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Illuminating your outdoor living spaces can change the way you use your backyard at night!

Our LED outdoor lighting can change the way you use your backyard at night!

As summer draws to a close we are reminded of the precious time spent outdoors among family and friends. Here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio and the Hill Country we strive to make the time you and your family spend outdoors in the evening just as enjoyable as those during the day. LED is our most popular type of lighting because of all the benefits that go along with installing an LED system. These include savings in energy costs, durability and energy efficiency. However, there is an added benefit to choosing on of our LED systems that you rarely hear about.

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Less bugs in the yard, means less bugs to clean out of light fixtures too!

Our location, along with many other Outdoor Lighting Perspectives locations, choose Cree LED outdoor lighting for our LED outdoor lighting installations. Researchers at Cree recently stumbled upon an added benefit of this LED product that can be added to the long list of reasons using LED in the landscape is a smart choice; they discovered insects are less likely to be attracted to LED outdoor lighting than other genres of outdoor lighting!

In a story published on the Cree Revolution Blog, Gary Trott, a product development innovator for Cree LED Lighting speaks candidly speaks about how Cree LED’s can reduce the number of insects getting into your lighting fixtures, and also how using LED can reduce the amount of insects attracted to your illuminated outdoor living areas. When he set out to help develop this innovative LED, bug ingress prevention was NOT a design goal, but he quickly noticed a significant decrease in the amount of insects present in a LR6 down light installed above the door he walks through every day. After being in place for four years, the light had almost zero bugs in it! This sparked his curiosity which led to research and findings from Marianne Shockley Cruz Ph.D. and Rebecca Lindner at the University Of Georgia Department Of Entomology. The paper that details the results of this groundbreaking research is titled “Insect Vision: Ultraviolet, Color, and LED Light.” In essence, the research indicates that since insects are attracted to UV light, and Cree LEDs emit little or no power in the UV spectrum insects just aren’t interested and a  less interested bug means fewer bugs present where Cree LED’S are used, period

playing corn hole at dusk

LED outdoor lighting can ensure this game continues well into the evening!

Not only is  this news welcomed by homeowners as a way to decrease the amount of pests that interfere with outdoor living, such as the dinner party on your deck, or a game of corn-hole in the backyard on a late summer evening, it also decreases the risk of being bitten by a mosquito that could transmit an illness onto you! As of 8/12/2014, the Texas Department of State Health Services has already confirmed 16 cases of human West Nile illness in Texas this year. Any efforts to discourage coming into contact with mosquitoes, especially during the evening hours when most species feed, is beneficial.

To learn more about the many benefits of LED outdoor lighting, including our innovative LED conversions, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio and the Hill Country today (210) 971 – 8759
Email: sanantonio@outdoorlights.com

Please visit our landscape and garden lighting photo gallery and our deck and patio lighting photo gallery located on our website to see more examples of our LED outdoor lighting designs.

 

 

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LED lights are long lasting, energy efficient and among the safest lights

LED lights are already deemed among the most long-lasting, energy-efficient and safest lights – now there is an added benefit.

LED outdoor lighting is among the most beneficial type of outdoor lighting a homeowner can invest in. LED lighting is more energy-efficient and leaves less of an impact on the environment than other types of outdoor lighting.  It can save a homeowner thousands in energy costs over the LED’s lifetime. In addition, since they contain no glass components, they are not vulnerable to vibration or breakage like conventional bulbs and make the perfect lighting for outdoor applications. LED lights are free of toxic chemicals. Most conventional fluorescent bulbs contain a multitude of materials such as mercury that are dangerous for the environment and make disposal dangerous. Since they contain no toxic materials and are 100% recyclable, they will help you reduce your carbon footprint by up to a third. LED is safer in many regards too because it generates light from cool burning technology, and it uses less wire to install properly.

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LED outdoor lighting is changing the way we see outdoor lighting.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio and the Hill Country is the areas premiere outdoor lighting design and install firm when it comes to all genres of outdoor lighting including LED. Our location, along with many other Outdoor Lighting Perspectives locations around the country, primarily uses Cree LED outdoor lighting in our LED outdoor lighting installations. Researchers at Cree recently stumbled upon another added benefit of their LED product that can be added to the long list of reasons using LED in the landscape is a smart choice. Add the discovery of insects being less likely to be attracted to LED outdoor lighting to the already long list of good things about LED.

LED outdoor lighting attracts less insects into your landscape, including the disease carrying mosquito!

LED outdoor lighting attracts less insects into your landscape, including the disease carrying mosquito!

In a story published on the Cree Revolution Blog, Gary Trott, a product development innovator for Cree LED Lighting speaks candidly speaks about how Cree LED’s can reduce the number of insects getting into your lighting fixtures, and also how using LED can reduce the amount of insects attracted to your illuminated outdoor living areas. When he set out to help develop this innovative LED, bug ingress prevention was NOT a design goal, but he quickly noticed a significant decrease in the amount of insects present in a LR6 down light installed above the door he walks through every day. After being in place for four years, the light had almost zero bugs in it! This sparked his curiosity which led to research and findings from Marianne Shockley Cruz Ph.D. and Rebecca Lindner at the University Of Georgia Department Of Entomology. The paper that details the results of this groundbreaking research is titled “Insect Vision: Ultraviolet, Color, and LED Light.

In essence, the research indicates that since insects are attracted to UV light, and Cree LEDs emit little or no power in the UV spectrum insects just aren’t interested and a  less interested bug means fewer bugs present where Cree LED’S are used, period. The article states, “Color sensitivity in the UV spectrum plays an important role in foraging, navigation, and mate selection in both flying and terrestrial invertebrate animals.  This attraction to UV light has made insects a useful model for understanding visual sensitivity to UV light. Cree LEDs emit little or no power in the UV spectrum.  Incandescent, fluorescent, and metal halide sources emit a substantial amount of UV radiation, thus it is likely that bugs are less attracted to fixtures utilizing Cree LEDs.”

One of life’s more unpleasant chores is cleaning out dead bugs from light fixtures.

One of life’s more unpleasant chores is cleaning out dead bugs from light fixtures.

This news comes as a breath of fresh air to San Antonio homeowners where last year alone Texas had 89 deaths as a result of the mosquito-borne illness, West Nile Virus. Any means of deterring insects into the landscape, especially mosquitoes, is a huge benefit to San Antonio homeowners. Imagine being able to spend time on your deck, patio or outdoor living space not hassled by bugs, or bitten by mosquitoes in the evening?  The discovery of this added benefit to using LED also cuts down on time and money spent to maintain your outdoor lighting installations. One of life’s more unpleasant chores is cleaning out dead bugs from light fixtures. If you’ve ever emptied a pile of dead flies and moths from a fixture, you know light fixtures of all types are notorious for attracting and collecting insects. Just imagine the time you can spend elsewhere enjoying the time saved not cleaning bugs out of light fixtures annually.

To learn more about the many benefits of LED outdoor lighting, including our innovative LED conversions, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio and the Hill Country today (210) 971-8759
Email: sanantonio@outdoorlights.com

Please visit our landscape and garden lighting photo gallery and our deck and patio lighting photo gallery located on our website to see more examples of our LED outdoor lighting designs.

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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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This pool lighting creates an illusion of a lush lagoon.

I can’t think of any better way to work off the stresses of the world  during these dog days of summer than spending an evening by the pool. The allure of the water serves as a tranquil release from work, traffic, the kids and worrying about what to cook for dinner. The surrealism that a pool conveys can be relaxing and can tantalize your senses and transport you to a new plane. Your pool can become an even more powerful seduction to the senses with the addition of professional pool lighting. The way the light dances off the water can add a new facet of beauty to an already beautiful location. There are many lighting applications available to use in and around your pool or water feature that can add to the tranquility your pool promotes.

Unforgettable pool lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio

Unforgettable pool lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio

Expertly designed pool lighting can make the difference between a pool with “just” lights and a pool and surrounding area that takes on a personality strong enough to change your mood. Pool lighting, especially for homeowners that use their pool in the evening is a necessity for safety’s sake, but pool lighting can be so much more than just a safety implement. Pool lighting can add depth and texture to the landscape, and create a focal point of elegance and beauty within your backyard.

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Here is a detailed photo of a spool of LED ribbon lighting, used in pool and water feature lighting applications. It is submersible and promotes stunning effects.

We like to use many different lighting techniques to emphasize your pools beauty and create a breathtaking effect. In the areas surrounding your pool or water feature we use up lighting and down lighting to play off the architectural elements around your pool. We also use path lighting, and landscape  lighting as needed throughout the landscaped areas around the pool to create more drama and individuality. LED ribbon lighting is also used in the pool itself, which is fully submersible and can be used to accentuate eaves and ledges to illuminate the water. LED ribbon lighting emits an ethereal type of light that heightens the senses when used in conjunction with a flowing water feature such as a waterfall. LED ribbon lighting is completely hidden so the result is an even, balanced, soft and romantic illumination that is not overpowering.

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LED ribbon lighting comes in color changing hues as well

Ribbon lighting is called such because the lighting comes in stripes with small LED diodes spaced evenly across the stripping, similar to a ribbon in its design. LED ribbon lighting is also easy on the pocketbook as well as on the eyes. LED’s as a whole are more energy-efficient and economical. LED lighting costs considerably less in energy costs than typical outdoor lights, and this combined with the type of light they emit, are cause for many homeowners to celebrate. This ribbon lighting is also available with color changing hues to use in a unique setting, or for a particular application.

john-signature3If you are ready to turn your pool or water feature into a water fantasy that dances with light, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio to learn more. Call us at (830) 624 – 1300 or you can drop us a line at our email: sanantonio@outdoorlights.com

You can also see more stunning pool and water feature lighting by visiting our gallery at http://san-antonio.outdoorlights.com/local/gallery/pool-underwater-lighting.html

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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

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Survey response: May 29, 2009

In the following areas, PLEASE RANK YOUR EXPERIENCE from 5 (best) to 1 (worst).

INITIAL DEMONSTRATION     5

PROMPTNESS     5

MET EXPECTATIONS     5

PROFESSIONALISM     5

NEATNESS OF INSTALLATION     5

OVERALL EXPERIENCE     5

What was YOUR MAIN REASON for installing an outdoor lighting system?

Beauty.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE Outdoor Lighting Perspectives?

Referred by Brady’s Landscaping and Design of Boerne, TX.

What PROMPTED YOU TO INSTALL when you did?

It was time!

What could we have DONE BETTER?

Nothing.

Would you RECOMMEND US to a friend?

yes.

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Survey response: July 22, 2009

In the following areas, PLEASE RANK YOUR EXPERIENCE from 5 (best) to 1 (worst).

INITIAL DEMONSTRATION     5

PROMPTNESS     5

MET EXPECTATIONS     5+

PROFESSIONALISM     5

NEATNESS OF INSTALLATION     5

OVERALL EXPERIENCE     5

What was YOUR MAIN REASON for installing an outdoor lighting system?

Enhance Landscaping.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE Outdoor Lighting Perspectives?

Past Experience.

What PROMPTED YOU TO INSTALL when you did?

Landscaping completed.

What could we have DONE BETTER?

?

Would you RECOMMEND US to a friend?

Always do!

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