoor lighting requires a well-designed system in order to have the most visual impact. 

When placed and installed correctly, landscape lighting can not only establish the mood, but provide a measure of safety and security for your home as well. Although it is highly recommended that you place this task in the hands of professionals, here are some do’s and don’ts to keep in mind in case you choose to install landscape lighting on your own.

Outdoor Lighting Do’s

  • Before installing the landscape lighting around pathways and other landscape features, focus on lighting the house first, and the trees second. The primary focus of outdoor lighting should be on the most important and most beautiful thing on the property — your house. The right type of outdoor light fixtures will focus on the beauty of your home at night, while at the same time making it safe and secure. When positioning lighting fixtures, make sure to highlight the walls of the house as well as architectural features.
  • Make use of multiple layers, without overdoing the number of fixtures. For example, position several spotlights with different angles towards a garden statue to create silhouettes and layers and to create a unique lighting effect. Staggering lights as opposed to grouping several in a single bunch will add more detail and effects without drawing attention to the lights themselves.
  • Do use down lighting for pathways when possible. Lighting from above as opposed to along the pathway provides a gorgeous type of illumination and makes the pathway safe and easy to see.

One of the most common mistakes many homeowners make is placing the lighting fixtures in a straight line along the pathway. Not only is this somewhat boring, but it also tends to make the pathway look like an airport runway.

Outdoor Lighting Don’ts 

  • One of the most common mistakes many homeowners make is placing the lighting fixtures in a straight line along the pathway. Not only is this somewhat boring, but it also tends to make the pathway look like an airport runway. Instead, get creative with the placement of the lights. For example, stagger the lights or place them in a position where they shine down on the pathway.
  • Don’t forget to illuminate the second story of your home. This includes lighting aimed at or placed on overhangs, peaks, pillars and other features that are unique to your home. This type of elevated lighting will not only enhance the beauty of your home, but it will also cast an ambient glow on your lawn.
  • Don’t ignore the small areas or the dark spaces around the home and hidden in the landscaping. Even a small accent light can transform a small, dark corner of the lawn into a beautiful space. Another benefit of lighting up small, dark places is that it creates fewer hiding spaces for intruders.

These are only a few of the great things you can do with outdoor lighting. When installed in the right places, lighting fixtures can completely transform your home. For the ideal lighting system, it is recommended that you contact a lighting professional to help you with the best choices. A lighting specialist will walk the perimeter with you and give you a visual of what type of lighting will work the best for your home to enhance it and to provide an extra measure of security.

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To learn more about how outdoor lighting can enhance your home’s exterior or to schedule an appointment for one of our experts to help guide your through the lighting process, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of North Houston.

Tips for Installing Outdoor Kitchen and Grill Lighting

Tips for Installing Outdoor Kitchen and Grill Lighting

The right interior lighting can enhance everything from your mood to the color of your walls. But when it comes to exterior lighting, it can also play a role in food preparation and mosquito control. Whether you have a cozy and modest outdoor space or a large outdoor kitchen, installing the right lighting fixtures can significantly improve your outdoor cooking/dining experience. Here are a few ideas on where you can install various lighting fixtures to brighten up your outdoor kitchen and dining space.

Spotlights

There is nothing better than a steak cooked to perfection over an open flame, but if you are cooking after dark, it is difficult to tell if the food is undercooked or overcooked. Spotlights placed close to the grill will allow you to keep a close eye on food, which means you can spend more time socializing than taking the food indoors to check if it’s done. Mini spotlights installed over the bar area can also provide the ideal lighting for mixing drinks if you and your friends are enjoying some cocktails.

Pendant Lighting

Pendant lights are available in a variety of styles, designs and sizes. Drum pendants are light fixtures that are made with a cylindrical drum-style shade, which is perfect for over the bar and/or serving areas. If you have a ceiling or overhang above the outdoor kitchen island, consider hanging glass or wooden pendant lights above the island for extra task lighting.

If you have a ceiling or overhang above the outdoor kitchen island, consider hanging glass or wooden pendant lights above the island for extra task lighting.

Ceiling Fan With Lights

If your outdoor dining area has a ceiling, consider installing a ceiling fan with a lighting fixture. The fan will help deter mosquitoes and the lighting will add the right amount of light for serving and eating meals. Installing a dimmer will allow you to adjust the amount of light in the vicinity of the table.

Landscape Lighting

When choosing lighting for your outdoor kitchen area, don’t forget to include some landscape lighting. Lighting in the landscape area around the outdoor kitchen will emphasize the kitchen area. For example, if you have a water feature near the outdoor kitchen area, installing upward facing mini spotlights will highlight the water feature while adding extra light to the eating and/or cooking area.

Pathway Lighting

Whether you have steps leading up to the outdoor kitchen area or a brick pathway, LED or solar path lights will help safely guide your dinner guests to the outdoor dining area as well as provide a soothing illumination to the area. Pathway lighting can also be used around sections of the patio to add additional lighting to specific areas, such as the dining area.

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When shopping for outdoor kitchen lighting, always use lighting that is rated for wet or damp locations. It is also highly recommended that you choose energy-efficient lights, especially if you intend to use lights for an extended length of time. When installing lighting in outdoor kitchens, make sure they are encased in protective covers to help resist wear-and-tear from the elements.

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of North Houston to learn more about how lighting can help to enhance your outdoor kitchen and grilling area.

Your Complete Outdoor Lighting Maintenance Checklist

Your Complete Outdoor Lighting Maintenance Checklist

Professional grade outdoor lighting consists of sturdy, durable components, but like all mechanical systems, they require regular maintenance to remain in top shape. At least once per year, your lighting network should receive a thorough inspection, especially after a season of heavy weather events. Below is a checklist guide to help you with your lighting maintenance.

1. Visual

Either at dusk or before dawn, turn the lights on, or allow them to come on if they are on automatic timers. Then walk the property to see if all lights are functioning. Verify the lights are still illuminating the selected features as desired. Look for landscaping plants or tree limbs that may be obscuring the fixtures. 

2. Switches

If you have any battery-powered devices, such as remotes and digital timers, this is a great time to replace those batteries. Inspect all controls, wired and wireless, especially if any of the lights failed to work during your night inspection. Make sure the timers are still set properly and photocells still respond to light and dark.

Take a small level with you to re-set any leaning or toppled ground fixtures. You might need to re-align them once it's dark enough to see their lighting patterns.

3. Clean Lenses

Lenses take on dirt and water stains over time. You should gently wash them to restore their transparency. Any lenses that have become opaque should be scheduled for replacement. While inspecting individual lights, trim back any plants that obstruct the fixtures.

4. Leaning Fixtures

Take a small level with you to re-set any leaning or toppled ground fixtures. You might need to re-align them once it’s dark enough to see their lighting patterns.

5. Bulbs

Replace any burned out bulbs, but be certain it’s the bulb and not an electrical disconnection first. Be sure to use the same wattage for the replacement bulbs so that the voltage across the circuit remains balanced. 

6. Wires

Check for resurfaced wiring. Be sure the plastic insulation entirely covers the wires. Any wires with breaks in the insulating tube need to be replaced. If they are otherwise fine, re-bury them. For tree-mounted lights, make sure the brackets and wiring are still firmly attached. Also, check to see if the tree is beginning to grow around the hardware. If it is, you’ll need to dislodge and re-secure the fixture or wiring. 

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7. Transformers

Tighten the lugs in the transformers. These can loosen over time which can eventually cause arcing, and that is definitely not good. Check the voltages and amperages in the primary and secondary transformers and compare these to the readings taken at installation. They should be the same. If they’re not, you should call your installer. You can also call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives even if your system was not installed by us and is out of its original warranty. Irregular readings in the transformers could indicate a problem. This maintenance task should be diagnosed and repaired as quickly as possible.

If Outdoor Lighting Perspectives installed your system within the last year, you already have a worry-free maintenance plan. We’ll take care of all your maintenance needs for one full year after installation. You then have the option to pay a reasonable fee to receive continued maintenance by our expert team. If you encounter troublesome issues during your routine check-up and your system is not from us, no problem! Contact us anyway. We’d be happy to troubleshoot and repair your system for you. Call us today and rest easy knowing Outdoor Lighting Perspectives is on the way.

Path Lighting Will Brighten Any Landscape

path Lighting Will Brighten Any Landscape

Showcasing your gorgeous landscaped property day and night is easy with outdoor lighting. You’ve probably invested an impressive amount of time and money designing your outdoor space, so adding lighting is the next step to enjoying it whenever you like! 

Path lighting is a great place to start because not only does it add an ambient touch, it makes your property safer for your guests and family by letting you walk through your landscape safely.

Here are four things you need to know about path lighting. 

LED vs. Solar vs. Electric

When it comes to path lighting, one of the first decisions you will need to make is what type of lighting fixture works best for your landscape. There are many types and designs of lights available, so selecting the type that fits your style, budget and geographic location is key. 

For example, if your home is surrounded by shade, solar lights might not be the best choice for you. The staff at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of North Houston can offer professional advice for this step if you’re not sure which source is best for your particular yard.

Balance is the Key

Path lighting is designed to light up areas such as walkways, stairways and other paths. Not all outdoor light fixtures will be efficient for path lighting or wayfinding. You’ll want to offset the lights or stagger them on either side of the walkway so there is always balance along the way. Add some ambient lighting in the flower beds to offer dimension to create a nice glow near the path. 

People have a tendency to add too many light fixtures or too bright of fixtures to their outdoor lighting. Keep the lighting low and subtle.

Avoid Over Lighting

People have a tendency to add too many light fixtures or too bright of fixtures to their outdoor lighting. This is where Outdoor Lighting Perspectives can help. Things you want to avoid when installing path lights: 

  • Placing lights too closely together
  • Using too bright of fixtures
  • Installing the lights too high

The last thing you want is to create a bright, runway effect that shines up into your guests’ eyes or creates annoying glare. Keep the lighting low and subtle.

Path Lighting Design

This is where the fun begins! The market has many options when it comes to path lights. Does it make more sense to install lights onto steps, lanterns, pillars and posts? Or should you use recessed or paver lights that are installed in the edges of the walkway pavers? Do you want a subtle look or make a bold statement?

We work closely with homeowners to design a look that fits their budget and their style. In fact, we offer a free design consultation so you can see what the final result would look like before we ever start working. That way there are no surprises and no unsatisfied customers. 

For more information and tips on lighting your landscape, whether it is throughout the entire property or just for a pathway, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of North Houston. We have the experience you need to light up an outdoor space so you can enjoy it season after season.

5 Landscape Lighting Trends that Will Enhance Your Home

5 Landscape Lighting Trends that Will Enhance Your Home

Landscape lighting is a very important component of your home’s overall appearance. Today,  just as much attention should be given to a home’s outdoor space as it has to the inside. Our decks, patios and entryways have become extensions of our lifestyles and used more and more for entertaining and personal enjoyment. 

That enjoyment shouldn’t have to end at night and with all the fabulous  products available on the market it doesn’t have to. Let’s light up our outdoor space with beautiful, on trend outdoor lighting that will enhance the look of our property and increase the safety and security around us!

Whether you want to update your existing landscape lighting or start from square one, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of North Houston can make it happen for you. We will help you develop a professional, custom plan for your home’s exterior lighting.  Here are five outdoor lighting trends to consider for your home.

1. LED Lighting

LED lights are available in all shapes, sizes, brightness and colors, making them a versatile option for your landscape lighting. They also offer style, safety, convenience and energy savings. 

Some LED lights are designed specifically for outdoor spaces so they are perfect for adding near steps and walkways or mounted onto decks, fences and even trees. Whether you want to make a bold statement with beautiful fixtures or choose to install the lights in the ground so the fixtures are virtually invisible, the professionals at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of North Houston know how to get the job done.

2. Hidden Security Lighting

Gone are the days of big, bright, blinding flood lights mounted to your home. Fixtures that are smaller and can be hidden within your landscape on stairs, columns and along walkways are just as effective as yesterday’s flood lights. Plus, they are much more attractive. Today’s outdoor security lighting offers beauty and security at the same time.

The sky is the limit when it comes to artisan outdoor lighting. String lighting, pendant and orb fixtures, colored chinese lanterns, oversized floor lamps and even lighted stones are available to create a beautiful, one-of-a-kind outdoor space.

3. Automated Lighting 

Controlling your outdoor lighting is right at your fingertips with smartphone technology. Many wireless apps offer timers so you can schedule when to turn your landscape lighting on and off. You can also manually turn the lights on and off when you are away from home, which is an added security feature.

4. Lighted Water Features

Water fountains and water features add beautiful and special touches to an outdoor space. A perfectly placed spotlight can cast a beautiful glow onto a water feature. You also could place waterproof lights inside a fountain, which provides a dramatic look like no other. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of North Houston can show you how to properly install lights to showcase your beautiful water features.

5. Artisan Lighting

The sky is the limit when it comes to artisan outdoor lighting. String lighting, pendant and orb fixtures, colored Chinese lanterns, oversized floor lamps and even lighted stones are available to create a beautiful, one-of-a-kind outdoor space.

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As you can see, there are many options to creating an outdoor space that is perfectly lit just a and fits your lifestyle. Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of North Houston for your free custom outdoor lighting design and let us show you how beautiful your outdoor living space can be with landscape lighting!

Making the Switch to LED Lights Has Many Benefits

Making the Switch to LED Lights Has Many Benefits

LED, light emitting diodes, are slowly taking over as the most popular form of lighting for both homes and commercial buildings. LEDs are solid, small light bulbs that provide a wide range of benefits, including their energy efficiency, which can help you save money on the electric bill. LED lights can be used anywhere that a standard light bulb can be used. Here are 5 benefits you can expect when using LED light bulbs.

Safety

There is nothing worse than getting a burn from unscrewing a hot light bulb. LED lights do not produce heat, so they stay cool to the touch, making them much safer to handle the installation.

Efficient and Environmentally Friendly

If you like saving money, LEDs are an ideal solution for saving money on your monthly electric bill. Compared to standard lighting, LEDs use about 75 percent less energy than standard lighting and they typically last about 25 times longer than a standard light bulb. 

A standard 50W halogen lamp uses approximately 90 percent of electricity to produce only about 10 percent of light. LED lights use only 15 percent of the energy a standard halogen bulb uses and provides 85 percent of the light output. This means the heat produced is significantly less than a halogen bulb, which can also help reduce the cost of air conditioning. 

LED bulbs do not contain mercury or other harmful gases, nor do they emit harmful UV rays, making them environmentally friendly.

LED lights use about 75 percent less energy than standard lighting and they typically last about 25 times longer than a standard light bulb.

Operational in Any Temperature

Traditional lights often have difficulty functioning in severe temperature changes. Depending on the how extreme the weather is, standard lights may also dim or deteriorate more quickly. LED lights are functional at any temperature, so they are ideal for both winter and summer outdoor events.

Durable and Long Life Span

LED lights do not contain filaments, which allows them to withstand a greater intensity of shock and vibration than standard lights. This results in a lessened risk of breakage and a reduction in the number of times you’ll need to replace them. LEDs have an extremely long lifespan, approximately 80,000 hours to be exact, which means you will not have to replace them as often as standard bulbs, saving you money and time.

One of the most popular features of LED lights is that they available in a vast array of colors. Unlike fluorescent and standard bulbs, with LEDs, you do not have to use several different filters to get different colors. Most lighting sources also scatter light in several directions, which causes unwanted effects or over-illumination. LEDs are directional, but they only shine up or down, which helps reduce light pollution. Light pollution can disturb natural animal and plant ecosystem cycles, as well as have an adverse effect on humans from an excessive exposure to artificial light.

If you are ready to make the switch from standard lighting and experience the benefits of LED lighting, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of North Houston! Every new install comes with a free year of maintenance.

You Should Rely on Professionals to Install Outdoor Lighting

You Should Rely on Professionals to install Outdoor Lighting

If you are an avid DIY homeowner considering an outdoor lighting project, no doubt you’ve considered tackling this project yourself. You’ve seen buildings and landscaping tastefully illuminated and wonder, "How hard can it be?" Plus, you’ve accomplished plenty of other DIY projects for the house. It probably seems like a no-brainer to you. 

Although it may seem easy in theory, there is a lot more that goes into lighting installations than you might think. Before you launch into your project, take these into account first.

Design Plan

Setting up the fixtures seems simple enough, right? You determine what you want to be illuminated and point the lights at it. Whoa there, cowboy. 

Do you know exactly how much or little light to shine on your home’s best features? Do you want an even glow or a bright flood light on any particular item? Do you want to gently illuminate an entire façade or create a striped effect? 

Do you have an idea of which type of fixture produces the lighting you want to achieve? You prefer not to be seen from space but you also prefer not to invite passing children to pitch rocks at the presumed "haunted house," either. It takes an experienced eye to brighten the area gracefully.

This is one of those areas where it really helps to have a professional on your side. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we offer a free custom outdoor lighting plan before you make your decision. That way you know what things are going to look like before you buy. We can help you develop a sensible design according to your unique property features and lighting goal.

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we offer a free custom outdoor lighting plan before you make your decision. We can help you develop a sensible design according to your unique property features and lighting goal.

Electricity and Permit Requirements

If your project involves more than a few solar lights along pathways, you’ll probably need to run wires. It goes without saying that electrical work is best handled by licensed professionals. 

In addition to knowledge and experience, they’ll also have the full scoop on local codes and permitting requirements. A one-time outdoor lighting project is not the best time to start learning the ins and outs of codes, permit requirements and wiring for weather and watering events.

Quality of Fixtures

Something the hardware stores likely won’t tell you about outdoor light fixtures is that only professional companies have access to the truly sturdy, long-lasting stuff. Although you can find top-of-the-line retail products at the home improvement outlets, none of them have the quality that will reliably light your home and landscaping for decades to come.

Warranty and Maintenance

If something goes awry in your system, will you be able to fix it? With a professional outdoor lighting company, your system will have a warranty plan in case some element of the system fails. A good company will present maintenance options, as well. In fact, right now, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of North Houston is offering free maintenance for one year on all new installations.

Finally, if you get deep into your project and realize you may have bitten off more than you could chew; or if you finish but the end results are nowhere near what you had hoped for, you may end up having to call in professional help, after all. No one could fault you for trying, but producing great lighting effects on your home and landscaping is no small feat for someone whose training and experience lie elsewhere.

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If you honestly aren’t sure if this is a job you should take on, give Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of North Houston a call. We’d be happy to sit down with you and discuss your outdoor lighting goals!

 

Get Your Patio Ready for Spring with Beautiful Outdoor Lighting

Get Your Patio Ready for Spring with Beautiful Outdoor Lighting

Patios tend to be as unique as their owners: but whether you have a tiny screened-in area that barely has room for a chair or an elaborate and inviting outdoor space, you can enhance your enjoyment of your patio area by bringing attractive lighting into the mix. 

Now more than ever, people in the North Houston area are choosing to spend their relaxation time outside, and stunning lighting fixtures from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives will ensure that you get the full enjoyment from your space without spending a fortune. 

Spring Forward

Spring is a terrific time to start some small home improvement projects. That way, when summertime rolls around, you can simply sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labors. 

If you have steps in the outside area around your home, you know that they can be a danger in the evening or when the lighting isn’t ideal in the area. Step lights are a fresh new trend for outdoor lighting and one that adds a strong safety element to your patio and is spot-on when it comes to style. 

To keep the lighting understated, you might also want to put low-voltage lights under benches and along walkways so you are providing a warm glow without creating a glare that may break up your enjoyment of the space. 

Create a Focal Point

When you have a dramatic and beautiful tree in your yard, or possibly a fountain or statue, you want to be sure that your enjoyment of the focal piece of your yard doesn’t end when the sun goes down. Consider a small spotlight that could help illuminate the yard as well as light up your favorite conversation starter. 

Create a focal point with a spotlight.

Ancient trees can have fascinating and beautiful branches that make a fun hidey-hole for creative lighting options. If you have recently added some stunning landscaping to your yard, you might want to add some smaller, warmer lights to pull out dramatic flowers or plants. 

Entertain with Ease

Having a pool in your backyard can mean that your home is the most popular in the neighborhood, but you shouldn’t be required to stop the party after dark! Keep the good times going when you get creative with your pool lighting

While LEDs are always a popular choice and can come in a variety of different color options, fiber optic lighting is gaining popularity as it can create an effect similar to the starry nights that you enjoyed looking at as a child. 

Creating a different ambiance in your backyard can be as simple as defining a new look for your lighting, and nowhere in North Houston is that simpler than with Outdoor Lighting Perspectives. Every installation comes with one free year of maintenance and trouble-free enjoyment of your new lighting. Give us a call today to get started on your new backyard oasis!  

Create a Trendy Backyard Look with Professional String Lighting

Create a Trendy Look with Professional String Lighting

There’s just something about string lighting that seems to really set the mood. It just makes a place look more inviting, enchanting almost. It’s why so many bars, restaurants and wedding venues have incorporated string lights in their décor.

String lighting* can set the stage for a fun and memorable experience for your guests. Keep reading to find out how string lighting from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives can transform your venue.

Party Perfect

Whether you own a wedding venue or a restaurant, string lights bring a certain “wow” factor to your outdoor space. Brides will feel like they’re in a fairy tale as they dance with their husbands underneath the ambient glow of string lights.

And restaurants looking for a fresh way to update their patios will find that string lights are the perfect way to do it. Guests will surely enjoy sipping on their drinks while hanging out under these festive lights.

The best thing about string lights is that they are versatile. You can make them work for any event your business or venue is hosting. It just takes a little creativity.

Creative Arrangements

When it comes to hanging your string lights, you’ll soon realize that the possibilities are endless. Many venues choose to drape them from large trees, wrapping them around branches of one tree or hanging them between two neighboring trees.

String lights also look great on patios. If you have an open-air patio, hang string lights in parallel rows across the patio to create a faux ceiling of lights. If your patio is covered, the lights can be hung along the perimeter to define the edges.

Whether you own a wedding venue or a restaurant, string lights bring a certain “wow” factor to your outdoor space.

You could also wrap string lights around light poles and other structures on the property.

Year-Round Glow

Outdoor lighting can be enjoyed year round, so don’t think you won’t get much use out of them after the summer months. The lights we use are commercial grade, so they are made to last.

You’ll find that Outdoor Lighting’s string lights are of a higher quality and are more durable than the ones you find at local retailers. The lights are designed for year-round use, so your installation doesn’t have to be a temporary one.

Outdoor Lighting String Lighting

So you have a vision for what your venue could look like with the addition of string lights. The team at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives can help bring that vision to life.

We offer nighttime lighting demonstrations, letting you see what your lighting will look like before the installation is complete. Our designers will work with you throughout the design process to create a comprehensive plan for your lighting. If any adjustments need to be made, we’ll make them.

Get ready for a gorgeous season of outdoor parties and events and contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives to create a custom lighting look for your business. Don’t forget: along with excellent customer service and a creative mind for design, you will also receive one free year of maintenance with every new lighting installation!

* At this time, we only service commercial and festival lighting. String lighting is not currently available for residential clients. 

How to Maintain Your Outdoor Lighting System

How to Maintain Your Outdoor Lighting System

Investing in an outdoor lighting system can benefit your home in many ways. It can make it safer for you and your loved ones to get around after dark, it can make your home more secure by deterring criminal activity, and it can even enhance the look of your yard. Regardless of why you installed an outdoor lighting system, you’ll only benefit from it if it’s working. Don’t forget that your lighting system will eventually need some maintenance to keep it running. 

The Importance of Maintenance

If it’s been longer than six months since your last service, it’s time to put in a maintenance request for your outdoor lighting system. You should have your system checked out at least once, if not twice, each year to ensure everything is in working order. This is especially important if you installed your outdoor lighting system for security purposes. The last thing you want is for your timers to be out of sync and bulbs burnt out, because that could mean showing up to a dark house after work, creating a security risk for you and your loved ones. It can also be a safety risk. If you have trouble getting around for any reason, whether you’re elderly or have a broken leg, a lack of lighting could put you at bigger risk of tripping and falling on your way into your home. 

What to Look For

Do you notice that some lights are burnt out? Have some of the lamps fallen out of place? Are the lights coming on at the wrong time of day? All of these things can pose security and safety risks and should be addressed. Make sure you walk around the property to look for system damage, making notes of anything that looks off. You should also perform a full system testing to double check everything, as there is sometimes damage there that you cannot see with your eyes.

When you purchase a lighting system with us, we offer you one year of free maintenance.

Common Outdoor Lighting Problems

Your lighting system isn’t immune to problems. Generally, there are four main issues that cause the majority of lighting problems: 

1. Burned out bulbs. Most lighting systems use incandescent and halogen bulbs. These light bulbs are typically balanced to operate between 10.5 and 11.5 volts. As you can see, there’s not much wiggle room there. When a lamp burns out, it can send too much voltage to the remaining bulbs in the system, which can cause them to burn out prematurely. 

2. Faulty connections. Sometimes the connections keeping your system up and running get a little loose. In most cases, this is due to water gets in the connection and causes it to short circuit. It could also be that someone made a bad connection when they installed your system.

3. Corrosion. Over time, corrosion does occur. Typically the first place to start corroding is the socket where the lamp is installed. You can also get corrosion in the wiring from rain water. 

4. Fire ants. If you live in the south, you know fire ants can be a real pain to deal with. These pesky ants have been found to get into sealed fixtures, fill transformers and lighting fixtures, and even establish their mounds over lighting fixtures. 

Ready to install your new outdoor lighting system? Contact us today!

How Can Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Help?

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we’re all about providing you with worry-free maintenance. When you purchase a lighting system with us, we offer you one year of free maintenance. That means you won’t have to adjust a single fixture or replace a single light bulb. After the first year, you can continue to kick back and relax by enrolling in our Annual Maintenance Plan. This is the most comprehensive protection plan of its kind. Our Annual Maintenance Plan covers: 

  • Fixtures: We’ll review the position of your fixtures and straighten them as needed.
  • Bulbs: Any bulbs that need to be replaced or switched out will be taken care of.
  • Timers: Our staff will check and reset your timers.
  • Wires: We will repair damaged wires and bury any that have surfaced.
  • Connections: Transformers, connections and voltage levels will all be checked.
  • Landscaping: Have landscaping that is obstructing your lights? We’ll trim them for you. 
  • Warranty: The plan comes with extended warranty coverage on your system.
  • Priority service: When you need us, we’re there. We provided priority responsible and repairs at no extra cost to you.

If you’re ready to install an outdoor lighting system, give us a call. Our outdoor and landscape lighting systems add beauty and harmony to your home and outdoor living spaces. We’ll work with you to create a comprehensive, custom plan to suit you and your home’s needs. 

A Well-Lit Home Can Keep You and Your Property Safe

A Well-Lit Home Can Keep You and Your Property Safe

You come home and it’s dark. You can’t really see what awaits you once you get out of the car, and that can be a frightening thought. Perhaps you are alone, or you are concerned for your young children. Maybe you are elderly and need to take your time getting into the house.

What about the groceries in the backseat or in the trunk? Sure you could leave the car door ajar, but that will only cast shadows where you need to go. You could leave the car headlights on, but that only spotlights your location and provides shadow for others to conceal themselves. 

There’s no way getting around it — coming home to a dark home is scary, and it’s not safe. If you’re concerned about the safety of you and your family, it’s time to install an outdoor lighting system and put your mind at ease.

Increased Safety and Security 

Outdoor lighting usually serves two purposes of functionality: safety and security. You need it to see where you are going and to detect unexpected obstacles that may lie in your path. You also need to be aware of unexpected activity on your property.

Lighting up the driveway will make it easier for you to park your car. Do you have a walkway? If so, you can illuminate it to help ensure the safety of your guests. Do you have a lot of shrubbery against the house or trees in your yard? Illuminating those dark places can make you feel more comfortable about coming home at night. 

A Touch of Beauty

The main reason to add outdoor lighting to your home is to boost your security and keep you safe, but there is an unintentional benefit of adding beauty to your landscape. 

If you’re going to install outdoor lighting, you may as well take full advantage of the many options out there and choose something that complements your landscape. Landscape lighting can beautify and enhance your yard’s natural features while providing that safety and security that you want.

 Illuminating dark places in your yard can make you feel more comfortable about coming home at night.

Lighting illuminates for better sight, but it also contributes to perspective. How do you want your outdoor space to look? How should it make you feel? Outdoor lighting can completely change the way you and others see your yard.

Path lighting is always a good idea, and there is more to it than just sticking lights into the ground. Let the lighting speak to the personality of your space. Strategic placing of outdoor lighting can make the difference between spotlight and showcase for the same amount of money. 

Choose Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives is an expert at architectural lighting. Our staff knows exactly what type of lights will best accent your home’s singular attributes, such as outdoor pools, patios, decks, carports and gardens. If you already have outdoor lighting on your property, we can work with you to upgrade it.

Whatever your lighting needs may be, you simply can’t go wrong with Outdoor Lighting Perspectives.  Plus, every new installation comes with a free one-year maintenance plan. Stop by our showroom today and see what we have to offer. 

Ready to install your new outdoor lighting system? Contact us today!

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives is here for all your outdoor lighting needs. During our Free Custom Design Plan, we will show you the optimum locations around your home and throughout your yard to achieve stunning outdoor lighting effects. If you already have a lighting system but need it serviced or upgraded, we are happy to help. Please fill out the form below to contact us.

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