Safety is Beautiful with Outdoor Lighting Around Your New Jersey Pool Area

April 16th, 2014
Pool area lighting provides clear visibility of edges, in addition to enhancing the ambiance of the area.

Pool area lighting provides clear visibility of edges, in addition to enhancing the ambiance of the area.

Remember those perfect summer days when you were a child? You slept in until 8am, watched cartoons for a while, then packed up and spent the entire afternoon at the pool. You splashed in the cool water with your friends, soaked up the sun, and didn’t have a care in the world. For many of us, time in the pool is a cherished childhood memory, and it is still a source of relaxation and quality time with our families. Pool season is finally approaching. Here in northern New Jersey, we will begin opening the pools in early May. That’s less than a month away, so you have a lot to do in order to be ready. While you’re thinking about cleaning and pH balance, don’t forget outdoor lighting for this area. Not only will you have memories of perfect summer days, you will also have memories of perfect summer nights.

Adequate lighting around your pool is essential for safety. The edges of your pool and any decking or patios surrounding it should be clearly visible day or night to prevent falls. While falls anywhere can result in injury, they can be particularly devastating by a pool if someone cannot swim. By installing pool area lighting, you have taken the extra step to be sure everyone is having fun safely, from your kids to your spouse and your guests.

Safety is beautiful.

Safety is beautiful.

Here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey, we can help make your pool area shine beautifully and safely this summer. While you might be tempted to run out to your local home improvement store, purchase a few outdoor lights, and try it yourself, remember that a professional outdoor lighting designer will make your pool area look its best while keeping your safety a top priority. It is easy to create additional trip hazards if outdoor lighting is positioned incorrectly, so let us help. We will be certain to get your outdoor lighting fixtures in the optimal positions for both safety and aesthetics.

Safety is paramount within your pool area. However, pool area lighting can also be stunning when it is strategically and artistically positioned. Safety really is beautiful. A walk through the area will be less dangerous, and you probably won’t want to leave it. Make your pool area a personal oasis this season by calling Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey and watching those dreams come alive.

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Design Planning for Your Outdoor Lighting System

April 8th, 2014

“I want to add some lights on my house but don’t know where to start. What should I do before calling an outdoor lighting company?” Occasionally at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey, we hear this refrain from clients when they are just beginning their outdoor lighting journey. And, answering some very simple questions can set a foundation for the best outdoor lighting experience possible.

What are your goals for your outdoor lighting?

What are your goals for your outdoor lighting?

First, what are your goals? Different homeowners light their homes for different reasons. Often, they don’t need to illuminate the same areas because of differing goals. Decide where you want outdoor lighting and why. Perhaps you want to only light the front of your home to increase the curb appeal or make it easier to negotiate the driveway at night. Do you have trouble finding the mailbox? Path lighting may be needed. Is your backyard a mass of dark and scary shapes in the evening that frighten the kids? Do you want to watch the dogs frolic on the lawn before retiring for the night? Or are you prevented from using the pool area for entertaining once the sun goes down? Knowing your needs before speaking to an outdoor lighting designer will give us the needed direction.

Second, why do you want outdoor lighting? Many install outdoor lighting to increase security on their properties or to extend the hours they can use their outdoor living spaces. Do you need to keep an eye on the kids in the pool or trampoline area? Or maybe, you simply want to highlight the beauty of a specific feature like a koi pond, a statue, a rose garden, or beautiful tree. Any feature dear to you that makes your home truly yours can be enhanced with outdoor lighting, so it provides joy as soon as you return home from work.

Fewer lights will create a subdued look.

Fewer lights will create a subdued look.

Finally, how many lights do you may want? Budget can dictate how many fixtures you use. However, keep in mind that often fewer lights are better. That said, in other instances, an increased number of fixtures may be needed to fully reveal the details of a façade or give depth to an intricate landscape. Ultimately, of course, the exact number of lights installed remains a matter of personal preference, and it could even change within your property. You may like bright, detailed illumination in the front and softer and more subdued lighting in the back. If you don’t know how many lights you need, please read some of our other blogs that guide you through these issues. And of course, you may always call us (973.486.0819) for clarification and direction. We’ll be happy to help.

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey, outdoor lighting is our specialty. From design to installation to service and maintenance, you will find a professional, highly trained, responsive team that is ready to make your outdoor lighting visions reality. So use the questions above as a guide to make decisions regarding your new system, then give us a call and begin your journey.

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Adjustments, Upgrades, and Additions Give You the Best Outdoor Lighting This Spring

April 6th, 2014

Trees are showing signs of budding, daffodils are blooming, and the landscapers are out in our neighborhoods treating lawns and shrubbery. Not a day too soon! After such a long winter, it’s nice to be able to see and celebrate new life. With spring just around the corner, New Jersey residents are sprucing up their yards, flowerbeds, and other landscaping in preparation for the warm season. As new shrubs and flowers are planted and mulch is added, your outdoor lights are experiencing some jostling. This means spring is also the perfect time to have your outdoor lighting system adjusted.

Having your outdoor lighting adjusted ensures that it is ready for spring.

Having your outdoor lighting adjusted ensures that it is ready for spring.

Foliage, shrub, and tree growth can also create need for adjustment. Your plants are living beings, meaning that they develop and change over time. Even if a fixture has not shifted, it may no longer be in the optimal position this season because trees or shrubs have grown. Give Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey a call. We will straighten your fixtures, replace burned out bulbs, and reposition fixtures to avoid light blockage. With just a few modifications, your system can look as fresh and beautiful as the day it was installed.

Spring is also the perfect time to improve your outdoor lighting.

Spring is also the perfect time to improve your outdoor lighting.

The newness of spring may have you thinking about improving your outdoor lighting as well. This could take the form of an addition or an upgrade. Perhaps you have noticed some darkness or shadows that are hiding beautiful features of your property, or maybe you have added a new landscaped area or outdoor living space. An addition could be just what you need to fully enjoy your yard this spring. If your outdoor lighting system is halogen, you may want to consider upgrading to LED, which is more energy efficient, durable, and easier on the environment. Upgrading to LED is very easy. Many Outdoor Lighting Perspectives’ halogen fixtures can be retrofitted to utilize LED bulbs, so you most certainly will not need to purchase new ones. LED outdoor lighting uses 80% less energy and can last up to 10 times longer than halogen. This makes it an environmentally friendly choice for homeowners, and best of all, it is indistinguishable from halogen and just as elegant.

Whether you need an outdoor lighting adjustment, addition, or LED upgrade this spring, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey. We treat our clients’ properties with care and creativity, just like we would our own.

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Beyond Floodlights: Create the Ambiance with Outdoor Lighting

March 26th, 2014
Outdoor lighting sets the mood in  your outdoor living spaces.

Outdoor lighting sets the mood in your outdoor living spaces.

Your outdoor living spaces are where some of your best memories are made. After a long day, your kids play on the deck while you and your spouse chat and dogs frolic near by. There is something about being outdoors that brings your family closer together. What sort of ambiance do you want to set during these times? One of relaxation, celebration, of elegance? Whatever the mood, you probably understand how important outdoor lighting is in creating perfect outdoor moments. Without an outdoor lighting system, you are limited to temporary lighting and the standard floodlights you see attached to the eaves of most homes. While these floodlights certainly provide light, they are bright and garish; they cannot be described as stylish, dramatic, or serene…

A couple of weeks ago, we talked about downlighting, a lighting technique often called moonlighting. As we mentioned then, this technique can be quite lovely in certain situations, but those situations are few and far between. The same statement can be made in regards to flood lights attached to your home. Flood lights illuminate by downlighting, and in most situations the placement of the fixture is not based on aesthetics but rather on functionality. What you typically end up with is a bright light shining in your eyes, limiting the mood and relaxation that it should be controlling. In addition to the brightness, flood lights are often installed with motion detectors. While motion detectors are sometimes helpful, relaxing on your patio for too long without movement will cause the lights to turn off. Not exactly the tranquil setting you had probably hoped for.

Luckily, outdoor lighting from the professionals at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey can create mood and effect in addition to allowing you to utilize the space after sundown. When we install a custom outdoor lighting system for our clients, they benefit from an ambiance that can only be achieved through years of experience and superior fixtures, placed perfectly so the effect of the soft illumination is all they feel.

Instead of trying to create ambiance with candles, try outdoor lighting.

Instead of trying to create ambiance with candles, try outdoor lighting.

Rather than lighting candles to get the ambiance you long for, let us design the lighting for your outdoor living spaces. Light can be used to create many moods. Tell us what you want to feel when you step onto your deck or patio or into your gazebo. We will help you capture the mood. Imagine your perfect family moments in the perfect setting bathed in the perfect lighting. It isn’t just functional. It is beautiful, isn’t it? And wonderful memories abound.

Outdoor lighting can be so much more than a means to see where you are stepping. It can enchant, relax, excite, amaze. If you are ready to move beyond floodlights to brighten your outdoor living spaces at night, call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey today. We can bring your dreams to light.

 

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More With Less: Artful Simplicity in Outdoor Lighting

March 18th, 2014

Here in the Northern New Jersey area, many homeowners own very large, beautiful homes. Considering outdoor lighting for such magnificent properties can be a daunting task. Many of our clients at one time or another have found themselves asking, “Just how many lights will I need to do my home justice,” “What kind of investment will I need to make,” or “How much will it cost month to month?” Because properties in our area can be large, we understand that many fear undertaking such a large outdoor lighting project. But we want you to know you have nothing to fear if you put your property in our professional hands. Here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey, we believe that in many cases less is more. Impeccably designed outdoor lighting allows you to achieve the best illumination with the least amount of fixtures.

In outdoor lighting, as in art, often less is more.

In outdoor lighting, as in art, often less is more.

Often, the most striking artwork is simple, understated, and flawlessly executed. And outdoor lighting is an art that encompasses the best details of your property and allows them to shine. As with any art form, the ability to execute pristine lighting is only acquired by years of experience. Because we have worked for so many years within this field, we know how to position and choose fixtures so your home is never overpowered.

For an optimal visual experience, the illumination of your home should be as few lights as necessary. This strategy draws an onlooker’s eyes to the features of your home that are most striking and important. Using the appropriate beam spread, we can illuminate more than one detail with a single fixture. We may be able to strategically light your landscape so that enough residual light is cast into an area such as a walkway, thereby eliminating path lighting. Because of our experience, we have many other strategies and techniques that will maximize each fixture’s output and create a scene that is artful, simple, and elegant.

Trust Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey to give you the most elegant outdoor lighting.

Trust Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey to give you the most elegant outdoor lighting.

Remember that no work of art is ever truly finished. Your outdoor lighting needs may change as you make additions to your home or alter your landscaping. We can create a custom outdoor lighting design that can be completed in phases, add on to your current outdoor lighting system or even upgrade your existing fixtures to our eco-friendly, energy-efficient LEDs.

So no matter the size of your home, never fear outdoor lighting. Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey today. We excel at doing more with less.

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Moonlight, Beautiful: When to Use it Smartly

March 11th, 2014

Moonlight – when we think of the term, many romantic, elegant images come to mind. Within the realm of outdoor lighting, moonlighting is oftentimes equivalent to downlighting. This technique usually involves placing a fixture up in a tree or other structure to cast light down onto the ground, and it has become very popular in New Jersey.

Moonlighting and uplighting in this playground give the children ample light to play and accentuate the majesty of the tree.

Moonlighting and uplighting in this playground give the children ample light to play and accentuate the majesty of the tree.

Much of the appeal and allure of moonlighting comes from the name itself. Truthfully, it is only functional and beautiful in very specific settings. Some of these include large driveways needing additional light for navigation, decks and patios, swimming pool beaches, or playgrounds.

A moonlighting/uplighting combination elegantly lights the patio.

A moonlighting/uplighting combination elegantly lights the patio.

Like the moon itself, moonlighting forces all light emitted from the fixture downward. We refer to the technique as moonlighting because it approximates this effect. While it can create enticing shadowing on the ground, the world above the fixture remains in the dark, limiting considerably the depth-of-field and the volume of the entire decor.  Moonlighting projects light on the upper side of the leaves, limbs, and branches, instead of the underneath that you enjoy seeing from the ground or from afar.   When moonlighting is used in a tree, light does not envelop the tree, and the scope of the crown is shrouded in shadow.

Moonlighting is most striking when used in conjunction with uplighting, which allows the tree’s magnificent texture and features to shine.  When combined, these two design techniques create enticing shadowing at ground level and reveal with force the full height, shape, strength, and vitality of the majestic oaks and maples we enjoy so much in our New Jersey landscape.  This needs to be done by a professional who knows how to work (and play!) with the light.

Uplighting highlights the textures and grandeur of this ancient tree.

Uplighting highlights the textures and grandeur of this ancient tree.

If you have beautiful trees you want to illuminate this spring while enhancing the quality of the navigation on your property, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey. By demonstrating our outdoor lighting techniques in the evening, we can show you firsthand the difference professional outdoor lighting can make. We may use moonlighting to accomplish this, but first we will do what’s right for you and your property, and … you just might be surprised by the effects of our other design techniques.

 

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Spring Cleaning for your Outdoor Lighting System

March 4th, 2014
Flowers

Spring is coming despite the amount of snow we may still get. Make sure your outdoor lighting system is ready when you are.

New Jersey winters are harsh, and this one has been especially so. With more snow on the way, the weather does not appear to be giving us a break over the next few days. Such frigid temperatures and precipitation take a toll on your skin, your energy bill, and your outdoor lighting system. While we can’t assist you with your skin, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey is here to help you combat the damage snow, ice, and Arctic temperatures inflict on your outdoor lights. Whether in this area or one of the warmer places in the country, outdoor lighting systems need maintenance at least once a year, and especially for homeowners here, this month is the best time to have this done. Think of it like spring cleaning.

While we certainly have a few more weeks left to brave winter, you want to be ready to venture into your outdoor living spaces when spring weather arrives. If you are like most of our clients, you will want to spend as much time outside as possible, including hours after dark. Under the force of wind, ice, and specifically snow plows, some of your fixtures have probably shifted and need readjusting to ensure they are in the proper position to effectively and beautifully illuminate your home, its features, and landscape. Bulbs may need replacement from

We can achieve this soft lighting with either LED or Halogen technology

Your outdoor lighting system needs a little loving care to keep it running efficiently.

their hard work under piles of snow and ice.  Wires may have been pushed above ground with the freezing and thawing cycles we continue to experience. Such small changes can make a big difference in how your outdoor lighting looks, and we can make certain all of this is corrected. During this maintenance call, we will check your entire system to ensure everything is in top shape and ready to enhance your spring nights outdoors.

If you have an Annual Maintenance Program (AMP) with us and are ready for a tune up, give us a call to get your service scheduled. If you do not have the AMP, consider adding it. In order for your outdoor lighting system to give optimal performance, it does need a little loving care. Let us know if you are interested in adding any fixtures at that time or even upgrading to our energy-efficient LED outdoor lighting fixtures.  As with the Annual Maintenance Program, we take care of everything, and you don’t have to worry.

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey, we are extremely happy to know that spring will be warming this area very soon, and we know our clients are happy to see it come as well. Ensure you are ready to spend pleasant nights outdoors by calling us today. We want those nights to be lovely, enjoyable, and full of light.

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Enchanting Outdoor Lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey

February 25th, 2014

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey shows you how to create enchanting outdoor spaces at your home with professional landscape lighting.

We hope you enjoy!
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Why LED Outdoor Lighting Is Clearly a Good Choice For Your New Jersey Home

February 19th, 2014
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Our LED outdoor lighting fixtures beautifully illuminate your home.

In the field of outdoor lighting, LED has had quite a journey from its first bluish-tinted bulbs to the beautiful, clear light we see today. Because of the bad reputation LED lights received in their earliest forms, we find that homeowners can still be a little wary of them, especially when considering them for lighting expected to be beautiful. But as it happens with most new products, the longer LEDs have been around, the more improved they have become. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey has technologically advanced LED outdoor lights that produce stunningly beautiful illumination with all of the energy savings this technology has to offer.

The old criticisms of LEDs do not apply to our LED outdoor lighting systems.  In fact, if a halogen and LED outdoor lighting systems were placed side-by-side, few, if any, could tell the difference between them. It all has to do with the color temperature of the bulb based on the Kelvin Color Temperature scale.  It’s a detailed scale but is important when selecting natural looking LED bulbs.  Our LED bulbs fall in the same range as natural, noonday sunlight which gives them their realistic look.  Older technology, and still today the cheap technology, has ratings higher on the scale which give them the bluish, unnatural tint you notice.

Our LED outdoor lighting is visually indistinguishable from halogen systems

We can install an LED outdoor lighting system for your home or retrofit your current halogen system.

LED outdoor lighting is also increasingly poplar because it is friendlier to your wallet and the environment. LED bulbs consume up to 80% less energy than traditional outdoor lighting types, and their components can last up to 25 years on an average running cycle. This means that fewer natural resources are consumed because less energy is needed for operation, and LEDs produce less waste because the system components have a longer life.

With all these advantages, we are often asked by our clients about upgrading their halogen outdoor lighting systems to LED.  This can easily be done by retrofitting your current halogen system. This means our clients not only have the ability to install LED initially but can also upgrade without having to replace all of their lighting fixtures. We can also add on to your system in most cases because the LEDs use less wattage, thereby freeing up some of the work your transformer has been doing.

If you have been wary of LED Outdoor Lighting, we hope you may consider it now. Not only is it a smart, long-term investment for your outdoor lighting, but it is also just as beautiful and striking as the lighting you currently have installed. If you have any questions about retrofitting an old system with LEDs or installing a brand new LED system, please call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey today. We would be happy to talk it over with you.

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Lighting pools and pool areas

May 13th, 2013

Do you have a pool? Does it need light? Is it for show, for security, for enjoyment? All of the above? Here we explain some of the challenges and we take you through some simple steps you can follow to best achieve your goal (and enjoy your pool!).

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Outdoor pools are always fun to illuminate. Each is different and this creates some challenges. The situation, the size, the shape, the environment, the surrounding landscape, each brings a set of questions and solutions.

If your pool is set in a wide and open area, we favor direct lighting with path lights around the perimeter, associated with some well or bullet lights up-lighting on the taller trees in the background to create dimension and volume.

If your pool is surrounded with rockeries, we may choose indirect lighting on the rocks that create reflective light in the pool and on the beaches (kids are running, aren’t they?). This is a very effective way to light a rather large area without showing the fixtures. One or two lights may be set on the cascade plunging into the hot tub if there is one. Jacuzzi and landscape smallThis widens the size of the pool whether you or your kids and your guests use it to play or to relax.

If there are tall trees around the pool (i.e. cypresses, oaks, spruces) we can down light the entire bathing area creating a moonlighting effect that allows you to keep an eye on the perimeter while enjoying a soft and subtle ambiance.

If you have retaining walls (rocks, bricks, or a combination of both), we can use this feature to install deck lights (wires are run from the back through the wall so you do not see them).

Any light around a pool must be installed strategically to shine without blinding when you are in the water or when negotiating often fairly uneven stairs (best to let a professional guide you through this step).

Consider how and how often you use your pool. When do you use it? Are your kids safe when they run around or when they are in the water? Do you use the pool to entertain, to relax?

Look at the grounds. Do you have a set of rocks surrounding the area? Are there tall trees that may permit down-lighting? Did your landscaper include bushes that will give volume or will shine through?

Pond waterfall and back tree

Don’t be afraid… This is a fun project and starting early will let you enjoy the pool longer. You’re now ready! Call us! We are specialists, a dedicated outdoor lighting company and we will complete the design and do the work!

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