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We recently undertook a project in San Antonio where the client was interested in the lighting aspects of showing the home in beautiful light but also wanted the feeling of added security. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio came up with a design that works for both. When the project was complete the client was over joyed and stated that when they drive up to the house at night, it feels great to see their beautiful house and be able to walk securely from the driveway to the front door. There are many benefits of outdoor lighting, beauty and security are two of them.

If you are interested in bringing out the beauty in your home, want added security, or both, contact us at (210)-971-8759 or email: sanantonio@outdoorlights.com

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Patio lighting San Antonio TX

Here, we combined landscape and patio outdoor lighting to create a spa-like escape for these homeowners.

Have you ever wished your landscape looked as if it came from the pages of a home and garden magazine? Or ever found yourself longing for a gently illuminated landscape that brought your plants to life in the evening? Even though upscale outdoor lighting such as elegant landscape lighting seems out of reach, it isn’t. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio and the Hill Country is the area’s premiere upscale outdoor lighting company. We specialize in turning your landscape into the space you have always dreamed of; magical, ethereal and memorable in the evening. The benefits of professional landscape lighting extend past the aesthetically pleasing atmosphere it creates on your property. Here is a  look at the four (4) major benefits of adding landscape lighting…

  • Top Four (4) Benefits of Adding Landscape Lighting to Your Home:

1) Landscape Lighting for Security

Burglars typically decide which homes to rob from their vantage point in the street. They look for easily accessible homes they feel they can enter and exit under a veil of darkness, without being observed by a passersby. If your San Antonio or Hill Country home is well lit, criminals are more likely to pass it by, since an attempted break-in on your property would require them to step into the light, leaving them vulnerable, exposed and more likely to be caught!

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

Landscape lighting such as adding path lights to garden paths and sidewalks aids in the safety of your evening landscape.

2) Landscape Lighting for Safety

Walking around in the dark outside your San Antonio home can be hazardous. It’s easy to trip or fall when you can’t see your own feet especially after a spring or summer storm or windy conditions. In this way, landscape lighting improves safety for you, your family and friends walking around outside at night. Landscape lighting can even enhance your pet’s evening trips outdoors allowing you a full view of the spaces your pet frequents in time to avert a potential mishap with a wild animal, or debris that could pose a threat.

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This stunning home comes to life with professional outdoor lighting

3) Landscape Lighting for Increased Property Value

Curb appeal! Did you know that homes with outdoor lighting generally sell for more than those that do not?  Savvy home buyers recognize the many benefits of outdoor lights when comparing different homes. This allows you to set a higher asking price if your home boasts this feature. Remember, landscape lights installed by an outdoor lighting professional ensure proper installation and placement delivering the best aesthetics. This is just one of the reasons why investing in a professionally installed system is well worth the investment.

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Zen inspired lanscape lighting brings out the beauty of this outdoor oasis.

4) And of Course, Landscape Lighting for Beauty

Our recipe of superb placement, quality fixtures and soft washes of light enhance the curb appeal of your landscape and home and makes it stand out among the darkened homes on your street. Outdoor lighting gives you a chance to show off your carefully designed paths, gardens and natural areas, colorful plantings and areas of interest within the landscape, even when it’s pitch black outside.

If you are looking for an outdoor lighting application that will give you the most enjoyment and benefit from your investment, consider landscape lighting. Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio and The Hill Country to discover the best kept secret to achieving the ultimate benefit from your evening landscape.
(210) 771-6080
email: sanantonio@outdoorlights.com

See more inspiring imagery by visiting our landscape and garden photo gallery located on our website today.

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Outdoor lighting San Antonio

Path lighting and entry lighting provide a safe entrance into the heart of this San Antonio home.

With the dawn of a new year comes many resolutions that never reach fruition. From weight loss, to kicking a bad habit for good. Even though most folks set out to achieve these new goals they set for themselves with vigor and enthusiasm, we sometimes tend to set unrealistic goals for ourselves. This year, why not decide upon  a New Year’s resolution that is easily attainable and will not only benefit you but your entire family as well. Make the decision to resolve in creating a safer home and landscape for your entire family though the addition of outdoor lighting.

By adding professionally installed lighting to areas such as pathways, walkways and well-traveled areas in and around your landscape you set the stage for hassle free travel to and from areas frequented at your residence. Areas such as driveways, entrances and exits can be enhanced for safety’s sake through outdoor lighting.

A good example of how outdoor lighting can provide a safer scenario is an installation we recently completed for a couple who frequently play host to their elderly parents in their guest house which is located adjacent to their main residence. Even though the guest house is a short distance away, the couple would have to travel the distance often times in the dark after a long evening of games and enjoying time with their family. The lack of visibility between the main house and guest house was often a source of concern for these residents. The homeowners made the decision to add outdoor lighting along the path that leads to the guest house to ensure their parents were secure in reaching the guest house in the dark. Installing the lighting has given them peace of mind that their loved ones have a clear and safe path to their quarters during their stay, no matter what fun keeps them traveling to their guest quarters late into the evening.

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The addition of outdoor lighting makes this guest home a safe refuge for these residents beloved guests.

Outdoor lighting can provide safety in a myriad of locations around your home. Being able to see fallen limbs, and brush make travel safer around all areas of your home. Outdoor lighting will prevent tripping and falls that often happen when trying to navigate in the dark as well. Outdoor lighting is a good way to make the unexpected visible to you and your guests and be able to avoid it well in advance of accidentally stepping on it or tripping over it, whereas it can become a hazard. From sticks to snakes, you will see what is up  ahead and be able to react to avoid a mishap.  Outdoor lighting keeps your area lit to ensure safety.  Adding illumination to areas that take you to and from your home on a regular basis is a refreshing way to ring in the new year. Areas such as paths which lead to outdoor living structures such as gazebos or detached porches, pool houses and even that herb garden that you frequent just before dinner to snip fresh basil and thyme to top off that perfect dish. Any area that is frequented  in the evening can become safer with outdoor lighting.

Wouldn’t it renew your spirit to know that your guests are safer when entering and leaving your home? No more worries over  the dinner party that extends into the evening, and no worries if your teen is a few minutes past curfew. Rest assured your home is lit to ensure added safety. Our outdoor lighting can even offer you the capability of hands free, set it and forget it technology through lighting control animation (LCA). Our program lets you set the outdoor lighting to come on and go off at the times you desire without you having to worry about making sure the lights are on when those unexpected events happen. If you choose, we can even give you the added luxury of taking control of your outdoor lights when you are away with our app. which is available through your smart phone. This technology lets you control the lighting from remote locations with a simple touch of your hand.

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Pathway lighting not only looks inviting it promotes safety as well.

Who could ever imagine that one resolution could positively affect so many aspects of your lifestyle. If you are ready to make your home and landscape a safer space, and more pleasing to the eye as well, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio today to learn more about turning your home sweet home into a “home safe home”. This is one resolution that can continue to enhance your lifestyle for many years to come, from one new year to the next. Contact us today to learn more (830) 624 – 1300  sanantonio@outdoorlights.com

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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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The Spanish influenced architecture of San Antonio lends itself to beautiful outdoor lighting

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Texas is the second largest state, only behind Alaska, in the United States. Among Texas’ unique and diverse landscapes you have the beautiful southwestern desert, grasslands, forests, coastlines and of course the one landscape Texas is famous for – the prairie. Images of a covered wagon pulled by a team of mules transport you back into the old west and when our ancestors were planting roots in  history that will be remembered forever.

Who can forget that famous call from the Texas army under Sam Houston “remember the Alamo”.  The very place where the Alamo still stands today is what many would refer to as gem of Texas.  There is no other city quite like San Antonio. San Antonio is full of heritage and history . You will see architecture tinged with Spanish influence throughout the city itself and in the homes of its residents. Walking through the streets of San Antonio is like walking through a history book and a fairy tale at the same time. It is no wonder that San Antonio boasts a population of almost 1.33 million people. The maverick spirit which makes San Antonio all it is today is apparent all around you.

San Antonio garden lighting

San Antonio garden lighting

San Antonio also boasts a wide array of outdoor activities which can be enjoyed year round because of the warm climate. This warm climate is a big reason why so many people choose to call San Antonio their home. The architecture throughout the communities in and around San Antonio use many natural elements to showcase the beauty of their homes and mother natures backdrop of peaceful rivers, lush vegetation, and gorgeous native trees. Many residents also take advantage of the abundant landscaping materials such as abundant blooming flowers and plants, as well as unique shrubs and foundation plants.

No one element of your home or landscape can make more of statement than it can with the addition of professionally designed and installed outdoor lighting. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of  San Antonio has years of experience and knowledge in  illuminating architecture, pools, and landscapes for our residents. We can turn an already beautiful residence and grounds into a work of art with our outdoor lighting applications.

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A spectacular entrance lighting.

I realize the old saying “everything is bigger in Texas” is quite often used in a positive manner. Bigger is not always better when it comes to outdoor lighting. Our fixtures are designed to do the job. Many other outdoor lighting companies install a large amount of fixtures to get the point across. This is simply not the case with lighting from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio. For example, our copper path lights only require between three and four strategically placed path lights to illuminate a standard sized walkway or entry properly and promote an alluring effect as well. We want to focus on the area or object we are lighting for you, not the fixture. Properly designed and installed lighting draws your eye to the effect it creates, not on the fixture. It is about the quality and not the quantity of the lighting that makes us unique.

San Antonio architectural outdoor lighting and pool lighting

San Antonio architectural outdoor lighting and pool lighting

If the purpose for installing outdoor lighting is to accentuate your homes unique architectural elements Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of  San Antonio knows the right fixture and the right installation of that fixture to ensure beautiful results. We often use well lights to illuminate your homes architectural breaks, or vertical lines. We are always careful to not place any light in the direction of a window. This is one major flaw that other outdoor lighting companies don’t  pay close attention to, but here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio we look at our outdoor lighting applications as an art form. We also instill the use of spot lights, and in some cases moonlighting to illuminate any peak line or dormers within your homes design.

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Outdoor lighting can also play a major role in the security of your residence. Advances in technology now afford homeowners the luxury of being able to control their outdoor lighting using LCA (Lighting control animation). This convenient technology will allow you to customize your outdoor lighting to come on and go off at the times that best suit you. This technology has also been carried a step further by being able to control your outdoor lighting via your smart phone. Advancements such as these will ensure you will be in the driver’s seat when in comes to lighting your home and landscape and is an effective deterrent to keep intruders away.

If you are ready to see the beauty of San Antonio in a whole new light. Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio to schedule a night-time demonstration. We can capture the beauty of your home and landscape through outdoor lighting and capture the maverick spirit of why you call San Antonio home. Call us at (830) 624 – 1300 or email us at sanantonio@outdoorlights.com

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San Antonio outdoor lighting

This lighting not only illuminates the exterior of this San Antonio home but shows off the architectural features.

Every home is special and unique in its own way.  Architectural features, the textures of the different building materials, the roofline, landscaping and trees – these are all the elements of individuality. To show these features off in their best light (so to speak), Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio uses our considerable design background and the expertise we have developed building outdoor lighting systems that will bring out the very best in your property.

When you are lighting your house, you want to light it from top to bottom and end to end. Horizontal lighting serves the more practical purpose of safety and security while vertical lighting gives your home a more aesthetic look as far as overall effect.  Take a look at an earlier OLP San Antonio blog for these types of lighting positioning specifics.  Choosing areas you want to light and the different types of lighting fixtures is another important element when planning your lighting methodology.

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Illumination and a patterning effect.

What areas work well with outdoor lighting?  Start with the driveway.  Do you want to light the entire drive or just the entry only?  Next, you should consider the floodlights.  Generally, they should be located in the corners of the house, and positioned to shine on the driveway and garage doors. You can also use floods to light the backyard for evening activities.

Carefully angled, gentle wash flood lights can also be used in the front of the house to place emphasis on the landscaping.  Be sure that lights are not positioned to shine in windows and doors where they might have a blinding effect.

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Spectacular entrance lighting.

Light should shine up from the ground or down from the eaves of the roof, but never where they can shine directly in peoples’ eyes as they are looking out windows, coming out-of-doors or walking on pathways. These are just a few considerations to address.

There are many innuendos in architectural and landscape lighting as far as positioning and light fixture choices that can mean the difference between a mediocre look and something that gives you home superb evening curb appeal.  A complete design is essential as well as patience to make sure each light is doing its job within the overall  grand scheme.  The work can be done by the homeowner, but in many cases it makes sense to hire a professional to get kind of outcome you are hoping for.

For a free consultation and quote, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antoni0
at (830) 624 – 1300 and email: sanantonio@outdoorlights.com

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