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Are you looking for a way to brighten up your holidays this season?   You may not be thinking about this with Labor Day just behind us, but now is the time to start planning.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives is proud to offer our holiday lighting program.  Our program involves, design, ordering, installation, removal and storage of your holiday lighting display.  The lighting display is yours, not a rental, and your elements are purchased new, not used like some of the other cut rate lighting companies offer.

We have been supplying outdoor lighting solutions since 2005.  Years of experience gives us the ability for elegant design, from the classic to the playful, for holiday lighting your yard.  Our supplier relationships have thousands of different solutions and we’ll match your ideas with quality products including energy efficient LED lighting.

We do a professional installation scheduled when you want us to install.  We come back in January to remove everything after the holidays.  Once we tear down, we remove the lights and store in a controlled environment so you don’t have to bother with finding storage space yourself.

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives today to schedule your design appointment.  Call us at (512) 247-1815 or email us at olpaustin.outdoorlights.com.  Please visit our website at Austin.outdoorlights.com to see our gallery of holiday lighting and to learn more.

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With the temperature in Austin dancing around the freezing point, I remember as a child asking my mother what color icicles were? Some times they looked white. Some times they looked a little blue or a little green or a little red. I remember a moment on a very cold day when we opened the door from our house that was buzzing with the sound of the heat running and watched amazed as frost in the shape of intricate ice fans quickly cascaded across the glass door. As they did, I told my mother the color of each ice formation. Not wanting to squelch my enthusiasm, my mother didn’t mention to me that the ice was merely reflecting the colors around it.

stones color rendering index

stones color rendering index

Now that I design with light, I often have the opportunity to discuss the color of light with my customers. We often talk about the Color Rendering Index or CRI. As defined by Wikipedia, the Color Rendering Index is the ability of a light source to reproduce the colors of various objects faithfully in comparison with an ideal or natural light source. So, think about looking at a white marble wall during the day. What colors would you see? In addition to white, you would likely see sparkles of silver and shades of gray. If you looked at a wooden fence during the day, you would see the apparent color of the fence but you would also see subtle color variations related to the primary color.

Color of wood color rendering index CRI

Color of wood color rendering index CRI

Now envision looking at that same white marble or brown wooden fence at night. We might expect that the white marble would appear gray and the dark brown wood of the fence would look dark gray or nearly black. That is a function of the color rendering index. The ability of the light source to represent the color as it would with a natural light source such as the light of day depends on the quality of the artificial light source which is the light bulb.

Color of trees - color rendering index CRI

Color of trees - color rendering index CRI

Often when we go on lighting demonstrations and the homeowner has existing outdoor lighting that they know they want to replace, we talk about and show them things like the yellow of the light they are using. The goal of good outdoor lighting should be to faithfully render the color of the item as it would look during the day or with a natural light source. Look at the pictures you see here. If you look at the picture of this tree, you can see the true green of the leaves that you would expect to see during the day. You can also see various other shades of green. This light (our light) has a very high CRI because it faithfully renders the colors you would see in natural light.

Another thing you want to look for with outdoor lighting is the ability to see nuances such as flat patterns and depth. Can you see the knots in the wood? Can you see the subtle elevations of a stamped concrete?

Michael Wynn, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

Michael Wynn, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

The quartz halogen bulbs we use with our outdoor lighting has a tremendously high CRI. Take a look at your outdoor lighting if you have some. Examine the colors of the items that are being illuminated. Are they gray? Are they yellow? Do they render faithfully?

Michael

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

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Light up your Christmas trees

Light up your Christmas trees

Actually black Friday has nearly everyone seeing red but maybe not the red you’re thinking about. Black Friday is the day that nearly everyone starts thinking about all the things that need to be done for the holidays. While a lot of those things have to do with small details like wrapping paper and picking up the serving utensils you realized you didn’t have at thanksgiving, a lot of big details come to mind also.

Thanksgiving is a really good day to remind you of all the things you need for your home. You might have realized that you’re just short of having enough seating for your whole family when they visit. Or you might have realized how difficult it was for your family to park along your long driveway at night when you realize how many of your shrubs were collateral damage of the dark spots along your driveway. Or you might have realized how you needed better lighting out your side door because a couple more elderly family members had trouble tripping on the step on their way in.

In short, this is a really good time to think about outdoor lighting for your home. Outdoor lighting includes all of the following:

  • driveway lighting
  • path lighting
  • door lighting
  • security lighting
  • lighting timers
  • garden lighting
  • deck lighting
  • home lighting

Take a look at these pictures below to see the difference with outdoor lighting.

house without outdoor lighting

house without outdoor lighting

Now take a look at this same house after adding outdoor lighting.

house after adding outdoor lighting

house after adding outdoor lighting

It would be so much nicer to have your guests and family drive up to your house after adding outdoor lighting. Not to mention, it greatly enhances their security and the security of your home. An intruder is going to be much less likely to target a well-lit house.

Believe it or not, there’s still time to get holiday lighting installed before Christmas. Just give us a ring now.
(512) 247 – 1815. We look forward to talking to you.

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Light is synonymous with Christmas and the holidays. If we close our eyes and envision Christmas, likely the first thing that comes to mind is a Christmas tree all lit up or Christmas lights across the front of the house. Another thing that might come to mind is a gingerbread house with small circles of white frosting made to represent light.

How many of us look for holiday lighting tours to go see homes beautifully decorated with light? They’re perfectly magical. There’s something about seeing houses illuminated at night that makes them look all the more beautiful. There’s a romance or magic to a home’s architecture in the evening that can’t be captured during natural light.

See the difference as these homes go from dark to light.

http://www.youtube.com/outdoorlightsdotcom#p/u/2/uJ_VEH8IY2w

We know it’s difficult to imagine exactly how magical your home could look with outdoor lighting. That’s why we offer a totally free nighttime lighting demonstration. We come to your home and set up our actual lights to let you see what it would look like. Then you decide if it’s right for you. It’s that easy.

Give us a call today for your free consultation. (512) 247 – 1815.

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