How tree lighting in your San Antonio landscape becomes the ultimate storyteller

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Trees native to San Antonio are made more gorgeous through expert tree lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio

In much the same way every picture tells a story, each tree in your San Antonio landscape can also tell a story with the addition of tree lighting. Trees as a species naturally have a great deal of character. Each tree has a distinct personality all its own such as the weeping branching of the willow, to the overreaching embrace of an oak; no two trees present themselves identically. For example;  the character and effect that is interpreted through lighting a mesquite tree is far different from the interpretation conveyed through lighting a palm tree. Choosing specific trees within your landscape for tree lighting can breathe new life into your landscape and give your entire property a distinct feel. If you are just starting out with a new landscape or outdoor lighting installation we can help you decide which conifers deliver the most dramatic effects, and which will thrive best in San Antonio’s climate. Here is a look into just a few of the best tree lighting candidates for your landscape.

Tree lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio

These mesquite trees take tree lighting to a new level, simply breathtaking

The Mesmerizing Mesquite Tree

Both the Honey Mesquite, Velvet Mesquite and it’s smaller cousin the Screwbean Mesquite, are Texas natives and are extremely drought tolerant. The wide, drooping branches have made this tree one of the most popular among homeowners seeking drama in their landscape in the daytime and in the evening. They range from a few feet to 10 to 15 feet in height, although the Honey and Velvet Mesquites may reach 30 to 60 feet in favorable settings. They may have single or multiple-branched stems, with each plant assuming its own distinctive shape. They come armed with thorns on the smaller branches. They shed their leaves in the winter. They bloom from spring into summer, bearing small frothy-looking clusters – called “catkins”of tiny, five-petal, pale green or yellowish flowers, luring numerous beneficial, pollinating insects. From crown to root tips, Mesquite trees have evolved a number of adaptations especially designed to help assure survival in their desert environments.

Desert Willow

Desert Willow Tree

The Desert Willow

This beauty not only has the classic, haunting “willow-esque” characteristics of others in the willow family it also dazzles with a brilliant show of delicate flowers. The Desert willow (Chilopsis linearis) is also perfect for Texas landscapes as it will withstand abuse when it comes to poor soil and drought. Its weeping form is airy with foliage that casts enough shade making the space around its base suitable for many other plants. There are several varieties on the market. The standard form bears pink blooms with dark pink features. ‘Bubba’ produces reddish/burgundy blooms and the blooms of ‘Regal’ are even deeper burgundy/purple.  It can reach 15 to 30 feet in height and will reward you with almost care free beauty for years to come. This plant thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. It can reach 15 to 30 feet in height and is easy to care for and maintain.

Palm tree lighting used in Texas landscape border

This homes entrance is lined with native palms, we were able to add soft washes of strategically planned lighting to not only light the driveway but focus on the beauty of the palms as well.

The Palm Tree –  The only palm tree native to the San Antonio is the Texas Sabel Palm, however, our climate also allows palms native to other regions to thrive. These include the Windmill Palm and the California Fan Palm. Palms trees appropriate for our climate range from small specimens to large, with  branch variations from large to small fanning of the leaves. Palms have a unique branching structure that is all their own. In addition to their fanning leaves, they have an abundant overlapping branching pattern that is beautiful to look at and makes a wonderful focus of tree lighting designs. The bark, wide caliber of the trunk and  height of palms exudes majesty and presence and is one of the most requested tree by our customer to use as a focal tree lighting candidate. Palms are very exotic and can transport your senses to a place where you can leave your cares behind and relax with a fruity drinkin your hand. By adding tree lighting to the palm trees in your landscape, you can take yourself to an exotic far-away place without ever leaving your own backyard.

Outdoor architectural and tree lighting in San Antonio

The exquisite tree lighting at this home in San Antonio leaves an impression on everyone that passes this stunning home and landscape.

In order to bring out the character of  any tree you choose to highlight,  we make the unique characteristics shine through by using various tree lighting techniques. Up lighting is used to accentuate the trunk and height of a tree. Well lights are often used at the base of a tree to play up the trees width and girth, and down lighting and moon lighting are often used to accentuate the canopy and add drama to the tree and the area around the tree. We treat each tree as a separate entity with our tree lighting designs because what works for one tree best, will not necessarily work for another. Professional tree lighting is an art we take seriously. We also pay special attention not to damage or alter your tree leaving it susceptible to fungus and disease when installing your tree lighting fixtures. A healthy tree is a beautiful tree for years and years to come.

To learn more about how we can dramatically impact the appearance of your landscape with our sumptuous tree lighting designs, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio and the Hill Country today.(830) 624 – 1300 or email us at

Our tree lighting designs are an effective way to bring out the best in your San Antonio landscape, and improve the way your entire property looks in the evening. Tree lighting and landscape lighting also gives you added security and plenty of curbside ambiance too.

To learn more about how we can dramatically impact the appearance of your landscape with our sumptuous tree lighting designs, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio and the Hill Country today. Call us at  (210) 971 – 8759 or by email at


Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio outlines the ABC’s of LED outdoor lighting conversions

San Antonio outdoor lighting

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

Have you ever looked at your outdoor lighting system and thought “I really wish I would’ve chosen an LED system instead”? This may be the case with many homeowners who either did not get on the boat with LED when they initially had their existing lighting installed, and those whose existing system was installed at a time when LED outdoor lighting was not as accessible. The good news is all is not lost. Converting your existing outdoor lighting system to LED is a viable option for many homeowners and it also means you can enjoy the many benefits of LED without having to start from square one.

Outdoor lighting Perspectives of San Antonio LED outdoor lighting

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

After hearing this good news, you are probably asking where do I start? First, your system will have to be inspected to see if LED conversion is possible. Most traditional outdoor lighting systems such as halogen and incandescent can easily be converted to LED. Your outdoor lighting professional can inspect your existing system and determine if your system is a candidate for conversion. Once your system is deemed fit to undergo the conversion, you can start enjoying the many benefits of LED outdoor lighting.

Benefits of LED outdoor lighting

  • LED outdoor lighting systems consume 80-85% less energy than traditional outdoor lighting systems. This energy efficiency can be felt each time you pay your electrical bill.
  • LED outdoor lighting systems have longevity which is evident with longer lasting bulbs that need replacement less often. For example a typical halogen bulb will burn for approximately 2,000 to 4,000 hours, whereas an LED will last a whopping 50,000 operating hours!
  • LED is a green burning technology because it leaves less of a carbon footprint on the environment.  LED’s are responsible for less greenhouse gases by reduced carbon dioxide emissions. LED’s also contain no harmful chemical such as mercury that makes handling and disposal dangerous.
  • LED’s are UV free which means no ultraviolet rays which are prone to attract insects. This means using LED in your landscape, deck and patio lighting installation will give you peace of mind in not attracting  insects that can invade your outdoor living enjoyment.
  • LED’s are more durable and resilient than ordinary lighting systems. They are shock resistant, and also react better to changes in temperature, weather conditions and repeated cycling. LED’s will better withstand the demands needed by a bulb placed in outdoor situations.

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

    LED lights are long-lasting, energy-efficient and among the safest lights on the market.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio keeps up with the ever-improving changes in LED outdoor lighting. Over the last few years LED has become more accessible in terms of affordability and availability. It is true LED costs a little more up-front than a typical lighting system but the money you save on energy usage and bulb replacement will enable you to recoup those initial costs quickly.

If you are ready to make a change for the better, an LED conversion may be the perfect fit for your outdoor lighting needs. So what are you waiting for? Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio and The Hill Country to learn more about LED conversion today. Call us at (210) 971-8759

See more examples of LED outdoor lighting hard at work by visiting our outdoor lighting galleries, including our garden and landscape lighting gallery and deck and patio lighting gallery, by visiting our website.

Sometimes it’s hard to tell when your bulbs get dim

San Antonio home with all new halogen outdoor lighting bulbs

San Antonio home with all new halogen outdoor lighting bulbs

Did you ever replace a bulb in your house – say that’s one of a row of bulbs and then you’re amazed at how dull the others have become? When change happens slowly over time, we don’t realize the total effect. Then, we’re stuck in a situation where the new bulb makes the others look weak in comparison. Then, while you’re happy that the refreshed bulb looks so good and you remember how dramatic the lighting effect used to be but you can’t have just one that looks good.

I can think of so many times this has happened with my house. Over time, things slowly deteriorate but we don’t notice because it happens slowly. I’ve had my downstairs carpet for the better part of 10 years. Recently my dog came in with muddy paws and took one big step on the carpet before I shooshed her away back out to get her paws clean.

halogen par-36 bulb

halogen par-36 bulb

I brought in the spot cleaner and did a heavy-duty clean on that spot only to remove the cleaner and realize that spot was so much cleaner than the rest of the rug that it made the whole rug look bad in comparison. Then what was I to do? Well, since replacing the carpet isn’t going to happen immediately, I did the best I could do. I took a scrub brushed and generally “spread the clean” into the surrounding carpet so there wasn’t this random clean spot on the rug:).

You’d probably be surprised to know that halogen outdoor lighting bulbs are still burning a year after they are installed but like all bulbs, they have dimmed significantly. That’s why when we do the annual maintenance, we replace every single bulb. We can’t have a random bright spot. Even if we went out to the home and replaced a bulb that had gone bad a month earlier, we still replace it again.

Halogen Par 36 Bulb

Halogen Par 36 Bulb

It’s part of the annual maintenance plan. Here’s what it includes.

  • Replace every single bulb
  • Make sure lines are re-buried
  • Trim light landscaping around fixtures
  • Make sure effect of light is what it is when first installed
  • Check all wiring inside transformer, make sure all voltages are still correct, make sure it’s up to par – ants can get in there in warmer climates such as San Antonio
  • Re-configure any timing settings they need
  • Re-train customer on timer

Our annual maintenance plan also includes coming out at no charge to fix anything that might go wrong throughout the year. Give us a ring if you need service on either our system or even a competitor’s system.