Outdoor Lighting Perfects Labor Day Celebrations in New Jersey

August 27th, 2014
Outdoor lighting extends the time you can use your outdoor living spaces.

Outdoor lighting extends the time you can use your outdoor living spaces.

Right before fall sets in, right after the kids go back to school, Labor Day gives us one final summer hoorah. A day to celebrate work and those who do it, Labor Day really is the holiday for everyone. How are you celebrating this year? An evening around the fire pit with the family? A lively party with friends? Or maybe a quiet dinner out on the deck? Whatever you choose, night will fall earlier than it did in June and July. So to truly get the most out of your Labor Day holiday, you need New Jersey outdoor lighting.

New Jersey outdoor lighting gives you the visibility you need to enjoy mild September nights. No matter how perfect the temperature may be if you can’t see you can’t really enjoy your time outdoors. Labor Day gatherings will certainly include food and drinks. If your porch, patio, deck, or garden is dark, your guests will likely gather indoors where they can see each other and be sure they are reaching for their own drinks. New Jersey outdoor lighting gives your guests the ability to navigate your outdoor spaces and makes them feel more comfortable. This facilitates the conversations that make your gatherings memorable.

Make your spaces welcoming and safe with outdoor lighting.

Make your spaces welcoming and safe with outdoor lighting.

Creating a festive, welcoming atmosphere is important to any gathering, whether large or small, and nothing affects atmosphere like outdoor lighting. By illuminating your property’s features with a variety of light sources, outdoor lighting creates scenes that excite and enchant. Dramatic uplighting highlights the lush foliage and gnarled bark of your trees and brings your guests closer to nature. New Jersey path lighting softly illuminates your walkways and splashes light into your flowerbeds and natural areas. Deck, patio, and fire pit area lighting bathes the area in warm light.

Wouldn’t you enjoy hosting a party where time of day doesn’t affect your time outdoors? Would you like your guests to be comfortable and safe? Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey can help. As New Jersey’s premier outdoor lighting company, we have years of experience custom designing outdoor lighting for unique New Jersey properties. We transform our clients’ outdoor living spaces into beautiful oases where they and their guests linger, relax, and celebrate how hard they work for the property they own. So contact us today. The perfect Labor Day gathering and perfect gatherings from Labor Day on are closer than you think.

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Outdoor Lighting Brightens Longer New Jersey Nights

August 13th, 2014
Outdoor lighting creates a beautiful, welcoming exterior.

Outdoor lighting creates a beautiful, welcoming exterior.

You’ve noticed that night is coming sooner, and when your alarm goes off in the morning, it’s just a little darker than it was last month. While a few weeks of summer still remain, fall is approaching quickly, and with fall come shorter days and longer nights. Although we all welcome a break from the heat, coming home to a dark, foreboding home can be a dreary or even dangerous prospect. Arriving in the evening isn’t as bad when someone is home and lights shine through the windows, but even then, shadows can conceal trip hazards and make your trek to the door challenging. If you don’t want to fumble around in the dark this fall and winter, it is time to consider adding outdoor lighting.

Outdoor lighting provides visibility and safety for the exterior of your home. Imagine returning to a warm, welcoming home after a long day at work. Path lighting illuminates your driveway and walkways. Entry way lighting bathes the door and porch. Your trees and shrubs take on a dramatic look as the most beautiful of them are highlighted with exquisite landscape lighting. With outdoor lighting, your approach is peaceful, beautiful, and safe. There is no need to worry about catching your toe on that uneven spot in the concrete, and it is proven that thieves or vandals are more likely to pick a property with more shadowed hiding places.

Illuminated pathways are beautiful and safe.

Illuminated pathways are beautiful and safe.

The benefits of New Jersey outdoor lighting are undeniable and you can be confident that a new system will be stunning, revealing and highlighting the most amazing features of your property.

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey we offer our clients the most beautiful, highest quality outdoor lighting solutions. Our experience, reliability, artistic designs, and sensible pricing bring each client the outdoor lighting system that best suits their needs.  When those systems utilize our high quality LED outdoor lighting fixtures, the cost of operating the system is very reasonable. Our LED outdoor lights use up to 80% less energy than traditional halogen lights, saving energy, and their components can last up to 25 times longer, lowering maintenance costs.

As the days shorten, it is the perfect time to contact us. We would love to show you what outdoor lighting can do for your home and just how affordable it can be.

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Celebrate Christmas in July by Planning Your Outdoor Holiday Lighting

July 25th, 2014
Get ahead of the holiday rush this coming season by booking your outdoor holiday lighting now.

Get ahead of the holiday rush this coming season by booking your outdoor holiday lighting now.

With all the warm temperatures recently and it being in the middle of the kids’ summer break, don’t you think it’s time for a little Christmas in July? For many of us, the thought of Christmas makes little sense now. For others, it is a welcomed relief to think cool thoughts. In reality, “Christmas in July” originated in southern hemisphere countries like Australia and New Zealand where Christmas occurs during their summer season. A small Christmas celebration in July affords them the opportunity to experience a version of the holiday that is more like ours, but it is also a good opportunity for us to get ahead so we’re not as rushed when the holiday season arrives. What are some ways you can get ahead? Start making gift lists, look for new recipes, and plan your outdoor holiday lighting.

Outdoor holiday lighting from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey is hassle free. We do all the work!

Outdoor holiday lighting from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey is hassle free. We do all the work!

“Outdoor holiday lighting this early?” you might ask. Yes. We don’t mean you should go up in the attic and start untangling lights. We mean you should give Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey a call. As outdoor lighting specialists, our expertise isn’t limited to permanent lighting. Each season we design, install, and even remove and store the holiday lighting for many of the most beautiful homes here in the Northern New Jersey area.

We have many products to choose from, so you are sure to find the perfect lights.

We have many products to choose from, so you are sure to find the perfect lights.

So how does it work? Give us a call. Let us know you what you have in mind and what you like and don’t like. You can even browse some of our past work for inspiration. We will create a holiday lighting design for your property using the highest quality, outdoor holiday lighting. We use Holidynamics products. Their lights come in traditional halogen and energy saving LED varieties. Once you have approved your design and set up an installation date, you have nothing left to do! We take care of the rest, including removal of your lights after the holiday season is over. We will even store them for you. No tangles, no dangerous treks onto the roof, and no searching for burned out bulbs. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern New Jersey takes the pressure off and allows you time to enjoy the holiday.

Why call us now? Because the holiday season is busy, and you don’t want to wait until our time is booked up. Make yourself and the kids a snow cone, and contact us today. It is a fun, practical way to celebrate Christmas in July and get you ahead this holiday season.

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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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