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

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The seduction of professional pool lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio

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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

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio Sheds some Light on Outdoor Lighting Choices

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A spectacular entrance lighting.

With all the lighting choices on the market these days it is easy to get confused. Many lights boast energy efficiency and the green aspect of the energy they use, or don’t use, I should say. But which lights are the best when it comes to long-lasting, low energy usage, and true to life color rendering when used in outdoor lighting scenarios?  Clients here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio ask us these questions every day in regards to our incandescent and LED lights, and I want to calm some of the confusion.

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LED Lights up close

LED’s are the light of the future. Strides in technology with LED’s are happening right now that will pave the way for the future of LED’s. Although LED is more expensive in its up-front costs of installations, the recoup time on that initial investment is as little as 5 years. When you take the aspect of the “green” technology into this equation the initial expense means little in terms of the environmental aspect they yield. LED’s have an extremely long life of 25,000-100,000 hours. This mean less waste in landfills and less energy expended to change bulbs. LED’s also cost pennies a day to operate. A typical outdoor lighting system costs an average of $100 per year to operate, with LED that cost could be as little as $10 per year to operate. So far, the LED is unmatched in it’s energy efficiency.  The color light the LED emits is good, and they have no warm-up time ( like some other bulbs do) they are almost instantaneous ON, and they contain no dangerous mercury.

San Antonia pathway lightingIncandescents are another form  outdoor lighting that are usually used in standard line lighting. The energy cost on an incandescent is good . The life expectancy of an incandescent is between 750-2,000 hours. The incandescents brightness and quality of color from the light is very good.  Incandescents are a solid choice when lighting pathways and walkways because of their high ratings in brightness and color quality.

There are other lights such as halogen and ceramic metal halides which are also energy-efficient and have a long life. The ceramic metal halide is coveted for its ability to not produce a color shift over time. It is a very stable light in terms of color quality, and has a life of around 18,000 hours.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio can help you decide on the best lighting design for your particular needs and wants. We have a knowledgable and professional staff on hand to answer any questions you may have when planning your outdoor lighting. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives is the nations largest outdoor landscape lighting firm, and we are not just selling you fixtures, but the lighting effect.830) 624 – 1300

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LED, or Light Emitting Diode, is the next big advancement in the technology of “lamps”, or what we commonly know is the “light bulb.”  LED’s are exciting because they are light sources that use only a fraction of the energy and have ten or more times the lifespan of incandescent or florescent bulbs.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

B & B Manufacturing, our Landscape Lighting Fixture supplier, recently attended the 2009 LIGHTFAIR in New York.  LED lighting is right around the corner for applications in residential landscape lighting.  Very soon, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio & the Hill Country, LLC will be offering LED fixtures as part of our fixture choices.

Mark Severance of B & B Manufacturing was kind enough to share these insights with regard to LED applications.

“It is important to remember that just because the technology is capable of producing LED lighting that competes with halogen and HID (high-intensity discharge,) it doesn’t mean there aren’t serious considerations to using LED’s.  First and foremost are costs.  Quality, and I stress ‘quality’ LED fixtures are quite expensive.  In fact they are 4-5 times as expensive as standard halogen low voltage.  It’s also difficult at this early evolutionary stage of outdoor LED fixtures to determine a quality fixture from a piece of junk.

“You might have someone argue that lower wattage LED fixtures require smaller (cheaper) transformers and less wire but even when you consider these costs reductions the hard product costs (to the installer) of a standard low voltage installation nearly triples because of the increased fixture costs.”

What does that mean to the cost of (your) installation?  In order to  make the same operating profit per installation, I would have to raise the fixture price of a standard 20 light installation of $4500 to a 20 light LED installation of $13,500.  Obviously, I would not sell many of these jobs!  Even if I reduced my operating profit by a third and offered the installation at around $9000, the benefits to you, the home owner, are not substantial.

The return on your investment as the customer (considering utility rates and reduced maintenance costs due to fewer bulb replacements) is between 10-12 years.

These are the realistic pros and cons of LED’s.  However, we are still going to make them available to you, our customers, so that those who are jazzed about LED’s and are willing to spend the money have this option available.

Truthfully, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives wants to be a company of innovators, and LED’s are innovative.  That’s why, as LED fixture prices come down in the next few years, we will be ready to supply our customers with LED fixtures that make sense not only emotionally, but financially as well.

Replace your own bulbs, or take the scheduled maintenance plan?

Whether it’s for automobiles, home heating and air conditioning systems or landscape lighting systems, ROUTINE SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE is the key to keeping things running in tip-top shape.

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio,  we recognize and applaud the do-it-yourself homeowner who wants to maintain their own OLP installed Landscape Lights.  That’s why we offer these tips and suggestions for replacing your bulbs:

Be sure to use quality lamps (bulbs) with the same wattage and flood angle as those that came with your original installation.

For the large PAR 36 (headlight style bulbs) in well/canister lights:

  • GE or Phillips Brand
  • 4000 hour rated life
  • PAR 36, 12-volt (low voltage bulbs)
  • Screw Terminals
  • 20 watt, 35 watt, or 50 watt, as was originally installed
  • Wide flood (30 degrees), Very Wide flood (55 degrees), or Narrow Spot (8 degrees) as was originally installed
  • Generally not available at Home Depot/Lowe’s.  Buy from a quality lighting store
  • Cost will run from $10-$15

For the small Bi-pin halogen bulbs in Path and sign fixtures:

  • Osram Sylvania Ministar S Halogen
  • 4000 hour rated life
  • 10 watt, 20 watt, or 35 watt as originally installed
  • G4 or G6 bi-pin base
  • NEVER EVER TOUCH THE GLASS WITH YOUR BARE FINGERS!!  (oils from your skin will dramatically shorten the life of the bulb)
  • cost will run $6-$12

For the MR-16 (projector style bulbs) in small spot light applications:

  • GE or Osram Sylvania
  • BAB (flood beam) or ESX (narrow beam) 20 watt, FMW (flood beam) 35 watt, or EXN (flood beam) 50 watt
  • GU5.3 Bi-pin base
  • 4000 hour rated life
  • CG (Cover Glass) preferred
  • Cost will run $5-$8

Of course, changing the bulb is only part of the periodic maintenance, and a complete inspection of the system should be accomplished at this time.

Many homeowners desire the complete servicing package that our Scheduled Maintenance Plan offers.  When we do a bulb replacement during scheduled maintenance, we take care of all the following items:

  • Bulb replacement with bulbs matching the original installation
  • Trim shrubs to ensure illumination is not shaded by plant growth
  • Treat fixtures with fire-ant retardent
  • Re-aim fixtures correctly for those that may have been bumped or moved
  • Re-bury exposed wire
  • Check Voltages
  • Check Transformer connections

Our service plan runs $19/fixture, and includes all the service mentioned above.  When a homeowner is on our maintenance plan they only pay for the scheduled maintenance, and any additional service calls for system repair are free for the length of the plan.  That means the $90 service call charge is waived!

The Length of the maintenance plan is dependent upon how late each homeowner runs their landscape lighting system each night.

  • Systems that run until around Midnight = Annual (1 year) Service Plan
  • Systems that run until 3 am = 9 month Service Plan
  • Systems that run all night = 6 month Service Plan

These lengths equal the average service life of a 4000 hour quartz halogen bulb.

When the typical service call costs $90, plus $19 per bulb replaced, you can see how quickly the costs can add up, which is why the Scheduled Maintenance Plan is easily the way to go!

If you haven’t taken advantage of our Scheduled Maintenance Plan, call us today at 210-971-8759 and have your system brought back up to the level of performance you had when it was originally installed!

Scott Bellamy, President

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio

Why we are the Best Value

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio has everything necessary to meet your residential and business landscape lighting needs.

In today’s world, businesses often throw out buzzwords like “Quality” and “Value”.  At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we take those terms seriously.  With that in mind, we’d like to share what we mean by “Value”.

WHY WE ARE THE BEST VALUE

OUR DESIGNS. Even if a home is built using the highest quality materials, without a well thought-out blueprint the final reslut is compromised.  We use certified lighting designers.  They listen carefully to your concerns and what you want to accomplish with your new lighting system.  then they will develop a design to achieve your goals.  Best of all, you are able to see the design at night before you decide if this home improvement investment is right for you.

OUR FIXTURES.  Light fixtures are perhaps the single mosst critical component of a lighting system.  the following are the three basic considerations for choosing a light fixture:

  • Which lamp will achieve the desired effect?
  • which fixture can best accomodate this lamp?
  • what is the quality of fixture materials?

We exclusively use corrosion-resistant materials such as hand-spun copper and cast brass.  Our fictures can stand up to years of harsh outdoor settings – rain, fertilizers, sun exposure, etc. – that could easily destroy other products such as those made of steel or aluminum.  although we can source painted fixtures, ours will not fade, chip or peel – ever.

OUR TRANSFORMERS.  Often termed the “engine” of a professional outdoor lighting system, we use commercial-grade multiple volt transformers.  with a multi-volt unit our installers can select the proper startig voltage to ensure perfect and balanced illumination – regardless of the individual fixture distances.  Also, unlike lesser units, our transformers are “potted,” which means the electrical components are completely sealed with epoxy to prevent corrosion.

OUR INSTALLATIONS.  Outdoor lighting is our focus, and our installers are fully trained with the primary goal of leaving your property in better condition than they found it.  nearly all work is done by hand with careful attention to costly plantings and hardscaping.  If you can’t tell the installer was at your home, we have succeeded.

OUR MAINTENANCE.  The single biggest complaint customers have about the home improvement sector is poor maintenance and seervice after the sale.  We are not like most contractors because we want a long-term relationship with you and take pride in prompt, capable servie even years after the initial installation.  We offer ongoing and very cost-effective maintenance programs, where each year the lighting system is completely checked out and all lamps are replaced.

OUR LIGHTING CONTROL.  We offer standard on-off options and also are an exclusive provider of LCA – Lighting Control Automation.  This allows you to set the on- and off- times once and never change them again.  Should you, for both convenience and security reasons, want any number of interior lights controlled, we can accommodate these needs as well – during the initial installation or years later as your needs change.

OUR STRENGTH.  We are the numbe one provider of professional outdoor lighting with a worldwide location count approaching 100.  Since 1995 we have grown to be the category leader by providing the best overall value.  We walk the talk.

Scott Bellamy, President

Outoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio

210-971-8759

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