Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Colorado Featured in The Denver Post Home & Garden Section

Patio Lighting

Patio Lighting

In my last blog posting, I mentioned that I had been interviewed for an upcoming article in The Denver Post. The article written by Lisa Greim was published on Saturday, February 21st in The Denver Post Home and Garden SectionIn the newspaper print version the article was titled The Patio You Dream of – and the online version had the title – Outdoor Rooms: 5 Great Products to Make Them Irresistible.

Read the online version by clicking on the title below –

Outdoor Rooms: 5 Great Products to Make Them Irresistible.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Colorado was one of five local companies interviewed for the article that included product/design ideas for outdoor patios/living spaces. The product categories were adjustable sun shades, stone and mortar work including fire pits, garden containers, and of course outdoor lighting.

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New LED Outdoor Lighting Products Featured at the 2015 Colorado Garden and Home Show

OLP of Colorado Exhibit at the 2015 Colorado Garden & Home Show

OLP of Colorado Exhibit at the 2015 Colorado Garden & Home Show

In case you were not able to attend the 2015 Colorado Garden and Home Show, I have attached some photos and a video tour of our exhibit to show you the new LED lighting products that we are now offering.

In addition to B&B Manufacturing based in Nashville (an OLP official supplier since 2000), our national company has recently named Attraction Lights as another official supplier.

 

New LED Lighting Products Introduced at 2015 Colorado Garden & Home Show

New LED Lighting Products Introduced at 2015 Colorado Garden & Home Show

In the next photo, you can see three of these very unique products from Attraction Lights including the Obelisk (over 6 feet tall), the Grande Path and the Grande Beacon path light. In addition, we also had a new BB-02 LED path light (B&B/OLP) on display.  This is a real handy fixture for illuminating difficult-to-light areas including steps or pathways.

If you have the time, take a look at our video below to get a better view of our new product offerings.

While staffing the show, I was also interviewed for an article that appeared in The Denver Post, and I will post a link to that story in my next blog.

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Outdoor/Landscape Lighting LED Specials at the 2015 Colorado Garden & Home Show

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Colorado is offering some exciting 7-, 10, and 14-light LED specials at this year’s Colorado Garden and Home Show. These lighting packages will provide you with a professionally designed and installed landscape/outdoor lighting system for illuminating your garden, deck, patio, pool, water feature, landscaping and/or architectural features of your home.

The LED fixture count for any of the above specials can include any combination of OLP’s BB-02 copper spot lights, BB-03 well lights, BB-07 copper path lights, and/or BB-08 copper deck lights:

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Click on LED Lighting Specials to get more information about these exciting offers. The Colorado Garden and Home Show will be open seven more days – through February 15th.

We hope to see you at the show! We are located in Booth #1648 on the corner of the main aisle.

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Come See Us at the 2015 Colorado Garden & Home Show

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Come see us at the 2015 Colorado Garden and Home Show. The show starts tomorrow, Saturday, February 7th and runs through Sunday, February 15th.

Where:      Colorado Convention Center

Exhibit #:  1648

When:        February 7 – February 15, 2015

Hours:       Saturdays –  10 am  –  8 pm; Sundays –  10 am – 6 pm;

                             Monday – Friday –  12 noon – 8 pm

We will be displaying some new products at the show including some spectacular sculptural lighting from Attraction Lights and some new LED “stick” lights. In case you’re in need of some discount tickets for the show, click here to print a $2 Off Discount Coupon.

We hope to see you at the show!

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Cody the Airedale Says to Remember Pet and Animal Safety When Decorating for the Holidays

Cody - Santa Claus

Cody – Santa Claus

Hi – it’s Cody the Airedale here. I first want to thank my human mom and dad for helping me to write this article on a topic that’s very important to me and all my other four-legged friends. That topic is a reminder to keep pet and animal safety in mind when decorating for the holidays.

I live with my mom and dad in the Ken-Caryl Ranch Valley. This time of year I have many wild animal friends stop by my house including deer, elk, raccoons, rabbits, red foxes, and coyotes. I know if the electrical cords and light strings are not secured properly, that my friends can trip or become tangled up in them and hurt themselves. If you need to run electrical cords between two shrubs or trees, don’t run the cords above ground but staple them safely to the ground with sod staples. We’ve all seen and heard stories about the inquisitive deer with a plastic pumpkin stuck on his head or a string of lights tangled up in his antlers.

deer tangled in lightsFor dogs like me and cats, interior decorations have their own potential dangers. I was born on December 19th eleven years ago, so I don’t remember too much about my first Christmas except competing with my brothers and sisters for a meal. But by the next Christmas, I sure do remember all those shiny balls on the tree that I could knock to the floor with my tail. My mom and dad quickly learned that my access to the tree should be restricted so that I wouldn’t hurt myself or damage the ornaments.

I’ve been told that cats really like to climb Christmas trees and dogs also might be tempted to jump up at a tree to get a better view. For that reason, trees should be anchored securely so that they do not get knocked over. I’ve been told that cats are also attracted to the shiny tinsel, and this is a very bad thing for both cats and dogs to swallow. Also, if your family has a real tree, make sure that the reservoir containing the water does not become a water dish. Sometimes chemicals are added to help preserve the tree and over time the water can develop bacteria, so make sure that someone in the household covers the reservoir so that it is not used as a water dish.

For any interior lighting or tree lighting, also make sure that the electrical cords are kept safely out of the reach of both puppies and older dogs who like to chew. The result of chewing into a live electrical cord could range between painful and deadly. Artificial and real pine needles, ribbon, bows, and even wrapping paper can become real problems if eaten, so for that reason the floors and carpets should be vacuumed frequently and the home kept tidy.

Also remind your family that the following plants can be harmful to dogs and cats: poinsettias, holly, amaryllis, lilies, and mistletoe. Either decide beforehand not to have these in the home at all or keep them well out of reach of the fur kids in the family. Poinsettias can irritate the stomachs and mouths of both dogs and cats, and some lilies can cause kidney failure in cats. Also, any liquid potpourri should be kept out of the reach of both dogs and cats.

Although food and drink are not part of holiday decorating, they are part of celebrating the holidays. For that reason, please be careful to keep alcoholic drinks, chocolate, grapes, raisins, currants, and fatty meat scraps away from dogs and cats. And, in Colorado and other states that have legalized marijuana, please do not allow your dogs and cats to eat any edible marijuana products.

By following a few simple rules, we can all help to make the holidays safe and enjoyable for both my four-legged and human family and friends.

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Where to Buy Color Lens Covers for Your Landscape Lighting Fixtures

Where to buy color lens coversOver the last 15 years, we’ve been asked repeatedly about the availability of color lens covers for landscape lighting fixtures in general, and for the well lights that Outdoor Lighting Perspectives  of Colorado sells and installs in particular. As you can see in the graphic to the right, we do have color acrylic lens covers for the oval (above ground) well lights and the circular in-ground (flush mounted) well lights. These lenses are designed and manufactured to specifically fit the dimensions of the OLP well lights. The lenses are available in the following colors – amber, blue, green, light blue, purple, red, smoke and yellow.

What options do you have if your spot lights are smaller diameter (say the diameter of MR16 bulbs) or if your well lights have a different configuration than the OLP well lights?

There are two viable options for the owners of non-OLP systems. The first option is to simply lay or tape the OLP color lenses over the aperture of the existing non-OLP fixtures. The important thing to remember is that the lens should never come in contact with the bulb!

The second option is to find your nearest photographic or theatrical supply store, and purchase some rolls or precut squares of color gels that come in any color imaginable. You would then need to secure these gels to the landscape lighting fixtures using heavy-duty rubber bands or all-weather tape. The gels are not as durable as the acrylic lenses so you may need to purchase a new set of gels at the beginning of each holiday season.

Happy lighting and Happy Holidays from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Colorado!

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Energy-Efficient LED Interior Lighting Installation Completed at Willow Creek II HOA Clubhouse

Willow Creek II Clubhouse Lighting - After

Willow Creek II Clubhouse Lighting (LED) – After

Even though outdoor is a very prominent part of the Outdoor Lighting Perspectives(OLP) of Colorado name, we are oftentimes asked to participate in interior lighting projects as well due to our expertise. OLP of Colorado recently completed such a project at the Willow Creek II Clubhouse in Centennial where new LED fixtures were installed in the main clubhouse area, kitchen, and restroom. Read all about it in our company’s PRESS RELEASE!

The homeowners wanted  to have more light at the table level in the main clubhouse area for meetings and events, and they wanted a lighting technology that was more energy efficient. OLP of Colorado recommended the Designers Fountain Castello family of fixtures – a contemporary design with a Spanish flair.

In the medium and large chandeliers, the new Philips SlimStyle 10.5W dimmable LED bulb (60W incandescent equivalent) was installed. Even though the bulb is shaped like a large lollipop, it provides 360-degree lighting.  And with the dimming capabilities, the overhead lighting can be dimmed for those evening Denver Broncos games or brightened during meetings.

Willow Creek II Clubhouse Interior Lighting - Before

Willow Creek II Clubhouse Interior Lighting – Before

Since the clubhouse was constructed in the ’80s, the overhead lighting in the main clubhouse consisted primarily of track lighting – one of the fads of that decade. Although the track lights had been directed downward, they provided insufficient lighting to read a book or eat a meal. In addition, the track lighting did not illuminate the soaring cathedral ceilings – so the interior space from the floor to the ceiling was just plain dark. Contrast this lighting effect with the new lighting that provides additional indirect lighting that bounces downward from the ceiling. By the way, the before photo is actually in color – but the space appears to be flat and monotone. That’s what happens to objects and colors in subdued light – everything becomes gradations of gray to black.

So which space do you feel is more inviting? We’ll be posting more pictures of this project on our OLP of Colorado website in the near future.

 

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