Kansas City Deck Lighting Increases Safety and Enjoyment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kansas City Patio outdoor lighting

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

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

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

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



Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City Embraces National Home Improvement Month

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kansas City Gazebo Lighting

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

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

Increase your outdoor enjoyment with Kansas City backyard lighting!

Kansas City pool area lightingThe time has arrived when our minds turn to outdoor living. The days are longer, the temperatures are warming up and the sights and sounds of the season are coming alive in our backyards.As we move into the spring and summer months our focus turns to getting our backyard entertaining spaces in gear for warmer weather and family gatherings. From sprucing up the landscape, power-washing the deck to opening the backyard pool, Kansas City backyards are alive with the excitement of spring.

With all the tasks at hand in preparing for the outdoor living season ahead, have you considered how the addition of outdoor lighting could increase the functionality and ambiance in your backyard spaces? Outdoor lighting isn’t just reserved for the front facade of your home. Backyard lighting enhances the time you spend outdoors with friends and family and ensures your fun won’t be dictated by the setting sun.

Beautiful Backyard with Outdoor Lighting

Beautiful Backyard with outdoor lighting.

We use energy-efficient LED outdoor lighting which uses very little power to bring in plenty of light so that you can enjoy all the things your family loves to do outdoors like playing football on the lawn, board games by the fire pit or dining al’ fresco while Dad is flipping burgers at the grill. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City’s outdoor lighting systems are programmable, so they are designed to work to fit your lifestyle. We place lights where you need them so you can make the most out of each backyard zone.

  • Here are just a few examples of beneficial and beautiful backyard lighting applications:

Deck and Patio Lighting — Deck and patio lighting brings your backyard to life after the sun goes down while improving outdoor safety. The North American Deck and Railing Association’s Deck Safety Month is coming up in May, and outdoor lighting is a great way to increase the function, style and safety of your deck, or other outdoor living space(s). Lighting is especially helpful when installed by stairs, risers, exits and handrails. Lighting will also create ambiance within areas that are being used in the evening. For example, pillar lights help define perimeters and look amazing when mounted directly onto brick and wood columns.

Kansas City deck lighting

Professional deck and patio lighting creates a custom look for your outdoor living space  to enhance these spaces for everyday use or during outdoor events and gatherings. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City uses a combination of lighting styles to accommodate different purposes. The size of the area along with its function help to determine the type and number of lights you need for your deck or patio. Spot lights can be used in task areas, such as outdoor kitchens, while accent lighting creates a soft, inviting illumination in seating areas. Recessed lighting incorporated into steps and lights placed around walkways and doorways enhance safety.

Kansas City pool and patio lightingPool and Water Feature Lighting — What better way to enhance the mood than with light dancing off of tranquil water? Pool and water feature lighting is a must for homeowners who want to get the most out of their pool and surrounding space. Lighting will allow you to enjoy that “midnight swim” with peace of mind, and will also allow extended hours of enjoyment by the pool and in the pool. In addition to its aesthetic benefits, pool and water feature lighting is extremely functional, such as illuminating the areas around your water feature, delineating a pathway, and making you feel more safe and secure. Our professional  design service and high quality fixtures can do all of this and more.

John-Bruce-OwnerGood outdoor lighting changes the way you live, brings your family outdoors to gather and gives you opportunities to enjoy your backyard long after the sun has set. Let Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City create a destination worthy of backyard fun all season long! You can call us at (913) 859-9150 or via email at kansascity.outdoorlights.com.

Kansas City Decorative Outdoor Lighting Promotes Versatility

Kansas City cafe lightingOutdoor Landscape Lighting isn’t just about traditional façade, garden and path lights you see on most homes. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City takes it one step further by offering customers a unique series of decorative lighting options that is a game changer in the landscape industry. Decorative and ornamental lighting adds that special twist that is out of the norm and brings a whole new level of lighting that is not only practical, but also gorgeously awe-inspiring.

You don’t have to settle for what everyone else has so your home just looks like any other on the block in the evening. You can add customized specialty lights and techniques that bring a whole new level of illumination that is unmatched in bringing a distinctive flair to any garden. Check out some of our options:

Cafe lighting: our fiesta style cafe lights give you a permanent way to add the feeling of a vibrant and elegant French restaurant on any night of the week. They offer you the ability to light up large expanses such as a patio or deck thanks to a sturdy cable that suspends neat bulbs overhead.

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Orb lighting: brings a whole other magical feeling to an evening as large globes can be suspended anywhere—including trees—to add a fairy like glow to any dark corner of your garden. These globes come in 10, 12 or 16 inch sizes, and in hues of white, clear or in an array of colors that bring lots of options. It’s a unique look that often leaves guests marveling at how this nifty lighting technique is done as these orbs appear to be floating in the darkness.

Orb Lighting in trees Kansas City

Attraction Lights: capture light in a sculptural way that looks as awesome in the daytime as it does at night. These high quality metal constructed decorative lights come in an array of shapes and light shoots through cut-outs in the metalwork that casts incredible shadows and designs against a wall, your walkways or most any hardscape. It’s a lighting fixture you don’t want to hide and want everyone to see thanks to its artistic look that feels like a piece of art in the garden. Day or night, Attraction Lights dazzle.

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Colored filters: Our lighting designers are masters of mood and ambiance. They are able to employ expert techniques that take your ordinary landscape lighting to a whole new level such as with colored filters that fit right over your existing lights. By changing the shade of color, traditional white lights can convey a whole otherworldly feel that can add immense drama to an outdoor space. A blue lens cover added to your pool area can astonish your guests and make your water sparkle in an unusual way that is completely unexpected, for example. Of course these colored filters are also perfect for special occasions such as a party or for the holidays, too.

Kansas City Outdoor Lighting Colored Filters

All our lighting fixtures are of a very high commercial quality and are made in the USA of all metal, non-corrosive parts. They are professionally hung by our lighting installers that have an expertise in how to give an outdoor space a whole other feel that goes beyond the box. Don’t limit yourself to boring lighting options that don’t add dramatic energy and excitement to your home and property. There is no reason to settle on the traditional if what you are looking for is the extraordinary. We can show you how to do it!

John-Bruce-OwnerCall Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City today to amp up your property with decorative decadence that will be the envy of your neighborhood. You can reach us at (913) 859-9150 or via email at kansascity.outdoorlights.com.