Discount Tickets to the 2017 Colorado Garden & Home Show

There are several ways to obtain discounted tickets to the 2017 Colorado Garden & Home Show. Regular ticket prices for the show are the following:58th-annual-colorado-garden-home-show-logo

General Admission:               $12.00  

Senior Ticket (at the door):   $10.00  

Kids 12 & under  –  free

DISCOUNT-TICKET OPTIONS:

  1. Discount tickets are available at all Tickets West Outlets in King Soopers for $10.00;
  2. Or, you can click here to obtain $2.00 off discount coupon, print it out, and take it to the show entrance to purchase your discounted ticket.

If you have a need or an interest in energy-efficient outdoor lighting for your home, we hope you will stop by and visit with us in Booth #1442.

Enjoy the show!

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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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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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Colorado holiday outdoor lighting – get ready for some good holiday cheer.

It’s time.

It’s time to start thinking about your holiday outdoor lighting. We make it so easy. We meet with you to help determine what you want. We order. We deliver. We install. We take down. We store. It’s that easy.

Call us today for a free consultation.

Denver Boulder: 303-948-9656

Colorado Springs: 719-633-9205

Fort Collins: 970-490-1246

How Does Ambient Lighting Affect the Design of Landscape and Architectural Lighting?

According to Webster’s, the definition of ambient is surrounding; on all sides. For a landscape lighting or architectural lighting designer, ambient lighting typically represents the baseline amount of illumination on a particular property or structure in question – for which the designer may or may not have any control. We’ll talk more about this later in this post. The most important point is that it would be just as irresponsible for a lighting designer to design an outdoor lighting system for a home or business without first knowing the level of existent ambient lighting – as it would be for an architect to design a custom home or commercial building without first having a contour and site plan.

3.7W LED Illuminating Entrance Monument

For example, in the mountains of Colorado where the only ambient lighting originates from the moon or perhaps the Milky Way, a low voltage quartz halogen (20W) or LED (3.7W) lighting fixture would be more than sufficient to illuminate a community entrance monument.

Glare from HPS Street Light

Conversely, trying to illuminate a commercial building or community entrance with low voltage lighting that faces a row of 250W high pressure sodium street lights, just would not be very effective. In this situation, a higher wattage ceramic metal halide or metal halide fixture must be used so that the building or monument is illuminated to at least the level of the ambient lighting, in order to effectively highlight them.

The best rule of thumb for any good energy efficient and aesthetic lighting design is to use only the amount of lighting needed – nothing less and nothing more. Lighting designers and lighting contractors love to sell lights, but the operative phrase should be Less Is More.

When you are designing a lighting system in the city, ambient lighting may originate from a streetlight across the street or from the overall sky glow that envelopes the entire region. There is nothing that a lighting designer can do about that, except for possibly encouraging the city to adopt more energy efficient and sky-friendly street lighting, etc. However, some glare-producing and inefficient lighting may be self inflicted by the property owners themselves – and lighting designers can certainly make recommendations to improve the overall effect of this lighting so that the new lighting design will not be ruined by the glare-producing ambient lighting.

For homeowners, the glare from offending light sources such as carriage lights can be mitigated by replacing the fixtures’ clear glass panels with frosted glass panels, by decreasing the wattage of the bulbs, and/or by dimming the bulbs. The same thing can be done with offending soffit lights by using lower wattage bulbs and/or by dimming them.

For commercial building owners, the overall lighting effect can be enhanced by ensuring that all lighting is directed only toward its intended focal plane; e.g., area lighting with full-cutoff (parking lot lighting and walkway lighting) directed downward only (no spillage horizontally); architectural lighting that is directed only toward the building with no glare produced in any other viewing plane.

The National Energy Education Development (NEED) project has determined that the percentage of energy consumption in the U.S. dedicated to lighting is roughly 11-percent for homes and 38-percent for schools and businesses. That’s a significant percentage, so by reducing unnecessary glare that contributes to unaesthetic ambient lighting – we can begin to make our nighttime environment more attractive as well as save energy.

Flying High with CAI – Spring Showcase and Trade Show

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives (OLP) of Colorado will be exhibiting at the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Community Associations Institute Spring Showcase and Trade Show with this year’s theme FLYING HIGH WITH CAI. Being billed as the biggest trade show in the chapter’s history, the event will take place on May 5 from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum located at 7711 East Academy Boulevard in Denver.

OLP of Colorado will be showcasing the latest energy efficient lighting products for illuminating community entrances, parks, clubhouses and common areas. LED, ceramic metal halide, and quartz halogen fixtures will be on display, and multimedia photos will show what actual installations look like after dark.

The event provides an opportunity for hundreds of community/HOA managers, property managers, and contractors to interact and attend the trade show and educational sessions.

Between the hours of 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm, friends, family and business associates of OLP of Colorado are welcome to come visit us (Booth #74) and stroll throughout the air and space museum to view the historical aircraft and aerospace exhibits. As a former aerospace engineer, I know I can’t wait!

We look forward to seeing you there!

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM OLP COLORADO!

Our first resolution of the new year is to do a much better job keeping our blog updated on a regular basis. After all, a blog without regular updates just becomes a website.

Before we move ahead to 2010, we first want to take a look at some highlights from 2009 with regard to the use of new technology as well as some unique installations. Those highlights will be posted in the next several blogs.