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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

John-Bruce,-Owner

 

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

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

Light is an integral part of our winter holiday celebrations.

Light is an integral part of our winter holiday celebrations.

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

The roots of holiday lighting are ancient.

The roots of holiday lighting are ancient.

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

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

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

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

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

John-Bruce,-Owner

 

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

Capture Holiday Magic All Year Long with Outdoor Lighting

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

John-Bruce,-Owner

 

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

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City is Exceedingly Thankful

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

What are you thankful for this holiday season?

What are you thankful for this holiday season?

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

 

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

 

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

John-Bruce,-Owner

 

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

Why You Should Choose a Professional Outdoor Lighting Designer

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

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

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

 

Getting exquisite outdoor lighting means calling the right person.

Getting exquisite outdoor lighting means calling the right person.

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

John-Bruce,-Owner

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John-Bruce,-Owner

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

Get Your Kansas City Property Holiday Ready with Outdoor Lighting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John-Bruce,-Owner

 

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

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City: Making the Impossible Possible

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

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

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

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

Beautiful outdoor lighting is always possible.

Beautiful outdoor lighting is always possible.

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

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

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

John-Bruce,-Owner

 

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

October is a Big Month for Kansas City Outdoor Lighting

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

John-Bruce,-Owner

 

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

Royal Deal on a New Kansas City Outdoor Lighting System

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

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

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

Here’s what you need to know:

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

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

 

John-Bruce,-Owner

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

Fall Maintenance Keeps Your Kansas City Outdoor Lighting System Brilliantly Illuminating

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

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

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

 

This fixture is filled with debris and could easily overheat.

This fixture is filled with debris and could easily overheat.

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

John-Bruce,-Owner

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kansas City Holiday outdoor lighting

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

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

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

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

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

John-Bruce,-Owner

 

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

Kansas City Outdoor Lighting Is Worth Doing Right

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Staggering fixtures along a path prevents the airport affect.

Staggering fixtures along a path prevents the airport affect.

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

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

John-Bruce,-Owner

 

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

Show Off Your Kansas City Fall Foliage With Tree Lighting

Be sure your trees' foliage is visible after dark this fall.

Be sure your trees’ foliage is visible after dark this fall.

Strong, rooted, ancient – trees are the most beautiful, venerable components of our landscapes here in the Kansas City. They enhance the look of our yards. Our kids and pets play underneath their wide spreading branches. Temperatures have been sweltering the past couple weeks, and we have thoroughly appreciated the shade our trees provide. Though it’s a little hard to imagine right now, it won’t be long before the temperatures cool and foliage explodes with color – reds, oranges, yellows, and browns. Fall is beautiful. Unfortunately, bearing witness to one of nature’s most beautiful phenomenas is limited to the daytime. At nightfall, pale moonlight alters the look of colors, and in many cases, the leaves won’t be visible at all. Wouldn’t you like to enjoy fall color at night? The scene would be even more striking than it is during the day – the bright beautiful yellows, oranges, and reds surrounded by darkness. If you install tree lighting, this experience is possible.

 

tree_lighting_Kansas_CityTree lighting is a form of Kansas City landscape lighting that encompasses many techniques used to highlight the very best features of trees. Tree lighting is different from other forms of Kansas City landscape lighting because of the unique shape and size of trees. Most shrubs and flowerbeds are lower to the ground and work as a part of the landscaping design. Of course, trees are components in landscape design as well. However some of our most beautiful trees are the ones that stand alone. These trees have the opportunity to reach their maximum size and develop that perfect tree shape. They have large crowns and deeply gnarled bark. Uplighting is the technique most often used to highlight these giants, though spotlighting and wash lighting may also be used. Imagine your best trees’ fall foliage bathed in bright, natural light that allows their true colors to shine.

 

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.

Of course, as the holidays grow closer, your trees will lose their leaves. This bare look may seem bleak, but under Kansas City tree lighting, the texture of the tree’s bark and the unique pattern of the tree’s branches will stand out. Additionally, many of the fixtures we use for tree lighting have changeable lens covers. While lens covers are practical because they keep dead leaves and litter off of the bulb, they can also be fun. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City has a variety of colored lens covers that can bring unique focus to a tree. This is especially true if these covers are used strategically within a design that incorporates natural light as well. Finally, colored lens covers make decorating for the holidays a snap. Reds, greens, blues, and yellows can work with a variety of decorating themes for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah.

 

Fall is approaching. Before you know it, the air will bite, and you’ll be cozy in a sweater, sipping a pumpkin flavored drink. Be sure you can enjoy the iconic colors of fall at home, both day and night. Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City today, and bring notice to the oldest, largest living things on your property.

John-Bruce,-Owner

 

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

LED Outdoor Lighting is as Cool as our Upcoming Kansas City Nights

Cool off your outdoor lighting system without losing any of the beauty by upgrading to LED outdoor lighting.

Cool off your outdoor lighting system without losing any of the beauty by upgrading to LED outdoor lighting.

Fall may be on its way, but right now, Kansas City is slugging through the dog days of summer. Simply put, it’s hot out, and residents are busy looking for ways to cool off – a trip to the pool, a water gun fight with the kids, ice cream and slushies, or maybe just staying indoors in the air conditioning. Cooling off is about all we’ve been able to think about the past week, so have you thought about cooling down your outdoor lighting? No, I’m not kidding. Traditional halogen lighting uses bulbs that heat up when they are turned on for long periods of time. Overheating can cause bulbs to burn out, wiring to burn up, and even fires to flare. So how do you cool down your outdoor lighting system? By upgrading to LED outdoor lighting.

 

Very often when discussing LED outdoor lighting, we highlight its energy efficiency and durability. It’s true that the high quality LEDs from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City consume 80% less energy and can last up to 25 times longer than halogen bulbs. But what is often overlooked is that LED outdoor lighting is less likely to cause fires than even low-voltage halogen lighting. Why? The answer lies within LED technology. Kansas City LED outdoor lighting doesn’t use “bulbs” to create light. LED is an acronym that stands for “light emitting diode”. These diodes are like bulbs because they emit light, but they don’t contain filaments that heat up to produce that light. Rather, LED light is produced by electrons moving about in a semiconductor. Because the light isn’t created by heat, Kansas City LED outdoor lights are much cooler to operate.

 

LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) are cool operators.

LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes) are cool operators.

The weather is roasting us, so everything is hotter, including your outdoor lighting system. If you have been considering an upgrade to LED because of its energy efficiency and durability, now is the perfect time. While an upgrade won’t cool you down, it will definitely give your wiring and transformer a break. If you have an Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City halogen system in place, we can simply retrofit your fixtures, so they can accommodate LEDs. This will make an LED upgrade faster and much easier on your wallet.

 

So what are you waiting for? Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City today. While we can’t change the temperatures or drive away the dog days of summer, we can make your Kansas City outdoor lighting system cooler and safer, not to mention more energy efficient and durable.

John-Bruce,-Owner

 

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

Kansas City Outdoor Lighting Makes Fun Fall Nights Possible

Fall is the perfect season to enjoy evenings outdoors.

Fall is the perfect season to enjoy evenings outdoors.

What is surest sign that fall is upon us here in Kansas City? School buses, backpacks, pencils, or notebooks? Okay all of these indicate the end of summer and the beginning of the cooler season. After summer’s heat and raging storms, everyone (the adults at least) are ready for it. Fall is the perfect time for outdoor gatherings or fun family evenings outdoors. The weather is mild, and soon fall foliage will liven up our landscapes. If we don’t take advantage of the season, winter will drive us indoors before we know it. Are your outdoor living spaces ready for fall? You have probably already noticed that days are getting shorter, so to get the most out of your fall nights, you’ll need outdoor lighting.

 

Kansas City outdoor lighting provides the visibility you and your family need to enjoy your outdoor spaces once the sun sets. Your deck, patio, fire pit area, gardens, and landscape can become hazardous when shrouded in shadows. Of course, you know the area better than anyone else, but just one careless step can mean a fall down the deck steps and a night spent in the ER rather than playing board games. Kansas City outdoor lighting illuminates edges and the features of the space, minimizing trips and other accidents. It also helps your family members avoid collisions with each other when they are moving about.

 

Bring friends and family together with outdoor lighting in your beautiful outdoor living spaces.

Bring friends and family together with outdoor lighting in your beautiful outdoor living spaces.

In addition to making these spaces safer, Kansas City outdoor lighting helps set the mood for the evening. Warm lighting within the space helps all who visit it to relax and feel comfortable. Lighting draws people into a space. Our natural instincts cause us to gravitate toward it. As a result, it facilitates communication and togetherness. Outdoor lighting helps you and your family feel like you belong in that space. Not to mention, by bringing focus to your landscape, sitting areas, and space features, outdoor lighting is simply beautiful.

 

Labor Day is coming up. You’re about to have an extra free day to enjoy. If you are want to take full advantage of your outdoor spaces, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City today. We still have time to design and install beautiful outdoor lighting so you can make some lasting memories this fall – whether they are of a lively party with friends or a quiet night making s’mores at the fire pit with the kids.

John-Bruce,-Owner

 

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

Get Ready for the Kansas 2014 Sports Season with Outdoor Lighting

Get your outdoor living areas game ready for the 2014 sports season with outdoor lighting.

Get your outdoor living areas game ready for the 2014 sports season with outdoor lighting.

August is in full swing. That means back-to-school and  the beginning of the sports season, and here in Kansas City, we take our college sports seriously – especially football. Whether you are a K-State, KU or even a MU fan, you will be turning on the TV, donning the colors, setting out the hot wings, and cheering until your voice is gone. For me, I have one of each in my house, we’re a confused household.  No matter your school, be sure that your deck, patio,
cabana bar, or outdoor kitchen are ready for game time by adding Kansas City outdoor lighting. After all, you want to focus on what’s important not a fumbled plate or drink. Being sure these areas have adequate visibility will improve the experience for all.

 

Okay, so outdoor lighting it is, but what kind? After all you’ve heard plenty about the differences between LED and halogen lighting. Actually, some people are very staunch in their opinions regarding which of these is best. Some love the newer, energy-efficient LEDs while others champion the tried-and-true halogen. Sounds very much like a certain K-State/KU rivalry! Just like these teams, LED and halogen outdoor lighting have their strengths and weaknesses. For example, an LED outdoor lighting system will cost much less to operate than its halogen counter part. However, the halogen system will be less expensive to install initially. Which is best? Like our Kansas sports teams, the “best” outdoor lighting type is based on your preferences.

 

Which type wins the LED vs. Halogen rivalry? You decide.

Which type wins the LED vs. Halogen rivalry? You decide.

Of course just as with your favorite team, you want your outdoor lighting to be the best. You want it to stand out from the rest. Each school has its own uniqueness that makes it special; WILDCATS purple pride, JAYHAWKS chanting Rock Chalk Jayhawk or TIGERS yelling MIZ..ZOU, specialty outdoor lighting from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City is also unique and excellent.Our designers create outdoor lighting tailored to your distinctive property and outdoor living spaces. Using the highest quality components and trained installers, it is the best outdoor lighting available in our area. And best of all, it is yours…just like your team.

 

The athletes are busy doing extra laps, drills, and burpees, so Fans, let’s get busy too. Let’s make 2014 the best season. Break out the ice, sauce the wings, open the chips, and turn on the outdoor lights. Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City today and make your home the best place to cheer your favorite team on this fall.

John-Bruce,-Owner

 

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

Kansas City Residents Trust Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City

Kansas City residents trust the workmanship, custom designs, professional installation and proactive maintenance they receive from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City. Every job, every detail and every phone call that goes into one of our outdoor lighting plans is important to us. It’s important to our clients as well. Read what some of them have to say after our job is complete. If you’d like to leave a review for us or read additional reviews, visit our Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City website.

John Bruce was very professional and nice to work with. He explained and demonstrated the different lighting options to me and scheduled the work promptly. The work was completed quickly and they came back to make some minor adjustments I requested and they made a few of their own as well. I am enjoying the look of my new lighting system and have received many compliments from my neighbors. Rhonda M., Overland Park, KS

They’re a very good company to work with! They’re reliable, quick to respond, and provide high quality work. It’s been a great experience with them overall. Karen K., Kansas City, MO

Overall service was great! Service person was informative and professional. Corrected/repaired lighting that wasn’t working. I would use/ recommend this company!  Kim B., Leawood, KS

Installed lighting outside for us. Did a good job, arrived on time and the price was competitive with others. Excellent follow up with this company. We will use them for other projects. The finished product looks excellent. James L., Lenexa, KS

Did an excellent job. Was able to “recycle” most of lighting I already had which was a significant savings from buying new. James J., Leawood, KS

If your ready for outdoor lighting to enhance your Kansas City living spaces, give Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City a call.  We’ll make sure you’re just as satisfied as the hundreds of other Kansas City clients we serve.

 

John-Bruce,-Owner

 

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

 

 

 

Outdoor Lighting for Kansas City Curb Appeal

Beautiful lighting keeps this stunning home shining all night long.

Beautiful lighting keeps this stunning home shining all night long.

August is well on its way. In addition to bringing “the dog days”, did you know August brings National Curb Appeal Month? It is a whole month dedicated to sprucing up the exterior of your home and stepping up your game in the front yard. National Curb Appeal Month is the perfect time to make your home turn heads and become the talk of the neighborhood. But curb appeal isn’t just about bragging rights. Curb appeal is an essential component of resale and can even add value to your property. There are many projects you could undertake out front in August, but there are few improvements that transform your home like outdoor lighting.

No matter how much work you put into landscaping, no matter how detailed your architecture, if your home is not illuminated, all that fades into the shadows at sundown. Outdoor lighting ensures that the very best of your property is visible no matter the time of day. But outdoor lighting does more than just illuminate, it changes the mood and tone of your home. It transforms an ordinary, dark residence into a nighttime wonder. Professional outdoor lighting designers use light in much the same way visual artists use paint, clay, or stone. We manipulate light to create a beautiful scene that mesmerizes.

Warm light creates welcome and mystery at this residence.

Warm light creates welcome and mystery at this residence.

Lighting for curb appeal means focusing on the sides of your home that people see first (typically the front). Architectural lighting will bring notice to your home’s unique architectural features, perhaps a distinctive roofline or uncommon windows. These elements should be highlighted. Entryway and path lighting create an approach to your home that is warm and welcoming. Underneath lovely wash lighting and dramatic uplighting, your landscaping and trees contribute texture to the scene. Such lighting gives memorable first impressions and makes your home enticing.

So as we move closer to August, start looking at the front of your home. Will outdoor lighting make a difference? Of course, it will. In the hands of a professional outdoor lighting designer, the look of any property can be improved. So call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City and start the improvement that is sure to make your home more appealing.

John-Bruce,-Owner

 

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

It’s More Than Just Kansas City Outdoor Lighting to Us

Several weeks ago, we wrote a three-part series about picking the best outdoor lighting company and system for your home or outdoor living spaces. We stressed the importance of doing your research to find just what you are looking for. We also showed you why we are not just an outdoor lighting company. We are not just an installation company. We are not just a maintenance company. We are a full service company who will take the time to custom design an outdoor lighting plan just right for your space, professionally install the system, proactively maintain the system and make sure everything is perfect for you. What we wanted to show you was that we are not just a “one and done” type company. Our family values and superior craftsmanship of outdoor lighting is what got us to being Kansas City’s premier outdoor lighting company.

There are many outdoor lighting providers in the area but in this video, you’ll hear why our valued clients believe in Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City. You’ll hear them communicate our dedication to each project, taking the time to figure out what type of lighting will look best for each application, using a variety of fixtures to get that look just right and relying on our experience to give you the precise illumination you won’t see with other outdoor lighting companies

 

The end result has to be perfect for you before we are satisfied with the job. Our lighting design needs to extend your home and outdoor living spaces. We trust our top quality fixtures, custom designs and top-notch service and we won’t stop until you trust us just as much. See for yourself by calling our office to set up you free consultation and join our list of highly satisfied clients all over the Kansas City area.

 

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