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Feeling More Secure with Outdoor Lighting

Professionally installed low-voltage lighting softly illuminates and elegantly enhances your home and property while protecting you and your family.

For years, we’ve been tasked with illuminating Northern Virginia’s homes and properties. When lighting for security, we strive to provide adequate light that eliminates any dark areas, an intruder might hide within these three areas:

1. Entry points: Illuminating entry points, such as the front entrance, side doors, lower windows, and garage, will allow you to see who’s coming and going, and make it difficult for an intruder to gain access. Uplighting the home’s columns or other architectural features will brighten dark entries and enhance its beauty.

2. Yard and areas close to the home: It’s important to add light to dark walkways and paths, landscaping, outdoor living areas, and outdoor structures. Some ambient light in the yard gives a more comprehensive look while eliminating dark areas.

3. The perimeter of your property: If you have lots of trees or a wooded area where someone could potentially hide, illuminating those areas will give you peace of mind.

Strategically lighting your home, the areas surrounding your home and yard, and the perimeter of your property, makes it more difficult for a potential intruder to get onto your property and into your home. Usually, thieves choose an easy target, and a house that is well lit deters unwelcome intruders.

Professional low-voltage landscape lighting elegantly enhances your home’s natural beauty while providing an elevated level of security for you and your family. Using more than one lighting technique creates different layers of light. Lighting in layers not only adds beauty and interest, but it allows us to create multiple “zones” of light.

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we understand the art of blending security with the aesthetic aspect of a lighting design. During a free assessment, you’ll meet with one of our lighting designers to discuss your security lighting needs and setting up zones.

Interested in outdoor lighting? Find out how we can enhance your home’s curb appeal by scheduling a complimentary night demonstration! Call 703-361-0505 or email us at [email protected]

Landscape Lighting Design—Questions to Ask

As you begin thinking about outdoor lighting, it’s essential to make all the right decisions for getting a lighting design that will fit your needs, make an impression, and provide you with years of enjoyment. But, how do you know exactly what you are looking for, if you don’t know the right questions to ask?

A good landscape lighting design can transform your outdoor spaces, add distinction and enhance the beauty of your home, and increase the overall safety and security of your property. Keep these questions in mind as you plan your outdoor lighting design:

1. How Will You Use Light to Enhance My Home and Property? During the initial consultation with an outdoor lighting designer, such as Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern Virginia, let us know how you use your space and your vision for light. Then find out how we’ll add light to enhance it. Our designer will know what lighting techniques and fixtures will work in your situation and the elements.

2. What Are Some Ways to Save Energy? Some people have varying opinions about energy savings. However, if conserving energy is important to you, then this is a good topic to discuss with your designer. Choosing an outdoor LED lighting system provides several benefits, one being its energy savings. LED bulbs use a fraction of the electricity and have a longer life than incandescent bulbs. If you have a high-voltage system, switching to low-voltage LED lighting system is another way to conserve energy. Anything high-voltage or 120 volts will use more energy and cost more to operate.

3. How Will My Lighting System be Maintained? While often overlooked, regular maintenance is important for the continued beauty and functionality of a lighting design. Not all companies offer maintenance services, so it’s a good idea to discuss this with your designer early on. Find out how it all works, so you know if and when something happens.

4. Can You Create a Landscape Lighting Design That Can Be Added onto Later? If you think you might want to add more lights later down the road, it’s always good to discuss this with your designer. A few minor adjustments now could make additions easier in the future. For example, there might be a better place to put the transformer depending on your future needs. We will work with you to plan your design in phases too. Perhaps you start with the front of the house and then light the trees later or if you like to entertain, and then maybe focus on the backyard. It’s easy to start small and add more lights down the road.

Finding an Experienced Outdoor Lighting Designer

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we have designers that will work with you to create a custom lighting design that’s unique to your property. Once your design is complete, you can count on our team of experts to maintain it and keep it looking as good as the day it was first installed.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your lighting needs, please feel free to contact us or request a free consultation. Our experienced lighting team provides the expertise and experience needed to light your outdoor space for both beauty and security. Our goal is to provide the highest quality, custom lighting products and services, to homes and businesses across the nation.

Interested in outdoor lighting? Find out how we can enhance your home’s curb appeal by scheduling a complimentary night demonstration! Call 703-361-0505 or email us at [email protected]

Downlighting vs. Uplighting: Which Landscape Lighting Do You Need?

Ever look at exterior lighting, and notice a subtle, natural glow? Some of this warm, inviting glow comes from uplighting; and some comes from downlighting. A combination of downlighting and uplighting in a landscape will accent focal points and architectural detail, create an inviting mood, build property value, and improve safety.

What is the Difference Between Downlighting and Uplighting?

In uplighting, landscape lights are typically mounted below or at ground level, shining the light upward. To downlight, a fixture might be placed high up, inside the branches of a tree or beneath an eave on your house, so the light shines down. The higher the light, the wider space it tends to illuminate.

How Uplighting is Used

Certain areas outside your home are perfect for the effects of uplighting. They include:

• Trees: Lighting a pretty tree from the ground up shows off its interesting bark, the structure of its branches and its delicate leaves.

• Architectural Columns: Why not enjoy the beauty of your home’s architecture at night, too? Lighting columns from below adds drama and can create interesting shadows on walls.

• Garden Features: Highlight a beautiful fountain, elegant statue or a prized plant with uplighting. It automatically adds drama to your garden.

How Downlighting is Used

Some features are best lit by downlighting. They include:

• Low Growing Garden Plants: While tall, dramatic plants are best suited to uplighting, low growing flower beds and ground covers need downlighting to highlight their pretty tops.

• Outdoor Seating: Use downlighting under benches and seating walls to cast subtle lighting along pathways and patios. Not only does it cast a welcoming glow, but also it offers an element of safety for people walking through.

• Patios: Downlighting is great for illuminating large outdoor living areas.

Let Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern Virginia Turn on The Lights

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives uses the best energy-efficient LED outdoor lighting in the industry to highlight your garden, entryway, walkway, driveway, or swimming pool. A fully customized landscape lighting system will add warm ambiance to your home while offering safety for your family, friends, and visitors. We offer landscape lighting design, installation and maintenance services for any residential or commercial property owner.

We’ll add a glow to your backyard dinners, make your play area safer, light your pool parties and illuminate your garden so you can enjoy it way beyond sunset. Don’t waste your time on landscape lighting kits that are difficult to install. Trust in the lighting experts at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern Virginia to transform your yard into a relaxing oasis.
Find out how outdoor lighting can enhance your home’s curb appeal by scheduling a complimentary night demonstration! Call 703-361-0505 or email him at [email protected]

Create Curb Appeal with Outdoor Lighting

Most people you invite over come in the evening, right? So maybe they don’t see your lovely garden, exotic plants, or your abundant trees; and that single porch light is likely more of a bug attractor than a burglar deterrent. Maybe it’s time to consider professional outdoor lighting. But, where do you begin?

Want beautiful shadows and intense highlights. Here’s how designers get that natural moonlight look, while adding curb appeal to a home:

• Highlight trees. Whether illumined from below or given presence by a light mounted in the tree itself, trees make stunning features.

• Use uplights. Uplighting is dramatic because we expect light to shine downward. Used in moderation, it’s a great way to highlight architectural and landscaping features.

• Have a focus. The entryway is often center stage, a way of saying, “Welcome” to guests.

• Combine beauty and function. Adding lighting to plantings along a pathway breaks up the “runway” look of too many lights strung alongside a walk.

• Vary the fixtures. Designers often turn to a wide range of fixtures, area lights, step lights, and bollards or post lights.

• Stick to warm light. A rainbow of colors is possible, but most designers avoid anything but warm white light, preferring to showcase the house and its landscape rather than create a light show.

• Set up a timer. A timer, with confirmation from a photocell or activated through Bluetooth, brings the display to life as the sun sets.

Find out how outdoor lighting can enhance your home’s curb appeal by scheduling a complimentary night demonstration! Call 703-361-0505 or email him at [email protected]

Feeling Safe in Your Home: Security Lighting

Let’s face it, Northern Virginia neighborhoods can get very dark when the sun goes down. Though it can make for a serene and tranquil setting, it also can be very hard to see anything. Everyone wants the peace of mind that their home is a safe place, free from crime, theft, or other unwanted mischief. One way to enhance your home’s security is to add light to the exterior of your home. This is because homes without security measures such as alarms and outdoor lighting are up to 300% more likely to be vandalized!

Home security statistics tell us that burglars will usually bypass a house if it requires too much effort. Adding light will make it more difficult for them to get onto your property and access your home without neighbors seeing them, thereby deterring potential intruders from making your home a target.

Lighting your residence can bring together beauty and the function of security, giving you peace of mind while providing beautiful curb appeal.

Here are some tips about outdoor security lights:

• The primary characteristics of most security lighting are that it’s bright and it’s mounted higher than other lights — which helps it cover a larger area.

• The most effective and efficient security lighting will be equipped with automatic controls, as they should provide the light when it is needed.

• All outdoor fixtures need to be weatherproof, weather resistant, and if they will be exposed to water — suitable for damp locations.

• If the fixtures will also be part of the appearance of your home, they should be made in a style that complements the style of the home.

Outdoor security lights need to be installed so that they will provide light where you want it. A professional lighting designer, such as Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern Virginia, will know how to strategically light your property to accomplish security, safety and beauty, while considering the use of the space; so that you can achieve your lighting goals for your home.

If you have any questions about security lighting or would like to discuss your outdoor lighting needs, please feel free to contact us at (703) 361-0505.

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.