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Use Daylight Savings Time To Revamp Your Outdoor Lighting System

There are tons of perks of Daylight Savings Time to start taking advantage of this week. The drive home isn’t shrouded in darkness, we get to spend a little extra time playing outside with the kids and we’ve finally got time to cross off all the outdoor chores we’ve been putting off all winter on our to-do lists. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples, we encourage you to spend a few minutes of the extra daylight inspecting your outdoor lighting system to make sure it’s in tip top shape for the new Spring season.

We can make sure your outdoor lighting is working properly when you are up north

With the Annual Maintenance Plan, all of your outdoor lighting repairs can be taken care of by our experts at no extra charge to you.

Check fixtures for damage and proper placement

Use the extra daylight in the afternoons when you get home to walk around the house and check each outdoor lighting fixture for wear and tear. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples, we only use the highest-quality materials that are built to last, but even Florida wasn’t immune to this rough winter. Additionally, some things may have changed since you last updated your system, such as trees and other foliage growing taller and potentially blocking the light from your fixtures. If you’ve invested in the Annual Maintenance Plan, all of these issues can be resolved for you by our team of experts, and we’ll even help you change up your home’s overall design for a fresher look.

Check bulbs for safety

During the winter season, some small animals may have burrowed underground where your outdoor lighting system’s wires are buried, and some may even have built nests inside your fixtures. Inspect the yard for signs of these problems, and consider installing lens filters to prevent animals, pollen or other outdoor hazards from damaging your bulbs.

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Now is the perfect time to light up other areas of your home with fresh new designs.

Look for other areas that need lighting

It’s time to jump back in to our pools and start enjoying the Florida weather we all know and love again. Work with an outdoor lighting expert to evaluate your home and locate new areas you could enjoy after dark with the right lighting. Come up with a brand new lighting plan for your pool area, patio or other spots around the house, and open it up just in time for Spring.

Consider upgrading to LED

Finally, blow your neighbors away at night by upgrading your entire outdoor lighting system to LED. In addition to a brighter, more balanced look, LED bulbs have a lifetime of up to 25 years! You’ll notice the difference – and the energy savings – almost instantly.

Learn more about other smart outdoor lighting upgrades when you call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples today.

Kurt Shearer Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of NaplesKurt Shearer, Owner

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples
239-263-9975

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples is on Houzz

Houzz-LogoIt’s an exciting week for us here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples as we launch our presence on Houzz. Have you heard of it? Houzz is a home remodeling and design platform. Whether you are using a computer or a mobile device like your smartphone or tablet, Houzz allows you to browse thousands of home design photos, save them to an “Ideabook”, ask for remodeling advice, and find professionals in your area. Signing up is free, and so is the app. In just a matter of minutes, you can have a wealth of home improvement ideas at your fingertips, including ideas for outdoor lighting.

 

Get inspired on Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples' Houzz profile.

Get inspired on Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples’ Houzz profile.

Once you’ve landed or downloaded on Houzz, search for us or follow the link to our Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples page. This week, we’ve posted photos from nine of our projects. Flip through them and save what you like best to your Ideabook. We have some Ideabooks built too. These include photos of specific types of outdoor lighting such as tree lighting, patio lighting, or accent lighting. The photos come from different projects. Saving what most appeals to you not only helps you discover the styles you want for your property, it also helps us as your designer. When you begin conversations with us about a new outdoor lighting system or adding to your current one, show us your Ideabook. We will be better able to understand what you are looking for. While we can never guarantee your new system or addition will look just like those in the pictures, we will use those pictures to help us design a system for your property using the same style, tone, and mood.

 

Houzz is a great new tool and a wonderful place to find inspiration. We are very excited to showcase our best outdoor lighting in this arena. So if you’re considering adding any type of outdoor lighting to your property, take advantage of it. Once you are sufficiently inspired, call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples. Because even though “a picture is worth a thousand words”, experiencing the real thing is so much better than talking about it.

 

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Kurt Shearer, Owner

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples
239-263-9975

New Year, New Look: Naples Outdoor Lighting Ideas for 2014

2013 is one for the books, and 2014 is bright with possibilities and opportunities. For many homeowners, New Year’s Day is the perfect time to plan the improvements we want to make during the coming year. For Naples residents, this can be particularly exciting since our winter season is the best time to be outdoors. With mild temperatures and fewer storms, outdoor living in Naples thrives while most of the nation is shivering and hunkered down by the fireplace. So while you are planning your 2014 home improvements, don’t forget the outdoors! Now is the best time for these outdoor improvements. That way, you have plenty of time to enjoy them before the summer swelter sets in. And what better way to enjoy your outdoor spaces than under the inviting glow of outdoor lighting?

The New Year's Day is a great time to plan your home improvement projects for the year.

The New Year’s Day is a great time to plan your home improvement projects for the year.

 

Perhaps you are thinking of adding a lanai, reworking your garden, or improving your pool area. Whatever you plan for your outdoor spaces, outdoor lighting adds a touch of elegance, improved functionality, and safety in the area after dark. And outdoor lighting is the only way you can obtain these benefits.

 

So what are some outdoor lighting improvements you can make to elevate your outdoor living spaces? Consider the following:

 

1.     Water feature lighting – Your water feature accentuates southwest Florida’s mild temperatures all day with it splashes and gargles. Don’t lose its visual effect at night. Add underwater lighting to your pond or waterfall. Underwater lights create stunning effects, especially when water is mobile.

Uplighting highlights tree textures.

Uplighting highlights tree textures.

2.     Uplighting for trees – Because trees contain so many textures, uplighting heightens their grandeur. This is especially true for palm trees. The shadowing created by branches and leaves is particularly eye-catching.

3.     Path lighting – If you have a garden, path lighting can illuminate both your walkways and your flowers as long as they are placed strategically. These pools of light are beautiful and can save you and your family from trips and falls as well.

4.     Focal lighting – As its name implies, focal lighting brings focus to a particular area or object, so it encompasses a wide range of applications. It can be used in a garden to highlight particularly striking foliage, on a gazebo or trellis, or in a pool area or lanai to showcase plants or architectural features.

Lighting on this patio  helps separate the area from the rest of the landscape.

Lighting on this patio helps separate the area from the rest of the landscape.

5.     Patio/Deck lighting – Patio and deck lighting techniques are used to set a sitting area apart. When standing back from the area, the light should help create boundaries between this space and the rest of the outdoors. As a result, some techniques can be used to create boundaries in an area without the physical confines of railings or walls.

 

While you’re making 2014 improvement plans for your outdoor spaces, don’t forget the difference that professional outdoor lighting design and installation can make. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples has been serving our area for years. We know Naples’ styles and tastes, and we know outdoor lighting. So give us a call. We’d love to give your outdoor spaces the new start they deserve.

 

 

Kurt Shearer Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples

 

Kurt Shearer, Owner

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples
239-263-9975

2013: A Year of Aesthetics for Naples Outdoor Lighting

The end of 2013 is approaching much quicker than I anticipated. When we were kids, time seemed to creep along so slowly, especially around the holidays. But somehow as we age, time speeds up.  It’s hard to believe that the end of 2013 is already here. Like so many, at the end of the year, I enjoy reflecting on what the year has brought and how our company has performed. While I do this personally, I also do this as the owner of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples. So what has this year brought to outdoor lighting in our area? 2013 has been the Year of Aesthetics.

 

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples uses light to blur the boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples uses light to blur the boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces.

It is no mystery that the people of Naples, Florida have elegant tastes. It is evident in our architecture, gardens, style, and especially our outdoor lighting. While outdoor lighting will always have practical applications that should never be ignored, we have been privileged to focus on how we can best utilize light to elevate the overall beauty of a property or specific outdoor area. For some of our most outstanding projects this year, we used outdoor lighting to blur the boundaries between the interior and exterior realms in gardens, lanais, and pool areas. By blurring these boundaries, we have created areas that are enticing and warm and connect our clients to the natural beauty all around them. This year, we’ve invested great effort into studying the techniques that will create such effects. We have experimented with our fixtures, so we are well aware of how to optimize their abilities. That work has paid off, enabling us to create several outdoor lighting masterpieces this year.

 

In 2013, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples has been so very fortunate to employ a remarkable team that shares a mission to highlight the unique beauty of each client’s property. Our work reflects our commitment to producing outstanding outdoor lighting, maintaining the highest level of professionalism, and realizing our clients’ visions.

 

An emphasis on aesthetics has defined our work in 2013.

An emphasis on aesthetics has defined our work in 2013.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples has also been blessed with outstanding clients this year. You have entrusted the beauty of your properties to us. Without this trust, the Year of Aesthetics would not be possible. You enable us to continue lighting Southwest Florida, teasing out the beauty that’s already there, and integrating it into a stunning scene.  So thank you, Clients, for allowing us to do what we love best.

 

Beginnings are exciting, and as we approach 2014, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples is eager to see what this year brings. But whatever comes, we remain committed to providing you with the very best outdoor lighting design, products, installation, and maintenance available. Even though we are right before the holidays should you have any outdoor lighting issues that need to be addressed, please give us a call this week. And if you simply want to wish us happy holidays, we’d love to hear that from you as well.

 

To Southwest Florida residents and all of our clients, we wish you the happiest holidays, and a bright, beautiful New Year.

 

 

Kurt Shearer Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples

 

 

Kurt Shearer, Owner

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples
239-263-9975

Particular Tree Lighting for the Particular Palms

While most of the country has experienced much chillier temperatures this week, here in Naples our thermometers are reading in the 70’s and low 80’s, which is perfect for being outdoors. Our warmer yearly temperatures are also perfect for palm trees. They flourish here. And while people in colder regions of the country may envy our temperatures (especially this week), they probably envy our palm trees even more. Every year, homeowners in other areas of the country pay hefty sums to purchase the trees that are native to Florida. You probably have several of them in your own yard and value their contribution to your landscape. They are regal and majestic. But are you able to truly experience their famous beauty after dark? Are they illuminated by your outdoor lighting system? If not, they should be, so they can continue to add value to your landscape at night.

 

Uniquely shaped, palm trees need different treatment to get the best illumination.

Uniquely shaped, palm trees need different treatment to get the best illumination.

Just as with other areas of outdoor lighting, there are correct and incorrect ways to light palm trees. And while you could get general contractors or landscapers to install your tree lighting cheaply, they are not lighting specialists and may not understand how to bring out the best of your palms. To be able to illuminate palms correctly, it is important to understand their anatomy. Palm trees have a unique crown shape, and the proportion of crown to trunk also differs from other tree species. Additionally, some palms have a crownshaft connecting the crown to the trunk. Because palm trees are so different from other trees, they need a special approach to lighting.

 

For proper illumination, palms not only require proper positioning of lights, but they also need a variety of bulb wattagess and beam spreads. This ensures the whole palm is illuminated and that parts of the crown aren’t getting lost in the dark. Without these special wattages and spreads, fixtures cannot be properly positioned to create optimal illumination. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples uses multiple bulb wattages and beam spreads to bring out the very best of your palms. General contractors and landscapers tend to use the same bulbs in all fixtures.

 

With proper lighting, leaves and trunk are clearly visible.

With proper lighting, leaves and trunk are clearly visible.

Using dramatic uplighting (angling a well or spotlight upward toward the crown), the individual leaflets or segments of your palm leaves shine against the dark shadows beyond. And with the proper bulbs and spreads, your palms’ trunks can flaunt their wealth of texture at the same time. A fitting showcase for one of the most identifiable symbols of our state. If you are ready to bring out the very best of your palm trees after sunset, call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples. By coming to your property to view your trees first hand and discovering what you are looking for, we can ensure these giants are as iconic at night as they are in our brilliant Florida sunlight.

 

 

Kurt Shearer Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples

 

Kurt Shearer, Owner

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples
239-263-9975

Arresting Beginnings: Key to the Finest Outdoor Lighting Experiences

Beginnings are important. Like a good movie, a great day, or a first impression, the best beginnings keep us engaged and wanting more, and they set the stage for great experiences. Without a great beginning, we would lose interest and move on to whatever comes next, but with the hook at the start, we stick around for the whole experience. Funny thing about beginnings – when we focus on the overall effect, we sometimes overlook them. Your outdoor lighting is an experience for everyone who sees it whether that person is family, friend, or simply passing through the neighborhood. So stop and think about your outdoor lighting for a moment. Does it have a dramatic beginning that sets visitors up for the beauty that follows when night falls on your home? If it doesn’t, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples can help.

Beginnings, such as your driveway, set the stage for your dramatic outdoor lighting.

Beginnings, such as your driveway, set the stage for your dramatic outdoor lighting.

Where are the beginnings for your outdoor lighting experience? Your driveways and entryways. As the entrance to your property, the driveway is the beginning, and it is a place that is often overlooked by homeowners and even outdoor lighting professionals. Of course, your distinct architectural features and towering palm trees should shine, but just as in a story or film, the overall effect is better if we build up to a big reveal. A subtly illuminated driveway arrests the attention of guests and accentuates the more dramatic architectural and landscape lighting highlighting your property’s best features. Enticing gate lighting can also make a bold statement that will impress and foreshadow the magnificent lighting guests can expect deeper into your property.

 

Entry way features, such as these palm trees, should not be overlooked. Beautifully lit, they draw attention to the dramatic architecture lighting of this home.

Entryway features, such as these palm trees, should not be overlooked. Beautifully lit, they draw attention to the dramatic architecture lighting of this home.

What fixtures and techniques can be used to create a “hook” for your drive or entryway? If your driveway features landscaping or architectural elements at the entrance, spotlights and well lights can be used to be sure these are noticed. Driveways can be lined with path lights to shine a soft, welcoming glow. And remember – when lining a drive with lights, it is important to stagger the fixtures on either side. After all, you don’t want to attract small planes with the “landing strip” look.

 

A successful outdoor lighting design creates a cohesive look and mood, just as a successful story leaves the reader or viewer with a feeling of completion, elation, terror (the list could go on for some time). And just as with a story, the beginning plays a crucial role. If you would like to be sure your property beginnings are drawing guests in, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples today. We have orchestrated many stunning outdoor lighting experiences, and we would be happy to do the same for you.

 

 

Kurt Shearer Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples

 

Kurt Shearer, Owner

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples
239-263-9975

Celebrate National Outdoor Lighting Month with a New Outdoor Lighting System

It seem like once school starts fall is upon us and then there’s a rush for the holidays.  It’s not even Halloween yet but we’ve already noticed Christmas decorations popping up in stores all over Naples. It makes sense – smart shoppers know they’ll find the best deals and get the best products when they beat the rush. It’s all about making your home look its best and that is true with outdoor lighting as well.  So why not celebrate National Outdoor Lighting Month with a new outdoor lighting system for your home.

Naples home with various outdoor lighting techniques

Participate in National Outdoor Lighting Month to give your home a beautiful, customized look with outdoor lighting.

As part of National Outdoor Lighting Month, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples is offering a great resources for families to start preparing for the longer nights with tips,  high-quality product profiles and more. By visiting NationalOutdoorLightingMonth.com you can  download the free guide that will help in choosing an outdoor lighting professional.

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Light up your favorite areas outside and extend your outdoor hours with creative outdoor lighting.

Once daylight savings hits, most of the time we’ll spend at home will be after dark.  Don’t miss out on the beautiful, cool Florida weather this Fall by staying indoors – light up your favorite areas outside and extend your evening outdoor hours.

We offer a number of beautiful landscape lighting products to transform your yard at night, and you can create a resort-style look for your pool with just a few subtle, elegant highlights. You don’t have to be left in the dark this season – work one-on-one with an expert to create your own unique design, and get the most out of the gorgeous Florida weather you love.

Make a smart choice by choosing a trained professional

When you work with an expert, you can have peace of mind that your system is safe and built to last. In addition to giving your home a more polished, luxurious look, an expert knows how to wire your fixtures efficiently so they won’t light up your power bill. Learn more about the benefits of hiring an expert by downloading the free guide on www.NationalOutdoorLightingMonth.com.

Call the experts at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples today.  You’ve got everything you need to take advantage of National Outdoor Lighting Month and beat the rush before daylight savings time.

 

Kurt Shearer, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of NaplesKurt Shearer, Owner

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples
239-263-9975

Sound and Light – Bring Out the Best of Your Naples Water Feature

Being able to see your water feature, as well as hear it, enhances its calming effect.

Being able to see your water feature, as well as hear it, enhances its calming effect.

Its sound is comforting, relaxing, and connects us to the natural world. It soothes and washes away cares that are not important, and we cannot live without it. Water – there is something very elemental about this liquid that has such power over us. Whatever the reason, the presence of water makes our lives better. Here in Naples Florida, water is plentiful and touches all of us. Some are lucky enough to live on the gulf and can hear the crash of waves day in and day out. For many who do not, koi ponds, streams, and waterfalls are important features in our backyards. Water features are soothing and bring peace just that much closer. While the sound of water transfixes all who take time to hear it, combining visuals with sound elevates water features so they become mesmerizing. Of course, you can see your water feature during the day, but once the sun goes down, the visual of water is lost – unless you have installed water feature lighting.

Perfectly placed lights augments moving water rather than overpowering it.

Perfectly placed lights augments moving water rather than overpowering it.

 

Lighting water features is an art form. While anyone can put a light beside a waterfall and angle the beams onto it, experience and knowledge is required to place lights so that the feature is best accented and clearly visible. With a misplaced light, the water of your feature could take on a bright white glow that blinds you rather than enchants. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples has the experience you need to create the most beautiful feature. We use a combination of lights to accomplish this. Perfectly angled lights can accent rocks or other structural elements, while underwater lights can be installed within the feature itself, creating a golden glow within the water. We even install lights so that they illuminate the points where a waterfall strikes the pond or stream, enhancing the dramatic effect.

Water comes alive under the golden glow of outdoor lighting.

Water comes alive under the golden glow of outdoor lighting.

 

So now, you sit in the lanai, your favorite drink in hand. You hear the water run. It trickles and splashes creating a symphony of sound. You can see the water dancing. Your outdoor lighting reflects off the rippling water, throwing light beams in all directions, and a golden glow shines from the depths of the water. Now, your water feature boast looks to match its stunning voice.

 

If you are ready to create such an experience for those relaxing around your water feature, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspective of Naples today. Not only will the sound of water transfix you, but its movement will as well.

 

Kurt Shearer Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples

Kurt Shearer, Owner

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples
239-263-9975

Make Any Event A Special Event With Professional Outdoor Lighting

While other homeowners around the country are just starting to pack it in and head inside for the cooler weather, we’re just getting started in Naples. During the summer, if we host an outdoor event at our homes we’re more likely to just have a bunch of unhappy, sweaty guests on our lawn. But as the weather changes down here, we won’t get the Fall freeze that will be felt elsewhere around the country. We’ll have beautiful, warm fall nights that start earlier and end later. It’s prime time for hosting special events at your home with beautiful home enhancements by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples.

Outdoor lighting can take you to another place in your own Naples backyard

Create a one-of-a-kind tropical atmosphere in your yard this fall with professional outdoor lighting.

Whether you plan to host a few small get-togethers or have a big block party every weekend, make your special events a night to remember by creating a unique atmosphere with your outdoor lighting. We can help you go big with spotlights and flood lights, or we can design an elegant, subtle ambience. With either option, your home and your special event are sure to be the star of the show.

Some of your Naples neighbors might take shortcuts this season with cheaper options, such as Tiki torches and other lighting. But here’s why it’s smarter and more effective to do it right with professional outdoor lighting from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples:

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

    The benefits of installing professional outdoor lighting are endless.

    • Safety: A line of Tiki torches or a couple of lamps strung along the patio aren’t going to provide enough light for guests to get around your property safely. Light up important walkways with path lights, or illuminate the entire yard with professionally placed flood lights and other fixtures.
  • The view: If you want your home to stand out from all the rest, an expert at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples can help you plan a one-of-a-kind lighting design for you. Bring out the best of your home and show off your unique personality with an elegant, polished look the neighbors will envy.
  • Make it last: The show doesn’t have to end when your special event is over. Outdoor lighting is a smart investment that makes your home look great all year round. Learn more about the benefits of installing professional outdoor lighting in your home by calling Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples today.

If you’re planning to host a special event at your home this fall, don’t wait. Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples now to get started with your one-of-a-kind lighting design, and make any event at your home a night to remember.

Kurt Shearer, OwnerKurt Shearer, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples
239-263-9975

Get Creative This Fall With Outdoor Lighting Colored Lens Filters

As the fall holidays approach your neighborhood in Naples will probably start to transform with festive decorations for Labor Day, Halloween and even major football Game Days. As you think about unique ways you can show off your excitement for the holidays and other special occasions, consider calling Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples to work some festivity into your home’s outdoor lighting.

Our acrylic colored lenses are an excellent addition to your outdoor lighting system that quickly bring out the holiday spirit and unique personality of your home. Choose from a variety of your favorite colors such as amber, blue, green, purple, red, smoke and yellow. Use your floodlights or well lights and a combination of colored filters to create a variety of looks and styles that accent

Create a tropical atmosphere in your backyard with green colored filters on your outdoor landscape lighting fixtures.

Create a tropical atmosphere in your backyard with green colored filters on your outdoor landscape lighting fixtures.

your home beautifully during any holiday.

Here are just a few example of which special occasions you can light up with fun colored lens filters:

·      Soak up the beautiful green scenery in Naples this Labor Day. If you’re hosting an end-of-summer pool party to celebrate, add green lens filters to lights around the pool to create a truly tropical atmosphere to last even through the winter.

·      Prep your home for football season. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of your alma mater or prefer to cheer for your favorite professional teams, colored filters are a fun way to really show off your fandom.  An expert can easily help you come up with the perfect combination of filters to celebrate your team spirit in style.

·      Create an air of mystery this Halloween to entice every trick-or-treater on the block. Combine the smoke and red filters to your outdoor lighting to make for a fun, haunting experience this Halloween.

Glass lens covers help keep debris away from the heat source

Outdoor lighting colored lens filters also help protect fixtures from the changes of the season.

Your lenses won’t just add a creative spin to celebrate the holidays, with the addition of our lens covers, they’ll also help protect your floodlights and well lights from the changes of the season. Filters can protect your outdoor lighting from pine needles or other debris, so your system is easier to maintain and lasts even longer.

Get in the spirit and call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples today to learn how you can get the most out of your outdoor lighting with fun, festive colored lenses.

 

 

 

 

 

Kurt Shearer, OwnerKurt Shearer, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples
239-263-9975