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.
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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

Deck Lighting Keeps Kansas City Decks Lively All Night Long

Deck lighting allows you to use your deck at any hour.

Deck lighting allows you to use your deck at any hour.

No outdoor living space quite says “summer night out” like the deck. Decks offer a distinctive space for gatherings large and small. Their elevation helps keep many creepy crawlies away, and you can go barefooted without care. That said, if your deck isn’t properly illuminated, it becomes virtually unusable at night. Edges and stairs become dangerous trip hazards, and poor visibility makes colliding with an object or person easier than avoiding them. This is unfortunate because the deck’s space, set apart from the rest of the yard, can be the most enjoyable, safe location for nighttime gatherings. The solution is simple – deck lighting.

 

Deck lighting using our copper half moon fixture.

Deck lighting using our copper half moon fixture.

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City, our approach to deck lighting is both similar and different from other types of outdoor lighting. It is similar in that every deck, just like every home and landscape, is unique in some way. Because of each deck’s uniqueness, it is important to consider what lighting fixtures and design will look best on a particular deck. It is different in that we must deal with the complications of mounting fixtures (you can’t simply stick them in the ground) and hiding wiring. Because of this, we rely on some unique fixtures to make your deck both beautiful and safe.

 

Copper Half-Moon Deck Light – This light is discreet, beautiful, and mounts easily to posts, retaining walls, and other small spaces. This fixture is perfect for casting ambient light into the space and will develop a lovely patina finish over time.

 

The Classic Brass Pier Mount Deck Light.

The Classic Brass Pier Mount Deck Light.

Classic Adjustable Pier Mount Brass Deck Light – This classic fixture can be mounted to the tops of retaining walls and railings. The light emitted by this fixture encompasses a wide area for its size.

 

Antique Brass LED Deck Light – Small enough to fit in even the tightest spots, this fixture can illuminate up to 6 feet when it is mounted 3 feet high. It is small enough that no one will even notice its presence, and they may ask where the light is coming from.

 

Antique Brass LED Deck Light.

Antique Brass LED Deck Light.

Step Lights – Step lights are fixtures that are mounted into the risers of steps. They provide illumination so stairs are easy to navigate. However, bouncing light from other sources onto stairs can often accomplish equally adequate illumination while improving the overall aesthetics of the lighting design.

 

As you can see, our options for deck lighting are numerous, and these are only some of the fixtures we can use. The best choices are always dependent on the deck itself and the mood the client wants for the area. So as you get ready to host parties or even just spend time outdoors with your family this summer, don’t forget to maximize use of your deck. Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City today. We would love to show you just what a difference deck lighting can make after sundown.

 

John-Bruce,-Owner

 

John Bruce, Owner

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City
913-859-9150

No Space is Too Small: Kansas City Outdoor Lighting for Smaller Properties

You’ve heard a lot about outdoor lighting – how it can improve your experience of outdoor space, how it can increase security, and how it even has the potential for increasing your property value. But your Kansas City home is small. The beautifully designed outdoor lighting you’ve seen is installed on properties much larger and more lavish than yours. You may be asking: Isn’t it just for big homes? No, not really. While many homeowners who add outdoor lighting do own large properties, outdoor lighting can improve any home, no matter how small.

When skilled outdoor lighting designers, like Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City, approach a project, we focus on highlighting the best characteristics of the property. Like large properties, smaller homes have unique, beautiful characteristics. While they Kansas City landscape lightingmay not have stone walls, iron gates, or columns, they might have distinctive shutters, elegant landscaping, or a one-of-a-kind pergola or trellis. The best outdoor lighting designer will find ways to bring notice to beauty that is already there but is hidden by darkness. For a recent small project, the client’s landscaping was more distinctive than the house itself, so we focused on the property’s strengths. The lighting design only required ten lights, and while the house itself was not highlighted, we bounced ambient light so there was plenty of visibility to navigate the area while the landscaping shined.

 

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City, we use a variety of fixtures and techniques. Some of them can even make a space look larger. We direct where viewers look using various lighting techniques and knowledge of sight lines and how people perceive the world around them. Other contractors, like landscapers who do outdoor

Small spaces seem larger with professional outdoor lighting

Small spaces seem larger with professional outdoor lighting

lighting on the side, won’t approach lighting your property this way. Without a wide selection of fixtures and the ability to control them, their outdoor lighting could overpower your smaller property, leaving you with “hotspots” and little ambiance.

 

Don’t abandon the notion of adding outdoor lighting to your property because you believe your home is too small. In the right hands, every property’s look, security, and functionality can be improved. So call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City. As the area’s premier outdoor lighting designer, we would love to coax out the very best of your small home.

John-Bruce,-Owner

 

John Bruce, Owner

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City
913-859-9150

Summer Change Spurs Outdoor Lighting Additions

Enjoy more areas of your yard this summer by making an outdoor lighting addition.

Enjoy more areas of your yard this summer by making an outdoor lighting addition.

Seasons change. It really wasn’t too long ago that we were battling winter weather here in Kansas City. Now, temperatures have warmed. Trees, plants, and flowers are green and full of life. Spring is in full swing, and summer is right around the corner. Just like the seasons change, your outdoor lighting should too. There are many reasons for making an addition to your system. Perhaps you changed your landscaping this spring, or added a fire pit area last fall. You’ve been holding on to that tax refund and have now decided you want to expand into a new area. Your side yard is dark. Your partner wants to entertain more, and the deck is the perfect spot for dining during the warm months. Whatever the reason, an addition to your outdoor lighting system allows you greater enjoyment of your yard this summer as you relax in areas that, before, were inaccessible at night.

 

All homes change the longer we live in them. Daily living causes wear and tear. We also make improvements as we develop habits and patterns within our living spaces. The home you live in today is not the one you purchased five years ago, and sometimes, this can spur changes in your outdoor lighting system too. As you have used your outdoor lighting system, you have probably noticed areas you would like to improve or enhance. This is normal. Additions from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City can be as small or large as you like from a couple lights for a new garden addition to a pool area complete with pergola. In many cases, we are able to make additions without upgrading your transformer, especially if you add LED outdoor lighting fixtures, which don’t pull as much voltage as traditional halogen.

 

No addition is to large or small.

No addition is to large or small.

So go ahead and take a walk over your property this evening. What do you notice? Dark spots here and there, an entire area that is not used after sunset because of shadows, or trees and landscaping that cannot be seen. Jot these areas down. Then come back inside and prioritize. You may want to fix all of your problem areas at once, or you may stretch your additions out over several months. Whatever you choose, the additions you make will give you satisfaction all year long and turn your neighbors heads. And Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City will be here to ease the entire process.

 

So call us today. Keep your outdoor lighting system up-to-date and matching the growth of your property. We can help. In no time at all, you’ll be ready for a bright, happy summer.

 

John-Bruce,-Owner

 

John Bruce, Owner

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City
913-859-9150

Illuminating Kansas City’s Outdoor Special Events

american-flagThe entire team at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City hopes you had a relaxing and reflective Memorial Day weekend honoring those fallen hero’s and thanking those who continue to protect us. Along with the celebrations, parades and family reunions, Memorial Day weekend seems to be the start of the outdoor party season in Kansas City and we have one question for you. How was your outdoor lighting?

 

You know Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City custom designs and installs the highest quality outdoor lighting systems for your home, pathways, landscaping, decks, patios and pool areas all over the Kansas City area. But what if you’re looking for something a little more temporary for those special events you host a couple times a year? We can help with that as well. In fact, we have a variety of special event lighting options that will bring the most festive atmosphere to your event.

 

String Lighting: String lighting is typically done around the perimeter of your event area on the trees to give your space a magical look. But thinking outside the box is what one client had in mind for the most important proposal of his life. This particular client had us spell out “Marry Me” in C9 string lights on top of a local hotel. He then took his potential bride-to-be for a helicopter ride flying over our message. Guess what she said!

String Lights for special events.

String Lights for special events.

 

Café Lights: Café lights will give your event that European feel so you’re guest will be saying “ooh, la, la!” Café lighting provides the perfect solution to liven up a difficult-to-light area, a covered patio and other outdoor structures where fixtures cannot be placed on the ground. We hang multiple strands of this commercial-grade lighting over the event area to make it sparkle and shine.

Cafe lights sparkle and shine.

Cafe lights sparkle and shine.

 

Battery Powered Landscape Lights: When a larger area is used to host your event, you may be interested in our battery-powered landscape lighting fixtures. Just a beautiful as our traditional outdoor lighting fixtures, in fact, they are the same fixtures, they can be set up quickly to illuminate paths and stairways, create dramatic shadowing or illuminate a much larger area. We even have colored lens filters if you want to add a fun twist to the event. The batteries last throughout your entire event and can be recharged if needed for several nights in a row.

 

Battery powered landscape lighting for stairways.

Battery powered landscape lighting for stairways.

 

With Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City, 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 Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City Houzz profile.  Then, give us a call today to talk about enhancing your outdoor spaces. No matter what your idea is, we bet we can put it in lights.

 

John-Bruce,-Owner

John Bruce, Owner

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City
913-859-9150

How to Choose an Outdoor Lighting Installer and Start Enjoying Your New System

Proper installation of your outdoor lighting system is just as important as its design.

Proper installation of your outdoor lighting system is just as important as its design.

If you haven’t noticed already, over the past couple weeks, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City has been stepping you through the process of going from no outdoor lighting system to having a great one. We’ve given you information to help you pick a designer and the type of system that’s best for your property. Now, all you need to do is have this system installed then you can enjoy elegant lights and peaceful moods all year long. So once again you are faced with a decision, and once again, you may be saying, “Now what?” Occasionally, we find that homeowners overlook the importance of a professional installation. Even if a subcontractor is told where to place the lights, how to angle them, and what fixtures to install, if he/she is not careful and knowledgeable, you could end up needing costly repairs or, worse, facing a fire. When choosing an installer, be sure to consider experience, specialization, reputation, and presence or absence of insurance. In many ways, this selection will be much like the selection of your designer.

 

So, now we’ll go ahead and toot our own horn for a minute. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City has been serving Kansas City and its surrounding areas for many years. Outdoor lighting is our specialty. It is all we do – from design to installation to service and maintenance. We understand the elements a system must withstand, how to control voltage, and how to install components so they remain safe over time. Our reputation is second to none. Check out what some of our clients have to say about us, and be sure to give our Angie’s List page a view. We were even one of the 2012 and 2013 recipients of the coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award. Our work is always insured, and the products we use are covered by strong warranties.

 

Put your outdoor lights in the best hands.

Put your outdoor lights in the best hands.

When it comes to outdoor lighting, Outdoor Lighting Perspective of Kansas City offers you peace of mind. Your outdoor lights are in the same hands throughout the process. We design some of the most beautiful outdoor lighting in the area. We believe in doing work the right way, even if it’s not the easy way. Rather than subcontract, our technicians perform the installation. These same technicians are the ones that will come out to assist you should anything go awry or to perform the routine service that keeps your system shining brilliantly year after year. You’ll get to know us, and we’ll get to know you.

 

We hope the information we’ve provided over the past few weeks eases many of the decisions you have to make about outdoor lighting. If you’ve found you’re ready to make outdoor lighting a reality on your property, give us a call. We’d love to hear from you today.

 

John-Bruce,-Owner

 

John Bruce, Owner

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City
913-859-9150

How to Pick the Right Outdoor Lighting System for Your Property

So last week, we talked about how to pick the right outdoor lighting designer because, let’s face it, there are a lot of outdoor lighting providers out there and they aren’t all the same. This week, let’s talk a little about outdoor lighting systems themselves. Making decisions regarding the type of system you install can be confusing too. Just like designers, you have a lot of options when it comes to systems. But which is right for you? Excellent question, and it deserves an answer. Unfortunately at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City, we can’t really answer it for you, but what we can do is provide you with information that will hopefully help you answer it for yourself.

When it comes to outdoor lighting there are four main types that are installed today – Solar, LED, and Halogen. Within the past few years, Incandescent has been phased out due to the discontinuation of its bulbs, which happened earlier this year. When attempting to make a decision regarding your outdoor lighting, you will be considering several areas of strength and weakness: Quality of Light, Brightness, Energy Cost, Life Expectancy, Directional Ability, Nightly Duration, and Initial Investment. The following table illustrates how the various types of outdoor lighting measure up.

solar-led-halogenFrom an outdoor lighting designer’s perspective, solar outdoor lighting technology is not advanced enough to be a viable candidate for consideration. The light produced is very dim, and the color is not natural. With incandescent being removed from the market, the real choice is between halogen and LED. As you can see in the photo below, these types of lighting are visually interchangeable. The difference boils down to the initial investment of LED versus long term operating costs of halogen.  When we do additions to systems, we routinely utilize both types of lighting without any noticeable difference.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City Outdoor LED LightingSo once you have determined which type is best for you, what about fixtures? Should you use brass, copper, or painted fixtures? Often, homeowners choose painted fixtures because they are cheaper and have color options. From an outdoor lighting designer’s perspective, it is still better to choose copper or brass fixtures. Why? The painted fixtures are typically made of aluminum, the finish will crack over time, ultimately peel, and you will end up replacing the fixture. Copper and brass are materials that can withstand even the harshest environments. These metals have been used for centuries in maritime equipment. They will not rust or corrode. Actually, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City doesn’t even carry painted aluminum fixtures, even if they have the protective powder coating. We carry the highest quality brass and copper fixtures that actually blend into your landscaping better than those painted black fixtures, especially after they have developed that aged, patina finish.

So do you have a little more direction? We hope so. With good information you can make the right decision for your property, and really only you can answer the question of what is best. Then, once you have made your decision, give Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City a call. With years of experience designing and installing Kansas City outdoor lighting using  the best quality components, your new system will be in the very best hands.

 

John-Bruce,-Owner

 

John Bruce, Owner

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City
913-859-9150

How to Determine If You Have a Professional Outdoor Lighting Designer

So you’re getting ready to install an outdoor lighting system on your Kansas City property. You’ve talked to friends and neighbors and researched providers in the area. You’re comparing prices and packages. At times, it seems a bit overwhelming, but you really want a good designer. So you keep researching and reading reviews. Then you narrow it down to a couple outdoor lighting providers and pause. How do you know? How do you know that the one you select is the best? Well, get out some paper and get ready to make notes. With the following criteria, you can compare outdoor lighting designers to be sure you choose the right one for the job.

A professional's work is apparent in the details.

A professional’s work is apparent in the details.

  1. Experience – Find out how long each designer has been in business. Is the company just starting out, or do they have an established portfolio of work? Do they have a good reputation in your area?
  2. Social Media Representation – Can you find each designer online? While information on the web can certainly be faked, established designers tend to have an online presence. They have been around for a while and often have others looking after the marketing aspects of their company. That way, they can focus on lighting.
  3. Insurance – Is the designer insured? Not being insured is an indication that the designer may only be dabbling in outdoor lighting on the side. Designers who are insured are probably working on a lot of projects. However, if a designer’s primary source of income isn’t outdoor lighting, they probably won’t invest in it.
  4. Presence – A professional outdoor lighting designer takes his/her work seriously. This designer will be very present, proactive, and asking probing questions during your meetings or conversations. Professionals do this because they want their clients to be happy with their work. If a designer seems to only be selling you something, that’s probably the case.
  5. Specialization – Do the providers specialize in outdoor lighting? Or are they also landscapers, pool designers, or electricians? A professional outdoor lighting specialist only does outdoor lighting. He/she will have greater expertise than someone who is dabbling because outdoor lighting is the focus of the business.
Be sure your outdoor lights are in professional hands.

Be sure your outdoor lights are in professional hands.

Making a table and filling in the blanks for each designer will tell you a lot. It helps you to see how designers measure up on each of these criteria. Once they’re side by side, the right decision will be fairly obvious.

If you haven’t yet put Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City on your list, do. See how we measure up. Then, give us a call. We would love to talk to you about your project and help make your outdoor lighting visions a reality.

 

John-Bruce,-Owner

 

 

John Bruce, Owner

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City
913-859-9150

Sweat The Details – 5 Outdoor Lighting Tips To Make Your Favorite Home Features Pop

This weekend, it’s time to celebrate the much-anticipated (and much delayed) arrival of Spring. Get out in your yard and take a look at what you can do to make your beautiful home really stand out from the rest. Here are a few tips from the experts at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City about how even the smallest of details can make a world of difference when it comes to your home’s outdoor lighting.

LED Lights from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

Take full advantage of your surroundings with beautiful outdoor landscape lighting.

1. Use subtle landscape lighting to your advantage.  You don’t have to be a full-time gardener to appreciate some of the beautiful foliage that blooms in Kansas City in the Spring. An expert from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives can help you take full advantage of your home’s surroundings with a one-of-a-kind outdoor landscape lighting design.

 

 

 

Path lights around your stairs

Boost safety and add continuity to your overall design with path lighting.

2. Carve out a walkway with path lighting. Don’t leave your guest sin the dark – let an outdoor lighting expert help you carve out a beautiful pathway to your backyard or anywhere someone might walk after dark. In addition to filling potential holes in your overall outdoor lighting design, path lighting helps boost the safety of your home for your family and your guests.

 

3. Show off your house with architectural lighting. You’ve got beautiful detail work in the architecture of your home, but it all gets lost in the shadows as soon as the sun goes down. Use architectural outdoor lighting to really make these features pop. They could easily become even more eye-catching and look even better dressed up with a professional outdoor lighting design at night than they do during the day.

 

Open up new spaces in your backyard with patio lighting, deck lighting and more.

Open up new spaces in your backyard with patio lighting, deck lighting and more.

4. Get creative with café lighting for your patio. Get more out of your backyard – use outdoor lighting to create a brand new party-hosting spot at your house. Patio lighting, deck lighting and other types of backyard lighting are all smart options available at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City this Spring.

 

 

 

Kansas City Outdoor Lighting

Take water features and other great pieces around the house to the next level with one-of-a-kind outdoor accent lighting.

5. Install accent lighting for small fountains, water features and more. Don’t let your favorite small features around the house get lost in the dark. Accent lighting is the smartest, most effective way to add depth to your home and really take your outdoor lighting design to the next level. Work with a trained expert to locate features around your home that could benefit from outdoor accent lighting – waterfalls, garden statues and even your home’s street number are all common pieces that come to life with a little light.

Learn more about how to get the most out of your outdoor lighting design when you call an expert at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City today.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas CityJohn Bruce, Owner

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City
913-859-9150

March Madness and Outdoor Lighting: A Perfect Match for a Perfect Game Day

Bright lights, that high pitched squawk of sneakers on the gym floor, and thundering crowds – March Madness is here! For basketball fans, this is the real deal. Whether you are cheering for your alma mater or are simply devoted to a team, honor and pride hang on the line here, and we take it seriously. Unfortunately, we won’t all get to attend a tournament game. In reality, most of us will watch at home, with friends, or at a restaurant or bar. If you are the one hosting the game, be sure that your home is March Madness ready. Of course that will include a great set up, drink and food, and the very best light. No great sporting event is complete without great lighting. Don’t let your home be any different.

 

Be sure your outdoor living space are bright and ready when guests arrive to watch the game.

Be sure your outdoor living space are bright and ready when guests arrive to watch the game.

Residential outdoor lighting is certainly not the super bright stuff of sports arenas and fields. However, it functions in ways that are similar by allowing clear visibility for those using the space, helping spectators see what is important, and keeping everyone safe. I rather doubt any sports injuries have occurred in college or professional matches because of a lack of light. Outdoor lighting makes movement within your spaces safer whether that is the driveway, patio, deck, or fire pit area. Collisions are less likely, fewer drinks are spilled, and faceplants due to a missed step are avoided. All of this is a must when family and friends are coming and going.

 

 

A beautifully lit exterior sets the tone for a great night.

A beautifully lit exterior sets the tone for a great night.

Outdoor lighting also helps set a tone of welcome and fun. For centuries, light has drawn people together. As a result, we associate it with good times and hospitality. A well-lit, home exterior not only catches eyes as people pass, but it also draws your guests in. They feel good about coming over, even if they can’t be sure why. From driveways to architecture to landscape, various outdoor lighting types work together to let the world know your home is the place to be for festivities and friends. It creates the electric atmosphere you expect from a great event.

 

So make sure your arena is March Madness ready. Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City. We can ensure your outdoor spaces are ready to host the big game and that the front of your home shining. Then you can get back to what’s important – cheering on your team.

 

John-Bruce,-Owner

 

 

 

John Bruce, Owner

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City
913-859-9150

Oust Old Man Winter from Your Outdoor Lighting with Spring Maintenance

With yet another blast from the arctic last week, I believe all of Kansas City would get behind me and push if I could physically oust Old Man Winter from our area. The good news is that we may not have to. Over the next week, there are some very spring-like temperatures peppered into our forecast. While there will still be some cold days in store, what a relief these few rises into the 60’s will be. In days gone by, spring cleaning was not only considered functional because it spruced up the house. It also was an act that served to kick out winter itself. While today we know we can’t control the weather by sweeping the floor or cleaning out the closet, we do feel better when we prepare for what is coming and have everything ready to go. So let’s get ready to bid winter goodbye and make cleaning up your outdoor lighting system a part of that.

 

While you're doing ushering spring in with cleaning, let us sweep Old Man Winter out of your outdoor lighting system with maintenance.

While you’re doing ushering spring in with cleaning, let us sweep Old Man Winter out of your outdoor lighting system with maintenance.

Spring is a great time to do maintenance on your outdoor lighting system. Winter weather is hard on any thing that must remain out in the elements, and it certainly takes a toll on your system’s fixtures and components. Snow drifts pile up on fixtures. Of course, they continue burning, and with the melting snow and drastic temperature variations around the components, bulb lives may be shortened. Chances are, if you weren’t digging your fixtures out this season, you probably have a bulb or two that needs replacing. Winter precipitation can also alter the position of fixtures. This can occur because of bombardment by ice and sleet, the weight of snow and ice pushing down or against fixtures, or precipitation being cleared away from them.

 

 

Never worry about nature's wear and tear on your system again. With our Annual Maintenance Plan, we'll take care of it for you.

Never worry about nature’s wear and tear on your system again. With our Annual Maintenance Plan, we’ll take care of it for you.

Ensure your system is ready to light up your spring nights by scheduling maintenance. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City will reposition any fixtures that have shifted, replace defective bulbs, check your wiring and transformer, and adjust your timer to accommodate this week’s Daylight Savings Time shift. (It happens this Sunday – March 9th; don’t forget!) If you are a current client and already have our Annual Maintenance Plan (AMP), just call to schedule. This work is covered by your plan. If you don’t have an AMP, consider adding one. Just like any other component of your home, outdoor lighting systems need routine care to keep them looking their best. With this plan, we handle it all for you, and you have one less worry. If you are not one of our clients but still have a system that needs maintenance, call us. We are capable and happy to service systems installed by other outdoor lighting providers and contractors. We can still help make your system perform at its best capabilities, even if we didn’t design it.

 

So let’s kick out Old Man Winter. While we can’t physically push him out of Kansas City as people believed so many years ago, we can at least get him out of your outdoor lighting system. Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City today, and be well on your way to enjoying beautiful spring nights bathed in exquisite outdoor light.

 

 

John-Bruce,-Owner

 

John Bruce, Owner

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City
913-859-9150

Outdoor Lighting with March Madness in the Air

March madness can apply to outdoor lighting too.

March madness can apply to outdoor lighting too.

I know at this point we’re all beginning to wonder if spring is coming to Kansas City at all. With more wintery weather on the way this coming week, our outlook is a bit bleak, but March is just a couple days away. By the end of next month, we will have forgotten the winter blues and biting wind. We’ll have exchanged it all for full-fledged March madness. For some of us, that will include NCAA basketball. For others, it will include spending time in the great outdoors, but to all of us, it will mean energy and excitement. Finally, the snow will have melted with no chance of falling again, and we’ll be out in the yard. Hopefully, when the time comes, you’ll be able to stay outdoors as long as you want because you have installed outdoor lighting.

 

A couple weeks ago, we talked about four questions that can help you better prepare for your meeting with your outdoor lighting designer – whether you are looking to do an addition or install new system. This week, why not come meet the designer other Kansas City residents have trusted for years? February 28th – March 2nd, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City will be exhibitors at the Johnson County Home & Garden Show. It will be held at the Overland Park Convention Center, and you can find us in booth #915. We’ll have plenty of photos on hand featuring Kansas City projects we’ve completed over the years, and you can see how durable and stylish our fixtures are. If you haven’t yet decided which area you want to light or which style you is for you, that may all change after the show.

 

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

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

Shows like this one are particularly exciting for us because we get to meet and talk with potential clients face-to-face. Of course Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City can answer any of your outdoor lighting questions over the phone, but there’s just something better about a conversation in person. Go ahead. Come out, talk to us, and see what we can do for you this spring.

 

Be sure you catch outdoor lighting March madness this year. Despite the cold outside, today it’s in the air. Every homeowner is a fan of a beautiful yard and the freedom to use it all hours of the day. Get ready to make it yours by visiting us at the show or calling. We know you can’t wait to get out in your yard again, and we can’t wait to make those moments perfect.

 

John-Bruce,-Owner

 

 

John Bruce, Owner

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City
913-859-9150