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Outdoor lighting San Antonio

Outdoor lighting you can transform a property that is beautiful by day and make it mesmerizing by night.

Few things are as elemental at creating visual harmony at your home and landscape as outdoor lighting. With the addition of outdoor lighting you can transform a property that is beautiful by day and make it mesmerizing by night. This process is as simple, and at the same time, as complex as it sounds. The key to gaining the most benefit from your outdoor lighting design is utilizing the experience and knowledge of a professional. A professional that knows which areas of your home and landscape are best for placement, which type of fixtures to use and even which trees within your landscape make the best specimens for lighting.

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San Antonio,TX professional landscape and garden lighting.

Being in the business of professional outdoor lighting, we have seen many less than professional outdoor lighting designs and installations here in the San Antonio area since we have been in business. We have went in behind many of the other “so called” outdoor lighting professionals to fix the headaches they have left homeowner to deal with over the years, along with amending the failed attempts at the “do it yourselfer” trying to properly install their own outdoor lighting. The problems we have fixed range from poor design, to fixtures that don’t deliver on their promises. A good rule of thumb to remember in outdoor lighting is you get what you pay for. Even if you set on a journey with all good intentions to save a few bucks by hiring a cut-rate installer, in the end it usually ends up costing you more instead of less.With this in mind, We want to take this opportunity to warn you of examples of outdoor lighting practices to avoid and fixtures that just don’t deliver on their promises. This list outlines some of the ways poor outdoor lighting can leave you disappointed, and in the dark.

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We provide beautiful professional, outdoor lighting for your San Antonio home and landscape.

Avoid outdoor lighting companies that are here today and gone tomorrow – How many times have you seen a cardboard sign stuck in the grass at a busy intersection about installing your outdoor lighting cheap? Many times the sign will also include landscaping and other exterior work advertised at a discount rate too. We advise homeowners to avoid these “fly by night” companies because most often they have little or no experience in outdoor lighting. Let’s face it; any reputable professional is not going to advertise via a yard stake sign on a street corner. These companies try to peddle whatever services they can offer on a seasonal basis to make money. You may see the same company advertise to aerate or seed your lawn cheap in early spring, or leaf removal in the fall, and then two weeks later the same company is advertising outdoor lighting at a discount–this should scream buyer beware!  These individuals may install your outdoor lighting on your San Antonio home and landscape in April and by the time the first problems arises, they are in another  county or state peddling their services or in the worst case scenario, nowhere to be found when it comes time to stand behind their service or fixtures.

Unforgettable pool lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio

Unforgettable pool lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio

Avoid becoming a victim to the contractor that is Jack of all trades and master of none–  We encourage homeowners to do their homework before choosing the right lighting professional to design and install their outdoor lighting. It is a wise idea to steer clear of a company with claims of being a master of all things involving the exterior or your home. Landscaping firms, irrigation firms and other outdoor improvement specialty companies may advertise outdoor lighting as a by-line to their main area of expertise, and while some may turn out to do a good job, putting your faith in a company that doesn’t specialize in outdoor lighting singularly is like playing a game of Russian roulette — hit or miss.

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Here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio and the Hill Country, outdoor lighting is our business and it is all we do.

Avoid falling victim to the charms of big box stores – Many big box stores offer a selection of do-it-yourself outdoor lighting fixtures. Choosing to purchase these fixtures will often leave you disappointed with not only the quality of light they produce, but also their lack of longevity. Many of these fixtures are constructed so poorly, and with the cheapest materials that by the end of the season most of the lights no longer work. Even though many come with warranties and guarantees written on the box, the exclusions written in extra fine print leave homeowners little course of action if the fixtures stop working or break and feeling hopeless and discouraged. Unless you want to purchase and install new outdoor lighting fixtures year after year, we recommend sticking with a reputable lighting professional that installs only premium outdoor lighting fixtures that are in it for the long haul.

Our fixtures are made with quality materials you can see, and feel.

Our fixtures are made with quality materials you can see, and feel.

Doing it right the first time…

Here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio and the Hill Country, outdoor lighting is our business and it is all we do. Installing outdoor lighting is difficult, requires lots of knowledge, and can be fraught with perils if not done correctly including the risk of fire, the risk of cutting important power and other lines just for starters. Our outdoor lighting services include architectural and facade lighting to bring out the best features in your beautiful home or storefront. We also specialize in landscape and garden lighting, pool and water feature lighting, deck and patio lighting, multiple facets of commercial outdoor lighting and of course, our holiday lighting designs have been providing San Antonio area residents joy during the Christmas holiday for many years. One of the biggest benefits of using an established company like ours for your outdoor lighting needs is that we have proven that we have staying power within our market and demographic region. We have a great product and great service, as well as a group of dedicated people to go along with it.

If you are considering the addition of outdoor lighting at your residence, or have an existing outdoor lighting system in need of an upgrade to bring it up to the standards you deserve, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio and the Hill Country today–(210) 971 – 8759
email: sanantonio@outdoorlights.com

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Our path lighting creates an entrance of safety and beauty by focusing on the light and not the fixture. Notice how few of our fixtures are needed to achieve results like this.

This past weekend I had to venture into one of the “big box” stores to grab a gallon of milk and some necessities on the way home from work. I usually avoid these stores, but it was close and on the route home.  As I quickly grabbed some dog treats for my pooch, I noticed a long aisle filled to the brim with solar stake lights. There were lights as far as the eye could see, silver toned, gold toned, green topped and even some with  insects on top. It reminded me of an army ready for battle. Unfortunately, in the business of outdoor lighting this type of lighting never wins the victory the homeowner is looking for.

I carefully watched a young lady from afar go over the number she thought would do the trick for the area she had in mind. It is probably safe to assume she was planning on illuminating her entry or possibly her landscaping border. By the time she was finished making her selection her buggy was brimming over with at least 30  stake lights. I automatically wanted to speak up and tell her there is a better way. I decided not to approach her, it could make her uncomfortable and the big box store might think I am trying to take their business. As I left the store that evening I couldn’t help but reflect on that young lady filling her buggy with stake lights. She had the right idea, but was going about it with the wrong answer in mind.

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Does your outdoor lighting resemble an airport runway?

When you are dealing with inferior quality outdoor lights, for example the stake lights which are predominately used to border a dark path or walkway, you are never going to be able to get enough quality light out of them to efficiently light your intention. Just one of our path lights will achieve what nearly 100 solar stake lights still cannot provide. It is what we refer to in the business as “the airport runway effect”. It takes so many of these lights that you end up with your lawn looking like an airport runway. With outdoor lighting less is more. You want the eye to focus on the area you are lighting, not the lighting fixtures.

A professional outdoor lighting design leads your eye to a focal point, an effect, even changes your mood. When you look at your home at night do you notice the lighting fixture or the illumination it exudes? Many homeowners think that professional outdoor lighting is beyond their reach. This is certainly not the case. We can properly light your homes exterior and landscape on a budget, or complete it in phases that will accommodate your need and budget as well. Just as the old saying goes “you get what you pay for”, our lights will endure the test of time and will last for many years to come, whereas those stake lights will stop working as early as within this year. Take into consideration how often they will need replacing and you would be surprised that our lights are actually more economical in the long run.

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Move up to quality lighting, the return on your investment is incredible!

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio to learn more about the right way to do outdoor lighting. The results will stun you and leave you inspired. Contact us to set up a night-time demonstration at (830) 624 – 1300 sanantonio@outdoorlights.com

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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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LED Lights up close

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 San Antonio

This San Antonio home proves that professional facade and architectural lighting will delight the senses and welcome guests with open arms.

When you stop and think about it, how many things in all aspects of our world are enhanced by the effective use of lighting?  From the family photo sitting atop your mantle, to the musical you just bought tickets for at your local theatre. Proper lighting can make or break the perfect photo all the way to the perfect evening out on the town. The effects of proper lighting can improve upon many genres of how we perceive things, and even the way we feel and react. The use of lighting inside your home as well as on the exterior of our homes is no exception.

I once heard it said that everyone looks good under the glow of candlelight. The soft glow and warm flicker of the flame can make our complexion look smooth and flawless, and the light plays up our best features. In my experience I have found this statement to be true. In much the same way candlelight enhances our good qualities,  the use of facade and architectural lighting can enhance your homes best qualities as well. Professionally installed facade and architectural lighting can make you home appear wider, taller, more inviting, and can accentuate the reasons why you love your home. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio uses an experience and result proven formula to play up the widest, and tallest areas of your home. We also pay close attention to any design elements that are present to make your homes facade and exterior unique and timeless. These can include stonework, detailed trim and even statues or fountains present on the exterior of your home. Our use of up lighting as well as down lighting will enhance your homes curb appeal in the evening and make you the envy of the neighborhood.

facade lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio

Facade and architectural lighting improves curb appeal and accentuates your home's beauty.

To prove the point we are making of how proper outdoor lighting can make your home look better than ever, just ride through any given neighborhood in the evening. Your senses will automatically be drawn to the homes that have professional outdoor lighting. Your home is the single biggest investment most of us will make in our lives. Don’t trust your ever important home to be properly lit by using a few flood lights, or by the installation of inferior lighting fixtures. You deserve to have your home illuminated in the right light. We use top quality fixtures and have the experience and the know-how to make your home simply breathtaking under the veil of the night sky. Professionally designed and installed outdoor lighting that will make you fall in love with your home all over again.

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio to learn more about our outdoor lighting, including facade and architectural lighting. We can even set up a night-time demonstration to experience all that your home and landscape can be with the right light! Call today (830) 624 – 1300 or email us at sanantonio@outdoorlights.com

You can see more stunning imagery of facade and architectural lighting by visiting our architectural lighting photo gallery located on our website.

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Outdoor lighting Perspectives of San Antonio tree lighting

Trees native to San Antonio are made more gorgeous through expert tree lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio

Among the many other positive attributes associated with  living in beautiful San Antonio, residents can also add a stunning selection of native trees to the list. Trees such as the live oak, red oak, Texas laurel and mesquite trees are some of the most commonly seen trees within our San Antonio landscapes. Many residents also plant other beautiful trees that thrive in our warm climate such as palms and other foreign conifers. You may find yourself wondering how to create a focal point of interest in your landscape design by using these stunning tree specimens within the landscape, and the perfect enhancement for any stunning tree is the addition of tree lighting. Tree lighting is one of the most crucial elements we use in our landscape lighting designs to focus the individual beauty of a single tree, or multiples within a grouping of trees in order to showcase the haunting grace of the tree.

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Up lighting provides a way to enhance the haunting beauty of San Antonio's mesquite tree

Along with the ethereal beauty tree lighting can create within your landscape it can also serve other purposes other than those strictly for aesthetic value. Tree lighting can aid in safely illuminating a path or walkway for safer travel throughout the landscape at night. It can also help create a more secure setting for any outdoor activity, whether in the back yard or around the pool, lighting specific choice trees planted within your landscape will contribute to more outdoor light in order to take advantage of more night-time activities in a well-lit environment. Tree lighting can add ambiance and set the mood for your outdoor entertaining as well.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio uses many different techniques when lighting trees within the landscape. From the use of up lighting which is used to draw attention to the width, and height of the tree to make it appear to have even a larger presence and  appear more majestic within the landscape, to the use of magical moonlighting. Moonlighting is used to create a dreamy effect by casting light through the upper branches of a tree to cast a hauntingly beautiful glow on the area below. We also create memorable holiday lighting designs by using outdoor holiday outdoor tree lighting as well. From evergreens to palms with an island feel, we can light trees within your landscape to invite and welcome the holidays in style. Many of our holiday lighting designs are available in LED lighting which are economical to operate, and are eco-friendly making your holiday tree lighting choice as easy on the wallet as it is on the eyes!

Tree branches and trunks wrapped in festive lights.

Tree branches and trunks wrapped in festive lights is one way to add enchantment to your landscape for the holidays with tree lighting

This cord has actually grown into the tree, which leaves the tree damaged and vulnerable to disease and insects

Improper tree lighting installation techniques such as this can result in damage to the tree leaving it vulnerable to insects and disease, such as this cord which has actually grown into the tree.

When considering the use of tree lighting within your property it is important to use an outdoor lighting professional who is experienced in tree lighting. Tree lighting must be installed in a manner that does not harm the tree you are lighting. Inexperienced installers will sometimes damage the tree during the installation leaving the tree damaged and susceptible to disease and insects that can in some cases cause the tree to perish. Proper installation also means that wiring and cording is not left atop the ground in any manner which could be deemed unsafe of cause an accident. There is a great deal involved in having your tree lighted properly from trunk to branch and everywhere in between. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio treats each individual tree we light with the utmost caution and care, to keep it healthy and keep the surrounding area around your tree safe.

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio to learn more about the art of tree lighting, for holiday and everyday. You can give us a call at  (830) 624 – 1300  or email us at sanantonio@outdoorlights.com

To see more images of tree lighting in the San Antonio area, visit our landscape lighting gallery located on our website.

lighted palm tree by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

Home for the holidays with palm tree lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio

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Unforgettable pool lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio

Unforgettable pool lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is in its prime and the onslaught of beautiful holiday lighting is all around us to enjoy and inspire us at this time of year. What happens when all the beautiful lights come down and the season comes to a close? Do you miss the glow of outdoor holiday lighting when it is time to welcome in the new year? If you feel yourself missing the loveliness of outdoor holiday lighting then you need to know that outdoor lighting is not just for the holidays. The grace and beauty that comes with holiday outdoor lighting can also be found in our elegant and graceful outdoor lighting designs that can be enjoyed 365 days a year.

Don’t let the after holiday light take-down get you down. We can meet with you to design an outdoor lighting design plan that fits your home and landscape perfectly. From architectural and facade lighting to accentuate your homes distinct design and landscape to garden lighting that gives your surroundings  the feel of an outdoor oasis, and even pool lighting to take a dip in style every evening, all year through. Our San Antonio residents often get to take advantage of their water features throughout the year, which is more of a treat when you can take that midnight swim under the basque of stunning pool lighting.

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Beautiful outdoor lighting like this can be yours all year long with our personal, and stunning designs

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio has been creating magic in landscapes and gardens and areas of outdoor interest as well as enhancing homes in the San Antonio area for many years. Not only does the addition of outdoor lighting make your property and landscape more inviting and elegant, it makes your home and yard safer as well. From the minute you pull  into the driveway each evening you can be greeted with the effects of outdoor lighting. From making your way to the garage, and into the front door and everywhere in between, outdoor lighting makes your life easier and more relaxed. No more fumbling to find the keys at a dark entrance, no more trying to navigate through the garden to pick that prized sprig of basil for you dinner dish. Outdoor lighting can enhance your home as well as your lifestyle.

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This already stunning home becomes gorgeous under the spell of outdoor lighting

Outdoor lighting also promotes safety on a different level. A well-lit home is a safer home and is less likely to become the target of crime. Our outdoor lighting can even be programmed with lighting control automation to give the appearance that someone is home even when you are away. This technology can be programmed to control specific exterior lights and interior lights as well.

With all the many aspects that the addition of outdoor lighting can add to you life, you can never go wrong. Make the place you call home magical all year-long with our stunning outdoor lighting designs.

Outdoor lighting also makes a great gift for you or your loved one this holiday season. It can be the only gift they receive that keeps on giving the whole year through! Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio to learn more about designing an outdoor lighting plan for your home, or to learn how to make this Christmas the most special ever by giving the gift of  outdoor lighting. (830) 624 – 1300 email: sanantonio@outdoorlights.com

Need more inspiration? Visit our breathtaking photo galleries located on our website, to see what you and your home has been missing.

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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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