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LED Outdoor Lighting Brightens a Mediterranean Villa nestled between the Imperial River and Harbor Cove

Tucked in the Bonita Bay neighborhood of Bonita Springs, FL sits a gorgeous Mediterranean Villa that was just asking for some outdoor lighting. With gorgeous architectural details, brick paver driveway and a variety of palm trees we couldn’t ask for a better canvas.

Architectural Lighting in Bonita Springs

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The front of this Mediterranean beauty does not disappoint. In the day time you’ll notice the prominence of the five Alexander Palm trees that frame the fountain and skim the roof line. Your eye is naturally drawn up to the top of the palms where your attention is immediately grabbed by the beautiful arches over the balcony and then the red tile roof.

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Our intent with the front of the home was to make the features that are so striking during the day, equally striking after dark. By focusing on the arches, fountain and roof line we were able to not only highlight the details of the Mediterranean style but also show off the height of the Alexander Palms. With tree lighting, the palms now frame the illuminated arches and fountain while creating additional beauty in shadows.

Entrance Lighting in Bonita Springs

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A beautiful inviting entrance like this should never be under the cover of darkness. The homeowners asked us to illuminate the entryway and stairs so evening visitors could be guided inside safely. With a brick paver driveway and sidewalk leading to the stairs that are tucked in so perfectly under the Live Oak trees, this entry way was dark and treacherous under even the brightest moonlight.

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To remedy the dark entryway, we started with some down lighting hidden up in the Southern Live Oak trees. What used to cause the darkness became a perfect source for just the right amount of light. By also adding integrated outdoor LED uplights and path lights we were able to show off the paver walkway, the beautiful stair case, and most importantly lead guests safely to the front door with lighting that appears to be planned solely for aesthetics.

Landscape Lighting in Bonita Springs

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Around the right side of the home, just past the beautiful front entryway lies the brick paver driveway leading to the garage and rear of the property. Surrounded by beautiful landscaping that includes Coconut Palms, Sable Palms and another Southern Live Oak we needed to illuminate this area with subtle ambient light without stealing attention from the front of the home. Bonita Springs landscape lighting will be the key to achieving the results we are after.

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We were able to place integrated LED uplights under the Coconut Palms and the Sable Palms to create a distinct yet gentle border around the edges of the driveway. With the addition of a couple of strategically placed integrated LED path lights, the homeowners were provided with enough ambient lighting to navigate into their home at night, without turning on their garage lights.

LED Outdoor Lighting in Bonita Springs

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This is what 31 Watts can do. Using 1/2 the energy of a single incandescent light bulb.

By using only integrated LED fixtures at this Mediterranean Villa in Bonita Springs, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples was able to illuminate this architectural masterpiece and all of its landscaping with only 98 Watts along the front and 31 Watts around the side and rear. Think about that for a second. A standard incandescent light bulb is 60 Watts. We are illuminating the entire exterior of this home with just slightly more power than two of the light bulbs you may still have in your lamps at home. LED outdoor lighting is a great way to save energy and save costs without compromising light quality.

If you are ready to add exceptional Bonita Springs outdoor lighting to your home, pool, landscaping or focal features, call us for a free consultation.
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John  Gillespie

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Outdoor Lighting – Naples’ Warm Holiday Welcome

Welcome your holiday guests with the warmth of outdoor lighting.

Welcome your holiday guests with the warmth of outdoor lighting.

Seasonal residents have returned to Naples, and those who live here year-round are thankful for fall’s mild temperatures. Cooling weather and longer nights mean the holidays are coming, and what better place to spend the holidays than where the cold doesn’t hurt! Now that all of our residents have returned home, it’s time for everyone to start their holiday planning. What have you done so far? Made gift lists? Tested that new cookie recipe? Thought about outdoor lighting? Though it may not be the first thing that comes to mind, outdoor lighting is actually key to a beautifully decorated home. And while you could certainly include festive holiday lighting in this consideration, I really mean architectural lighting, landscape lighting, entryway lighting…(the list goes on), though you may consider these to be simply “normal” outdoor lighting. They make a profound difference in the ambiance and atmosphere of your home, and the very best outdoor holiday lighting designs incorporate both “normal” outdoor lighting and festive lighting.

Why would a regular outdoor lighting design put others in the holiday spirit? Because of the feelings lighting can inspire – feelings of welcome, warmth, and comfort. Warm, natural light contrasts sharply with dense darkness surrounding it, and the reasons it stirs up positive feelings are probably instinctual. For countless years, human beings have been making our own light so we can better function after sunset. Our ancestors built campfires where they and their kin gathered for warmth and protection. Today, we don’t build as many fires, but we are still drawn to oases of warm light at night. Outdoor lighting can make your property warm and inviting – a space that draws your guests in.

DSC_0030And those feelings of warmth and welcome are what we strive for during the holidays. We want to foster positive emotions that make everyone feel good. In creating this welcoming atmosphere, landscape lighting, driveway lighting, path lighting, and entryway lighting will be essential. Such lighting gives your guests direction, as well as that cozy feeling.

With the holidays only a few weeks away, it’s time to take a serious look at your property and your lighting, and call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples. We are a full service outdoor lighting company that specializes in outdoor lighting alone. With years of experience and a stellar reputation in Southwest Florida, we would love to help you welcome your family and guests with holiday cheer. Let’s talk about it today.

Kurt Shearer Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples

 

 

Kurt Shearer, Owner

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples
239-263-9975

Increase Autumn Security and Safety on Your Estero Property with Outdoor Lighting

Unsavory characters are less likely to target a home that is well lit because they have fewer places to hide.

Unsavory characters are less likely to target a home that is well lit because they have fewer places to hide.

The Southwest Flordia summer swelter is finally breaking, and we are getting some of those milder temperatures that are the envy of many areas of the country. With nighttime temperatures in the 70s, it’s the perfect time to be in Estero. Though we are now spending more time outdoors than during the summer, you’ve probably already noticed how much more quickly the sun is setting. Days are getting shorter, and nights are already getting longer. With additional hours of darkness, you may be worried about security and safety on your property, and you have every reason to be. Unsavory characters are harder to spot in the dark, and it’s much easier to trip on an out of place tool or toy when your drive is shadowed. But all of these risks can be minimized by simply adding outdoor lighting.

It’s no secret that thieves and vandals avoid properties that are well illuminated and target those that are shadowed. Shadowed homes provide them plenty of places to lurk and not be seen. They can target your home and not be noticed, but outdoor lighting minimizes the shadowy places where those with ill intent can hide, making your property more secure and safer for you and your family, especially you are returning home after dark.

Illuminate your driveways and entryways to help prevent trips and falls.

Illuminate your driveways and entryways to help prevent trips and falls.

Estero outdoor lighting also reveals dangers that shadows conceal. Maybe someone left a garden hose stretched across the driveway, or a child or grandchild left toys lying on the porch. If you are bringing a guest home, he/she won’t be aware of that particularly high first step to the front door. Without clear visibility, such trip hazards could cause your otherwise pleasant evening to end in an ER visit, but with Estero outdoor lighting, your pathways, driveway, and entryways can be illuminated, allowing you to see hazards before they create problems.

Most of us stopped being afraid of the dark many years ago. We recognize there are no monsters in the closet or underneath the bed, so nighttime isn’t that scary. However, kids do have some valid concerns. Darkness can conceal is existence of hazards, and because of this, Estero outdoor lighting is an important autumn addition to your home. For the best outdoor lighting in the southwest Florida area, call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples. With years of experience, our specialists can design, install, and maintain a unique outdoor lighting system for your property, one that will protect you from the things that “go bump in the night” and one that will transform the look and ambiance of your property.

Kurt Shearer Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples

 

 

Kurt Shearer, Owner

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples
239-263-9975

Outdoor Lighting is the Perfect Addition for National Curb Appeal Month

Curb appeal adds value to your property.

Curb appeal adds value to your property.

August brings us the final days of summer. The kids are enjoying their last bit of freedom, and many of the rest of us are looking forward to cooler days. But this August is bringing something else as well – National Curb Appeal Month. National Curb Appeal Month is an entire month dedicated to sprucing up the front of the house, or any side that many be visible from the road. Curb appeal should be viewed as one of your home’s assets. It is of utmost importance if you are considering selling your property. Not only can it increase the marketability of your home, but it can even add value. Of course, if you are not planning to sell, great curb appeal makes your home stand out in the neighborhood and gives you a feeling of pride. So what are some ways you can increase your curb appeal in August? Of course, you could repaint the trim or do some new landscaping, but consider adding outdoor lighting.

 

No matter how beautiful your property may be, night will swallow that beauty without outdoor lighting. No one will see your colorful flowers, your unique roofline, or the beautiful textures of your architecture. Your palm trees will become one with the shadows. But outdoor lighting brings the best features of your property to light. It highlights these features, and even transforms them by changing the way you look at them. This is possible because outdoor lighting is directional. It is not simply light shining down from overhead, like the sun. By controlling the light sources that illuminate the front of your home, a good outdoor lighting designer can manipulate mood in ways that other home improvements cannot.

 

Outdoor lighting enhances curb appeal like no other home improvement.

Outdoor lighting enhances curb appeal like no other home improvement.

What types of outdoor lighting are typically used to increase curb appeal? Architectural lighting is an essential component. It ensures that your home is visible and its unique architectural elements are noticed. Landscape lighting is also utilized. It highlights the best portions of your landscape – from trees to flowers to shrubs and foliage. Entry way and path lighting ensure that visitors know where to go when they approach your home. This includes lighting pathways to the door and door itself. Of course, you may also need porch lighting if your home has one.

 

By using some or all of these types of lighting, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples can make your home magnetic, and that is true curb appeal. Your home can turn heads and make you happier to return to it through the addition of a few lights. So celebrate National Curb Appeal Month by calling us today. Let Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples make your home the most appealing on the block.

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

Outdoor Lighting Make Homes More Competitive in a Reviving Market

Summer is here, school is out, and everyone is focused on vacation and taking it easy. It’s the season of relaxation and family time. Did you know that it is also the season for buying homes? It’s true. The housing market experiences an increase in the spring and summer, and this year the housing market in Southwest Florida is looking promising. We are showing signs of improvement, and buyers are even being competitive with each other, something that has been a rarity in recent home-for-sale-signyears. Brokers are beginning to see multiple offers on homes at the same time. It really is an exciting time to be in the market. Perhaps you are planning to sell your home this year, or you may be looking to buy. Either way, adding outdoor lighting from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples is an improvement that will benefit your property in many ways.

 

If you are in the market to sell, you are probably sprucing up your home with new paint, flooring, landscaping. When staging your home for show, first impressions are extremely important. Just as people do with each other, we make value judgments within the first few seconds, so that first impression matters. Be sure that your property is striking from the moment a perspective buyer rounds the corner. Add outdoor lighting. Outdoor lighting gives you curb appeal in ways that other improvements can’t. It creates elegance and style. Your lighting system could make your home look regal and refined or mysterious and enchanting. By working with our designers, you can have the house that stands out on the block, the house that perspective buyers will have a hard time walking away from.

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If you are in the market to buy, you will probably begin customizing your home as soon as you move in. Redecorating and restyling a new home is what makes it personal, and many new homeowners start this process with landscaping. The yard will make the first impression on your family and friends as you being to show off your new property. Consider adding outdoor lighting as you are doing landscape work. If our designers have the opportunity to work with your landscape designers, we can prevent many potential challenges, and your property will be “under construction” for less time.

 

Selling or buying, one of our lighting packages is a great place to start. You can add additional lights, if desired, to better accommodate your property. So call us today. No matter what your aim in this year’s market, outdoor lighting is the right choice.

 

Kurt Shearer Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples

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

 

 

 

For more on adding curb appeal to your home, visit our architectural lighting photo gallery and our landscape and garden lighting photo gallery on our website.

 

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples Creates Memorable Driveway Impressions

The driveway – it is the first place that your guests come in contact with your property. It can welcome (or not) and can set the tone for a visit because it is so tied to your guests’ first impression. Often homeowners overlook the potential of their driveways to dazzle and impress their guests. As a result, the true potential of driveways goes untapped. One of the best ways to Naples home with various outdoor lighting techniquesunlock the potential of your drive is to illuminate it with outdoor lighting. That said, it is very easy to light a driveway poorly, and poor lighting can leave you with something that looks like a landing strip at the airport rather than a scene that evokes emotion and sets mood.

 

Because you want lighting that is elegant and enticing, you need lighting designers that will be able to properly illuminate the area without overpowering it. Driveway lighting should bring attention to your drive and landscape elements, not to the lights themselves. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples lighting designers can give your drive a welcoming atmosphere that makes your guests want to pull in and stay awhile. Using our high quality, copper path lights, your drive can be washed in natural light that is beautiful and attractive.

 

While you may have a straight driveway, many Naples drives incorporate an island that is home to palms, foliage plants, and flowers. These areas can be difficult to illuminate because of the concrete that surrounds them, but when they are lit correctly, they are especially striking. Though lighting an island is a difficult project, we are up to the challenge. You can have confidence that the end result will be as lovely and purposeful as your architecture and garden lighting. There will Landscape within drives are common in Naples and can have outdoor lighting installedbe no unsightly conduit stretching over your driveway to house the wiring. Rather, your guests will be greeted by warm, welcoming light, accentuating the best features of your island landscaping. Using uplighting, spotlighting, and a combination of other lighting techniques, your island can be the most striking on the block and showcase the beautiful palms and shrubs that so characterize our state.

 

So if you are ready to elevate your driveway, call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples today. With your project in our hands, you can relax, enjoy your property, and anticipate the beautiful scene we will create to make a lasting impression on all your guests – a scene that will be memorable and satisfying. Not a runway.

Kurt Shearer Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples

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

 

 

 

 

For more photos of our outdoor lighting used on Southwest Florida driveways and other areas, visit our outdoor lighting photo gallery and our landscape and garden lighting photo gallery on our website.