A lot of us in the Raleigh NC area like to spend as much time as possible outside during the summer months. However, that fun can often be cut short when night falls and you can no longer see or enjoy your outdoor space. Instead of moving indoors or trying to stay outside while blind, consider outdoor lighting as an option. Designed to work with the layout of your outside space, outdoor landscape lighting can make your outside space a more usable and enjoyable living area. You get a larger living space and you get to stay outside as long as you want to–it’s the best of both worlds!
Safety and visibility are the most important practical points to consider when it comes to changing an exterior space like a garden or patio area for outdoor living. If people are moving around in the dark, they can hurt themselves, hurt someone else, or even trample your plants because they can’t see. Especially if you’re moving between the house and your outdoor living area with food and drinks, visibility is extremely important. Nobody wants to be the one who ruins the party by spilling dinner on the floor on the way to the table! An effective way to deal with this issue is to install a few path lights to illuminate paths, walkways, and obstacles. If people can see where a path is, or where the terrain of the garden changes, they can move around in the space with much more ease and confidence. With outdoor lighting in place, both you and your guests can move around your outdoor living area with added safety, no matter how late you stay outdoors.
Looking at the practicalities of lighting is a necessary step when you’re looking to make your yard or garden into a prime living location during the hot months, but there is also the artistic side of the situation to consider as well. Lighting a space is not all that difficult, but no one wants to have bright floodlights hurting their eyes on a summer evening or to have a garden eyesore lit up at night so it becomes the focus of attention.
When you’re in the process of making your outside space into a living space, you can use your lighting to help create a sense of background and space, and to highlight (or hide) specific features. In many ways, your outdoor lighting plan is a way of decorating your garden or yard, much as you’d decorate or furnish a room. Landscape lighting design professionals can advise you regarding where to use solar landscape lighting for a soft glow and where to use wired lights for illumination that you can control more discretely. They can help you decide on the placement of lights that will highlight special garden features and take attention away from spots on your property that still need work! With the right lighting design, you can create an artistic space that you and your friends and family will be able to enjoy all summer long.
Outdoor living spaces are a wonderful addition to any home. Outdoor Landscape Lighting can help to make these spaces both practically and artistically pleasing so that you can eat, drink, and relax outside to your heart’s content, no matter how late it gets.
At The Garth Show at PNC arena in Raleigh, I worked with the Lighting company in Nashville that Garth still uses to this day, video clip shot from the Lighting console area my pals Dave and John make the lighting magic happen.
Joan Jett video shot from behind the light board at Walnut Creek with Heart and Cheap Trick, I worked with Joan on a few tours, my buddy Bryan who was her Lighting Designer is now the Lighting designer for Trans Siberian Orchestra.Dan from the TSO West coast tour was Joan’s LD for this tour.
3 Doors Down 2001 tour as Lighting Director, and Board operator. This was our show into as the house lights went out
Tim Mcgraw stage intro and short tour video clips shot from my lighting tech area beside the right side of the stage
Nantucket short clip and photos with my stage lighting design NY Eve 2008
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Sometimes I will get a phone call from a customer asking if it is possible to come and look at their 15 year old outdoor landscape lighting system and possibly retrofit it to the new LED bulbs. I am always glad to come look at an older existing system as long as it is a professionally installed outdoor lighting system with professional lighting fixtures and not some of the big box store lighting that someone installed themselves. If the fixtures are high grade materials and there is an existing professional transformer in place and the wiring and connectors are still in good shape, it is possible to upgrade an older landscape lighting system to the new energy saving and green friendly LED bulbs. Give me a call today to look at your old landscape lighting system.