Can Decorative Holiday Lights Be Used in Outdoor Trees Year Round?

Today is Friday, December 21st – the winter solstice – on which day we will experience the shortest number of daylight hours and the longest number of nighttime hours. It is not surprising that many homeowners and businesses like to keep their decorative holiday lights installed for a longer period of time, especially in trees. Today you will see trees (primarily deciduous) illuminated throughout the year along city streets in shopping and arts districts, at restaurants, and at private residences.

Permanent Tree Lighting

Permanent Tree Lighting

Many people ask whether you can use the same type of lights used at Christmas – and just leave them installed in the trees after the holidays. Many people do use these regular lights, but these lights are not certified for year-round use and are not very well-protected from long-term damage caused by moisture or the sun’s UV rays. Invariably, these lights will begin to fail in six or nine month’s time, and the lights will need to be removed and replaced with new ones.

A much better option is to use professional-grade line or low voltage incandescent or LED mini lights that are permanently sealed and watertight, have IP44-rated coaxial connectors, and are UL and CSA approved.  IP44 is the Ingress Protection rating for a connector that is protected from water spray from all directions; i.e., it is a very good choice for an outdoor installation to be used long term.

One of our first installations using these year-round lights was back in 2001. Our customer’s kitchen window looked out into a dark void between her house and the adjacent property. But in this dark void were two beautiful ornamental trees that were invisible for most of the year in the evenings. We could have uplighted them with our standard low voltage well lights (uplights), but the homeowner decided that she wanted something more decorative and whimsical. So we decided that low voltage incandescent clip lights would create the ambience that she was seeking. Except for minor annual adjustments as the trees have grown over the years, these lights have worked well during the last eleven years until recently. In fact, our one crew is back there today to remove the old lights and install the new. So eleven years has been a pretty good run for this type of decorative lighting.

So here’s to enjoying all of the beautiful lighting – and Happy Holidays from everyone here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Colorado.

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Holiday Lighting Made Easy in Metro-Denver and Along the Colorado Front Range

Residential Christmas Lighting

Fall is in the air and in recent weeks, a few snowflakes as well. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Colorado is your full-service design and installation contractor for holiday and Christmas-lighting decorations. We specialize in residential, commercial, and municipal outdoor and holiday lighting projects. In addition, we have the products and materials to provide interior decorating services as well with our full line of wreaths, garlands, decorated trees, bows etc. to make any interior a festive space during the holidays. 

While OLP of Colorado can also do the standard C7 and C9 design treatments (incandescent or LED) that everyone else provides, we like to provide our customers additional options to set their house, business, or community apart from all the rest with truly unique designs and light treatments. Our LightLinks products provide unique designs such as snow flakes, Christmas stockings, bow and swag, etc. to truly highlight your house or business.

For decorating trees, we can light them with LED multi-color starbursts or oversized lighted sculptures that will make them a highlight of your neighborhood. For commercial spaces, we can also provide large lighted sculptures to promote the holiday cheer and make your business a focal point.

Holiday Commercial Sculpture

OLP of Colorado provides full service design, installation, take-down and storage services for our holiday lighting customers. However, if you are a do-it-yourselfer, we can also sell you any product on a retail basis as well.

For more information, please call us at 303/948-9656 or check out our holiday web site.

 

New Outdoor Lighting LED Fixtures on Display at the 2012 Colorado Fall Home Show

There is still one day remaining to attend the 2012 Colorado Fall Home Show – and to see all of the new LED lighting products in the Outdoor Lighting Perspectives exhibit.

To take a tour of our exhibit and learn more about our company’s products and services, please take a minute to watch the video below:

 

 

 

See the Latest Landscape, Architectural and Holiday Lighting at the 2012 Colorado Fall Home Show

The 2012 Colorado Fall Home Show is less than 3 weeks away – so plan on visiting Outdoor Lighting Perspectives (OLP) of Colorado (Booth #514) at the Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver. 

 

Show Dates and Hours

  • Friday, Sept. 7           10 a.m.  –  8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 8      10 a.m.  –  8 p.m.
  • Sunday, Sept. 9         10 a.m.  –  5 p.m.

Multi-Color Glowing Christmas Orbs

At the show, OLP of Colorado will be exhibiting its latest energy-efficient products for architectural, landscape, and holiday lighting including new LED landscape lighting fixtures and LED retrofits, internet-based Lighting Control Automation™, LED retrofits for architectural lighting, and the latest LED holiday lighting products such as the glowing orbs shown at left, as well as wreaths and lighted sculptures.

Discounted tickets are available at King Soopers, at the ticket counter at the convention center by donating canned food, or by clicking on and printing the discount coupon below:

2012 CO FAll $2.00 off Online Coupon

Stay tuned to our blog to see a listing of our show specials. We hope to see you at the show!

Turn Your Outdoor Living Area into a Year-Round Fiesta with Permanent Festival Lighting

Nighttime View of Festival Lighting in Denver Courtyard

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives just completed a truly fun and unique lighting installation – festival lighting for a courtyard at a downtown Denver townhome. The five strands of line voltage festival lights used a total of 44 bulbs (11W each) to span the courtyard between the townhome and its garage at the rear of the property. 

 

 

With the installation of a 1000W dimmer switch, the lights are now controlled manually and can be dimmed to the desired setting to establish the mood for a party or to just relax at the end of a long day.  To support the weight of the electrical wiring and bulbs, stainless steel aircraft cable was first installed for each of the five spans.

 Most area residents have seen festival lighting used in Larimer Square and the Denver Pavilions, but may not have considered it for their own properties and outdoor living spaces. Through the use of commercial-grade lighting products and professional installation, now homeowners can truly enjoy this very cheerful lighting at their own homes as well. 

Another first at this installation was seeing the live birth of kittens when an alley cat took up temporary residence in one of the homeowner’s large pots on the courtyard. So I guess even alley cats cannot resist the ambience and warm glow of festival lights!

Color Lens Covers For Your Landscape Lighting Fixtures Make Christmas Decorating A Snap

Example of Color Lens Covers

Would you rather be watching a football game instead of dragging Christmas lights and extension cords all over your front yard in the snow? If you already own a landscape lighting system, you’re now in luck. Multi-color acrylic lens covers are available that will install over your existing well lights. The lens covers are available in green, red, dark blue, light blue, amber, purple and orange. In addition, color lens covers are also available for MR16 spot lighting fixtures and color LED bi-pin bulbs are available for path lights.

 
Red Lens Covers Used on Well Lights by Front Entrance

Red lens covers work exceptionally well on brick, stone and light-colored stucco. Green lens covers work very well on pine and spruce trees, some deciduous trees, and light-colored stucco. Of course, dark blue and orange lens covers are available to show your support of the Denver Broncos. Some college alumni like to select lens covers in their school’s colors to highlight their home during the college football bowl season. It’s fun and easy to mix and match different color effects from one season to the next. And, some of our customers use the orange lens covers during Halloween, in addition to showing their support for the Denver Broncos.

 
Red and Green Lens Covers

Whatever your holiday lighting needs (from color lens covers to a complete turnkey Christmas lighting design and installation), Outdoor Lighting Perspectives still has available inventory to get your home ready in time for the holiday season.

 

Cody the Airedale Says That It’s Starting to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Cody – Santa Claus

With two snow storms during the last week, Cody the Airedale, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives’ (OLP) Director of Security and Fun, says that it’s starting to look a lot like Christmas. In fact, OLP and many other Colorado contractors have already started to install Christmas lights for homes, businesses and communities – in preparation for the lights to be turned on during the Thanksgiving holiday.

 
Is your home going to be ready for the holidays? OLP’s holiday lighting service includes the design, installation, take down and storage of dazzling holiday displays. In other words, your holiday lighting will magically appear year after year without you having to climb ladders ever again.
 
Along with a digital photo of your house, we can use our holiday lighting software to show you how your house will look after dark with the design in place.
 
OLP has the latest in LED technology including snowfall lights, LightLinks, wreaths and garland, mini-lights, C7s and C9s, and amazing 3D sculptures of all sizes. If you prefer the look of the traditional incandescent lighting, we can provide that as well.
 
If you are a do-it-yourselfer, we can also sell any of these products on a retail basis – and many of these products can be seen at our main office. A very important thing to assess at this time is whether your home or business has available and easily accessible outlets that have remaining capacity to handle the additional load of the holiday lighting.
 
If we can help you with any of your holiday lighting needs, please give us a call or send us an email.