The magic of outdoor lighting doesn’t have to end when it is time to put away the Christmas lights, learn how we can keep it alive year round

Loveliest holiday lighting ever

This home is the epitome of both professional outdoor lighting, and professional outdoor holiday lighting.

The holidays are a magical time of year. From the feeling you get when you pull up a driveway lined with trees lit in the festive colors of the season, to riding through the neighborhood and slowing down to linger in the enchantment of a beautifully adorned home all aglow with elegant white Christmas lights. This is the stuff that Christmas memories are made of. The ethereal beauty that holiday lighting is famous for.

With the holidays soon coming to an end, the lights will soon come down and lay in wait until next year and with this many miss the sparkle and shine that holiday lighting adds to their lives. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio and The Hill Country want to remind you that the magic doesn’t have to end. Outdoor lighting can provide endearing beauty and enhanced safety and security throughout the entire year. Professional outdoor lighting can bring back the magic for every season, and every month of the year.

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Outdoor Lighting genres such as water feature lighting add magic to your home and landscape year round.

One of the most memorable elements outdoor lighting such as landscape lighting, tree lighting and even architectural lighting will provide is a stage for the changing seasons. As your landscape changes, your outdoor lighting will be there to illuminate each drama as it unfolds. This can include lighting that emphasizes a perennial flower garden that changes with each  colored bloom and bud, or a line of flowering trees that transform from green to whimsical pink blooms from one season to the next.  Even a climbing ornamental vine that was lovingly planted near the entrance to your home will change personalities from spring to fall.Your architectural lighting will be there so you won’t miss a single scene of the action. Even though your outdoor lighting stays in the same place, the area it illuminates evolves, as does the visual imagery it illuminates.

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See how outdoor lighting can add magic to your home and landscape for all seasons?

The benefit of outdoor lighting doesn’t end with “just another pretty face”. It also enhances the safety and security of your home and landscape. By adding outdoor lighting you create a more secure area to enjoy outdoor activities. Security lighting such as path lighting can even makes the trip to your front door more secure because you no longer have to muddle around at a dark entrance to find your keys. By adding lighting you introduce ease and convenience as a way of life. Research also indicates that outdoor lighting reduces the chances of falling victim to crime because a well- lit home is less likely to become the target of unsavory activity. Burglars will pass by a home that cannot  facilitate their activity under the veil of darkness.

Merry Christmas from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio!

Merry Christmas from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio!

Outdoor lighting can be as magical  and diverse as the lighting we enjoy throughout the holiday season. Unexpected washes of ambient light can transform your home and landscape into the picture perfect place you have always dreamed. Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio and The Hill Country to learn more, and to schedule your night-time demonstration right away.
(830) 624 – 1300
email: sanantonio@outdoorlights.com

You can see more inspiring outdoor lighting images by visiting our landscape and garden lighting gallery, and our architectural lighting gallery located on our website.

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LED outdoor lighting is the clear choice to a greener tomorrow, with Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio lighting the way

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

San Antonio tree lighting enhances the majesty of the tree in the landscape with exquisite tree lighting

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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

The magical gift of outdoor lighting can be enjoyed 365 days a year

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.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio lights the way for residents of this special city

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

elegance In Design

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.

Lighting Automation Timer

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

Controlling your Landscape Lighting

Landscape Lighting can greatly enhance the appearance, safety, and security of your home, but every outdoor lighting system has to have a way to turn on and off. Here are some of the options available, along with the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Switch

A simple switch inside the home that turns the landscape lighting on and off.

Advantages:

  • Control from inside the home.

Disadvantages:

  • If the switch to the outside outlet where the transformer is mounted was not prewired during construction, it can be expensive to add later.
  • You have to be home to turn them on and off.  There is no way for the system to operate automatically.

Photocell

A Photocell is installed on the transformer that senses whether it is day or night.

Advantages:

  • Least expensive installation.
  • Automatic control.  Lights come on every night when it gets dark enough, and go out when it is light outside.

Disadvantages:

  • No control from inside the home.
  • Increased energy use when the lights are on all night.
  • No ability to set a specific time for lights to come on or off.  The only  option is sunset to sunrise.

Clock or Digital Timer

A simple timer with either pins or a digital readout goes inside the transformer to control the timing.

Advantages:

  • Inexpensive.
  • Specific control over when the lights turn on and off.  Can be adjusted to operate differently for different days of the week.
  • Automatic, meaning you don’t have to be home for the lights to come on and off, enhancing security.

Disadvantages:

  • No ability to control the lights from inside the home.
  • Most timers do not give you the ability to adjust the time for daylights savings or for the changing of the seasons.  If set to come on at 6 p.m., they will do so both in summer (still light out) and in winter (dark).  There is no way to integrate the system with daylight and night.

Timer and Photocell Combination

An installation that uses both a timer and a photocell, either as two pieces or combined into one unit.

Advantages:

  • Allows lights to come on at dusk and turn off at a selected time.
  • Automatic operation.

Disadvantages:

  • No control from inside the home.

Lighting Control Automation

Lighting Control Automation (LCA) is the unique system that OLP installs to allow your landscape lighting or even your entire home to be automated.  An indoor timer is programmed with your latitude/longitude along with the day and time so that it knows sunrise and sunset for every day of the year, turning on and off the lights automatically every night.   Adjusting for daylight savings is automatic.  Having an indoor controller gives the homeowner the additional benefit toward increased home security by providing a “panic button”.  If the homeowner hears something outside at three in the morning, one push of a button and everything outside is illuminated.  With additional LCA modules or switches, the homeowner can even have porch lights and garage coach lights come on in a dimmed state to blend seamlessly with the landscape lights.  Modules can also be used to control lights inside the home, and the LCA system can be tied into pool lighting controllers or existing Home Automation systems.

Advantages:

  • Control from inside the home.
  • Allow porch lights and Coach lights to be used along with the landscape lighting system
  • Automation of unlimited features inside and outside the home.
  • Programmable features for vacation, or random settings.

Disadvantages:

  • More expensive than a simple photocell time system.

As you can see, there are many options when it comes to controlling your landscape lighting.  At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives however, we think the LCA system is so advanced that we recommend it for every landscape lighting installation we perform.  Call or email us today with any questions.

Scott Bellamy

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio

210-971-8759

sanantonio@outdoorlights.com

 

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives will soon partner with ADT Home Security Products

We are excited to announce that in the next month or so we will be partnering with ADT Home Security Products to help enhance your home’s safety and security.  Stay tuned for more information on how integrating your ADT Security System with our Landscape Lighting solutions can better protect your home and family.