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Recently, OLP of Austin donated a complete lighting package to be auctioned off at the annual Play Bingo fundraiser benefitting the Center for Child Protection.  The Center for Child Protection, a nationally accredited children’s advocacy center, is the first contact for children in Travis County who are suspected victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect and for children who have witnessed a violent crime.

By donating the seven light system, OLP was proud to be a part of the money raised at the auction.  These funds will help provide funding for the Center for the upcoming year.

After the auction, OLP arrived at the winning bidder‘s house to install her new lighting system.  We completed the installation in a day and she loves how the LED lighting enhances her front yard.

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We were called out to this house because the homeowner was unhappy.  “my street is dark, my neighbors are dark, my house is dark” were the first words we heard when we met.  After some consultation and a night time demonstration, this recently became one of our latest customers to go with LED lighting on the front of their home.

The street is way below the house so we knew that down lighting from the trees was not going to work.  Instead we chose to up light both the front of the house and the tree canopies.  These large oak trees now with 30′ canopies now appear to tower high above street level.  We were also very pleased with the look on the facade of the house.  The homeowner had a standard white limestone rock common to many Austin homes and when lit with LED lighting provides a very rich, elegant look.  We were pleased with the results.

LED Landscape Lighting making a difference

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A lot of homeowners are trying to be more environmentally friendly today.  Buying energy-efficient light bulbs for inside the house, using energy-efficient appliances, and conserving water, are some of the ways we are all trying to conserve energy.  The movement has now moved outdoors and our customers are now able to save up to 80% in energy by switching the light bulbs in their outdoor lighting fixtures with our new LED light bulb.

While LED outdoor lighting fixtures grows in popularity for their energy efficiency, there hasn’t been an option for homeowners who already had lights installed in their yard without replacing the entire fixture.  Until now.

The Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Par 36 LED bulb is making it easy for homeowners by simply changing out a bulb in an existing fixture assembly without any replacement of the fixture itself.  Once installed, this LED bulb has a rated life of 50,000 hours or 19 years if you have them on for 7 hours a day.  There is no socket that can fail and tests show that the bulb could be submerged in one meter of water for thirty minutes and still work.  And most importantly, the color is a warm white that will highlight all the best characteristics of your home and landscape.

We are pleased to offer this option to our customers to make their outdoor lighting systems more energy-efficient by cutting down their energy consumption up to 80%.  If you would like more information on retrofitting your current outdoor lighting system please contact our Austin office.

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Perhaps you’ve just invested in a covered patio for your back yard or you have an existing backyard living area. Now with it getting darker earlier, there are even fewer hours we can enjoy our decks and covered patio in the evening.

 

Copper flood light outdoor lighting fixture

Copper flood light outdoor lighting fixture

 

Now there’s a great solution – outdoor patio lighting and outdoor deck lighting. With proper lighting for your backyard structures, you can enjoy these areas well into the evening – well at any time all through the night.

There are a couple of types of outdoor lighting you can use. For your covered patio, we can either use up lighting or down lighting. Up lighting would be placed near the columns of your covered patio. This illuminates the entire structure without causing any light blinding.

The other type of lighting we can use for your covered patio or covered deck is down lighting. This type of lighting uses gentle lighting that illuminates downward and mimics the effect of the moon. Often a really nice effect is placing the down light in a tree so the light will not only throw light on the desired area but will also cast a pattern by illuminating down through the leaves of the tree.

 

Cast brass flood light outdoor lighting fixture

Cast brass flood light outdoor lighting fixture

 

This is why you want to use a professional lighting company. Professional landscape lighting and architectural outdoor lighting companies know how to place light to get the desired effect without causing any blinding rays.

When you’re selecting an outdoor lighting company, look for a company that will come out to give you a free estimate. No company should quote your investment over the phone without seeing the area, hearing your goals, and recommending a good solution to accomplish your goals.

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives we take that a step further. We actually set up temporary lights to show you exactly what it’s going to look like. We come in the early evening and do all the work. You simply take a look and let us know if that’s what you want.

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(512) 247 – 1815

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Do you remember sitting in the car as a child and having your parents or grandparents tell you when to blow so you could blow the red light to green? Then you blow the light to green and you believe you are so magical. Then you come to the next light and start blowing, and blowing, and huffing, and puffing, and your grandparents try to distract you until they see the yellow light on the alternate side of the stop light and signal you to try again. Magic! It worked again. I’m magic!

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There's an easier way to make sure the lights are turned off

As you grow older, you learn more ways to make the lights turn but you realize that it’s not magic. It’s electronics at work. You see the little tire lines in front of a stop light and know if you pull your tires directly on to those lines, the turn light or signal light will come on sooner.

We’ve found a way to create a little magic with your outdoor lighting. You tell us when you want your lights to come on and when you want them to go off. You base this on your security and safety needs as well as your energy conservation desires. There is no reason to run the lights all day and no reason to leave yourself a sticky note to remember to turn the lights off. We program your lighting timer and your lights come on and off exactly when you want!

What’s better is our lighting control automation experts will even tie in your other systems to work in conjunction with your lighting automation system. For example, we can use the same timer to turn your security system on when you desire. We can even provide you with access to turn these off and on while you are away.

Here’s a great video to show how it works.

As you saw in the video, we can turn certain lights on in sequence. We can turn lights on at a partial percentage in the early dusk hours and turn them all the way up when it’s fully dark. You tell us what you want and we program it to work for you.

Give us a ring to talk about lighting control automation for your home. (615) 373 – 0638

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A common complaint I hear is the lack of illumination from gas fueled post lanterns.  Most people unhappy with the light output, end up capping the gas line or doing away with the fixture altogether.  Before you make that decision, consider converting to low voltage.

While a gas fueled fixture can provide a sense of serenity, it lacks the firepower to provide a functional amount of light.  While some conversions may be more trying, the majority are within reach.  Look at it this way.  You will spend on average $300.00 to $400.00 dollars but see a return on investment in a fairly short amount of time.  Without an igniter switch, most gas fueled fixtures will cost you anywhere from $.50 to $1.00 to burn per day.

The first step is hiring a licensed plumber to come out and cap the gas line.  This is inexpensive and absolutely necessary.  Second, purchase a conversion kit or contact a local outdoor lighting specialist to complete the project for you.  You will be amazed at the output of a 35 or 50 watt quartz halogen bulb.  Not only will the change enhance the functionality of your home, it will also conserve energy.

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In these times of economic down turns, lower home values and increased energy cost out door lighting can be a blessing for homeowners and commercial property owners. The addition of low voltage lighting is economical and provides increased security, effects that accentuate the design of the property and bring the focus to the property features. Creating the best design requires the cooperation of a great designer, and exceptional products such as Outdoor Lighting Perspectives’ line of products. Nothing can bring more attention from a perspective buyer than driving by a home and having stunning outdoor lighting. A homeowner doesn’t need to have a complex system to bring out the beauty or functionality a design, keeping it simple can enhance the value of any property. All of the above bring added value to a property, not only in the ascetics but in the monetary value as well!

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