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Creating Unique Outdoor Lighting Solutions for Unique Properties

In the world of outdoor lighting, one plus one does not always equal two. This may sound a little far fetched and like a worn out expression, but in truth, the solution to a client’s lighting needs may not be a typical formula. Occasionally, here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples, we encounter lighting needs that require a little extra attention and creativity, and we love the challenge. This is not to say that there is no art in more typical outdoor lighting designs and

Outdoor dining is much more enjoyable with a nicely lit table

Outdoor dining is much more enjoyable with a nicely lit table

installs. Each property we light is treated with the utmost care and attention so we can be certain our clients get what they want and need. But unique situations give us a chance to try our skills and push what many believe are the limitations of outdoor lighting. The opportunity to come up with a truly unique solution is something we value.

 

We’ve recently had the opportunity to do several projects inside lanais here in Southwest Florida.  While some might questing if this is truly outdoor lighting, the screens of the structures do make them more like a porch than an actual room. Since the lighting is subjected to the elements of our

Florida environment, outdoor lighting is needed in situations like this.  During a recent project, we created a chandelier using our outdoor lighting fixtures. We hung this chandelier inside the structure and suspended it over a seating area so that the entire area was washed with an elegant light. This lighting was installed on its own switch in order to give our client more control over the lanai without affecting the other landscape lights. And in order to keep our client from having to deal with the climb involved with changing bulbs every 5,000 hours, we used our long-lasting LED fixtures.

 

Outdoor lighting can light up your grill area and be turned off when the cooking is done

Outdoor lighting can light up your grill area and be turned off when the cooking is done

We did a similar project for another client above a grill. Again, we added an additional switch so that the client had more control and could simply turn off the light once the food was prepared. The wiring for a solution such as this is easily attached to the structure, making the process of concealing it much easier.

 

These are just a couple examples of unique lighting solutions that we have developed for our clients’ unique needs. With the expertise of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples and just a little creativity, we can develop a unique, elegant lighting design that will not only meet your needs but will also turn the heads of your neighbors and guests. If you have an area you hope to light but are doubtful a beautiful remedy can be created, do not hesitate to call us. Not only are we able to make what you need, we are excited to do so.

 

Kurt Shearer Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples

Kurt Shearer
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples
239-263-9975

 

 

 

 

For more photos of our unique outdoor lighting, visit our outdoor lighting photo gallery and our landscape and garden lighting photo gallery on our website.

 

Unique Naples Homes Demand Unique Outdoor Lights

Naples outdoor copper LED lighting fixture for use in small areas

Our new stick light is perfect for areas with a lot of ground cover.

Distinct. Your home is like you. You invest time, money, and hard work into making your property stand out in your neighborhood. It is elegant and refined and very atypical. Distinct is good, but because you do things your way, “normal” may not always work when it comes to your home improvements. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples is introducing a new lighting fixture to our line, and like your home, it is not everyday or run of the mill. The BB-02 LED stick light is a unique fixture for a unique property, and for this reason, here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples, we are very excited about its possibilities. The fixture is used to create dramatic uplighting. Though it can be used in a variety of ways, it was developed for use in landscape lighting, specifically for areas with large amount of ground cover. Crafted from the highest quality copper, the BB-02 will, over time, develop a patina finish, which is fashionable and causes the fixture to blend into its surroundings.

 

Since each property is different, outdoor lighting designers need options for all types of spaces. The BB-02 stick light is an excellent light to use in tight or restricted spaces, and the stick mount gives versatility for installation. Even though the fixture is small, it is remarkably powerful, emitting a bright light that provides the best illumination. The detail and beauty of gardens and landscaped areas will stand out under the illumination of this outdoor lighting fixture.

 

LED slim stick  light from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples

Our BB-02 stick light is an LED so it’s easy on your wallet and the environment.

Not only is the fixture versatile with an uncanny ability to produce powerful light, it is also extremely energy efficient. The BB-02 is an LED light, so it is easy on the wallet while it consistently bathes your property in bright, natural light. And don’t forget, because they consume less energy, LED lights are much gentler to the environment too.

 

The BB-02 may well be the perfect light for the most unique part of your property. The designers at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples have many years of experience creating the optimal lighting system for each home. Each design is tailored so that the best features of your property bask in a warm glow that incites enchantment and drama.

 

 

If you are ready to highlight the best of your property, no matter your property’s restraints or demands, call us today.

 

Kurt Shearer Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples

 

Kurt Shearer, Owner
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples
(239) 263 – 9975
email: kurt@outdoorlights.com

 

 

 

To see how we can craft exclusive lighting for your one-of-a-kind home, visit our landscape and garden lighting photo gallery and our outdoor lighting photo gallery on our website.

 

The clarity of our LED outdoor lighting designs will make other outdoor lighting genres green with envy

LED lighting has become a household name. The advances in LED’s technology over the past few years have made it the hot commodity in interior and exterior lighting. In lieu of the popularity of LED the question still remains, is all LED created equal? The answer is no. Just because a product is LED does not automatically mean it is high quality LED. The main aspect to look for in a quality LED product is the quality of the light itself.

The measure used to gauge the color quality and clarity of a light source is the color rendering index, or the CRI for short. The CRI is used to measure the ability of a light source to reproduce the colors of the object it is illuminating in comparison to an ideal natural light source, such as the sun. Light sources that measure higher on the CRI are more desirable because they show an object

Our LED lighting technology gives off a warm light

Our LED lighting technology gives off a warm light

or area being lit in the form closest to that of natural light. Colors will appear more clear and realistic when a light source has a higher CRI rating. A low quality LED is more likely to score low on the CRI scale. Lower quality LED’s sometimes exude a bluish tint within their illumination. This is certainly true of the early LED. Over the years and as the technology has evolved high quality LED’s such as the Cree LED’s we use deliver a clear high quality illumination. Along with being a leader among LED, Cree LED’s score an astounding 90 on the CRI, which means they beautifully illuminate any outdoor lighting setting with clean, clear light.

The superior quality of light is just one benefit of choosing our LED’s as your outdoor lighting source. Using LED can reduce your energy consumption by 80%. Less energy means lower energy costs which can save you a lot of green when it comes time to pay the power bill. LED bulbs also save you money by being more durable than traditional outdoor lighting bulbs. LED outdoor lighting systems have longevity which is evident with longer lasting bulbs that need replacement less often. For example a typical halogen bulb will burn for approximately 2,000 to 4,000 hours, whereas an LED will last a whopping 50,000 operating hours!  Since they contain no filament and utilize cool burning technology, LED’s are less likely to burn out from overheating. They also hold up to bumps and shifts that are more likely to occur in an outdoor lighting scenario.

Naples home with our LED landscape lighting is beautifully lit at night.

Naples home with our LED landscape lighting is beautifully lit at night.

We cannot discuss the many benefits of LED without mentioning its environmentally sustainable attributes. LED is a green technology because it leaves less of a carbon footprint on the environment.  LED’s are responsible for less greenhouse gases by reduced carbon dioxide emissions; they also contain no harmful chemical such as mercury that makes handling and disposal dangerous. LED’s are UV free which means no ultraviolet rays which are prone to attract insects. This means using LED in your landscape, deck and patio lighting installation will give you peace of mind in not attracting insects that can invade your outdoor living enjoyment.   If you are considering a new outdoor lighting system LED is the most economical and efficient way to get the most out of your outdoor lighting.

To learn more about our LED outdoor lighting designs, or to see if your traditional system is a candidate for an LED conversion, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples today

Kurt Shearer Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples

 

Kurt Shearer, Owner
(239) 263 – 9975
email: kurt@outdoorlights.com

 

 

You can view photos of our outdoor lighting projects by visiting our architectural lighting  and our landscape and garden lighting galleries located on our website.

 

 

LED Outdoor Lighting Fixtures for Every Area of Your Home

Last week we talked about the advantages of LED outdoor lighting and why this technology is becoming the popular choice among homeowners.  It’s all about the longevity of the bulbs, the energy it saves, and the low impact on our environment.  We do understand that the ultimate decision is based on the effect of the outdoor lighting.  After all, the benefits are a bonus, but you still want your outdoor lighting to look exceptionally nice.

Attractive outdoor lighting, with the benefits of LED technology, is where Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples comes in.  Our advanced LED technology looks just as good as traditional halogen lighting.  Not all outdoor lighting specialists can say that.  It has to do with the Color Rendering Index or CRI.  CRI is a scale used to measure a light source’s ability to reproduce the colors and textures as closely as natural light would, and you can read more about that in a previous story we wrote called Why Color is so Important for Outdoor Lighting in Naples.  Our CRI is rated high and that is what makes your palm trees, pool areas, landscaping, driveways and every other area you want to see at night look so great.  After all, you’ve taken a lot of time and care of your outdoor spaces, so outdoor lighting should make them look as classy and elegant at night as they do during the day.

Our LED outdoor lighting produces stunning results with energy efficiencies.

Our LED outdoor lighting produces stunning results with energy efficiencies.

We offer a complete line of LED lighting fixtures to illuminate these areas.  Our LED well lights offer a strong light while remaining hidden and out of the way.  They can be used to graze or wash a home’s exterior or majestic columns, or shadow and silhouette taller features such as your palm trees. Our copper and brass LED path lighting fixtures are as attractive as they light they produce.  These fixtures are elevated above the ground and spread the light, making them ideal for illuminating your flower beds or adding safety to your path and walkways, steps, and driveway.  Flood lights give a wide spread of light while spot lights provide a more focused beam.  These types of fixtures are used for safety and security, although they can also be used for more unique situations such as lighting a grill, basketball goal, sculpture, fountain and archway.  We also have a variety of LED deck lights that wash ambient light along deck posts.  Our sconce lights shine up and down simultaneously and our step lights are ideal for long, winding steps or sculptured paths.

No matter what you want to shine at night, we can create a custom lighting plan that includes our LED outdoor lighting fixtures.  You’ll appreciate the benefits of LED lighting while enjoying your outdoor spaces longer.

Kurt Shearer Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples

Kurt Shearer, Owner
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of  Naples
239-243-6713

 

 

Why the Popularity of LED Outdoor Lighting Keeps Increasing

LED is becoming a very popular option in lighting systems all around.  You may have heard the term LED before, but are not sure of the benefits beyond the energy savings.  While efficiency is the most important benefit for many homeowners, there are several more that add to the lighting equation, and that’s inclusive of our outdoor lighting systems as well.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives has been manufacturing light-emitting diode, or LED, outdoor lighting fixtures using the U.S. made CREE brand chips for a couple of years now.  These

LED lighting technology

LED lighting technology

top-quality chips give our LED technology the longevity, efficiency and environmental friendliness

that make our lighting stand out, literally.  How do they do all this?  Here’s how:

Longevity: The process by which LEDs produce light differs from traditional lighting.  LEDs produce a cold light while traditional bulbs use heat to produce a light.  That means LEDs will not overheat, and the life of the bulb will be extended.  In fact, our LEDs last up to 50,000 hours – 40 times longer than traditional bulbs.  In addition, they are more resilient than other types of outdoor bulbs, and react better to changes in temperature and other environmental elements.

Efficiency:   Energy-efficiency is probably what you know best about LEDs.  LEDs do in fact use less energy, and ours use up to 80% less energy, which saves you money.

Environmentally-friendly: Since our LEDs last longer, they reduce the amount of waste every year.  They are also easier to dispose of and recycle since they contain NO mercury, and they give off much less carbon dioxide emissions.  All of these factors combined lead to a smaller carbon footprint left on our environment.

LED Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of NaplesAdding the equation together shows that LEDs really are the way to go, but the final decision ultimately comes down to the effect of the lighting.  When you are making an investment in quality outdoor lighting, you want to be sure the light output looks natural and is highlighting the uniqueness of your property.  Unlike older LED technology that gave off a blue tint and inadequate illumination, our LEDs produce a warm color and brightness that is indistinguishable from traditional halogen outdoor lighting.

If we’ve piqued your interest and you’re ready to talk LED, give us a call.  We can answer any questions you may have or discuss your options.  Even if you own a halogen lighting system from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples or someone else, we talk about retrofitting it with the new LED technology.

Kurt Shearer Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples

Kurt Shearer, Owner
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of  Naples
239-263-9975

Why Color is So Important for Outdoor Lighting in Naples

A couple of weeks ago, while writing about our technologically advanced LEDs, we touched upon CRI or the Color Rendering Index.  We’d like to explain how CRI works to show you why we are so excited about the rating in our lighting fixtures.

Color Rendering Index (CRI) is a scale used to measure a light source’s ability to reproduce the colors and textures of an object as closely as natural light would.  The CRI scale ranges from 1-100;

Southwest Florida’s outdoor lighting looks like natural light when the CRI is above 80.

the higher the number, the better the score.  Poor color, or where color does not show, rates at a 79 or lower.  Good color is achieved in the range of 80 – 94, and great color rates at 95 or above.

That may sound a little technical, but it can be boiled down to this: every light source generates color and the color of light your outdoor fixtures produce should look as natural as possible.  If you recall the comparison photo in our past story, our low-voltage halogen lighting and our advanced LED lighting were very comparable.  That’s because the CRI of both lighting sources is over 80.  LED technology, until recently, rated low on the CRI scale.  The new LEDs from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples are rated at a CRI of 80, and in some cases 90 and above. That means our LEDS will show textures and colors the same way you would see them during the day, making LEDs a great choice in outdoor lighting. Not only will your lighting give off a natural glow, it also costs about one-tenth of the price to run as traditional lighting.  And, our LED “bulbs” have a rated life of 50,000 hours. That’s years’ worth of continuous operation.

Energy-efficiencies, long bulb life and a high CRI rating are great reasons to be excited about our LEDs.  What’s more is that our LED technology can be retrofitted into your existing system.  Give us a call to talk about getting a system installed at your home.

Kurt Shearer, Owner
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples
239-263-9975

 

An Outdoor Lighting Package Perfect for Southwest Florida

If you’ve been on our website lately you may have noticed a new graphic advertising our outdoor lighting package deal.  And, if you’ve been thinking about installing outdoor lighting fixtures on or around your deck, patio, water features, dock or home, this may be a perfect package for you.

The offer includes your choice of 7 halogen up-lights or deck lights.  If you’ve researched outdoor lighting, you probably already know that our fixtures are manufactured to be exceptionally durable and are tested to the highest standards. Our copper and brass deck fixtures weather the elements gracefully and age to a beautiful patina finish.  Our well or up-lights blend in with your landscaping so all you see is the illumination.

In addition to the 7 halogen lights, you also receive a 300-watt transformer, 200 feet of the thickest wire used in the outdoor industry and a digital timer that can be set from dusk to dawn or any variation you choose.  All of these options plus a custom design, professional installation and all taxes are included for just $1499.

The package is a great start to enhancing your outdoor areas.  If you’re not sure which type of lighting fixtures to choose, we can help.  Up-lights, or well lights, are adjustable for brightness and typically used to highlight your home’s exterior or a striking tree.  Deck lights can be used on your deck of course, but are also perfect for securing atop retaining walls or along handrails and bench seating.  They cast a widespread glow that boosts visibility.

You may have heard a lot of buzz about LED lighting lately.  The growing trend is now spreading to outdoor lighting, and we offer outdoor LED fixtures like no other.  Our technologically advanced outdoor LEDs are designed to be up to 85% more efficient than typical halogen systems.  The initial cost of the fixtures is higher but the operating costs quickly make up for that.  The life cycle of the bulbs is also longer with a rated life of 50,000 hours, or 19 years if you have them on for 7 hours a day. We’d be happy to discuss an LED package with you if your interest takes you that route.

What’s even better is that, if after seeing your custom design, you would like to add outdoor lighting to other areas of your home or yard, we can help you with that as well.  It all starts with a call to Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples.  You let us know what you want to light and we’ll take it from there.

Kurt
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples
239-263-9975

It IS Easy Being Green in Southwest Florida

Back in the 70’s, Kermit the Frog sang a tune “It’s not easy being green.”  Here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples we couldn’t disagree more with that signature line.  Today, we have an outdoor lighting system that would make even Kermit think it is easy to be green.

Our outdoor LED or light emitting diode is extremely energy-efficient making it more beneficial than traditional halogen lighting.  The popularity of indoor LEDs has been increasing and now with our technologically advanced outdoor LEDs, the trend is spreading quickly.

One reason for the increase in popularity is the fact that LED lighting is designed to be up to 85% more efficient than typical halogen systems.  The initial cost of the fixtures is a bit higher but the operating costs quickly make up for that.  On average, it will cost about $20 a year to operate a 15-fixture LED outdoor lighting system.

The life cycle of the bulbs is also longer.  Traditional halogen bulbs have a rated life of 4,000 to 5,000 hours while our LED rated life is 50,000 hours, or 19 years if you have them on for 7 hours a day. Plus, in the past, once the LED surpassed its useful life, the entire fixture had to be discarded and another installed. Our new LED’s are replaceable in the lighting fixtures. You simply switch out the bulb, not the entire fixture.

Another obstacle in the past was the CRI or color rendering index from the older LEDs.  Every light produces color and that level or CRI was not adequate with the older LEDs.   The color and warmth from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples’ LEDs is virtually indistinguishable from our halogen bulbs because the CRI is the same.  Take a look at the photo below.  Can you tell the difference?

The only thing we do agree with in Kermit’s song is that green blends in with so many ordinary things.  Our lighting fixtures are manufactured with brass and copper that age beautifully over time and are designed to blend in with their surroundings so all you see is a warm ambient light.

If all these benefits make you wish you had installed our LEDs, the option may still be available.  Your current halogen lighting, either Outdoor Lighting Perspectives or someone else’s, can actually be retrofitted with our new LED technology.  Retrofitting is as easy as calling us at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples. We’ll take care of the retrofit, check your transformer and adjust the voltage, re-cover any exposed wiring from your existing system, reset timers and review any other needs you may have at that time.

Knowing the energy efficiencies your outdoor lighting system is producing may make your neighbors green with envy. We’re happy to help you get there.  Give us a call today to get started.

 

Kurt Shearer

Kurt
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples
239-263-9975

 

Temporary Event Lighting You’ll Want to Invite Back

Hosting special events are often the push we need to spruce up around the house or get to that ‘to do’ list that has been covering dust.  The end of the summer makes way for many types of outdoor events but don’t despair if one of those items on the ‘to do’ list is outdoor lighting and you find yourself out of time.

Many times outdoor event lighting is thought about at the last minute.  Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples can step in to create an outdoor lighting presentation worthy of your event.  Our temporary outdoor lighting has the same benefits as installed outdoor lighting plus additional advantages.

As with our traditional outdoor lighting our temporary or event lighting can enhance your outdoor areas by illuminating trees, landscaping, pools, waterfalls, or just about any area in your outdoor spaces.

Southwest Florida Outdoor Event Lighting

Temporary Outdoor Lighting can be added to places that traditional lighting may not work.

The additional advantage is that our temporary lighting can be set up quickly and placed in areas where traditional lighting may not be available.  Our battery powered LED lighting fixtures can be strategically placed to highlight all the best attributes of the property for a particular event.  Is it a majestic row of trees to define your space or a paved pathway to bring your guests safely to the entertainment area?  Whatever the situation, we can place our attractive copper and brass path lights to brighten your walkways and our spot and flood lights to highlight  everyday landscaping or special event props.

Our battery powered temporary LED lighting fixtures are rechargeable and cordless, making them perfect for special events. You don’t have to worry about your guests tripping over cords and at the end of the night you can take them inside to charge until the next time they are needed.

 

Naples temporary path lighting

Temporary Path Lighting can be lead your guests safely into the party

You will be as impressed with the look of your outdoor space as your guests are.  In fact, you may like it so much you’ll want us to come and install outdoor lighting permanently, making your dream space a reality.  Give us a call to talk about lighting your next special event.  We would be happy to design your dream space with outdoor lighting from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples.

 

Kurt Shearer

Kurt Shearer, Owner
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples
239-263-9975

Temporary Lighting Makes Naples Events Enchanting

It is the perfect time of year to hold an outdoor event in Southwest Florida.  Entertainment opportunities from outdoor weddings to graduation parties to birthday parties and more pop up throughout the spring and summer.  The list of celebrations is as big as your imagination.

When planning for you next event, make sure outdoor lighting lands at the top of the list.  Outdoor lighting not only provides added ambience but it also enhances the safety of the area and can actually expand your useable space. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples

Temporary outdoor event lighting can be easily added to highlight the best attributes of your property.  Our battery operated path lights will brighten your walkways, drawing your guest into the party, while also enhancing the safety of the area.  Our spot and flood lights turn special landscaping and water features into beautiful focal points.  Floating light spheres in various colors and holiday string lights can hang from palm trees and make your event beautifully enchanting.

Our outdoor lighting design will highlight all the best features of your property. You will be as impressed with the look of your space as your guests are.

Give us a call to talk about lighting your next special event.  We would be happy to design your dream space with outdoor lighting from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples.

Kurt Shearer, Naples Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

 

Kurt
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples
239-263-9975