Our lighting automation will ensure you spring forward effortlessly

San Antonio Outdoor Lighting Technologies

Our advanced lighting control automations ensures the lights are always on when they are supposed to be.

It is that time of the year again. Daylight savings time begins on March 10th this year which means longer days and darker mornings. For homeowners who are using traditional timers for their outdoor lighting DST means plenty of headaches so break out the aspirin. Programming manual lighting timers is a guessing game at best. Dusk is never a fixed time, and adding the changes DST initiates makes programming manual outdoor lighting timers more difficult. Thankfully, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio and The Hill Country have the answer to the dilemma of always chasing dusk. Our Lighting Control Animation extends into our smart system timers that take the guess-work out of your lighting.

Lighting Control Automation

Lighting Control Automation turns the lights on and off at the right time for energy conservation and security

Our smart system provides convenience and flexibility all in one. Having to manually set your lighting timer to accommodate changes in dusk and daylight savings time will become a thing of the past. With lighting control animation your outdoor lighting can be programmed to come on automatically at dusk each evening. This same technology also allows for your lighting to come on at partial illumination with the onset of dusk and increase to full illumination as the evening progresses. This feature saves energy costs and creates an unforgettable ambiance. LCA also allows for your lights to turn off at midnight, right before sunrise or any time you desire. Another added feature of this smart technology includes having the capability to tie in your indoor lighting. We can create custom zones to control groups of lights and/or appliances at the flick of one switch. We can also program certain zones to turn on and off automatically so your home always looks occupied enhancing safety when you are away.

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Lighting control automation timer.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio can also link your lighting control to your smart phone for added convenience when you are away from home. You can turn your lights on or off at different times via your smart phone to allow flexibility when you need it. This added luxury to our already convenient LCA technology delivers peace of mind when on vacation, and also on those evenings when your teenager can’t seem to make curfew on time. Whether you are 1 mile away, or 100 miles away from home the control lies within your hand!

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Our LCA technology gives you control of your outdoor lighting via your smart phone from remote locations.

The headache associated with programming your outdoor lighting to facilitate the dramatic change with the onset of daylight savings time is non-existent with LCA. You will never have to worry about resetting it because our LCA system automatically adjusts to daylight savings time. Springing forward and falling back with DST has never been easier.

If putting an end to manually programming your outdoor lighting can’t come soon enough, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio and The Hill Country. Our smart system can deliver convenience and peace of mind you never thought possible. Don’t delay DST begins on 3/10/13!
(210) 971 -8759
Email: sanantonio@outdoorlights.com

See more examples of how our lighting control automation can enhance the ambiance and safety of your home and landscape by visiting our outdoor lighting gallery and our landscape and garden lighting gallery located on our website.

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.

Bring home the magic of the holidays with our super convenient holiday lighting program

lighted palm tree by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

The holidays are almost here and it is time to think about Christmas lights again.

The smell of gingerbread and cinnamon is in the air. All around us are the sights, and smells of Christmas. Now is the time to start thinking about your holiday decorating. As with any cohesive interior and exterior design, professional lighting is the glue that holds everything together. With Christmas decorating, your holiday lighting can turn a nice holiday display into an amazing holiday display. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio offers a super convenient way to get a professionally designed and installed outdoor holiday lighting display, while you concentrate on the other aspects of this wonderful season.

In case you are not familiar with how a holiday lighting program works this is what our holiday lighting program entails…

Loveliest holiday lighting ever by Outdoor LIghting Perspectives

We can design, install, remove and store your magical display and let you concentrate on the reason for the season.

First we consult with you to get your input as to what style of Christmas lighting tickles your fancy. Whether your taste leans more towards old world elegance and traditional designs, or designs that are unique and full of playful whimsy, we can accommodate any style with our huge selection of holiday lighting elements. After the consultation we go to work on designing your holiday lighting display by ordering the lights needed to fill your winter wonderland. All of our lights are ordered new, not like other holiday lighting programs that recycle used lights from customer to customer, year to year. Once these lights are ordered especially for you, we then install your holiday lighting in plenty of time to enjoy many nights of awe-inspiring beauty throughout the holiday season. We can even program your lights to go on and off at specific pre-set times for you so you don’t have to lift a finger. After the holidays are over Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio will take down your holiday lights and store them in our temperature controlled warehouses until next year, when we do it all over again for you. Offering you the convenience of storage away from home will give you the gift of more storage space for other items and give you the freedom to add to your holiday lighting design as the years progress. Our holiday lighting program is the ultimate in holiday luxury, and makes the perfect gift for yourself because it is the gift that keeps on giving for years to come!

Icicle LED holiday lights by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

This home was decorated by using LED holiday lights

Much of our holiday lighting is available in the energy-efficient LED lights as well. LED lights are eco-friendly with less impact on our environment and are long-lasting, and promote a clearer, even and  more vivid illumination than the holiday lights of Christmases past. We offer LED roofline lighting, LED string lights, Classic LED lighted wreaths and garlands and much more.

If you are ready to take the stress of your Christmas lighting this holiday season, and are tired of driving from store to store to find what you really want, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio today and let us do the hard part for you. Happy Holidays from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio!!  Call us at (830) 624 – 1300 or send us an email @ sanantonio@outdoorlights.com

Contact us today because our holiday lighting program is on a first come, first serve basis and spots are filling up quickly.

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Dont delay contact us today to create a stunning outdoor holiday lighting design for your home and landscape this season.

To see more images of ethereal holiday lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio visit our holiday lighting photo gallery located on our website.

We represent the following wonderful Texas cities:
Adkins, Alamo Heights, Atascosa, Balcones Heights, Bracken, Bulverde, Canyon Lake, Castle Hills, China Grove, Converse, Elmendorf, Fischer, Fort Sam Houston, Garden Ridge, Grey Forest, Helotes, Hill Country Village, Hollywood Park, Hunter, Kirby, Leon Valley, Live Oak, Macdona, New Braunfels, Olmos Park, Saint Hedwig, San Antonio, Sattler, Shavano Park, Solms, Somerset, Spring Branch, Startzville, Terrell Hills, Von Ormy, Wetmore, Windcrest

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

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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

Why can’t all my clocks reset themselves on Daylight Savings?

Lighting Control Automation

Lighting Control Automation turns the lights on and off at the right time for energy conservation and security

If you’re like me, you wake up the morning after daylight savings completely unaware what you just missed. You jump into your car to head over to the local coffee shop only to be amazed when you look at the clock in your car to see how early you’ve awoken on this weekend day. You fret that you will be at the coffee shop before they open only to roll up to the shop and see it’s in full swing.

OK, it’s not April Fools Day. It’s daylight savings time and you missed the clock rollback. Now comes the really frustrating part. Your phone has been kind enough to reset itself from the big clocks in the sky that somehow talk to your phone and tell it when to reconfigure. But the clock in the car is another story. Every time the time changes, most of us have to drag out the car’s owner’s manual to find out the short 16-step process to resetting the car’s clock.

The good news is if you have lighting automation at your home from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, your timer also has contact with those big clocks in the sky. It resets itself just like your telephone does!

So how does it do that? When we program your lighting control automation (your switch that turns your lights on and off for security and energy conservation), we program in your longitude and latitude. Based on that, your lighting timer knows when daylight savings time has occurred and automatically resets the timer for you.

Maybe at some time in the not too distant future all of our clocks will be reset automatically. Ug, all the clocks to reset – the stove, the living room clock, the kids alarm clocks.

When is daylight savings time for the fall 2010? Sunday November 7th.

If you already have LCA with us, you don’t need to worry about Daylight Savings Time. If not, give us a ring and we can tell you a little more about it.

(830) 624 – 1300
email: sanantonio@outdoorlights.com

Lighting Control Automation Enhances Security

With Spring Break upon us, and summer just around the corner, many families are beginning to do some traveling.  If you are like me, I tend to worry about my property while I am gone.  Outdoor Lighting Perspectives is proud to be the only landscape lighting company to offer a timer that can not only control the lighting system outside, but control lights on the inside.  Our state of the art Lighting Control Automation (LCA) can be programmed to offer a multitude of options.

Many of our clients use the LCA because of the fact that it is a set-it and forget-it type of control.  Once the longitude and latitude of your home is programmed into the timer and appliance module, the timer recognizes when sunset occurs every day of every year.  The true beauty in this system is that the timer calculates for time changes and Leap Year.  With a back up to the system, even with power outages, the timer stays programmed.  You can be sure that your landscape lights will come on every night.

Our LCA timer system also has components that can be added to the interior of a home.  We can easily replace a switch with an LCA switch and program the timer to turn on this switch at a designated time.  For example, I installed a new switch to operate my garage lights.  Now, they come on every night at the same time as my landscape lights and I never drive up to a dark garage.  The safety that this offers is huge!  Other switches can be replaced and the timer system can be programmed to turn them on and off several times a night making it appear as if someone is home and walking through the house. 

Another great option is to have a plug replaced with one of our LCA plugs. Whatever is plugged into that spot will turn on when the timer turns on the plug whether it be a lamp, radio, or even a television. 

This system can truly help automate your home so that even when you are gone, it appears as if someone is home.

Motion Sensors add extra Dimension of Safety to Outdoor Lighting

In this video, Winston Edwards of B & B Manufacturing, our exclusive provider of landscape lighting products, demonstrates how our motion sensor equipment can be used with your Lighting Control Automation (LCA) to add a new dimension of safety to your home.

You can learn more about LCA and the variety of options for lighting control at our Lighting Control Automation Post .

Scott Bellamy, President

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio

Our Design Philosophy

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio, we believe there’s more to outdoor lighting than throwing fixtures in the ground.  Our goal is to develop a relationship with every client that will last for the full ten year warranty of our fixtures.

It starts with sharing the philosophy of our company:  Quality handmade fixtures, expert installation, a solid warranty, annual maintenance plans, and a company that believes in customer service above all else.

When you call us at 210-971-8759, we share our company’s philosophy, and listen to your wants and desires.

Next is showing you our quality fixtures in a night time setting with a free demonstration at YOUR home.  Our expert lighting designers start by LISTENING, so we can determine exactly what you’re looking for.  We’ll guide your desires with our expert eye and offer suggestions to accomplish your goals while providing an expert lighting design that enhances the beauty, safety, and security of the home.

Then we set up the fixtures so you can see the beautiful way your home is transformed at night.  At that point we can tweak the design by adding and removing lights until you are perfectly satisfied.

At that point we give you a fair, competitive proposal of exactly what your installation will cost.  With every installation, we include our tempered glass lens covers for the well lights, and our state-of-the-art Lighting Control Automation.

Sometimes, homeowners want to get several bids.  That’s okay with us!  We always recommend to the homeowner that they compare apples to apples, evaluate the COMPANY they’re dealing with, and always insist on a night time demonstration!

Three out of four times, the homeowners decide on the spot that they love it, and we can schedule the installation!

Our installations take from two to four days, and when we’re finished, we leave your home looking better than we found it.  That’s our promise!

Next, we always return the night of completion to do a complete night time adjustment, making sure every fixture is illuminating exactly what it should, and that you, the homeowner, are completely satisfied.  We go over the warranty and the lighting control automation, making sure you have no questions.

Finally, we will mail you a thank you card and gift a week or so after the installation.  That completes the process, and you can begin enjoying your beautiful home and outdoor living spaces after dark.

We always send a letter and follow up with a phone call when it’s time to change out your bulbs.  Remember, our annual maintenance plan includes bulb changes, voltage testing, trimming shrubs, treating with fire ant retardent, reburying expose wires, and completely reconditioning the system for continued peak performance.

Quality fixtures, expert installation, and a company that still knows the meaning of customer service.  That’s what matters to you, so it also matters to us!

Call us to schedule your installation or service.  We’d love to hear from you!

Scott Bellamy

Owner

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio

Comparison Shopping for Landscape Lights

In today’s economic times, it pays more than ever to do comparison shopping.  The same advice holds true when looking for a landscape lighting company to handle your landscape lighting needs.

The following list are some things you should inquire about when evaluating a Landscape Lighting Company:

  1. Reputation.  How long have they been in business?  Do they have references?  Are they a member of the local Better Business Bureau?
  2. Type of Fixtures.  Do they use a variety of fixtures based on the application, or is it “one type for all applications”?  Do they use well lights for facade lighting?  Do they do uplighting?  Downlighting?  Do they offer low voltage?  Line voltage (household current)?
  3. Quality of Fixtures.  Are they painted fixtures?  Copper?  Aluminum?  Plastic?
  4. Warranty.  What kind of warranty is offered on the fixtures?  Is the warranty for at least ten years?
  5. Service Plan.  Do they offer an annual maintenance plan?  What does it consist of?
  6. Type of Transformer.  Is the transformer a pluggable type?  Is it a multi-tap?  Is the timer built in or is it a separate unit?
  7. Lighting Control.  How is the lighting controlled?  Timer?  Photocell?  Lighting control from inside the home?  Can I integrate my porch lights and existing lights/switches with the system?
  8. Night Time Demonstration.  Do they offer a night time demonstration?  Is it complimentary?
  9. Made in the USA.  Are their fixtures made in the USA?  Are they handcrafted?
  10. Dark Sky Compliant.  Is their system Dark Sky Compliant?

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio, we’ve done your homework for you!  We’ve asked ourselves these very questions, and are proud to say we can answer each and every one of them in a manner that will benefit YOU, the homeowner!  Here are our answers to the ten areas mentioned above:

  1. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio has been in business in San Antonio for almost two years, and is a proud member of the Better Business Bureau.  The Our parent company, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Franchise Corporation, has been in business for almost fifteen years, and has over 70 locations around the world.
  2. We use a variety of fixtures depending upon the specific application.  We use well lights with large PAR-36 bulbs for lighting the façade, large trees, and other objects, smaller bullet type fixtures with MR-16 (projector style) bulbs for smaller shrubs, number signs, or statues.
  3. We use extruded PVC in the construction of our well lights, and all our path and specialty lights are made of solid copper.  We never use painted or powder coated fixtures, as they still peel with time.
  4. We offer a one year warranty on our bulbs, assuming a normal operation time of sunset to approximately midnight; a ten year warranty on our fixtures; a lifetime warranty on our transformers; a two year warranty on our Lighting Control Automation.
  5. We offer an annual maintenance plan, where we will come and change all bulbs, rebury exposed wire, trim shrubs, treat with fire ant retardant, and check voltages and transformer operation to completely recondition the system for another year.
  6. Our transformers are all pluggable, multi-tap transformers, which allow us to use a variety of timing systems, especially our state-of-the art Lighting Control Automation.  A multi-tap transformer allows us to fine tune the voltages at each fixture to be sure every one is between 11.0-11.5 volts.  Because the timer is a separate system, a timer failure does not render the entire transformer unusable, as happens with the cheaper integrated timer/transformer systems you find at the box stores.
  7. While we offer timers and photocells, our state-of-the-art Lighting Control Automation allows the homeowner complete control of the lighting from inside the home, along with allowing the integration of porch lights, security lights, and switches into the system, for an added level of home security.
  8. We always offer the homeowner a Night Time Demonstration, so they can see exactly what their home looks like with our lighting installed.
  9. All of our fixtures are handcrafted right here in the USA.
  10. Our low voltage systems are fully Dark Sky Compliant.

For answers to addtional questions you may have, feel free to read our blog posts, visit our website, or call us at 210-971-8759 for more information.

Kenneth Wells

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio

Remodel with Light – Spotlighting ways to transform your space

Remodel with Light – Spotlighting ways to transform your space

athome1We are featuredcover in this great article by Janis Turk in the San Antonio At Home section of the January/February 2009 issue of San Antonio Woman Magazine.