Proper lighting and stylish furnishings make your outdoor living space quite captivating.

Casuwel paired with Kansas City outdoor lighting

Casuwel paired with Kansas City outdoor lighting — elegant!

Memorial Day, the holiday for paying tribute to our fallen soldiers and the event which marks the closeness of summer, is upon us. Is your outdoor living “stage” set with the right lighting and “props”, better known as furnishings, to make your private affairs and social events showstoppers in your own backyard? Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City, the area’s first choice for lighting up the nights, specializes in custom designed lighting for your landscape, pool surround, deck and patio, and is your local authorized dealer for Casuwel furniture. This year’s addition of Casuwel’s premium line of outdoor furnishing to our product selection ensures that we are providing you with the best products for living well.

By lighting your landscaping and outdoor living spaces, you can extend your living area. No matter how big or small your events will be, landscape and pathway lighting helps to create the right atmosphere, set the mood and increases the safety of your guests as they mingle and stroll through the garden and landscaped areas of your home. In addition, properly placed landscape lights enhance the beauty of your property with warm ambient light making it more inviting.

The beauty and versatility of Casuwel and Outdoor Lighting in Kansas City

Add comfortable and attractive lighting around your deck or patio seating arrangements to enable you to use these areas after dark. The ambiance of outdoor lighting can be pleasant and inviting and will illuminate your conversation areas effectively, ensure the barbecue area is well lit for night-time grilling, and even give your weekly evening family meals more of a festive feel when dining alfresco. Complete your outdoor living structure’s lighting design with the addition of step lights for pathways and stairs to continue the safe use of these spaces throughout the night.

Beautiful light patterns are created by our pool surround lighting designs as the light dances off the tranquil water and illuminates the surrounding areas for ample socializing space during parties and cookouts. Proper lighting surrounding your pool is a must for homeowners who want to get the most use of this part of their outdoor living space, as it will allow you to enjoy that “midnight swim” with peace of mind, and extended hours of enjoyment around your pool. This combination of landscape and romantic lighting creates an outdoor oasis setting in your own backyard that will be hard to resist.

Metropolitan collection

Casuwel is perfect by the pool!

With the relaxing and entertaining areas of your Kansas City backyard properly illuminated for maximum beauty and functionality, the next thing to do is to furnish it with the most comfortable and durable high quality outdoor living furnishings by Casuwel. We offer 4 beautiful collections from which to choose including dining tables and chairs, sofa and loveseat sets along with convertible ottomans, beautiful rugs and umbrellas. Match any décor with the vast array of colorful cushions and pillows made from Sunbrella’s well-known impressively weatherproof fabrics.

Bermuda collection by CasuwelOutdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City’s unsurpassed custom lighting designs, superior fixtures and high quality outdoor living furniture and accessories will enable you to entertain, play, swim and relax longer and more comfortably by giving you the opportunity to utilize your outdoor area long after the sun goes down. Having the added convenience of a properly lit landscape and outdoor structure will add security, expanded enjoyment and beauty to your property as a whole.

John-Bruce,-OwnerYour home should be your sanctuary from a long hard day as well as center stage for each and every one of the events you plan to host each year. If it’s not, don’t wait until the next holiday or outdoor celebration to change the fact that you are in the dark and have nowhere to sit! Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City today and let’s make it happen. You supply the setting and we’ll provide the lights and furnishings to create the mood and set the stage to ensure all your outdoor events and parties are captivating! Find the best products and the experts needed to get the job done right by contacting us at (913) 859-9150 to learn more at or by emailing us at kansascity.outdoorlights.com.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City talks about using lighting to incorporate your outdoor spaces as part of your everyday living area.

Continuing our five part series airing on Kansas City Live, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City’s John Bruce did his 3rd informative piece regarding the use of lighting to incorporate your outdoor spaces as part of your everyday living area in the May 4th segment titled Lighting Your Outdoor Living Spaces.

John Bruce on KCL

KCLTV Host, Joel Nichols, couldn’t have opened this feature topic any better than with his introduction, “Outdoor living spaces…it’s all about lighting”. No truer statement could be said about the decks and patios of today’s homes. While the perfect building materials, furnishings and accoutrements definitely make your deck or patio the outdoor living space of your dreams, it is proper lighting which is custom designed for your unique space that absolutely allows it to reach its full potential of being the ultimate backyard oasis day and night.

The versatility of decks and patios means they are both spaces which should be just as inviting during the evening hours as they are during the day. No matter if a party atmosphere is needed for a celebration or social gathering or one of a calm and relaxing tone which is better suited for your unwinding session in the evening hours after each hard day at work, proper outdoor lighting is the key. Using photo images, John was able to convey several important aspects to consider when lighting decks and patios, such as:

  • Kansas City Deck lightingWell placed lighting along the rails and exits of your deck guide your guests safely as they mingle throughout the party
  • Lighting mounted on the posts helps to distribute illumination across the deck surface and highlight seating areas
  • Soft lighting cast down across the stone or paver hardscape coupled with lighting throughout the surrounding landscaped areas of the patio gives a pleasant, warm and inviting feel to an otherwise plain patio

Additional outdoor living areas they discussed included: barbecue (KC is the BBQ city) or outdoor cooking areas which are well served with under the counter/task lighting, eliminating the need for cumbersome and sometimes hazardous flash lights or drop cord lights; pergolas, open structures that should be lit with soft light to showcase the beautiful structure and its surrounding landscape while also providing visibility in the seating areas for quiet evening conversations; and lanais (porch or veranda type space) typically used as open outdoor rooms which deserve more than just candles to provide sufficient ambiance in the evening.

Backyard pergola lighting

Backyard pergola lighting.

No matter how you use these areas, outdoor lighting provides enhanced beauty, safety and security for your outdoor living spaces, effectively extending your home’s living area well after the sun has gone down. Whether you need a soft subdued glow for intimate evenings or a more full wash of light across the area for socializing, your custom designed and installed lighting system by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City will absolutely allow your space to reach its full potential of being the ultimate backyard oasis day and night. Add our lighting control automation to give you even more flexibility by setting up any configuration of lighting zones and programming each zone to automatically turn the lights on and off at specified times–or even to dim the lights.

Small spaces seem larger with professional outdoor lighting

Small spaces seem larger with professional outdoor lighting

As John mentioned, today outdoor living areas, such as decks, patios, outdoor kitchens, pergolas and lanais are considered the 4th space of your home, in addition to your living room, kitchen/dining area and bedroom spaces and should be lighted as such. Want to learn more or have questions? Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City today for a consultation. Our highly skilled, professionally trained team will work with you to custom design a lighting system that meets your specific needs. You can reach Kansas City’s premier outdoor lighting experts at (913) 859-9150 or by visiting kansascity.outdoorlights.com.

John-Bruce,-OwnerStay tuned for more from John and Kansas City Live on KSHB about lighting up your Kansas City nights, our next segment is scheduled to air June 1st! To see this informative segment, in its entirety, regarding the proper lighting of your outdoor living spaces, click on this link: http://www.kshb.com/entertainment/kcl/outdoor-lighting-perspective-of-kansas-city-talks-lighting-your-outdoor-living-spaces

Bring magic to your evening social gatherings with the festive glow of permanent or temporary event lighting!

We were recently invited to provide our expert opinion for a May 2nd article in The Kansas City Star newspaper regarding the beautifully versatile lighting style of festival, café and fiesta lighting and string LED lighting on both a permanent and special event (temporary) level. As Kansas City’s premier outdoor lighting professionals, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City was thrilled to provide our input for our local paper, The Kansas City Star.

Who doesn’t love festival or café lights? They can add a romantic glow to an even celebration, such as a wedding reception or anniversary party, set the mood for an intimate dinner for two at a quaint outside bistro and put the festivities in high gear at a carnival or fair. Now imagine being able to achieve all of these effects for the many different events you host in your own backyard outdoor living space. Your patio, deck or porch can be transformed into any one of these enchanting scenarios with our permanent festival or café lighting (sometimes referred to as festoon lighting, bistro lighting, string lighting or fiesta lighting), and it’s tough enough to weather all seasons.

Festival lighting Not sure you need permanent outdoor string lighting, but intrigued with the idea of utilizing temporary outdoor lighting for a special event you are planning? Whether it’s at your home, a rented venue or even a short-term structure, our temporary outdoor lighting can be set up just about anywhere to define the perimeter of your area, add safety to steps and pathways or just add ambiance to your party. Don’t let your party end too early because you don’t have the proper lighting.  For spaces where traditional lighting isn’t an option, our battery-powered temporary outdoor lighting has the same benefits as our traditional outdoor lighting but can be set up quickly, will last throughout your entire event and are rechargeable. Plus, our temporary lighting is of the same high quality as our traditional lighting.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City, can help you illuminate your evening events with an artist’s eye for detail in accenting and highlighting, guaranteeing all your special occasions are nights to remember. We have completed many permanent and temporary 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.

Festival lighting

Popular outdoor uses for these overhead soft-glow, string lights include: dining areas, dance floors, band stands and guest parking areas. Café lights are also great for courtyards, patios and decks as they convey a festive atmosphere for lots of mingling, cocktails and conversation. We have even assisted a client with the biggest proposal of his life…he had us spell out “Marry Me” in C9 string lights on top of a local hotel.  As you can see, our permanent and temporary outdoor event lighting is quite versatile. If you have a unique lighting situation, call us, we can show you how lighting in the most unusual places will transform you spaces.

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Commercial venues benefit from festival lighting too!

Throughout the Kansas City area, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City is the first choice for custom designed and installed high quality outdoor lighting systems for your home, pathways, landscaping, decks, patios and pool areas. And, we are rapidly becoming just as well-known for permanent and temporary outdoor event lighting. We’ve got you covered no matter what type of lighting you need for your home or special event. If you’d like to see more photos of our special event lighting, check out our Houzz profile or our photo gallery on our website.

John-Bruce,-OwnerContact 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.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City answers the question; when is a specialty light fixture a work of art?

 

Attraction lights AspenArtists surround us in all walks of life and they often have cross over businesses in which art plays an integral part of their profession. Painters, wood crafters and the sculptors are typically the first to come to mind, but we also find artists in the culinary arena, the field of medicine, the automotive industry, building contract companies and landscape businesses. Why, even in our industry of outdoor lighting design and installation, our team members here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City are considered artists of light and shadow.

One such cross over business, Attraction Lights, came about after Lyle Braund spent many years creating artistic garden lighting layouts and beautifully tailored landscape light designs for his landscape design build company. For more than 12 years now, he has focused his artistic energies on the sculptural designing of distinctive lighting fixtures which provide excellent LED lighting and can stand alone as incredible works of art. With geometric, abstract, or nature-like designs, their shadow pattern lighting adds drama and beauty to any area in which they are installed, while helping to direct the eye through the landscape.

Attraction lights leaf cluster spire

Although the majority of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City’s lighting designs are created with the core idea of “focus on the effect, not the fixture”, there is certainly a time and place where it is quite apropos to incorporate a lighting fixture which “has a strong, sculptural presence during the day, and are a beautiful, glowing presence at night,” as these marvelous illuminations are described by Randall Whitehead, nationally known lighting designer, author, and speaker. We absolutely agree and feel that these wonderful artistic illuminating elements are as intriguing and as they are captivating. They can be used as a stunning work of art in your landscape, or as a conversation starting centerpiece or focal point in your garden.

Attraction lights offer pathway lighting with a twist, literally!

Attraction lights offer pathway lighting with a twist, literally!

These pagoda-like pathway lights, driveway lights, bollards, area lights, or garden sculptures come in a variety of materials, sizes and pattern styles formed within the metal housing which cast a distinct light and shadow pattern on the surfaces surrounding the light fixture. Unique features include a light source hidden inside the cap of the fixtures (this prevents the glare typically associated with a traditional pagoda light and many of the bollards available today), inserts made of art glass and acrylic as well as those made of traditional clear glass, our signature design elements and the ability to integrate custom graphics and fixture design for a distinguished outdoor lighting design.

Attraction Lights’ LED illuminated sculptural fixtures add distinctive new dimensions within your landscape and garden through your lighting design, giving us another way to provide you with artistic lighting that enlivens the senses and evokes ambiance.

Notice the leaf pattern cast from these Mini Oak bollards:

Notice the leaf pattern cast from these Mini Oak bollards:

John-Bruce,-OwnerIf 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 one-of-a-kind outdoor lighting designs and these artistic assets. You can reach us at (913) 859-9150 or by visiting kansascity.outdoorlights.com.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City explores the five core areas for properly lighting your home’s exterior and its surrounding property.

Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City for better curb appeal.

As part of a five segment series on KSHB’s Kansas City Live, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City shares information about exterior lighting. For part 2, John Bruce discussed the areas, styles and average costs for professional outdoor lighting systems during the April 13th segment titled The 5 Outdoor Areas to Illuminate at Home.

The focus of this segment began with a quick synopsis of the five core areas for properly lighting your home’s exterior and its surrounding property. A well planned professional outdoor lighting system includes these areas: the front of your house – consider this the curb appeal shot or the backdrop of how your home’s image would be caught on canvas; the back of your house; the landscaped areas; paths and entryways; and your outdoor living spaces and structures.

When all of these areas are under the ambient glow of architectural, landscape and path lighting your home is not only safer but it appears warm and more inviting.  While entertaining and hosting social gatherings in the evenings, your visitors are able to navigate walkways and entrances more easily and your guests’ facial expressions are more visible during conversations on your deck or patio.

Exterior lighting has three categories:

  • Solar – the do-it-yourself design, which is more hit or miss in color and performance when compared to a professional lighting system. These lights typically do not last very long
  • Line Voltage – difficult to install, maintain or change because it is household current exterior lighting which must be run in conduit buried 18 inches deep to meet electrical code
  • OLP on KCL part 2Low Voltage – low voltage fixtures work well to provide lots of light while being very energy-efficient, have a less invasive installation process and are easier to maintain (Originally used incandescent bulbs, but moved to halogen and LEDs because of their increased energy efficiency, color enhancing attributes and better performance)

John stated, that on average, the do-it-yourself option runs less than $1,000 for a minimal system for a couple of areas of your home with a shorter life span, while a professionally custom designed and installed low voltage plan for an average size home and property would be between $2,000-$3,000 with a considerably longer lasting lighting system. Clearly the low voltage lighting option is an investment worth making when you consider the value of your home and personal property and its overall look.

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To wrap up his segment, John offered a special deal to KCLTV viewers who call for a consultation; 2 FREE light fixtures with a new 10 fixture outdoor lighting system plus an additional 1 year maintenance free warranty. All of this is in addition to our unmatched warranty and safeguards.

John-Bruce,-OwnerOutdoor lighting is all we do, but we don’t provide just lights, we work with you to custom design a lighting system that meets your specific needs, so you’re sure to enjoy your Kansas City space night after night. Contact Outdoor LIghting Perspectives of Kansas City today at at (913) 859-9150 or by visiting kansascity.outdoorlights.com.

Get the most enjoyment out of your Kansas City landscape and garden with outdoor lighting.

Notice how landscape lighting brings this outdoor space alive in the evening?

Notice how landscape lighting brings this outdoor space alive in the evening?

Spring has arrived in Kansas City. The flowers are beginning to bloom and the Royals are winning! With the warm weather season’s arrival comes the inspiration for many homeowners to make improvements to their landscape or garden(s). Whether you intend to take on a full-scale installation with foundation plantings and new outdoor living spaces, or you just want to update an existing landscape, outdoor lighting is the finishing touch!

It’s not often that a service or product can totally change the way you feel about an area of your home or property. But, our elegant outdoor lighting designs can do just that. Our lighting can transform a once dark and desolate space in the evening and bring it to life and truly change the way you feel and utilize the exterior of your home. If you have ever wished your landscape  and outdoor living spaces looked and functioned as they do during the day, we can make it happen.

Brugmansia, aka, angels trumpet can only be enjoyed in full bloom at night.

Brugmansia, aka, angels trumpet can only be enjoyed in full bloom at night.

As temperatures begin to rise, blooming perennials will soon reach their peak color and fragrance. What better way to showcase the vibrant colors than by adding garden and landscape lighting to further your garden enjoyment. Certain types of plants and flowers will provide even more benefit as they are in full bloom in the evening as opposed to the day; such as Tuberose, fragrant night-blooming Jasmine and Brugmansia,just to name a few. With outdoor lighting you can enjoy endless splendor in first person as the moment unfolds.

An intimate space in the garden made more enjoyable with outdoor lighting!

An intimate space in the garden made more enjoyable with outdoor lighting!

Outdoor lighting such as landscape lighting, tree lighting and accent lighting will deliver that “WOW” factor by enhancing the visual interest, dimension, and even the colors of your landscaping endeavors. From bringing out the tactile aesthetics of your masonry or hardscape areas, to adding a whole new element to a treasured flower garden — lighting will dramatically increase the beauty and effect.

John-Bruce,-OwnerIf you would like to learn more about adding outdoor lighting to your spring landsape and garden “to do” list this season, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City to schedule a consultation. You can reach us at (913) 859-9150 or by visiting kansascity.outdoorlights.com.

 

 

Part two of our series featured on Kansas City Live airs Monday 4/13/15!

John Bruce on part one of outdoor lighting 101 on KCLAs you may know, I appeared on Kansas City live a few weeks ago in part one of a 5 part series on outdoor lighting. The initial segment aired on March 23rd, where i shared useful information about outdoor lighting which was titled “outdoor lighting 101″. In my next appearance scheduled to air Monday 4/13/15, I will pick up where we left off to share more insights into outdoor lighting.

Talking fixtures on Kansas City Live with John Bruce

Talking fixtures on Kansas City Live with John Bruce.

During the segment I will cover some of the “most asked questions” we receive from Kansas City homeowners just like yourself, such as why certain areas within the landscape make good candidates for outdoor lighting; why we choose to illuminate certain areas of your home during an architectural lighting consultation; and last but certainly not least, we will discuss the differences between solar, incandescent, halogen and LED outdoor lighting. In addition we will also discuss details of your outdoor lighting budget.

41 KSHB on Kansas City LiveIf you are considering the addition of outdoor lighting this season, or in the near future, this is definitely the episode of Kansas City Live you don’t want to miss!

Tune into channel 41 KSHB for Kansas City Live at 10:00 am on Monday to learn more! We are also extending our outdoor lighting special to KCLTV viewers for this segment. The special includes 2 FREE light fixtures with a new 10 fixture outdoor lighting system plus an additional 1 year maintenance free warranty. All of this is in addition to our unmatched warranty and safeguards.

John-Bruce,-OwnerWant to learn more or have questions? Tune into channel 41 KSHB, Monday, 4/13/15 for Kansas City Live at 10:00 am or Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City today for a consultation. Trust your outdoor lighting to outdoor lighting professionals. You can reach us at (913) 859-9150 or by visiting kansascity.outdoorlights.com.

Our next segment scheduled to air will be announced soon…. stay tuned!

Shedding “light” with John Bruce on KCL-TV for outdoor lighting 101!

41 KSHB on Kansas City LiveOutdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City was recently invited to participate in a five part series hosted by channel 41 KSHB on Kansas City Live. For part 1, owner John Bruce shared information regarding the multiple benefits of outdoor lighting in the March 23rd segment titled “Outdoor Lighting 101″.

John explained how outdoor lighting designs not only add curb appeal to your home, but also increase the safety and security of your residence and overall property. Using before and after photos along with examples of  fixtures John demonstrated the vast difference between a home using only porch and garage external fixtures for outdoor lighting and one with added architectural and pathway lighting. He pointed out how the placement of these additional lighting fixtures illuminates the entire front of the residence. The host, Michelle Davidson, was quite astonished at the metamorphosis of the exterior of the home…not only was it clearly easier to see the walkway and stairs leading to the entrance at night, but the enhanced visual impact was remarkable.

Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City for better curb appeal.

Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City for better curb appeal.

To wrap up his segment, John offered a special deal to KCLTV viewers who call for a consultation; 2 FREE light fixtures with a new 10 fixture outdoor lighting system plus an additional 1 year maintenance free warranty. All of this is in addition to our unmatched warranty and safeguards.

Outdoor lighting is all we do, but we don’t provide just lights, we work with you to custom design a lighting system that meets your specific needs. Whether you’re looking to illuminate your home in the evening, light your pathways and driveways to provide better safety or create a relaxing oasis in your backyard, we’ll help you determine the right outdoor lights, create a custom design plan and professionally install your system so you’re sure to enjoy your Kansas City space night after night.

John-Bruce,-OwnerWant to learn more or have questions? Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City today for a consultation and to take advantage of our special deal John mentioned on channel 41 KSHB on Kansas City Live. Trust your outdoor lighting to outdoor lighting professionals. You can reach us at (913) 859-9150 or by visiting kansascity.outdoorlights.com.

Our next segment is scheduled to air on Kansas City Live April 13th…. stay tuned!

 

Casuwel outdoor furnishings are making your Kansas City backyard the best seat in the house!

Spring in Kansas CitySpring has finally arrived in Kansas City and along with it comes a calendar full of entertaining spring time events held in our beautiful city. If you’re like me, when attending one of the Jammin’ at the Gem jazz concerts, taking in the ballet at the Kaufman Center or catching one of our beloved Kansas City Royals’ baseball games  you want to make sure you have the best seat in the house. For all the time in between these great community events, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City and Casuwel outdoor furnishings can make your backyard retreat the best seat for every other day and night of your life!

Fairmont Collection by Casuwel

Casuwel and Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City promises the best seat in the house is actually outdoors!

The simple addition of a comfortable, well-lit outdoor feature can change the way you interact with your yard and outdoor environment. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City is the area’s first choice for illuminating your home as well as providing custom lighting designs to enhance the functionality and your enjoyment of your outdoor living space, pool area, deck, garden, landscaping and so much more. We help homeowners like you make the most of your home and its surroundings by combining our custom lighting designs with Casuwel’s high quality outdoor furniture and accessories for a truly enviable style.

Metropolitan collection

Metropolitan seating collection from Casuwel is perfect by the pool!

Your Kansas City landscape is awakening from its long winter’s nap. Tree foliage is unfolding and buds are sprouting, daffodils and tulips are bursting from the soil and bluebirds are out and about making your surroundings come alive with activity. While furnishing your outdoor living space with any one of the stylish and comfortable furniture collections by Casuwel gives you good seats for spring, combining that with our landscape lighting turns them into the best seats in the house!

Kansas City Patio outdoor lighting

Kansas City Patio outdoor lighting.

Regardless of the type of outdoor lighting, the benefits are all positive. From increasing safety and security to creating a warm and inviting environment, adding outdoor lighting will enhance and beautify your home. Here a just a few of the types of lighting best suited for setting the mood for your outside entertaining and relaxing:

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Landscape lighting.

Landscape lighting brings out the colors, textures and beauty of your trees, shrubs, flower beds and garden at night, completing your outdoor living environment.

Pathway lighting safely guides your guests to the heart of your home or can make you feel as if you are truly “getting away” as you walk down a lighted pathway to reach your outdoor living space, far away from the stresses of work, cleaning, and life.

Kansas City Water Feature lighting

Kansas City water feature lighting.

Patio and deck lighting allows you to use your outdoor living spaces long after the sun goes down by safely illuminating your stairways with step lights and highlighting the perimeter with deck post lighting.

Pool and water feature lighting adds sparkle to the water, creating a beautiful place to entertain or relax the stresses of your day away.

John-Bruce,-OwnerWhether you want to add architectural lighting to your home, create the perfect outdoor lighting design for your landscape and outdoor living area or furnish your personal oasis with premium hand-woven furnishings, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City is where you will find the best products and the experts needed to get the job done right. Contact us at (913) 859-9150 to learn more at or by emailing us at kansascity.outdoorlights.com.

Tree Lighting Plays an Integral Role in Kansas City’s Beautiful Landscape Lighting Designs.

Kansas City landscape lightingWhen i think about the logistics of any of the hundreds of beautiful landscape lighting designs we have designed over the years, tree lighting plays an integral role. Just as the pieces of a puzzle must fit together in order to make the puzzle complete, such is the case when cohesively illuminating a landscape. When designing the system, we use the home as the backdrop. Moving forward from the home into the landscape we then recommend illuminating areas that enhance and balance the landscape itself, as well as the home. Tree lighting is the second tier of enhancement and an important element that achieves both of these goals. This doesn’t mean it is necessary to illuminate every tree within the landscape. As each landscape is very different, each project is very different. Some locations gain the greatest benefit from only lighting a few choice trees within the landscape, while other landscapes benefit from illuminating an entire natural area or grouping of trees.

Uplighting brings notice to the gnarled texture of bark and the unique structure of branches.

Uplighting brings notice to the gnarled texture of bark and the unique structure of branches.

Choosing the right tree as a candidate for outdoor lighting is also important. 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 an oak tree is far different from the interpretation conveyed through lighting a crabapple 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.

Japanese maples are good tree lighting candidates.

Japanese maples are good tree lighting candidates.

Our tree lighting formula accentuates the height, width and  canopy of the tree. What genre of lighting we use to illuminate each tree depends on the tree itself. The shape, size and spread of the trees branches can come to life at night through one or more of our tree lighting elements. In our experience the trees that benefit the most from tree lighting and make the most impact are trees with spreading canopies. Here in Kansas City this would include the crabapple, birch, river birch, crepe myrtle and  ever-popular Japanese maple.These are trees that offer full spread or “vase” canopies, which mean the branches spread upright. With spreading canopies, there is more room to play the light up and down through the limbs of the canopy itself. Bushier, thick limbed,  columnar trees provide little room for enhancement through tree lighting. tree_lighting_Kansas_CityJohn-Bruce,-OwnerTree lighting is an effective way to bring out the best in your Kansas City landscape. Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City today to learn more! You may reach us at (913) 859-9150 or via email at kansascity.outdoorlights.com.

DST Arrives This Weekend — How Much Time Will You Invest In Setting Your Outdoor Lighting Timer Accordingly?

DAYLIGHT_SAVINGS_TIME_-_SPRING_FORWARD_2015The arrival of daylight savings time (DST) means many things; yes, it means longer days and spring is fast approaching, but it also means an investment of your time in having the chore of programming all clocks, timers and electronic devices to reflect the change. Most modern households are loaded with time devices, from the microwave to the DVD player and even our cars! With the task at hand, wouldn’t it be nice if your outdoor lighting system could program itself? Thankfully, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City can make it happen.

Outdoor lighting technology continues to advance and enables homeowners to enjoy the benefits of a smarter home. Here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City we offer the convenience of “set it and forget it” timers for your Kansas City outdoor lighting system.

  • Outdoor lighting timersAstronomical Timers: These timers consist of a single-point control device that is much more accurate than traditional digital timers. GPS technology allows the timer to automatically adjust the times your lights turn on and off. We simply enter the GPS coordinates of your home and the current day and time. Then, your outdoor lights will turn on at sundown and off at sunrise each day of the year without adjustments. Other on/off times can also be entered depending on how long you want lighting system to operate.
  • lighting_control_automation_kansas_cityLighting Control Automation (LCA): Lighting control automation consists of a multi-point system that allows effortless automated control. Along with automatically controlling your lighting to reflect the beginning and end of DST, this technology also provides complete control over your outdoor lights and more. You can set up zones within your system so you porch lights can come on before your landscaping lights. You can program lights to come on at 50% and increase as evening progresses, for energy-efficiency and to create ambiance.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 endless and made even more effortless since LCA can be controlled through your computer, smart phone or tablet.

Outdoor lighting can make your home look beautiful again

If you are ready to put an end to time spent setting, resetting and the endless race of “chasing dusk“, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City today. Even if you are still utilizing and older outdoor lighting timer, we can reset it for you or install a new astronomical timer or discuss adding LCA. You’ll love the impact our cutting-edge outdoor lighting will make at your home, landscape and business!

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

 

 

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!

Transformer

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