Come See Us at the 60th Colorado Garden and Home Show

Garden and Home Show Logo 2019The 2019 Colorado Garden and Home Show opens its doors tomorrow at 10:00 AM! Celebrating our 20th year in business and the 20th year in the show, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Colorado will be exhibiting our latest outdoor landscape/architectural lighting designs and products. Stop by our exhibit (Booth #1442) to see the latest energy saving LED lighting products that will beautify your home and property, make them more safe and secure, and extend your living hours well into the evening.

Show Dates and Pricing for the 2019 Colorado Garden and Home Show:

Saturday, February 9         10 a.m.  –  8 p.m.   $12 adults  /  $10 seniors

Sunday, February 10          10 a.m.  –  6 p.m.   $12 adults  /  $10 seniors

Monday, February 11         12 p.m.  –  7 p.m.   2 for 1 admission

Tuesday, February 12         12 p.m.  –  7 p.m.   2 for 1 admission

Wednesday, February 13   12 p.m.  –  7 p.m.   2 for 1 admission

Thursday, February 14       12 p.m.  –  7 p.m.   2 for 1 admission

Friday, February 15             12 p.m.  –  8 p.m.   $12 adults  /  $10 seniors

Saturday, February 16         10 a.m.  –  8 p.m.   $12 adults  /  $10 seniors

Sunday, February 17             10 a.m.  –  6 p.m.  $12 adults  /  $10 seniors

Kids 12 and under get in FREE, and you can also receive a discount of $2 per ticket by donating a non-perishable food item to 9Cares Colorado Shares at the ticket box.

Also learn more about the latest in lighting controls and home automation technology, including smartphone- and voice-activated controls. Learn why Universal Power Line bus technology is more robust than wi-fi based technology in a home setting.

Also learn about our latest municipal solar photovoltaic/LED lighting projects along the front range.

At the show, we will be offering 3 different lighting packages that have been discounted as show specials. To learn more about the specials, please click on the Show Special Coupon and remember to register at the OLP booth to be eligible for the discount.

We hope to see you at the show – come visit us in Booth #1442.

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Come See Us at the 59th Annual Colorado Garden & Home Show

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The 2018 Colorado Garden and Home Show opens its doors tomorrow at 10:00 AM!For the 19th year in a row,  Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Colorado will be exhibiting our latest outdoor/landscape lighting designs and products. Stop by our exhibit (Booth #1442) to see the latest energy-saving LED lighting products that will beautify your home and property, make them more safe and secure, and extend your outdoor living hours well into the evening. Also learn more about the latest in lighting controls and home automation technologies.

We will be offering 3 different lighting packages that have been discounted as Show Specials. To learn more about the specials, please click on the OLP Show Specials Coupon, and remember to register at the OLP booth to be eligible for the discounts.

2018 Colorado Garden & Home Show; Colorado Convention Center, Denver

Saturdays:   Feb. 24th & March 3rd           – 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Sundays:      Feb. 25th & March 4th            – 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Mon. – Thu.  Feb. 26th through Mar. 1st    – 12 Noon to 7:00 PM                               Friday:          Mar. 2nd                                   – 12 Noon to 8:00 PM

Booth #: 1442

In a subsequent post, we will also be posting a $2.00 Off Discount Coupon for use in purchasing a ticket. We look forward to seeing you at the show!

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Refurbish and Upgrade Your Old Lamp Posts to the 21st Century!

Refurbished Low Voltage LED Lamp Post

Refurbished Low Voltage LED Lamp Post

Here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Colorado, we are frequently asked if we can do anything to refurbish and upgrade a homeowner’s existing lamp posts – whether they were originally installed as line voltage or low voltage. Fortunately, the answer is yes as you can see in the newly refurbished and re-installed low voltage LED lamp post shown in the picture to the right.

For this project we removed the 50W incandescent bulbs and bulb sockets and replaced them with fully-integrated 4x4W LED towers that provide 360 degrees of light output. During this process, we cleaned and repainted all of the metal components of the lamp post, cleaned and re-frosted the glass lens, and installed the LED tower. This was one of two lamp posts that we refurbished and the results speak for themselves.

For situations in which the glass lenses are broken, we can usually find replacement lenses from the original lighting manufacturer or from one of our local glass suppliers. And if you would prefer to start over with a new lantern top, we can help you select a new design from a range of available products.

In the photos below, you can see the component parts including the LED tower prior to reassembling the lantern top and reinstalling it on the post at the homeowner’s property.

Refurbished Lantern Top Components

Refurbished Lantern Top Components

4x4W LED Tower

4x4W LED Tower

In this ever-increasing throw away society, we are happy that we can offer homeowners a more sustainable solution for their old lamp post lighting.

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Creative Ways to Conceal Landscape/Architectural Lighting Fixtures and Wiring

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Column Lighting Dilemma – Shrubbery at Columbine Valley Project

It seems like every new lighting design and installation has its own unique challenges, and some jobs have more than one. At this recently completed low voltage LED landscape/architectural lighting project in Columbine Valley, the homeowners of course wanted to uplight each of the four columns for dramatic effect. The inner two columns were easily uplighted with the Outdoor Lighting Perspectives BB-03 6W LED well lights with tempered glass lens covers – and those fixtures were mounted at ground level.

Stick-Light Solution for Lighting Column That Is Blocked by Shrubbery

Stick-Light Solution for Lighting Column That Is Blocked by Shrubbery

However, it was not possible to use our standard ground-mounted well lights for the two outer columns since the shrubbery in those locations occupied the entire space in the planting bed. Fortunately, our company’s manufacturing facility recently released the newest fixture in our product line, the BB-02 6W LED, also known affectionately as the stick light. This barely visible fixture can be installed where no fixture has gone before, it can be custom manufactured to any height, and it is available with several beam spreads. The best news of all is that the lighting effect from this fixture looks identical to our BB-03  6W PAR36 LED bulb/well light.    

 

 

 

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Column Lighting Dilemma at Columbine Valley Lighting Project – Hardscape

In the back yard, we also encountered another dilemma for uplighting the four primary columns. The area next to the columns was surrounded by hardscape and there was no pre-wiring of any kind. In new construction, we can coordinate the installation of lighting with the concrete/hardscape contractor so that the lighting fixtures can be flush-mounted and all of  the wiring routed through pre-installed conduits. Fortunately, our experienced installers can typically find a way to install and conceal both the lighting fixtures and the wiring on a project where the hardscape has already been installed.

Well Lights Concealed in Flower Pots to Uplight Columns

Well Lights Concealed in Flower Pots to Uplight Columns

The easiest way to hide well lights if they cannot be flush-mounted into hardscape is to plant them like a plant in a flower pot.  And yes, you can water and fertilize the actual plants in the flower pot without damaging the lighting fixture. That’s the easiest way to conceal the lights but how do you hide the wiring? The good news is that most extensive hardscaped areas have drains to channel the water out into the yard from the upper story of the house – and that’s how we were able to get the wiring to within 6-feet of where the lighting fixtures were installed. To run the wiring from the drains to the pots required grinding out grooves in the mortared joints and running the 18-gauge wiring to the lighting fixtures up through the bottoms of the flower pots. The wiring in the grooves was then held in place and sealed by using a high-quality caulk.

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Colorado we’ve started our 15th year in business, and we can almost always find solutions to the most difficult lighting design and installation problems. Many of our customers ask us after an installation has been completed:

How did you do that? We don’t see any wiring or anything disturbed on our property. All we see is the beautiful lighting effect.

As the owner of a lighting company, that is one of the highest compliments that a customer can pay to our company and our installers.

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Mockingbird Lane Entrance Lighting Retrofitted to Induction Fluorescent Bulbs

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Colorado recently completed Phase I of a project to enhance the lighting at the Mockingbird Lane entrance of Cherrywood Meadows in Cherry Hills Village. The entrance has a set of four beautiful copper and brass carriage lights over two feet tall that had been installed initially with 75W high pressure sodium (HPS) bulbs. HPS bulbs cast an orangish/yellowish glow which might be great for Halloween, but not so great during the rest of the year.

Fortunately these carriage lights were configured with a reflector in the top of the light (similar to the shoe box lights used for parking lots), and we were able to remove the previous HPS socket and replace it with a new socket compatible with our new self-ballasted induction fluorescent bulb. This particular bulb is a 40W bulb with its own built-in ballast, and it has an average life of 60,000 hours with a Color-Rendering Index (CRI) of 80. By replacing these four carriage lights with the new induction fluorescent bulbs will result in an energy savings of 47-percent for just this phase of the project.

You can see the completed installation for one of the carriage lights in the photo on the left, and in a nighttime view below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the rest of the project is completed, we’ll post additional photos showing the lighting effect from our energy-efficient, high lumen-output low voltage LED fixtures.

Saving Energy Increasingly Becoming More Important for U.S. Families

In a recently published study by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research entitled ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND INDEPENDENCE: HOW THE PUBLIC UNDERSTANDS, LEARNS AND ACTS, has indicated that American families rank energy issues very highly after the economy, education, and health care.

As reported by Dina Cappiello of The Associated Press, she writes that

as summer beckons, it seems Americans are thinking more about the stifling cost of energy than about making tracks to the beach.

In the bar graph above, you can see that saving money on energy costs is the second-highest ranked priority by the respondents to this survey. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives (OLP) of Colorado, we have seen a very strong demand by both new and existing customers for the latest LED lighting fixtures. In almost every case, the homeowners expressed a strong desire to decrease their energy usage.

In the U.S., previous studies have determined that residential lighting accounts for as much as 15-percent of a household’s total energy budget. Until recently, almost half of this energy usage dedicated to lighting had been wasted due to the use of inefficient bulbs (incandescent), the use of higher wattage bulbs than needed for effective illumination, and the fact that lighting systems were not automatically controlled.

The low voltage LED lighting systems (new and retrofit) that OLP of Colorado has been installing will provide a homeowner an energy savings of as much as 82-percent over the previous quartz halogen system. Later this week our crews will be retrofitting an existing customer’s lighting system to LED, and I will report our progress in a future blog post.

See the New Landscape Lighting LEDs at the 2012 Colorado Garden & Home Show

There are three days remaining to see the 2012 Colorado Garden & Home Show, and hopefully you’ll be able to stop by the Outdoor Lighting Perspectives exhibit (#1442) to see the latest landscape lighting products. In the meantime, please enjoy the short video tour below where we highlight our latest LED products: