In part two of our “most asked lighting questions” series, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City discusses maintenance.

  • Kansas City Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

    Our annual maintenance plan will ensure your system will continue to be just as mesmerizing as it was the first season.

    In part two of our series on the top ten (10) most asked questions about outdoor lighting, we explore and discuss maintenance of your outdoor lighting system:

As noted in our previous installment of our most frequently asked questions, maintenance is among the most inquired about topic. Naturally, once you take the leap into outdoor lighting you want to make sure someone is going to be there to take care of it and it keep it functioning at optimal performance.

#6) Will you take care of my lights once they are installed? Yes. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City offers annual, bi-annual, and quarterly reviews as part of our care and maintenance plans that will keep your system running at optimal performance year-round. No other outdoor lighting company has more experience than we do So when we design, install and maintain your system, you can be confident you’ll love the result for years to come!

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City keeps your outdoor lighting system looking beautifullyAlmost every week we receive calls from homeowners whom had their landscaper, electrician or irrigation guy install their outdoor lighting system, only to find out that they do not service it. Since outdoor lighting is our one and only business, not a side line, we always provide service after the sale. From a simple bulb replacement, a question or concern, or even an annual maintenance check-up, we promise to be there for you and never leave you in the dark!

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We inspect your transformer annually as part of our annual maintenance program.

#7) What is included in an annual maintenance plan? Our annual maintenance plan ensures you will never have to change a bulb or lift a finger to adjust a fixture! Our annual maintenance plan includes the following:

  • Replacement of all halogen bulbs (LEDs last much longer)
  • Repair any damaged wire
  • Rebury any wiring that has surfaced
  • Straighten fixtures that may have been bumped from weather or animals
  • Inspect your transformer
  • Reset / check your timer
  • Trim for plant overgrowth that may be obstructing the light beam
  • Perform simple changes to enhance the effects of your lighting
  • Plus, throughout the year, you receive priority response and service call repairs at no charge.

#8) Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City Services all outdoor lighting systemWhat is included in a bi-annual review? Our bi-annual review addresses the key elements of our annual maintenance plan such as bulb replacement and straightening fixtures.We come to your home in spring and fall to inspect your system. Much like a 6 month “dental checkup” is a follow-up to your yearly exam, we make sure everything is functioning in tip-top shape.

#9)Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City Maintenance What is included in a quarterly review? As noted in our annual and bi-annual procedure outline, our quarterly review involves a more frequent check-up of your system. As part of this plan, we come out during pre-scheduled quarters (typically March, June, September and December). We contact our customers via email to notify them of the specific schedule period to look for us to arrive.

#10) Are there any maintenance perks for new system installation? Yes. You will  enjoy a complimentary  first year of annual maintenance free with your full-service outdoor lighting system installation. After the initial year, you may sign up for our continued Annual Maintenance Plan if you desire.

John-Bruce,-OwnerMore questions? Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City today to learn more about lighting that transforms your property and our superior service. Trust your outdoor lighting to outdoor lighting professionals.You can reach us at (913) 859-9150 or by visiting kansascity.outdoorlights.com

 

 

 

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City is broadening its outdoor living horizons with Casuwel outdoor furniture & accessories!

Charleston Collection loveseat in Wheat

Loveseat from the Charleston collection.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City is proud to announce our relationship with Casuwel outdoor living furniture and accessories. Outdoor Living Brands has made this line available for purchase through its various franchises, including Archadeck, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, Mosquito Squad and Renew Crew. We are thrilled to be able to offer this stunning line of quality products to our customers at preferred pricing with a 10% – 15% discount.

Fairmont Collection by Casuwel

Loveseat from the Fairmont collection.

Offering this exclusive line to our customers is just another way we are aiming to improve our customers outdoor living experience through environment. Beautiful outdoor spaces deserve to be enhanced through outdoor lighting, and in turn, beautiful outdoor furnishings and accessories make enjoying the outdoors a total experience!

Casuwel features four versatile collections with beautifully rich weaves, dozens of famous Sunbrella® fabrics, and romantic luminous accents. Meticulously handcrafted to meet our exacting standards, Casuwel assures maximum longevity, performance, and comfort in even the most demanding outdoor climates.

Here’s the exciting part — as we reveal the four Casuwel  furniture collections and their wide range of accessories available through Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City; enjoy!

  • Fairmont collection double lounger by Casuwel

    Fairmont collection double lounger by Casuwel.

    The Fairmont Collection: This collection is the epitome of urban chic. Perfect for comtemporary inspired spaces. With clean, sleek lines and deep seating to curl up in! You are destined to spend hours by the pool, or on your deck, porch or patio as the stress of the world passes you by with this collection.

Fairmont Collection dining set

Fairmont Collection dining set.

The Charleston Collection: Old world charm and elegance come to mind in this collection. Named after the beloved city where time passes a little slower and everyone stops to enjoy a tall glass of iced tea on a hot afternoon — the Charleston Collection brings comfort and the feel of vintage wicker to life in an upscale, low-maintenace version of these Southern-inspired classics!

Dining table and chairs from Casuwel's Charleston Collection

Dining table and chairs from Casuwel’s Charleston collection.

The Metropolitan Collection:  This collection is versatile and coordinates with many outdoor living space styles, and tastes. Roomy, luxurious and overflowing with free-spirited charm! This collection is sure to please the entire family. Notice the innovative coffee table/ottoman design available in this collection with storage inside — unique and functional!

Metropolitan collection

Metropolitan seating collection.

Bermuda dining set

Bermuda dining set.

The Bermuda Collection: This collection is loaded with island charm! The tropical feel of these pieces is perfect in any setting, no matter where you live. These pieces allow you to enjoy everyday on island time and will help you transform your backyard into a “staycation” on a whim!

Bermuda collection by Casuwel

Bermuda collection by Casuwel.

Fabric and pillows from Casuwel

Cushion Fabrics & Decorator Pillows: Our exclusive Casuwel furniture cushions and decorator pillows come in your choice of select Sunbrella® outdoor fabrics.  Decorator square pillows come in both 20-inch and 24-inch sizes.

outdoor-rugsOutdoor Rugs: What better way to complete your outdoor décor than with the finest outdoor rugs available anywhere, in a host of colorful designs and the most requested sizes.

shade-umbrellasShade Umbrellas: Have it made in the shade with your choice of shape, style, and color with our wonderful assortment of 9-foot round, 11-foot round, rectangular and cantilever umbrellas to choose from.

Luminous Accents: As our newest addition to the Casuwel line of outdoor furniture and accessories, these exquisitely innovative contemporary light forms will add just the right amount of ambient light for evening outdoor conversations and add a special touch when used in unison with your professional outdoor lighting!

luminous-accents

There’s more! In addition to these incredible selection of outdoor furnishings, accessories and even accent lights, each order comes with white-glove delivery and setup service! What more could you ask for?

John-Bruce,-OwnerOutdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City is proud to offer this line of furnishings and accessories to you.  You may contact us (913) 859-9150 to learn more at or by emailing us at kansascity.outdoorlights.com.

 

 

Come see us at the 12th Annual Johnson County Home & Garden Show this weekend!

Meet us in person and see some of our favorite designs at the Johnson County Home & Garden Show this weekend!

Meet us in person and see some of our favorite designs at the Johnson County Home & Garden Show this weekend!

The 12th Annual Johnson County Home & Garden Show is happening this weekend February 20-22 at the Overland Park Convention Center. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City is thrilled to be participating in the largest home and garden show for Johnson County and would like to invite you to attend this spectacular event. If you are seeking to improve the value, comfort and appeal of your home, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to see over 300 exhibitors, displaying high quality home and garden products. You’ll enjoy breathtaking gardens, innovative outdoor lighting ideas, and creative solutions for your home-related projects. Get inspired by local and national experts sharing their fresh ideas for remodeling, décor and outdoor living design.

Kansas City LED outdoor lighting

This “can’t miss” show will be held at the Overland Park Convention Center, located at 6000 College Boulevard, Overland Park, KS and parking is free. Ticket prices are $10 for adults at the door (or $8 for advance tickets online) with free admission for children ages 12 & under.

John Bruce Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City booth

John Bruce in the Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City booth.

Dates and show hours are:

  • Friday, February 20th  10am – 9pm
  • Saturday, February 21st  10am – 9pm
  • Sunday, February 22nd  10am – 6pm

We hope you will make plans to attend, as this show is sure to inspire your interior and exterior home improvement plans and look forward to seeing you. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City will be located in booth number #647 where this year we are excited to introduce the new standard in exquisite outdoor living furniture luxury, Casuwel. Our talented outdoor lighting design team will also be on hand to answer any questions and show you how outdoor lighting can enhance the look and feel of your home and landscape using cutting edge fixtures and innovative designs.

Dining table and chairs from Casusel's Charleston Collection

Sneak preview of Casuwel outdoor furniture and accessories!

John-Bruce,-OwnerIf you are ready for outdoor lighting that enhances your Kansas City living spaces, and lifestyle, give Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City a call. We can help you capture the very best of times to  enjoy night after night – all year long. (913) 859-9150 and kansascity.outdoorlights.com

 

As part one of our two part series we explore what’s behind the basics of professional outdoor lighting

Outdoor lighting can make your home look beautiful againWe are privileged to be the Kansas City’s premier outdoor lighting company since 2001. This has allowed us to meet many wonderful homeowners and business owners and collaborate with them in designing an outdoor lighting system that meets their specific needs. Part of this successful collaboration is addressing all the clients’ questions and concerns. Being in the business of outdoor lighting, often, the same questions will pop up. In an effort to keep our clients and prospective clients well-informed, we have compiled a series of stories based on the questions and answers to our most asked questions.

  • As part one of our series on the top ten (10) most asked questions about outdoor lighting, we explore and discuss the basics behind the best professional outdoor lighting in Kansas City:

#1)Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City on site evaluation Where is the best place to add lighting?  This question comes up quite often. The answer is as simple as it is complicated because it takes the knowledge and experience of an outdoor lighting professional to truly answer. Part of our design process includes what is called a “property survey evaluation”. This involves a visit to your home or business by one of our talented outdoor lighting designers. During the evaluation, we discuss your  “vision” of how you want your property to function and look in the evening. We then walk the property along with the homeowner, or business owner, taking into consideration any defining architectural elements, landscape elements, special outdoor living areas or areas where evening safety is a concern. We also make suggestions based on the nuances of your individual location.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City nightime demonstration#2) What happens after the property evaluation survey? Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City then schedules installation of your system according to the design discussed during the property survey evaluation.  Our design consultation is personalized and provided with no cost, or pressure. Our lighting fixtures, components and transformers come directly from the manufacturers and not through middle men. This allows us to use the highest quality outdoor lighting components, such as copper and cast brass, for the same price many companies are charging for aluminum lighting fixtures. Our professionally trained installers take special care in making sure your installation is everything you imaged, and more!

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#3) Which is better, halogen or LED? Though preference is really a matter of choice LED outdoor lighting now serves as over 80% of our lighting installations and for a myriad of reasons. It is true that LED does cost a little more to install initially over halogen systems, but it is well-spent as the benefits of LED are numerous. LED is more energy-efficient, durable, long-lasting and eco-friendly than traditional outdoor lighting systems. Advances in recent years also prove that the color quality of today’s LED is just as warm and inviting as halogen. LED’s will pay for itself over time in the savings you recoup on energy costs too.

Repositioning your Kansas City outdoor lighting fixtures can make your home look beautiful again#4) If I have an existing halogen, or even incandescent system, do I have to start from scratch if I want to switch to LED? With all the emphasis on LED outdoor lighting you may feel as if you have “missed the boat”,  because you currently have a traditional outdoor lighting system. The good news is in most scenarios it is very possible to convert your existing system over to an LED system rather than starting from scratch. This is what we call an LED conversion. This will save you more money in upfront costs and allow you to begin experiencing the benefits of LED sooner, and more easily, than you probably imagined. Your existing system must meet certain criteria in order to be a candidate for a conversion. Age and the condition of your existing fixture can influence whether a conversion is possible. One of our team members can inspect your existing system to see if conversion is viable. During our inspection we will inspect your existing fixtures and components such as wiring and transformers.Once your system is deemed fit we can proceed with the conversion. In the event you feel a full conversion is biting off more than you can chew at that time, we can also convert in stages. For example, converting the front of the home to LED, and coming in at a later date to convert the remainder of your system as your budget and lifestyle facilitates.

Path lights can be used in a variety of areas to create the mood and tone just #5) What is your warranty & what happens after the warranty? Over time, even the best electronic equipment can wear out or malfunction. When that happens, it’s good to know you have no-nonsense outdoor lighting warranty coverage to fix it or replace it at no cost. It’s also good to know you’ve got a national company with corporate support to take care of you.  With this in mind, our outdoor lighting warranty coverage is as complete as it gets.

  • Lifetime warranty on transformer and copper and brass fixtures
  • 5-year warranty on LED bulbs and electronics
  • 2-year warranty on Lighting Control Automation (LCA)
  • 1-year warranty on halogen bulbs, digital timers, lens covers and commercial fixtures
  • We offer a lifetime warranty on fixtures and transformers

It doesn’t get any better than that — Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City is delivering the gold standard within our industry!

#6) Will you take care of my system once it is installed —- to be continued…

John-Bruce,-OwnerMore questions? Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City today to learn more about lighting that transforms your property and our superior service. Trust your outdoor lighting to outdoor lighting professionals.You can reach us at (913) 859-9150 or by visiting kansascity.outdoorlights.com

We are proud of our success in achieving customer satisfaction and honored to be considered a Best in Class company within the outdoor lighting industry!

Exploring Unique Ideas for Outdoor Lighting in Kansas City

 

 

Notice the effect of lighting the cupola on this Kansas City home

Notice the effect of lighting the cupola on this Kansas City home.

Here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City we pride ourselves in thinking “outside the box” when it comes to new and unique outdoor lighting designs. Aside from the traditional outdoor lighting installations we are known for, we also have a variety of  lighting ideas up our sleeve to make your property stand apart from the rest. These not only include the use of innovative lighting implements, but also utilizing unique focal points within your property that you otherwise wouldn’t consider candidates for lighting. 

  • Here’s a glimpse at just a few of the many unique ideas for Kansas City outdoor lighting:

Permanent Festival Lighting — We readily incorporate temporary festival lighting into many of our special event lighting projects such as weddings and outdoor celebrations, we also offer this genre of lighting as a permanent option. Festival lighting is also known as festoon or fiesta lighting and it is becoming more and more popular in commercial locations and in residential settings used within the landscape or in outdoor living areas.

Cafe lights sparkle and shine.

festoon-lighting-by-outdoor-lighting-perspectivesThis unique lighting originated as a way to light outdoor areas in honor of outdoor celebrations such as street festivals and fairs as outdoor venues were draped in lights for an evening, or two, to celebrate a significant local event and then removed at festival’s end. Permanent festival lighting allows you to indulge in the same ambiance and magic every night. We have  completed many permanent festival lighting installations in and around the Kansas City area for both residential and commercial settings — to rave reviews! Business owners and homeowners alike are requesting this unique lighting for their backyards, outdoor living spaces and commercial storefronts.

Backyard pergola lightingPergola and Trellis Lighting — When evaluating a landscape for outdoor lighting, we always take a “thinking outside the box” approach to making your property more functional and beautiful at night. This way of thinking enables us to view areas that would otherwise go unnoticed as candidates for outdoor lighting. One prime example is the addition of light to pergolas and trellises within the property. Not only will the addition of light make these areas more functional, and a pleasure to utilize in the evening, it also makes these areas a focal point of beauty, depth texture and interest. The very nature of a pergola or trellis construction allows light to penetrate and dance from the structure casting romantic shadows below — the effect is mesmerizing!

Gazebo, Lanai and Arbor Lighting —  If you are fortunate enough to have a gazebo, lanai or arbor integrated into your landscape adding light can add an enchanting finishing touch. The addition of lighting will allow you to use these structures well into the evening without constraint and they will become a focal point within your landscape. The sheer presence a professionally lit custom outdoor structure provides is timeless.

Kansas City Gazebo Lighting

Fountain Lighting Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Water Feature Lighting —  In addition to our pool and spa lighting, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City also specializes in illuminating fountains, waterfalls and even Koi ponds. Through spotlighting and the use of shadowing our skilled lighting designers can create magic with dark space as well as lighting. In addition, factoring in the allure of water can create an enormous point of visual interest on your property.

garden-and-landscape-lighting-includes-statuary-lightingStatuary Lighting and Other Unique Lighting Ideas –Most people don’t realize this until we add lighting, but the landscape itself can be a whole new room that you haven’t explored fully. You can have the option of going beyond that light bulb at the doorway and create a storybook setting on your property. Professional lighting can bring magical qualities to any setting. You can rediscover the perimeters of your property, make it fun to entertain friends and family at night again and highlight points of interest, such as sculptures, architectural details of your home or even your rooftop cupola and trees within your yard. The possibilities are endless….

John-Bruce,-OwnerThese outdoor lighting ideas serve as another way we are able to provide lighting that enlivens the senses and evokes ambiance. If you are ready to experience pure magic at your home or business, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City today to learn more about our on-of-a-kind outdoor lighting designs. You can reach us at (913) 859-9150 or by visiting kansascity.outdoorlights.com

 

 

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City, our lighting is designed for the way you live outdoors!

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City's outdoor lighting designs

Our outdoor lighting designs are customized for your lifestyle.

In our line of business homeowners often ask us where should their areas of concern be when considering the addition of outdoor lighting to their home and landscape. Our philosophy is easy; we design outdoor lighting for the way you and your family live outdoors.

Whether you have a significant amount of acreage or live in an urban setting with a smaller lot, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City specializes in creating an outdoor lighting design that is customized and addresses your specific needs. As part of our personalized approach we take into consideration four key elements; these are function, safety, security and beauty. Each of these elements are addressed and play an integral role in creating a design that enhances your lifestyle and needs.

Here are a few examples:

Outdoor path lighting illuminates the stairs and landscaping in Kansas City

Path lights around your stairs add safety and ambiance in the evening.

Landscape lighting — professional landscape lighting means more than just lighting a few trees, or a natural area. In order to truly address the differences in each clients’ landscape you have to step into their shoes. When lighting landscapes to deliver optimal results we light the view from the homeowners perspective as well as the onlooker. This requires us a dual assignment of making the landscape beautiful from the inside looking out, and, from the outside looking in.

Kansas City Patio outdoor lighting

Patio lighting increases livability within your outdoor living space.

Outdoor living space lighting — outdoor spaces have evolved to become an extension of our homes, with this in mind, the lighting used should address  function and creating relaxation through ambiance. Deck lighting, patio lighting and integrated task lighting over outdoor food preparation areas increase livability within your outdoor living space. Adding stairway lighting within your outdoor space will increase safety especially for small children and the elderly who may have limited mobility issues. Illuminating your outdoor living space will not only give you an inspiring area to relax and entertain in the evening, but it can also offer extra living space in the warmer months. We believe in outdoor lighting that embraces interaction with the outdoors for the entire family to keep body, and soul, healthy.

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Lighting control automation timer.

The “smart” home and landscape — outdoor lighting plays a major role in the security of your residence. Continued advances in technology now afford homeowners the luxury of being able to control their outdoor (and indoor) lighting using LCA (Lighting control automation) to fit their lifestyle. This convenient technology allows you to customize your outdoor lighting to come on and go off at the times that best suit you. We also offer the capability of being able to control your outdoor lighting via your smart phone too! 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, and deliver light to areas when and where you need it most. 

cottage style outdoor lighting

If your ready for outdoor lighting that enhances your Kansas City living spaces, and lifestyle, give Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City a call. We’ll make sure you’re outdoor lighting is designed with care and personalization!

John-Bruce,-OwnerJohn Bruce, Owner
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City
(913) 859-9150

Kansas City Outdoor Lighting – 2014

orb_lights_Kansas_City2014 is almost over. Over the holidays, it’s been a good time for Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City to look back. It’s been a wonderful year. We have created some beautiful outdoor lighting, made clients smile, and brought the perfect mood to some of life’s best moments. Yes, 2014 will be one we will remember. Here are a few of the highlights.

LED Upgrades
LED has been gaining popularity through the years, and in 2014, many of our clients have been making the switch to this type of outdoor lighting. LED consumes less energy than halogen while being just as beautiful, so it is easier on our clients’ wallets each month when their energy bill arrives. It is also easier on the environment, and that is something we can all be proud of and excited about.

Neighborhood entrance lighting  combines the best of commercial and residential lighting.

Neighborhood entrance lighting combines the best of commercial and residential lighting.

Community Entrances
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City has been designing commercial as well as residential lighting for many years, but this year, we have had the opportunity of illuminating more community and neighborhood entrances than in previous years. This type of lighting is particularly enjoyable because it combines many of the elements of both commercial and residential outdoor lighting.

Temporary Event Lighting
In 2014, many Kansas City residents have trusted us with some of their best moments – weddings, anniversaries, and gatherings. We’ve done a lot of special even lighting. We even assisted one client with a marriage proposal on top of one of downtown’s most beautiful buildings. We’ve had the privilege of using lighting to create the best moods and make the most memorable moments perfect.

A proposal in lights.

A proposal in lights.

So thank you, Kansas City and our wonderful Clients. Because of your trust and confidence, we are able to continue doing what we love best – create and maintain beautiful outdoor lighting. Thank you for making us the area’s premier outdoor lighting company. In 2015, we pledge to keep shining the most beautiful light on our city and on your homes. We pledge to continue providing you with the best service and products available, and we will continue to earn the great reputation we have in Kansas City.

As the year comes to a close, we hope that you are as proud of your year as we are of ours, and we hope your home shines the warmest welcome to your guests as you usher in the new year. Should you have any problems with your outdoor lighting, remember to give us a call. After all, we have a reputation to uphold.

John-Bruce,-Owner

 

John Bruce, Owner
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City
(913) 859-9150

Home For the Holidays Part 2: Light’s Modern Holiday History

outdoor_holiday_lighting_Kansas_CityLast week, we posted about the ancient history of holiday lighting – both Christmas and Hanukkah lighting. As you saw then, light has long been a part of holiday tradition. It’s been welcoming many of our ancestors home for many generations. Though modern light may have changed forms (we use fewer candles and fires), it still provides us with warmth, welcome, and security as we reunite with our loved ones to celebrate the holiday season. With the invention of the incandescent bulb in the 19th century, the stage was set for the emergence of electrically powered holiday lighting, though it would be the middle of the 20th century before it became popular.

 

The Christmas tree has long been a part of the Christmas tradition. While it too has its roots in ancient customs that were appropriated by the Christian church when it moved into Northern Europe, families began to decorate Christmas trees by affixing candles with glue or wires. Legend states that Martin Luther first decorated the Christmas tree with candles after seeing an evergreen tree with starlight twinkling through its branches during a walk in the woods. In the late 1800s, Edward Johnson, who worked for Thomas Edison, first used incandescent lights on his personal Christmas tree. It was seen as a publicity stunt to further the use of Edison’s electric lighting, but he still became the father of electric Christmas tree lights and paved the way for the millions of lights we see in our communities at Christmas time.

 

outdoor_holiday_lighting2_Kansas_CityHanukkah lighting has taken a steps into the electric era as well. There are many electric Hanukkah lights for decorating available on the market, including menorahs, string lighting, and 3-D sculptures. The star of David, the menorah, and the dreidel are common symbols used in string lights and sculptures. Though electricity can help with Hanukkah decorating, the ritual lighting of the menorah still uses candles or oil. This is important because the miracle of Hanukkah is that the menorah oil did not burn out when it was supposed to but rather lasted eight nights. Electric lights can serve to brighten the festivities, and electric menorahs can remind us of the celebration.

 

Wherever home may be this year, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City hopes that you are welcomed by beautiful holiday lighting – whether that lighting is incandescent, LED, candle light, or that of a crackling fire. There is truly no place like home for the holidays. It will always be shining brightly welcoming and waiting. So go home, Kansas City, enjoy your time with family and friends, and if for any reason, your outdoor lighting flickers, dims, or goes out, give us a call. We can have your lights shining brightly again soon.

John-Bruce,-Owner

 

John Bruce, Owner
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City
(913) 859-9150

Home For the Holidays Part 1: Light’s Ancient Holiday History

Light is an integral part of our winter holiday celebrations.

Light is an integral part of our winter holiday celebrations.

Over the next few weeks, most of us will be traveling home to be with family. That home might be down the street, across the country, or even on the other side of the world, but no matter where you’re from, it’s good to be home for the holidays. With good company and walls that keep out winter’s chill, we’ll gather together and celebrate with food, gifts, decorations, and lights. You may wonder how light came to be such a part of our winter holidays. After all, festive lighting isn’t really a part of Valentine’s Day or Easter, and while fireworks play a big role in Independence Day, the holiday isn’t know for it’s festive lighting. But Christmas and Hanukkah are well known for lights, and this holiday season wouldn’t feel genuine without it.

The roots of holiday lighting are ancient.

The roots of holiday lighting are ancient.

The history of lighting in the Christmas celebration stretches back into ancient ages when the European Druids celebrated the Winter Solstice. These ancient people burned Yule logs during the solstice in order to help the summer sun return. By building and sustaining fires, they believed they could give the summer season the strength it needed to return, which was of course critical to their survival. When Christianity arrived in Europe, the monks who brought it assimilated this indigenous tradition, along with a few others, into the mass celebrating Christ’s birth. This way, the people would be more accepting of the new religion. Thus, burning the Yule log and lighting fires and candles became part of the Christmas celebration.

The use of lighting during the holidays connects us to our history.

The use of lighting during the holidays connects us to our history.

Light is also an integral part of the Jewish Hanukkah celebration. Actually, it is the reason for this holiday. During the 2nd century B.C., the Jewish nation lived under the rule of the Syrian-Greek regime rule by Antiochus and was not allowed to practice their religion freely. A small group of Jewish fighters, the Macccbees, lead a revolt in which they regained control of their Temple. When they relit the Menorah after cleansing the Temple, there was only enough oil to last one day, but they lit it anyway. The oil they had lasted eight full days until they were able to make more, and Hanukkah celebrates this miracle. In each Jewish household, the family gathers to say blessings and light one candle in their menorah during each day of Hanukkah. There are eight candles, which represent each day of the miracle.

No matter what holiday your family celebrates this season, festive lights will certainly be shining. Of course, today, we decorate with light produced by electricity more often than we do with real candles and Yule logs, but light still plays a key role in our festivities. As you gather together, remember how important light is to the history of the holiday and your current experience of it. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City wishes you and your family a warm, wonderful holiday season, and remember if you need any assistance with your outdoor lighting system or your outdoor holiday lighting this season, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

John-Bruce,-Owner

 

John Bruce, Owner
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City
(913) 859-9150

Capture Holiday Magic All Year Long with Outdoor Lighting

No matter the season, outdoor lighting can bring you the warmth and magic of the holidays.

No matter the season, outdoor lighting can bring you the warmth and magic of the holidays.

The December holidays are magical. With tasty treats, intoxicating smells, presents, warmth, and light, this is a season to savor. Whether young or old, people love the holiday season because of the way it makes us feel. Children bemoan its passing and begin looking forward to its next arrival only a few days after its end, and though we adults don’t miss the hectic bustle that can accompany the holidays, let’s be honest. We do miss the warm feelings. If it were possible to capture those warm feelings without the stress, you would want that to last all year long. While there are many factors that contribute to the mood and ambiance of the holidays, one of the most influential is the lighting. During the holidays, homeowners use light to decorate and to enhance mood, and that doesn’t have to be limited to the holiday season. With outdoor lighting, you can capture the ambiance of the holidays and put it to work for you all year long.

 

The festive lighting you currently see accenting eaves, trees, and doorways may be different from outdoor lighting in many ways, but its effects are more similar than you might think. The association of warm light with safety and comfort is deeply engrained into humans. It is the result of our ancestors gathering around campfires, our great grandparents gathering at the hearth, and us gathering under incandescent kitchen lights. Humans have come to associate warm light with home and joy. Holiday lighting makes use of this association, but so does outdoor lighting.

 

The magic of lighting isn't just for the holidays.

The magic of lighting isn’t just for the holidays.

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City, we use our knowledge of and experience with light to create captivating outdoor lighting designs that will make you feel all the good feelings you treasure during the holidays – even if it’s mid-March. Using a variety of fixtures, we tailor your outdoor lighting to your property because, as you know, each home is different. What works well for one may look out of sorts on another. Warm light will bathe your eaves, columns, and entryway. Your trees, shrubs, and flowerbeds will glisten with illumination from path lights, well lights, and spotlights. Outdoor lighting will make your property magnetic, just like outdoor holiday lighting does during the month of December.

 

Don’t let the magic of the holidays fade after January 1st. Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City. Once the hustle and bustle is over, you will truly be able to enjoy the ambiance outdoor lighting provides. You may even remember what it is like to be a kid again and just soak it all in without a care in the world.

John-Bruce,-Owner

 

John Bruce, Owner
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City
(913) 859-9150

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City is Exceedingly Thankful

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City has a lot to be thankful for.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City has a lot to be thankful for.

Turkey, football, and big parade balloons – Thanksgiving is this week, and here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City, we love this holiday. While the celebration of it a wonderful place to be caught up, let’s not forget why Thanksgiving exits in the first place. When the first Europeans came to North America, survival was a real struggle. The first Thanksgiving was celebrated to commemorate that survival and the Native Americans that helped them survive. While we can and should be thankful for the food we consume that day and the great times we’ll have with friends and family, Thanksgiving should be a time to reflect and be grateful for what we have. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City, we are exceedingly grateful for many reasons. Here’s a short summary.

 

Our Clients
Yes, we are thankful for you. You have allowed us to not only survive doing what we love but also thrive. We are the premier outdoor lighting company in the area, and we would not be if our clients didn’t trust us with the design, installation, and maintenance of their outdoor lighting systems. We have had the pleasure of meeting many wonderful people, and we love to see the smiles on their faces when the switch is flipped and their property lights up for the first time. Thank you, Clients, for giving us these moments.

 

Our Community
We are so very proud to be a part of the Kansas City community. From cheering on our Royals in their World Series run to supporting local community organizations and charities, we are happy to be a part, and we are grateful to our community at large for giving us the privilege of working and living here. We’ve made many friends who have helped us through hard times, and without the residents and business of Kansas City continuing to utilize our services, we wouldn’t be able to pursue what we love most – outdoor lighting.

 

What are you thankful for this holiday season?

What are you thankful for this holiday season?

Our Soldiers
We are so very grateful to live in a country where we can make a living doing what we love best. All of that is possible because of the sacrifices made by our armed forces and military throughout our nation’s history. Thank your for giving us opportunity.

 

Our Families
Finally, we are thankful for our families. Their support has encouraged and inspired us through the years to be the very best outdoor lighting designers, and it had definitely paid off. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City, we owe our success to them.

 

So, Kansas City, what are you thankful for? We’d love to hear. Let us know by leaving a comment, and have a very Happy Thanksgiving.

John-Bruce,-Owner

 

John Bruce, Owner
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City
(913) 859-9150

Why You Should Choose a Professional Outdoor Lighting Designer

The best outdoor lighting is created by professional outdoor lighting designers because of their knowledge and experience.

The best outdoor lighting is created by professional outdoor lighting designers because of their knowledge and experience.

So you’re thinking of adding outdoor lighting. You already know it’s an investment, so you’re shopping around in an attempt to determine your best option – DIY, a general contractor, or the professional outdoor lighting designer. Of course, DIY is the cheapest, but you’re a little uncomfortable tackling the project on your own. This hesitation is well founded. Not only does outdoor lighting require precise fixture placement in order to produce an attractive scene, it also involves significant electrical work. And that work can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. You go ahead count DIY out. Next is the general contractor. This person has some experience but is a “jack of all trades”. The contractor’s prices are more than DIY, but paying extra to ensure you don’t end up in the ER or start a fire is probably worth it. Then, there is the professional outdoor lighting designer. The designer has a portfolio of work that you love. Unfortunately, the price is even higher than that of the general contractor. What do you do? Is the professional’s price really worth it?

 

Getting exquisite outdoor lighting means calling the right person.

Getting exquisite outdoor lighting means calling the right person.

It’s true that, here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City, we have a vested interest in promoting professionally designed outdoor lighting. After all, it is all we do. However, through the years, we have been called to many Kansas City properties where the homeowner chose DIY or a general contractor only to have problems later and need our assistance to correct their system. When this occurs, the client would have been better off financially and personally (such a situation is quite stressful) to have just called us in the first place. Remember that outdoor lighting is an investment. You wouldn’t invest in risky futures with a marginal payout. Don’t do this with your outdoor lighting.

 

Calling a professional gets you the lighting you want without the headache.

Calling a professional gets you the lighting you want without the headache.

So what does a professional outdoor lighting designer bring to the table that the general contractor doesn’t? Years and years of specialized experience. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City, we know outdoor lighting. We know how light behaves, i.e. how much it will spread as it travels, how to control it within a given area, how to eliminate “burn out” or intense spots where detail is lost. We also understand how light enhances a space and that every space is unique. Just because an object or feature exists in your outdoor space doesn’t mean it needs to be highlighted. Professionally designed outdoor lighting has purpose and anambiance that the homeowner wants to capture. All of these factors dictate where we should set your lights and what sorts of fixtures you will need. In order to be effective, outdoor lighting needs to be customized, and that is something you will only get from a true professional.

 

Of course, only you can make decisions about what is best for your property, but before you make a decision, be sure to call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City. Talk to us. Ask us questions about our products, the design, installation, and maintenance phases, or any other area. We want you to have the information you need. We will even come out to your property to show you first hand the difference professionally designed outdoor lighting can make. And we do this for free without obliging you in any way. Remember that your outdoor lighting is an investment. Be sure you are informed before you make a decision. Contact us today.

John-Bruce,-Owner

 

John Bruce, Owner
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City
(913) 859-9150

The End of Daylight Savings Time’s Effect on Your Kansas City Landscape Lighting

Adjustments may need to be made to your outdoor lighting system.

Adjustments may need to be made to your outdoor lighting system.

Are you still going around your house resetting your clocks with the end of daylight savings time? How about that pesky one in your car you can never remember how to change. You may think you’ve conquered the great clock quest but don’t forget about your outdoor lighting system. Making sure your Kansas City outdoor lights come on to welcome you home at night can make a big difference.

Coming home to a dark house at night definitely makes it more difficult to navigate your way to the entry points. Even more so for guests who are unfamiliar with your pathways and driveway. Make sure your outdoor lighting system is working for you by adjusting the time change on your landscape lighting timer. If you have an older model timer that needs to be adjusted, we can help you. Our timer instruction are listed on our Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City website. If you’re still having some difficulties, just give us a call. We’ll be happy to walk you through the settings. If adjusting the time is something you’d like to live without, consider upgrading to one that automatically updates daily to reflect the changing dawn and dusk times. Once the timer is set, you’ll never have to reset it.

With LCA, you can control your outdoor and indoor lighting through the web.

With LCA, you can control your outdoor and indoor lighting through the web.

If you’d like to go one step further, we can get your Kansas City landscape lighting system  set up with our Lighting Control Automation (LCA). LCA it gives you complete control over your outdoor lights and more. You can set up zones within your outdoor lighting system so you porch lights can come on before your landscaping lights. They can also be set to dim after midnight or any set time so that they don’t seem as bright throughout the night. LCA can also control your electrical outlets inside your home, turning lights on and off at set times. The possibilities are as extensive as your imagination and it can all be controlled through your computer, smartphone or tablet.

If you’re ready for some LCA technology, in need of a few light bulb replacements, interested in adding on to your landscape lighting system or want to upgrade your system to our energy efficient LEDs, give Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City a call. It’s a great time of year to enhance the look of your home and it can all be done in time for the upcoming holidays. You’ll love the difference outdoor lighting will make to your home, landscaping and outdoor living spaces.

John-Bruce,-Owner

John Bruce, Owner
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City
(913) 859-9150

Get Your Kansas City Property Holiday Ready with Outdoor Lighting

Beautifully lighted entryways welcome your guests and make their passage into your home safer.

Beautifully lighted entryways welcome your guests and make their passage into your home safer.

Believe it or not, October is almost over. You’re probably putting the finishing touches on the kid’s costumes, stocking up on candy, and hanging spider webs from the front porch rather than sweeping them away. With the holidays upon us, now is a great time to assess your outdoor lighting and make some improvements. After all, nothing is more welcoming than a brightly shining, warm home, and you certainly want your holiday guests to feel welcome. So be sure to pay careful attention to the following areas.

Entryway & Paths
Your entryway is the first place your guests will experience your hospitality. The area should be magnetic, drawing your guests into your home. But no matter how much time you spend on the wreath or poinsettia and figure arrangements, your guests won’t see any of it in the shadows. Entryway lighting creates a warm, safe area in the midst of the cold dark. Additionally, entryway and path lighting provides clear visibility for your guests and reduces their risk of falls. This is especially important when the grandparents arrive bearing gifts.

Driveway
Driveway lighting helps your guests find your home and navigate the parking situation safely. It helps prevent bump ups when you have multiple guests and can keep cars out of the flowers or landscaping along the drive. Remember that driveway lighting shouldn’t look like an airport runway. That scene is unappealing, but with professional driveway lighting, your guests can have great visibility that creates an enchanting mood.

Be sure your new outdoor living spaces are well illuminated. Though it may be chilly, someone is bound to want to step outside for fresh air.

Be sure your new outdoor living spaces are well illuminated. Though it may be chilly, someone is bound to want to step outside for fresh air.

Outdoor Living Space Additions
Did you make an outdoor living space addition this fall or summer? Perhaps it was a fire pit area or new flowerbeds. Whatever your changes may have been, you should highlight them. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City has a wide range of fixtures and years of experience we can utilize to create the perfect look for these areas.

Landscape
Landscape lighting provides guests with a beautiful sense of your property before they even pull into the drive. Be sure that your landscape lighting is up-to-date and highlighting all of you best landscape features. Such lighting inspires a festive mood in your guests and sets a merry tone for your gathering to welcoming them in.

So what did you think when you took a look at your property? Are there areas that need attention? If so, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City today. Whether you need maintenance for your current system or additions to it, we can get your property holiday ready this season.

John-Bruce,-Owner

 

John Bruce, Owner
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City
(913) 859-9150

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City: Making the Impossible Possible

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City has an outdoor lighting solution for every property.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City has an outdoor lighting solution for every property.

They said it couldn’t be done, and honestly, many here in Kansas City had begun to believe the naysayers. But after twenty-nine years of waiting, our own Royals are in the World Series again. Our team’s hard work and training are paying off, and our city couldn’t be more proud. When people say something can’t be done, it typically means that they don’t want to invest the time and energy into getting the job done. This applies to sports and other areas of life. Here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City, we often hear, “it can’t be done” in reference to jobs. And when we hear it from a new client, it is often because another contractor has pointed out all of the challenges associated with illuminating their home and outdoor living spaces, but I’d like to assure you that no matter your outdoor lighting challenge, we are up to the task.

“My property is too small.”
A small home and grounds doesn’t mean outdoor lighting isn’t for you. It simply means that your property may require different fixtures and careful planning. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City, we know how to balance light and shadow. We know how to illuminate a property without overpowering it, and we have a wide range of fixtures at our disposal, some as small as 1.22” in diameter. This allows us to create the perfect design for your unique space.

Beautiful outdoor lighting is always possible.

Beautiful outdoor lighting is always possible.

“Outdoor lighting is too expensive.”
Outdoor lighting is certainly an investment in your property. That said, you would be surprised at what a difference just a few, strategically placed fixtures make. You also don’t have to light your whole property at once. Many of our clients install their system in phases. This allows them to spread installation costs out over a longer timeframe. It also allows them to make additions (like a fire pit or deck) before adding Kansas City outdoor lighting. They can be sure they are getting what they really want. We also have LED outdoor lighting options that will reduce your operating costs.

“Available space restricts where we can place fixtures.”
Every property has space limitations. Of course, some are more restricted than others, but at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City, in addition to a wide range of fixtures, we also have fixtures that allow us to control beam spread. Beam spread refers to how much the light spreads out as it travels away from the fixture. By being able to focus light and spread it out, we can effectively illuminate trees, eaves, and other tall objects even when space available for fixture placement is limited.

Don’t listen to the naysayers. The Royals didn’t, and look where they are this week! We have solutions for virtually every outdoor lighting problem, whether that problem is with an outdoor lighting system, festive lighting, or temporary lighting for an event. Beautiful outdoor lighting is possible for your property. You just need a provider with extensive experience who works hard to realize your visions. Call us today.

John-Bruce,-Owner

 

John Bruce, Owner
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City
(913) 859-9150

October is a Big Month for Kansas City Outdoor Lighting

nolm-logo@2xIn addition to playing host to Halloween and Oktoberfest, October is also National Outdoor Lighting Month. An initiative to help inform homeowners about the transformative effects of outdoor lighting, this event occurs at the best possible time. With the holiday season beginning in just a couple weeks, many of your Kansas City neighbors (and probably you too!) will be hosting parties, get-togethers, and special events. From seasonal weddings and birthday parties to Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah, the host/hostess’s goal is to ensure all guests have a great night, filled with memories. Because outdoor lighting has such transformative effects, it is a perfect addition to these events.

 

Cafe lights give a vintage, European feel to the party.

Cafe lights give a vintage, European feel to the party.

There are many lighting options for an outdoor special event. String lighting is an obvious choice. However, at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City, we can use orb lighting, café lights, temporary path lighting, or even 3-D decorations composed of lights. In the years we have been providing outdoor lighting to the Kansas City area, we have done lighting for weddings, proposals, and outdoor parties. Our experience assures you that your event lighting is in the best hands. If you are planning a special event, download our free guide to holiday, festive, and special event lighting. It is packed with tips, information on lighting types, and ideas for your event, and as a part of National Outdoor Lighting Month, it won’t cost you a thing.

 

Orb lighting - because special event lighting doesn't have to be limited to strings.

Orb lighting – because special event lighting doesn’t have to be limited to strings.

Though the 2014 focus of National Outdoor Lighting Month is holiday and special event lighting, the wonder and enchantment that special lighting makes you feel can be experienced all year long when you add outdoor lighting to your property, and now is the perfect time to consider it for your home. As we mentioned last week, we are offering our Royal Deal to commemorate our Kansas City Royals making it to the Division Series for the first time in 29 years. This deal offers a 29% discount on a new outdoor lighting system to new OLP clients. The discount applies to the transformer, wire, fixtures, and installation. You’ll get significant savings, but it is only available for a limited time, now through October 31st. And remember this deal is only applicable to a new outdoor lighting system – not special event lighting.

 

October is a great month, for both adults and kids, but it’s also a great month for outdoor lighting. And no matter what your outdoor lighting needs may be, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City has you covered. Contact us today.

John-Bruce,-Owner

 

John Bruce, Owner
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City
(913) 859-9150

Royal Deal on a New Kansas City Outdoor Lighting System

Kansas City outdoor lighting offer detailsIn honor of our Kansas City Royals making it to the Division Series for the first time in 29 years, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City is offering a 29% discount on any NEW outdoor lighting system. If you’ve been thinking about adding an outdoor lighting system to illuminate your home, enhance your landscaping, enrich your deck or patio or just add some ambiance to your outdoor living spaces, now is the time.

Here’s what you will get in addition to the 29% discount:

  • Free consultation
  • Custom Outdoor Lighting Design
  • Professional Installation
  • Superior Customer Service

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Offer is for NEW customers only
  • No limit to the amount of outdoor lighting fixtures
  • Offer is for a complete system to include Outdoor Lighting Perspectives fixtures, wire, transformer and installation
  • Contract and deposit must be received by October 31, 2014 for discount to apply.

Hurry! Just like the Playoff’s, this offer won’t last long.

 

John-Bruce,-Owner

John Bruce, Owner
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City
(913) 859-9150

Fall Maintenance Keeps Your Kansas City Outdoor Lighting System Brilliantly Illuminating

Maintenance will keep your outdoor lighting system shining brightly this season.

Maintenance will keep your outdoor lighting system shining brightly this season.

Everyone knows spring as the time to clean up the house and the yard, but while spring is cleaning time, fall is the better time to do maintenance on your yard and the exterior of your home. Why? The sap is low in trees, making them less susceptible to diseases or insect infestation. Winter’s chill is just around the corner, so refreshing caulking, seals, and door sweeps is rather important for comfort and energy savings. Reseeding your lawn now gives the grass ample time to establish itself for spring. With all of these other outdoor maintenance tasks on your list, it’s a great time to do a little maintenance on your Kansas City outdoor lighting system. If you do it when you do your other outdoor maintenance, you’re less likely to forget it.

 

This fixture is filled with debris and could easily overheat.

This fixture is filled with debris and could easily overheat.

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City, we often discuss the quality of our outdoor lighting systems and their components. So you may be wondering, since our systems are such high quality, why you would need to work on it in the first place. Well, just like a quality automobile, appliance, or tool, outdoor lighting systems need a little TLC in order to keep them performing their best. If you neglect changing your oil and filters on your car, larger problems will emerge in time. Outdoor lighting systems are no different.

 

A little maintenance can help you avoid problems in the future.

A little maintenance can help you avoid problems in the future.

So what needs to be done? Fixtures should be checked. This is especially important in the fall. Leaves are already dotting our lawns, and there will only be more in the coming weeks. Guess where many of the smaller ones will lodge. That’s right – in your outdoor lighting fixtures. Leaf and debris build up will cause fixtures to heat up, which can cause bulbs to burn out. Fall typically brings more rain than summer, and rain brings erosion. If wiring is not inspected regularly and recovered, erosion will expose it, which can lead to damage and even cut lines. Such a situation is particularly hazardous as it can result in a fire. Just a little attention to your system can prevent big problems from occurring.

 

So call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City. If you already have one of our systems installed, you may even have an Annual Maintenance Plan, meaning the cost of such maintenance is already covered. What will we do on a maintenance visit? Clean out your fixtures; check wiring and cover any that is exposed; adjust/reset any fixtures that have shifted and are no longer focused as they should be; and replace any burned out bulbs or components that are damaged. We will also inspect your transformer to ensure everything is functioning properly. While you’re already thinking about your lawn and the exterior of your home, pay a little attention to your outdoor lighting. It could save you a lot of money and grief in the future, and it will keep your home shining brightly this fall season.

John-Bruce,-Owner

 

John Bruce, Owner
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City
(913) 859-9150

Kansas City Commercial Holiday Outdoor Lighting Follows the Rules for Good Business

I once read an article in Entrepreneur magazine featuring Richard Branson that has stuck with me through the years as a business owner. The article was about a radio interview Richard had done where he outlined his 5 rules for good business. I not only took those rules to heart, I use them on a daily basis and they guide the type of work I routinely do in the outdoor lighting business.

I could go through each of these rules and tell you how they apply to my daily business but I think as any business owner could tell you, the rules hold true in everyday life as well. I recently thought about these rules in an employee meeting when we were talking about commercial holiday outdoor lighting. We were reviewing the past several years’ worth of commercial holiday outdoor lighting jobs we had done, and particularly with subdivision entrances like Falcon Ridge, Cedar Creek, Waterford and Parkway 133.

Holiday subdivision entrance lighting in Kansas CityTalking about decorating these community entrances with holiday outdoor lighting brought “to light” how the rules apply:

If you don’t enjoy it, don’t do it. You must love what you do. We truly do enjoy decorating the entrances with holiday lighting that gives a festive feeling to all neighbors and guests as they enter the subdivisions.

Kansas City Holiday outdoor lighting

Be innovative: Create something different that will stand out. As with every commercial holiday outdoor lighting job we do, we create custom, innovative designs that include string lighting, large ornaments in the pine trees, pre-lit wreaths and garland and lit snowflake lights.

Your employees are your best asset. Same goes for happy customers. Clients who know our work and are happy with our work create more customers. A large part of our business comes from customer referrals. If you’d like to read what some of them say, you can read our Kansas City outdoor lighting customer reviews on our website.
Kansas City Incandescent Mini Lights App Shot - 2

Lead by listening. With every client interaction, we first listen to what our customer desire in a commercial holiday outdoor lighting plan. Each client deserves to get what they want, we simply design our plans to go above and beyond what they are envisioning.

Be visible. Of course this is the easiest rule because it is a product of our business. Our holiday outdoor lighting designs are meant to be visible. They enhance these subdivisions and businesses and attract visitors to the splendor.

The rules do apply to every holiday outdoor lighting design we create and install. If your community could be enhanced with outdoor lighting this holiday season, give Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City a call. We’ll custom design a holiday lighting plan that will sure to welcome neighbors and guest home for the season.

John-Bruce,-Owner

 

John Bruce, Owner
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City
(913) 859-9150

Kansas City Outdoor Lighting Is Worth Doing Right

When outdoor lighting is done right, it enhances the look and atmosphere of your home.

When outdoor lighting is done right, it enhances the look and atmosphere of your home.

Are you familiar with the old saying, “If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right”? I’ve heard it all my life and have found it to be quite true, especially when it comes to outdoor lighting. Illuminating your home and landscaping can transform your property – elevating its look, creating an atmosphere where you can relax, and increasing your property value. But poorly done outdoor lighting can actually make your home look worse than it would without any outdoor lighting at all, and often, that lighting isn’t functional either.

What are some problems inexperienced outdoor lighting designers and installers create when they are trusted with your Kansas City outdoor lighting system? Consider the following.

 

Inadequate Illumination
You’ve seen the house that has a couple outdoor lighting fixtures installed at the corners. Bars of light illuminate the gutters or perhaps a column but not much more. Such lighting draws more attention to itself than to the property. It also does not provide enough light to navigate driveways, paths, or the entryway into the residence.

With inadequate illumination, the entire top floor of this home disappears in shadow.

With inadequate illumination, the entire top floor of this home disappears in shadow.

Over Illumination
Believe it or not, it is possible for designers to use too many fixtures and too much light. Such a property is as bright as your local high school football field. The system can make the property so bright it appears stark and is difficult to view.

Poor Fixture Placement
Outdoor lighting fixtures should, for the most part, be invisible. And those that can be seen should blend into the environment. They should not be the first thing you see.

The Airport Affect
I know you’ve seen driveways and pathways that are lined with outdoor lights evenly spaced on both sides, and it’s very reminiscent of a runway. Unless your goal is to attract small planes, this is to be avoided. All anyone will see is the fixtures.

 

Staggering fixtures along a path prevents the airport affect.

Staggering fixtures along a path prevents the airport affect.

These mistakes are easy for non-professionals or general contractors to make because such lighting providers do not have the experience or training needed to make the system look its best. They just aren’t specialists.

But at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City, we are specialists. We take outdoor lighting very seriously and we apply grandma’s wise words to each system we design. Not only do we know how to bring out the best of your property at night, but we also know how to fix the problems listed above. Your Kansas City outdoor lighting system is worth doing right. Why? Because you are paying for it to be done right, because our work speaks for us, because we take pride in what we do, and finally because we love creating beautiful outdoor lighting. Contact us today. We will use experience, high quality fixtures and components, and creativity to give you the outdoor lighting system you’ve always wanted.

John-Bruce,-Owner

 

John Bruce, Owner
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City
(913) 859-9150