Keep the Party Going All Night with Outdoor Lighting

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Outdoor Lighting Perspectives knows that no summer is complete without a backyard party or BBQ. July is the most popular month for BBQs in the U.S. With the season of backyard parties already here, you might be asking yourself: is your backyard ready? Outdoor lighting will add an additional layer of safety and charm to your backyard.

Before starting any project try to formulate a plan and budget. If you have a plan formed already, the professionals here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives can bring your vision to reality. If you aren’t sure where to start or would like some advice from a specialist just give us a call so we can take a look at your property, your needs, and figure out the best lighting system for your backyard. With the right lighting design you can expand available space for parties andgo until you are ready to go to bed!

Here are some helpful hints to consider when planning your lighting plan:

Use Different Forms of Lighting:

There are a variety of lights that serve different purposes. A representative here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives can also suggest whether solar lighting would be right for you.

  • Uplighting—Uplighting is placing a light beneath a landscaping feature you would like to highlight
  • Wall lighting—Illuminate a small area near you house with elegance
  • Highlight—similar to spot lights, they are lights placed on the ground and angled to highlight architecture or landscaping
  • Incognito—giving functionality to your garden or walkway with light structures that appear to be something inconspicuous, like a rock

Give Your Lighting Plan a Focus:

Using lights to highlight the strengths of your lawn, pool, or patio can draw attention away from less attractive areas, like sheds.

Vary the Fixtures:

Different styles and light types can add variety to your home’s exterior.

Stick to Warm Lights:

If you would like to add a variety of colors we would be happy to help. We do recommend warm light.

Lighting your yard, patio, or BBQ takes a lot of work. We would be happy to take the undertaking off your hands and build an outdoor lighting system you are going to want to show-off! You might be tempted to try and wire the system yourself, but home electrical work accounts for an estimated 51,000 fires a year! We can safely and expertly bring to light your dream lighting system. Give Outdoor Lighting Perspectives a call at (631) 238-1831!

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Don’t Open Your Pool Without Us!

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With summer here already, now would be a great time to uncover the pool and get ready for the first few days of summer! For a lot of us though, the pool is a luxury that we are often unable to enjoy. Given the time constraints that come with working and raising a family, it can be difficult to find a moment to enjoy a dip in the pool. Proper lighting around the pool, patio, and adult supervision can make the pool safe to enjoy any part of the day. Being able to swim at night doesn’t just give you more time in the pool; it can actually be good for your health!

Exercising at night means you are burning the calories and carbs you’ve accumulated throughout the day. Going to bed with fewer carbs or calories to burn could help you lose weight! Some people may not think dipping in a pool counts as a workout, but the resistance from simply walking in the water can provide a great low-impact exercise.

The water also gives you the opportunity to float, which means you have near endless freedom of movement. Where else but a pool can you go up and down or left and right with the simple stroke of your arms? The ability to move so freely can promote stretching and loosen your body. It could be the ideal exercise after a hard day’s work; allowing you to remove the tension placed on your body from stress and sitting all day. The extra energy spent while swimming may also help you sleep a little more soundly, so you can seize the next day with more vigor!

Lastly, we all know a little bit of sunshine can be great for your overall health but, conversely, too much sun can be damaging. If you don’t like leaving your pool until all your fingers and toes are pruned then swimming at night might be the solution for you!

Pools can be a lot of fun if you can find the time to enjoy them. A well-lit patio and area around the pool will give you more opportunities to take advantage of a seasonal luxury. With outdoor LEDs, solar lights, and outdoor light fixtures, we have everything you could need. The lighting professionals here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives can make your pool an all day attraction!

Learn more about reaping the benefits of your outdoor living or landscape investments through professional landscape lighting. For a complimentary design consultation or answers to questions, please contact us at 631.266.6200 or email us at olpli@outdoorlights.com We serve all of Long Island including Nassau County, Suffolk County, and the Hamptons.

Let Your Pool Lighting Make a Splash This Year!

About ready to disrobe your pool and get it ready for summer splashing? When embarking on your spring prep ritual, remember to consider your outdoor lighting. It’s been a long, harsh winter, and your lights may have taken a beating.

Our experts at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Long Island can check your pool lighting to make sure everything is functioning properly and optimize any components that are outdated or need improvement. During the inspection, our techs will:

  • replace all halogen bulbs (LEDs last much longer,
  • repair any damaged wire,
  • rebury any wiring that has surfaced,
  • straighten fixtures that may have been bumped
  • Inspect your transformer
  • Reset/check your timer
  • Trim plant overgrowth that may be obstructing the light beam
  • Make simple changes to enhance the effects of your outdoor lighting

If you sign up for our Annual Maintenance Plan, you’ll be given priority responses, and service call repairs will be made at no charge throughout the year.

Illuminating Your Pool

If you never got around to illuminating your pool area, maybe it’s time you enhance the beauty of your pool and its surroundings with lighting. Lighting your pool, patio, and perimeter add ambiance and give your pool a whole new look. A glowing pool will beckon you to take a dip, or at least create an inviting space to gather around for a sparkling water view.

Lighting will allow you to use the pool and neighboring outdoor living space after sunset. Illuminating an area that would normally be a dark space gives your backyard a new perspective and usability. Finally, lighting your pool is a vital safety measure. Leaving a pool in darkness could be a hazard to your family and your guests, especially small children, and pets.

Our lighting design professionals will transform your pool area with low-voltage lighting that is not only economical but softly illuminates your backyard space with a gentle glow. We will strategically place lights on pathways, pergolas, steps, specimen trees, hardscape, and more, to establish a stunning, surreal backdrop for your pool living space.

One added bonus – your dazzling light display will be a spectacle from the inside of your house as well.

LED Retrofits

Lighting has come a long way in recent years. Several moons ago lighting your pool meant putting spotlights or floodlights atop nearby trees or structures.

In this new age of light, LED lighting systems are the all the rage. These modern systems can convert your pool into a magical aquatic experience. Aside from initial installation, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Long Island can also upgrade your existing system and retrofit your halogen outdoor lighting fixtures to LED. This process is actually pretty simple for our expert team. By improving on elements already in place, it can ultimately save time and money.

Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Long Island for a fresh new look for your pool this year. Innovative, elegant illumination could make a world of difference in your outdoor living space

Breathe New “Light” Into Your Backyard This Spring

Winter will soon be calling it a wrap, and Long Island will once again resume its green hue, trading its brown, branchy look for lush grass, trees, and plants. We here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives are always excited at the onset of spring, eager to help Long Island homeowners breathe new “light” into their outdoor living spaces.

As the warmer temperatures beckon you outside, you’ll be busy restoring your outdoor space back to its original beauty. When rejuvenating your garden and tidying up decks and patios, consider incorporating lighting into the landscape. Exterior lighting is an ideal way to refresh a dreary backyard and create a stunning new look. Most homeowners underestimate the impact of exterior illumination. Whether your back or front yard is partially lit, or you need to start from scratch, we can install, add, or upgrade existing landscape lighting.

Our team will visit your home and get a feel for the landscape, as well as discuss your wish list and usual use of your outdoor space. Our experts will want to know if you entertain, want some privacy, are concerned about safety, or are just looking to enhance existing features. We will consider all these factors in designing a landscape lighting plan specifically for you.

Illuminating a landscape is both an art and a science. Strategic lighting will give depth to your property, highlighting flowerbeds, water and fire features, and borders that would normally be obscured by darkness. We also create the most visually effective display by carefully planning the right distance and angle of each light, attaining a perfect balance at completion so the entire property is a harmonious canvas of lights and darks.

Let us turn your home into a celestial resort…twinkling trees, shimmering shrubs, illuminated paths, glowing water features, dramatically lit hardscapes, and more. Your vision of your dream backyard could easily become a reality.

Our team handles the entire project, from concept to completion, using state-of-the-art, high-quality products and installed by a skilled team of professionals. Learn more about optimizing your outdoor living spaces and landscape with professional landscape lighting. For a complimentary design consultation or more information, please contact us at 631.266.6200 or email us at olpli@outdoorlights.com.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives serves all of Long Island including Nassau County, Suffolk County, the Hamptons, and the entire East End.

Outdoor and Architectural Lighting Tips for 2018

A lot of effort goes into making the outside of your home have curb appeal, but unfortunately that hard work seemingly goes to waste as the prized features of your home fade into the darkness of night. Architectural and Landscape lighting is a way to highlight the beauty of your home all day and all night.
There are several ways to use light to highlight the best features of your home’s exterior and outdoor spaces. Here are some tips when lighting the different areas of your home.

Trees
Trees, especially decorative ones, are great home accents. If you want to light your trees use ground lights straight up into the foliage. Be sure to also bathe the trunk in light because if you don’t the uplit crown will look like a hovering UFO. For a more dramatic look try lighting foliage from above by placing two 20-watt downlights as high in a tree as possible and pointing them so that their beams do not cross.

Gardens
When illuminating your garden you want the light to be focused on one plant to the next, instead of a flood of light over the whole bed. To achieve this look place fixtures no closer than 20 feet apart.

House
To highlight the architectural details of your home use bullet lights with bulbs that have 12-degree beam spreads, and aim them at the corners of your house. Use softer wash lights to fill in the space between them and avoid harsh shadows.

Garden Walls
To highlight your garden walls place your lighting close to the base so that the beams bring textures into sharp relief.

Focal Points
You can highlight an element that deserves attention—such as a fountain, tree swing, or arbor—by having two crossing lights aimed at the feature you want to illuminate; this reduces shadows.

Types of Lighting
There are many types of lighting you can use around the exterior of your home.

  • Garden – These come in posts and reflect light down into planting beds. These can also be used as pathway markers. Unlike other lights, their style and finish are on display.
  • Wash – Wash lights put out a soft, diffuse light. This type of lighting is perfect for brightening flat facades, privacy fences, and garden walls.
  • Bullet – These lights put out a narrow focused light good for precisely lighting house features, tree trunks, and garden structures.
  • Well – The bulb hides inside a waterproof housing buried in the ground, so you get light without seeing the fixture. Use well lights to illuminate the underside of plant foliage or the base of retaining or garden walls.
  • Downlight – These fixtures, often located high on trunks and branches, can be aimed at lawns, paths, or the tree’s own foliage to create a whimsical moonlit effect.
  • Flood – While these are the most common lights, the brightness and wideness of the lighting limits their potential in design; use sparingly on large areas.

History of Exterior Christmas Lights

Exterior holiday lights are as a part of the season as the Christmas tree, but did you know the history of the holiday lights we all know and love?

In 1882 the modern Christmas light was invented by Edward H. Johnson, inventor and vice president of Thomas Edison’s booming electric company, lit up his New York City home off Fifth Avenue with a string of 80 colorful lights.

Johnsons displays were so popular that patents for electric Christmas lights were starting to appear on the books in 1890. Magazines such as the New York Post and Scientific American began running advertisements for the rental of stringed Christmas lights in 1899 and 1900, and department stores began using electrically lit trees as window displays around 1901. But at a cost of roughly $2,000 in today’s currency, these lights were for the very wealthy.

These electric lights, were not only expensive, but a fire hazard as well. Throughout the 20th century electric lights became safer and much more affordable. In the second half of the century light displays became more elaborate. Neighbors tried to outdo each other in creating the most outlandish displays.

Computer-controlled lighting took off in the 1990s, including a fully programmable lighting system patented in 1995. Newer inventions use software and wireless networks to create elaborate lighting displays that change based on the music pumped through the system.

The next biggest improvement to the exterior holiday lights is the LED. The LED lights are clearly the future of holiday lighting, in part due to their robust design (they’re completely encased in plastic) but also because of their efficiency consuming much less electricity than their incandescent counterparts.

If you are interested in continuing a tradition over 130 years in the making, but don’t have the time to install Christmas lights, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspective. Our holiday light set up and breakdown can give you all the Christmas spirit without the hassle.

Outdoor Christmas Light Displays

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October is almost over and it will be Christmas season before you know it. For almost a month now stores have been stocked with Christmas decorations and lighting options, but how do you know which look to go for? Here are some of the top holiday lighting trends for Christmas this year.

 

#1 Interactive and Projector Displays

Customization is key this year. Have a lifelike movie projection of Santa reading a book by a fire, falling snow, or dancing reindeer dash across your home. With some of these set ups you can even project a custom message. The limits are only your imagination. These displays are easy to set up and can be as simple as a laser dot light show, or as complex and intricate as displays timed with music.

 

#2 Pop Culture Decorations

Star Wars isn’t the first thing you think when you hear Christmas, but these decorations, as well with Disney characters, are flying off the shelves. Giant lawn displays are also increasing in popularity, whether inflatable or not. There is more opportunity, now more than ever, to personalize your outdoor holiday display to reflect your personality.

 

#3 Keep it simple

With all the options available with modern outdoor holiday decorations, a simple, elegant, classic look will likely stand out from the crowd. Traditional garlands and holiday lights never go out of style and allow you to pick a happy middle between Ebenezer Scrooge and Clark Grizwold.

 

#3 LED lighting

LED lights are energy savers and, every year, more and more people are making the switch. There are so many different styles and colors to choose from; this is probably your best bet for those who want to express their creativity without running up the electric bill.

 

Whatever your holiday lighting style, having an impressive outdoor holiday light display is a great way to bring holiday cheer to your neighborhood.  Unfortunately, spending hours in the cold fumbling with lights is not the ideal way to spend a weekend in November. Hiring a professional outdoor holiday lighting display installation company can help save you time and a headache. We design, install and break down your Christmas light display so you can just go back to enjoying the holidays.

3 Benefits of Outdoor Lights

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It’s that time of year again when we notice that it starts getting darker earlier and earlier each night. Pretty soon daylight savings time kicks in, and it’s the dead of night by the time people get home from work. Nobody likes having to drive up to a dark, dreary home. Exterior lighting not only improves the way your home looks, there are other benefits as well.

 

Improve Safety

 

Poorly lit areas can pose a safety hazard to your family or guests due to unseen hazards in the shadows. It can be hard to see a darkened driveway at night, causing accidents and even damage if entryways are not lit properly. Exterior light—including walkway and stair lights—can greatly improve visibility after dark.

 

Deter Crime

Studies show that outdoor lighting is a deterrent to criminals who would strike at night. Vandals, thieves, and would-be intruders use the darkness to hide. Exterior illumination makes your property a less-than-appealing target.

 

Improves Functionality

Exterior lighting improves the functionality of your home, allowing you to enjoy your outdoor spaces even after the sun goes down. It’s still warm enough to enjoy your yard, but the fun doesn’t have to end after it gets dark.

 

There are many different ways you can illuminate the exterior of your house in both a functional and aesthetically appealing manner, adding grace and drama to your home. Call the experts at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives and we can design and install the perfect exterior lighting for your home that suits your needs, aesthetics, and budget.

Making Something Good Even Better in Manhasset, NY

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Manhassett, NY, Landscape LightingA large portion of our business here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Long Island comes from existing and returning customers. We value the relationships we have forged with our clients. Whether it is a customer we are in close contact with or a customer we haven’t heard from in a while — just like a good friend, it never takes long for us to catch up as if no time has passed since we last spoke.

Such is the case with our recent project in Manhasset, NY, where we installed the initial low-voltage lighting system for these amazing homeowners some years back. During the interim of the initial installation and reaching out to us, they had another outdoor lighting company come in and do an LED-retrofit. An LED retrofit entails changing out the halogen components with LED on existing fixtures.

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When it came time to add lighting to additional areas and retrofit fixtures which the homeowner had purchased on their own they contacted Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Long Island. After a consultation and walk-through of the property and listening to the needs of the client, we not only completed the items on their list but we replaced all of the fixtures with ours and added wash lighting to the home’s facade.

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The end result looks phenomenal and the homeowners couldn’t be happier! By updating the design with new OLP fixtures and integrating that same LED lighting technology into the fixtures the homeowner purchased, we were able to make the installation cohesive from an aesthetic and light quality perspective.

Manhassett, NY, Landscape LightingIf you are still operating a halogen landscape lighting system, or are in need of updating your current fixtures, in most cases, we can retrofit or upgrade to LED to bring your system up to date. Believe it or not, in the next decade nearly 75% of households will be using LED lighting indoors and out!

Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Long Island at 631.266.6200 or email us at olpli@outdoorlights.com to learn how.

We serve all of Long Island including Nassau County, Suffolk and the Hamptons.

 

Open Your Pool Up To Limitless Possibilities With Long Island Pool Lighting!

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Come on in — the water’s fine!

When the evening temperatures rise the pool becomes the go-to spot for cooling off, outdoor entertaining and more! Why not enhance your pool and water feature backyard experience with lighting?

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As Long Islanders begin to prepare their properties for the warm-weather season pool preparation is on many of their minds. Whether you are in the process of installing a new pool or have an existing pool, outdoor lighting will enhance your total experience.

Pools are great for daytime fun but they take on a whole new life at night, especially when you employ the experience and expertise of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Long Island. Evening entertaining around your pool, evening swims or just reading a book by the pool becomes an event that soothes all the senses when you add pool and water feature lighting to the scenario.

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During the warm seasons from late spring all the way into the autumn, temperatures on Long Island can soar during the evening hours. With that in mind, wouldn’t the addition of lighting to your pool and other backyard water features, like your spa be a great way to extend their hours of use? I know there are many summer evenings when you would love nothing better than to jump right in your pool and cool down, unfortunately, that isn’t a possibility if you are in the dark.Long Island elegant pool lighting

When hosting friends or family over for dinner and conversation wouldn’t it be great to be able to carry the evening poolside? Imagine the cook-out, dinner party and outdoor celebration possibilities you are missing by keeping your pool in the dark. Pool lighting is an effect that can transport your mood. Pool lighting can make your landscape, hardscapes and all the areas surrounding your pool take on a whole new persona in the evening.

Long Island water feature lightingThe pool is not the only water feature that can benefit from the addition of outdoor lighting. A trickling water feature is hypnotic during the day, but when light is added to that same water feature, the result is breathless. Exquisitely integrated water features such as waterfalls, fountains and koi ponds which are readily used in the design of East End landscapes become a focal point by adding light.

Our professionally designed pool lighting can mean the difference between a pool with just lights and a pool surround that takes on an ambiance strong enough to change your mood. Pool lighting, especially for homeowners that use their pool in the evening is a necessity for safety’s sake, too, by increased visibility and traction. Pool lighting can add depth and texture to the landscape, and serve as a focal point of beauty within your backyard.

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Call us today at 631.266.6200 or email us at olpli@outdoorlights.com to bring your pool and water features a whole new level of excitement. We serve all of Long Island including Nassau County, Suffolk County and the Hamptons.