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Remember that feeling of love at 1st sight the first evening you enjoyed your outdoor lighting system?

Do you remember how you felt the first time you saw your home, outdoor living spaces and landscape lit up after the professionals at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio  installed your system?  The effect was dramatic and chances are it made you fall  in love with your home and landscape all over again. Do you look at your outdoor lighting now and think it just doesn’t look as bright and beautiful as it did that first season? That may be true.  Although our halogen lights do have an average life of 5,000 hours, they will begin to dim slowly and you may not notice the change over time. Maintaining your  halogen outdoor lighting system involves more than just keeping it looking its best. It also keeps your system running safely night after night.

Even though our fixtures are designed to be low-maintenance, small adjustments may be necessary to get your outdoor lighting system back to its best;  back to operating at their full potential.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio offers easy options for your existing halogen outdoor lighting system:

  • First and foremost, it is important to make sure that recent storms, birds or children have not covered your outdoor lighting fixtures with mulch, leaves or anything else that can keep the heat produced from the bulbs from escaping. The lighting fixtures need to be kept free from debris that can accumulate. This will ensure safe operation of your system.
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    Installing lens covers will keep out leaves and other debris to keep your system running safer and more efficiently.

    Installing our cost-effective optional lens covers is a great way to keep debris out.  Outdoor Lighting Perspectives plastic and glass lens covers help keep the debris from covering the bulb or from insects making nests inside the fixture.  They are easy to install and do not affect the color of the lighting.  Lens covers are a much more cost-effective than replacing a fixture due to malfunctions from obstructions.

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    We make sure all fixtures are correctly in place each visit as part of our maintenance program.

    Going green with LED lighting is a superb option for your system.  Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio’s LED lighting technology provides an 80% energy savings just by switching to our LED systems. Our LED bulbs, which can be retrofitted in ours and other systems, have a rated life of 50,000 hours, or an average life of 19 years. The color and illumination are undistinguishable from traditional halogen lights and many homeowners agree they prefer the LED over the halogen from an aesthetic standpoint!

  • The best way to keep your system looking and performing at it’s best  is to give us a call at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio to sign up for our thorough Annual Maintenance Plan. With this plan, we will come to your house and replace all light bulbs, repair any damaged wire, straighten fixtures, inspect the transformer, reset or check the timer, trim or adjust for plant overgrowth, and perform simple changes to enhance the effects of your lighting. Throughout the year, you receive priority response and repairs with no service charge. Your lighting system  will remain headache-free and operating beautifully.
A blend of highly energy-efficient copper and brass fixtures adorn this home

Converting your existing halogen system to LED may be easier than you think!

Keeping your halogen system looking as beautiful as the day it was installed is simple with Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio & The Hill Country. Contact us to learn more today and fall in love with your outdoor lighting all over again, night after night! Phone: (830) 624-1300 Email:  sanantonio@outdoorlights.com

You can see more images of our breathtaking outdoor lighting designs by visiting our outdoor lighting photo gallery located on our website.

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Our maintenance program ensures you enjoy all the benefits of your outdoor lighting all year-long!

Choosing the right professional to service your lighting is just as important as the maintenance itself. It is crucial to entrust your lighting to an experienced outdoor lighting company. In much the same way you place your trust with right mechanic for your automobile maintenance, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio and the Hill County is the outdoor lighting company you can trust for all your outdoor lighting needs.

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We make sure all fixtures are correctly in place.

We offer the area’s most thorough outdoor lighting maintenance program. Our annual maintenance program is free during the first year with any full-service outdoor lighting installation. Following your first year of service we strongly recommend continuing with the program to ensure continuation of the full benefits of your quality outdoor lighting installation. We also offer this service to homeowners even if your lighting was installed by another lighting company.

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We inspect every aspect of your system to make sure it is operating in tip-top condition.

Our maintenance program consists of  thoroughly checking every aspect of your system on an annual basis. This detailed service includes bulb replacement, checking and repairing any damaged wire within the system, checking the transformer(s), straightening any fixtures that may have gone askew, checking and resetting timers, and trimming  or adjusting  the area for overgrown plants that may affect your system’s performance. Our continued service agreement ensures your lighting stays beautiful and worry-free all year. We can provide the maintenance in a convenient and timely manner, making your outdoor lighting maintenance one less thing you have to worry about this season!

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John Groce, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio

If you are ready to hand the headache of having to service your lighting over to the professionals, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio and the Hill Country today. We are full service outdoor lighting experts specializing in commercial and residential design and installation as well. We also service competitors’ lighting systems.
(830) 624 – 1300
email: sanantonio@outdoorlights.com

You can see more images of our breathtaking outdoor lighting designs by visiting our outdoor lighting photo gallery located on our website.

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Beautiful Texas architecture comes to life with outdoor lighting from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio

Beautiful Texas architecture comes to life with outdoor lighting from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio. Keep it running smoothly with our annual maintenance plan.

Many homeowners choose to schedule their home and landscape maintenance during the fall as opposed to the spring. The cooler temperatures make the perfect time to perform those important household maintenance chores without having to break a sweat. Just as your A/C unit, smoke detectors and sprinkler systems need an annual “check-up”, your outdoor lighting system does too. Making sure your outdoor lighting system is in good working order will help keep operational costs low and ensure safety.

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Take the worry and headache out of maintaining your outdoor lighting system, let us take care of it for you.

Choosing the right professional to service your lighting is just as important as the maintenance itself. It is crucial to entrust your lighting to an experienced outdoor lighting company. In the same way you place your trust with right mechanic for your automobile maintenance, we are the outdoor lighting company you can trust for all your outdoor lighting needs.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio offers the most thorough outdoor lighting maintenance program in the area. Our annual maintenance program is free during the first year with any full-service outdoor lighting installation. Following your first year of service we strongly recommend continuing with the program to keep you enjoying the full benefits of your quality outdoor lighting installation. We offer this service to homeowners even if the lighting was installed by another lighting company.

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Our maintenance is the most thorough in the area. We check every facet of your system in detail.

Our maintenance program consists of checking all aspects of your system on an annual basis. This detailed service includes bulb replacement, checking and repairing any damaged wire within the system, checking the transformer(s), straighten any fixtures that have gone askew, check and reset timers, and trim or adjust the area for overgrown plants that may affect your system’s performance. Our continued service agreement ensures your lighting stays beautiful and worry-free all year. We can provide the maintenance in a convenient and timely manner, making your outdoor lighting maintenance one less thing you have to worry about.

If you are ready to hand the headache of having to service your lighting over to the professionals, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio and the Hill Country today. We are full service outdoor lighting experts specializing in commercial and residential design and installation as well. We also service competitors’ lighting systems. (830) 624 – 1300
Email: sanantonio@outdoorlights.com

You can see more images of our breathtaking outdoor lighting designs by visiting our outdoor lighting photo gallery located on our website.

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Sustainable living practices

Choices we make in regards to our home and landscapes can impact the environment from our backyard to across the globe.

In the big scheme of things, sometimes it is the little things that can really motivate and cause you to reflect about your individual role on the world around you. As I was flipping through the channels last Saturday afternoon to find something to watch on TV I ran across a movie called “Arctic Tale” which takes the viewer on the journey of a polar bear and a walrus that live in the arctic and how the impact of global warming is changing their natural habitat. After the movie was over, it made me think about my role on the environment and just how important sustainable living practices are all living things in our own backyard, down the street or even thousands of miles away .Each and every choice we make in regards to taking care of our needs and wants impacts the world on a global level. As with many facets of our lives, decisions we make in regards to our home and property can support a greener lifestyle and support sustainable living practices. Outdoor lighting is no exception.

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The new outdoor living trend shows that many more homeowners are choosing to complement their home and landscape as well as make it safer and more secure through the use of  outdoor lighting. With that in mind, stunning outdoor lighting designs can be accomplished using “green” technologies that have less impact on the environment and save homeowners in electrical costs. Sustainability is defined by the capacity to endure. Which encompasses a long-term maintenance of responsibility of environmental, economic, and social aspects of the world around us. In 1993 Rosenbaum, a notable Sustainable Architect, defined sustainability clearly by “Sustainable means using methods, systems and materials that won’t deplete resources or harm natural cycles”.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio uses LED technology to deliver a “greener” approach through our outdoor lighting designs. If you are thinking of adding outdoor lighting to your home and landscape from scratch, LED is definitely the way to go. Even if you already have outdoor lighting, our LED conversion program is a viable choice by converting your existing lighting to LED. In many cases the conversion is easier than you may think, and will save you a lot of money in the long run by choosing to convert to this greener more, sustainable technology.We are easily able to convert over 90% of our customers existing systems to LED systems. If you are on the fence about choosing LED for your outdoor lighting, here is a list of reasons why LED is the clear choice…

  • Bulb Life– LED bulbs last 10 times longer than regular bulbs. Some LED bulbs can last as long as 50,000 hours!
  • Cool Burn– LED’s burn cooler than other bulbs. There is no heat-build up in relation to operating an LED bulb. This reduces the risk of overheating, damage and even fire.
  • Durability– Since LED’s contain no filament, when other bulbs would break or shatter, LED’s will hold up to more vibration, bumping or other circumstances.They also burn more efficiently in colder surroundings than other bulbs.
  • No Harm– LED’s contain no dangerous mercury that can impact the environment.
  • Efficiency– LED’s use very little energy to operate which saves you on energy costs, and makes them a sustainable choice in outdoor lighting. Less energy on your end means less impact on the world around us.
  • Beautiful– LED’s burn evenly and cohesive illuminating areas with just the right amount of light for security, safety and to promote ambiance. With a CRI ( color rendering index), rating from 80 to the mid 90’s, which means they exude a high-quality illumination on a CRI scale of 1-100 in terms of light quality.
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This already stunning home becomes gorgeous under the spell of outdoor lighting

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio to learn more about our LED outdoor lighting designs. Remember, that the choices we make today will impact the world tomorrow. Call us at (830) 624 – 1300 or you may email us at sanantonio@outdoorlights.com

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Outdoor Lighting Perspectives holiday lighting program gives you time to sit back and relax this holiday season.

It is hard to believe that Christmas is just a little over two short months away. The dawn of the holiday season begins the day after Thanksgiving for many of us, and with the beginning of another holiday season comes the delicate and daunting job of installing the Christmas lights to be ready in time for the big day. Outdoor holiday lighting is a tradition in many American households that is a special and anticipated time when friends and neighbors gather to see what magic that first flick of the switch will hold. I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t get  all warm and fuzzy inside when they see a beautiful Christmas lighting display. Wouldn’t it be the stuff that dreams are made of if you could get breathtaking results from your holiday lighting and not have to spend hours getting tangled in strings of lights and scale to dangerous heights teetering off a ladder? With Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio you can.

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We can create a winter wonderland for you right here in San Antonio.

We offer an all-inclusive Holiday lighting program where we design, order, install, remove and store your lighting display in our temperature controlled warehouse. Your lights are purchased new and are the same high quality that Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio is known for. Having the luxury of us storing your lights from season to season also offers more flexibility to add lights as the years pass, without the worry of making room in the attic or in the garage, that way you can focus on  making your display bigger and better for all to see. Here is a sample of some of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives stunning  holiday installations we put together in this video for you to enjoy…

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A trio of LED lighted wreaths welcome patrons with open arms.

We are also one of the areas premier commercial holiday lighting companies as well. Commercial designs are executed in the same hassle free manner, but in some cases the proprietors love them so much they decide to leave our displays up permanently. A business that is decorated appropriately for the holiday crowd is more likely to attract more patrons, and with most businesses dependant on 4th quarter earnings, making the decision to install lovely holiday lights is a wise investment.

If you are ready to hand over the hassle and hours of hard work spent each holiday planning, installing, removing and storing your lighting display, then contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio to learn more about signing up for our holiday lighting program. We can ensure you that your holiday lighting is all “wrapped up”. (830) 624 – 1300- sanantonio@outdoorlights.com

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Whether it’s for automobiles, home heating and air conditioning systems or landscape lighting systems, ROUTINE SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE is the key to keeping things running in tip-top shape.

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio & the Hill Country LLC,  we recognize and applaud the do-it-yourself homeowner who wants to maintain their own OLP installed Landscape Lights.  That’s why we offer these tips and suggestions for replacing your bulbs:

Be sure to use quality lamps (bulbs) with the same wattage and flood angle as those that came with your original installation.

For the large PAR 36 (headlight style bulbs) in well/canister lights:

  • GE or Phillips Brand
  • 4000 hour rated life
  • PAR 36, 12-volt (low voltage bulbs)
  • Screw Terminals
  • 20 watt, 35 watt, or 50 watt, as was originally installed
  • Wide flood (30 degrees), Very Wide flood (55 degrees), or Narrow Spot (8 degrees) as was originally installed
  • Generally not available at Home Depot/Lowe’s.  Buy from a quality lighting store
  • Cost will run from $10-$15

For the small Bi-pin halogen bulbs in Path and sign fixtures:

  • Osram Sylvania Ministar S Halogen
  • 4000 hour rated life
  • 10 watt, 20 watt, or 35 watt as originally installed
  • G4 or G6 bi-pin base
  • NEVER EVER TOUCH THE GLASS WITH YOUR BARE FINGERS!!  (oils from your skin will dramatically shorten the life of the bulb)
  • cost will run $6-$12

For the MR-16 (projector style bulbs) in small spot light applications:

  • GE or Osram Sylvania
  • BAB (flood beam) or ESX (narrow beam) 20 watt, FMW (flood beam) 35 watt, or EXN (flood beam) 50 watt
  • GU5.3 Bi-pin base
  • 4000 hour rated life
  • CG (Cover Glass) preferred
  • Cost will run $5-$8

Of course, changing the bulb is only part of the periodic maintenance, and a complete inspection of the system should be accomplished at this time.

Many homeowners desire the complete servicing package that our Scheduled Maintenance Plan offers.  When we do a bulb replacement during scheduled maintenance, we take care of all the following items:

  • Bulb replacement with bulbs matching the original installation
  • Trim shrubs to ensure illumination is not shaded by plant growth
  • Treat fixtures with fire-ant retardent
  • Re-aim fixtures correctly for those that may have been bumped or moved
  • Re-bury exposed wire
  • Check Voltages
  • Check Transformer connections

Our service plan runs $19/fixture, and includes all the service mentioned above.  When a homeowner is on our maintenance plan they only pay for the scheduled maintenance, and any additional service calls for system repair are free for the length of the plan.  That means the $90 service call charge is waived!

The Length of the maintenance plan is dependent upon how late each homeowner runs their landscape lighting system each night.

  • Systems that run until around Midnight = Annual (1 year) Service Plan
  • Systems that run until 3 am = 9 month Service Plan
  • Systems that run all night = 6 month Service Plan

These lengths equal the average service life of a 4000 hour quartz halogen bulb.

 

When the typical service call costs $90, plus $19 per bulb replaced, you can see how quickly the costs can add up, which is why the Scheduled Maintenance Plan is easily the way to go!

If you haven’t taken advantage of our Scheduled Maintenance Plan, call us today at 830-624-1300 and have your system brought back up to the level of performance you had when it was originally installed!

     Kenneth Wells, President

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio & the Hill Country, LLC

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