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Say Goodbye to Motion Sensors: Wilmington Security Lighting You Will Adore

Floodlights are blinding and boring. We offer subtle security lighting options to transform your home into a nighttime masterpiece that happens to also be safe and secure.

exterior home lighting provides securityHave you been thinking about home security lately? There are more options than ever before for DIY and professional security systems. From doorbell cameras to big-time security companies, comparing and deciding can be a daunting task.

Most homeowners start with lighting when it comes to improving security and gaining peace-of-mind. Many go straight to the floodlights and motion sensor lights. While you know it is necessary, the last thing you want is to recreate daylight at your home each night.

You might be surprised to learn, bright, glaring floodlights are absolutely NOT necessary.

With an increase in options for professional outdoor lighting systems, you can add security lighting to your property that looks beautiful, decorative, and adds curb appeal while accomplishing the mundane task of adding security.

Subtle Security Lighting

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, outdoor lighting is ALL we do. Our years of experience and lighting expertise makes us the perfect choice for designing and installing your outdoor lighting system. We’ll customize your lights to meet your security goals while enhancing the beauty of your home and property at night.

How do we do it? With a combination of a few different lighting types, we can secure your entire property.

Exterior Home Lighting Shines a Light on Your Entryways

subtle security lighting at brick homeYour home is ground zero for what you want to protect from would-be criminals. Your most precious family members are inside, trusting that they are safe from harm. Many of your most prized possessions also reside inside your home and they can absolutely be the target of a crime of opportunity.

To deter criminals from your home we will illuminate it near all points of possible entry with exterior home lighting. Wall wash lighting near windows and doors gives a prowler no options for sneaking in under the cover of darkness. When approaching your home at night, you’ll see stunning curb appeal, but opportunistic criminals will see Fort Knox. No way are they trying to break in there. Too much exposure.

Landscape Lighting Pushes Away the Dark

security lighting with backyard landscape lightsYour entire property can provide an opportunity for criminals to hide and eventually gain access to your valuables. We don’t just light your home, but we deter potential hiding places around the entire property.

Starting with your property’s perimeter, we add subtle accent lighting to act as a guide for where your property ends and begins. These lights deter potential bad guys from ever stepping foot on your land.

As we move closer to the house, we ad focal points on trees and other distinct landscape features. Then we pay special attention to dark corners around the sides and back of your home where shadows usually creep up and provide cover. With inconspicuous landscape lighting all around, there will be nowhere to hide.

If you’d like to add a bit of security to your property without the process of dealing with large security companies, punching in security codes, and making everyone in the house feel like they are being watched, consider outdoor lighting for the most beautiful security lighting possible. Call today for a free nighttime demonstration at your home. 910-342-0040

The Unofficial End of Summer Has Passed: Is Your Property Ready for Long Fall and Winter Nights?

You might not be thinking of it yet with this never-ending heat. But soon, winter darkness will fall over your Wilmington home and property, often before you get home from work for the day. It is all too easy to deny the inevitability of the long fall and winter nights, but we encourage you instead to plan for it.

And plan for it now.

Is your property safe and secure? Are your walkways easy to navigate? Can your friends and guests find your home easily at night? All of these questions are important to ask and answer now, so you can proactively make a change before the shortest days of the year arrive.

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Enhance Safety and Security with Outdoor Lighting

Our mild winters featuring long nights and short days make your property more susceptible to mischievous behavior. Under the cover of darkness, crimes of opportunity become easier to commit.

But you can push back the dark with subtle accent lighting for your home and property.

With strategically placed landscape lighting around entryways, the perimeter of your property, and dark corners around the sides of your home you can take away the veil that provides criminals the confidence they need to attempt a robbery.

Limit Liability and Increase Enjoyability with Path Lighting

Path lighting is a must-have in the fall and winter. For late arrivals home and outdoor living, path lighting makes sure you don’t suffer a trip and fall. Or worse yet, a friend, family member or guest. Imagine the horror of someone you adore sustaining a serious injury on your property. While we don’t recommend wrapping everyone in bubble wrap or other extreme measures, a little lighting goes a long way to provide clear visibility and sure footing. Did we mention it looks beautiful too!?

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Front Yard & Exterior Home Lighting Makes Your Home Easy to Find

Entertaining in the fall and winter will almost inevitably bleed over into the dark of night. Whether you’re starting a late-night party after dark or guests are leaving at night, it is important to illuminate the front of your home and property.

With front yard landscape lighting, visitors arriving for the first time after dark can find your home easily. We recommend focal lighting to illuminate your address sign or another distinct landmark or beloved decorative item.
By illuminating your home and the front yard with landscape lighting, you can feel good knowing your guests can see where they are going and that there is an inviting home where they feel welcome.

warm welcome home front yard lighting

What is your favorite fall or winter gathering? Football parties? Birthdays or reunions? Whatever the case is, make sure your home is always ready during this lovely time of year.

Call today for a free at-home design demonstration. 910-342-0040

Outdoor Lighting for Fire Pits Sets the Stage for Outdoor Living as Fall Quickly Approaches

The Perfect Time for Outdoor Lighting Around Your Fire Pit

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington is here to help with outdoor lighting needs that will liven up your fire pit or fireplace. Needing to host a party to start off the football season right?

Why not add some overhead string lights or tiki torches to brighten up the yard and really catch the attention of your guests?

After all, you want your house to be the place where people go to watch the big game. Did you know our tiki torch lights are a two-for? They can hold citronella oil but also feature a gorgeous LED light. Perfect for summer mosquitoes and chilly fall evenings alike.

Grab Your Coffee and Enjoy the Ambiance

Maybe you’re wanting to go outside and finally enjoy the cooler weather while drinking your warm pumpkin whatever. Hardscape or stone lighting will help to draw attention around the fire pit or fireplace to remind you that it is fall and time to break out your favorite sweaters.

Books to Dive Into

Whether you believe that the early bird catches the worm, or you are a night owl, Wilmington outdoor lighting has the perfect warm lights to set the tone for your morning or evening read. The twinkle of lights will lay softly on the pages of your book while lighting up just enough of the patio to create that dreamy atmosphere. If it gets to be chilly out, make your way to the fire pit with the outdoor lights of the patio to guide you.

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Time to Make a Change

Outdoor lights do more than just simply illuminate. They create an atmosphere and an unforgettable experience for you and your guests. The patio lights, tiki torches or string lights will assist in highlighting your fireplace or fire pit to will host people for any occasion. Whether it be rivalry week, a large cup of coffee or that book you can’t put down, Wilmington outdoor lighting is exactly what you need to tie your backyard together.

If you’re ready to illuminate your outdoor fireplace or fire pit just in time for fall entertaining, call today to schedule your free nighttime demonstration. 910-342-0040 We look forward to hearing from you.

Wilmington Backyard Lighting Will Enhance Your Outdoor Lifestyle and At-Home Entertaining Credibility

Seven Slick Ideas for the Best Backyard Lighting on the Carolina Coast

Party Lights

Wilmington festive lighting installationOverhead string lighting has become a must-have backyard lighting feature. Perfect for entertaining, the large, round bulbs hanging above, create an instant-party but are also appropriate for a relaxing evening alone. Market lighting installed by the pros at OLP is custom strung and has a five-year warranty.

Deck & Patio Lighting

Accent lighting for your deck or patio ads visibility for nighttime use. With stair riser lights, hardscape lights, and the beloved half-moon post light you’re most utilized backyard space can be enjoyed after sunset.

Path Lighting

Whether it is a sidewalk coming around from the front of your home, or a path leading down to the swimming pool, path lighting will guide the way. Without path lighting, venturing out into the yard would be a scary hazard in the dark.

Focal Lighting

For your most beloved accessories or landscape features. Pond? Statue? Fountain? Palm tree? Focal lighting is a great way to identify and highlight the superstars of your backyard space.

Sconces or lanterns

outdoor sconce lighting for home and fencesHome, fences, walls, posts, and out-buildings deserve light too. We offer gorgeous sconce lights or lanterns for illuminating your vertical features. In the picture to the right, you can see our up/down sconce utilizes the pillars under this raised beach house to add lighting for easy visibility and enjoyment of the space at night.

Say NO to Security Lighting

No need to add a glaring floodlight. With subtle landscape lighting around your entire backyard, the security is built-in. When you choose the experts at OLP of Wilmington, you can count on our design experience to find and eliminate all the darkest corners where would-be prowlers could lurk. We will add dazzling but subtle lighting, so there are no creepy shadows and NO blinding floodlights.

Upgrade your existing backyard lighting to LED for 80% savings and 10x longer lamp life.

Your backyard lighting might already be doing a fantastic job at extending the functional hours of your property. But how much energy are you using? We can retrofit most outdoor lighting systems to LED. You’ll enjoy 80% less energy use, a lower electric bill, and bulbs that last for years (10 times longer than Halogen).

Adding outdoor lighting to your home can often be centered around creating gorgeous curb appeal in the front yard. Don’t forget the backyard, where you live the most. Call today for a free nighttime demonstration to see for yourself what backyard lighting can do for your home. (910) 342-0040

Vacation Rental Updates to Increase Occupancy Rates and Repeat Guests

From North Topsail to Wrightsville Beach to Southport and Ocean Isle, the Carolina Coast is a top vacation destination. And while some tourist destinations feature an endless selection of hotels, the Carolina coast is blooming with beautiful vacation homes and condos. If you own a vacation rental, you know how competitive it is to keep your place booked for the entire summer season. But, you don’t have to stress, with a few strategic vacation rental updates, your property will be more attractive, command higher rates, and you’ll maximize your occupancy rate in a flash.

Carolina beaches vacation rental renovationsCheck out these top, cost-effective renovations to step up you Carolina Coast vacation rental game.

Update the Kitchen

Giving your vacation rental a kitchen facelift doesn’t have to be expensive. Painting cupboards, updating hardware, and new wall paint can bring a dated kitchen up to par. If it is in your budget, new granite countertops will give it the final touch of a luxurious retreat that will have your guest raving in their reviews.

Create a Comfortable Resting Place

Your guests need a comfortable bed. So spend your bedroom renovation money on good mattresses. The decor should be simple with cool neutral colors and just a few decorative items. Keep it simple and uncluttered so your guests can truly escape the worries and chaos of their daily life at home.

Build the Ultimate Outdoor Retreat

Vacation home renters are ready to have a good time. Make sure your outdoor living spaces such as decks and patio are outfitted with proper lighting so they can enjoy the space even after the sunset. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, we offer gorgeous, cost-effective deck and patio lighting that comes with a lifetime warranty. But for vacation rentals, we also recommend overhead market lighting to create a true party space for your guests.

Make Getting in a Breeze

Update your vacation rental with a coded front lock. Rather than have your guests fumbling around in the night with an old lockbox or looking for a key hidden under a pot, provide them with a code for the integrated front door lock. This makes entering the property easy from the outset and avoids any potential issues with lost keys, locked in keys, or not enough keys for the number of guests.

Don’t forget the lighting. If your guests have traveled from afar, they may not arrive until after dark. Add custom outdoor lighting to your front yard, parking area, and entryway to create a warm and secure welcome to your guest each and every time.

Are you ready to upgrade your vacation rental in ways that will impact your bottom line? We have the best outdoor lighting designs, installation and service to give your vacation rental that special touch to stand out among the crowd. Call today for a free at-home nighttime demonstration. (910) 342-0040

Pavilion, Porch, & Pergola Lighting Transforms Your Shady Outdoor Retreat into Nighttime Fun

Wilmington porch lightsWith growing awareness of the threat UV rays pose to our health and the need for an escape from the hot summer North Carolina sun, shade structures are growing in popularity all around the Wilmington area. From classic front porches and screened in porches to decorative arbors and pergolas, rustic covered patios, and innovative low-maintenance louvered pergolas, the area under your shade structure is like an extension of your indoor living space.

While you may have installed a new pavilion or porch roof for the shade it would provide, there is no rule saying it is only for daytime use. Your favorite retreat during a hot summer afternoon is a perfect area to host friends or relax after a long day, well into the night.

Our custom outdoor lighting designs are perfect for adding gorgeous and functional light to any style of shade structure. From modern to traditional, rustic or classic, we have a few fan favorites and recommendations for the lighting of your shade structure, take a look at the ideas below:

Pergola Lighting

Pergolas are loved for their beautiful design and crafty features. A few of our favorite techniques for pergola lighting include uplighting the main support columns from the ground to highlight the height and the perimeter. We can hang task lighting if your pergola is over your outdoor kitchen or other prep space. Or we can hang custom overhead string lighting for a whimsical and festive feel.

Pavilion and Porch Roof Lighting

A roof provides great UV and rain protection to any outdoor space. In addition to being able to add lights into the ceiling of your roof, we love to illuminate the columns. Front porch or back, illuminating the columns for ambient lighting creates a space where you can see, but you’re not overwhelmed by light. The result is a place for relaxing and enjoying the fresh night air without the pressure of the world weighing you down.

Decorative Arbor Lighting

Arbors and gazebos add beauty and grace to any garden area. Whether you have vines growing around an arbor or you like to keep it clean, adding a downlight in the top transports you to another world when you walk through. We also love to create a custom lighting scene based on the design of the arbors support structure. We might add focal lights shining up each of four columns. Or, if there are multiple sections of lattice, a downlight in the center of each one allows each to shine. We can even mount sconce style lighting for a unique effect.

For any of the above shade structures, RGB LED lighting is a new trending technique. You can create the ultimate party space with the ability to change the color of your lights for the day’s events. Choosing from millions of color combinations, with a touch of a button on your smartphone, you’ll enjoy a different color and a new vibe.

No matter what your shade structure includes, we have the best lighting for you! We’ll create a custom design based on your planned nighttime use for the space as well as your design preferences. Call today to schedule a free nighttime demonstration for your custom porch, pergola, or pavilion lighting. (910) 342-0040


Our custom lighting designs fit any style porch or pavilion.

How To Keep My Landscape Lighting Clean and Shining Brilliantly

In North Carolina’s pollen-heavy spring, you may find your outdoor lights coated in green dust. But, they don’t have to stay that way. We have landscape lighting cleaning tips you can use:

Whether you are enjoying an Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington landscape lighting system or one installed by someone else, we invite you to purchase an Annual Maintenance Plan (AMP). The plan exists to help homeowners keep their landscape lighting system working properly and looking amazing. One of the underestimated tasks we take on is cleaning your lenses and fixtures. Cleaning lights ensure they are putting out the correct light – maintaining the integrity of your landscape lighting design.

But, we know that even with an AMP, there are times when your lights need immediate cleaning between our visits to your home. If that is the case, follow the instructions below:

Cleaning Landscape Lighting Lenses

Carefully remove the lenses from the fixture so you can clean them inside and out for accurate light output. If spraying your lens down with a garden hose and wiping it doesn’t do the trick, you can use extremely fine wool (#0000) to rub the lens in a circular motion until the grime is removed. Follow that by a soft, clean cloth. Then carefully replace the lenses once they are dry.

Cleaning Landscape Lighting Fixtures

cleaning landscape lightsOur copper and brass lighting are made to weather naturally to create a lovely, easy to maintain patina for the long life of the fixture. But, if you’d like to clean your copper, removing stains and tarnish, lemon and salt is the way to go.

Start by turning your lighting system off.

If there are any exposed bulbs, remove them for safety.

Cut a lemon in half, dip it into salt, and scrub the copper with the salty lemon. It will loosen tarnish and stains.

Once complete, use a damp rag to remove the lemon juice and salt and if you need to you can use a damp sponge to finish cleaning the copper fixture. If you’d like, you can use copper polish on the fixture after it is clean. Copper polish is easy to find at the store.

Let the fixture dry completely before putting any removed bulbs back. And wait a few hours to turn them on just in case there is condensation that needs to dry.

Buy an Annual Maintenance Plan

If that sounds like way too much work, remember, we offer an annual maintenance plan. Having an AMP means we’ll keep your lighting looking 100% through maintenance, cleaning, and adjustments. Having our AMP means that as long as you keep your AMP active, you’ll never have to pay us for a service call when a light is out or a bulb needs replacing. If you don’t have an AMP, bulb replacements and other troubleshooting will require a minimum of a one-hour service fee.

Call today to sign up! (910) 342-0040

What is Landscape Lighting to You? Outdoor Lighting Terminology Explained

To the everyday homeowner, the word “landscape lighting” often means something different than it does to us in the outdoor lighting profession. Landscape lighting: “the use of outdoor illumination of private gardens and public landscapes; for the enhancement and purposes of safety, nighttime aesthetics, accessibility, security, recreation and sports, and social and event uses.” (Wikipedia) Many homeowners lump all of their outdoor lighting under the “landscape lighting” moniker.

wilmington landscape lighting flowerbedsWhat most homeowners call “landscape lighting,” we call “outdoor lighting.” To you, it likely means any type of lighting around the outside of your home, including lights shining on the house, the deck, a pool, a driveway, the porch, trees, and foliage.

To us, “landscape lighting” is any lighting used to illuminate your landscaping. This includes lights shining on flowers, trees, shrubbery, or even in your lawn. We might use more specific names under the landscape lighting header such as tree lighting, garden lighting and so on. Often path lighting can be included in this because we usually place path lights in the landscape near the sidewalk that needs illumination. So you see, it is more about the target of the light and less about the light itself.
Lighting that shines up on your home or buildings is considered “architectural” or “exterior home lighting” by us.

And lighting that illuminates your deck, pool, dock, patio or other outdoor living space is referred to by us using the name of the item it illuminates: deck lighting, pool lighting, dock lighting, patio lighting, etc.

Wilmington Landscape Lighting Experts

We realize we are splitting hairs with industry lingo. We are not sharing because we expect you to know it, but for the few who are curious, we are simply clarifying. We most often install outdoor lighting systems that are a combination of all those types of lights. And no matter what you call them when we work closely with you on your custom lighting design, all the details will be quite clear before anything is finalized.

When you’re ready to add landscape lighting at your home or business, give us a call. We offer free nighttime demonstrations, custom designs, and meticulous installation. (910) 342-0040

One-of-a-Kind Property in Landfall Shines with Custom Smart Outdoor Lighting System

Sitting on the banks of Howe Creek in Landfall is a stunning white home with impeccable curb appeal. The home features tidy landscaping and gorgeous hardscaping to welcome guests. The appearance is all it seems as the English garden feeling expands around to the backyard which exudes luxury.

Take a walk down the grand stairway to one of several travertine patios surrounded by perfectly gardened brick flower beds. Or keep going across the low-maintenance artificial turf for a dip in the in-ground swimming pool. Or better yet, enjoy the sounds and sites of the creek while you lounge poolside in the hammock.

A Perfect Backyard Still Need Outdoor Lighting

This Landfall backyard could only be improved by creating a custom smart outdoor lighting system, so the magic of the backyard retreat could be enjoyed at night as well as during the day.

Intercoastal Water Way Outdoor Lighting

We started our outdoor lighting installation, just the way you would begin a visit to this home. In the front, we added path lighting and landscape lighting to guide visitors to the entrance and highlight the beauty of the well-groomed landscaping.

Around back we added landscape lighting and path lighting to accentuate the flower beds and pathways. But we also added lighting into the perimeter landscaping and focal lighting on the trees for additional intrigue. Lastly, we used our deck lighting to illuminate the fence for an ambient glow near the creek.

Smart Outdoor Lighting for a Modern Home

In addition to the 70 lights, we installed a smart outdoor lighting system that can be controlled with a cellphone app. With our Light Logic controller, the homeowner can use his mobile phone to adjust lighting as needed. They can also operate lamps and anything they can plug into an outlet as the module can be added to outlets.

If there should ever be an issue with his lighting system, the smart controller allows remote login, so our team of expert lighting technicians can begin troubleshooting from afar.

If you’re looking for a custom outdoor lighting system for your property that will match the existing style, character, and charm, all the professionals at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington today. We’ll start with an at-home lighting demonstration that will blow your mind! (910) 342-0040

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The Fort Fisher Aquarium Gets a Nighttime Face Lift with Gorgeous Outdoor Lighting

When you think of visiting the Fort Fisher aquarium at Kure Beach, you probably think of the various tanks inside the building with amazing sea creatures swimming around. You think of school children on field trips and young families getting a taste of what lies beneath the vast sea. But, did you know, that the Fort Fisher Aquarium features an extensive boardwalk and outdoor exhibits? Did you know that they also host special events such as weddings and fundraisers in the evening after the aquarium is closed for the day?

Custom Commercial Outdoor Lighting

The outdoor area at the Fort Fisher Aquarium features a patio area, playground, dinosaur exhibits and a large dock for observing marine life in their natural environments. The boardwalk also leads to various adjoining trails like the Ramsgate trail and the Aquarium path, for magnificent nature walks.

We recently had the pleasure of providing outdoor lighting for these areas. With the addition of path lighting and dock lighting, the winding pathways and boardwalk are not only functional at night for special events such as weddings and fundraisers; but they create a stunning backdrop for a magical ambiance.

Meanwhile, we added LED commercial path lighting to the winding nature path, which guides the way with subtle illumination for sure footing and soft glow.

But, you have to see it to believe it. Check out the final project:

Buds, Butterflies, and Bees: Spring is Buzzing, Our Overhead Outdoor Lighting Will Make it Bloom!

April Showers Bring May Flowers.

Okay, okay, in Wilmington we are a little ahead of schedule and a very wet winter has given us plenty of March flowers. With the trees in bloom and the daffodils and tulips popping up, we know it is time to prepare for spring outdoor living! This year we predict we’ll be climbing a lot of ladders as trends continue to take outdoor lighting overhead.

A Trend Becomes a Must-Have Staple

More than two years ago we were talking about how overhead string lighting was the year’s biggest trend in outdoor lighting. Well, it is safe to say, it is more popular today than it was then. Whether you call it bistro lighting, market lighting, festival lighting, or something else, outdoor string lighting is here to stay.

It provides a nostalgic overhead glow that can create a different vibe depending on the activities taking place below. From a romantic dinner for two to celebrating a special occasion with a rambunctious outdoor party, outdoor string lighting has gone from a trend to a classic outdoor lighting must-have.

Party Spaces Go Next Level with Large Globe Lights

When the primary function of your patio, pergola, pool, hot tub, amazing outdoor living space is to entertain, we’ll help you find the lighting to create a party vibe. While festival lighting works for many, others want something more unique. We have found eye-catching globes that are perfect for hanging in trees to turn a regular night into a party with the flip of a switch.

White or multi-color – your choice!

Moonlighting Remains an Understated Favorite

Could you use a glow across a large area from above? A glow that is all about the space you’re lighting and not at all about the light you are using? Our moonlighting creates an ambient light across your entire space from a tree above. Without blinding you. As the light washes down through the tree branches, it truly feels like a hunter’s moon is guiding you around your property at night.

Are you ready to be bold and set a fun atmosphere at night in your backyard? Lighting is the right choice for party fun with a sophisticated adult twist! Call today to schedule your free lighting design consultation. (910) 342-0040

Southern Charm Day & Night with Tree Lighting for your Tree-Lined Driveway and Paths

Southern charm is not something you can fake. And it is not something that is easily pinpointed to one attribute or another. Southern charm is a feeling that is created by many small details that work together to create something that is much bigger than the sum of all its parts.

Wilmington Tree LightingWhen creating southern charm at your home and amongst your landscape, every choice matters; from the flowers and shrubbery to the trees, and more, you’ve worked hard to create a memorable and distinct atmosphere.

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, we take great pride in our southern roots and love to help homeowners maximize their goals for a southern charmer! One way in which we can accomplish that feat is to shine a light on some of those details that make a home southern. And nothing is more impactful than illuminating a tree-lined driveway.

Charming Tree Lighting

Whether you have a classic long driveway lined with Southern Live Oaks leading to a plantation style home, or an updated version with Crepe Myrtles or Palms leading to a newer home, tree-lined driveways are the envy of all neighbors and friends!

Don’t be shy. Show it off!

Our team will create a custom lighting design so that your stunning daytime driveway will become a beacon when you arrive home at night. Your neighbors will drive by in awe, and your friends will arrive with a warm fuzzy feeling that can only come from that southern charm!

Our gorgeous copper and brass uplights will highlight the height of your tallest branch, the breadth of your widest limbs, and the stunning texture of your trees’ trunks. While the light will be doing all the work, the majesty of your trees is what you’ll feel and see. A moment that will have you eager for the sun to set each night!

If you’re ready to add custom tree lighting to your home’s landscape, call us today to schedule a free nighttime demonstration. (910) 342-0040

And if your trees are not lining your driveway, don’t hesitate. All trees deserve a little light no matter where they are on your property!

Custom Outdoor Lighting for Backyard Entertaining

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington is your best choice for attaining the precise type of lighting effect in all of your outdoor spaces. We don’t sell a one-size-fits-all package or even try to push you into choosing lighting that is popular. We offer you all the lighting options we can find to meet your unique needs and goals.

spherical outdoor lightingWhen it comes to backyard entertaining, lighting can create a fun party atmosphere with just a flip of a switch. Whether you choose subtle accent lighting with deck lights or patio lights, or you choose festive overhead LED string lighting, you’ll enjoy the space you want and the party vibe you love.

And there are endless additional options outside of the most popular choices. If you are looking for something different, unique, modern, vintage, or eccentric all you have to do is ask and we’ll find the right light for you.

Festive Orb Lighting for Outdoor Fun

We were recently asked to find fun large round lights for a client to hang in the Southern Live Oaks that surround their large patio and pool area. The idea is to use the lights for more than just lighting. But as a statement piece to exude the right mood.

When guests arrive, they will immediately feel as if they are at a special event. Stress and tension will melt away as they feel lighter and more relaxed. Guests will know without a doubt they are here to have fun with friends and family.

These fun lights are available in vibrant colors or classic white.

color outdoor globe lightingWe love the idea of using them in your trees, it is the most popular way these lights are installed. But, the creativity doesn’t end there. We recommend considering these fun lights in numerous locations such as:

  • Under your porch roof
  • On or under your pergola
  • In the lawn
  • Lining your driveway
  • Over your outdoor dining table
  • In your barn
  • In your flower beds

Remember, we customize your lighting system to meet your needs. Which means, if you only want to use these for special occasions, we can put them on a switch of their own for you to use only as needed. Or, we can put them on your controller, so that every evening at dusk you can enjoy the light-hearted beauty of their fun design.

If you’re looking for something unique for your outdoor lighting system, call us today. We’ll listen to what you need and try to find the perfect solution for you. (910) 342-0040

Don't Deck the Halls, Deck Your Deck This Holiday Season

Okay, you can deck the halls too. But adding lighting to your deck this winter is a perfect present to yourself, to get you ready for spring, long before spring arrives.

I can’t hear the phrase “deck the halls” without thinking of the beloved outdoor living space, the backyard deck. Decks are truly becoming an extension of indoor living spaces. Allowing homeowners to get outdoors as often as possible, in a space that is as comfortable as inside. Soft on your feet, not cold like a patio; if you have a deck you likely hope to eat meals, read and relax, entertain and spend as much time as possible on it. But, often, decks go without the proper lighting to truly make them an extension of the indoors.

Deck Lighting Design Ideas

Start with function and then add in the fun with your choice of Wilmington deck lighting.

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Safety Can Be Beautiful

Stairs are tripping hazards. It is a fact of life. We offer stair riser lights that can be mounted flush in your stair riser for clear visibility on each and every step. With the addition of downlighting under your stair railing, the least nimble of your friends and family will safely navigate your deck stairs after sunset.

Popular Perimeter Lighting

Deck railings are a popular and practical place to add ambient deck lighting. The result is a gorgeous perimeter glow so your family and guests alike can easily see how far the deck extends into the yard. Don’t forget the posts! Post lighting provides a similar lighting effect, but with a more decorative flair as they are placed on the top of each deck post.

Fun and Festive Deck Lighting

While all of our deck lighting adds fun to your deck, allowing you to entertain after dark, we have an especially joyful and popular light for you! Festive string lights, the nostalgic large circular kind that hangs overhead like when the fair comes to town. Ours are LED and custom hung at your home to the exact measurement. They are meant to be left up year-round and are a permanent addition to your deck. Flipping the switch, your deck turns from everyday life, to a party, in an instant.

Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington today to discuss your deck lighting options. (910) 342-0040 We can install your deck lights long before spring arrives, so you can begin planning your first spring barbecue. We look forward to working with you.

8 Reasons for a Winter Landscape Lighting Installation

wilmington landscape lighting installationCaring for and updating your landscape is a spring tradition in the Wilmington area. Refresh the mulch, add some new annuals, replace some perennials that didn’t survive winter and tackle major projects such as hardscape additions and complete landscape renovations.

It goes without saying, that spring is the busiest time of year for us to design and install landscape lighting as a part of the spring renewal. But, what if I told you that winter is a better time to install landscape lighting in Wilmington and along the North Carolina coast?

Read our top eight reasons for hiring your favorite landscape lighting company during the winter months:

Dark. Darker. Darkest.

Winter is the darkest time of year. In fact, on the winter solstice, we will only have 10 hours of daylight – that leaves 14 hours of darkness during a time of year when the weather can be perfectly enjoyable. Add, or upgrade your existing landscape lighting during the time of year when you’ll need it and use it most.

Winter Events & Entertaining Outdoors

Winter doesn’t stop coastal homeowners and business owners from hosting outdoor events. Whether you’re throwing a Christmas dinner at your restaurant and need to utilize the patio seating, or your friends are coming in January for the annual Oyster Party or Shrimp Boil – landscape lighting will allow you to make use of all your outdoor spaces.

Star-Gazing

star-gazingHave you ever noticed how crisp and clear the winter nights are? With subtle landscape lighting, you can safely utilize your outdoor spaces for enjoying the magical winter night sky for star-gazing. With the summer humidity gone and the shifting stars, get outdoors and enjoy the best view of Orion for the year.

Easier & Quicker Scheduling

In the spring, we are busy. Very busy. And that is an understatement. If you’re adding landscape lighting for a specific event at your home, we’ll need more lead time in the spring and summer – which can be a scheduling nightmare. But if you call now, we can schedule installation at your convenience and you can enjoy peace-of-mind leading up to your spring and summer celebrations.

Be Fully Ready for Spring and Summer, Long Before Spring Arrives

We are not completely delusional about Carolinians willingness to be outside on chilly winter nights. We know you are more interested in utilizing your outdoor spaces when the weather warms a bit. But don’t wait until the weather does warm up. Get started in the winter to make sure your lighting design is satisfactory, and the lights are installed long before you are ready to be outdoors full time again.

Plants are Dormant – Less Landscape Disruption

During the winter, when we install landscape lighting, much of your lush foliage is dormant. This dormancy allows us to install your lighting with less disruption to your plant life. It also provides better conditions for turf to regrow early in the spring before the heat arrives.

A Magical New View of your Landscape

winterscapeLandscapes transform throughout the seasons. Your brightly colored Crepe Myrtle becomes an artistic statue reaching to the sky in the winter. Your shrubs take over as the focal point while your flowering plants take a break gearing up for the spring bloom. With the addition of landscape lighting and specifically tree lighting, you will just adore the very cool winter transformation of your winter landscape.

Improve your Winter Curb Appeal

In the summer you likely rely heavily on a lush green lawn, blooming azaleas, impatiens and flowing hanging baskets to add to your home’s curb appeal. But what do you do in the winter? Once the holidays are over and the wreaths and greenery are taken in, your property may not be doing your charming home justice in the curb appeal department. While we can’t make your Bermuda grass green in winter, we can add magnificent landscape lighting to all the best features of your home and landscape for a lovely nighttime curb appeal all year long.

Don’t spend the winter hiding indoors and waiting for warmer weather to tackle your landscape lighting addition. Call the professionals at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington today. (910) 342-0040 We’ll get started with a design consultation.

Uplighting is a Fantastic Alternative (or Addition) to Christmas Lights

Consider NOT hanging Christmas roof lights and let your year-round landscape lighting pull double duty as holiday lighting.

christmas tree lighting for outdoorsDon’t you just love the magical feeling created by your outdoor Christmas lighting?

We do too!

But, not all of us are fans of the process of getting those lights up. And still others of us are less than satisfied with just nighttime holiday décor. Rather than wait for nightfall to get the holiday joy, you add wreaths, garland, and greenery to your home too. But then you wish you could see your greenery at night as well!

What if I told you can have your fruit cake and eat it too!

Uplighting is a new and growing trend for outdoor holiday décor.

How does it work?

It is simple, you decorate your trees, porch, posts, columns, and home with daytime decorations such as glass bulbs, garland, wreaths, snowmen, and Santa Clause.

Those items are gorgeous all day, but then become an extra special nighttime feature with a focal light shining right on them.

Your uplighting is a permanent part of your landscape lighting and can simply be adjusted slightly to highlight your holiday design. A perfect complement to your Christmas lights, letting you see your garland and wreaths at night.

Uplighting as an alternative to Christmas lighting

wilmington holiday outdoor lightingFor those of you who want to avoid the day-long or weekend-long task of putting holiday lighting up, you can utilize this design idea alone for your holiday décor. Target your wreaths, garland and lawn deer with existing landscape lighting and you have a magical nighttime holiday display.

In addition to using year-round landscape lighting to uplight garland, wreaths, and other holiday items, you can change the color of your landscape lighting for Christmas.

Ask us about our color-changing RGB LED outdoor lights or colored lenses for existing landscape lighting. A little red and green? Or maybe blue and silver? You choose your color scheme, and what used to take a day to create can be done in an hour.

If you’d like to consider uplighting as an alternative or addition to your outdoor Christmas lighting, give us a call today. (910) 342-0040 We can add a few lights to existing systems, upgrade you to LED, or install a new lighting system for year-round use! Now that is what I call treating yourself to a fabulous Christmas gift. We look forward to working with you.

PS. We also install Christmas lights if you’d rather just leave it all to the pros.

Too Dark to Get Outdoors? Not with Wilmington Landscape Lighting

Is it just us, or did the darkness come quite suddenly this year when the time changed? Maybe it is all the rain or the dreary days, but we went from summer to winter in the blink of an eye. That being said, winter on the North Carolina coast isn’t all that cold, it is just dark! Don’t let that darkness keep you from enjoying your outdoor space this winter – just add landscape lighting.

No matter whether you have a dream backyard with all the amenities, a deck, porch, patio or a lush backyard you love to spend time in, you shouldn’t let the darkness of winter chase you indoors. The winter weather can be perfect, the only trouble is, the sunsets by the time you get home from work.


Don’t let your favorite outdoor space go unused because of winter darkness.

But with the addition of landscape lighting, you can enjoy your outdoor spaces in a new way this winter.

How do we make your awesome outdoor space function for you at night?

It depends. How do you use your backyard?

Landscape Lighting

By installing a custom LED landscape lighting system, we can transform most backyards into functioning nighttime space. We’ll strategically use accent lighting on your Palm Trees, Live Oaks, shrubbery and around pathways to create a nighttime retreat. By not attempting to recreate daylight – we give you a new space, that is like-new for you! The custom design will ensure your most utilized areas have just the right light for you.
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Focal Lighting and Outdoor Living Lighting

Do you spend a lot of time grilling out? We have the best lighting for outdoor kitchens and grilling areas. We can customize it to fit your space. If you have countertops, we can place lights underneath. If you have a pergola over top, we can use that to create task lighting on your countertops. The possibilities are aplenty.

Do you like to lounge by your fire pit? Our hardscape lights are the best! We can replace pavers in your patio with subtle lighting that won’t stick out and cause a tripping hazard. We also have the perfect hardscape light for mounting within vertical elements, under capstones to create a subtle visibility for navigating the area after you snuff out that fire.

Do you just have to eat dinner outdoors? And why wouldn’t you? With gorgeous starry nights and mild temperatures, winter can be the best time for dinner al fresco! With our deck lighting and patio lighting, we will make sure your outdoor dining space has just the lighting it needs to make every meal a special occasion.

And don’t forget the overhead market lights. Our custom professional-grade outdoor string lighting can be right for just about any outdoor space. It is beloved over decks and patios for an instant party, but imagine it stretched between a few trees, illuminating your yard for yard games!

Even if we didn’t list a specific solution for your yard here, with our custom lighting designs, we can create the lighting that will meet your winter outdoor living needs. Call us today! (910) 342-0040 We’ll start by visiting your home with a nighttime demonstration!

How New Tariffs Affect Outdoor Lighting in Wilmington

how tariffs will affect Wilmington residentsAt Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, we work hard to source the very best LED outdoor lighting and landscape lighting fixtures for our valued clients. Our goal is to give you products that will last, with lifetime warranties on the brass and copper fixtures and a 5-year warranty on LED bulbs and electronics.

To achieve this vital goal, some of the materials that go into making our fixtures are sourced overseas. All the LED chips and some of the copper and brass raw materials. Unfortunately, this means the cost of our products will be rising in 2019. In January we expect an increase of 15-20% on the price of lights. The transformers we use are expected to have an even higher price increase due to it falling into a category with a higher tariff.

How to Copper, Brass, and LED Tariffs Affect You?

The increase in our cost will be too much to absorb. This means that next year’s projects will cost more than this year’s outdoor lighting and landscape lighting projects. If you are on track to install landscape lighting in the new year, we encourage you to adjust your schedule and begin the process now. We will have a few options available to fit your unique needs and schedule so that you can get this year’s prices. It could be a deposit now for a project next year so we can order the supplies. It could mean going ahead with the lighting installation early. In either case, we are pleased to be able to offer our assistance in helping you get your project done ahead of the price increase.

If you have any questions about the 2019 outdoor lighting tariffs, give us a call and we’ll help as best we can. And if you know you need lights and want to beat the price hike, don’t wait another minute. Time is of the essence. Call today! (910) 342-0040

4 Outdoor Features For Your Home to Attract Buyers

wilmington outdoor living ideasIf you’re in the market to sell your home in Wilmington or think you might be in the next few years, one of the top ways to attract more buyers is by sprucing up your home’s outdoor features. Not only will certain outdoor features enhance your curb appeal, but they might also help you increase the value of your home. Find out what outdoor features will have buyers lining up at your door.

The Top 4 Outdoor Features You Need:

1. Outdoor Structures

Whether your backyard is large or small, an outdoor structure can do wonders for attracting buyers. An outdoor feature can include decks, patios, swimming pools, storage sheds, gazebos, pergolas, shops, or even a custom dog house. If you have the room, an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) is a smart addition. (Think garage apartment or a tiny house in the back.)These outdoor features can maximize your home’s value and use of space.

2. Porch Roofs and Covered Areas

It’s normal to experience rainy weather year-round in Wilmington. And when it is not raining, the sun can be excruciatingly hot in the summer. In order to get the most use out of an outdoor living space, a covering is a requirement. Investing in a covering like a large patio umbrella, attached or detached porch roof, or a sunshade or awning can give your outdoor living area more use year round.

3. Proper Landscaping & Landscape Lighting

If your yard needs a bit of work, proper landscape maintenance can be one of the top outdoor features that will attract buyers. If necessary, consult with a landscaper to give your yard a makeover. Once your landscaping is in order, invest in some landscape lighting so the gorgeous results can be seen at night. Having an illuminated yard can help you attract buyers at all hours.

4. Other Outdoor Lighting Options

Installing in patio or deck lighting, pathway lighting, or even garden lighting will accentuate your home’s best features. If you invested in any outdoor structures like a pool or hot tub, make sure to light them as well. By adding nighttime function to your best outdoor living spaces, your buyers will be able to see their potential life in the home unfold before their eyes. Outdoor lighting in Wilmington is the perfect way to give your outdoor living space life at night with the added bonus of extra home security.

If you’re making important decisions for your home’s outdoor space call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington today. (910) 342-0040 We provide the best landscape lighting on the North Carolina coast.

Post-Hurricane Outdoor Lighting Troubleshooting

hurricane outdoor lighting maintenanceWhile we pride ourselves in installing the best LED outdoor lighting that can withstand flood waters and take a few hits from debris, inevitably, hurricanes can disrupt your outdoor lighting system. After a hurricane or tropical storm, fallen trees, floods, and other storm damage can affect your outdoor lighting system functionally and aesthetically. So, what should you do to protect your outdoor lighting system after a hurricane?

Post-Hurricane Outdoor Lighting Checklist

  1. When the power is still out, you can call us to check your system before electricity is restored. This inspection can prevent shorts and other mishaps when the power is fired back up!
  2. If your outdoor lighting system is back on, take a walk around the property as soon as you can at night. Make sure each light is still working. Make note of anything that is not.
  3. Consider an annual maintenance plan to keep your system in tip-top shape no matter what the weather brings.
  4. Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington for a system check-up and adjustment to get everything back to looking and functioning like new. (910) 342-0040

Learn more about post-storm outdoor lighting system issues.

Outdoor RGB Lights Are Just What the Party Ordered

colorful RGB lightingYou might be thinking LED outdoor lighting and landscape lighting is a one-color-fits-all situation. Soft-white lights have been the most common choice and for many years were the only choice for your landscape. But did you know there is a rainbow of options now? And yes, you can even set your lights in a rainbow!

RGB Color Outdoor Lighting

We are pleased to offer RGB landscape lighting for residents and businesses in Wilmington and up and down the North Carolina coast. We recently had the joy of installing RGB lighting in the pool and patio area for a couple in Carolina Beach.

First, we installed LED lighting on the patio. The lights replace some pavers for a perimeter lighting that will make sure no one trips and falls during parties and the lights themselves will not create tripping hazards either.

custom color outdoor lightingThen we replaced some old landscape lights around the edge of the stone in the landscape, for added visibility. We sourced special eyebrow lighting for the path lighting to again, make sure there was no added tripping hazard with the fixtures.

Lastly, we up-lit the gorgeous two-story palm trees with versatile LED RGB landscape lighting. The homeowners can change the color with an app on their iPhone to custom colors within the RGB color wheel provided. With a full-color wheel, Red, Green, and Blue can be combined any which way for millions of hues to choose.

With a beach property like this, space is built and set up for maximum party fun. Not only does it take into consideration the aesthetic needs, with colorful lighting, but the functional with lighting that won’t be a party tripping hazard.

Bonus: RGB Event & Holiday Lighting

Do you want to save time and money when it comes time to decorate for Christmas? Or any other holiday for that matter?

Our RGB outdoor lighting is perfect for transitioning to Christmas. Choose a red and green color combination to set the festive mood from Thanksgiving until New Year and beyond.

rgb holiday lightingLove the Panthers, the Gamecocks, or UNC? With our RGB lighting, you can show support for your team on game day with an easy touch of a few buttons on your phone.

Hosting a wedding in your backyard? The party pad in Carolina Beach was able to match the color scheme for a backyard wedding to take the atmosphere to a whole new level.

If you’re interested in colorful, versatile lighting that can be standard soft white or any color on the rainbow, consider RGB outdoor lighting for your home or business today! Call now for a design consultation. (910) 342-0040

 
 

Up Your Holiday Planning Game with Professional Christmas Lighting

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington will light up your life with professional Christmas lighting that will have your neighbors Grinch green with envy.

We know what you’re thinking – “it’s too early to think about the holidays.” In fact, now is the perfect time to plan your Yuletide décor, and Outdoor Lighting Perspectives is here to help. Sure, we provide custom outdoor lighting for many a typical everyday use, but did you know that we are the most sought-after experts for customized, professional Christmas lighting? Allow us to take your home from “Griswoldian” to a Hallmark Channel movie dream come true in Christmas design.

wilmington professional christmas lighting services

Turn-key professional Christmas lighting will light your way to less holiday stress.

We are not here to rain on your end-of-summer parade by bringing up the woes of holiday stress. We aim to eliminate a large portion that inherent, albeit sometimes self-induced stress by providing you with a total turn-key holiday lighting service. What will Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington do for you? While we won’t come bearing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, what we do have is DESIGN, INSTALLATION, AND TAKE-DOWN of your holiday lighting. We will even properly store your lighting for re-use each season. What’s more, we will come to your home throughout the season in the event of misbehaving bulbs or lighting malfunctions. If you ask us, that’s better than an official Red Ryder carbine action 200-shot range model air rifle!

commercial holiday lightingWe don’t mean to toot our own French horn, but when it comes to holiday lighting planning and design, we are all that and a bag of Chex Mix! Our lighting design professionals will arrive at your home to show you a collection of design and product options and discuss your specific lighting design needs. We will offer a complete proposal based on those needs and deploy our merry band of Christmas lighting installers to descend upon your home with the most beautiful display of holiday lighting you have ever seen! Bring a hanky – when you see your professionally-lit home, you just might cry tears of unadulterated holiday joy.

Y’all, do not wait until Thanksgiving to plan your holiday lighting. Even if you’re one of those last-minute, down-to-the-wire Christmas shoppers, we implore you to get in touch with us NOW to begin a new holiday tradition in total décor preparedness.

If you’re ready to take one thing off your holiday to-do list without worrying about a thing, call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington today. (910) 342-0040 We provide the best residential and commercial Christmas lighting on the North Carolina coast.

Why Deck Lighting is a Must-have for Your Labor Day Summer Send-off Party

Deck lighting will keep the Tooth Fairy away, save the deviled eggs, and keep your dog from having a post-party headache.

dark decks are bad news in wilmington on labor dayIt’s been a wonderful summer, and you and your family have spent your first season in your new home on Futch Creek. Coastal living is a dream come true for you, and the time has come to host your first get-together with family and friends. So much planning has gone into Labor Day festivities, and you have checked off all the items on your to-do list. Has that ever happened before? You remembered everything. This is going to be a perfect day!

Your new deck and patio have all amenities required for a party. Outdoor kitchen, lots of seating, shade trees for cooling off, and a few coolers packed with ice cold drinks. What more could you need? Deck lighting. You need deck lighting!

Dark Deck Gone Wrong

The sun has gone down, and folks are still having so much fun. This has been a perfect day. The last of Grandma’s deviled eggs are chilling in the fridge, and they’ve got your name on them! A host/grill master doesn’t always have time to indulge while he’s on-duty. Your dog, Duke, has enjoyed having so many guests, who have been very generous with nibbles of this and that. Your little Cindy Lou has followed her mom around since dinner, asking when it will be time to make the s’mores. “Now, Cindy Lou. The time is now!”

dark deck can cause a deviled egg disasterThe fire is going in the firepit on the patio, and you have snuck inside, where deviled egg nirvana awaits. You quickly grab the last three, and head back outside. Cindy Lou is coming inside to claim her graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate. That’s when it all goes wrong. As Cindy Lou starts up the unlit steps to your unlit deck – CRASH! Duke rushes to her aid at the same time you arrive. You don’t see Duke. You collide with Duke, and he crashes on the steps beside Cindy Lou, hitting his head on the railing. You land on the patio…right beside your deviled eggs. Cindy Lou is crying. Duke is barking. Oh, the horror!

Designated Driver Dave to the rescue! Cindy Lou has lost a front tooth and has a small cut on her lip. It’s off to urgent care. And poor Duke! Have you ever seen a dog wearing an ice pack on his head? Well, you have now. As the vehicle twists and turns toward urgent care, you think of how quickly this perfect day turned into a nightmarish evening. You feel responsible. Cindy Lou is still asking if she can have s’mores after she sees a doctor. You are wondering why, oh why didn’t you have deck lighting installed?

Good news! Doctor says Cindy Lou, who now says her name is, “Thindy Lou,” doesn’t need stitches. He cleans her up and sends her home with her prized front tooth in her pocket. It’s late when you arrive back at home. The guests have all gone. Duke is whimpering on his bed inside. He’s probably going to play this out for a few days for extra treats. Grandma is asleep in the recliner. You quietly thank Designated Driver Dave for his quick and ample assistance and take Thindy Lou up to bed, where later tonight, the Tooth Fairy will take that tooth, and leave $5 in its place. You actually begin to wonder if you could find those deviled eggs on the patio and wipe them off well enough to eat them. You, sir, have reached a new low! Thankfully, someone thought to put them into the trash…or maybe Duke got to them first.

Deck Lighting for Backyard Gatherings

wilmington nc deck lightingNow, about that list of to-do items. You realize that it should have included deck lighting. You didn’t really think it would be that dark. You thought the firepit would light the way. You were wrong. Your family has paid dearly for this error. Cindy Lou’s tooth and lip, the doctor bill that followed. Duke’s achy head. Your deviled eggs. You vow to redeem yourself! You will call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington first thing on Tuesday, and you will never again host an evening party that is not beautifully lit with custom deck and patio lighting.

If you want to be sure your end-of-summer bash comes off without a hitch (or a stitch), make sure your deck lighting is in place. Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington today (910) 342-0040. We provide the best deck lighting on the North Carolina coast.

7 Ways to Know You Desperately Need Landscape Lighting

Do you think of landscape lighting as a luxury or a necessity? If you don’t have landscape lighting installed at your Wilmington, NC, home yet, chances are you’re looking at it as a luxury. You may need landscape lighting more than you realize! How many of these descriptions below feel familiar to you?

  1. You drop the words landscape lighting into every possible conversation with your spouse or significant other at every opportunity.

    By every opportunity, we mean no matter what the conversation is about.

  2. Your palm trees are your favorite things in your yard, but when you sit out on the porch at night it’s so dark you can’t even see them.

    Are you sure the palm trees are still there at night? They may go to someone else’s house and come back to yours in the morning.

  3. You’ve tripped on that top step to the front porch way too many times.

    Why is it that one step gets you every time? Or does that matter? If you are missing a step at your own home because of poor lighting around your front porch, how well are your guests navigating that same step? Safety matters!

  4. Between you and your other family members, someone is always having to leave for work before daylight, and someone else is getting home after dark.

    Once in a while you’d like to see something other than murky grayness around your house as you leave for work. And getting home after dark every night, coming home to a dark yard and home exterior is depressing.

  5. You like to party hearty every weekend, but why is it always so dark when you get home late?

    Hmm. Take this opportunity to give your home a soft glow at night with landscape lighting so you can come home to a well-illuminated house. Not only will it be more cheerful, it will also be a little safer.

  6. You enjoy quiet evenings on the porch watching the sunset with a glass of wine and someone special, but you hate having to use a flashlight to get back inside after dark.

    Yeah, flashlights. If you’re like some of us, you drop them and then they don’t work so great anymore. Plus, they burn through batteries like crazy.

  7. You enjoy sitting on the deck at night with your lady, drinking a beer, but you hate how the light by the back door draws bugs at night.

    Have you heard? Those new LED lights used for landscape lighting these days don’t draw bugs like the old lightbulbs do …

We could go on, but … let’s just say this: Quit coming home to a dark house and falling up the steps. Enlist the professionals at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington to enlighten your outlook after dark.

If you are ready to improve your safety, security, fun, and lower your annoyances when spending time outdoors, call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington today for a free design demonstration. (910) 342-0040

Outdoor Lighting Maintenance Checklist

Transforming your home with a custom Wilmington outdoor lighting system is a fantastic feeling. The results will astound and your ability to enjoy your property at night will sky-rocket. But, the work is not done when the installation is done.

To keep your new outdoor lighting system looking as beautiful as it does on day one requires a little bit of regular maintenance. While our premium lights can withstand weather and the elements, sometimes Mother Nature and human nature cause an unavoidable need for upkeep, adjustment or repair.

Protect your investment with regular maintenance checks at a minimum of once per year. If you are bound and determined to handle it yourself, we have a few tips. But, we also offer an annual maintenance plan so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

Outdoor Lighting Maintenance Checklist

  1. Lights out: Walk the property and check for lights that are not working. It could be a bulb, it could be a cut wire from landscapers. Investigate the situation and call us for assistance.
  2. Damaged fixtures: An errant lawn mower, a fallen tree limb, there are a few things that can cause damage to fixtures. While our copper and brass fixtures uphold against the elements and can take a few hits, sometimes accidents happen.
  3. Faulty connections: Any system that includes electrical wiring and connections can have connectors come loose for a variety of unavoidable reasons. Check all connections.
  4. Over-grown landscaping: Your beautiful landscape grows and changes all the time. This can affect the original lighting design. Trim hedges, and readjust lights to meet the new landscape design.
  5. Tipped or tilted fixtures: Our fixtures are solid brass and copper. They can take most of the daily hits that come with owning a home, but that sometimes means they get tilted or tipped and the intended lighting effect is lost. Readjusting is a big part of maintenance.

To avoid this responsibility, get our annual maintenance plan (AMP). When we visit for a maintenance check we will do the following:

  • Perform visual inspection of outdoor lighting fixture placement, design scheme, and recommend possible enhancements
  • Straighten and adjust fixtures to ensure design integrity
  • Remove mulch and debris that might be covering or diminishing light
  • Check all connections
  • Check for proper voltage delivery on each light (this ensures color consistency and detects unseen line issues)
  • Clean lenses and fixtures to ensure longevity and correct light output
  • Tighten transformer terminal block connections
  • Conceal any exposed wire due to foot traffic or erosive conditions
  • Limited pruning (with your guidance as needed)
  • Check automatic timing and operational control system
  • Annual replacement of all halogen lamps where applicable

With our AMP, you don’t have to worry about any of these things. We’ll take care of them all with our annual maintenance visit. Call today to learn more or sign up. (910) 342-0040

Outdoor Kitchen and Grill Lighting to Sharpen Your Chef Skills

Taking the indoors out is a trend that is sticking around! While at first we were satisfied with lounging and playing outside, the rise of complete outdoor living has taken a stronghold. That means that outdoor kitchens are more popular than ever!

Outdoor kitchens are a great way to 1.) take the cooking outside during the hot summer months, allowing the house to stay cool and 2.) spend more time with family and friends during gatherings as you cook and entertain at the same time.

What’s in Your Outdoor Kitchen?

Outdoor kitchens feature a large variety of designs and appliances. Yours might include some combination of a stainless steel grill, griddle, deep fryer, refrigerator, full plumbing, a prep sink, a smoker and more. And you might enjoy a simple concrete countertop or you may have marble, granite, quartz or otherwise. Big, small, luxurious or rustic, your outdoor kitchen needs Wilmington outdoor lighting to complete the extent of its brilliant functionality.

Can you imagine, those burgers took a little longer to cook than you thought and the sun is setting on you? Or how about smoking? If getting tender, melt-in-your mouth smoked meat means getting a pre-dawn start and keeping the temperature just right, lighting can guide your way.

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, we have all the best lighting and custom designs to illuminate your outdoor kitchen just right.

Outdoor Kitchen Lighting Ideas

Hardscape Lighting

Today’s outdoor kitchens often feature vertical hardscape features. Stone surrounds and countertops of a variety of materials. We recommend adding hardscape lighting to your outdoor kitchen to provide the ambient lighting to guide your way. Whether they are under your counter to illuminate the area around, or under your bar top shining on your prep counter, hardscape lights will fit in seamlessly to your outdoor kitchen design.

Spotlights

Task lighting is vital to making sure your food is cooked to perfection. With spotlights shining right on your cooktop, grill or smoker, you’ll always be able to see if that steak is cooked to your preferred temperature. You’ll avoid over-cooking the veggies, and you’ll be able to see the seasonings you’re using to get the combination just right.

Moonlighting

Depending on the expansiveness of your outdoor kitchen, you might be better off with a light shining from way above that illuminates the whole space. We offer a unique lighting technique called moonlighting, where we shine a light down from a nearby tree so that the light casts gently across a large space for overall visibility.

Deck and Patio Lighting

Wherever your outdoor kitchen is located, it is important to illuminate the surrounding entertaining space. We offer the best patio and deck lighting on the Carolina coast! From post cap lights, riser lights, and railing lights to festive string lighting and hardscape lights, your deck and patio should provide a fantastic place for your guests to hang out while you play chef!

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, it is never too late to add lighting to your outdoor kitchen. We can install hardscape lights in your existing stonework and find ways to mount spotlights above your cooking surface. That being said, if you are currently in the design or planning stage, work with us now. Ideally, we can run conduit during construction and shorten your project duration. Call now! (910) 342-0040

The Dos and Don'ts of Wilmington Landscape Lighting

If you’ve been to a big box, home goods, or hardware store in the past few months, you know how popular landscape lighting and outdoor lighting has become. With aisles filled with inexpensive lights in a variety of styles, there must be something to it, right? Well, actually there is. But, as tempting as it may be, grabbing those lights and doing it yourself is not the best way to get the results you want. Optimum Wilmington landscape lighting requires brilliant lighting design, expert installation, and top-quality fixtures that you just won’t find at the store.

Our first DON’T of landscape lighting is: Don’t Do It Yourself.

Ask yourself: What do I know about outdoor lighting design and installation? If the answer truly is ‘not much,’ we hope you’ll leave it to the experts just like you would your deck building, pool installation, and other home renovation projects. While we would love to believe we could talk everyone into calling us for our professional landscape lighting designs, we know there are talented jacks-of-all-trades out there who will install landscape lighting themselves and just need a few pointers. So here is our best advice:

The Dos of Landscape Lighting

Begin with Your Home

If you are adding landscape lighting to your property, start with the largest structures first and build out. In most cases, this means starting with your home. Use wall wash lights to highlight the areas between your windows, your porch columns, unique features, and dark corners. Then move outwards to larger landscape items like trees and statues, and lastly to your shrubs then flowers.

Create Depth with Shadows

Casting a single focal light on a statue looks better than nothing. But imagine if you can layer the lights to create depth and intrigue. By hitting the focal feature from more than one angle, you make sure your favorite landscape accessories are three-dimensional at night.

Choose Downlighting for Visibility

When illuminating areas for visibility, downlighting is the best choice. Each step you take is clearly seen when path lighting shines down on the area that lies ahead.

Choose Quality Over Price

It might be tempting to get a large number of lights for the lowest price possible, but we urge you to reconsider. Plastic lights will break easily and often don’t last a full year. Powder-coated aluminum can last a little longer, but the powder-coating will chip away. We urge you to use fewer, higher-quality copper or brass lights for a long-lasting gorgeous result.

The Don’ts of Landscape Lighting

Don’t Neglect the Upper Stories of Your Home

Upstairs dormers and cupolas give your home grace and charm, don’t let them go unnoticed at night. We have lights that can reach the second story from the ground, but we also have the ability to gutter mount lights for a seriously awesome layered effect that allows your whole house to shine.

Don’t Line Your Lights Up Like Soldiers

It is only natural to want to line up your lights in a line. But, this is not going to result in the most optimal lighting design. Remember, when you are placing your lights, it is about the effect, not the lights themselves. This requires some testing and experimenting at night with how you want your property to look. I promise it will rarely result in a perfect single-file line of lights.

Don’t Overdo It

Less is more in landscape lighting. We are not trying to recreate daylight. Nighttime is time to recharge, so even if you are using your outdoor spaces the lighting should be soft, subtle and not disturb your neighbors. It should be designed in multiple zones so that some lights are only used when needed (think deck lighting and patio lighting) while other lights are scheduled to illuminate your home every evening at dusk.

Don’t Choose Solar Outdoor Lighting

Solar power is awesome! Don’t get us wrong here. But, it is not the best choice for outdoor lighting. Solar lights are often plastic and cheap. Not only that, they don’t charge up very well, and they fade out early. All that aside, they don’t put out enough light to create a pretty scene, instead, they are simply points of light wherever you place them.

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, we are installing LED landscape lights that will hardly be noticed on your electric bill and last forever. While you think you may be saving the Earth with solar lights, the act of replacing them annually actually costs the environment much more with increased plastic production and landfills over-flowing with non-biodegradable plastics. Just don’t do it.

Whether you are a talented and experienced do-it-yourselfer or you want to just give it a try, please be sure to follow this short list of the most important must-dos and absolute-don’ts for installing landscape lighting yourself. And if you should change your mind at any point in the process, give us a call at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington. We’re happy to come in with our expert team and our commercial-grade copper and brass LED fixtures to get you all set up. We look forward to working with you! (910) 342-0040

Don’t forget! We offer flexible financing too!

Time is Running Out To Order Outdoor Lighting for Your 4th of July Party!

If the Fourth of July party is going to be at your house, are you ready? That’s right, it’s summer!! Once Memorial Day passes, it’s all about July 4th. It’s a month away, but you know that month will fly by. If you want your party preparations in place in time for the party, you need to make that To-Do list and start checking things off now. Be sure outdoor lighting is on your list!

You have great options for outdoor lighting. First, let’s look at temporary event lighting, and then we’ll talk about permanent outdoor party lighting. (You already love that idea, right?)

Temporary 4th of July Party Lighting

You definitely want special event lighting for your party, but maybe you’re not wild about the idea of “permanent” lighting. (You may change your mind as you keep reading.) Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington can install lighting for your party, then return shortly afterward and remove the temporary lighting. No mess.

For temporary special event lighting, the first thing that comes to mind is string lighting, also known as party lights. But that’s usually not enough. It depends, of course, on how big the party location is and whether you want to illuminate just the immediate area or the entire back yard.

If you want to contain your guests in a defined area, string lighting may be enough—along with some safety lighting if you have steps, like deck stairs, that aren’t usually lit. Also, we want to address other possible tripping hazards like stepping stones in the yard.

Fun String Lighting Designs Make a Party More Fun!

Whether your installation will be temporary or permanent, we have a variety of string lighting designs you can choose between. If your July 4th party will be contained to a small area, you may just want the string lighting over your deck or patio or between trees in the yard where your fire pit is located. If you want to cover a larger area, you can choose neat, straight rows or maybe a fan design where the strings of light fan out from a center point. If you have palm trees, then yes, we can wrap them if you’d like.

More Than String Lighting?

If you want to give your guests the run of the yard, we can get more creative. We’ll install string lighting, obviously, around the central party space, the food, beverages, etc. But think bigger! This is the time to present your yard in all its glory. If you have bench seating under a pergola, light it. If you have a water feature or fire feature, light it. A magnificent tree, beautiful gardens, the pathway from the driveway … light them all! Landscape lighting can turn your yard into a magical place. It won’t be bright, so don’t imagine lights they can see from outer space. Subtle landscape lighting is all it takes to create the magic.

Also, even though we’re still talking about temporary event lighting, it’s a very good idea to light the front door, the driveway and any walkways from the driveway to the front door. Exterior lighting in front of your home says “Welcome!” and “You’ve come to the right place!”

Permanent Outdoor Party Lighting

While you’re thinking about party lighting for the 4th of July, consider adding string lights you can leave up year-round. Our outdoor string lighting is made to withstand the weather and you can leave it up all year. Many of our clients have found that once they have string lighting, they don’t want to let go of it. String lighting makes every night feel festive. Once it’s installed, you have the option to use it for special occasions and spontaneous gatherings or use it every night of the year.

We can also install LED lights that change color, called RGB lights, and with smart-phone controls, you can program them to display many different colors. You’ll have red, white and blue for the 4th of July, but you won’t be limited to that selection. Change your RGB lights to orange for Halloween! Red and green for Christmas. You can bring up almost any color, and you can change them on a whim or schedule the color changes in advance. We can install RGB lights flush with your patio for a fun surprise your guests will not be expecting.

If you’re thinking about installing permanent party lighting in time for July 4th, keep in mind that we can install permanent year-round landscape lighting then, too. This is especially popular for decks and patios. You don’t need to let your outdoor living spaces go dark at night. You’ll be surprised by how much more enjoyment you get out of these spaces all year when you add outdoor lighting.

Temporary or Permanent, You Need to Order Now

July 4th is sneaking up fast! We will need time to create your lighting design, order supplies and install the lights before your party.

Start now to prepare your home for the big 4th of July festivities. With the best party lighting, whether rented or installed, you’ll create a night your guests will never forget. Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington today. (910) 342-0040 Hurry! Time is running out.

Wilmington Landscape Lighting – A Gift (That You’ll Both Love) for the Dad in Your Life

Father’s Day, June 17: Give the dad in your life the gift of landscape lighting this year. Has he ever given you an appliance as a gift? Beat him at his own game and get him a gift you’ll adore too! New Wilmington landscape lighting for your home is the perfect Father’s Day gift. Illuminate paths, gardens, your home and outdoor living spaces.

Landscape lighting serves many purposes. It adds safety and security at your home while enhancing the beauty of everything there. When you see the effects of landscape lighting at your home, you’ll be most aware of the transformative power of these lights, because the effect will be stunning. You probably won’t even think about how outdoor lighting makes your home safer and more secure as well.

Secretly, It’s a Gift for Both of You

This is a “His and Hers” Father’s Day gift if there ever was one. What does he like to do outdoors? If he is a grill master, a fan of the big smoker, or a chef with an outdoor kitchen, give him light to work by! With landscape lighting around the grilling area, he won’t feel rushed to get the food done before dark. If he has a basketball court, cornhole boards or horseshoe pits, let him play on! When you have friends over and the games get competitive, darkness will not force an early halt to the fun.

What do you like to do outdoors? If you enjoy your prized Azaleas or Hydrangeas, you probably won’t be gardening at night, but you sure can enjoy the view of your flowering plants with gentle landscape lighting. Your lighting designer from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington knows just how to position light fixtures to bring out the textures and colors of your gardens at night. Do you enjoy pure rest and relaxation with a glass of wine on the patio or deck in the evening, or around the outdoor fireplace? Subtle lighting around your outdoor living spaces will extend the time you and your guests can enjoy them.

Wilmington Landscape Lighting—It’s all About the Landscape

The two of you have invested time, energy and money into making your yard beautiful. Whether you have a landscaper or you’ve done the work yourselves, don’t let it disappear at night. We have amazing lighting techniques that bring out the best features of your trees, shrubs and gardens with beauty completely different from that seen in daylight. When we aim a small light up into the span of a beautiful Japanese Maple, it comes alive. Light and shadow, depth and texture, these are just words until you see the results for yourself. Even the photographs don’t do it justice.

As professional outdoor lighting designers, we have several lighting techniques with different fixtures and different light intensities, so we use what looks best in your yard. One client favorite is called moonlighting, a form of downlighting. We can arrange lights in a tree to shine down gently through the leaves and create a dappled effect below as though you have a full moon every night.

Energy-Efficient LED Bulbs Make This Gift Cost-Effective

It’s a gift; it’s a special occasion; it’s not about the money. Nevertheless, you may be thinking about the hit to your monthly electricity bill. Not what you’d think! Today’s LED lighting is not only beautiful, it’s also up to 80% more energy efficient than older lighting technologies. The savings on electricity is significant compared to what you would have paid a few years ago. Today’s landscape lighting is worth every penny.

If you are ready to knock his socks off with a Father’s Day gift you’ll both enjoy, call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington today. (910) 342-0040 Hurry! Time is running out.

Party Hearty Till Dawn with Wilmington Deck Lighting

Have you ever noticed that the best decks, where people have the most fun at night, are the ones with the best outdoor lighting? Deck lighting is a thing! Before we had great deck lighting, the fun died down after sunset. Now, we have these great LED string lights, festive party lights sturdy enough to leave up year round!

Old Deck Lighting (Bad)

People used to buy their festive party lights at the party store or garden center. They were cheap, plastic and flimsy and they came with a warning not to leave them up longer than 90 days. (The lights, not the people.) They were cute, as a novelty, but they didn’t provide much light and they couldn’t keep a party going.

New Deck Lighting (Good!)

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives can light your deck with professional-grade outdoor string lighting using LED bulbs. Instead of plastic, the top of each light is rubber and can withstand full-on beach weather all year long. Why should you care? Because these lights are more fun! They shout “Party!” when you turn them on. What’s more, LED requires less energy than other kinds of lighting, so you’ll want to have another party when you see your electric bill.

Living near the beach, our decks seem to represent good times. Decks go with the beach lifestyle, casual, hanging out, partying. You have fun on the deck, and decks are everywhere — at home, at the restaurants and bars, at the beach. On decks without fun lighting, the party dies down after dark, and people drift away. Where do they go? To decks with fun lighting! Where people are having more fun and the parties don’t end until sunrise!

More Deck Lighting (Good!)

There’s another kind of deck lighting, too, besides festive party lights. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives can install these little LED lights on your deck posts or under the railings. Each little light casts a soft glow onto the deck for a relaxing and romantic ambiance. Aren’t there times when you want to have fun on the deck with soft mood lighting rather than bright, festive party lighting?

So you live in a party town. Summer is coming and you have a choice to make. You can have the boring deck where the party dies at sunset, or you can party the summer away on your deck with great deck lighting. What will you choose?

If you are ready to party the whole night through, this summer and always, call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington today. (910) 342-0040  We provide the best deck lighting on the North Carolina coast.

LED Outdoor Lighting: What Does LED Stand For?

Have you ever wondered what LED stands for in LED outdoor lighting? If so, you may have Googled LED and received the results Light Emitting Diode. Which isn’t a very helpful answer for most.

You may have also found some background information on LED lights being used in early cell phone displays or electronic devices. LED technology has come a long way since those days and is now used for indoor, outdoor, residential and commercial lighting applications of every variety.

Light Emitting Diode

Explaining the science behind how a Light Emitting Diode (LED) works, would likely help you fall asleep. So, we will let the marvelous video below do the explaining:

The main takeaways from this video about the science behind lighting emitting diodes really points out the reason everyone is switching over to LED.

  1. The electricity in LED lights do not heat up filament. This keeps the light cooler and extends the life.
  2. LED lights do not require tubes like vapor lamps or fluorescents – so without the glass “bulb” portion, LED lamps are much more durable to vibration, shocks, bumps and weather elements.
  3. Electrons from Light Emitting Diode bulbs are cycled back through the process which requires 80% less energy and adds to the long-life of LED outdoor lighting.

With plentiful benefits for switching to LED such as a longer lamp life, less heat, less electricity, and increased durability, you might come up with a new definition for what the letters LED stand for.

Less Energy & Delicacy?

Lovely Easy & Dependable?

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, we’ll handle knowing the science, best design practices, and installation know-how, while you spend your time enjoying the magnificence of your LED outdoor lighting system. Call today for a design consultation. (910) 342-0040

Landscape Lighting is NOT Just for Landscapes: 4 Fresh Ideas

Custom landscape lighting is what we do. Throughout the years we have illuminated such a large variety of landscape features throughout Brunswick and New Hanover counties with our custom LED landscape lighting systems, we couldn’t even begin to tell you about them all.

That being said, the best landscape lighting has always been the unique, the one-of-a-kind, the out-of-the-box thinking of our clients and our lighting designers. Today we offer you a closer look at some of the most exceptional ways to utilize landscape lighting for creating a uniquely-you home, yard, garden, and outdoor living space.

Antiques & Artifacts

Are you living in a historical home or a home with a lot of history? Chances are you may have a few antiques or artifacts from days gone by. From wagon wheels to old farm equipment to old windmills and hand-made statues, any item that is a focal feature on your property during the day, deserves to be one at night! And so it can be with proper focal landscape lighting.

The Secret Garden

Do you have a private area on your property where you like to hang out? A fire pit in the back 40? A deck on the waterfront that his hidden away from your main yard? We love to create a guiding light with landscape lighting and path lighting to help your visitors and guests find the secret hang-out you enjoy most.

Outbuildings

What outbuildings are on your North Carolina property? A pool house? A car port? Maybe a large pole barn or detached garage? Our landscape lighting is a great way to highlight the exterior of your home, so why not your outbuildings too?

Work Hard – Play Hard

Our expert lighting designers create custom lighting for all of your nighttime outdoor living needs. If you have built a backyard for playing, we can build a landscape lighting system to keep the games going all night. If you have horseshoe pits, a sand volleyball court, tennis court, basketball court or another recreational area, we’ll create the perfect lighting to allow you to play at night.

When it comes to landscape lighting, there are very few limitations. Our high-quality LED brass and copper lighting are perfect for any part of your property. If you’re ready to create a magical scene that is gorgeous and functional on your property at night, give us a call today! (910)342-0040
 
 
 

LED String Lighting and Five More Awesome Ideas to Make Your Patio Spring Break Ready

Is your patio ready for spring break? If your home is where friends, family and out-of-town guests converge during this festive time, we have some great ideas for you. This is the time of year when you want to make everything fresh again and bring new life to your awesome patio. If your patio isn’t that great yet, maybe these ideas will get you moving in the right direction!

1. Let’s start at the top with the LED string lighting.

You’re going to love these lights, and the best thing is you can leave them up year-round. We’re not talking about flimsy, plastic party lights alternately shaped like cactuses and sombreros. We’re talking about professional-grade LED string lighting installed by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington.

Sometimes they’re called bistro lights, market lighting or festive lighting. No matter what you call them, these lights signal the time and place for getting together with friends for food, music and fun times outdoors on the patio.

When you work with Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, we’ll have a lighting designer measure your patio and determine how and where the LED lighting strings will be hung. Don’t worry if you don’t have any structures to hang them from around your patio. We can install string lighting just about anywhere, even if we have to install poles to make it work. We measure the strings of light bulbs to custom fit your outdoor space.

Our lighting technicians are pros when it comes to installing the LED string lighting. You’ll have seamless straight rows of globe lights that can stand up to changes in weather. The lights actually come with a 5-year warranty. You’ll continue to get more use out of these festive lights long after spring break is a distant memory.

2. More planters around the patio!

If your patio is near a wall, try some hanging wall planters. Container gardens are great on the patio, too, and what’s even better is filling them with plants that are known to repel mosquitoes. Here is a list of mosquito-repelling plants: Rosemary, Horsemint, Marigold, Lemon Balm, Flossflower (Ageratum), Citronella, Catnip, Basil, Lemon Thyme, Lemongrass, Lavender, Peppermint and Pennyroyal. Try it!

3. Colorful new outdoor pillows

Spruce up your patio furniture with splashy new pillows, or decorate economically by making some yourself by using a shower curtain or vinyl tablecloth. Think bigger and bolder pillows, even floor pillows, which are always fun.

4. Privacy screen made of wooden lattice panels

Lattice panels you can find at the home improvement store will provide just the right amount of screening at the edge of your patio. You can still see through it, so it doesn’t completely block your view of what’s on the other side, but at the same time it offers a bit of privacy and sets off the festive area. If you have a green thumb, you can also use it as a trellis. You need to have a plan for how to make a frame so the panels will hang or stand upright. There are plenty of tutorials for this project online.

5. Ceramic garden stools, repainted

If you have any ceramic garden stools, it’s time to spruce them up with a fresh coat of spray paint. If you don’t have any already, shop thrift stores for a great deal. Here’s a fun idea: Spray them with glow-in-the-dark paint! How fun would that be! When you paint them, be sure to use a spray primer first, because paint without primer doesn’t work well on ceramic. If you don’t want to use glow-in-the-dark paint, just use a bright, glossy color. We love the garden stools because they can double as a seat or a table.

6. Tabletop fire bowl

A fire bowl can be beautiful and elegant, and they’re perfect if you don’t want the trouble and expense of a full fire pit but want more flame than a candle. Some people call it the fire factor. You can find instructions online to make a tabletop fire bowl that’s safe and won’t explode or melt your table. Just be sure to use the gel fuel that’s meant for personal fireplaces. The supplies you need to make it are sold at home improvement stores. An alternative would be a tabletop tiki torch made from a wine bottle. Enjoy!

If you love hosting spring break and don’t want to waste a minute of it indoors, call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington today. (910) 342-0040 We provide the best outdoor lighting on the North Carolina coast.

Historical Home Outdoor Lighting


We had the pleasure of illuminating the Captain John Harper House. Check it out here. We are proud to create gorgeous outdoor lighting designs for Wilmington’s famous historical homes.

Wilmington Deck Lighting Transforms Long Winter Nights Into Cozy or Fun Evenings Under the Stars

Outdoor living is a year-round affair in Wilmington, Brunswick County and all of the North Carolina coast. While homeowners invest in fabulous backyard renovations including decks, patios, outdoor kitchens, pools and more, they can often find themselves not using the space during the long nights of winter. If you’ve invested in a deck, your favorite place to hang-out and host parties, you can benefit from adding deck lighting. Deck lighting enhances the beauty of your deck at night, adds safety, security, and visibility for using the space after dark.

Deck Lighting for Versatile Outdoor Living

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, we have a variety of techniques we deploy to illuminate your deck, depending on your goals and needs. If you like to entertain or relax on your deck in the evening, we would suggest under-rail lights to create ambient lighting around the perimeter of the entire deck. We would also suggest festive market lighting strung over-head for you to use when dining outdoors or hosting friends and family for special occasions or weekend cook-outs. Between the two, you will have the choice of a relaxing, tranquil evening or instant fun.

Deck Lighting for Safety & Security

Our top-of-the-line LED deck lighting is a great way to provide safety and security for nighttime use of your deck. Our favorite light for this purpose is stair riser lights. They fit neatly in the risers of your deck stairs, providing subtle illumination for each step you take. We also love half-moon post lights to cast a nice wash down on the deck boards for clear visibility around the entire deck.

You’ve invested a good deal of resources into building a deck at your home, money well spent on creating an outdoor oasis at home. Ensure you’re getting the most out of your investment by adding deck lighting for nighttime use of your new backyard space. Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington today for a complimentary design consultation and nighttime demonstration. 910-342-0040 We look forward to working with you.

Wilmington Professional Retail Christmas Lighting Enhances the Giving Spirit

Christmas lighting is essential for every business in Wilmington but is a vital proponent of maximizing fourth quarter sales for local retailers and the accompanying hospitality and restaurants that serve busy holiday shoppers. We are pleased to offer full-service commercial Christmas lighting to area businesses who want professionally designed, commercial-grade, outdoor Christmas lighting.

Oleander Pointe Christmas Lighting

We recently had the honor of illuminating Oleander Pointe (the Toys R’ Us Shopping Center) at Oleander and College Road, right here in Wilmington. The LED C9 roofline lights are a perfect example of the festive cheer achieved with classic white Christmas lights. With a trio of wreaths on the facade of the roof peaks at the center of the plaza, the festive Christmas spirit is felt day or night.

By creating holiday cheer for all of the stores in this retail complex, the owners help each business maximize the generous gift-giving spirit. As shoppers hear the holiday music, see the greenery, the Christmas lights, and all the decorations, they are transformed to their childhoods when the magic seeds of Christmas were planted. With the nostalgic feelings flowing, they’ll be likely to shop more generously and spend more money. While the holidays are about much more than gift-giving, retail relies heavily on the holiday season to reach annual sales goals. A little extra effort in creating a fun, cheerful, festive, holiday mood can make all the difference.

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, lighting is all we do. Our professional Christmas lighting services include expert design, top-quality LED lights, meticulous installation, take-down, and summer storage. If you’re ready to maximize your businesses fourth-quarter sales, call us today to get started for next year! (910) 342-0040

Merry Christmas!

Tantalizing Wedding Lighting for Your Spring Dream Wedding

Are you in the midst of planning your dream spring outdoor wedding? Are you captivated by the current trends for gorgeous wedding lighting to take your wedding and reception from day to night with grace and style for an enchanted evening for all to remember? Custom designed wedding lighting can be yours! With Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, you’ll get professional-grade lighting, custom designed lighting plan, and the best service available, taking one more thing off your wedding to-do list. While we can provide just about any lighting you desire, a few wedding lighting techniques below have become absolute favorites:

Wedding String Lighting

These are not your standard mini Christmas lights or anything of that nature. Our large globe shaped nostalgic string lights create sophisticated fun in any space. They are perfect for hanging over or around your reception dance floor for magical dances under the lights. Wedding festive lighting is also great for creating an ambient and fun glow over the dining area, so your guests can enjoy the magic of the occasion even while they are eating. We can hang them over docks, in barns, from tree to tree, and just about anywhere a pole can be stuck in the ground.

Uplighting

Classic temporary uplighting is a great way to create points of magic throughout your outdoor wedding venue. We’ll highlight majestic trees for grace and elegance around the property. We can illuminate special features such as gazebos, arbors, and trellises where your guests will want to mingle after the ceremony. No matter what the features of your wedding venue, be it a backyard, on the waterway or even on the beach, we can use uplighting to make it a magical nighttime affair.

Now is the best time to plan your Wilmington wedding lighting. As spring approaches, you’ll be busy with dress fittings, cake tasting, and bridal showers, call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington now to get the lighting on the books and out of your hands. (910) 342-0040

 
 
 

Have You Seen The Night is Ours Van Around Town?

Have you seen our new service van featuring “The Night is Ours”? We can make it yours too with our expert landscape lighting and outdoor lighting design, installation, and service for your home or business. Whether it is outdoor lighting for your home and landscape, LED festive lights for your restaurant’s patio, or holiday lighting, we are the best choice for illuminating the outdoors in the Wilmington area.

The Night is Ours

From Jacksonville to Brunswick County and all the way down to Ocean Isle Beach, our The Night is Ours service van has been racking up the miles all around Wilmington and up and down the coast. We’ve been very busy this fall tackling projects big and small for current and new clients. As the night becomes longer, the need for outdoor lighting services in this perfect coastal climate becomes that much greater. So we have been hard at work on many projects, including:

Landscape Lighting Installations

Often homeowners and businesses alike realize their landscape lighting needs when summer comes to an end and nightfall arrives much earlier. Since September, we have been hard at work illuminating Wilmington area landscapes to add outdoor function, beauty, safety, and security at night.

Led Outdoor Lighting Upgrades

LED outdoor lighting uses 80% less energy than Halogen. Many homes in Brunswick County and along the coast have aging systems that can be upgraded to LED for huge energy savings. Fall is the perfect time to upgrade to LED as winter is the time of year we have our lights on the longest.

Hanging Christmas Lighting

Commercial Christmas lighting and residential Christmas lighting is a huge hassle for many. We provide the best Christmas lighting design, installation, take-down, and storage! We take care of it all, so you don’t have to do a thing. You’ll see us all over town installing Christmas lights, and you might just see one of us up on a cherry picker lining a roof with the best LED c9 Christmas lights available.

Outdoor Lighting System Maintenance & Service

As the darkness of winter approaches, it is imperative to make sure your landscape lighting system is running in peak condition. We offer a fantastic Annual Maintenance Plan which includes a long checklist for keeping your lights looking and performing beautifully.

If you’d like to see our The Night is Ours van parked in front of your house, while we work to create beautiful illumination on your property, give us a call today! (910) 342-0040 We offer complimentary nighttime demonstrations because seeing is believing!

A Brilliant Alternative Christmas Lighting Idea for Your Home

Are you tired of the annual tradition of pulling out ladders, untangling lights, and spending an entire weekend decorating the outside of your Brunswick County home for Christmas? If you’re open to an alternative method of displaying your holiday spirit, we have a stunning and permanent idea for you to consider. Color-changing RGB LED landscape lighting allows you to enjoy year-round outdoor lighting with the ability to transform your property with festive spirit for any occasion.

Landscape and Christmas Lighting in One

Imagine this, with RGB color-changing landscape lighting you’ll enjoy a festive green and red Christmas display on your property. Lights can be adjusted to highlight wreaths in your windows and other holiday decorations too. Many like this idea for the modern sophisticated look that is more subtle than string lights. And when Christmas has passed, you change the color of your lighting to a neutral warm white with just a touch of a button, for the rest of the year.

Colorful Outdoor Lighting for Every Occasion

Don’t want to stick with classic white lighting? Try blue to support the Panthers on game day or red for NC State or another color for your favorite team. You can so easily change your colors you might just get into a war with your spouse and the remote if you happen to live in a divided household.

Celebrating a special occasion or hosting a charity event? Pink for breast cancer, teal for ovarian, purple for Alzheimer’s; whatever your passion you can display it in your yard to spread awareness and share the love you have in your heart. With Brunswick County RGB LED color-changing landscape lighting you can enjoy whatever color scheme you’d like for any reason, all year long.

Holiday Landscape Lighting

If you love showing the festive spirit for Christmas, chances are you’d like to do it for other holidays too. Think orange and black for Halloween, pink for Valentine’s Day, green for the Luck O’ the Irish in March or patriotic Red, White or Blue for the Fourth of July. Whatever holidays you celebrate, begin sharing the magic with the flip of a switch to transform your landscape lighting with RGB LED lights from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington. Call today to learn more. (910) 342-0040

Brunswick County Hardscape Lighting Maximizes Fall Weather Enjoyment

Summer has left the building. While the heat seemed to hang on forever, we have finally experienced the much-anticipated autumn cool down. With cool nights and warm days, autumn in Brunswick County is a gorgeous transitional time. A time for apple orchards, pumpkin patches, hikes in the woods and the much anticipated sweater-weather. With shorter days and longer nights, making the most of this short season takes perfect planning. With Brunswick County outdoor lighting, you can maximize your enjoyment of the not-too-hot/not-too-cold autumn.

Fall is a perfect time to enjoy your outdoor spaces. After taking advantage of warm afternoons with a hike in the woods, retreat to your patio for an enjoyable evening with friends, a loved one, or just a perfect glass of wine or beer. To maximize your enjoyment, we recommend Brunswick County hardscape lighting.

Brunswick County Hardscape Lighting Ideas

Hardscape Lighting for Patios and Stone Walls

Gorgeous paver and stone patios are becoming more popular than ever. From travertine and flagstone to natural-looking concrete pavers, patios are becoming so much more than a concrete slab. With gorgeous custom designs featuring landscape walls for built-in seating and other vertical accessories, hardscape lighting is a lovely choice for creating a nighttime oasis.

Hardscape Lighting for Fire Pits & Fireplaces

Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits have become the must-have patio accessory. Providing a perfect meeting space for conversing with friends and family in front of a warm flicking flame, fire pits and fireplaces are essential to staying outdoors after the sun sets this autumn. While your fire may provide some romantic lighting, it can be difficult to see where to set your snack or drink or where the sitting wall begins and ends. With ambient hardscape lighting tucked under your capstones or along the bottom of your stone surround, you can enjoy easy visibility with or without your fire.

Hardscape Lighting for Outdoor Kitchens & Countertops

Nothing completes a new paver patio like an outdoor kitchen. Today’s outdoor kitchens can be as simple as a small counter space and stone facade to house your stainless steel grill, all the way to a complete kitchen featuring a refrigerator, grill top, smoker, large prep space, a bar top counter, and electricity for small appliances. In either case, some task lighting will allow for easy meal preparation and entertaining after dark. With the sun setting as early as five and weather still cooperating, hardscape lighting for your outdoor kitchen will ensure your favorite place to cook is not collecting dust this fall and winter.

If you love this fall weather as much as we do and don’t want to waste a minute of it indoors, call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington today. (910) 342-0040  We provide the best hardscape lighting design, installation, and service to Brunswick County and all of the North Carolina Coast.

Enjoy Intermittent Warm Fall & Winter Nights with Brunswick County LED Outdoor Lighting for Your Deck, Porch, or Patio

As we’ve seen this year, summer can stretch well into Fall on the coast of North Carolina. We enjoy warm summer-like days sporadically between cooler fall days all the way through Christmas sometimes. Despite the weather feeling summerish, the days are still growing shorter and the nights longer. These long, warm nights are perfect for enjoying the outdoors with the right Brunswick County LED outdoor lighting.

Brunswick County Deck, Porch & Patio Lighting

Spending time on your deck, porch or patio is a great way to enjoy warm fall and winter days and nights. If you have an outdoor fireplace, it doesn’t even have to be that warm. Nothing beats relaxing by the mesmerizing warmth of a crackling fire.

But to make good use of the space, you need a little more light than a fire provides. While we love to deploy hardscape lighting, deck lighting, and landscape lighting to accent your outdoor space, LED string lights are gaining popularity.

Our professional quality LED string lights will look great year round hanging over your deck, patio, or even on your porch! These classic festive lights, once used for county fairs, transform your outdoor area into instant fun. Whether you’re throwing a party or just having a few friends over for dinner, custom designed string lights hanging over your outdoor dining area will create a perfect memory-making atmosphere.

Make sure you’re ready to enjoy the periodic warm nights outdoors this winter by adding custom LED outdoor lighting at your Brunswick County home today! Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington now for a complimentary design consultation. (910) 342-0040

How many Wilmington LED Landscape Lights does my Home Really Need?

Wilmington LED landscape lighting is not a one-size-fits-all product. Each property, each home, each business, and each landscape design offers its own unique features to illuminate. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, we pride ourselves on our custom designs and right-sized landscape lighting systems. An average LED landscape lighting system in Wilmington might be around 8-10 lights, but, we’ve worked on projects that have a hundred lights, fifty lights, twenty lights and everything in between.

LED Landscape Lighting About Subtlety

Our goals are NOT to recreate the daylight hours. We use shadowing, and highlighting to create subtle areas of illumination for ambiance and visibility. These designer landscape lighting techniques improve the enjoyment of outdoor spaces at night.

Custom LED Landscape Lighting Design

We work closely with each home owner or business owner to create a lighting design that meets your specific needs. A pathway to your home from the driveway may only need a few landscape path lights to guide the way, while an outdoor activity area may require brighter lighting and clear visibility for a specific function.

Using our free nighttime demonstration, we create a temporary display for your viewing and our assessment. During this time we may discover an area of darkness that needs more light. We may discover an area has more lighting than you need for the activities in that space. We’ll adjust the design accordingly, and the results will be breathtaking.

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, we enjoy designing, installing, and maintaining the best-LED landscape lighting systems in Wilmington, Brunswick, Leland and up and down the North Carolina coastline. Our goal is to increase the joy and function of outdoor areas for homes and businesses. If you’re interested in adding visibility and nighttime beauty at your home or business, call today to schedule your free nighttime demonstration. (910) 342-0040

Top 5 Coastal NC Activities to Complete Before Summer's End

Wilmington and Coastal North Carolina thrives on the summer season. If you’re like us, summer comes with a long list of activities you’d like to participate in, and inevitably is too short to get it all done. While the full summer bucket list might be exponentially longer, we offer the 5 things you must do on the North Carolina coast before summer comes to a screeching halt.

1. Spend a Night Under the Stars

Whether you simply stay outdoors long after the sun sets or you go all-out and camp outside for the night or weekend, be sure to get in one more warm night of stargazing. If your backyard is a favorite place to enjoy the celestial beauty of the night sky, our subtle Wilmington LED landscape lighting can illuminate your experience without dissipating the magnificence of the heavens above.

2. Throw One More Backyard BBQ

Summer is about friends, family, and outdoor everything. Outdoor cooking is near the top of the list of things we should do outdoors as much as possible. Combine the two by throwing one more summer backyard barbecue at your Wilmington area home. Enjoying the outdoors with friends, family and good food is easily done on your patio or deck with our hardscape lighting and deck lighting. From task lighting for prep and cooking to ambient lighting for a perfect mood, we have your backyard party covered.

3. Get Out on the Water

Fishing, boating, kayaking, or stand-up-paddle-boarding, we don’t care what you do, but get out on that water. What is living this close to the Atlantic Ocean, Cape Fear River and Intracoastal Waterway for if you are not going to get out there? While the water may stay warm for quite a while longer, the cool nights and cool days of fall might keep you from venturing out. Don’t wait another day, get out on the water now.

4. One More Beach Day/Pool Day

Squeeze in at least one more all-day beach or pool day! The hot sun on your skin, the soft sand between your toes, and a cooler full of cold sweet tea and lemonade and you’ve got the beach life figured out. Relax while the kids build sand castles on Carolina Beach and ride waves at Holden Beach or get out there and get some sand in your drawers too!

5. Visit the Downtown Wilmington Riverwalk

Restaurants, shops, charming historical homes, and a magnificent view of the Cape Fear River make the mile long boardwalk in downtown Wilmington a gem. Whether you come to tour the USS North Carolina, the Cotton Exchange, take a ghost tour, or simply to shop and dine, you must spend at least one more day or night on the Riverwalk before cooler weather sets in.

Whether it’s the beach, the city, or somewhere in between, squeezing every minute of fun out of summer on the coast is vital. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, we are your partner in extending outdoor living into nighttime with our exceptional LED outdoor lighting design, installation, and service. Call anytime,  910-342-0040 we look forward to working with you.

Wilmington LED Path Lights: Versatility, Beauty, and Timelessness

Every artist has their favorite tool, their favorite canvas, their favorite colors. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, our lighting designers have their favorite lights. While we won’t upset the rest of the gang by claiming path lights as our favorite, we will tell you we enjoy using them for their versatility, beauty, and classic charm. LED path lights are great for paths, of course, but did you know they are a fantastic choice for illuminating many stunning features of your home, including landscapes, flower beds, driveways, and more?

Path Lighting for Landscapes

Our copper and brass LED path lights are a subtle way to illuminate your prized landscape design. Whether they are tucked neatly in your flower beds along the front of your home or provide subtle perimeter lighting near your wooded back tree line, path lights in your landscape provide a loveliness you can adore all night.

Path Lights for Driveways

With many options to choose from, path lighting is not surprisingly a popular choice for those looking to add subtle lighting along their driveway. Winding dark driveways can be difficult to find, let alone navigate. With our path lighting to lead the way, you’ll enjoy as clear a path as an airplane landing strip, but without gentle washes of light instead of glare, you can see from outer space.

Path Lights for Flower Beds

Have you considered the best way to illuminate your stunning perennials and annuals for nighttime enjoyment? Did you know that the bold reds, pretty pinks, and tropical oranges of your petals show better in subtle LED light than in the harsh glare of the bright summer sun? With our path lights near your favorite blooms, you’ll not only enjoy the truer coloring, but you’ll get to see your favorite night blooms such as Moon Flowers and Night Blooming Jasmine.

Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington today to create a custom outdoor lighting design, including our versatile path lighting, for beautifying your home and landscape. (910) 342-0040

 

 

 

Palm Trees, Palm Trees & More Palm Trees: Other Southport Trees Deserve to See the Light

When it comes to Southport tree lighting, nothing is more popular that illuminating your lovely tropical palm trees. From wrapping them with string lights to uplighting them with a gorgeous LED focal light, everyone loves to extend that fun, beachy feeling into the night. But what about the other trees on your property? We offer the top five trees for tree lighting in Southport, NC, that are not Palm Trees.

Crape Myrtle trees are a Southern staple. They grace the edges of driveways, they anchor flower beds, and they are a favorite commercial landscaping tree. With a lovely wide wash of light, we can accent the lovely smooth trunk and the breadth of their flowering branches.

Southern Live Oaks grace the most famous historical Southern towns, including Southport, providing shade and commanding adoration from all. With lovely sprawling branches, year-round greenery, and the potential to host charming Spanish moss – Southern Live Oaks should never be left in the dark.

Loquat trees provide an evergreen addition to your landscape. Their deep leathery leaves are reminiscent of the magnolia tree. In tropical climates they produce fruit, but in Southport, they are a perfect choice for an ornamental tree. With the addition of tree lighting, your Loquat will become your favorite tree on long winter nights.

River Birch trees are a popular shade tree. With unique curling bark and spreading limbs, this fast growing tree does well almost anywhere. One of our favorite trees to illuminate, we love to focus on the multiple trunks of the single tree with focal lighting, where the texture of the curling bark can be enjoyed day or night.

Japanese Maple trees are one of the most popular ornamental trees. With fascinating, twisted branches reaching out and tiny leaves that range from lime green to bright orange to dark maroon, each Japanese maple is unique. We’ll create a custom Japanese Maple lighting design, usually a wide wash of light into the outer reaches of its canopy, to make sure the most interesting features of your tree are illuminated for all to see.

What is your favorite tree?

If you’re ready to enjoy your beloved trees at night allow their majestic beauty to shine with tree lighting — call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington today. We have the best tree lighting design, installation, and service in Southport.

Topsail Beach Outdoor Lighting Sends Summer Out with a Bang for Your Labor Day Extravaganza

There are two sure things about Topsail Beach living, the busy summer beach season begins with Memorial Day and ends with Labor Day. Celebrating both occasions with weekend beach parties is a time-honored tradition up and down the North Carolina coast. Prepare now for your end-of-summer Labor Day party with Topsail outdoor lighting for your backyard party space.

You might be wondering why we are already thinking about Labor Day when the Fourth of July has barely passed. Well, the thing about a gorgeous custom LED landscape lighting system is that it is not a one-size-fits-all plug and play solution.

Unique, long-lasting, professionally designed and installed Topsail Beach outdoor lighting takes a little preparation.

Did you host a Fourth of July party at your Topsail Beach home? Was your deck, patio, or pool lacking integrated, well-designed lighting that is not only functional for nighttime entertaining but gorgeous too! Don’t fret, we have all the backyard party lighting you need to A.) take your beach party back to the house after a day in the sun and B.) illuminate your tropical backyard paradise for an epic end-of-summer bash.

We recommend a custom Topsail Beach outdoor lighting design that will illuminate your patio, deck, pool, landscape, pergola, tiki bar, porch, and/or palm trees. We have a variety of options and endless combinations for each. We love to create custom solutions that will meet your summer beach party needs as well as your low-key evenings after the house guests go home.

Call us today for a free outdoor lighting nighttime demonstration at your Topsail Beach home. (910) 342-0040

Dark Sky Compliant Outdoor Lighting on the Beaches of North Carolina: Your Quick Guide

Turtle season is here! From May 1st through October 31st it is turtle nesting season on the North Carolina coast. From North Topsail Beach to Sunset Beach and everywhere in between, locals and tourists alike are hoping to spot a sea turtle making its way ashore to build a nest. Within 50-70 days, these eggs will hatch, and we’ll begin watching for turtle hatchlings to make their way out to the ocean safely.

Sea Turtles Love the Dark

Lighting affects the sea turtle nesting and hatching process from start to finish. If there are too many lights on the beach, sea turtles will be too scared to come ashore to lay their eggs. According to Seeturtles.org, when the eggs hatch, the baby turtles wait for the sand to cool indicating night time for their treacherous trip back out to the ocean. Hatchlings use several cues to find their way including the slope of the beach, white wave crests, and the natural light of the ocean horizon. In an effort to help baby sea turtles make it safely, it is important to keep lights off the beach from May – October. It is also important to keep lights near the beach from misleading the turtles in the wrong direction. This is where dark sky compliant lighting comes into play.

Turtle Friendly Outdoor Lighting Guidelines

Oak Island and Surf City even have Sea Turtle protection ordinances that dictate lighting rules to help protect the animals. While not every NC beach has these ordinances, it is widely understood that those who live near or have businesses on the water should follow their basic principles. Here is what the Oak Island turtle protection lighting ordinance dictates:

• No artificial light shall directly or indirectly illuminate the town’s ocean beach.
• Outdoor lighting within 300-feet of the primary dune should follow the below dark sky guidelines.
• Streetlights are required to be cutoff fixtures that shield light from pointing up, which would illuminate the night sky.
• Colored lenses may be used to modify lights that can’t be aimed landward or downward to not disrupt hatchlings.
• Wall-mounted light fixtures shall be fitted with shields to contain the light landward side of the primary dune.
• Motion sensor flood lights for security are permitted and shall be aimed in a manner to contain light on the landward side of the primary dune.
• Where possible any source of light within the 300-foot zone of the primary dune must not be visible from the seaward side.

The basic concept of dark sky compliance is to avoid any lighting that will illuminate the night sky. For the purpose of turtle nesting season, it is as equally important to not illuminate the beach or have any artificial lighting visible from the beach.

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, we custom design outdoor lighting packages that are fully compliant turtle-safe lighting and dark sky compliant. Check your town’s website or Municode for details of your lighting ordinance. Ordinances often require permits and inspections which we will be happy to handle for you.

Outdoor Lighting ExpertIf you live on Figure Eight Island, Topsail Island, Surf City, Oak Island, Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Fort Fisher, Holden Beach, Sunset Beach, or Ocean Isle Beach trust us with taking the time and care to make sure your lighting is not interrupting turtle nesting or the hatchlings making their way back out to sea. Call today 342-0040

 

Electrify Your Summer Party Season with Oak Island Landscape Lighting

Nothing is better than summers at Oak Island! While the beach draws everyone in, the friendly neighbors and local cuisine keep the good times rolling, off the sand too. From fresh seafood to tropical Tiki bars, there is nothing better than creating that beach vibe throughout the entire island.

Oak Island Backyard Beach Party

You don’t have to go to Shagger Jack’s or The Flying Fish Café to continue the beach party. Create a tropical haven in your back yard for nighttime enjoyment with Oak Island landscape lighting. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, we have custom lighting treatments to make sure your summer parties don’t stop when the sun goes down.

Illuminate your back yard with the best party lighting available. We recommend the following lighting options to create that tropical festive feeling all night long:

Market Lighting

Festive string lighting, bistro lighting, market lighting, no matter what you call it, hang it on your patio, outdoor dining space, under your Tiki hut, or around your porch roof for a fun multi-purpose space.

Palm Tree Lighting

Whether you choose to wrap them in string lighting or uplight them from the ground, your palm trees are what make your yard tropical during the daytime. Let that feeling shine all night with custom Oak Island palm tree lighting.

Deck & Patio Lighting

Adding ambient lighting in your hardscapes or under your deck rails is a fantastic way to illuminate your back yard. Creating a nighttime party can be done subtly with just enough lighting to create visibility and a chill summer mood.

No matter if you party at Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach, Topsail Beach, or Oak Island, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington is eager to make your summer a memorable one.

Don’t wait! Call today. The Fourth of July is right around the corner, providing a perfect opportunity to show off your newly illuminated outdoor party space. (910) 342-0040

Make it a Memorable Memorial Day with Brunswick Landscape Lighting

As Brunswick County grows, we gain more and more local activities to strengthen our community togetherness. With Memorial Day upon us, that fact is evidenced by a large variety of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. From parades and Memorial Day ceremonies to weekend activities, such as Turtle Talks on Ocean Isle, Leland Concerts on the Coast, and the Artisans Market on Oak Island, it is going to be a fantastic weekend.

Being in a coastal community, you may be expecting house guests for the Southport Memorial Day Parade or other weekend events. Have you prepared your home for entertaining guests throughout Memorial Day and the summer beach season?

Knowing your guests are here because of the beautiful seaside location, encourage them to enjoy the outdoors at your home as well as the beach and in downtown. To prepare your yard for guests, update, service, or add landscape lighting to make the evenings after a full day of activities more relaxing and enjoyable for the whole group.

Brunswick Landscape Lighting Service & Upgrades

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, we service and maintain any landscape lighting system. If your system doesn’t look it’s best, it may just need a few adjustments. Call us today to schedule a service call; we’ll adjust lights, replace bulbs, and trim hedges. If we identify a need for additional lights or a system upgrade, we’ll let you know. A system refresh might be all it takes to get you through a gorgeous summer beach season in Brunswick County.

Brunswick Landscape Lighting Installation

If your backyard, patio, deck or front yard is too dark to be enjoyed after sunset. Call us now! We can come out and design you a gorgeous custom landscape lighting system that will make summer nights magical for you, your family and any potential visitors you have this summer and every summer. Don’t wait! While it is too late for Memorial Day, we can come out and have you set up by Fourth of July depending on your needs. Don’t spend another summer holiday in the dark! Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington today! 910-342-0040

Smart Lighting Controllers for Wilmington Landscape Lighting Make Smart Homes Available for the Masses

You may have seen it in the movies; a suave 007 type quickly creates a romantic scene in his home. With the flip of a switch on a single remote the fire flicks on, the lights dim, and a love song is playing on the radio. For years, smart homes were accessible to only the wealthiest, but with advances in today’s Bluetooth and wireless technologies, we see the advancement and subsequent lower cost of smart systems that can run virtually everything in your house from a smartphone app.

You may be using an app to control your televisions and thermostats, but did you know that you can now control your landscape lighting system from your phone? We’ve long had lighting control automation for your Wilmington landscape lights to account for daylight savings and the change of the seasons, but the technology allowing you to control it from your phone has finally hit its stride.

Smart Landscape Lighting Controller

Our fully automated landscape lighting controller allows you to control your lighting schedule, turn lights on and off, and dim lights from your phone while at home or away. Create and save custom schedules you can reuse when needed. For instance, set a vacation schedule to create the appearance you are at home when you are traveling. Or create a custom schedule for your holiday lighting that you can reuse each year without recreating it.

Using a combination of Bluetooth and WiFi, this technology allows you to control not just your landscape lighting, but you can automate your whole house. With easy to install in-wall switches, you can control any indoor light or appliance that plugs into a standard electrical outlet.

Smartphone App

The smartphone app is easy to use and system set up is a breeze. The best part is, the app is available on Android and iPhone, making smart landscape lighting available to everyone. As the technology grows and improves, new features will become available soon. For instance, setting separate schedules and manually controlling different zones is in the works.

For the best lighting control for your Wilmington outdoor lighting and beyond, call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington today! (910) 342-0040 We can upgrade your current system or design and install a new LED landscape lighting system for your home or business.

Wilmington Hardscape Lighting: Did you Know We Illuminate More than Landscapes?

Softscapes and Hardscapes, and Landscapes, Oh My! Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Can Illuminate it All!

Is preparing your backyard for fun summer nights part of your spring cleaning effort? Don’t forget the lights! Yes, spring is here. For a brief moment, we’ll enjoy open windows and comfortably sunny days before the glorious summer heat arrives. We’ll fill these days with planting flowers, mowing the lawn, tending to our gardens, and tackling outdoor home renovation projects. With so much work on your plate, leave the landscape lighting to the professionals. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington we don’t just illuminate landscapes, we have the best quality hardscape lighting too.

Stone, Brick, and Pavers Galore

Are you building an outdoor kitchen, outdoor fireplace, or new stone patio with sitting walls? Don’t let its beauty go unnoticed after dark. Hardscape lighting adds depth and texture to your stonework and is a must-have to ensure your new outdoor room is functional at night. We offer gorgeous, custom hardscape lighting design, installation, and service. Wilmington hardscape lighting can be added to existing and new stonework, and we have fantastic design ideas for almost any stone or paver surface on your property:

  • Countertop lighting
  • Under-mounted capstone lighting
  • Stair riser lights
  • Brick column lighting
  • Path lighting for stone walkways
  • Wall wash lighting for taller stone features

We’ll Work with Your Contractor

If you’re beginning construction soon, be sure to call us today. The best time to add lighting to your stonework is before it is built. While we can and often do cut into hardscapes to add new lighting, it is best to work with the construction crew to lay conduit and set lights during the construction phase. This results in a smooth process where you don’t have to deal with the hassle of a dusty mess and additional noise after your new space is complete.

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, it is all about the client and the desired lighting effect. We want your hardscapes to shine at night for increased function and extended enjoyment. Call today for a complimentary design consultation and at home nighttime demonstration. (910) 342-0040

Switching your Wilmington Outdoor Lighting Timer to LCA will give you more time for R&R!

How much time did you spend this past weekend resetting your outdoor lighting timer to correspond with the arrival of daylight savings time (DST)? Was it 30 minutes? An hour? Or maybe you couldn’t locate your manual, and your lights are still an hour ahead of schedule?

Chances are if you are still using an antiquated manual timer you spent precious R&R time programming instead of relaxing. If you were using one of our LCA timers, you wouldn’t have spent one second of your precious downtime fiddling with because our timers utilize set it & forget it technology!

LCA stands for Lighting Control Automation. LCA timers are super smart as they are able to automatically change themselves to accommodate the arrival and departure of DST. Best of all they are easy to use, setting them once and forgetting about ever having to do it again!

Our LCA timers use a GPS via satellite to pinpoint where your home is so it knows what hours it needs to turn your outdoor illumination system on, and off, with zero programming on your part. Just tell LCA where you live, and that’s it. These timers have all the simple automatic features of an astronomical timer, but it’s the next step up in terms of being able to also control your indoor lighting too…

LCA offers more flexibility to regulate goodies like your appliances, HVAC system and even your TV all through your computer, a mobile device or even through Bluetooth. You can set things to turn on and off at various times, so it always appears that someone is home. It’s the perfect solution if you have a beach vacation home in Oak Island, Carolina Beach, Southport or other NC coastal community, as it can easily be programmed to give your property the appearance of someone always being home. Having the luxury of lights on indoors and out turning on at random times makes your home appear lived in and gives you extra security. Best of all, you don’t even have to be home to control any of these facets that an LCA timer offers.

An LCA timer also automatically adjusts to naturally occurring seasonal changes of daylight to dark. They are so effective at providing you the right amount of lighting at the right time, you may forget about DST all together!

Don’t spend another weekend sacrificing your R&R, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington today to learn more about all the benefits of Lighting Control Automation (LCA), you can reach us at (910) 342-0040.

Wilmington Patio Lighting Takes Your Backyard From Day to Night with Custom Brilliance for Your Delight

Is one of your goals for this year to spend more time outdoors? More time with friends and family? More time slowing it down and enjoying life’s little moments? Creating a backyard that is conducive to your favorite activities is a crucial first step in reaching those goals. While you may have the perfect patio for relaxing or entertaining, did you consider the patio’s function after the night falls? No matter if your space is for quiet and tranquility or entertaining, we have the perfect Wilmington patio lighting to take your dream backyard from day to night.

Ambient Patio Lighting

Unwinding at the end of a long day means different things to different people. For those who like a quiet, tranquil retreat, we offer the best design for subtle ambient patio lighting. Pour yourself a glass of wine or crack open a cold one, grab your favorite book and head out to the patio. As you take in your surroundings and the sun begins to set, your patio lighting will automatically illuminate, allowing you to continue the calm until life demands you return. With gorgeous hardscape lights tucked under capstones, countertops and inside landscape walls you’ll enjoy a delicate glow. Or maybe we’ll create beautiful points of light in your surrounding landscape with the strategic illumination of plants and focal features, keeping you in the middle of a stunning scene.

Patio Lighting for Entertaining

If your idea of cutting loose is having a few friends over, turning on some music, cooking up some steaks and enjoying great conversation, we have some more festive options for your patio lighting needs. We can create the perfect task lighting over your barbecue prep space or outdoor bar, keeping you in the middle of the action while cooking. This year’s biggest trend is bringing permanent festivity to your backyard with LED string lighting that will work its magic year round. These lights can withstand the weather and will create nostalgia for your favorite outdoor eatery, that trip to Europe or summers on the boardwalk.

Don’t think you have to choose one.

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, we can create a custom design fulfilling your needs for both a tranquil backyard retreat and a fun outdoor entertaining space. With separate programming and switches, you can choose the patio lighting for today’s activities. Call now 910-342-0040 for a free nighttime lighting demonstration in your backyard.

Maximize Occupancy & Lower Costs at Your Wilmington Hotel or Bed & Breakfast

Running an exceptional hotel, B&B or vacation rental can take some creative ingenuity. While there is an element of business know-how at hand, the focus has to be on an elevated guest experience that will keep word-of-mouth spreading, create repeat clients, and make your place stick out among the competition. Creating additional challenges, the Wilmington hospitality industry really has to make the most of the busy summer season to reach goals for the entire year.

Did you know with one small investment you can lower costs and improve the guest experience?

Wilmington Hospitality Outdoor Lighting

LED outdoor lighting in Wilmington is essential to creating an environment for your guests that is spectacular. The beauty, ambiance, and aura of a well-designed outdoor space will give your guests that relaxed retreat feeling. They will enjoy exploring your grounds, dining outdoors and taking in all that a Carolina coastal summer has to offer. And for you, the owner or manager, you will have peace of mind knowing they are safe and secure – lowering your liabilities.

How Does Lighting Save My Hotel Money?

Our top quality LED commercial outdoor lighting uses very little energy. Chances are your hotel, B&B or rental property already has some outdoor or landscape lighting. Nighttime use of pools, patios, and outdoor lounge areas are a must for beach vacationers. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, we can replace or upgrade those lights with top quality LED for huge energy savings and maintenance savings. Using 80% less electricity and lamps that last ten times longer than Halogen, your property could see significant cost savings. The bigger your property, the bigger the savings.

Our commercial LED outdoor lighting is extremely flexible and durable; it can even be moved if need be. And with our expert lighting design team, you’re sure to transform your property into the best new place for summers at the beach.

Call now (910) 342-0040 for a free nighttime lighting demonstration. We’re happy to evaluate your current lighting and provide you with an estimate for the replacement as well as a run-down of the savings you can expect to see. We look forward to working with you.

Right on Time: Our Recent Project in Scotts Hill Village is a Shining Success!

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington recently completed our project at Scotts Hill Village in Wilmington, NC. As we announced in a previous post Wilmington Commercial Outdoor Lighting Design & Installation: Timing is Everything!, this installation was under a strict timeline in order to get it completed in time for the vacation crowd.

Illuminating the entrance for this beautiful neighborhood was a top priority for their Home Owner’s Association. Aside from making the entry easily visible for homeowners, guests and emergency vehicles to find, the addition of lighting also makes the neighborhood shine with refinement and beauty.

One of the main goals for this particular project was to make sure the decorative plaques on each of the stone columns were lit separately in addition to the main signage and the surrounding landscape. This request required preparation on each column prior to the stone mason’s installing the stone on the columns. We worked to achieve a dreamy, hologram effect by lighting the plaques from behind using 4 LED light bars for each plaque (12 total).

In addition to the beautiful illumination of the plaques, we also used 10-watt LED washers on the face of the front of the entrance, and a 20-watt LED wall washer on the corner to achieve the same cohesive effects. As I am sure you will agree, the finished project is truly spectacular. It encompasses all the beneficial and aesthetic elements that we strive for when illuminating a neighborhood or subdivision entrance or community signage.

If your Wilmington business or commercial property could use a nighttime revival, call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington today for a free nighttime demonstration. (910) 342-0040 We serve Southport, Oak Island and all of the North Carolina coastal communities.

Wilmington Commercial Outdoor Lighting Design & Installation: Timing is Everything!

With spring arriving soon, Wilmington construction crews are busy building new commercial spaces and renovating existing projects to prepare for the busy summer season. Whether you are giving your Wilmington area commercial property a facelift, a few upgrades or it is an entirely new building site – adding outdoor lighting is a sure fire way to make the most out of the gorgeous summer nights in coastal Carolina.

Tourist Preparation

Tourists visit the area for the sun, sand, surf and outdoor activities. When they choose a hotel to stay at, a beach house to rent, a restaurant to dine at or spot for evening drinks, they want to be able to be on vacation all day and night! Outdoor lighting is the best way to give them the ambiance and vacation feeling they require.

Outdoor Lighting Design & Planning

Adding top quality and well-designed outdoor lighting takes some planning and preparation. Make sure you call us today, during planning and construction phases so we can work within your construction schedule to bury lines and install fixtures at optimal intervals. For instance, if you’re building a gorgeous stacked stone sign (as seen above) we can place wiring within the concrete blocks before the stone is applied. If you want lights between layers of stone, we can set fixture mounts as the stone is being laid.

Wilmington Commercial Outdoor Lighting Ideas

Then, we can await your landscaper to come in and place all the plants and shrubbery, or the sign company to apply plaques and signs before we install and adjust the fixtures themselves. This process allows for a few things: 1. The most beautiful lighting possible, as we create the lighting design with the individual elements in mind. 2. A more concise process, saving you money as we limit the risk of damaged lines and fixtures by placing them after digging is done. 3. Limited effects on your signs, structures, and finishing touches as we pre-prep the site.

Not sure how your business could benefit from outdoor lighting? We have a few ideas:


  1. Illuminate signage for better visibility.

  2. Highlight walkways and stairs for safety.

  3. Create a memorable outdoor patio for lounging, dining, and drinking after the sun sets.

If your Wilmington business or commercial property could use a nighttime revival, call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington today for a free nighttime demonstration. (910) 342-0040 We serve Southport, Oak Island and all of the North Carolina coastal communities.

We Have Your Holiday Wilmington Palm Tree Lighting All Wrapped Up!

There are few elements as distinctive about living on the NC coast as the presence of palm trees. Even outweighing the salty air and sound of gulls nearby, the quintessential palm tree is part of the allure of the coast. The beauty of Palms can be seen lining the sidewalks and as a focal point in our home landscapes.

With this in mind, it is a shame to let their beauty fade into the darkness every evening. Many of the palm tree species in our area make excellent candidates for the addition of outdoor lighting, including holiday outdoor lighting.

Our professional outdoor lighting designers know the right type of light to use at the best angle to illuminate a palm tree correctly. Up lighting palms is a great way to capture their majestic presence in your landscape during the festive season, and beyond. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, we know the proper distance the fixture needs to be installed to light the full canopy and the best place to mount the fixtures depending on the desired effect.

Good outdoor lighting should always look natural and illuminate the best features of the area or object being lit — this includes tree lighting applications. The trunk size and canopy need to be considered when deciding on the type of lighting technique and the appropriate fixture to use. There are two types of lighting we can design for your trees, depending on the effect that appeals to you. The most common type of tree lighting is up lighting. Uplighting trees, especially palms with their graceful canopies, can make a very dramatic statement. In uplighting applications, we install a well or flood light very close to the tree to direct the light up the trunk, underneath the canopy, illuminating the entire conifer. Placing fixtures on the ground directed upward reveals the tree’s magnificent natural beauty, shape and elements making the entire surround more stunning.

Additionally, when illuminating your palms for the holidays we recommend wrapping the trunk and in some cases the canopy. This is our most-requested holiday lighting technique for lighting palms, and clients usually request clear/white lights as they make a dramatic and elegant display against the neutral tones of the palm itself,

About 2,500 species of palms exist, and a few of them are quite tolerant to our cold Wilmington winters. This means their beauty can be enjoyed and enhanced almost year-round, even during the holidays. The Cape Fear area is made up of several micro-climates, so the degree of winter tolerance will vary depending on the species of palm and the location. The palm trees that are the most abundant, cold-hardy and popular here are Pindo palms, Sabal major (aka the Palmetto), Windmill, Sabal minor, and the Mediterranean palm, with finer foliage. The Sago palm is also very popular here in Wilmington, though it really isn’t a palm at all, it is classified as a cycade.

If you want to learn which palm trees would make the most impact and serve as the right candidates for tree lighting in your landscape and holiday lighting, contact us today at (910) 342-0040 or fill out the contact form below and one our talented designers can contact you directly.



Why Winter is the Best Time to Consider Wilmington Outdoor Lighting

Now is the time when I often come across many of the age-old Christmas songs on the radio. One that is especially poignant for me is the classic Andy Williams tune It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year. This song not only speaks volumes about the enchantment and emotion of the holiday season on a personal level, it is also impresses the fact that winter is the ideal time to consider outdoor lighting.

Anytime may seem like the right time to move ahead with your anticipated Wilmington landscape lighting project, but there are many benefits to installing in the winter months.

  • Our service area, which includes Wilmington, Southport and the entire Cape Fear region, experiences temporarily mild winters. This means there are no dangers associated with freeze lines.
  • We do experience enough winter weather to enable perennial turf grasses, trees and plants to move naturally into their dormant state. Choosing any type of outdoor improvement that requires excavation around plants, or increased foot traffic on grass is better-suited while they are in their dormant state. This is because it causes less impact on the plant material and they will recover more quickly from any damage.

  • Naturally, our backlogs and scheduling demands are greater during the outdoor living season. Demand is greater during the warmer months of the year because folks are spending more time outdoors. Choosing to have us design and install your outdoor lighting during the winter month’s means less turn-around time and your Wilmington outdoor lighting will be there for you to enjoy now, and in the seasons ahead.

  • Evening arrives sooner during the winter months, and sticks around longer. Daylight Savings Time (DST) will not begin until March, 12th. That means you’ll be arriving home in the dark for several months still. Why not make the decision now to increase the safety, security and curb appeal of your home and landscape and not wait for Mother Nature to light your way?

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington is here to help you make the most, out of the most wonderful time of the year, with outdoor lighting. Contact us today to learn more at (910) 342-0040.



Wilmington Landscape Lighting Creates Magical Moments Year Round

Do you love the effects of holiday lighting, but hate the process of purchasing, untangling, hanging and taking them down each and every year? We have an alternative solution for you! With a Wilmington landscape lighting system, you can create that holiday magic year round. And with a few minor alterations, you can even customize it for the holidays to create a more festive effect.

Landscape Lighting for the Holidays

Start by creating a warm welcome for your Thanksgiving and Christmas party guests with landscape lighting that creates a gorgeous scene from the road. Creating points of light with uplighting on trees and landscape lights in flower beds will dazzle your guests as they arrive. And don’t forget the path lighting to help them find their way into your home with these early winter sunsets.

Architectural Lighting for Christmas

Architectural lighting offers a magical opportunity with wall washes to highlight the charm of your home, the texture of your exterior surface and the height of your peaks. We particularly love the use of colored lenses on wall washes. Go for the classic red and green for Christmas or choose a nice blue for a modern feel. Oranges and greens are perfect for Thanksgiving Day or Halloween, and we can even offer spring colors if an Easter party is on your spring schedule.

Deck & Patio Lighting

Outdoor entertaining can be done almost year-round in Wilmington. So whether your biggest celebration is Christmas and New Year’s Eve or you prefer the summer holidays like 4th of July, be ready for perfect patio weather with LED outdoor lighting. We recommend deck lighting for safe navigation on docks and decks, but then it is time to create a fun atmosphere with more festive options. Our LED string lights are perfect to hang over any patio, deck, porch or outdoor living space. We also love to uplight your palm trees to remind everyone of the beaches and how lucky they are to enjoy the great outdoors year-round in Wilmington.

Free Nighttime Outdoor Lighting Demonstration

If you’re ready to hang up your annual holiday lighting tradition and replace it with a year-round LED outdoor lighting system, call us today 910-342-0040 for a free nighttime demonstration. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, we are pleased to offer design, installation, and maintenance for landscape lighting in the greater Wilmington area. We also offer professional holiday lighting services if you desire to stick with traditional Christmas fare but are looking to let someone else climb the ladder this year.

Southport Commercial Outdoor Lighting Sets the Tone for the Best Local Outdoor Dining

Autumn in Southport is the perfect time of year to eat outdoors. With the busy season winding down and the weather cooling off, your restaurant can use additional features to attract tourists and locals alike. Have you considered improving the outdoor dining experience offered at your Bay Street restaurant by adding festive and fun lighting for evening diners?

Southport Commercial Outdoor Lighting

Southport commercial outdoor lighting is the perfect way to draw customers in and keep them coming back for more. While the food and service have to be top notch, don’t overlook the atmosphere of your outdoor dining area. People live in and visit the Southport area to spend as much time outdoors as possible, and that includes seaside and waterfront eating. If your outdoor dining space leaves something to be desired, you could be losing repeat business no matter how good the food.

Southport Festive Lighting

Now that the nights are longer than the days, lighting for your restaurant’s patio is an essential element in creating that perfect seaside atmosphere. A favorite, especially under the tents on the deck are festive lighting. These large round LED string lights can be installed for permanent enjoyment. Our lighting design team loves to create magic with the nostalgia of classic festival lighting. Bistro lighting, café lighting, or party lighting, no matter what you call them the enjoyment is universal and the popularity is growing quickly.

Southport Palm Tree Lighting

Another favorite lighting technique for increasing the beach feel and creating the seaside vacation vibe is palm tree lights. Nothing says vacation like a Palmetto tree. Palm trees wrapped with LED lights create a gorgeous tropical perimeter around your Southport outdoor dining space. Our palm tree string lights are great for year-round enjoyment; shining a light on dinner in the fall and winter while also creating fun party vibes to keep customers ordering more provisions well into the long summer nights.

No matter if you’re on Bay Street, Yacht Basin Drive, Brunswick Street or in downtown Southport, your restaurant or diner can benefit from the addition of commercial outdoor lighting to improve your guest experience. Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington today for a free nighttime demonstration 910-342-0040.

The Benefits of Wilmington NC LED Outdoor Lighting

LED outdoor lighting uses 80% less energy than Halogen. It looks so good, you would have trouble telling the difference. And with 10x the bulb life than Halogen, LED bulbs rarely need replacing. Extend your beloved outdoor living time in Wilmington NC with very little impact on your electric bill. Call today for a free nighttime LED outdoor lighting consultation. 910-342-0040 Or check out Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington for more information about LED outdoor lighting.

Historical Captain John Harper House, the Crown Jewel of Downtown Wilmington Maintains Its Throne After Dark with Custom Outdoor Lighting

After years of renovation and revitalization, the Captain John Harper house was ready for the finishing touches this summer. A landmark in Wilmington’s famous historic district, the homeowner called us at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington to add landscape lighting to the stunning grounds so that this historical gem could be seen at night as well as during the day. By coordinating carefully with the Historic Wilmington Foundation, we were able to light up the home to match historical, aesthetic needs while maintaining gorgeous looking LED efficiency.

During the day you may not even notice the high-quality oxidized copper lights tucked in among the lush landscaping, but at night you are certainly going to notice the effects. Starting from the street, you will first notice the lamp post holding the Historical Foundation sign. Beyond that, the two crepe myrtles that frame the stairs leading up to the home provided the perfect focal element for creating a beacon welcoming visitors to enter the gated property.

To meet the guidelines as set forth by the historical foundation, we could not illuminate the columns on the Queen Anne porch. To accomplish our outdoor lighting design goals we used gorgeous landscape lighting to highlight the porch by illuminating the landscape beds in front.

As well as the narrow pathways that lead around the side, connecting the front yard to the courtyard and driveway around back.

When you arrive in the back courtyard, you’ll be pleased to enjoy a gorgeously illuminated statue that is the center point of the cobblestone patio.

Around back, on the South 2nd street side of the home, you will find a driveway leading up to the garage. To make this area more functional at night, we added oxidized copper lights along the top of the concrete retaining wall. The driveway now becomes completely visible at night for easy arrivals and departures.

To complete the project we used more LED path lighting to lead from the driveway to the courtyard and back door of the home.

With the use of 46 LED path lights and focal lights, along with two lamp posts, we were able to create an attraction that is as alluring at night as it is during the day. Not only are the paths and driveway illuminated, but the gardens and courtyard gain nighttime function as well. We urge you to take a stroll along 311 S. Front Street at sunset to see the magnificent transformation from day to night as the pictures do not do the Captain John Harper House justice.

If your historical Wilmington home could use a nighttime revival, call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington today for a free nighttime demonstration. 910-342-0040

HomeFest at River Bluffs…Don't Miss the Fall Festivities

Are you looking for a great way to spend a fall afternoon? Here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, we know just the thing. HOMEFEST! Presented by the Wilmington-Cape Fear Home Builders Association, Homefest combines family activities, home and river tours, and a street fair of vendors sharing crafts and home improvement information. They have pulled together a great way to spend a few hours together with something for every member of the family. This is also the perfect opportunity to take in North Carolina’s stunning fall season. Don’t miss it!

When and Where

This event takes place October 22nd and 23rd in the gated community of River Bluffs. An environmentally sustainable community, River Bluffs sits on the banks of the Northeast Cape Fear River in Castle Hayne, NC. From 11 am to 4 pm each day you will have the opportunity to come in and see what this living experience is really all about. Homes built by some of the area’s finest custom builders, including Stello Construction, Legacy Homes, and Herrington Homes, will be open for tours. You will discover that the types of homes in River Bluffs range from neo-traditional to Floridian and that all the community amenities employ the latest technology in energy savings and efficiency.

Something For Everyone

The homes of River Bluffs are spectacular, so the chance to tour them is something you really don’t want to miss. There is also a 4-mile trail race on the 22nd which will benefit Lump to Laughter, a breast cancer support ministry, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The kids won’t have time to get bored with a designated kids area, and they are sure to love a boat ride on the Cape Fear River! Kid free? Stop by the beer garden and check out the live bands. The street fair will include home improvement vendors and crafts sure to interest the curious homeowner. For more information visit http://wilmingtonhomefest.com/ or check the River Bluffs Facebook page. We are looking forward to attending this festive local event and hope to see you there.

And one more thing…. Did we mention that admission is FREE?!?!

Historical Home Renovations in Wilmington NC Include Spectacular Outdoor Lighting

The Captain John Harper House sits beautifully on the hilltop filling an entire block between South Front and South 2nd Streets in downtown Wilmington, NC. Built in 1903, its historical charm and neoclassic revival style command your attention when you walk or ride down South Front Street on your way into town. Known as the crown jewel of downtown Wilmington, it was featured in the Azalea Festival Home Tour in spring after years of historical renovations were complete.

Modern Energy Efficiency Doesn’t Have to Look Modern

To put the finishing touches on the Captain John Harper House, the homeowner called us to add LED outdoor lighting so that Wilmington visitors could enjoy its splendor as well at night as during the day. With just the right landscape and lamp posts we were able to let this crown jewel be a vision to behold all day and all night.

Outdoor Lighting for Historic Homes

Historical outdoor lighting design is not your average outdoor lighting design job. With the Historic Wilmington Foundation having oversight over all of Wilmington’s historic property renovations, we had to follow strict guidelines with fixture placement and lighting effects. For instance, illuminating the Doric columns that frame out the Queen Anne porch would be a lighting technique we would love to employ, but to meet the historical society’s guidelines we had to position subtle lighting techniques closer to what would have been true in the early 20th century. That being said, our high-quality oxidized copper lights are perfect for historical homes as they can blend seamlessly into the landscape. Can you see the light hidden in the landscape to the right?

Path Lighting & Landscape Lighting for Historical Homes

With 46 LED path lights and focal lights, we were able to illuminate the perfectly groomed and abundant landscape that surrounds the Captain John Harper House. In the tiered front yard, we were able to nestle focal lights below the dazzling Crepe Myrtles for a framing effect around the entrance to the homes gated yard. We strategically placed oxidized copper path lights to guide visitors from the gate to the Queen Anne porch, continuing around the narrow pathways that lead around back to the gorgeous garden and driveway. By up lighting the fountain in the garden it becomes a focal point at night, while our path lights do the job of illuminating the driveway from atop the retaining wall. Not only does our lighting create a gorgeous site for tourists and visitors, but they create nighttime visibility for the homeowner and his guests.

Unique Lighting Fixtures

Wilmington historical home renovations take a special touch. For the Captain John Harper House, we secured two gorgeous lamp posts that fit the history of the home beautifully. With one placed at the Front Street entrance to hold the Historic Foundation sign and another tucked in the lush landscaping on the 2nd Street side of the home, the magnificence of this remarkable house will be enjoyed day and night for many years to come.

If you’re in the midst of or about to tackle a Historical Wilmington home renovation project, call us, we’ll customize your outdoor lighting system to match the Historical Society guidelines while still looking gorgeous and achieving your desired function. Call today 910-342-0040

Did a Tropical Storm or Hurricane Affect Your Outdoor Lighting? Call Today for a Check-up

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington provides the best quality transformers and copper and brass LED outdoor light fixtures available. That being said, there are some weather events that could cause a disruption in your outdoor lighting system. Hurricane and tropical storm season is upon us, with high winds and heavy rain causing trees to fall and streets to flood, your system could be affected. If one of the recent storms has created an issue with your outdoor lighting system such as lights not working, the entire system is not working or there is a disruption in the lighting design, call today! We’ll come out and make the necessary adjustments.

A Single Light is Off

There are many reasons a single light could stop working after a hurricane or tropical storm. It could be a line was snapped, or flood waters caused a short. Whether it is simple or complicated, our lighting professionals can come to your home, diagnose the issue and repair it. While we’re out there, we will assess your entire system looking for dysfunction where you might not notice it.

My Outdoor Lighting System Is Not Working

If your entire outdoor lighting system quits working after a hurricane, tropical storm or flood there are a few things that could be going on. One of the most common reasons an entire system is out is that the Ground Circuit Fault Interrupter has been tripped. While that is a common scenario, sometimes it is something more complex. Whatever the case may be, calling us will ensure your system is diagnosed and repaired the correct way.

My Outdoor Lighting System Doesn’t Look As Good

One of the biggest affects a storm can have on an Outdoor Lighting Perspectives LED outdoor lighting system is of the design. Flash flooding can cause erosion that might shift a light or two or cause some leaning. Falling branches and leaves can disrupt the light from shining where it is meant to shine. Mud and debris can leave some lenses murky and less brilliant. With a maintenance call, your entire system will be inspected and adjusted. We’ll trim away foliage that has grown or fallen in front of lights, we’ll clean lenses, whatever it takes. Whatever is disrupting the gorgeous outdoor lighting design will be altered to create the beautiful effect you enjoyed the first day your system was installed.

If the inclement weather has caused a disruption in your outdoor lighting system, or it has just been years, and the landscape on your property has changed and slowly altered things, call today! 910-342-0040 At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, we don’t just design and install lights; we maintain them for the long haul.

Wilmington Temporary Event Lighting is This Year’s Must-Have Wedding Decoration

Are you a wedding planner, event planner, the bride or the lucky employee put in charge of planning an event for your company or boss? With so many decisions to make about food, location, the guest list and decorations, let Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington take the nighttime outdoor decorations off of your plate. Nothing is more elegant or classy than the perfect outdoor lighting for your special occasion or event. We can light gazebos, pergolas, pathways and outdoor dining areas to make sure your event looks lovely after dark, setting the tone for the entire evening.

Beach Wedding Lighting

Just because you chose a stunning outdoor venue doesn’t mean you have to take the party indoors when the sun sets. With perfectly designed temporary outdoor event lighting, the celebration will just be getting started as the sun sinks below the western horizon. Depending on your wedding set-up we can hang temporary string lighting over the dance floor or reception area, add focal lighting to a pergola or arbor or even illuminate the pathway leading down the aisle for nighttime vows. Whatever lighting you choose, it is sure to set the tone for what will be a day you’ll never forget.

Temporary Event Lighting for Every Occasion

Weddings are not the only celebrations that deserve stunning event lighting. From family reunions, corporate retreats and summer send-offs, your outdoor party will benefit from temporary outdoor event lighting. Lighting offers a trifecta of benefits for your special event. First, it sets the mood; a party can’t get started without the right vibe. Let the lights set the tone for a rowdy dance party, a posh cocktail party or something in between. Secondly, event lighting allows the party to continue well into the night. Or, for a late starting party, it can provide the beacon in the night to welcome the guests upon arrival. Thirdly, special event lighting is a decorative item that makes the space unique for you, creating the backdrop to creating memories to cherish forever.

We’re pleased to work with event planners, wedding planners, and venue hospitality services to make sure your special occasion looks as spectacular at night as it does during the day. Wowing your guests from the moment they arrive until they have to be kicked out. Call today 919-342-0040 for a free design consultation for your special event temporary outdoor lighting needs.

Plan Your Wilmington Outdoor Christmas Decorations NOW for a Peaceful Holiday Season

It’s never too early to start thinking about the holidays. Whether it is picking up that special gift for a hard to please family member, choosing a date for the annual Christmas party or planning out your holiday décor, it’s best to do some now so that you can enjoy the festivities of the season when they arrive. When it comes to Wilmington residential and commercial Christmas lighting and decorations, now is a perfect time to start the planning process.

Wilmington Commercial Holiday Lighting

Every year you see Halloween supplies hitting the store sooner, sometimes simultaneously with holiday items. This year, I have even heard that a famous fast food chain is releasing their Pumpkin Spice Latte the last week of August to get a jump on the holiday season. In this global market, there is always first mover advantage. Whether your business is retail, restaurant or hospitality, you have no choice but to ensure your guests are feeling the holiday spirit as soon as Halloween passes. With this holiday spirit, the pocket books open and the giving/indulging spirit arrives. To make the most out of the holiday season this year, plan now for an amazing and festive display.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington will design, order, install, take down and store your outdoor holiday decorations for you. To ensure you have time for the planning phase, it is vital to get the ball rolling on your holiday lighting design now. With the season being short, our crew has a limited amount of time to make your Christmas display a reality. If you call now we can make sure you are on the schedule for the all-important flip of the switch on Thanksgiving Day (or sooner if you choose).

Wilmington Residential Holiday Lighting

If last year’s holiday lighting debacle was the last straw for you, you need to call us now. Did you have tangled lights? Did you fall off a ladder? Did you go to the store to replace the one string of lights only to find that nothing matched what you already have? Did the cold weather make taking down your lights a nightmare? Whatever your reasons are for vowing “never again” to hang up Christmas lights on your house, we have another option. Let us do it. We have the best Christmas lights, the best design and the best installation crew in the area. Not only that, we’ll take them down and carefully store the lights for you so that next year there is nothing for you to do but schedule the installation date.

Don’t let hanging outdoor Christmas decorations ruin your holiday spirit. Hire the professionals at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, so you can spend your pre-holiday weekends watching football and spending time with family. Call or comlete the form below today, our schedule fills up fast! 910-342-0040

Wilmington Landscape Lighting Increases Real Estate Value and Shortens Sale Time

Selling a home after a potential buyer has seen a lackluster exterior is almost impossible. That first impression is everything. That’s why when Architectural Digest listed the “Top 5 Outdoor Features that Will Add Value to Your Home,” we sat up and listened.

First Impressions Are Everything

According to Jill Penman, expert real estate associate in Florida, the outdoor living capital of the U.S.; outdoor lighting is crucial. With carefully designed landscape lighting to highlight the stunning landscape, whether it be garden beds, hardscapes, and pathways or focal features, your outdoor features can be enjoyed at night. The lighting not only provides gorgeous ambience and appeal, but it also adds safety and security, all of which increase your property’s value.

Professional Landscape Lighting Design

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, we would like to take this assertion one step further by reiterating the value of quality lights and expert lighting design. Our copper lights weather beautifully in the Coastal Carolina climate. This is vital when showing a home to a prospective buyer. I can’t begin to explain how awful plastic big box landscape lights begin to look after a season of weather has dulled their color and clouded their lenses. If you happen to be showing your home during the day, those weathered plastic lights can be devastating to the first impression.

When it comes to showing your home at night, our professionally designed outdoor lighting system will wow your buyer as they approach in their car. The custom artistic design of the landscape lights highlighting the best-selling features of your home and landscape is just the tip of the iceberg. As they enter your home, they’ll enjoy the sense of warmth and comfort, almost as effective as baking chocolate chip cookies. When they arrive indoors, and the listing agent explains that you have an energy efficient LED outdoor lighting system with the best quality lights, installation, transformers and timers, that will be the icing on the cake.

If you’re planning to sell your Wilmington home and need to add some affordable and quick value to improve your sale price and shorten your sale timeline – call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington today. 910-342-0040 Our outdoor lighting system is sure to give your potential buyer that “I’m home” feeling before they even walk through the door.

Extend the Magic of Summer’s Biggest Celebration with Wilmington LED Outdoor Lighting

The North Carolina 4th of July Festival is part of the shining glory that is Southport. A historic tradition that brings 40 – 50 thousand participants to our inviting seaside home each year. With 10 days of music, parades, and celebration, the riverfront fireworks display that wraps up each year’s event is a sight that can’t easily be explained with words. Giant explosions of color in the night sky make our country’s birthday party a magical wonder to behold.

Outdoor Lighting Can Bring That Magic Home

After the party was over this year when you drove up your driveway, what did you see? Or could you even see at all? Did the enormous glow of the firework display make your dark entrance seem that much darker? You would be amazed at what even the smallest amount of professional lighting can do to create a new level of ambiance for your home. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington can transform what is now simply a driveway to a house, into a gently lit pathway towards your beautifully illuminated home.

Our LED outdoor lighting is an energy efficient and long lasting way to change the entire look and feel of your yard and home. The lighting options available for creating the atmosphere you desire are seemingly limitless, from pathways and driveways, landscape and garden, pools and outdoor living areas, and of course doorways and architectural features.

The Many Benefits of Outdoor Lighting

There is a sense of security that comes with arriving safely home to a warmly lit drive and front door, but safety is only one of the many benefits. Outdoor lighting provides so much more. Garden and landscaping lights can present coloring and splendor that give a different dimension to your labor than the sunlight. You can show off the hours spent creating your landscaping and add tremendous value to your entire home. It also allows for the complete use of all of your outdoor spaces day and night. Deck, porch, and patio lighting extends the space in your home for evening relaxation and night time entertaining. Combining our lighting with a Carolina night sky and the sounds of summer makes for a magical paradise… and it can be right outside your door.

We make it possible to bring some of the mystique you felt at the Independence Day Fireworks home with you to enjoy year round. Call us today at (910) 342-0040 and let Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington create the lighting design that is perfect for your home. Next year when your friends and family are making plans to come to Southport for the festival let your newly lit garden or patio retreat be their desired destination.

The Best Solar Landscape Lights of 2016 Are LED Landscape Lights

While we are big believers in clean energy and renewable resources, today’s popular solar landscape lights just are not up to par for quality outdoor lighting design. With solar energy providing electricity for many homes around the world, it is a great way to be greener. However, landscape lighting directly powered by solar energy has not yet reached its full potential. That being said, LED landscape lighting has come into its heyday, looking and performing better than ever while still being extremely sustainable with low energy use.

The Problem with Solar Landscape Lighting

There are a few major limitations if you choose to go with solar landscape lights in Wilmington.

  1. Solar landscape lights offer points of light in the night, rather than casting a light out amongst the pathway or landscape in which it resides.
  2. Solar landscape lights start as a dim point of light when the sun begins to set, fading out to darkness long before the optimal timing. The solar technology is just not powerful enough to last.
  3. Solar landscape lights are often strung together in sets of 6 or 10 limiting your flexibility in lighting design.
  4. Solar landscape lights can many times appear to be brass or copper, but are mostly made of plastic that does not withstand a stray ball or a bump from the lawn mower.
  5. Solar landscape lights cannot be placed on a timer for automatic function that fits your exact lifestyle needs.
  6. Solar landscape lights cannot be upgraded, altered or changed in any way.

The Benefits of LED Landscape Lighting

Wilmington LED landscape lighting uses 80% less energy than halogen. You can feel good about using very little electricity and spending very little money running these gorgeous landscape lights.

LED landscape lighting is not the LED lights you may remember from as little as 10-15 years ago. There is no delay between flipping the switch and illumination. There is no distinct and unattractive bluish hue to the light emitted. The LED lights look great, perform great and you may even have trouble distinguishing between LED and halogen in a direct comparison.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, we use the best quality, best color, and best-performing LED landscape lights on the market. Our copper and brass fixtures weather beautifully and can withstand the wear and tear of weather and outdoor living. Our LED lights even feature a patent-pending technology that keeps the heat of the bulb away from the electronics of the fixture to extend the already long-lasting LED bulb life even further.

If you’re interested in creating a brilliantly illuminated landscape while using a low-energy great looking light, call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington for a free nighttime demonstration today! (910) 342-0040

The City of Southport 4th of July: Brilliant Traditions and Small Town Charm

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, we have a soft spot for the geography, history and charm of the North Carolina coast. When it comes to getting a true southern coastal experience, nothing beats the city of Southport, North Carolina. While we have many Southport outdoor lighting clients, whom we love, we adore spending time in Southport for recreational purposes. As a small community with less tourism than some of the beaches, Southport offers a lovely atmosphere, especially during its annual Independence Day celebration famously known as the North Carolina 4th of July Festival.

Fourth of July Fireworks on the 4th of July!

An annual tradition for over 200 years, South Port celebrates the 4th of July with 40,000-50,000 of our closest friends. This year the festivities start on June 24th with the Freedom Run/Walk to the opening ceremonies on Saturday the 25th and go all the way through Monday, July 4th where the riverfront fireworks show will happen ON the 4th of July.  From the Main Stage on the Cape Fear River up to Franklin Square Park, all of Southport will be transformed into a patriotic celebration for 10 straight days of festivities.

Southport Keeps Tradition Alive with an Annual 4th of July Parade

The city of Southport likes to keep the traditions alive for the North Carolina 4th of July Festival. While festivities last for 10 days, events on July 4th feature traditional favorites not always found in other cities. To start the day right there is pancake breakfast, followed by an annual Independence Day parade that stretches down Moore & Howe. From a Classic Car Show to a Flag Raising Ceremony, free entertainment on the Waterfront stage and a Boat Raffle Drawing, Southport does the Fourth of July right with activities to keep you busy all day long. Ending the festival with the awe-inspiring Fireworks display on the Riverfront, there is no place I’d rather be on the birthday of this great nation.

From Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington to all of our fellow Americans, Happy 4th of July!

Attract Beachside Patrons with Permanent Café Lighting for Your Surf City or Topsail Beach Outdoor Dining Area

Beach season is here on the coast of North Carolina. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, Surf City and Topsail Beach shops, hotels, restaurants and bars enjoy an influx of tourist business that can make or break the year. While you already have a fabulous beachfront business, there are hundreds of other options next door, up the street and down the boardwalk angling to get beachgoers to choose them. Give your Topsail Beach restaurant the competitive advantage by creating an attractive and inviting atmosphere to grab patrons’ attention, by adding commercial Café lighting to your oceanside outdoor dining space.

Surf City Café Lighting Creates a Dazzling First Impression

First thing first, you have to get the customers in the door (or on the deck) to win them over. To beat out the competition of neighboring bars and restaurants make yourself stand out with a tasteful and inviting exterior with commercial outdoor lighting. While illuminating the entry of your business will get their attention, creating a functioning and festive outdoor space will draw them in. Tourists do not come to Surf City to eat inside a cold air-conditioned restaurant – they want the fresh ocean breeze and the stunning water views. By adding professional café lighting to your deck or dock, you will attract beach-loving tourists and locals to enjoy a meal and a drink at your establishment.

Topsail Beach Café Lighting Enhances Your Guests’ Beach Experience

Enjoying the sunset with the sounds of steel drums, the smell of salt in the air, an umbrella in their tropical drink and a delicious locally caught seafood meal on their plate is why people visit Topsail Beach. Café lighting creates a unique but classic beachside environment that will encourage guests to stay well after their meal to enjoy the laid-back beach lifestyle with another fruity cocktail. It is a vacation – make sure it feels like it.

Professionally Designed LED Café Lighting Is the Perfect Beach Resort Investment

Café lighting is perfect for a variety of Surf City and Topsail Beach businesses. From bars, hotels, beach clubs, resorts and restaurants to ice cream shops and miniature golf, LED Café lighting from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington is a great investment. Our top quality lights can withstand the elements for permanent placement at your Surf City business. Our outdoor lighting design experts will customize the perfect lighting design to ensure you offer just the right atmosphere without being boring, cheesy, harshly illuminated or lost in the dark. Our LED café lights offer low utility costs and the results will be astonishing.

If you’re ready to take your Topsail Beach or Surf City hospitality business to the next level call today. We’ll work with you on a custom outdoor lighting design that is sure to wow your guests and leave your competitors green with envy. (910) 342-0040

Wilmington LED Outdoor Lighting vs. Halogen Outdoor Lighting

Today’s LED outdoor lighting is warm and white. With a bulb life of 30,000 – 50,000 hours vs. Halogens 2,000 – 5,000 hours, your LED bulbs will last for years. The cost of running an LED outdoor lighting system is significantly lower, saving you a minimum of $100 (with an average sized 15 light system) over the course of a year in electricity. Call today to update your Halogen system to LED (910) 342-0040.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington: Custom Outdoor Lighting Design & Installation to Meet Your Home or Business Needs

No two outdoor lighting projects are the same. Every home, business, and landscape offers its own set of charms and challenges. Every client possesses different needs, wants, goals and dreams. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, our job is to make those dreams a reality, no matter what design challenges or obstacles may try to get in our way.

The Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Difference

One of the benefits of being part of a national outdoor lighting franchise is the over 20 years of experience across many nationwide locations. With over 100,000 outdoor lighting installations completed there is a world of knowledge and experience at our fingertips. When a challenging outdoor lighting situation arises, we tap into that expert knowledge base, as the situation has likely come up for someone before. We often have a solution for our outdoor lighting design within hours. If not, it might take a day for us to put our collective ingenuity to good use to find a solution to a previously unseen challenge.

Concealing Wires: One Key to A Professional Lighting Design

Often our design challenges are not about the lighting effect or the light fixtures themselves but are more related to disguising, hiding, tucking, burying and camouflaging electrical wires. When adding lights to porches, posts, rock walls, decks, and docks, it is essential to the final design that wiring is neatly tucked away. We recently created an outdoor lighting design where we were lighting a porch with beautiful white porch railings. We installed a powder coated white outdoor lighting fixture and neatly concealed all the wiring in copper tubing that we painted white. The look is seamless during the day, and the outdoor lighting effect is flawless at night.

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, we will do whatever it takes to get the job done. We don’t pass on a job that presents a new challenge, we embrace them, make them happen and add them to our portfolio of “been there, done that” to share with other locations across the country. Call today, (910) 342-0040 even if a landscape lighting professional told you your dream is not possible, we pride ourselves in making the impossible a reality.

Southern Elegance and Charm: With Wilmington LED Outdoor Lighting

There are many benefits to living in the South. Fantastic barbecue, sweet tea, mild weather and “Southern Hospitality.” The hospitality and grace that defines a southern lady or gentleman have become part of the design and landscape of the towns, businesses and homes in North Carolina. While the feeling can be hard to explain and words don’t do it justice, it can only be described as charm and understated elegance. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, we have mastered the skill of designing an LED outdoor lighting system to not only carry on the tradition of the elegant southern look – but we can add more charm for nighttime enjoyment.

Custom LED Outdoor Lighting Designed for Charm

When we design your custom LED outdoor lighting system, we always do so after touring your property with you and understanding all of your wants and needs. We’ll identify the most charming aspects of your home to design a lighting effect that will carry that character through to the night. When it comes to achieving understated elegance with outdoor lighting, there are a few general principles we almost always follow:

  • Less is more. A giant flood light washes out colors and disturbs your neighbors. We’ll use just the right amount of light for maximum charm and beauty.
  • Focus on the illuminated. Our lighting fixtures are top quality copper and brass that are built to blend into the landscape, so the focus is on the illuminated, not the light itself.
  • Spread the love. A home and property offer many gorgeous features that deserve attention. From pathways, gardens, entryways, trees and flower; illuminating a little of everything is a great way to disperse the magic of LED outdoor lighting in a way that creates warmth and ambiance.

If you’re looking to add a bit more Southern charm to you property or illuminate the classic Southern look you already enjoy during the day, call today! 910-342-0040 With our free nighttime design demonstration, you’ll enjoy a stunning preview of what outdoor lighting can do for your Wilmington home. Don’t forget to have the sweet tea ready.

Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington Before Large Landscaping Projects

Spring is a perfect time to refresh and renew your Coastal Carolina landscape. Whether you’re spending a weekend with your garden gloves and shovels or you’re hiring a professional to do a complete overhaul, it is vital to protect the integrity of your landscape lighting. Before you get started, call us, we’ll come out and move lights and electrical lines to avoid damage. We’ll also return to your home at the appropriate time to re-bury lines and reset your modified landscape lighting design.

When is it most important to include us in your landscaping plans?

Extending Landscaping Beds

If you’re extending your landscaping beds to plant more perennials, annual, shrubbery & ornamental trees, call us. Anytime you are digging near landscape lighting you risk cutting electrical lines. We can carefully move lines out of your way and reset the lights to highlight the best features of your newly designed flower beds. If you are simply adding a few new plants, be careful digging and call us afterward for a lighting design adjustment.

Planting Trees

Adding new trees to your yard will significantly alter your landscape. If you’re digging anywhere in the yard where your electrical lines could be buried, it is important to call us first. We can make sure you avoid cutting lines. We can also add new lights to your favorite new trees before the lawn or landscape where you have been digging has time to heal. We will save you time and allow your new landscape to look and stay looking amazing.

Installing Sod

We are currently working with a client who is having fresh sod installed. We will pull up the electrical lines and remove the lights before the landscapers till the soil. Once they lay down the fresh sod, we can safely lift sections of sod to rebury lines and place the lights back where they belong. By including us now, the homeowner will save time and money in having to replace cut lines or broken lights after the fact.

Call us today if you’re planning some landscape updates to your Wilmington home. We’ll help you keep your outdoor lighting intact and looking fantastic. 910-342-0040

Extend Your Wilmington Memorial Day Fun with LED Outdoor Lighting

Memorial Day is the official opening weekend of the summer beach season. While it feels like we’ve been going strong since Spring Break in Wilmington, the real fun begins when the first summer holiday weekend arrives. Memorial Day in Wilmington is all about grilling burgers, hanging out with friends and family and spending the day out on the beach or on the water. If you’re hosting family for the long weekend, consider adding LED outdoor lighting to your outdoor entertaining spaces. Extending your time outdoors will allow you to squeeze every last minute of fun into your long Memorial Day weekend.

Post Beach Relaxation

Imagine a long hot day on the sand and in the surf. You’ve enjoyed watching the kids boogie board, build sand castles and play games. The day was perfect and now it’s time to continue the fun in your backyard. While you cook the burgers and mix the potato salad, the rest of the family is enjoying their sweet tea, yard games and relaxation time on the deck. Don’t let the sunset chase your guests indoors just as you’ve finished cooking and are ready to join them. With outdoor lighting for your outdoor living space, enjoying the cool ocean breeze after the sun sets can be a seamless moment.

Whether you have a patio, deck, pool or screened porch, a custom LED outdoor lighting design will encourage your Memorial Day weekend guests to stay outdoors and enjoy your space longer. With just the right technique we can make your outdoor space the only place your guests want to be, day or night.

Outdoor Living Needs Outdoor Lighting

We can start with festive string lights over your outdoor dining space, making every summer evening a dinner party waiting to happen. With deck lighting and stone wall lighting we can illuminate the perimeter of your deck or patio for a lovely ambient glow to rival even the best flickering campfire flame. And if yard games are your favorite pastime, we can illuminate your entire landscape for added function. A custom designed lighting system can allow your horseshoe pits or corn hole boards to be fully visible for the next round of the weekend yard game tournament — even after the sun sets.

While your Memorial Day guests come for the sun, sand and surf, there is something to be said for the stunning comfort of an ocean breeze after the hot glaring sun sets. There is no better time to be outdoors than when your sun-kissed skin can enjoy a break from the SPF with great conversation and cold beverages on a deck, patio or poolside. Extend the summer fun of your outdoor living space with Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington. Call today for a free nighttime demonstration. 910-342-0040

Wilmington Pool Lighting: Poolside Living at the Beach

Is the pool your favorite spot in the summer months? Whether you like to lounge in the sun, stay cool in the water or host poolside parties, your pool is likely the center of your outdoor entertaining space. Extending your time by the pool is as simple as calling Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington. We love to create an environment that best suits your needs. If you’re looking for a tranquil relaxation place or a festive party atmosphere, our custom outdoor lighting design can meet your unique requirements.

Every Pool is Unique

No two pools are exactly alike. Well, maybe the pools are, but the combination of pool, pool patio/deck and surrounding landscape are never the same. Our joy is to face the challenge of customizing a creative lighting design to work with the unique elements of your pool and the surrounding area. To meet this challenge we have a few tricks up our sleeves and a few favorite techniques.

Natural Rock Accents

Pools that are built with rocks as part of the pool design offer a great opportunity for illuminating water and falls with a light hidden under the rocks’ outcropping. The gorgeous reflection of the light off the water expands the size of the pool and creates a magical dancing reflection on the surface of the rocks.

Pool Patios & Surrounds

We love to illuminate the exterior perimeter of a pool patio or deck surround. The benefits of perimeter lighting are adding function to the entire space after the sun sets, but also creating safe navigation around the pool for those looking to stay dry. Our copper path lights are perfect for creating this visual expansion of your pool area.

Landscape Walls, Shrubbery & Trees

If you’ve added palm trees, paver patio walls or flowering shrubbery to your poolside area, they provide a lovely opportunity for a unique lighting effect. We can uplight large trees, wash shrubs with a focal light or wrap your palms in festive string lights for a pool party feeling all summer long.

From Figure Eight Island to Sneads Ferry, poolside living is a great substitute for the salty ocean water and the sand in your swim trunks. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, we offer high-quality custom-designed outdoor lighting for your unique pool, pool deck, pool patio and lounging space to create a summer hangout spot you’ll never want to leave. Call today for a complimentary nighttime demonstration.  (910) 342-0040

Wilmington Outdoor Lighting for Beachfront Living & Vacation Rentals

Are you blessed enough to call Carolina Beach or Surf City home? Or maybe you own a vacation rental on Figure Eight Island or Oak Island? In any case, you are counting down the days until the water warms up and the beach life can begin again. As the weather warms and spring breakers are arriving, you might be thinking about some improvement projects that can make your beach home more functional for those long summer days & mild summer nights. Or maybe you want to increase your vacation rental income by adding luxurious outdoor recreational space to your property. In either case, outdoor lighting can assist in this endeavor.

Outdoor Lighting for Beachfront Living

As extended family descend on your beach front property for the beach season, make everyone more comfortable by making your outdoor space more functional. When the house is crowded with guests for the weekend, and the weather is gorgeous, your outdoor space can be the best hang out spot, even after dark. Add landscape lighting, deck lighting and path lighting to encourage your guests to stay outdoors longer. It will feel like adding square footage to your home.

Outdoor Lighting for Beachfront Vacation Rentals

Vacation at the beach is all about the luxurious great outdoors. After a long day in the sand & surf, give your guests a place to enjoy the cool ocean breeze as the sun sets in the Intracoastal Waterway. Improving the outdoor entertaining space at your vacation rental can be a great way to increase your rental income. The convenience of the space will keep your place booked up all season long and the demand will allow you to increase your rental fees. Whether you’re adding a deck, patio, outdoor kitchen or outdoor bar we have the perfect LED outdoor lighting to create a nighttime hotspot for your vacationers.

We recommend festive string lighting for your palm trees and outdoor patio space.

Our deck lighting adds safety & convenience to your deck, docks and boardwalks.

Improve your outdoor lounging area with attraction lights to keep the guests out in the fresh ocean air well into the long summer nights.

If you’re ready to spruce up your vacation home, improve your beachfront outdoor living space, or simply want to spend more time outdoors this season. Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington today for a free design consultation. 910-342-0040

Enrich Your Guests’ Experience with Wilmington Commercial Outdoor Lighting

Wilmington outdoor lighting is not just for residential applications. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, we offer fantastic outdoor lighting design & installation suitable for commercial & hospitality lighting needs. If you’re gearing up for a successful 2016 for your business, consider adding outdoor lighting to give your business more visibility at night, improved nighttime function & an enhanced guest experience.

Create A Nighttime Hot Spot

If you’re in the hospitality, nightclub, bar or restaurant business, you know that impressing your guests to the point they send more business your way is the ultimate goal. With commercial outdoor lighting we can add new outdoor entertaining guest space & improve the atmosphere in your existing patio space, for an evening your guests won’t soon forget. With patio lighting, deck lighting and festive string lighting to choose from, you can make your place the summer hotspot for Wilmington locals and tourists alike. You might even try an attraction light to add a bit of conversation and a cool vibe.

Visibility & A Warm Welcome

If your business is open after the sun sets, commercial outdoor lighting is for you. It goes without saying that if customers can find your business, you’ll have more of it, but have you considered their experience upon arrival? If you frequently have patrons coming and going in the dark, adding landscape lighting, path lighting and illuminating your sign will provide a better customer experience. Your customers will feel a warm welcome along with added safety for a more enjoyable evening.

Commercial Lighting Offers Practical Benefits Too!

While focusing on your guests is the sign of a really great business owner, there are undoubtedly some very practical benefits of commercial outdoor lighting for your business. The reality of loss & liability is a huge concern for business owners of all sizes. We recently experienced a theft of our trailer, reminding us of those risks. By adding commercial lighting to your business location you’ll gain added security as thieves don’t like to be seen. You’ll also lower your liabilities as guests and patrons alike will enjoy more visibility for a safer navigation of your property.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington offers fantastic commercial lighting for all sorts of businesses, from hotels, bed & breakfasts & restaurants to bars, beach clubs, churches & playgrounds. If your business could benefit from outdoor lighting, call today for a free design consultation. (910) 342-0040

Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington During the Design Phase for Your New Pool, Deck or Patio

As spring in Wilmington approaches, many homeowners are beginning the design phase of their outdoor living projects. Whether you’re building a deck, patio or pool or bringing in a landscaping company to redesign your flower beds, call us now, before the design is done and the digging begins.

Deck & Landscape Lighting

From big to small, intricate to simple, whatever your spring outdoor home improvement project is, call us now so we can design your outdoor lighting system to fit the new space perfectly. If you’re in need of deck lighting for your new deck, we may need to install electrical lines before footers are placed. If your landscaper is doing a large project to upgrade your flower beds or installing new irrigation, we need to get our lines in beforehand. Collaborating with the landscaper in the design phase ensures that 1. We don’t later damage the lovely work they’ve done and 2. They don’t damage the lines we run.

Wilmington Pool Lighting Installation

If your pool construction includes a large concrete or paver patio, it can be extremely difficult to install pool lights after the fact. If you’re having a new pool or patio installed, we can work with your construction crew to install electrical lines and lights at optimal times during the construction phase to avoid later excavation or unnecessarily long electrical lines. When using pavers and tiles in pool and patio construction, placing electrical lines under the patio pavers could be the optimal location. We can place lights within the wall of the pool as the mason is laying the bricks if we are included in the design phase. If your design features an outdoor fireplace, fire pit or retaining wall, we can install LED lights under the capstone, before the crew places it, for optimal design and performance.

Wilmington Outdoor Lighting Installation

We’ll work hand in hand with your construction foreman to run our electrical lines at the ideal time. It is imperative that you call us early in the process to make sure you’re on our schedule for installation when it fits the construction time line best. And the best part of all, when the construction is done, it is done. We won’t have to come back and pull up any work the construction crews did, put in wire, and place things back. You’ll be enjoying your outdoor living space much sooner by including us in the process now.

Visit wilmington.outdoorlights.com or call today for a free design consultation and complimentary Wilmington outdoor lighting nighttime demonstration. 910-342-0040

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington at the Home Builders Association HomeExpo

Come see us at the Home Builders Association HomeExpo & Remodeling Show at Cape Fear Community College, March 19 & 20th.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington will be displaying the latest in LED outdoor lighting technology with gorgeous landscape lighting for your home. When it comes to Wilmington LED landscape lighting we have the best products, the best lighting designers and the best installation & service.

Come out and meet our lighting experts. They’ll be happy to answer all of your LED outdoor lighting questions. You’ll leave knowing what it takes to create a stunning nighttime landscape at your Wilmington area home. We offer a variety of outdoor lighting for your home including landscape lighting, architectural lighting, deck lighting, dock lighting, patio lighting, pool lighting and more.


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The HomeExpo and Remodeling Show will be at the Schwartz Center at Cape Fear Community College on Saturday March 19th and Sunday March 20th. With free admission, free parking and free seminars this is a great first step in -revitalizing your home this spring. With so many vendors in one place you can get all of your spring projects underway in one day.

Show hours are 10am – 5pm on Saturday March 19th & 12pm-4pm on Sunday March 20th.

We look forward to meeting you. And if you can’t make to the Expo give us a call today for a free nighttime demonstration. 910-342-0040

Wilmington Outdoor Lighting Highlights a Charming Community Center at Masonborough Plantation

Customer satisfaction is our number one priority at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington. We want to be your go-to Wilmington outdoor lighting service provider for installation, fixtures, and maintenance. We are determined to make sure you have the perfect outdoor lighting for you. We’ll even install high-quality fixtures you find elsewhere. A recent neighborhood outdoor lighting project was just that. Masonborough Plantation now enjoys newfound character and illumination around their community pavilion thanks to outdoor lighting. We added LED fence, sign & landscape lighting from our lineup of quality fixtures, plus five nautical lights they ordered.

A well-lit neighborhood is a beautiful neighborhood.

Masonborough Plantation wanted to increase nighttime visibility while beautifying their community center. They called us for a design consultation. When we met with the HOA president we immediately settled on lighting the fence, Crepe Myrtle, the community sign and some Oak trees around the picnic area. But none of our LED lights were quite the style he was going for on the large brick fence columns.

If you find a perfect light, we’ll install it

While we got busy gathering a few alternative designer light ideas from our manufacturers, the HOA president began looking around for ideas as well. When we met on-site again with a sample attraction light, the HOA president viewed our lights but eventually landed on another idea. He had found the pictured nautical themed 120v lights he really loved. We agreed to not only install but also to convert them from 120v to 12 volt LED. With cost savings in running these lights, Masonborough Plantation will also enjoy a harmonious look with the rest of the outdoor lighting system.

Masonborough Plantation community outdoor lighting design

All in all, we illuminated five gorgeous Oak trees with LED uplights, the neighborhood entrance sign, a Crepe Myrtle tree and the fence. To achieve a uniform illumination on the fence we placed four BB02 LED deck lights on the fence line between the brick columns. With the five brick columns each featuring a gorgeous LED converted nautical light, the overall effect is stunning.

If your Wilmington neighborhood or home could use a special touch for nighttime visibility and beauty, call today for a free consultation. We won’t rest until you get the lighting design that works perfectly for your needs and style. 910-342-0040

Read more about neighborhood entry lighting we’ve created.

Reach Your Goals for Being Greener this Year with an LED Conversion of Your Wilmington Outdoor Lighting System

Each year you start out with an empty recycle bin ready to fill. You’re passionate about being greener, using less energy, recycling more and conserving water. As the year wears on, life’s other priorities take over your time and focus as you let some of those goals fall away. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington is here to help you reach those greener goals with zero daily habit changes, by converting your outdoor lighting system to LED.

Energy Savings

By retrofitting your current outdoor lighting system to LED you’ll be saving energy every single day, with zero effort. An average sized 15 light LED outdoor lighting system uses just slightly more energy than the standard 60 Watt light bulb we all grew up with, about 75 watts. If you are currently running a halogen system with the same number of lights you could be using as much as 450 Watts. That energy use adds up very fast over the course of a year.

Cost Savings

Pull out your latest electric bill. You’ll see something marked KWH. That is your kilowatt-hours usage and accounts for the main portion of your electric bill each month. One kilowatt-hour is equal to using 1,000 Watts an hour. Equal to powering a 100 Watt light bulb for 10 hours. Doing the math to compare our 75 Watt LED system and our 450 Watt halogen systems mentioned above is a perfect exercise for realizing the cost savings.

Let’s say we run each system for 6 hours per night for 365 days per year. The LED system will use 164,250 Watts (164.25 KWH) throughout the year. The halogen system will use 985,500 Watts (985.5 KWH) throughout the year. With the average residential cost per KWH in NC coming in at 10.91 cents or $.1091, you’ll spend $17.20 running the LED system and $107.52 running halogen. Our LED system only costs 16% of what the halogen system costs to run. That savings is huge!

LED Outdoor Lighting Installation

LED outdoor lighting systems are a no-brainer for new system installations. So much so that it is essentially all we’ve been installing for the past three years. If you are starting with a new LED outdoor lighting system, the upfront cost is not much more than halogen. And with electricity savings and the good feeling of being greener, you will be glad you chose LED for your Wilmington area outdoor lighting.

Call us today for an estimate on upgrading your existing outdoor lighting system or a free nighttime lighting demonstration 910-342-0040 or visit our website at wilmington.outdoorlights.com.

Christmas Cheer is Plentiful at The Villages of Brunswick Forest with Christmas Lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington

Nestled perfectly just outside of historic Wilmington, in Leland, the master-planned community of Brunswick Forest is home to Wilmington’s most active citizens. With 4,500 acres that include multiple neighborhoods, a commercial downtown and access to nature-centered activities such as kayaking and hiking, Brunswick Forest is a popular place to live. We were honored when asked to create a festive holiday environment in the town’s center. With our outdoor Christmas lighting design expertise and installation know-how, we went straight to work creating a festive lighting design for the welcome center, wellness & fitness center, the community signage & the shopping center.

Creating a holiday display requires time for design, to order materials & time to install before Thanksgiving’s big reveal. Brunswick Forest’s shareholders first contacted us in September. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect. For a job of this scope, the prep time was imperative for scheduling.

The first thing we did was install roofline lighting on all of the commercial & shopping center buildings. With LED C9 Christmas lights, the results are classic and the cost of running them is minimal. With the same effect on the welcome center & the fitness center, Brunswick Forest’s Christmas décor has a cohesive look and a cheerful holiday spirit.

When it comes to shrubbery, we really love to use LED C7 lights. The bulbs are a bit smaller than C9 and look fantastic in shrubs of all sizes.

We approached the signs at the entrance with a multi-faceted design. We were able to dress the holly trees & shrubs with LED C7 Christmas lights and top the gorgeous brick sign with illuminated garland. Garland is perfect for festive daytime décor as well as spectacular nighttime illumination.

Trees, shrubs, signs, stores, the fitness & wellness center and the welcome center all together add up to 6,000 C7 LED lights & 1,400 C9 LED lights. With 7,400 LED Christmas lights in all, we are proud to say Brunswick Forest is happy with the outcome. So happy in fact that we are already planning more for next Christmas with the country club & an additional new building.

If your community could use a little Christmas spirit, call us now or by mid-summer to get next year’s Christmas design worked out and materials ordered. We would love to add holiday spirit to your neighborhood or your residential home. Tell your HOA about us today! Call 910-342-0040

Wreaths, Garland & Ribbons Oh My! The Best Wilmington Outdoor Christmas Décor

Lights are by far the best outdoor Christmas décor there is. Whether you go all out or create something more subtle, Christmas lighting is magical. While we all love a good Christmas lighting design, we can sometimes neglect to make our homes festive during the daytime hours. If you are planning holiday gatherings during the day this year or just want your home to have festive curb appeal all hours of the day, we encourage you to give outdoor wreaths and garland a consideration.

Christmas Wreaths

Perfect for hanging on each of your windows, wreaths are a flexible greenery that always looks festive. Go with a classic green wreath and a red velvet bow or dress it up by adding glass bulbs and other colorful cheer. If the rest of your holiday décor is blue & silver, we can match that too! Wreaths are perfect for hanging on light posts, retaining walls, doors, windows and any other special feature at your home or business. Wreaths are not just for daytime viewing, they can (and should) be illuminated for nighttime enjoyment too.

Holiday Garland

A lovely Christmas decoration to add to your exterior holiday décor, garland is perfect for columns, railings & over doorways. Our garland is top quality and comes in many shapes & styles. Our expert designers can help you identify the perfect place to add garland to your holiday lighting design. You might discover some new ideas with our help, such as lining the top of your retaining wall with garland or decorating your gazebo, porch or pergola. With options for including lights, ribbons and other holiday decorations, we can create the perfect garland to match your holiday theme.

Call today to get a jumpstart on next year’s outdoor holiday lighting & decorations. We are usually fully booked up by mid-October, so don’t wait, call today while this year’s Christmas spirit is still going strong. 910-342-0040 or visit our website at wilmington.outdoorlights.com.

Add Warmth & Wonder for Enchanting Holiday Gatherings with Outdoor Lighting for your Home

Glistening graceful outdoor lights greet your guests, guiding them to your holiday gathering. The holidays are a glorious time of year. A time for family, friends, love and laughter. Imagine the festive atmosphere you can create with outdoor lighting this holiday season. From warm entry lighting to enchanting landscape lighting, we have the outdoor lights to create a joyful party atmosphere and memorable celebration.

Architectural Lighting

Architectural lighting for your home can create a festive environment. A lovely compliment to your LED Christmas lights or a great standalone, architectural lighting will brighten your home on long winter nights. When holiday guests arrive after dark, your illuminated home assists guests in locating you. Creating a cheerful party atmosphere before guests even step out of their car.

Pathway Lighting

Guide your cheerful holiday guests into your home safely with pathway lighting. If your guests are arriving in the dark, assist them with illuminated guidance to your front door. Our gorgeous copper path lights will be a much appreciated guide when heading home with full hearts, full bellies and holiday fatigue. If weather is less than pleasant, rain, fog or (don’t say it) snow can make for a hazardous walkway. Add safety with proper path lighting.

Entry Lighting

As guest arrive to get the party started, guide them in with proper entry lighting. A dark front porch is not exactly friendly. The warm holiday welcome depends heavily on just the right amount of entry lighting. Your guests will feel the love and you’ll rest easy knowing they can find their way to the front door while you are in the kitchen preparing the evenings’ tasty treats.

Landscape Lighting

Landscape lighting outside of your home can increase the festive mood inside. As your guests warm their souls with heartfelt conversations and toast to the holidays, the sparkling lights shine outside adding to the joyful mood. If we are lucky enough to have one of our lovely surprise mild winter days, your landscape lighting can allow you to move the party outside to take full advantage of Christmas in the south.

If you hang Christmas lights each year you know the dullness that your home seems to have after the lights come down. With outdoor lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington you can keep that jolly feel of an illuminated home all year round. Call today for a free consultation. 910-342-0040 And we wish you all a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

Dedicated to Customer Satisfaction: A Life Long Relationship with Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington

Working with us for your Wilmington outdoor lighting installation, upgrade, repair or maintenance is like working with that trusted older brother who always pulls through for you. We are not just in the business of outdoor lighting, but we’re in the business of illuminating your life. While many landscapers are offering to install outdoor lighting and you can even try to do it yourself, what you get with Outdoor Lighting Perspectives is top quality products, outdoor lighting expertise and genuine customer care. Outdoor lighting is all we do, making us your trusted best choice. And when the landscaper who installed your lights won’t call you back, we’re here to troubleshoot, locate any issues and make adjustments to ensure your lights are running properly.

Repair  Outdoor Lighting Damages

Yes, we design & install gorgeous Wilmington outdoor lighting systems for homes and businesses. But we also repair damages – as they do absolutely happen for many reasons. Whether a line gets cut during landscaping, an animal chews through it or a light gets broken from an errant lawn mower or a stray football, we are here to help. For example we recently fielded a call from an irrigation professional who had cut a wire. We worked with the irrigation company and the homeowner to come out to the house, repair the line and get the lights back on as quickly as possible.

Troubleshoot Unknown Issues & Change out Bulbs

When outdoor lighting systems are not working, there are many factors that can cause the problem. From lines being cut, to transformers shorting out and even timers on the fritz. Whether or not we installed your system, we are your best choice in Wilmington for outdoor lighting inspection and repairs. We are currently working with a client who has a timer on her outdoor lighting system that we did not install, that is malfunctioning. When we got out to her Hampstead home, we discovered that the timer itself is defective and simply needs to be replaced.

Fix Botched Lighting Installations

While we of course would love for everyone in Wilmington to call us for their outdoor lighting installation, we know that it is just not realistic. But regardless of who you chose to have install your lighting, you can always call us if there is an issue. A  new client of ours just had a whole new system installed by a landscaper. The LED outdoor lighting system was installed incorrectly and left the customer unsatisfied. The electrical lines were only buried about ½” deep, the fixtures are low quality, lights are sporadically working and some are brighter than others. There are many working parts in an outdoor lighting system, lines have a maximum voltage, transformers have a maximum voltage and the person installing needs to be knowledgeable on all of these facts. The worst part is, the landscaper who installed the system was a no-show for an appointment to address the issue. We have given the homeowner a proposal to re-do the whole system. While we could balance out the current system with more lines and transformers – we can’t guarantee the low quality fixtures will perform any better.

“I would highly recommend Outdoor Lighting Perspectives for your lighting needs. I have used OLP in several lighting projects and through their insightful creativity, their expertise and knowledge of their products, it seems that I have always gotten maximization lighting and at a low or very reasonable cost!”

We hate to see unsatisfied customers & outdoor lighting systems sitting in the dark, not functioning. No matter what your outdoor lighting needs are, you can call us. We won’t quit until you are satisfied with your lighting. We’ll be here today, tomorrow and years down the road should any issues arise with your system. Call today for a free consultation 910-342-0040. Or check out our Wilmington Outdoor Lighting website.

Luminous Outdoor Living with Landscape Lighting in Wilmington

Luxurious living doesn’t mean fancy cars and diamond rings. Living the simple life in a comfortable home in the great ocean side community of Wilmington NC is the best kind of luxury living there is. With gorgeous weather, a historic community, golf courses and beaches, we’ve got it made. Adding simple conveniences and beauty to your home and property is what can take this already amazing simple southern life to the next level. With landscape lighting in Wilmington you can show off your amazing home, add value, add luxury and encourage continuous outdoor living even after the sun sets over the Cape Fear River.

Add luxury & value to your Wilmington home

Southern living is all about understated elegance. With the classic southern charm and character found in the homes in and around Wilmington it takes just the right touches to add luxury and value. Adding landscape lighting is a great way to create subtle luxury at your home in the southern chic way. With just the right landscape lighting design by our experts we can add that luxury to your outdoor living while paying tribute to the simple southern elegance you desire.

Show off your amazing home

Whether you have a brand new home or a historical charmer in downtown Wilmington, your home deserves to be seen on these long fall & winter nights. While there are many great benefits of having landscape lighting, such as safety and security, none are as fun as simply wanting to show off your gorgeous home. Something magical happens when the sun sets and the lights turn on. Gorgeous homes become even more so, charming homes come alive and every landscape becomes more inviting. With our free night time demonstration, you can see this magic, before you commit to buying Wilmington landscape lighting.

Luminous Wilmington Outdoor living

Living in Wilmington is all about the great outdoors. With a beautiful downtown to enjoy, great golfing, Wrightsville Beach, Cape Fear River and all the gorgeous islands to enjoy, it would be a shame to arrive home and just go inside because the sun has set. Adding landscape lighting to your backyard creates a lively space for you to enjoy. Whether you’re cooking a dinner on the grill, having a night cap on the deck, or enjoying a warm fire in your outdoor fireplace, adding landscape lighting can make these moments more enjoyable.

Call today for your free nighttime demonstration. 910-342-0040

What if my Outdoor Lighting System Gets Flooded?

Our hearts go out to all of the families affected by the devastating floods in North and South Carolina. As we begin to dry out and pick up the pieces of our lives, there is much to do. While we are certain your outdoor lighting won’t be the first thing on your mind, we want to let you know we are here to help you get your system back up and running safely.

If you’re in the coastal North Carolina areas of Figure Eight Island, Porters Neck, Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach, Masonboro, Oak Island, Holden Beach area you may still be under water. With that being said, there are some things to consider as your home and yard dry out.

As the water recedes there could be a few things to adjust before turning your outdoor lighting system back on. If you experienced the worst of it, there could even be some damage that needs to be repaired. Many times it can simply be the transformer tripped and we need to switch it back on. BUT, if your transformer was under water you could do more damage to it if you turn it back on before it dries out. There are a variety of damages that can occur with an outdoor lighting system when a flood hits. Every home and system is different. Please call us 910-342-0040 if your outdoor lighting system was affected by the flood, so we can come out and evaluate the system and make recommendations accordingly.

Until then, be safe and be strong.

Live the Easy Life with Professional Christmas Light Installation

The holiday season is crazy busy with long to-do lists. Outdoor lighting is one of the most time consuming holiday tasks a home or business owner can endure. With your time being so valuable, especially during the holiday rush, let us handle the outdoor holiday decorations while you keep your business or home running smoothly.

The top three reasons you should hire Outdoor Lighting Perspectives to hang your outdoor Christmas lights:

Time is Precious

There is not a more important unrenewable resource in this world than time. Time goes by fast and with each passing minute, hour, week, month and year time passes exponentially faster. You take great care in life to make sure your time is used for the most important tasks, only tackling the less important when everything else is taken care of. Don’t waste a second of your life trying to untangle lights, digging out tubs of last years led string lights or trying to find which bulb in your animated reindeer is out. Let us handle all of your outdoor Christmas lighting, from installation, take down and storage. The only time you’ll need to spend on it is a minute to call us and a few minutes to show us what you want. Piece of cake. (No fruit cake please.)

Design Skills

Your home is a masterpiece. You love to show off the exterior design and the perfectly kept landscape. You hire a lawn service to keep the weeds at bay, you spend the weekend weeding the flower beds and every time there is a repair needed, you call the right person. When it comes to outdoor Christmas decorations, most people think the design aspect is a no brainer. You are thinking winter wonderland but when you step back the results look more like someone shot string lights out of a t-shirt cannon and they happened to land in your trees. Let us handle creating an elegant, just right winter wonderland in your yard for the holidays. With outdoor Christmas wreaths, garland and roofline LED C9 lights we can create a classic look that will knock your socks off.

Safety

If you’re going to tackle the task of hanging outdoor holiday decorations, you’re going to do it right. That means climbing a ladder to hang the icicle lights on the roofline. That means climbing a ladder to string your led Christmas lights around the top of your favorite front yard trees. That may even mean climbing said trees to really get the job done. All of this is great fun, except, it is very dangerous. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 12,500 people per year visit the ER with injuries related to hanging their holiday decorations. Injuries caused by falls, cuts and electric shocks. Our highly trained professionals can get your outdoor holiday decorations installed with no incidence while you relax inside and drink a warm cup of coffee.

Now is the time to schedule your professional outdoor Christmas decorations installation. We install residential and commercial lights alike. Take 10% off any lighting holiday system when you schedule by Halloween. Call today for your free consultation. 910-342-0040

Add Art to Your Wilmington Landscape with Decorative Outdoor Lighting

Typically when we design an outdoor lighting system, we focus on the illuminated and how we are going to best highlight your home’s features without drawing attention to the light fixture itself. No doubt our gorgeous brass and copper outdoor lighting fixtures deserve a little bit of attention, but our goal is for them to fit into your landscape and let the focus be on the featured area. Not anymore! With attraction lights we can add beautiful works of art to your landscape that just happen to work as functional outdoor lighting.

Decorative Outdoor Lights in Wilmington

These gorgeous decorative lighting fixtures come in a variety of sizes and shapes from 13” high 6”x6” around, all the way up to 10 feet tall and 8”x8” square. With a design to fit every style, the possibilities are endless. Use the 17 inch decorative lights as path lighting in your garden or along your walk way. Or go all in with a 100” tall 9×9 spire at the end of your dock to act as a beacon calling you in from that nighttime boat ride.

The Art of Lighting

Creating an outdoor lighting system has always required an artistic touch. There is no one-size fits all outdoor lighting standard process that we can repeat for every homeowner. Every design we create is a one of a kind masterpiece that is custom created based on the home’s design and the family’s unique needs. With the addition of attraction lights to our arsenal of lighting fixtures we can truly make your home a beautiful piece of modern art.

Designer Shadows

The cut-outs in these brilliant outdoor decorative lights create designer shadows around the area in which they illuminate. And if you look closer, within the light fixture there is an added high fashion dimension that occurs when the sun sets and the light goes on. With a design to fit every style you are sure to find an attraction light you love. Choose from modern swirly, rustic pine trees, gorgeous floral patterns or simple Asian inspired lines. No matter what your home’s style we have an attraction light that will fit right in.

If you’ve been trying to find the perfect sculpture, fountain or centerpiece for your flower beds, consider attraction lights from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington. Call today for your free consultation and complimentary nighttime demonstration. 910-342-0040 Or visit our website at wilmington.outdoorlights.com

Outdoor Lights in Wilmington to Illuminate the Gorgeous Autumn Transition

Labor Day marks the official end of the beach season, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to go inside for the winter. Now is the best time to be outside in Wilmington. As the tourists trickle away and the weather cools down just a touch, now is the best time to be outdoors. Make sure your landscape, deck and patio are ready for you to relax outside and enjoy every ounce of Wilmington’s lovely fall weather. With the addition of outdoor lighting to your home you can enjoy the cooler nights and changing colors in a tranquil outdoor living space.

Patio and Deck Lighting

Now that the hot heat has let up a bit, it is time to get outside and enjoy your beautiful deck or patio again. Nothing is better than emerging from the A/C induced summer haze to a crisp cool evening on the deck. With LED outdoor lighting added to your railings and stairs you can create a comfortable, inviting place to spend your fall evenings in Wilmington. Invite friends over for a barbecue and stay out well past sunset enjoying the conversation under the stars.

Outdoor Lighting to Illuminate Fall Changes

The change from season to season is a lovely transformation in your backyard. With the leaves changing colors, fall flowers blooming and grass getting greener as the summer heat lets up, your yard will be transforming into a gorgeous autumn haven. Adding garden lighting and landscape lighting to highlight your changing foliage will allow you to view the transition as you enjoy your outdoor living spaces after dark. Garden lights from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives will make the greens truer, the pinks brighter and the reds richer for your evening enjoyment.

Changing Trees Make Great Focal Trees

Adding focal lighting to your ever changing trees will draw your eye out and around your yard allowing you to enjoy the details of every color change and every branch that emerges from under the falling leaves. Creating a magical landscape in your yard with each new change, tree lighting is a perfect addition to any outdoor lighting system.

With nights getting longer, autumn is the perfect time to add outdoor lighting to your home. Give Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington a call and see exactly how we can illuminate your ever-changing yard this fall season. We’ll come out and create a custom design just for you and even provide a complimentary nighttime demonstration so you can see what outdoor lighting can do for your home and landscaping. Call 910-342-0040 or email [email protected] us today.

Make Your Subdivision Shine with Outdoor Lighting for Neighborhood Entries

Beautifying the entrances to their neighborhoods cost HOA’s hundreds of dollars each year. Often times there are large, elaborate brick or stone signs with the community name proudly displayed for all to see. Yet just as often those signs and surrounding landscape are left to flounder and fizzle when the sun sets. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington proudly restores the grandeur to neighbor entries by illuminating their signs, the expensive landscape around it, and the gate house if there is one. We recently lit up two neighborhoods who are now enjoying easier access to their neighborhood after dark.

Treybrooke Entrance Lighting

Treybrooke is a gorgeous neighborhood here in the Wilmington area. They have a lovely entry way that deserves to be seen any time day or night. Their entrance is illuminated from sunset to sunup for occupants and passerby’s alike to enjoy. However, they were burning through bulbs in their bright, wide flood light too rapidly. We replaced it with one of our new BB-02 LED lights. Its compact size and durability made it perfect for the job. Small enough to fit into tight spaces but still providing as much light as an average spotlight. Plus with the LED bulb, they wouldn’t have to worry about replacing bulbs very often. LEDs will last up to 50,000 hours on top of the energy they save. After adding lights to two walls and the trees in the median, Treybrooke became a sight to behold after dark.

Halycon Forest Entrance Lighting

Halycon Forest is another entrance just down the street from Treybrooke. They were also in need of some lighting effects. At Halycon we installed two commercial LED box flood lights on entrance sign. With an aluminum cast coated in bronze, this outdoor fixture is perfect for any commercial landscape lighting. It’s versatitlity, durability, and long lasting energy saving LED makes it completely reliable. Whenever you choose to add any sort of commercial lighting, LED lights are the best choice. They shine bright for hours on end and endure harsh weather just beautifully. The best part about LED lighting is the energy efficiency. You’ll be saving a good amount of money by installing outdoor LED lights.

After all was said and done, Treybrooke and Halycon Forest gained gorgeously illuminated entry ways. Outdoor lighting for community and neighborhood entries provides a great deal of beauty as well as security. Homeowners and their guests can come and go with safety and ease after dark thanks to LED lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives. We are experts at installing and designing plans for all sorts of commercial lighting.

Give Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington a call and see exactly how we can brighten up your neighborhood today. We’ll come out and create a custom design just for you and even provide a complimentary nighttime demonstration so you can see what outdoor lighting can do for your home and landscaping. Call 910-342-0040 or email [email protected] us today.

Check out all of our subdivision entry lighting ideas and stories on our blog.

Pergolas are the Perfect Nighttime Hot Spot When they have Perfect Outdoor Lighting

Wilmington is a gorgeous place to live, especially for those who love the outdoors. The beach is right down the road and our weather, except for the occasional storm, is mild, especially at night. Because the nights are so beautiful here in the Port City, outdoors is where you, your friends, and family should be whenever possible. This past week, we installed an outdoor lighting system for a client who was looking to complete his outdoor retreat. We were thrilled to give his outdoor living space an ambiance that makes going inside a devastating endeavor.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington Makes Outdoor Living Extraordinary

Our client recently built a beautiful pergola, creating a striking outdoor living space complete with a fire pit and grill. As beautiful as it is during the day, we had to make the space usable and lovely after sunset. We got right to work using our solid copper deck fixtures on the four stone columns that support the structure. We built a custom bracket to secure these lights to the stone, as they normally attach to deck posts. The lights provide a rich ambient, halogen glow that gives easy visibility without blinding brightness. Also enhances the relaxing, romantic mood on the patio – we are proud of the effect these lights created. We used our copper spot light to illuminate the grill and fire pit areas. In order to allow our client more control, we put the grill light on its own switch so the focus can be removed from the area after the chef is done preparing his feast.

Outdoor Lighting for Outdoor Living — Long After the Sun Goes Down

The finished project is an outdoor living area that family and friends can use anytime the great Wilmington outdoors calls their names. Rather than just being an outdoor area, the pergola really is an outdoor living space, made charming, functional, and safe with the perfect outdoor lighting system. Happy client are our number one goal, and we sure achieved it here.

If you are adding an outdoor living space, like a pergola, deck, or patio, or if you already have one, imagine what a difference outdoor lighting will make. Being able to use it throughout the night, as place to relax, eat, and share experiences with family and friends means a whole new lifestyle. If nighttime outdoor living is something that you want to call your own, call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington today. We’ll come out and create a custom design just for you and even provide a complimentary nighttime demonstration so you can see what outdoor lighting can do for your home and landscaping. Call 910-342-0040 or email [email protected] us today.

String Lighting for your Wilmington Palm Trees Add Class and Sophistication

The palm tree is one of the most distinguishable signs of a warm tropical area. Distinct in look and unique in purpose, in Wilmington we enjoy their year-round presence. Chances are that your landscape is home to at least one of these heat and sun loving beauties. Palms are a sure sign you are at the beach, signifying the soft sand and all things tropical. At times, it can feel as if they’re never changing look needs some variation. Under the cover of night and with the right outdoor lighting, we can change your palms up a bit. If you’re looking to tastefully transform your palm trees into something more sophisticated or festive, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington suggests wrapping them in LED string lights.

Strings lights are no longer strictly used for holiday lighting. With the right design and the right canvas, string lighting can add class, flair and sophistication to your landscape all year long. Many restaurants and bistros use small string lighting to bring their outdoor venues to life. A perfect example is that quaint little coffee shop on the corner. Thanks to the small twinkling string lights wrapped around the decorated patio, it shines at night. The same stunning effect can be applied to your palm trees. The tiny LED lights will illuminate the unique texture and shape of the tree at night. Giving off just the right amount of light creates the illusion of glowing stars. It completely changes the atmosphere of the entire palm tree. Go from beach and sand to beautifully sleek with a flip of a switch.

Professionally installed string lighting

String lighting is a type of temporary outdoor lighting that is easily accessible to everyone. With the ability to buy them anywhere, people often use them for a festive party or holiday and then take them down when time allows. Even though we focus in permanent outdoor fixtures, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington designs and installs temporary outdoor lighting with passionate dedication. We can flawlessly blend the lights into your landscape for a clean, professional look. We only offer the best even when it comes to temporary festive or string lights. These small LED string lights can even run on batteries to meet even your most unique needs without wires running amok. With our skilled hands, your LED string lights can shine for months on end, enhancing your home and yard through every season.

Give your palm trees the attention they deserve. Create a perfect, sophisticated look with the addition of small LED string lighting. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how classy these temporary outdoor lights can be. Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington to get started today. We’ll come out and create a custom design just for you and even provide a complimentary nighttime demonstration so you can see what outdoor lighting can do for your home and landscaping. Call 910-342-0040 or email [email protected] us today.

Upgrade your Wilmington Outdoor Lighting System to Include Lighting Control Automation

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, we pride ourselves in our ability to retrofit older systems and add features to our outdoor lighting systems. With technology ever-changing, it is a top priority that we make our systems to handle upgrades and additions when new features become available.

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LED Retro-fit

We recently had a client in Landfall who called us at first to swap out a few line voltage lights with LED. We were able to retrofit 14 soffit lights all around her home, seamlessly lowering her energy use and electric bill. Shortly after that, she asked us to go ahead and install more LED lights to really illuminate her home properly. So with the addition of 24 LED lights to the exterior of her gorgeous Wilmington home we were able to give her the results she was looking for without increasing her energy use by very much. Including our latest item, an LED ledge light to illuminate the address on her gorgeous stacked stone pillars.

Outdoor Lighting Upgrades

We have recently heard from this beloved client with a new request. She is looking to be able to control her outdoor lighting more easily. Our plan is to install our exclusive Lighting Control Automation (LCA). The Outdoor Lighting Perspectives LCA will give her complete control over her outdoor and indoor lights. It is more than just a simple timer. She will be able to set up different time zones for different outlets and groups of lights, allowing her to set them all to come on and go off at different times.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Lighting Control Automation

With our LCA she can even set lights inside to come on and go off at times when she would normally be turning them on and off if she were home. This is a fantastic realistic way to make it look like she is home when she is actually on vacation or out of town for work. And when she is just having an evening out she can count on her lights being on when she arrives home after dark, even if she forgets to adjust it for the days getting shorter. Our LCA takes in to account the change in sunset times so you don’t have to remember.

We are excited for our long-time client to get to experience the benefits of an Outdoor Lighting Perspectives LCA. If you’re considering an outdoor LED lighting upgrade, the addition of Lighting Control Automation or need maintenance for your Wilmington home or business give us a call. We’ll come out and create a custom design just for you and even provide a complimentary nighttime demonstration so you can see what outdoor lighting can do for your home and landscaping. Check out our websiteOutdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington or call 910-342-0040 or email [email protected] us today.

Save Green by Being Green: Upgrade your Wilmington Outdoor Lighting with a Low-Voltage LED Retrofit

As summer winds down in Wilmington, Back to School is approaching. Once you get through that busy time you’ll blink and it will suddenly be the holiday season. With such a busy time of year on its way, now is the best time to upgrade your outdoor lighting system to the low-voltage LED so you can start saving money on your electric bill.

Fall is Coming to Wilmington

Shorter days and longer nights are coming soon to the Wilmington area. As the days get progressively shorter until Christmas you’ll be running your outdoor lights even longer. Longer nights mean more lights! Don’t wait until you get that first winter electric bill to realize you should have upgraded to LED. We can come in and retrofit most outdoor lighting systems to the highest quality outdoor LEDs available in the outdoor lighting market.

LED Energy Savings

By using less energy with an LED outdoor lighting system versus other outdoor lighting options, you can lower your environmental impact while saving money. With energy costs increasing at a rapid pace and environmental impacts of creating that energy being what they are – it makes sense to still get the lighting you want with a fraction of the energy use. On top of all of that, you’ll be changing out your bulbs less often, adding less waste to landfills. You don’t have to replace your outdoor lighting system to switch to LED. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington can retrofit most outdoor lighting systems. With the changing colors of fall coming soon, now is the time to have your outdoor lights ready for prime time.

Outdoor LED Lights Save Money

Your cost savings with LED is two-fold. First, your outdoor lighting electricity costs can be as much as 80% lower by upgrading your outdoor lighting to LED. Secondly with the life of an LED bulb being more than 10x longer than other lighting options, you’ll rarely have to replace your bulbs. The average life of an LED lamp is 30,000-50,000+ hours. Compare that to 2000-5000 hours with a halogen or 750-2,000 hours with an incandescent. LED is a win-win for outdoor lighting systems big and small.

If you’re considering an outdoor LED lighting upgrade, need maintenance on your current system or are considering a full outdoor LED lighting system installation for your Wilmington home or business give us a call. We’ll come out and create a custom design just for you and even provide a complimentary nighttime demonstration so you can see what outdoor lighting can do for your home and landscaping. Check out our website Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington or call 910-342-0040 or email [email protected] us today.

It’s Christmas in July for Outdoor Lights in Wilmington

Hey! It’s never too early to start thinking about the holidays. We aren’t asking you to play Christmas music or buy any gifts yet, we just want you to think about your outdoor Christmas Lighting strategy. Whether you’re the Clark Griswold of your neighborhood or Uncle Scrooge hanging some string lights around a single Palm tree to appease a family member, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington can help you design and implement the perfect outdoor holiday lighting to fit your style. Best of all, you don’t have to climb a ladder or untangle a thing. Commercial or residential, we can design and install holiday lighting of all scopes and sizes.

Beat the Christmas Rush

You may think that calling at Thanksgiving leaves plenty of time for hanging those lights by Christmas, but you might be surprised. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington we need time to see your property, discuss ideas with you, create a design, order any lighting that we don’t have in stock and then fit you on the schedule for installation. With a huge rush starting around Thanksgiving, there is definitely a finite amount of hours available for hanging holiday lights in Wilmington. Leave your sand snowman to bake in the sun, and call us today. You’ll be laughing all the way to New Year’s Eve as your friends frantically get out their ladders and untangle their lights while you’re enjoying your Thanksgiving feast and accompanying food coma.

Commercial Holiday Lighting in Wilmington

Greet your customers with the holiday atmosphere the minute you are ready for them to start buying up their Christmas presents. While some may groan at the timing of holiday lights, others find it a lovely touch well before Thanksgiving. And when you’re in the business of selling widgets and thingamajigs as holiday gifts, you want your customers thinking about gift buying as early as possible. Let Outdoor Lighting Perspectives handle the holiday lights for you, we’ll even take them down and store them for the summer.

Residential Holiday Lighting in Wilmington

The holidays are a crazy busy time of year for every family. From arranging travel, cookie baking, pie making, gift buying and gift wrapping who has time for outdoor holiday lighting? From Thanksgiving to Christmas it is go-go-go, call us today so we can make plans now, before the busy holiday season begins. Our expert designer will work with you to formulate a plan now. Throwing a Thanksgiving feast? We’ll get you on the schedule for before Turkey Day so you can wow your turkey dinner guests with a beautiful holiday display. And with our LED holiday string lights, lighting up your home for the holidays won’t break the bank.

Now is the time to call. Before school starts and the holidays sneak up on you, plan your appointment with our designer today! Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington can transform the way the world sees your home or business for the holidays with festive outdoor Christmas lighting.

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A Year Later & River Sea Plantation is Shining Brighter than Ever

The famous gated community of River Sea Plantation in Wilmington boasts beautifully landscaped entrances lined with Crepe Myrtles, Palmettos and Holly trees to welcome the residents’ home each day. Over a year ago, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington rewired all of the lighting at the main entrance, retro-fitted 55 fixtures to LED and added 16 new LED outdoor lights to enhance the luxury living the community is known for. The entrance lighting improvements made at River Sea will benefit the neighborhood for years to come.

Outdoor Lighting Maintenance

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington’s work doesn’t end when the installation is complete. For the first year, your system includes a worry-free maintenance plan. If a bulb burns out or something isn’t quite right we will promptly take care of it. And with our Annual Maintenance Plan, we’ll not only adjust anything that breaks or quits working but we’ll proactively come out and inspect your system for issues and make repairs and adjustments as necessary.

The River Sea Yearly Check-up

It’s been a little over a year since we repaired, retrofitted and upgraded the outdoor lighting at the River Sea community entrances, which means it is time for a check-up. Upon arriving at River Sea – everything looked great. While retro-fitted fixtures are not guaranteed, we were happy to find everything working properly. The newly installed fixtures and replaced wiring was in great shape. A single fixture had been hit by a landscaper and needed some repairs that we were able to do right on the spot. The long lasting LEDs were still highlighting the entrance, Crepe Myrtles and Palm trees that make River Sea such a luxurious community without a single bulb needing replacing.

“River Sea Plantation would like to thank you for the outstanding lighting installation in our community. We have received countless compliments about the lighting enhancement from residents and guests. Working with your company has been a pleasure.  We were especially impressed with your frequent communication, and money saving suggestions. Your company’s attention to detail and competitve pricing, is why the Association chose OLP Lighting for our landscape lighting needs.” -Lorraine Trotter, Landscape Chair

While we were given a wonderful a compliment from the RiverSea landscape chair when the job was complete, nothing beats returning to find everything still in tip-top shape a year later. Our commitment to quality products, quality installation and quality service stands above the rest.

If your community is looking for a better outdoor lighting design or is in need of some upgrades, drive by River Sea Plantation to see what we’ve done and then give us a call to have us design a plan for you.  Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington can transform the way the world sees your neighborhood, business or professional area with outdoor lighting.

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Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives is here for all your outdoor lighting needs. During our Free Custom Design Plan, we will show you the optimum locations around your home and throughout your yard to achieve stunning outdoor lighting effects. If you already have a lighting system but need it serviced or upgraded, we are happy to help. Please fill out the form below to contact us.

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