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Outdoor Lighting Perfect For Decks, Docks and Flip-Flops!

How lucky we are as San Antonio and Texas Hill Country residents to have access to peaceful areas like Lake McQueeny and Canyon Lake to enjoy our waterside docks?! Not only do we custom design and install dock lighting for you here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio North for beauty, but we also incorporate a level of safety into every design too.

We carefully balance elegant outdoor lighting for your dock or waterside deck so that it looks striking not only from your home but also when you are on the water, too. Then we cap it off by ensuring that it’s safe for you and your family to walk around, help other boaters easily steer clear of your dock, make it stress-free for you to bring the boat in or just hang out with friends in your flip-flops after the sun goes down.

We have lots of options for waterside deck and dock lighting with our nifty fixtures that are made in the USA out of quality, commercial grade metal that can withstand the water and the weather. We have fixtures that are low-profile, can be hidden so as not to be a tripping threat, and down lighting from a post to bathe larger swaths of area. We employ strategic and artful design tricks that keep everything looking casual, and without being overly bright and blinding in your eyes whether you are in the water or out.

We want to make sure you can clearly see your dock or deck so that it’s easy to bring your boat or jet ski in even if it’s dark out. We enable the kids to night fish with Grandpa or jump into the water at dusk because it’s safe to for them to get around—and for you to see them. We make sure it’s easy for you to see to tie your watercraft to your dock cleat, too. Our goal at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio North is to provide our customers with waterside lighting that adds beauty, ease of having fun and is practical too!

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio North can help add dock lighting so family and friends can continue to enjoy flip-flop fun at Canyon Lake or Lake McQueeny lake long after the sun has gone down without having the entertaining end. Plus, there is nothing like seeing the sparkle of waterside lighting glimmer in the darkness for incredible nautical appeal and romance whether you are inside your home our out.

For a complimentary design consultation or answers to questions about how we can help you with your dock or pool deck or deck lighting plan, please contact us at (210) 876-4861 or email us at [email protected]

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio North Looks at the Area's Revised Dark Sky Lighting Ordinance

If you’ve heard about a “dark sky ordinance” in the San Antonio area, you may be wondering how it will affect you. If you live five miles or less from Camp Bullis/Camp Stanley, Randolph Air Force Base or Lackland Air Force Base, you could be affected. We’re going to take a look who might be affected and how—and why do we need an ordinance about dark sky lighting?

The good news is that your North San Antonio outdoor lighting company, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio North, is up to date on all applicable regulations. You can rely on us to use only the permitted outdoor lighting fixtures and bulbs when designing outdoor lighting for your residential or commercial property.

Will the Changes to the Military Lighting Overlay District Affect You?

The areas within 5 miles of Camp Bullis/Camp Stanley, Randolph Air Force Base and Lackland Air Force Base were already designated as a Military Lighting Overlay Districts (MLOD). The revised ordinance now divides each of these MLODs into two regions. The area three miles or less from each of these military bases will be zoned as a Lighting Zone 2. The area greater than three miles, up to an including five miles from each of these bases will be zoned as a Lighting Zone 3.

If you live in these areas, what does the revised ordinance mean to you? The lighting is less restricted in Lighting Zone 3 than in Lighting Zone 2. For example, outdoor lighting in LZ3 is allowed to emit a little more glare than in LZ2. In LZ3, a light on a post is allowed to be closer to the property line than the same light in LZ2. In some cases, the two different zones have the same restrictions. For example, in neither zone can you have light that shines upward, meaning a floodlight or street light must be shielded at the top and cannot emit light higher than a 90-degree angle.

Your existing outdoor lighting will not be affected as long as it was already legal. For any new development within these Military Lighting Overlay Districts, a detailed lighting plan is necessary when the developer or builder applies for building permits. The person preparing the lighting plan must certify that it complies with the requirements of the updated ordinance.

If your existing outdoor lighting fixtures need to be repaired, you can do that as long is the cost is not greater than 50% of the total replacement value. If the cost to repair is greater than 50% of the total replacement value, your lighting will need to meet the new regulations—if you live within one of these Military Lighting Overlay Districts.

Why Do We Need Dark Sky Lighting Ordinances?

By now you’ve probably heard of light pollution. It can be a problem for the military because it reduces the effectiveness of night vision goggles and affects nighttime flight training.

Local governments around the country, and especially in the southwest, are paying more attention to light pollution for other reasons, too. Excessive outdoor lighting can affect astronomy, obviously. In general, higher light levels create harsh glare, which reduces contrast and visibility, making it difficult for us to see clearly at night. It can also suppress melatonin production, which can disrupt sleep. In nature, artificial light affects pollination and as a result, fruit production.

Local dark sky lighting ordinances seek to minimize “light trespass”—light that falls outside the boundaries of the property on which the light fixture is located. The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) have defined five Lighting Zones, the most restrictive being Lighting Zone 0, defined as “No ambient lighting.” This is the recommended default zone for wilderness areas, parks and preserves and undeveloped rural areas.

The International Dark-Sky Association encourages cities to adopt and enforce local ordinances that call for shielded, downward-pointing lighting, outdoor lighting curfews and other controls to conserve energy and minimize glare, light trespass and skyglow.

For more information about the work of the International Dark-Sky Association, go to http://darksky.org/.

Trust Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio North to install dark-sky-friendly outdoor lighting at your property. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. Call us at (210) 876-1084 or email us.

Make The 4th More Fun With San Antonio & Hill Country Outdoor Lighting!

If the 4th of July party is going to be at your house this year, is your San Antonio or Hill Country backyard ready? That’s right, the time for summer fun is here! Once Memorial Day passes, it’s all about July 4th and then Labor Day. With Independence Day close at hand, now is the time to get your party preparations in place in time for your celebration, you need to make that
to-do list and start checking things off now. Be sure outdoor lighting is on your list!

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio North has a large menu of residential outdoor lighting options perfect for any occasion.

Temporary & Special Event Lighting

We pride ourselves in being the San Antonio and Hill Country area’s premier provider of special event lighting, including temporary lighting installations for both indoor and outdoor parties and events. We offer both permanent and temporary outdoor lighting applications designed for celebrating. Our large selection of fixtures, including festival decorative string lighting and LED lighting combined with our experience in utilizing unique lighting techniques enabling us to create an atmosphere that embraces fun, family and friends!

Permanent Festival Lighting

If your July 4th party will be contained within your outdoor living space(s), you may just want the string lighting over your deck or patio or between trees in the yard where your fire pit is located. If you want to cover a larger area, you can choose neat, straight rows or maybe a fan design where the strings of light fan out from a center point. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives can even wrap selective trees within your landscape for ambiance and set the mood!

San Antonio & Hill Country Landscape Lighting

If you want to give your guests the run of the yard, we can get more creative. This is the time to present your yard in all its glory. If you have bench seating under a pergola, light it. If you have a fire feature, pool or water feature — light it. A magnificent tree, beautiful gardens, the pathway from the driveway … light them all! Landscape lighting can turn your yard into a fun and magical place. It won’t be bright, but it will glow with a romantic illumination that makes navigation safer, makes your home more secure and increases curb appeal and outdoor living enjoyment. Subtle landscape lighting is all it takes to create the magic — you supply the fun!

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio North today to schedule an appointment now. Don’t delay, our schedules are filling fast for the 4th and outdoor living seasonal events.

Call us at (210) 971-8759 or email us.

San Antonio & Hill Country, TX, Special Event Outdoor Lighting for Your Wedding, Fundraiser or Summer Party

We pride ourselves on being the San Antonio and Hill Country areas premier provider for special event lighting, including wedding lighting, family reunions and temporary lighting installations outdoor parties and events. We can design and install both permanent landscape and festival lighting for your special event that can be enjoyed past the occasion. Our large menu of top-quality fixtures, including festival lighting and LED lighting combined with our experience in utilizing unique lighting techniques, enable us to create an atmosphere that embraces beautiful beginnings, memorable milestones and happily-ever-afters!

Spring and summer is outdoor event season in San Antonio and the Hill Country. Here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio North, we are pleased to offer special event outdoor lighting for all of your upcoming special occasions. Whether it is for a wedding, birthday party, graduation party, fundraiser, retirement party or annual family reunion, we’ll provide just the right temporary outdoor lighting to match your party atmosphere and give the guests a warm welcome to stay well into the night.

Temporary Path, Accent and Uplighting

Because we provide permanent and temporary outdoor lighting for the San Antonio and Hill Country areas, we can offer something special for outdoor spring and summer events. With our temporary path lighting and focal lighting, we can make your event venue a stunning nighttime display. Your guests will enjoy well-illuminated paths to and from the various areas of the venue. Uplighting will provide focus to unique design elements around your property such as statuary, gazebos, trees, and arbors encouraging your guests to mingle around the entire space for a night they will never forget.

Set The Stage For Romance With Festive String Lighting

One of our favorite decorative outdoor lighting techniques is festive outdoor lighting. This design is also referred to as bistro lighting, string lighting or café lighting. These classic lights can hang over a dance floor, a dining space or inside a wedding tent. When the sun sets and these lights illuminate the space, you’ll enjoy a festive vibe that will encourage everyone to smile, dance and enjoy the party until the wee hours!

With such a large selection of special event outdoor lighting, it is handy to have the outdoor lighting experts on your side and not have to buy the lights just for a single use. We offer temporary outdoor lighting design and installation to make your venue, home or yard a festive environment.

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio North today to learn more about the wedding and special event outdoor lighting options we have available. Don’t delay, our schedules are filling fast for graduation parties and the upcoming wedding season!

Call us at (210) 971-8759 or email us.

San Antonio Festive Lighting -- Perfect For Special Events & Everyday Ambiance

String lighting is all the rage and has been for some time among San Antonio home and business owners.Open any home & garden magazine, or tune into any home improvement channel and chances are likely you will see the beauty and benefits of festive outdoor lighting at work.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio North embraces emerging and unique outdoor lighting ideas and new ways to introduce not only illumination into an area, but also as a way to convey a feeling of a mood within a space.

San Antonio Festive String Lighting For Everyday Ambiance

This genre of decorative outdoor lighting can serve many purposes. It can brighten a dull outdoor area, add an air of ambiance to a deck, patio or dining area, it can even be used to add dimension to detached areas of your property such as a kids playhouse, outdoor fire feature area or poolside outdoor living space. Also referred to as festival, string lighting, bistro and cafe lighting it can add character and versatility to your outdoor spaces.

Look how we brightened up this San Antonio patio with festive string lighting:

— By day and by night.

Unlike the string lighting available in big box stores, we use only American-made, high-quality festival lighting fixtures and wiring that is meant to last. It’s designed to ensure elements such as harsh sun, rain, snow and even ice thanks to it being commercial-grade and using the highest grade wiring available on the market. So you can safely enjoy them for years to come — not just one season!

San Antonio Festive String Lighting For Special Events

We offer permanent and temporary lighting festive for special events, so if you’ve got a backyard or outdoor venue where you’d like to host a fabulous affair during the twilight hours—we can give your event tons of sparkle and promote an unforgettable feel your guests will always remember. We can light a party tent, the property around it so your guests can easily navigate around and we can generate fabulous atmosphere thanks to elegantly staged fixtures that are strategically hung so as to make a memorable impact. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio North collaborates with many special event and wedding planners as well as homeowners to ensure their outdoor event is spellbindingly theatrical.

Garden party? Wedding? Family reunion? Chill time with friends and neighbors after dusk? Whatever the reason, outdoor string party lighting from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives® is a popular backyard lighting idea and will set the stage for a joyous and carnival mood. Our expert installation will create the perfect ambiance for your event whether that’s an evening cocktail party or just you trying to recreate that cherished trip to Paris where you dined at an outdoor bistro.

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio today to check out our permanent and special event festive lighting options. We can give your deck, patio and outdoor spaces the spa-like feel you are craving! Call us at (210) 971-8759 or email us.

Take Our Lighting For A "Test Drive" We Promise You Will Fall In Love With The Results

You wouldn’t buy a new car without first taking it for a test drive or a new house without having close look inside each and every room, would you? The same should go for outdoor lighting. As is the case with any significant investment you make, it is a good idea to test the waters so to speak, if given the opportunity.

Here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio North, we realize no two outdoor lighting systems are designed exactly the same, because no two homeowners, or homes, are exactly the same. Tastes are different, landscapes are different and your home’s architecture is different. To ensure that our clients are satisfied with their lights for years to come, we offer a complimentary nighttime design demonstration. This is especially important on projects that are larger than the addition of just a few path lights, or with customers that have no prior outdoor lighting experience to draw from.

— San Antonio outdoor lighting evening demonstration performed in the Reserve at Schertz.

This is why we offer nighttime demonstrations. With a nighttime demonstration, you can see the full effect of what your house will look like with outdoor lighting. That moment when we flip the switch and our customers see their home illuminated at night is magical.

The nighttime demonstration is just one facet of our personalized outdoor lighting service which also includes a design consultation. First, one of our trained outdoor lighting designers will sit down
with you and discuss the goals of the system. While aesthetics are the most common reason to start the conversation, we often hear that homeowners are concerned about certain parts of their property being
too dark at night or the desire to add functionality to an outdoor living space. We’ll ask you about features of your property like decks, patios, pathways and more you would like to highlight and if there is a particular mood you’d like to set.

After the design consultation, we may then suggest setting up a temporary lighting system. We use battery operated outdoor lighting fixtures placed in the exact spots that the permanent system would be installed. This enables you to see first hand how your design would appear. When the temporary system is set up, that’s the time to make updates, tweaks and changes to perfect the design. This is done in unison with the designer and the homeowner’s input. The homeowner, for instance, may decide they want to highlight parts of the property that they didn’t initially expect. For example, while walking the property with the lights, the homeowner may realize that part of a walkway is too dark. We can add a path light right then and there so that a new appointment doesn’t need to be set up.

San Antonio-area homeowners love the option of a design demonstration because there are no surprises. Once the design is agreed upon, it is marked for the install. The installers will have notes on the exact fixtures and the exact placement. For you, the impact our outdoor lighting makes will be remarkable. One day you’ll come home to a dark property and then next, it will be full of light!

If you are looking to hire an outdoor lighting company, I encourage you to ask if they offer a complimentary nighttime design demonstration. Trust me, you’ll feel better if you get to test drive your design before making the investment/ Please give Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio North a call if you have any questions or concerns. You can reach us at Call us at (210) 971-8759 or email us.

Avoid the Danger Zone: Choose A San Antonio Outdoor Lighting Professional for Your Project

When installing or maintaining outdoor lighting, it’s best to choose a professional San Antonio outdoor lighting company. Without the confidence that such a provider brings, you may find yourself too close to the danger zone, left with lighting that’s not installed correctly. Many other providers, like irrigation installers or landscaping companies, promise they know everything about outdoor lighting. While they may be experts in their field, lighting is a completely different concept. Just because a company understands landscaping, doesn’t mean they have the expertise for installing or maintaining outdoor landscape lighting.

Take a look at just a few of the many safety hazards that can occur when outdoor lighting is not installed by a professional:

Improperly installed transformer — fire hazard to home and surrounding landscape

Overloaded circuitry to the transformer and loose/overloaded connections

Loose hub connection

Incorrect bulb wattage — overheats the fixture and lens, leads to melting and potential fire risk

Qualifications Matter in Outdoor Lighting

All too often, we receive frantic calls from San Antonio residents who need help with their landscape lighting after using a less qualified team. We’ve seen it all from improper fixture use like incorrect bulb wattage, which can overheat, to loose or overloaded connections on the transformer. A huge danger and mistake that many non-lighting companies make is not installing lens covers over bulbs. The lack of lens covers allows debris to contact the light itself, which could result in a fire hazard. In addition to the botched design and install, these companies usually also leave you with no warranty or service.

Your anticipated outdoor lighting project should turn out as you expected, with no challenges. You’ve chosen to enhance your home and create an inviting space. So, you need to have the right team to do the job. After all, you wouldn’t let a roofer install your windows, or a plumber fix your electrical. Put your trust and vision in the hands of a professional San Antonio outdoor lighting provider.

Choosing the Right Company for Your San Antonio Outdoor Lighting Installation

When selecting the right company for your outdoor lighting, there are many questions you should ask. These questions will enable you to make the best decision for your project.

• Is outdoor lighting your specialty?
• How many years of experience does your company have in outdoor lighting?
• Can you show examples of recent installations?
• What’s your design process?
• What types of outdoor lighting do you install?
• Who performs the installations?
• Do you offer a warranty or maintenance plan?

Any reputable outdoor lighting company should be able to provide you with answers that put you at ease. If not, then that’s a red flag.

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio, you’ll never feel even close to the danger zone. We specialize in landscape and outdoor lighting, so you’ll never need to worry about our level of expertise. Our goal is to always delight customers, and we are thrilled to have so many of them happy with the work we provide, including new lighting and upgrades. We also provide an industry-leading warranty and outdoor lighting maintenance plans. No matter the project, we are focused on delivering stunning illuminations for your outdoor spaces that accent the beauty of your home and keep it safe day and night.

Ready to work with a best-in-class San Antonio outdoor lighting expert? Get in touch with us today to discuss your new outdoor lighting project or upgrade. Call us at (210) 971-8759 or email us.

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