Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington

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Our outdoor lighting designs are making “tee” time brighter at Magnolia Greens golf course!

Magnolia Greens Pavilion  outdoor lighting installation.

Magnolia Greens Pavilion outdoor lighting installation.

If you enjoy summer afternoons at the golf course – snorkeling around for hastily ejected sand wedges – then you are going to love evenings at the beautiful Magnolia Greens golf club. We here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington recently had the pleasure of bringing the touch of fiesta string lighting to bring the perfect accent of sophistication and playfulness to their nighttime scene. When Magnolia Greens hosts their next tournament, the after party will be lit with class and style.

Magnolia Greens Pavilion Lights Making careful and considered decisions about outdoor lighting couldn’t be more critical to the success of a business, particularly businesses that make use of outdoor communal areas where patrons and community members should feel at home – areas like patios, gazebos, clubhouses, or even stages for late night entertainment. As an investment, finding the best outdoor lighting can be daunting for some business owners. Our customers have found, on the other hand, that our fiesta string lighting offers an easy and subtle solution to your outdoor lighting needs.

Anyone who lives in a coastal city, like Wilmington, would have to agree that we are extremely serious about our recreation. Even when the economy slows down, people are still willing to spend money on exciting and worthwhile experiences, and the hospitality industry knows this. In this age of digital media, those positive experiences are stored and expressed at the speed of a tap. The laughter of a starry evening, posted to Facebook. The memory of excellent company, captured in a tweet.

Magnolia Greens Pavilion Lights

Festival  string lighting allows maximum versatility to your outdoor lighting situation. They can be temporarily or permanently installed for gorgeous evenings year-round. Festival  string lights could be used to add a subtle accent to architecture, trees, and landscaping. We can accommodate any aesthetic that suites your specific needs. Further, we provide maintenance services beyond the installation. We respect our customers’ unique needs just as you respect your customers’ comfort and sense of belonging.

Our recent outdoor lighting installation at Magnolia Greens.

Our recent outdoor lighting installation at Magnolia Greens.

A smart business is a well-lit business. A well-lit business is a safe business. It’s no real surprise that we live in litigious society, and it falls on the shoulders of business to protect its customers and itself. One of the invaluable benefits of relying on Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington to set up and design your outdoor lighting is knowing that we can illuminate potentially hazardous steps that might be a liability for your business or loyal customers.

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Yes, the addition of commercial outdoor lighting is an investment. It’s an investment in your business, in the safety and consideration for your customers. Also, it’s an opportunity to elevate the average party to a fun and sophisticated setting. Whether your customers are tracking lost golf balls across the course, or simply gathering for a community or family event, we have the right solution to fit your needs, function and budget.

Blog Signature William Koon Owner copyContact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington today to learn more about improving the visibility and beauty at your commercial venue.

William Koon, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington 910-342-0040 Email: wilmington@outdoorlights.com

 

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington Unveils Casuwel Outdoor Furnishings and Accessories

Charleston Collection loveseat

Charleston Collection outdoor loveseat.

Here in the coastal region of North Carolina, outdoor living is almost required. As more of a lifestyle than a hobby, it’s the reason folks come here to visit and why so many of them make Wilmington their home. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington is the area’s unsurpassed leader in the design, installation and service of exterior lighting systems which intensify the beauty of Wilmington’s backyard retreats and so much more. As such we are thrilled to now offer premium outdoor furnishings by Casuwel to our clientele, giving them more options for their lifestyle outside. This stylish, expertly crafted furniture is the newest addition to the Outdoor Brands’ high quality line of products. Not only will you be able to further enhance your outdoor living space with this exclusive line of furnishings, but as the area’s Certified Sales Consultant for Casuwel, when purchase with us, you’ll receive a substantial discount off all online prices.

Casuwel Charleston Collection table closeup - CopyWith Casuwel outdoor furniture on your deck, porch or patio, your outdoor living space is anything but ordinary! Designed to help homeowners in all climates celebrate the good life outdoors, these versatile furnishings were created with a unique weaving process and details distinctive to each of the four collections. The Premium Comfort Cushions, available in any of the dozens of Sunbrella® fabrics, renowned for their sustainable qualities will allow you to customize your selections while expressing your personal style.

Built to withstand the elements while providing top of the line style and comfort, each collection and the accessories offer distinctive qualities making them unique in their own way. Before choosing the best grouping to suit your needs and tastes, please allow us to provide you with a closer look.

The Fairmont Collection: You can’t help but relax as you are enveloped in the comfort of this collection which is loaded with uptown style. Features include generous deep seating and wide sloping arms for ultramodern sophistication. Either by the pool, or on your patio, porch or deck, it will continue to beckon you to take solace from the stresses of your day.

Fairmont Collection

Fairmont Collection

The Charleston Collection: Lush with graceful charm and refinement, this collection is redolent of the southern coastal homes in which it is traditionally found. Just as its name rolls a little more slowly off the tongue, so do the classic curves of its vintage wicker likeness as it embraces you in cozy comfort. The Charleston Collection, the low-maintenance version of the Southern-inspired classic would complement any outdoor living space above or below the Mason-Dixon Line!

Dining table and chairs from Casuwel's Charleston Collection

Dining table and chairs from Casuwel’s Charleston Collection.

The Metropolitan Collection:  This collection is modern but elegant allowing it the versatility to easily coordinate with many outdoor living space styles, and tastes. This bestselling collection is ample in space and a tastefully sumptuous crowd pleaser! The coffee table/storage ottoman, available in this collection, is the perfect example of its marriage of modern innovation with classic elegance.

Metropolitan collection

Metropolitan Collection

The Bermuda Collection: The sleek lines of this collection give it a very tropical feel, that’s just right for spaces designed with a contemporary edge, but versatile enough for any setting, no matter where you live. Create your own private oasis, with the Bermuda Collection’s crisp classic profile, as you can almost feel the warm tropical breeze while you escape the grind on your deck, patio or porch.

Bermuda Collection seating.

Bermuda Collection seating.

Each of these durable low maintenance collections may be embellished with your choice of any of the myriad of Sunbrella® outdoor fabrics for our wide selection of cushions, pillows and umbrellas. Pull your outdoor décor together with your pick from the array of coordinating outdoor rugs and contemporary ambient light forms specifically designed to survive the elements. As an added bonus, white-glove delivery and setup service comes with each order.

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Buy smart and live well with Casuwel and Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington. In addition to our custom designed illuminating systems, we are excited to include such high quality products which will increase the beauty and function of your home’s exterior. Contact us today to learn more about how Casuwel and our outdoor lighting designs will make your home the envy of your neighbors.

Blog Signature William Koon Owner copyWilliam Koon, Owner Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington 910-342-0040 Email: wilmington@outdoorlights.com

Wilmington Tree Lighting Enhances the Trees in Your Landscape, From Majestic Oaks to Peaceful Palms.

Wilmington trees lit at night with outdoor lighting

Wilmington trees lit at night with outdoor lighting.

Wilmington is well-known for its abundance of beautiful trees. From the majestic oaks that line the streets of historic downtown, to the peaceful palms that beckon summertime along Wrightsville, Kure and Carolina beach. There is also no shortage of trees in residential and commercial settings that would serve as prime candidates for tree lighting.  In our line of business, “sizing” up a tree is second nature. The depth of a tree’s branches, the caliber and curve of the trunk and the character of each tree within a landscape are all factors that make one tree a better “fit” for the addition of lighting over another.

This 350 year old oak is full of character, even in the winter, vacant of foliage.

This 350 year old oak is full of character, even in the winter, vacant of foliage.

As 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 myrtles, palms, oaks or Japanese maples make perfect candidates for the addition of outdoor lighting.

Wilmington palm tree lighting

Wilmington palm tree lighting.

Outdoor lighting enhances your landscaping at night.Tree lighting serves as one element of a cohesive landscape lighting design. Each landscape is different, as are the trees within that landscape, with this in mind we don’t light any two landscapes exactly the same. In some cases, the greatest benefit comes from illuminating one, or two, trees within a landscape. While, in other scenarios, illuminating a group of trees, or even a natural area delivers the greatest effect.  The key is to select trees with good canopies and branching habits. Trees with too many limbs or limbs that are bushy and close together don’t make good candidates for tree lighting. 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. As with all of our  designs we take great care not to cause damage to any trees or plants during our installation.

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.

Blog Signature William Koon Owner copyOutdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington 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 910-342-0040
Email: wilmington@outdoorlights.com

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington Can Make “Springing Forward” and “Falling Back” Effortless & Worry-Free!

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One of the many clues that spring is close-at-hand is the arrival of daylight savings time (DST). You have probably already noticed the days getting a little longer, the culmination of the lengthening days marks the beginning of DST which takes place this weekend on Sunday, March 8th, 2014 at 2:00 am.

 

The arrival of DST also means that you will be busy setting your clocks and other timed devices an hour ahead this evening to ensure the correct time. This includes the task of programming your timer if you have an existing outdoor lighting system. If you are still using a manual outdoor lighting timer, this can be a headache! Manual outdoor lighting timers are time-consuming and inconvenient. As the days begin to get longer they also force you to “chase dusk.

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Lighting Control Automation can control both indoor and outdoor lighting to fit your needs.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington wants you to know there is a better way, through astronomic timers and also lighting control automation, or LCA for short. Astronomic timers are ultra-convenient and allow you the freedom of not having to constantly program your lights in anticipation of the setting sun.

With LCA, you can control your lighting through your smart phone from remote locations!

With LCA, you can control your lighting through your smart phone from remote locations!

Our LCA is on the cutting edge of technology and delivers effortless versatility and ensures that you will never have to worry about programming your outdoor lighting to accommodate DST, or chase dusk again. In addition, LCA  provides automation that you can enjoy every day by simplifying your outdoor lighting system. LCA can provide effortless control of your home’s indoor and outdoor lighting and other powered features. The smart timer can do more than simply turn on selected lights at dusk. It can control your indoor and outdoor electric outlets.

Here are just a few of the benefits LCA will provide:

  • LCA will ensure your outdoor lights come on automatically at dusk and off at dawn or the time of your choosing.
  • LCA will allow you to designate zones of lighting, both indoor and outdoor and program these zones to turn on and off automatically so your home always looks occupied. This is a huge convenience when you are on vacation
  • Our outdoor lighting technology can make your home "smarter".

    Our outdoor lighting technology can make your home “smarter”.

    LCA will allow you to program your lights to come at 50% power with the onset of dusk and progressively increase as the evening gets darker. This feature not only saves energy; it also creates a romantic ambiance within the landscape. 

  • LCA allows you to control lights inside your home to come on automatically as well. We can even place a central keypad to control the entire system.
  • LCA can be programmed to gain control from your laptop or even your smart phone. This feature allows you to control your lighting from remote locations
  • LCA will allow you to illuminate your home and landscape in any configuration and to come on at varying times. The choices are only limited to your imagination.

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Learn more about how we can simplify the task of “springing forward” and “falling back.” The possibilities are endless when it comes to automating your lighting needs for more convenient days and beautiful evenings..

To learn more about our smart system lighting control automation contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington today! 910-342-0040
Email: wilmington@outdoorlights.com

 

 

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives explores the good, the bad, and the ugly of outdoor lighting.

Outdoor Lighting Pyramid_edited-1 We have all witnessed it first hand. Driving through a neighborhood in the evening, maybe even yours, and the home that is beautiful by day is ruined under the veil of night with, you guessed it, bad outdoor lighting. In the realm of outdoor lighting there is a pyramid that represents the best and worst in outdoor lighting design. The good outdoor lighting designs are located at the top of the pyramid, with all others falling below. In our many years of experience bad can fall into many categories. This includes poorly executed designs, haphazard placement, inappropriate fixtures and the use of too many lights. Some residences may include one, or all, of the above. In our line of business we have seen it all, fixed it all and nothing really surprises us anymore when it comes to outdoor lighting. Here is a rundown of some of the bad and ugly lighting designs we have met over the years:

Can you spot the solar light still burning at 2:00 am?

Can you spot the solar light still burning at 2:00 am?

  •  Solar Stake Lights — These are the fixtures you often see in “big box” home improvement stores for cheap. They promise a “green” alternative to conventional outdoor lighting because they use solar energy ( light from the sun) to power the implement within and provide light during the evening hours. We are not implying that ALL solar fixtures are bad but due to the poor quality of this type of solar fixture, they rarely last past a season. In addition, the light is inconsistent and by midnight it is not uncommon to see many of the lights have already stopped burning. There is also a tendency to use a large quantity of these lights because the fixtures emit little to no “light spread” — used to line driveways, along sidewalks and paths, these lights resemble a small airport runway! Not the kind of design most upscale homeowners are looking to achieve.
Still scratching our heads about this one...

Still scratching our heads about this one…

  • Improper Placement of Fixtures  – Sometimes even the best made plans and intentions can go awry. Much is the case with inexperienced installers who try to promote outdoor lighting with no background or knowledge of proper design, or those that use it as a sideline business.  The elements of good outdoor lighting include adding depth and texture to the space being illuminated; work top to bottom to accentuate your homes dimensions, and especially it’s height; side to side to accentuate your home’s width; illuminate your home’s side facade open to the street; light the path to the front door and never place fixtures where they will shine into windows! It also crucial to remember professional outdoor lighting promotes the “effect” not the fixture. Just like your pappy probably told you about children being seen and not heard, outdoor lighting fixtures should not become the center of attention either.

 

The quality of our fixtures is apparent at first glance!

The quality of our fixtures is apparent at first glance!

  •  Cheap fixtures–  We cannot begin to stress the importance of using quality outdoor lighting fixtures. When you invest in professional outdoor lighting for your home and landscape it is crucial to have it installed right the first time. Our experience, knowledge and talent enable us to design your one-of-a-kind installation. However, we also stand behind our tried and true exclusive line of fixtures made with copper, brass and other quality materials that are built for longevity to provide years of enjoyment!

Stressing the importance of having a professional lighting designer/installer cannot be stressed enough when it comes to appointing good outdoor lighting. That image in your head can be achieved when you have a lighting professional do the job. From the customer service, the design, the fixtures, follow-up and maintenance to the breathtaking end result.

Blog Signature William Koon Owner copyDon’t fall victim to the trifecta of bad outdoor lighting! Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington today to schedule a free consultation today at your Cape Fear home or business – you will be glad you did.

910-342-0040
Email: wilmington@outdoorlights.com

 

 

 

 

 

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington answers the top 5 most asked questions about outdoor lighting:

Outdoor lighting enhances your landscaping at night.Being the Wilmington area’s premier outdoor lighting company since 1998 has enabled us to meet many wonderful homeowners, business owners and those who call Cape Fear their home away from home.  While we recently participated and presented in the Home Expo and remodeling show held at the Schwartz Center in downtown Wilmington, we were reminded of some of the most frequently asked questions by those considering the addition of outdoor lighting. While we perceive all questions to be important when helping to make the decision to add outdoor lighting at your home or business, there are five questions in particular that we feel are the most commonly inquired:

Transformation Augusta series: the consultation#1) How do you know where to put the lights?

This question comes up probably the most often. Indeed it seems simple, but it takes the knowledge and experience of an outdoor lighting professional to truly answer. Part of our design process includes what is called a “property survey evaluation”. This involves a visit to your home or place of business by one of our outdoor lighting designers. During the evaluation, we discuss your needs, desires and “vision” of how you want your property to perform ( and look) in the evening. We then Transformation Augusta series: the consultationwalk the property along with the homeowner, or business owner, taking into consideration any defining architectural elements, landscape elements, special outdoor living areas or areas where evening safety is a concern. From there, we can schedule a nighttime demonstration allowing you to “see” the outdoor lighting in its truest form in order to make a more informed decision in regards to moving ahead with your design.

an intimate space in the garden with outdoor lighting#2) Can you give me a price over the phone?

No. Here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington we don’t believe in pricing out over the phone on a fixture quantity basis. We are here to deliver the effect of outdoor lighting, not to sell fixtures. It is very difficult to quote a price over the phone without first seeing the property, and discussing your personalized preferences, needs and desires. Our high quality fixtures out perform the competition in terms of beauty and light spread — case in point, what other companies will need 4 lights to illuminate our fixtures can most likely get the job done with one or two. We want to provide you with an outdoor lighting installation that will bring enjoyment for many years to come — our designs are timeless, with that in mind, we want to take our time and have your project perfected the first time around.

#3) Which is better, halogen or LED?

Homeowner preference is really a matter of choice. However, LED is more energy-efficient, durable, long-lasting and eco-friendly than traditional outdoor lighting systems. Advances in recent years also prove that the color quality of today’s LED is just as warm and inviting as halogen. Can you tell the difference?

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LED is still more costly upon install but will pay for itself over time with the savings you recoup from lowered energy costs.

Maintenance#4) Will YOU take care of our system once it is installed?

Yes. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington offers annual care and maintenance packages that will keep your system running at optimal performance year-round.

No other company has more experience than Outdoor Lighting Perspectives. So when we design, install and maintain your system, you can be confident you’ll love the result for years to come!

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington displays outdoor lighting#5) What is your warranty & what happens after the warranty?

Let’s face it: stuff happens. Over time, even the best electronic equipment can wear out or malfunction. When that happens, it’s good to know you have no-nonsense outdoor lighting warranty coverage to fix it or replace it at no cost. It’s also good to know you’ve got a national company with corporate support to take care of you.  With this in mind, our outdoor lighting warranty coverage is as complete as it gets.

Lifetime warranty on transformer and copper and brass fixtures

  • 2-year warranty on LED bulbs and electronics
  • 2-year warranty on Lighting Control Automation (LCA)
  • 1-year warranty on halogen bulbs, digital timers, lens covers and commercial fixtures
  • Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington can extend your 2-year LED warranty to 10 years with an annual maintenance contract.
  • We offer a lifetime warranty on fixtures and transformers.

It doesn’t get any better than that — Outdoor Lighting Perspectives deliver the gold standard within our industry!

Confidence: It’s built into every outdoor lighting system we install.

More questions? Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington today to learn more about lighting that transforms your property and our superior service. Trust your outdoor lighting to outdoor lighting professionals. The results will be well worth it.

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William Koon, Owner
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington
910-342-0040
Email: wilmington@outdoorlights.com

 

 

 

 

 

For your outdoor lighting consideration; what you need to know about LED conversions

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Your home can look great inside and out with LED lighting.

Many Wilmington homeowners are operating traditional outdoor lighting systems. When we say “traditional” we are referring to halogen systems. With all the emphasis on LED outdoor lighting you may feel as if you have “missed the boat”, so to speak, because you chose a halogen system rather than an LED for your new installation. Alas, all is not lost — because it is very possible to convert your existing system over to an LED system rather than starting over from square one! This will save you more money in upfront costs and allow you to begin experiencing the benefits of LED sooner, and more easily, than you probably imagined.

That’s right.Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington can inspect your existing system to ensure it is a candidate for an LED conversion! In most cases,  your traditional halogen, or even incandescent, system can easily be converted to LED and allow you to experience first hand the endless benefits of LED.

Did you know?

  • pathway_lighting_WilmingtonLED outdoor lighting systems consume up to 90% less energy than traditional outdoor lighting systems. This lower energy consumption will be evident each and every month when you pay your power bill!
  • LED outdoor lighting systems are designed with longevity in mind which is evident through longer lasting bulbs which require less frequent replacement. Food for thought: 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 easier on the environment because its green burning technology  leaves less of a carbon footprint and 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 lights are long lasting, energy efficient and among the safest lightsOutdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington uses only Cree LED’s. These are UV free which means no ultraviolet rays which are prone to attract insects. If you use LED in your landscape, deck and patio lighting you will get the peace of mind in knowing there will be less insects around to invade your outdoor living enjoyment.
  • LED’s are more durable and resilient than ordinary lighting systems. They are 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.

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 typical lighting system but the money you save on energy usage and bulb replacement will allow you to recoup those initial costs quickly.

LED Outdoor lighting is a beautiful reflection on your home.

If you are ready to make a change for the better, an LED conversion may be the perfect fit for your outdoor lighting needs. So what are you waiting for? Call us today for a free consultation to learn more about adding a custom Wilmington LED lighting system to your home, or converting your existing system.

Blog Signature William Koon Owner copyWilliam Koon, Owner

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington

910-342-0040

Email: wilmington@outdoorlights.com

 

 

Come join us at the Home EXPO and Remodeling show January 24th & 25th!

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives ~ Wing Haven Garden

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington would like to cordially invite you to attend the Home EXPO and Remodeling show Saturday, 1/24 & Sunday, 1/25. The show is being held at the Schwartz Center at the Cape Fear community college in historic downtown Wilmington!

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Flowers brought to life at night with garden lighting.

Spring is closer than you think, and now is the time to begin planning your interior and exterior home improvements. Whether you are looking to add function and beauty to your home and landscape, or add that special finishing touch to your anticipated spring landscaping project — our outdoor lighting designs deliver! What better way to gain inspiration and ideas than attending the area’s largest home shows! Our talented outdoor lighting design team will be on hand to answer any questions and we will be working in conjunction with Archadeck of Cape Fear on a stunning display to help you visualize the potential of adding light to your outdoor living spaces. In addition, you can enter our giveaway to win a 4-light outdoor lighting package to be announced at the end of the event.

Show hours are as follows:

  • Saturday, Jan. 24th from 10 am – 5 pm
  • Sunday, Jan. 25th from 12 pm – 4 pm

Admission and parking is free, and the event will be filled with informative free seminars throughout the weekend. Our own Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington’s Randy Fowler will be holding a seminar on outdoor lighting at 1:00 pm on Sunday afternoon.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington has improved many of the areas landscapes, pool areas, gardens, walkways, patios, decks and more with professional outdoor lighting designs.  Stop by to see some photos of areas that have been lit with outdoor lighting.  We’ll also have our energy-efficient LEDs on display. LED is the biggest trend in outdoor lighting these days because of its energy efficiencies, long-lasting bulbs, environment sustainability and even its insect deterrent ability.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives at the Coastal Living Show

Stop by booth #157 to see the best in outdoor lighting

We will be located in booth#157, please stop by and say hello! We’d be happy to discuss how we can enhance your property so you can enjoy it more night after night, season after season.

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William Koon, Owner, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington

Email: wilmington@outdoorlights.com

2014 Outdoor Lighting that Enhanced the Wilmington Area

We design, install and remove all of your holiday outdoor lighting.

We design, install and remove all of your holiday outdoor lighting.

As we finish up the last of our holiday lighting jobs and start to reflect on the accomplishments of 2014, we want to take this time to thank each of our clients and those we met along the way for such a spectacular year. Not only have we made new acquaintances, we had a very exciting year with sales up over 40% and twice as many holiday lighting clients this year. While most of the holiday outdoor lighting jobs were residential installs, we’ve also had the opportunity to complete several substantial commercial outdoor lighting jobs this year.

One of the Burgwin-Wright garden areas.

One of the Burgwin-Wright garden areas.

The first of our historic homes in Wilmington was the Burgwin-Wright house. Historical homes prove to take a little more time to design just right because of the architectural features and property themselves. The Burgwin-Wright House, which was built on the foundation of a former city jail, is now operated as a museum with gorgeous Georgian architecture surrounded by lush, terraced gardens outside. We added architectural lighting on the front of the home and on the stairs but most of the lighting was designed for the lush gardens outside highlighting the landscape, ornamental details, pathways and our favorite feature, the dipping pool.

 

Soon after the Burgwin-Wright house was completed we got a call from the Bellamy House to upgrade their outdoor lighting. Although we didn’t install as many additions here, it was still exciting to see the finished product with the older fixtures working again and the addition of the landscape lighting we designed.

 

Outdoor lighting around the memorial, on the trees and flag poles shine all night long.

Outdoor lighting around the memorial, on the trees and flag poles shine all night long.

A job close to our hearts was the illumination of the Wilmington fire department memorial. We were asked to illuminate the fallen firefighters memorial area, highlighting the bronzed firefighter in the center of the paved area.  The piece of steel being held up by the fireman in this sculpture is an actual piece from the World Trade Center in New York City.  Around the perimeter are stations of bronze firefighter helmets and boots along with the names of those fallen firefighters we honor. Be sure you visit the area, now fully illuminated, to thank those unsung heroes for their bravery and unrecognized contributions.

 

Stone memorial wall of past members.

Stone memorial wall of past members.

We then went over to the oldest, private country club in North Carolina. The Cape Fear Country Club was looking for was a way to honor its past members who were no longer here. This private club, immersed in Southern traditions and strong member culture, wanted to honor the extraordinary people who helped build the club into what it is today by lighting their name plaques on the memorial wall that stands just off the first tee. The lighting we installed not only brightened the plaques but also showcased the texture and dimensions of the beautiful rock wall.

A different type of project enhanced the community entrances at River Sea Plantation. As one of Wilmington premiere gated communities, the neighborhood was looking for a way to project the elegance and luxury their common areas had to offer; highlighting their beautiful Palm’s, Crepe Myrtles and Holly trees, to welcome their residents home after a long hard day.

River Sea Plantation's main entrance was rewired and upgraded.

River Sea Plantation’s main entrance was rewired and upgraded.

We re-wired several existing fixtures, added our high-quality copper fixtures and upgraded all of the lighting to our energy-efficient LED outdoor lighting. Now the three entrances to River Sea Plantation are brilliantly lit with a total of 71 LED outdoor lighting fixtures.   The entrances not only look more beautiful, the LED efficiencies will save River Sea Plantation on their energy consumption and maintenance costs.

At the last minute, literally, we were able to help the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County kick off their first ever 2014 Designer Showhouse by lighting the outdoor entertaining area with our temporary event lighting that is not only beautiful but also as functional as our traditional outdoor lighting fixtures. Our battery-powered LED path lights, well lights and spotlights were used to create a lighting effect just as decorative as the

Battery powered temporary lighting looks beautiful and lasts throughout your event.

Battery powered temporary lighting looks beautiful and lasts throughout your event.

individual rooms within the Designer Showhouse.  We were able to create safer pathways and driveway with our battery powered copper path lighting, highlight the textures and dimensions of the majestic trees with our battery-powered well lights as well as enrich the architectural features of the stately Georgian style home with our temporary spotlights.

As we say goodbye to another great year and ring in 2015, we wish each and every client and potential clients a happy and prosperous new year. We are ready and eager to keep making Wilmington look even more beautiful at night with outdoor lighting. If you want to be able to enjoy your outdoor living spaces more in the New Year and beyond, give us a call. We’ll be happy to demonstrate how the beauty of your Wilmington yard can be enhanced at night with outdoor lighting.

 

William Koon & Randy Fowler, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of WilmingtonWilliam Koon, Owner
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington
910-342-0040
Email: wilmington@outdoorlights.com

 

Wilmington Outdoor Lighting is the Gift That Keeps Giving All Year Long

Outdoor lighting is the gift that keeps on giving.

Outdoor lighting is the gift that keeps on giving.

The best gifts are the ones that you use everyday. They make your life easier or evoke lots of positive feelings. Ideally, they don’t take up lots of space in your home and are a good value. Wilmington outdoor lighting is a perfect match on all counts and should be at the top of most homeowner holiday wish lists.

 

Wilmington outdoor lighting is going to be there for you and your family every day. Whether you choose to put your lights on a timer, remote control or wall switches, that lighting system is going to greet you warmly when you come home at night. Rather than fumble for keys in the dark, you will enjoy returning to a home that is welcoming,safe, and easy to navigate. Wilmington architectural lighting also dramatically increases the security of your property when you can’t be there.

 

Our best memories tend to be of shared experiences. Often these happen happen with friends and family at home. Wilmington backyard lighting will increase the fun and ease of spending time in the yard or on the deck or patio. You will be thrilled at the difference handcrafted lighting fixtures from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington will make to your outdoor relaxation and entertaining.

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You’ll love the way your home looks night after night.

 

An investment in high quality brass and copper lighting fixtures with energy-efficient LED bulbs is a tremendous value for you and your home. Maintenance and electricity costs are very low, especially when compared with systems that were standard in the industry just a few years ago. Both the fixtures and the bulbs are long-lasting and easy to care for. You’ll love having the lights at your home now and it will be an outstanding selling point when you are ready to move to your next property.

 

Another great feature of outdoor lighting as a gift? We will make sure it is the right size for you. Call us for a free consultation and we can demonstrate some of the other benefits of adding a custom Wilmington outdoor lighting system to your home.

 

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Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington

910-342-0040

Email: wilmington@outdoorlights.com

 

 

 

 

 

Why You Should Choose an Outdoor Lighting Professional

The knowledge and experience of a professional make a big difference in the look of outdoor lighting.

The knowledge and experience of a professional make a big difference in the look of outdoor lighting.

The weather is chilly and gloomy here in Wilmington, and most people aren’t thinking about flowers and lush lawns at the moment. But your landscaper knows that beautiful lawns are made during the fall. It’s time to fertilize and reseed, plant new shrubs and trees, and prune trees, vines, and shrubs. While holiday lights are getting all the attention, there’s still a lot to do to the landscaping. Since you’re probably, doing maintenance on your landscaping, now is the perfect time to consider adding landscape lighting, and you may be tempted to just ask your landscaper to install some. Before you do, know that there is a big difference in outdoor lighting that is designed, installed, and maintained by an outdoor lighting professional and the lighting that is installed by a landscaper or general contractor.

 

Knowledge & Experience
The big difference between an outdoor lighting professional and a landscaper performing this work is their knowledge of outdoor lighting techniques and system components. While a landscaper is probably the best person to choose a fertilizer for your lawn and prune your trees, outdoor lighting is not his/her first priority. The health of your plants is. Their illumination will be, at best, a secondary concern. Outdoor lighting professionals devote their time to learning the techniques needed illuminate your property in the most striking ways. We know our products inside out and can offer options based on your property’s needs. Our knowledge helps us identify the components of your landscaping that are best to showcase and create a lighting design that highlights and transforms these elements. Because we are outdoor lighting professionals, we have installed more outdoor lighting than your landscaper. This experience is a difference you can see with just a quick browse through our portfolio.

 

High quality components will last for many years.

High quality components will last for many years.

Products
Outdoor lighting installed by your landscaper will likely be comprised of mid/low end fixtures and components that can be acquired at your local home improvement store. An outdoor lighting system installed by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington consists of the highest quality products available on the market, and no, you can’t get them at the local store. Our fixtures are made here in the USA from high quality copper, brass, and PVC. These materials are resistant to wear from the elements and corrosion, which is especially important on the Carolina coast. The quality of our products extends to components, such as wiring and transformer, as well. By using quality products, we increase the durability of your system, so your beautiful lighting will last for many years.

 

Maintenance
Once your landscaper installs your outdoor lights, you will likely be on your own, but by choosing Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, you always have someone to call on for routine maintenance of your system and should any problem arise. Maintenance will help your system last for years to come and helps protect your investment in your property.

 

If you want the most beautiful outdoor lighting, the kind that transforms your property, call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington. You trust your landscape to landscaping professionals. Trust your outdoor lighting to outdoor lighting professionals. The results will be well worth it.

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William Koon, Owner
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington
910-342-0040
Email: wilmington@outdoorlights.com

Wilmington Outdoor Lighting Brings Warmth to Your Home

Get your outdoor lighting system looking its best for the holidays

Get your outdoor lighting system looking its best for the holidays

The best and most satisfying holiday events are those that are shared at home with family and friends in a warm, loving atmosphere. You can set the tone for a party, family dinner or other festive gathering even before your guests arrive at your door with professionally designed Wilmington outdoor lighting.

What is the feeling you get when you arrive home now? As early as 5pm, it’s probably getting dark. Most of the leaves are off the trees and the plantings in the yard have died back. There is a chill in the air that prompts people to try to get where they are going as quickly as possible. Wilmington landscape lighting can dramatically change both the look and feel of your home in late fall and winter.

With our array of fixtures and lights, any area of your home can be professionally lit before the holidays.

With our array of fixtures and lights, any area of your home can be professionally lit before the holidays.

With the addition of Wilmington architectural lighting, your guests will be warmly welcomed to your home even before they park the car. The lights seem to call out, “We’ve been waiting for you. We are so glad that you are here.” Your home is an ambassador of your hospitality, greeting your visitors when they arrive. You’ll be amazed at how the design specialists at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington create a mood that makes your home feel warmer on the coldest days; it’s the magic of the human response to light.

A thoughtful, quality outdoor lighting plan will not only help your guests arrive safely and feel appreciated, it will make your holiday decorating a snap. When your home is well lit, you have dozens of options for adding seasonal decorations like Christmas wreaths without having to install holiday lights that you may only want around for a month or so. Great outdoor lighting makes your home look terrific all year long, not just for November and December.

It’s not too late to get your home lighting installed for Christmas. Give us a call for a free in-home consultation. We’d love to give you a preview of how warm and cozy your home can look for the rest of the holiday season.

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Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington
910-342-0040
Email: wilmington@outdoorlights.com

Outdoor Lighting Brings Warm Holiday Wonder to Wilmington Home All Year

Beautiful lighting create the magic of the holidays.

Beautiful lighting create the magic of the holidays.

Remember back when you were a kid. You eagerly awaited the toy catalogue’s arrival in September/October, circled items, and made lists. After Halloween, you were already looking forward to the holidays, even though Thanksgiving hadn’t even arrived yet. You could barely contain your excitement when you started seeing Christmas decorations popping up in the mall or on the lawns of eager neighbors. It was a magical time. Hopefully, as an adult, you’ve managed to hold on to some of that wonder, but it’s easy to get bogged down by life’s cares. Wouldn’t you like to feel that magic any day , regardless of the season? It’s possible with outdoor lighting.

 

Take advantage of light's transformative properties all year long.

Take advantage of light’s transformative properties all year long.

Much of the excitement and magic associated with the holiday is created with lighting. String lighting accents our hallways, wreaths, and mantles. Outdoors festive lighting accents our homes, trees, and shrubs. Perhaps you even have/will have 3D light sculptures on your lawn. Shining and twinkling against the dark cold night, they inspire feelings of warmth, joy, and holiday wonder. Outdoor lighting can create these effects all year long. Path lights splash pools of warm light along your walkways. Beautiful architectural lighting highlights your eaves, gables, columns, or dormers. Dramatic uplighting showcases the gnarled branches of your trees, and dock lighting shines warm clear light all the way out to the water. You can be relaxed, thrilled, or inspired by the ambiance created by your outdoor lighting – just like you can be by holiday lighting.

 

Dock lighting enhances the atmosphere in the area.

Dock lighting enhances the atmosphere in the area.

To experience this wonder every night of the year, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington. With years of experience under our belts, we can create the perfect outdoor lighting design to highlight the very best of your home. We use the highest quality components and brass or copper fixtures, so your outdoor lighting system will last for years to come, even in our salty Coastal Carolina air. Our LED outdoor lighting option can give you exquisite lighting while conserving energy and keeping more money in your wallet month-to-month. No matter how large or small your property may be, quality outdoor lighting can make it shine night after night.

 

You would be surprised to see just what a difference a few strategically placed outdoor lighting fixtures can make to the overall atmosphere of your Wilmington property. Don’t let warm holiday feelings fade after January 1st. Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington today. We can help you capture the magic and wonder of the holidays all year long.

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William Koon, Owner
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington
910-342-0040
Email: wilmington@outdoorlights.com

Six Savvy Reasons You Need High Quality Outdoor Lighting Fixtures

Your home can look great inside and out with LED lighting.

Your home can look great inside and out with LED lighting.

As with any other home improvement project, you can approach Wilmington outdoor lighting design from many different perspectives and a wide variety of budgets. After reading this list, we think you will be persuaded that investing in high quality fixtures is the way to go with your landscape lighting.

 

#1 Outdoor lighting fixtures will be outside year round. All of them will be exposed to the elements and many of them will be near the ground where moisture and critters can shorten their lifespan. Odds are that you won’t want to be doing this project again in a couple of years so you will need lights that have endurance.

 

#2 Poor quality lighting usually means low level lighting. Solar-powered lights are especially susceptible to this problem. Instead of a bright light that allows you to see your home, walkway or landscaping clearly, you get the “glowworm” effect from lights that aren’t architectural grade.

 

#3 Inexpensive landscape lighting fixtures can be a safety hazard. Lights and wiring that aren’t built to last will be prone to corrosion and easily disconnected. Electrical shorts aren’t something that you want in your yard or anywhere near your home and family.

 

Copper fixtures don't corrode and will blend in with your landscaping

Copper fixtures don’t corrode and will blend in with your landscaping

#4 Using the right light for the job. The lights that are available at Big Box stores and online are frequently ones that are the cheapest to produce and easiest to sell. That doesn’t mean that they are well suited to your home. For instance, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington typically uses well lights instead of floods because they are safer, more efficient and do a superior job of showcasing your home and yard.

 

#5 Brass and copper are so much better looking than green plastic. If you request a free home consultation from  Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, we will show you examples of the beautifully handcrafted metal fixtures that we use. There is no comparison.

 

#6 Copper fixtures and LED lights are an eco-friendly home run. The LED low wattage bulbs are incredibly energy efficient and are even more so when you put them on a timer. Copper, because of its purity and worth is easily recycled, but it rarely has to be. Why? Because of its exceptionally long lifespan. In the time you would use 15 or more plastic or other low-quality fixtures, you will have one copper fixture that still has plenty of good years left and has a gorgeous patina.

If these reasons have persuaded you to see what Wilmington outdoor lighting can do for you, give us a call.  Our consultation is always free and we’ll show you how beautiful your home and landscaping can look.

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Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington
910-342-0040
Email: wilmington@outdoorlights.com

 

 

Don’t Let the End of Daylight Savings Time Affect Your Wilmington Outdoor Lighting System

Setting the timer on your outdoor lighting system is a quick adjustment.

Setting the timer on your outdoor lighting system is a quick adjustment.

Have you gotten used to the shorter days with daylight savings time ending? It takes a little time to reset your internal clocks with darkness coming so early in the evening. It may also take a little time to remember those last few clocks around your house that you don’t see everyday. While you’re turning back the time on the last few, don’t forget about your outdoor lighting system as well.

 

Your Wilmington outdoor lighting system does more than just make your home and landscaping look great. It also gives a warm welcome home at night. It helps you easily navigate your way to your front door and get your key in the lock quicker. But if your outdoor lighting system isn’t turning on in time for your arrival, all of those benefits can become issues. A quick adjustment to your outdoor lighting timer is all you need. We’ve been getting lots of calls about timers the past week or so and we’re happy to help with yours as well.

 

Let your WIlmington outdoor lighting system welcome you home at night.

Let your WIlmington outdoor lighting system welcome you home at night.

When we installed your Wilmington outdoor lighting system, we included a timer to turn your lights on and off everyday. Depending on how old your system is, you may have to reset that timer with the changes that come along with the start and end of daylight savings time. The newer timers we use have a photocell to determine sunrise and sunset and can be set to run for a predetermined number of hours. After that time, your outdoor lighting system is turned off. We also have an astronomical timer that uses the GPS coordinates of your home to adjust to the changing time daily. This ensures your Wilmington outdoor lighting system turns on and off and the precise time of sunset every night of the year. There are no additional adjustments that need to be made to either of these timers.

 

If you are still coming home in the dark, give Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington a call. We can help get your outdoor lighting system timer adjusted correctly or upgrade you to the photocell or astronomical timer so adjustments will be a thing of the past. While we’re at your home, we can do any type of service work you may need on your system including replacing bulbs, straightening fixtures, re-burying wires or even add-on to your system.

 

Blog Signature William Koon Owner copyGet your outdoor lighting system working its best to help welcome you home after a long day. You’ll love the difference it will make to your home and landscaping as well.

William Koon, Owner
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington
910-342-0040
Email: wilmington@outdoorlights.com