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LED Outdoor Lighting Maintenance For Snowbirds Heading North for the Summer

 

Are you heading up north for the summer? Closing your Fort Myers home for the summer can be a daunting task. Outdoor lighting is a great way to secure your home while you are away. We have a few ideas to help you keep your home secure all summer long and ensure your outdoor lighting system is running while you are away.

Fort Myers LED Outdoor Lighting Upgrade

LED Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of NaplesIf your current outdoor lighting system is low-voltage and you usually shut it off for the summer, we have a great upgrade option for you. Upgrading to LED outdoor lighting in Fort Myers is easier now than ever. LED will use 80% less energy and is much more reliable than low-voltage, allowing you to leave it on the entire summer for added security and a natural appearance that you are home. We can convert most Fort Myers outdoor lighting systems into LED for immediate energy savings.

Quarterly LED Outdoor Lighting Checkups

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

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

With reliable and long lasted LED outdoor lighting systems there is not a ton of maintenance required. Because of this lack of repairs and lamp changes, it can be easy to neglect much-needed adjustments and maintenance. To keep your LED outdoor lighting system running and looking great we offer a quarterly LED outdoor lighting checkup. We’ll come out to your place, turn your entire system on and check the entire system from A-Z. We’ll check every fixture, line, lens, transformer and the entire lighting design. We’ll rebury lines that have been exposed, trim away foliage that is interfering with the design, clean lenses, adjust aim and repair any issues (with approval).

How Does An LED Inspection Help When I Have Gone North for the Summer?

With the right timing, our LED outdoor lighting system check-up can be perfectly timed for ensuring your system is still running smoothly while you are away. Electrical storms, heavy rains and winds can cause a circuit to trip, landscaping to erode or tree branches to fall and interrupt your lighting design. When We can come out and make sure your system is not only running but looking good and performing its job as security lighting for a secure home while you are away.

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

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

We encourage you to use your LED outdoor lighting system with our lighting control automation to keep your home safe and secure while you are away for the summer. If this makes you nervous just call us here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples, we’ll check your system for you so you can enjoy your time up north without worry. Call today (239) 263-9975 to schedule your Fort Myers LED outdoor lighting quarterly inspection.

Upgrade your Naples Outdoor Lighting System to LED Before the Long Nights of Winter Arrive

LED Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of NaplesThere are many great benefits to having LED outdoor lights. Compared to incandescent and halogen outdoor lighting options, LED offers lower energy use, lower energy cost, longer bulb life and high quality beautiful illumination with plenty of flexibility.

While all of those features are fantastic, I have to admit, seeing the significantly lower electric bill at the end of each month is my favorite part. There is no use in having a gorgeous outdoor lighting system at your Naples home if you are turning them off because you are concerned about the electric bill. If you’re considering installing a new outdoor lighting system, LED outdoor lights are the only way to go.

Retrofit Existing Naples Outdoor Lighting Systems

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples we don’t just install new outdoor lighting. We repair, maintain, retrofit and upgrade existing outdoor lighting systems. If you already have an outdoor lighting system installed by someone else, there is a very good chance we can come in and retrofit it to LED. By upgrading your outdoor lighting to LED you’ll save up to 80% on your electric bill without having to have an entire new system installed. With LED you get gorgeous light that matches your previous light, but with less electricity to get you there. A standard halogen’s light temperature is 2700-3000K and considered soft white. We primarily use 3000K LED light, matching perfectly.

Naples home with various outdoor lighting techniquesLonger Nights, Means Running More Lights. More Lights, Means more Electricity.

The winter is a lovely time of year in Naples. With the nights being longer, but the weather still being warm, you’ll be running your outdoor lighting even more. Winter evenings are a great time to enjoy your Naples lanai or deck. Don’t wait until the shortest day of the year to realize you’re missing out on a cost savings by not having LED outdoor lights. Now is the time to call us to have your outdoor lighting system upgraded to LED, before the nights get long and the electric bill goes up.

An LED Retrofit Means More Capacity

One of the benefits of upgrading your outdoor lighting system to LED means that your transformer is handling less wattage. With less wattage being used, if your transformer was previously maxed out, you will be able to add more lights that you may have originally decided against. For instance if you currently have seven 35 watt halogen lights and your transformer is full, replacing those with 6 watt LEDs (for a comparable effect) means you can now fit a total of forty 6 Watt LED lights on that transformer. Meaning with just some additional wiring but no new transformer you can add 33 more lights, if you wanted to.

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

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

Learn more about energy and cost saving outdoor lighting upgrades when you call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples today. Call 239-263-9975 today for a free consultation or email us at naples@outdoorlights.com – Don’t forget to visit our website at naples.outdoorlights.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

Naples Outdoor Lighting – A Gift Dad Can Enjoy for Years to Come

Give Dad a relaxing getaway in his backyard for Father's Day.

Give Dad a relaxing getaway in his backyard for Father’s Day.

It’s June, and Father’s Day is just a little over a week away – June 15th. So what do you have planned to celebrate Dad this year? Maybe you’re thinking of getting him a new set of golf clubs, a power tool, or new grill tools. All of these gifts would probably please him, but how about something a little different? Give Dad the gift of outdoor lighting, and he can enjoy mild, Naples nights relaxing on the patio or deck. Now that temperatures are consistently in the mid to upper-80s, nighttime is the best time to spend outdoors.

 

What are some good areas to light up for Dad? How about the lanai? He can spend evenings in conversation, drink in hand, enjoying mild Naples breezes. Or consider deck lighting. The deck is the perfect spot for an outdoor dinner. You can even give it a trial run on Father’s Day when you and the family go for a visit. Dad works hard in the yard. Be sure all of that hard work is noticed by adding landscape lighting. Even at night, the neighbors will be able to see the lawn, shrubs, and trees he tends week after week. Or you might add pool area lighting. After a hard day’s work, Dad can relax by the pool long after the stars have appeared. He won’t miss out even if he’s working late.

 

Be sure all of Dad's hard work in the yard is noticed with outdoor lighting.

Be sure all of Dad’s hard work in the yard is noticed with outdoor lighting.

For all he does, Dad deserves a little rest and relaxation. Outdoor lighting creates an atmosphere that is soothing and serene. Dad can let all of the cares of the day slip away. Outdoor lighting will elevate his outdoor living spaces and make them functional and safe all at once. Best of all, he won’t even have to maintain it. With design, installation, and the Annual Maintenance Plan from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples, all Dad has to do is sit back and enjoy. We take care of everything, and if you choose an LED outdoor lighting system, his energy costs will be considerably less than if you choose a traditional halogen system. Of course, none of outdoor lighting’s beauty and elegance is lost by choosing our high quality LED fixtures and components.

 

A tie, cologne, or gift card – yes, you could give any of these gifts, and Dad would appreciate them. But why not give him something he can enjoy all year for years to come? Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples. We’ve got Dad’s gift covered this Father’s Day.

 

Kurt Shearer Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples

 

 

 

Kurt Shearer, Owner

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples
239-263-9975

Nighttime Insects Less Attracted to our LED Outdoor Lighting

Annoying bugs can be drawn to lights in your oasis.

Annoying bugs can be drawn to lights in your oasis.

In Naples, nights on the lanai, sitting by the pool, or lounging on the patio are the highlight of the day. There, we can escape the heat and relax in the milder evening temperatures. For this reason, nights outdoors are cherished times in this region, and outdoor lighting is key to making those nights beautiful, elegant, and safe. Of course, no night is perfect. Under the warm glow of your deck lighting you may well have heard the hum of a mosquito in your ear or been dive bombed by a psycho moth. It is no secret that bugs are drawn to lights. Whether an outdoor fixture or a child’s flashlight, bugs just can’t seem to resist the glow.

Why? Most light, whether natural or artificial, contains not only what we see but also UV rays. These rays are invisible to the human eye but very present and very attractive to insects. Bugs that are most active at night, when most natural light falls in the blue/violet end of the spectrum, are especially attracted to UV rays because they use them to navigate and find food.

Our Cree LED bulbs do not emit the UV light that draws insects.

Our Cree LED bulbs do not emit the UV light that draws insects.

Now, there is another great reason to upgrade to the LED fixtures installed by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples. The Cree bulbs we use in our LEDs are actually less attractive to insects than other bulbs. In a recent study conducted in the Department Etymology at The University of Georgia, Dr. Marianne Shockley Cruz and Rebecca Lindner were able to identify the UV waves insects find most attractive. Fortunately for our customers, Cree LEDs do not emit these wavelengths. As a result, bugs don’t care that much for them. So in addition to saving energy, outlasting their halogen counterparts, and illuminating your home in the warm glow you have come to expect from outdoor lighting, LED bulbs attract fewer bugs. This, of course, means a more enjoyable night for you and your family unwinding in the lanai or on the patio. Does this mean you won’t get bit by a mosquito if you install our LEDs? Of course not. But it does mean, bugs will find your outdoor lights less inviting, and you will even spend less time cleaning dead bugs out of your light covers, which is not a fun task for anyone.

So reclaim your nights. If you haven’t made the switch to using LED bulbs in your outdoor lighting system, contact us today. We can make your outdoor areas less attractive to annoying bugs and more attractive to you.

 

Kurt Shearer Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples

 

 

Kurt Shearer, Owner

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples
239-263-9975

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

Outdoor Lighting Inspirations in Southwest Florida

Words sometimes cannot express the same emotions as a photo. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Naples, we carefully design our clients outdoor lighting plans around Southwest Florida’s natural inspirations. See how we craft each plan to show the subjects texture and shape at the best angle, just as you would a masterpiece. Enjoy!

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