John Bruce, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City owner and outdoor lighting designer, was recently presented with the 2016 Remodel of the Year Award for best exterior element by NARI, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.
In an event held in mid-November, Mr. John Bruce along with twenty-two other NARI Contractors were honored by the NARI Kansas City chapter for craftsmanship, professionalism and a commitment to excellence in remodeling.
Mr. Bruce was honored to hear the news of receiving the award. “To be selected by NARI for this award is truly an honor,” stated Mr. Bruce. “The winning projects represent some of the highest quality projects in Kansas City and to be included in that group and selected by a group of my peers means a lot to me and our entire Outdoor Lighting Perspectives team.”
John Bruce’s winning outdoor architectural and landscape lighting project provided exterior LED illumination at the façade of three house faces on a Kansas City residence that had recently undergone major renovations of the interior and restoration of the exterior façade. Lighting was positioned at the ground and at elevated balconies to illuminate and highlight key features of the exterior structure.
“When we discussed LED, the homeowners were concerned about the light color," explained Mr. Bruce. "We were able to demonstrate to the homeowner that today’s LED bulbs provide a warm white color that is both inviting and aesthetically pleasing. The illumination of the property took the beauty of the home that is seen during the day and created a masterpiece when the sun goes down.”
Entries for the 2016 NARI Remodel of the Year (REMY) awards were judged on a 90-point system that included project overview, before and after photos, budget considerations, overall aesthetic appeal and communication with the homeowner. Remodeling contractors from the Greater Omaha NARI chapter served as judges.
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, established in 1995, is the first and largest full service outdoor lighting company. With over 100,000 installations and over 50 locations across the United States and 3 international locations, the franchise is known for skillful, custom design and their free design consultations.
Featured in Architectural Digest, Garden Design, House Beautiful, Better Homes and Gardens, Coastal Living and Martha Stewart Living, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives features stunning handcrafted copper and brass outdoor lighting fixtures which blend in with the natural outdoor environment so that all you see is the effect of the outdoor lighting.
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City is thrilled to support National Lawn and Garden month. National Lawn and Garden Month is celebrated each year in April and was founded by the National Gardening Association. By spring we are all anxious to get outside and enjoy the nice weather and the rebirth of all things green. Kansas City families are busy with garden-based activities such as new landscape additions, planting flowers and creating a haven for summer entertaining and fun.
As you begin the seasonal additions to your lawn and garden, don’t overlook the benefits of enhancing your hard work with outdoor lighting! This will ensure you reap all the rewards of your hard work well into the evening. Kansas City outdoor lighting adds a romantic wash of light so you can enjoy all the facets of your landscape. There is no reason for all your improvements to slip into darkness after the sun sets. Our lighting allows you to get the most enjoyment out of your lawn and garden every evening, and it increases your ability to enjoy them over a longer amount of time.
Here’s is a look at a few ways the addition of lighting can enhance your evening outdoor enjoyment:
Landscape lighting will create magic throughout your yard adding depth, dimension and texture to all existing and newly planted trees, shrubs and flowers.
Decorative Outdoor Lighting
How divine to enjoy dining and relaxing on the patio beneath romantic permanent cafe string lighting. This decorative outdoor lighting addition will add enchanted illumination perfect for entertaining or a table for two!
Imagine being able to walk out to your herb garden and snip freshly cut oregano, rosemary and thyme for your evening dinner. Lighting will not only beautify your garden areas it will also deliver the confidence to easily and safely traverse your property in the evening.
Water Feature Lighting
If you are adding or already have a backyard pool, water feature lighting will allow you to indulge in evening swims with increased visibility and safety.
When it comes time to grill outdoors, task lighting added to specific areas of your deck, patio or outdoor kitchen increases visibility and will ensure everyone’s steak is cooked to perfection!
Fragrant blooms smell even sweeter during evening strolls as all the hard work and planning you have put into cultivating your flower garden is visible through the addition of lighting.
Let us help you make the night yours, every evening!
Outdoor lighting is a win/win as it extends the time you and your family can enjoy all your outdoor spaces. Even if the weather is poor on a particular night, you can still appreciate looking at your property from your windows.
So get outside with your family, get your hands dirty with delight during National Lawn and Garden Month — Put those fruit trees in the ground, re-stain your deck and get the mulch ready for action. Give us a call to get your property lit up in the evening with our full menu of outdoor lighting that will fit any home style and make everything look beautiful when the sun goes down!
Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City to help you make the night yours, every evening! You can reach us at (913) 859-9150 or via email at kansascity.outdoorlights.com.
Commercial Outdoor Lighting and How Your Kansas City Business Can Benefit
In our weekly Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City blog, we talk a lot about residential outdoor lighting and direct much of our information to homeowners wishing to enhance their home and landscape. While a good portion of the service we provide is residential, we also have years of experience in the commercial outdoor lighting setting and provide a great deal of service to businesses, storefronts and those within the hospitality industry.So this week, I wanted to speak directly to the business owners and property managers of Kansas City as how beneficial outdoor lighting can be at your commercial property.
Commercial Outdoor Lighting
In the current economy when everyone is trying to cut costs, why would your company choose to invest in what some might consider a luxury? Honestly, commercial outdoor lighting is not frivolous. It’s a key component to the safety and success of a business.
Commercial outdoor lighting creates a safer environment for employees and patrons
As is the case with the addition of outdoor lighting to your home improving safety around your home and landscape, a well-lit business is also safe business. Proper illumination helps prevent accidents from trips and falls and gives employees and partons a clearly lit path to and from your business during evening hours. This illumination could come in the form of bollard lights along pathways or through parking lots in order to ensure your clients and employees are not surprised by curbs or even a patch of ice on a dark winter’s night. It could also include lighting for stairs and doorways. The safety of outdoor lighting also extends to deterring crime. Businesses that darken as the sun sets are much more likely to be broken into or fall victim to vandalism. Unsavory characters like darkness because they can hide their activities under the veil of darkness. Adequate outdoor lighting makes it much harder for criminals to achieve their goals, so they are more likely to move on to another target.
Commercial outdoor lighting ensures your signage is clearly visible at night
So how can commercial outdoor lighting contribute to your company’s success you may ask?
By simply making your business more visible — A beautifully lit office or storefront catches the eye, and often, all you need to do is catch a potential client’s eye in order to engage. With outdoor lighting, your signage will be clearly visible and legible after dark, and your place of business will stand out from other businesses that loom in the dark. People are naturally attracted to light, especially natural lighting, and it is a good strategy to put that attraction to work for you. Use outdoor lighting to draw clients and customers to your doors and into your place of business!
Indeed, commercial outdoor lighting is an investment, but it is an investment that demonstrates your commitment to safety and shows the city that your business is an establishment in every sense of the word. Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City today. We are business owners too and have a variety of commercial options that can fulfill your goals and improve your business’s visibility while staying within your budget.
Contact us today at 913-859-9150, or via email at kansascity.outdoorlights.com
Advances in LED Outdoor Lighting
LED (light-emitting diodes) bulbs have been used readily over the years in both commercial and residential settings. Until a few years ago, LED lights weren’t suitable for outdoor lighting applications because their color rendering and directional capabilities were poor. Here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City, we stay in tune with not only the rising demands of our market but also the vast advances in LED outdoor lighting.
Although plenty of older-technology LED lights are still sold today, new, technologically advanced LED’s are available–and they solve all the performance problems of the older model LED lights. LED lights from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives are more flexible than all competing models on the market and will last longer. The patent-pending technology separates the electronics from the light source, reducing the heat the LED light source is subjected to.
An article published in The Kansas City Star* showcases how the advances in LED lighting make it the perfect solution to exterior illuminations. Jill Reitz writes about a Kansas City resident who recently made the switch from halogen bulbs to LED bulbs:
Craig Marshall of Kansas City switched over from halogens to all LEDs last fall when he added more lights to his backyard oasis. While he was initially hesitant that the color of the LEDs would fail in comparison to his halogens, John Bruce, owner of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives in Kansas City, showed him how far the color tones of outdoor LEDs have come in recent years.
“I like to tell people that a year ago, LED lights were like first-graders, but with all of the advancements, they are now fourth-graders in terms of color tone,” Bruce says. “In the home, the advancements in color tone have not been the same, but in the outdoor world, there is no real difference anymore.”
Marshall installed new LEDs and converted old halogen lights throughout his backyard, including 20 floodlights and 12 path lights.
“They look perfect,” he says. “When lit up the whole backyard is more appealing and warm. The neighbors love to come over and sit and talk.”
The green benefits of LEDs are a driving force in their gaining popularity. Bruce says almost all of his customers now choose LEDs for their patios and gardens. They use 80 percent less energy, and the longevity of the lamp is significantly more.
To learn more about LED lighting or for a free design consultation, give us a call at 913-859-9150.
With Kansas City Water Feature Outdoor Lighting No Ticket is Required for Your Own Private Trip to Tranquility
There’s only one thing more relaxing than gazing at a beautiful water feature…that’s the mesmerizing and soothing affect a beautiful water feature that is illuminated with amazing outdoor lighting fixtures offers. As you may be well aware, Kansas City is often referred to as the City of Fountains. In fact, Kansas City has more outdoor fountains than any other city in the world outside of Rome, Italy. Who doesn’t love the look and sound of moving water, as it effortlessly takes you a tranquil place in your mind?
As Kansas City residents, we are quite blessed to have these outdoor water driven stress relievers throughout town, but wouldn’t you like to have that same capability with your own backyard water feature? With Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City’s proven expertise in outdoor lighting design and installation along with our high quality lighting fixtures, you don’t have to take a trip around town or even out-of-state to experience the sensation of your daily stresses almost melting away. You could step out into your backyard and let a calm, illuminated waterfall take you to that relaxing place.
Now imagine that trickling water with the addition of underwater lighting that turns your water feature into a majestic element in your outdoor living space. During the day, sit by your water feature, with your eyes closed, soaking up the sun and relaxing to the water’s soothing sounds…but after the sun goes down, and your lighting system turns on, you could sit and watch the light dance off the movement of the water for hours, literally allowing every worry drift off upon each ripple.
Taking into consideration the width and height of your water feature, we can turn a beautiful daytime element into a night-time masterpiece with the right outdoor lighting. The experienced designers at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City know the right fixtures and the best bulbs to properly illuminate the most important aspect of this outdoor living area feature – the water. When positioned at the most optimal angle, you will almost immediately be taken to a place of solitude.
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City specializes in lighting water features such as ponds, fountains and waterfalls. We can meet with you to demonstrate how lighting can create a safe, tranquil and inviting water feature that will engage and excite all your senses. Call us today at 913-859-9150 and to prepare for your own backyard escape.