Come See Us at the 58th Annual Colorado Garden & Home Show

The 2017 Colorado Garden and Home Show starts tomorrow, Saturday February 4th.58th-annual-colorado-garden-home-show-logo For the 18th 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.

2017 Colorado Garden & Home Show; Colorado Convention Center, Denver

Saturdays:   Feb. 4th &  Feb. 11th         –    10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Sundays:      Feb. 5th & Feb. 12st           –    10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Mon. – Thu.   Feb. 6th thru Feb. 9th   –    12 Noon to 7:00 PM                                        Friday            Feb. 10th –   12 Noon to 8:00 PM

Booth #:       1442

Also, we will 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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The Holidays Are a Great Time to Sell a House – Especially If You Add a Little Lighting!

Which  house would you rather purchase?

House & Property w/o Landscape Lighting

House w/o Landscape Lighting

House w/ Landscape Lighting

House w/ Landscape Lighting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few Saturday’s ago I heard a local realtor (Rich Petrone) being interviewed on KKZN AM760’s Saturday morning show – The American Real Estate Network – about the advisability of selling a home during the holiday season.  Rich said that the holidays were a fantastic time to sell a house because –

  • there are fewer houses on the market; i.e., less competition
  • there are more motivated buyers seeing different neighborhoods while attending holiday parties and events
  • and last but not least, the houses that are well illuminated by landscape and/or holiday lighting have great curb appeal and look very welcoming

During the last 15 years, our company (Outdoor Lighting Perspectives) has illuminated many homes during the holiday and winter season because the homeowners had already listed or planned to list their home for sale. During this time of year, just about every commuter in the work force is traveling home after dark, and if they’re in the market for a new house, what better time is there to make your house stand out after dark.

Companies who provide staging services and products for home sellers to enhance the interior of homes have been all the rage in recent years. So now is definitely the time to consider exterior lighting staging services – either on a temporary or permanent basis. Lighting a home on a temporary basis is similar to the evening lighting design demonstrations that we perform. The only difference is that these lights would remain on site for several weeks or months, and that the temporary wiring, etc. would be hidden from view.

The other option is to permanently install a basic design of 15 or fewer lights to enhance the primary architectural features of the house to give it curb appeal after dark. This lighting then becomes an additional feature and asset of the home, and it would also provide the new homeowner the opportunity for expanding the lighting system in the future. Lastly, adding a few strings of twinkle lights on trees and shrubs can add to the spirit of the season – and bring even more attention to the home you’re hoping to sell sooner rather than later.

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Special Event Lighting Is Available for Your Colorado Parties, Graduations and Weddings

Special Event Lighting Fixtures

Special Event Lighting Fixtures

Did you know that Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Colorado also provides temporary lighting services for special events on a rental basis? We can provide design, installation and take-down lighting services at your own home, business, or other venue. The battery-powered LED landscape lighting fixtures shown at right can be placed to illuminate walkways, trees and tented areas on your property, building, or tented pavilion – without having to run any temporary wiring that could become a tripping hazard.

 

Laser Light Projection Systems

Laser Light Projection Systems

 In addition, we can also set up laser light projection systems that can create a magical venue with thousands of sparkling lights that can take on the appearance of lightning bugs. One of our customers with a permanent laser light installation has told us that he always feels like he is attending an outdoor performance of a Midsummer Night’s Dream.     

Image Projection System

Image Projection System

We can also provide an image projection system with either standard or custom gobos. A gobo is the metal or glass plate that creates the lighted image on whatever surface is being projected onto.  A custom image, for example, could be the bride and groom’s name that is being projected onto a dance floor or the ceiling of a ballroom or pavilion tent.

 

 

 

Nighttime View of Festival Lighting in Denver Courtyard

Nighttime View of Festival Lighting in Denver Courtyard

Of course, we can also set up festival lighting or other types of twinkle lights on trees and shrubs to create a festive appearance for your evening event. We also have special LED color-changing floodlights that can be synchronized to music, if you would like to take your event to the next level.

 

These are just some of the special event lighting services that we offer throughout the year, so please contact our office at 303/948-9656 for more information and pricing.

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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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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!