Changing Landscape Necessitates Landscape Lighting Adjustments

July 16th, 2014
As these trees grow, the positions of the lights illuminating them will need to change.

As these trees grow, the positions of the lights illuminating them will need to change.

As living organisms, your New Jersey landscape is constantly growing and changing. Of course, you mow your lawn and trim your shrubs, but your yard will change over time. This isn’t bad. With all the attention you give it, change will make your property look even better than it does now. Your trees will grow, you’ll add new flowerbeds, and you may even install a statue or a water feature as you make your property more uniquely yours. Because of this growth, your New Jersey landscape lighting needs to evolve too. Growth and additions eventually cause a once perfect outdoor lighting system to appear unbalanced and to insufficiently illuminate your landscaping. This is where Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey can help.

Our clients who have an Annual Maintenance Program (AMP) enjoy the benefits of fixture adjustments and minor moves for no additional charge. So if you are one of these valued customers simply give us a call when you notice your lighting is beginning to look “off.” Or be proactive and schedule routine maintenance. This way, if we detect landscape changes when checking your system, we can go ahead and take care of them then. If you are an Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey client that does not have an AMP or have allowed yours to lapse, consider adding one. Routine maintenance keeps your system looking brilliant and new, year after year, because we are able to make these minor adjustments in a timely fashion.

With routine adjustments, your landscape lighting can change as your landscape does, allowing your property to remain stunning.

With routine adjustments, your landscape lighting can change as your landscape does, allowing your property to remain stunning.

If it has been a while since any adjustments have been made to your landscape lighting, we can also come back and redesign your system to accommodate your landscape’s changes. This process will work much like your initial install. We will come out for a consultation, develop a design, allow you to preview it with a nighttime demonstration, and finally bring that system to life. If you want, we can also retrofit your old halogen fixtures with LED components, so you can enjoy all of the energy saving benefits of these beautiful outdoor lights.

Changing your landscape lighting system as your landscape grows is like a dance. It is easy to get out of step if you are not paying attention, but when you are in step, the overall effect is awe-inspiring and totally beautiful. So call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey today. Even if your property and your landscape lighting are tripping over each other, we can get them to dance to the same tune, and if they are still in good shape, we can help you keep them performing brilliantly.

 

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New Jersey Garden and Water Feature Lighting

July 11th, 2014

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of New Jersey lets you see how mesmerizing Water Feature and Garden Lighting can change your backyard. Call us today to make it a part of your outdoor living spaces.

 

 

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How A Professional Outdoor Lighting Designer Blends Water and Landscape

July 9th, 2014

By nature the water features and landscape of our backyards are very separate. They border on each other, even touch at times, but they are two very different worlds. As outdoor lighting designers, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey loves using light to blur these boundaries and bring these elements together to function as a whole. How do we accomplish this? Through technique, experience, and reflections. Reflections are light’s way of making the world more blended. Reflections take a likeness and displace it. By using reflections, outdoor lighting designers can create captivating scenes that remind us everything is connected.

Consider this pond and oak tree. The reflection is accomplished by shining bright light directly upward on the branches. The light bounces off them and casts the tree’s reflection into the pond below. Well lights with wide beams were used because we wanted a wide reflection, making the tree seem even more colossal and allowing it to fill much of the pond area.

Professional lighting reflects the majestic oak off the waters surface

Professional lighting reflects the majestic oak off the waters surface

This, however, is not our only approach. Just as texture and contrast are used on landscape itself, they can also profoundly affect reflections. Hedges composed of boxwoods or burning bushes give us the opportunity to create beautiful variations in reflections. These variations are achieved by illuminating certain trees and leaving others in shadow. The BB-12 spotlight is a particularly well-suited fixture for this task since the light bean can be focused tightly. Areas of light and darkness yield a rhythm to both the tree lighting and the reflections it produces. Such variation makes the scene more captivating. A plain wall of light cannot match its appeal.

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The trees and the rock formation reflects off the water with spotlighting.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey invests considerable effort into analyzing a property and producing outdoor lighting that truly brings its various elements together. This is the way an outdoor lighting professional approaches a project – as an artist would to create a composition. No, we do not use paint or clay; rather we use light to create and define the volumes and shapes in 3 dimensions. To truly create beautiful lighting, we must consider the elements any visual artist would – light, shadow, perspective, color, symmetry, line, texture. As artists, we take pride in our work and joy in the reactions our client’s have when they see their outdoor lighting for the first time.

So call us today. Your property is composed of many elements you dearly love but that might be lost in the night’s shadows. With outdoor lighting, their beauty can be enjoyed long after the sun sets. With professional outdoor lighting, these elements can work together creating a whole scene that lifts spirits and leaves everyone who views it with a sense of awe.

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Water Feature Lighting Brings Enchantment to Northern New Jersey Gardens

June 25th, 2014
Water and light are beautiful together.

Water and light are beautiful together.

Relaxing, captivating, rejuvenating – these are all words you might use to describe water. Human beings are irresistibly drawn to it, probably because it is so essential to life. Whether you are drinking water, sitting beside of it, or riding on it, contact with it makes life better. For this reason, many Northern New Jersey residents have installed water features in their backyards and gardens. The sight and sound of moving water helps them to release the cares of the day, relax, and savor the moment. Unfortunately, like most other garden components, a water feature’s visual contribution to your landscape will disappear once night’s darkness has descended. At that point, you are limited to hearing the sounds of water, but with water feature lighting, not only can you preserve the full experience of your water feature, you can even enhance it.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey offers professional water feature lighting design and installation. Our approach to water feature lighting is much like our approach to landscape lighting or illuminating an outdoor living space. We work closely with our clients in order to bring their visions to life and to highlight the very best characteristics of their particular water feature. Each water feature we light is unique, and it is important to consider all elements that are contributing to the overall effect. Such elements include foliage, flowers, trees, paths, and nearby sitting areas. It is also important when lighting the foliage and trees around the feature to consider whether these plants are evergreen or seasonal and if the water feature will be viewed from multiple angles. All of this helps us to choose the right fixtures and position them correctly.

Water feature lighting creates a captivating mood in your garden.

Water feature lighting creates a captivating mood in your garden.

Of course, water feature lighting also includes illuminating the water itself. This can be accomplished with a variety of outdoor lighting fixtures and techniques. Some fixtures, like our large cast brass pond light, are placed inside the water creating a beautiful golden glow within. Others bounce light onto the water externally, giving a stunning shimmer to the surface. It is important, when lighting a water feature, to be able to illuminate with the appropriate intensity. Because water reflects light, it is easy for a novice to create hot spots on the water. In addition to losing details in these areas, such spots can even hurt your eyes if the light is too bright. Our vast fixture inventory gives us the ability to choose the perfect light for the space, and our years of experience allow us to set your lights in the perfect positions the first time. No hotspots; just awe-inspiring beauty.

Water and light can be the perfect pair. Together, they enchant and relax you using both sight and sound. A symphony for your senses, water feature lighting is the perfect addition to your garden. Trust Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey. We are your outdoor lighting designers, and we will install and maintain your system as well. Call us today, and let us help you capture the enchanting backyard you have always wanted.

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Landscape Lighting Designs Especially for Northern New Jersey Properties

June 18th, 2014
Uplighting highlights the textures and grandeur of this ancient tree.

Uplighting highlights the textures and grandeur of this ancient maple tree.

Northern New Jersey landscape is unique, striking, and majestic. From ancient forests of spreading oaks and maples to the smaller, fiery burning bush, we take pride in the beauty and variety of our indigenous plant life. Additionally, large rocks and boulders pushed over through our plains during the last glaciation period are not uncommon and a treasured component of our properties. These features make Northern New Jersey landscape distinctive. For that reason, it deserves landscape lighting that can truly bring out its very best features after dark. Because the features of our landscape are so varied, an approach to Northern New Jersey landscape lighting focusing on one technique or fixture simply does not work. You need an approach that uses a variety of techniques and fixtures and an in-depth knowledge of how to best utilize both.

To begin, let’s consider your plant life. Old, massive oak, chestnuts, and maple trees have sprawling branches, large crowns, and textured trunks. When lighting such a tree, fixtures placed even a few inches off can be the difference between beautiful illumination and lighting problems. If a fixture is placed too close, you will see a hot spot (an area with very bright illumination in which details are lost). Additionally, the rest of the foliage will not show up because the light beam misses it. Conversely, if a fixture is placed too far away, shadows may be too deep to reveal details. As you can see, fixture placement is an art of precision. And trees and shrubs of different sizes require fixtures of different types and strengths, in different positions.

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Downlighting from this path light showcases the boulder, foliage, and path.

Large rocks and boulders also need special techniques, fixtures, and knowledge in order to produce the best lighting effect. For example, they can be illuminated with downlighting created by path lights. This allows complete visibility of the rock itself and any greenery surrounding it. Also if there is path nearby, it will be illuminated as well. Our BB-03 well light is another good choice, especially if the boulder is very large. Or if you have several large rocks, we could use a spotlight to highlight one that is particularly striking leaving others in shadow to further create or emphasize the volumes.

There are many fixture and technique options for creating optimal landscape lighting effects here in Northern New Jersey. You need an outdoor lighting designer with the skills, knowledge, and experience to assess your landscape strengths and bring out its best. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey is that designer. Just ask some of our clients. They will tell you how we strive to turn their visions into reality. We work closely with our clients to ensure they are getting a design they love. We like going the extra mile for them. So if you are thinking of adding landscape lighting, call us. We will take care of your property as if it were our own.

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Getting Perfect Outdoor Lighting for Your New Jersey Deck

June 11th, 2014
Your deck is the perfect spot for summer entertaining.

Your deck is the perfect spot for summer entertaining.

Relaxing dinners, engaging conversations over dessert, game nights, and parties – all of these are simply better and richer when experienced outdoors on a warm summer night. And there’s no better outdoor living space than your deck. Beautifully, comfortably furnished, and elevated to keep you away from (most…) creepy crawlies, your deck is a space on which you can feel comfortable and safe. Of course, without adequate lighting, all of these benefits are lost after sunset. So what do you need to get it perfect for your deck? Quality fixtures and a great outdoor lighting designer.

Lighting a deck is quite a bit different from other forms of outdoor lighting. Decks have unique construction and thus are best lit by fixtures created especially for them. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey has access to a variety of these special deck lights. Using different fixtures can create distinct areas for you to relax, entertain or cook. No matter which fixtures we use, rest assured that not only will they be unobtrusive, but so will the wiring. Wiring can be pesky to hide, and you need an experienced professional to do it flawlessly; our techniques and our experience in hiding wiring on all types of material from wood to rock or brick is unequaled. You and your guests will only notice the light they produce, not the fixtures themselves.

Our newest LED deck/wall lighting fits in very small spaces.

Our newest LED deck/wall lighting fits in very small spaces.

For instance, our copper half-moon deck light washes rich amounts of ambient light below the deck posts, retaining walls, built-in benches or other small spots where they are mounted. Our newest antique brass LED deck light is perfect for small or difficult to light spaces such as slim rails. Its small size gives off a nice beam of light and easily blends in with other features of your deck. Our classic adjustable pier mount copper deck light casts a wide area glow for extra visibility and looks beautiful secured atop retaining walls, along deck handrails or placed around the landscaping that surrounds your deck. Steps are an important area to light for safety and security and to allow for easy navigation. All of our fixtures can work around your stairs and in addition to these fixtures, we offer lights that can be recessed into the risers to skim light over multiple steps or tricky walking areas.

Our professional installation will only show you the beautiful lighting effect.

Our professional installation will only show you the beautiful lighting effect.

In addition to the best fixtures and components, having a truly experienced, client-focused outdoor lighting designer is key to getting the best possible deck lighting. Such a designer will have the ability to create a design that enhances and elevates the look of your deck while ensuring that fixtures and wiring do not distract from the lighting’s effect. This designer will enjoy creating a unique design for your space, one truly tailored to fit. If you are installing a new deck, it’s best to get this designer involved early. That way, your lighting can be installed at the same time. Doing so will make lighting installation much easier, and your deck designer and outdoor lighting designer will be able to collaborate.

Who should that designer be? Here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey, we have years of experience creating and maintaining the best deck lighting in your area. We focus on our clients’ needs and visions and the individualized details of their properties. As a result, we have a lot of happy clients. Wouldn’t you like to become one? Let’s start with your deck. The first step is to give us a call. We will come out to your property and develop a design we can demonstrate at night before any component is installed. A perfect New Jersey night on the deck is closer than you think.

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Installing in Stages Brings New Jersey Outdoor Lighting Within Reach

June 8th, 2014
Start your outdoor lighting system by illuminating the entryway of your home.

Start your outdoor lighting system by illuminating the entryway of your home.

Outdoor lighting is beautiful. It elevates the appearance of your New Jersey home and makes your outdoor spaces more enjoyable and welcoming. Outdoor lighting is the perfect improvement for your home and even has the potential of increasing its resale value. However, with all of these benefits, outdoor lighting is still an investment. For many homeowners, the price of this investment is what has stopped them from adding it in the past. But remember, outdoor lighting doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey can install your outdoor lights in stages. For instance, we could begin by adding lighting to your entryway in order to create clear visibility when you arrive home and a welcoming atmosphere for your guests. When you are ready, we could then add architectural lighting, and later, we could light your landscape or your patio and gardens. Installing outdoor lighting in stages is actually beneficial on multiple levels.

While some homeowners have a clear vision for their outdoor lighting, many are unsure of what they really want for their property. By starting with a relatively small section and adding others later, you have time to seriously consider what areas would benefit most from this addition. It also gives you ample opportunity to review the design with your outdoor lighting designer and to create the system that truly serves your property. While we never rush our clients in the decision-making process, this additional time may put you at ease.

Later, you can expand to other outdoor living spaces.

Later, you can expand to other outdoor living spaces.

By spreading the installation of a system or systems over time, our clients are able to develop a relationship with us and they come to trust our design choices and suggestions. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey treats each installation as if we were lighting our own properties. However, once we have worked with clients, they come to realize this from experience, and that experience means more to them than any words we could say or write.

Installing outdoor lighting in stages allows you to spread the cost of your system out over months or even years. For many homeowners, this can be very beneficial.

So if you are thinking about adding outdoor lighting but are not ready to illuminate your entire property, call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey today. We can help you determine which area might be the best place to start. If you have already started and are considering an expansion, we can talk to you about LED options that could allow larger additions without having to upgrade your transformer. Even on a budget, a more beautiful property is within your reach.

 

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New Jersey Outdoor Lighting: More Than Just a Spotlight

May 28th, 2014

For many homeowners, outdoor lighting is limited to black or green painted aluminum spotlights aimed at shrubs or architectural features, but quality outdoor lighting is so much more. Like artists, professional outdoor lighting providers apply lighting techniques to create unique, exquisite lighting designs using a variety of superior outdoor fixtures.

Here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey, we believe that quality lighting designs begin with the best fixtures. Such fixtures give us greater control over the light itself by letting us control the technical aspects such as beam spread, intensity, or color temperature. They are also more durable: you will be able to use them longer without having to repair or replace them. Exposed to the elements, painted aluminum finish will crack allowing water to seep in, which leads to chipping and peeling, but our solid copper and brass fixtures will withstand years of exposure without rusting or corroding. The strong casings protect the socket and the bulb and allow for heat dispersion avoiding some amount of damage to the components or the wires.

Furthermore, we do not limit our designs to one or two types of fixtures. We choose the fixture according to the effect we – you – want to render. Each fixture has unique particularities that allow us to enhance your property and to create your design.

Once we have assessed the needs of a property, we then choose the fixtures and apply the techniques that go far beyond simply aiming a spotlight. Consider the techniques below and the fixtures we might use to accomplish them.

 

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TechniqueWall wash lighting – This technique allows us to softly illuminate a wall so that its textures are clearly visible. We often use our classic directional copper floodlight to show the intricacies of a garden wall. The structure itself receives the attention – not the lighting.

 

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Technique: Grazing – This technique uses light to “brush” an object or area just enough that its presence is known but is not highlighted. Our classic copper path light does a superior job highlighting the ferns and white flowers on the right. Though they are not the focus, their presence is like the score in a film. The effect would suffer if it were not present.

 

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Technique: Shadowing – This technique creates a soft shadow to be cast on a wall. Our highly durable angle well light made of commercial grade PVC, shadows the trees, the foliage, and the flag on this plain wall creating volumes and making it visually more appealing.

As you can see, in the right hands, outdoor lighting encompasses so much more than a spotlight from your local home improvement store. If you would like to see first hand what professional outdoor lighting with quality fixtures can do for your property, call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey. We would love to work with you to create a captivating look unique to your home that lasts a long time.

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Patio Lighting Extends the Life of Your Northern New Jersey Patio Long into the Night

May 21st, 2014
With patio lighting, you won't have to worry about knocking over your evening coffee.

With patio lighting, you won’t have to worry about knocking over your evening coffee.

Northern New Jersey nights with family and friends – is there something quite as satisfying as spending quality time with the people you love most? But where are you spending that time? In the living room, the dining room, or maybe even the basement? If you are spending that time indoors, why not move your gatherings out onto the patio? The weather is mild and the air is fresh – our nights are so amazing. Is it the lighting? Most of us linger in conversation long after the sun has set, so patio lighting is essential for enjoying this time outdoors.

Like other forms of outdoor lighting, patio lighting enhances the overall function and atmosphere of the space. As the sun sets, we begin to retreat indoors because it is hard to move about or perform any task when we can’t see. Typically, there is plenty of light indoors, so it’s natural to gravitate there. The addition of outdoor lighting to your New Jersey patio makes it possible for you to move about the area freely, without running into the table. Or it allows you to enjoy dinner without knocking over your drink. Take pleasure in the evening as crickets and night birds provide the background music; the experience is rejuvenating and relaxing, and it is possible because you have lighting on your patio.

The illumination of this patio evokes a lively, elegant mood.

The illumination of this patio evokes a lively, elegant mood.

Professionally designed patio lighting can also enhance the mood of this space in ways that decoration cannot match. For thousands of years, human beings have been drawn to light. By nature, we are diurnal not nocturnal, so we need light to function. A lighted space in the midst of night’s shadows is extremely attractive. Imagine soft lighting on a stone floor, or tall ferns creating beautiful shapes on a brick wall. It helps draw friends and family together in much the same way our ancestors once gathered around fires. Outdoor lighting designers manipulate highlights and shadows to create an enticing area that can provide relaxation and serenity, or excitement and drama. Your Northern New Jersey patio becomes the place where family and friends want to be as the day draws to an end.

So how can you stake a claim on such a place? Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey. We are the area’s premier outdoor lighting company and have years of experience designing, installing, and maintaining outdoor lighting for some of the region’s most beautiful properties. Our clients are our priority, and we approach each new design and installation with excitement. We love what we do and relish the feeling we get when our work exceeds our clients’ expectations. So contact us today! We can’t wait to work with you and transform your patio into a sanctuary in your own backyard.

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Adjustments to Your New Jersey Outdoor Lighting Timer Made Simple

May 14th, 2014
Conserve energy by resetting your outdoor lighting timer to accommodate spring's daylight hours.

Conserve energy by resetting your outdoor lighting timer to accommodate spring’s daylight hours.

We sincerely hope you have been enjoying the beautiful, mild weather and extra daylight that spring has brought to northern New Jersey. Though many of our clients have been enjoying fun times outdoors the past few weeks, we have received some calls from  homeowners struggling with their older outdoor lighting timers. You may have noticed that your lights are now coming on while the sun is still up.  If your older timer hasn’t been reset to accommodate longer spring days and Daylight Savings Time, it is still operating on a winter clock and the erroneous timing will be obvious. To prevent your outdoor lights from coming on too early, your timer may need a simple adjustment or an easy upgrade.

You could reset your timer yourself, but if you are busy and don’t want to spend the time it will require to learn how to do this, simply give Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey a call. Since timers are a part of what we do, we can have your lights turning on and off at the appropriate times, with no hassle on your part. We can even check your system to be sure everything is in perfect working order and lighting the areas intended, even if we didn’t initially install it.

Stop worrying about resets by upgrading to our Astronomical Timer.

Stop worrying about resets by upgrading to our Astronomical Timer.

If you are ready to stop worrying about resetting your timer altogether, consider switching to our Astronomical Timer. This timer uses GPS technology to automatically adjust the times your lights turn on and off. We simply enter the GPS coordinates of your home and the current day and time. Then, your outdoor lights will turn on at sundown and off at sunrise each day of the year without adjustments. Other on/off times can be entered as well depending on how long you want your New Jersey outdoor lighting system to light your home and landscaping.  Imagine never again needing to worry about when your outdoor lighting turns on and off! We’ve been installing these Astronomical Timers with all of our New Jersey outdoor lighting systems for the last year and a half and our clients love the ease of use.  Of course, if anything ever goes wrong, we are always here to help you out.

So if you are struggling with your older outdoor lighting timing this season, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey. We can reset your older timer or install our newer Astronomical Timer quickly and inexpensively. Or, if you’re ready to take your indoor and outdoor lighting control to the next level, ask us about our Lighting Control Automation (LCA).  You will be amazed at the things LCA can do around your home.

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