Planning ahead for outdoor lighting with future landscape and hardscape additions in mind is wise

Kansas City pool and patio lightingDo you plan on adding a pool, patio or outdoor living space addition in the near future? Are you undertaking a new landscape endeavor, adding flower beds, ornamental accent trees or a perennial garden? If you answered YES to any of these then it is important to realize not only the benefits of integrating outdoor lighting into your future additions can be, but also the value of planning ahead to accommodate the installation.

Kansas City Patio outdoor lightingOutdoor lighting isn’t solely designed just for the front façade of your home and entryway, which of course we do, but it’s also about extending your enjoyment of all your outdoor areas so you can continue entertaining your friends and family well into the evening. You can do a late-night barbecue, have a pool party, watch the koi fish swimming in your pond or play with the kids on the lawn. We can light up the night in a way that will be the envy of the neighborhood. All your new outdoor upgrades will be easily seen so you can enjoy the fruits of your labor and show them off to all your guests and visitors. And you can’t beat the practicality and convenience of being able to use them all day — and night!

  • he power of planning is so important when it comes to home construction projects, particularly when it comes to outdoor lighting.Planning is key

The power of planning is so important when it comes to home construction projects, particularly when it comes to outdoor lighting. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City, we know that outdoor lighting is like the jewelry that is the finishing touch in a home design that shows everything off. Most of our calls come in AFTER a project is completed or we work with already existing hardscapes, but there is a great benefit and satisfaction when we are contacted early in the planning stages of your outdoor project.

he power of planning is so important when it comes to home construction projects, particularly when it comes to outdoor lighting.We are usually always able to work around any situation like an existing patio or deck, but it may mean sacrificing preferred placement if you wait until after your addition is already completed.The BEST course of action is to contact us BEFORE you begin any outdoor living space or exterior project so we can pre-wire the area with special sleeves that act as tubes where wiring can easily pass through if you decide to add lighting now or later. Not only is this prerequisite beneficial to our lighting installation, it can also benefit other contractors involved in completing your project.

he power of planning is so important when it comes to home construction projects, particularly when it comes to outdoor lighting.Even if you are just in the planning stages of an outdoor project right now, give us a call so we can guide you about adding lighting into the mix upfront. It’s always a good idea to make lighting part of your initial planning so you don’t settle for second-choice placement. It will also save lots of time and money to incorporate lighting into the very early stages of your plans. Plus, you can put your lights exactly where you want them and not have to go around large hardscape or structures that are already in place.

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You know the old saying “hindsight is 20/20?” Many of our customers wish they would have known “pre-planning” was available for the addition of outdoor lightingbefore their anticipated outdoor addition — that is why we are spreading the word about how this one element can make the entire project run more smoothly.

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City today to learn more about how we can work with your contractor to pre-wire your outdoor living spaces and landscape with renovations and additions in mind!

John-Bruce-OwnerFor a complimentary design consultation or answers to questions, please contact us at (913) 859-9150 or via email at kansascity.outdoorlights.com

 

 

 

 

Is Hospitality Lighting the Missing Ingredient to Your Venue’s Success?

Inn_lightingIf you are an owner or general manager within the hospitality and are looking for the missing ingredient to your venue’s success, the light of opportunity may be just need to be turned on — literally.

The right lighting can make things grow, whether you’re running a hotel or a greenhouse. In this age of LED innovations, lighting systems can enhance hospitality-industry properties and help grow business more effectively and energy-efficiently, ultimately helping to grow their bottom line! According to an article from Hotel Management Magazine;

The exterior of a hotel is equally important as the interior; what guests observe as they drive up or prospective guests see as they drive by is a direct reflection of what they can expect of their stay. As we have all come to know, first impressions are extremely important. And that is where exterior lighting comes in.”

“Wow your guests through the use of lighting by creating an attractive and inviting atmosphere they’ll be sure to notice. Position your lighting to accent your hotel’s best features and to provide a safe and secure environment for your guests. Lighting can also help reduce energy costs. With new LED technology, now may be the perfect time to invest in improved lighting that provides lower utility costs and, in many areas, utility rebates in addition to labor cost savings.”

Take a look at a recent hospitality lighting “case-study” conducted at Lone Star Court Hotel in Austin, TX:

Case study on hospitalty lighting in Austin TX

*The hotel was built and is owned by the Valencia Group, a Houston-based company known for its luxury independent hotels, including the Hotel Valencias in San Antonio and San Jose, the Hotel Sorella in Houston, and Hotel Sorella Country Club Plaza in Kansas City.

  • Project Goal:
To illuminate a retro, 21st century motor court with an authentically Austin and Texas Hill Country feel. Features include a bar with roll up garage doors opening to the courtyard, many seating areas, several fire pits for gathering, and space for nightly live music.
  • The Challenge:
With multiple nearby hotels slated to open in 2015, Lone Star Court Hotel faced a competitive space in the high-end “Domain” shopping area in northwest Austin. Design, amenities and vibe would be key in creating a unique lodging experience at the appropriate price point.
  • The Results: 
As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words…
Results of Hospitality lighting additions in case study
  •  We can do the same for you, right here at your Kansas City venue!

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City’s hospitality lighting caters to enhancing the experience for your patrons and helps grow your bottom line. We design, install and maintain outdoor illumination for your property. This includes exterior facades, entrances, common areas and special attraction outdoor spaces for your hotel, bed and breakfast or resort with stunning displays of highly efficient LED lighting effects, and reduce energy bills by up to 60% in the process.

John-Bruce-OwnerWhether it be a retro-fit of an outdated system or a new-build plan, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Hospitality serves Hospitality Engineers with expert consultation, the latest technologies and premium fixtures. For a complimentary design consultation or answers to questions, please contact us at (913) 859-9150 or via email at kansascity.outdoorlights.com

Kansas City Deck Lighting Increases Safety and Enjoyment

Overland Park KS Deck lightingMay is Deck Safety Awareness Month as observed through the North American Deck and Railing Association. NADRA points out that a key element to enjoying your deck for years to come is making sure it is safe for your family, friends, and special family events. In the interest of deck safety, homeowners should inspect their decks frequently and consider a professional deck inspection at least yearly. In addition to maintaining the structural integrity of your deck, there is also great value in lighting up all the features and facets of your deck.

deck lighting makes the most of evening fun

The addition of lighting to your deck will make it safer, more convenient and ambiance in the evening. Once you’ve made the investment in a deck, or maybe you moved into a home with an existing one– it’s still important to add deck lighting to ensure it not only looks gorgeous at night, but can be used well into the evening hours, too. Many homeowners don’t even think about adding deck lighting, and at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City we can’t tout the benefits any more than we already do! Strategic and elegant professional deck lighting can dramatically transform your backyard deck and how it is used.

Outdoor Lighting in Kansas City dinosaur backyardOne of our most recent deck lighting installations is underway now. These are return clients located in Kansas City. You may remember reading about the outdoor lighting design we completed for them last spring in our story titled, “Kansas Outdoor Lighting puts the RAWRR in this backyard!” Where we worked with Heiman Development Company to design a lighting scheme to up light the area around their backyard pool and three hand painted fiberglass dinosaur statues that surrounded the pool and backyard.In this next chapter, we were contacted to add lighting to a new deck the homeowner’s were installing, which incidentally overlooks the backyard pool as well.

The impetus of the design was to add lighting that was seamless, meaning, without seeing  or having the safety hazard of any cords or wiring.  In order to do this Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City carefully integrated the lighting by feeding the wire through the deck posts. Take a look at these “in progress” images to better understand how we accomplished this deck lighting installation that solely focuses on the effect, and not the fixture…

deck lighting kansas city

  • Our technicians carefully placed the wiring for each of the deck ledge lights within the hollow posts of the deck railing resulting in a design that is cohesive and aesthetically appealing!

Deck lightingOutdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City only uses high quality fixtures that help your deck come alive in the evening light. We can surround your deck with a wash of illumination that makes it a stand-out in your back yard, add important step lighting to your stairs that adds safety, too. We can light your walkways to your deck so that it’s easy to get to, and highlight your railings, seating areas and posts to provide a full lighting approach that covers all the bases. If you are an aspiring cook, we can install task lighting around your outdoor kitchen or barbecue and even add fabulous overhead café lighting to add plenty of neat visibility and a great vibe. We can integrate lighting directly into your deck so that it appears seamless and part of the structure in a completely stylish way.

John-Bruce-OwnerLet us make your deck a beautiful and useful extension of your home. With all the upcoming outdoor celebrations such as Memorial Day, Independence Day and Memorial Day, NOW is the time to schedule a consultation! Contact us today at (913) 859-9150 or via email at kansascity.outdoorlights.com.

A recent survey reveals the top areas homeowner’s focus on for outdoor lighting additions…

Outdoor lighting creates the perfect ambiance for outdoor entertaining.Savvy homeowners already know the endless benefits of adding outdoor lighting to your home and landscape. However, for those considering the addition of lighting for the first time, it can often be daunting to know where to begin and which areas would deliver you the most benefit. Outdoor lighting can not only provide ambiance in your setting, it can also enhance the safety and security of your property. All of which are important factors to consider when planning a new design.

According to a recent survey conducted by Qualified Remodeler the top areas homeowners’ are focusing on remains to be their outdoor living spaces. Whether it is adding beneficial lighting to their deck or patio, outdoor seating areas or integrating lighting into the steps, railing and post caps used within these areas — the results speak for themselves:

Survey Chart for blog

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City covered the benefits of outdoor lighting in  an article titled “Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City talks about using lighting to incorporate your outdoor spaces as part of your everyday living area” The story summarized part 3, in a 5-part series featured on Kansas City Live and emphasized that outdoor living spaces should be just as inviting during the evening hours as they are during the day.

Kansas City Patio outdoor lighting

No matter if a fun and festive atmosphere is needed for a celebration or social gathering or you seek a calm and relaxing tone which is better suited for your unwinding after each hard day at work, proper outdoor lighting is the key to getting the most enjoyment from your outdoor living structures. Here are a few key factors we use here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives when designing your outdoor lighting project:

  • 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 a stone or paver hardscape coupled with lighting throughout the surrounding landscaped areas of a patio gives a pleasant, warm and inviting feel to an otherwise plain, stark patio.

Additional outdoor living areas that also benefit from lighting include: barbecues (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.

John-Bruce-OwnerIf you are ready to take your outdoor living to a heightened level of functionality and enjoyment, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City today to get started. We will carefully walk you through the areas that will bring you the most benefit during our private consultation. Contact us today at (913) 859-9150 or via email at kansascity.outdoorlights.com.

 

 

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City Embraces National Home Improvement Month

Home_improvement_month_In case you didn’t know, May is National Home Improvement month as set forth by the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, (NARI). Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City knows that the careful planning of your home improvement project(s) will enable you to update your home, outdoor living spaces and landscape which will increase the value of your investment and customize your living space. One of the most important elements to any successful remodeling project is ensuring your improvement brings function and enjoyment during the night-time hours. Planning your project with the addition of outdoor lighting in mind is a crucial step in delivering this element.

There are many remodeling and home improvements that will benefit from one or more genres of outdoor lighting. These include but are not limited to:

  • augusta 26Landscape upgrades and additions
  • A new sidewalk or front pathway leading to your door
  • A garage addition to your home
  • Fencing
  • Replacement of your home’s exterior siding
  • A new pool or spa installation
  • A deck or patio addition
  • A detached outdoor living space addition such as a gazebo, or pergola
  • Addition or upgrade of a children’s play area or treehouse
  • A pond or custom water feature addition
  • EVEN — upgrading your mailbox!

Take a look at this video showcasing just a handful of the many areas of your home and landscape that can improve through the addition of professional outdoor lighting:

All of these, and many more home improvement projects can benefit from the addition of outdoor lighting!

Let us bring your home improvement project to another level with carefully planned and placed Kansas City outdoor lighting. For example, a new landscape addition, no matter how large or small, will disappear into darkness after the sun goes down. The addition of landscape lighting will ensure everyone can still enjoy the beauty, even if it is from the within your home as you look into your yard through your windows.

home improvementEven if you are just in the beginning stages of a home improvement project right now, give us a call so we can help plan for the lighting design upfront. It’s always a good idea to make lighting part of your initial planning so you don’t settle for second-choice placement. It will save lots of time and money to incorporate lighting into the very early stages of your plans. Plus, you can put your lights exactly where you want them and not have to go around large hardscape or structures that are in place.

Kansas City Gazebo Lighting

Of course, don’t fret if you’re already in the middle of your renovation or have already completed one as we can figure out the best way to achieve the look you want. Let outdoor lighting increase the enjoyment of all your outdoor areas so you can continue entertaining friends and family into the night. Imagine an evening barbecue or pool party, or playing with your kids on the lawn, or simply watching the fish swimming in your pond. We can light up the night in a way that will make you the envy of the neighborhood! All of your new outdoor upgrades and home improvements will be easily seen and thus enjoyed–no matter the time!

John-Bruce-OwnerContact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City today to help you add more enjoyment and function to your home improvement project!
You can reach us at (913) 859-9150 or via email at kansascity.outdoorlights.com.