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You knew it would come. It did. Your teenagers are going out at night. Whether they’re going out with friends for ice cream or heading out on a date to see the newest movie, you will spend most of the time worrying. Will they get there safely? Will they get home safely? One thing you may not have thought of is how outdoor lighting plays an important role on their safety from driveway to door.

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During the day, the idea of teenage drivers backing out your driveway may cause concerns about the well being of your driveway landscaping. Those concerns will be different with night driving and other nighttime travel. Perhaps your driveway is short and straight. Or, maybe it’s long and winding or even near a hill or drop off. You want your teen drivers to have no problem safely navigating the driveway. What if they’re picked up by friends who let them out at the top of the driveway? In that case, you want to make sure the driveway is well illuminated for sure footing but also to provide your child with a safe feeling by having ample lighting in that area.

The exterior lights

With your general exterior lighting, it’s important to think about two things. First, you’ll want to think about how your children and guests will find their way around the home’s exterior at night. Do you use the garage entrance or perhaps a back entrance? In that case, it’s important to light that area as well. The last thing you want is to have your child fumbling with keys trying to get in and not be Outdoor lighting with curb appealable to successfully navigate that task because the entrance lighting is not adequate. St Louis exterior lighting is also important for security reasons. Hopefully this is never a concern. But, if an intruder is roaming around on your property, you want to make sure that there are no dark areas where your children and guests will move around at night. Intruders will gravitate to dark areas where they can’t be seen.

The doorway

At the threshold is the third most important part of safety and security outdoor lighting. This can serve two benefits. First, anyone coming and going will be able to safely enter and leave through that door. But, there may be an unsuspected benefit of doorway lighting. Perhaps your daughter has just been walked to the door by her date. You are waiting for the door to open so you can hear all about it. As minutes go by and the door doesn’t open, you can peek outside and have a well lit area to make sure it’s just an innocent sweet goodbye:)

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Jim Schwartz, owner of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of St. Louis, and his family.

Now is the best time to call for safety and security outdoor lighting. Whether you’re taking precautions for your children, your guests, or the other members of your family, make sure to light the area from driveway to door. Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of St. Louis at (636) 561-1818 or JimSchwartz@OutdoorLights.com.

 

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LED patio and deck outdoor lighting allows for endless conversation and no time constraints on good times.

There are lots of great ways to watch a Cardinals ball game and none like being at Busch Stadium under the lights.

There are a couple other really good ways to watch a Cardinals game including over a friend’s house or out at a favorite sports pub. As another option, wouldn’t you love your house to be the go-to spot where all your buddies love to come hang out on game night? So what makes one person’s home the one that everyone gravitates toward on game night? Here are a couple top factors:

  1. lots of room for lots of friends
  2. a place where nobody will be upset if you’re loud
  3. a place that’s just as much fun for hanging out after the game as during the game

First, if your house is going to be the go-to place where all your buddies want to hang out, you better have a great big space. The last thing you want to have to do is to start pulling out folding chairs when your buddies bring along a couple friends. So, having room to expand when your guest list expands is a must.

Secondly, and very importantly – you do not want anyone fussing if you’re yelling at the ref or celebrating a great play. If you have to worry about telling your friends to keep it down, what’s the point? Hanging out watching the Cardinals is a party and a good sports party shouldn’t have to contain the excitement!

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How we do deck lighting. Cohesive, and elegant with all components out of sight and out of mind.

Third, you want to make sure that the party doesn’t end with the game. The only thing better than a great party is a great after party. That’s when you need even more room to spread out.

Imagine having an outdoor man cave – let’s say it’s a covered outdoor patio with a mounted outdoor TV. Wouldn’t that be the ultimate place to watch the game? Outdoor living spaces are becoming more and more popular here in St. Louis. Some of them include outdoor fireplaces, outdoor TV’s and lots more. But they all have one thing in common – you need outdoor lighting to enjoy them after the sun goes down. How many people have a room in their house that meets all the requirements above? An outdoor space lets you expand as much as you want to.

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of St. Louis, we install lighting at all sorts of outdoor living spaces from large patios to small decks and everything in between. The important part is making sure the party doesn’t end when the sun goes down. With outdoor lighting, the party can really get started being outdoors with great lighting watching the game or having the after game party in your own backyard.

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Jim Schwartz, owner of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of St. Louis, and his family.

Give me a call at (636) 561 – 1818 to discuss adding outdoor lighting to your backyard in time to watch the next Cardinals game. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of St. Louis, you won’t need to wait weeks to have your outdoor lighting installed. We can often install your outdoor lighting within days. We keep inventory in stock and have a staff of skilled and experienced installers who want to make sure your backyard is the ultimate hot spot for the next game and all your outdoor entertaining.

Festival lighting was used in this patio courtyard for added ambiance.

Festival lighting was used in this patio courtyard for added ambiance.

Here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of St. Louis we pride ourselves in thinking “outside the box” when it comes to new and unique outdoor lighting designs. Aside from the traditional outdoor lighting installations we are widely known for, we also have many clients that are looking for something a little more avant-garde to add to their home and landscape. Festival lighting, also known as fiesta lighting, is the answer.

Festival lighting is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after outdoor lighting genres in residential and commercial outdoor lighting. Festival lighting originated as a way to light outdoor areas in honor of outdoor celebrations such as street festivals and fairs. These venues were often draped in lights for an evening, or two, to celebrate a significant local event and then removed at festival’s end. Permanent festival lighting allows you to indulge in the same magic every night. We have  completed many permanent festival lighting installations in and around the St. Louis area for both residential and commercial settings for many happy customers. Business owners and homeowners alike are requesting this unique lighting for their backyards, outdoor living spaces and commercial storefronts.

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Festival lighting strung up an outdoor stairway.

As a general rule of thumb,  festival lighting falls into two categories, orb or pendant lighting and festoon (fiesta) lighting. Each genre of permanent festival lighting has its own distinct beauty and style.  We offer our customers the choice of either LED or incandescent permanent festival lighting, which is also available in white (clear), and multiple colors. The bulbs can easily be changed out to honor a special occasion or as a way to change the mood of the area you are illuminating.

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    Fiestival lighting brings romance and ambiance to dark spots and overlooked areas in your landscape.

    Festoon Lighting

The addition of festoon lighting can serve well in lighting an overlooked area in your landscape. It can also be used transform a dark courtyard or patio at your business into a most-requested location! This unique lighting technique works well in covered patios, porches, outdoor living structures or draped in a designated spot in your landscape.

Permanent festival lighting added to this majestic tree makes the perfect spot to mingle under in the evening.

Orb lighting added to this majestic tree makes the perfect spot to mingle under in the evening.

We use multiple strands of low-voltage LED or incandescent festoon lights and string them over the span of the area we are illuminating. We use cable to support the weight of the electrical wiring when we install permanent festival lighting over an area with a large span; this ensures the safety and the integrity of the system. We always use commercial-grade lighting products and professional installation.

  • Orb Lighting

Orb lighting, also known as pendant lighting, is based on the same principles as fiesta lighting, the only difference is the use of “orbs” give the appearance that the lighting is “free-floating”. Orb lighting  comes in 10″, 12″ and 16″ and are available in white, colored as well as clear acrylic. These lights are contemporary in design and work well in  both rural and urban themed settings.

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Jim Schwartz, owner of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of St. Louis, and his family.

Permanent festival lighting is just another way we are able to provide lighting that enlivens the senses. If you are ready to experience pure magic at your home or business, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of St. Louis today to learn more about our unique outdoor lighting designs. (636) 561 – 1818
email: JimSchwartz@OutdoorLights.com

mini lights Dean and Deluca tree lights St LouisIt may be Labor Day for most of us. But for commercial business owners, that is the signal that it’s time to make the decision on holiday lighting. Many retail businesses live and die by their 4th quarter sales. Everything from aromatic candles to the right background music must be thought of and attended to now – in September. The most important of any of these is holiday outdoor lighting. If you can’t bring them in the door, then the rest of it is irrelevant.

But, the good news is that all your hard work on setting up the holiday display doesn’t need to be lost after the couple month long holiday season. We are seeing a trend among business owners and it’s hot.

Increase traffic by leaving the tree lighting up year-round at your business!

mini light outdoor tree lighting St LouisYou have probably seen tree lighting applications used along storefronts, and maybe even outside your favorite bistro or upscale restaurant. Not only does tree lighting create a magical setting  by promoting ambiance at your storefront or place of business. It will also make your business stand out from the ordinary and increase character and traffic seasonally and year-round.

With this in mind; all holiday tree lighting is not created equal. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of St. Louis offers various genres of tree lighting to choose from. Many times the shape, branching  and girth of the tree being considered for lighting will dictate the best style of lighting to use. These may include using multiple strands of romantic LED mini-lights for wrapping tree trunks and branches or wrapping the whole tree in distinctive C9’s.  Both of these applications create a magical effect when integrated into commercial settings.

A good example of permanent tree lighting that is drawing in more potential clients is this Dean & Deluca storefront. D&D specializes in gourmet and fine foods and food gifts. As you can see through the pictures the use of tree lighting exudes an upscale ambiance that reflects the feeling the store itself wants to promote to their clients — and it is doing the job! A dimly lit storefront does not gain the same attention of one which is illuminated with romantic lighting drawing patrons in like a moth to a flame.

St. Louis C9 storefront commercial lighting

Many of our commercial holiday lighting customers opt to leave their LED C9 roofline lights up year round. They are economical, durable and long-lasting and add ambiance to your storefront.

Our commercial accounts also include outdoor bank lighting, retail storefront holiday lighting, restaurant holiday lighting, as well as outdoor lighting for coffee shops and many  independent businesses in around the St. Louis area. You name it; we can illuminate it for the holidays or all year. Our outdoor holiday lighting fixtures range from the use of the popular C9 bulb that mimics the classic lights of yesteryear used to line the buildings on quaint city streets, to permanent festival lighting and tree lighting. Our exclusive lighting designs are sure to create a distinct ambiance that your business can benefit from year-round too!

Schwartz family Christmas 2012

Jim Schwartz, owner of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of St. Louis, and his family.

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of St. Louis to learn how adding a touch of Christmas cheer in the form of our beautiful outdoor holiday lighting designs can do for you business, and your employee morale — for the upcoming season and beyond!
(636) 561 – 1818
email: JimSchwartz@OutdoorLights.com

 

 

 

Don't let another holiday leave you in the dark!

Don’t let another holiday or celebration leave you in the dark!

If you look at the calendar, the official beginning of autumn arrives on September 22nd, however for many St. Louis residents the last hoorah of summertime is Labor Day. In the same way Memorial Day weekend signifies the unofficial start of summer; Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial start of fall. The weekend ahead will boast pool parties, barbecues, parades and outdoor celebrations in backyards across the country as we celebrate in honor of the holiday.

With so many outdoor  festivities planned, adding the convenience and ambiance outdoor lighting can bring is sure to make any special event you have planned a roaring success! Here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of St. Louis we have many options for outdoor event lighting. While we have  path and up-lights that can make the property shine and provide additional safety, we also have options that are more romantic. Among the guest favorites is  festival lighting.

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Festival lighting brings romance and ambiance to dark spots and overlooked areas in your landscape.

Festival lighting can be hung in a drape-like fashion to liven up ever the drabbest outdoor settings. They can also be hung in trees to create a magical backdrop for your outdoor special event.

Permanent festival lighting added to this majestic tree makes the perfect spot to mingle under in the evening.

Festival lighting added to this majestic tree makes the perfect spot to mingle under in the evening.

Maybe an event or special occasion such as an outdoor wedding, outdoor graduation party or milestone birthday celebrations is planned at your home. This is the perfect time to liven up your backyard and start being able to enjoy your yard at night. You’ve probably considered the benefits proper lighting for your event will provide, as well as the downfall of not having lighting. Proper lighting can really open up an area for use and allow guests to “spread out in the space” comfortably. Consider an outdoor event under a tent. If only the tented area is illuminated, everyone will stay under the tent. But, perhaps there’s an adjacent gazebo or patio which could double as a dance floor. Lighting extended areas will encourage guests to use the areas beyond your primary location adding space to your event location.

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A gazebo and the surrounding trees become mesmerizing with the addition of outdoor lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of St. Louis

Safety is also an important consideration when hosting any outdoor event, especially in the evening. Grassy areas can hold numerous pitfalls that can make sure footing difficult. Then, add the darkness of night to the equation and without proper lighting you have a recipe for disaster! With proper lighting, traversing grass, gravel paths and bumpy surfaces such as a cobbled walkway can be made safe. Proper illumination of the entry path and the party will enhance the safety and ultimate enjoyment of all your guests in the evening. Lighting will ensure your event goes off without a hitch — even the Labor Day backyard  celebration!

With the evolving seasons in mind, nights will soon become longer closer to the arrival of Daylight Savings Time. You may fall so madly in love with your special event lighting that you insist on making it a permanent in your backyard too.

Schwartz family Christmas 2012

Jim Schwartz, owner of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of St. Louis, and his family.

Contact contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of St. Louis today to learn more about our special event lighting, festival lighting and menu of professional outdoor lighting designs. at  (636) 561-1818 Email: JimSchwartz@OutdoorLights.com

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Less is always more when it comes to mosquitoes!

Outdoor living is not only a trend – it’s a lifestyle. St. Louis homeowners are adding outdoor fireplaces, decks, and patios to their backyards to really enjoy spending time and quality living in their own backyard. With the investment in these spaces, and enjoying the spaces, residents want to enjoy their yard from the day long into the night. As dusk falls, the true romance of outdoor living and summer memories comes to life with well designed outdoor lighting. But, with dusk comes mosquitoes. With mosquitoes come the threat of mosquito-borne illnesses. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of St. Louis, we have a sister company – Mosquito Squad of West St. Louis County. With the combination of outdoor lighting and insect protection, we can ensure you can really enjoy your outdoor space at night.

How does such a tiny insect cause so much trouble? Simple; mosquitoes, though tiny, are capable of giving us not only itchy bites but also of transmitting illness and disease. Among the most recent mosquito-borne illnesses that is causing quite a stir is the painful Chikungunya Virus. Here in St. Louis, health officials recently confirmed the first case of this virus to show up locally in the St. Louis area. Luckily, the infected resident was not bitten by a mosquito in St. Louis, but rather by a mosquito from the Caribbean.

The CDC confirms  the virus is transmitted to people by mosquitoes.  Symptoms include headaches, fever, joint pain and swelling.  The virus made its first appearance in the Americas in the Caribbean in 2013.  So far, there is no vaccine to prevent the disease or medicine to treat the infection. Since the first local transmission of Chikungunya was reported in the Americas late last year, health officials have been bracing for the arrival of the debilitating, mosquito-borne virus in the United States. Just seven months after the first cases were found in the Caribbean, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention( CDC) reported the first locally acquired case of Chikungunya in Florida.

 

St. Louis LED landscape lighting

St. Louis LED landscape lighting

Schwartz family Christmas 2012

Jim Schwartz, owner of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of St. Louis, and his family.

To learn more about the many benefits of LED outdoor lighting, including our innovative LED conversions, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of St. Louis today at  (636) 561-1818 Email: JimSchwartz@OutdoorLights.com.

 

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Retain the feel of an endless summer right in your own backyard through the addition of outdoor lighting.

Although it is only mid-August, I can already start to sense the last days of summer are close at hand. Our family’s interests are already turning from beach-filled vacations, to books, schedules and a return to reality. Summer will soon be only a memory where we return to enliven our daydreams on those crisp autumn days, but it doesn’t have to be. There are many ways to retain the feel of an endless summer right in your own backyard through the addition of outdoor lighting.

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Any backyard space can benefit from adding soft touches of outdoor lighting.

By adding light to your leisure time outdoor spaces you can increase the time you and your family enjoy using them. Of course, the most obvious benefit is that deck or patio lighting will allow you to extend the use of your outdoor living space beyond sunset. This is especially beneficial as we move into fall, the days become shorter, and evening arrives earlier. St Louis deck and patio lighting can also be used to enhance safety and security. This is especially important around stairs and other points of entry where accidents are more likely to occur because of low visibility. Lighting is also a great way to create ambiance, set the mood and  accent your landscaping or just show off your outdoor environment!

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Outdoor lighting will enhance the enjoyment of your outdoor living spaces year-round.

It is important to choose the right light for the job when it comes to lighting an outdoor living space. We treat  your exterior spaces with the same attention to detail as an interior designer would when choosing the right lighting within your home. This includes applying common sense principles and utilizing a combination of lighting styles to accommodate different purposes. The types and number of lights you need for your deck or patio lighting will depend on the size of your space and how you plan to use it. Spots lights are beneficial when used in task areas, such as outdoor kitchens whereas low lighting creates a soft, inviting illumination in seating areas. We also often incorporate lighting into steps, or stair treads along with  low-voltage landscape lighting and/path lighting around walkways and entries to maximize safety.

St. Louis patio lighting on the lakefront!

Ahhhh…St. Louis patio lighting on the lakefront!

In our experience as the St. Louis area’s outdoor lighting experts, low-voltage lighting such as LED  is best for lighting outdoor living spaces. It  provides quality illumination without being overpowering or making it difficult to enjoy the night sky. Low voltage also means your installation will be less obtrusive to neighbors than other types of outdoor lighting. Other added benefits of using LED is the energy efficiency, durability and longevity your system will have too!

Schwartz family Christmas 2012

Jim Schwartz, owner of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of St. Louis, and his family.

With summer’s last hoorah, Labor Day, right around the corner, wouldn’t it be nice to move ahead with creating an outdoor space that will enable you to retain the glory of outdoor living? The best way to keep the summer-feeling alive is through outdoor lighting. While others are stuck inside you and your family will be enjoying the evenings, night after night~

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of St. Louis today to learn more about our timeless outdoor lighting designs at (636) 561-1818 or http://stlouis.outdoorlights.com/

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