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Why Do We Do It?

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern Ohio, we are the experts in the outdoor lighting needs of Chagrin Falls. We’re doing things a little differently, going beyond simply finding a pretty fixture. What we want for you is an outdoor setting that highlights the best features of your home, and completely transforms the way your home looks by night. We know that homeowners take pride in their outdoor living, and our goal has always been to work with their vision and showcase the qualities they are most proud of.

The community in Chagrin Falls is important to us, and we’re looking to do everything we can to provide for all of its outdoor lighting needs as the local experts. The most important feedback, of course, is that of our clients, and you can read here what we’re doing for the Cleveland area as a whole.

What Can Outdoor Lights Provide For Chagrin Falls Homeowners?

There are so many ways to highlight the best features of your Chagrin Falls home using outdoor lighting. We explore every possible option and work with you to come up with the best arrangement.

We prioritize creating aesthetically appealing illuminations rather than simply shining a bright light on your landscaping. Where other companies may direct a massive spotlight onto random trees or bushes, we seek to create a gentle glow that makes every carefully-selected tree and natural feature look stunning.

While our outdoor lighting can be used to highlight foliage and other natural features, it is also commonly used to accentuate architectural features. We can bring a beautiful glow to outside columns, pergolas, and many other outdoor living areas. You should be able to enjoy your well-built outdoor living spaces into the night, and our goal is to make that as pleasant and customized of an experience as possible.

Do you have water features that you’d like to showcase? Our outdoor lighting offerings can gorgeously illuminate your fountains and create an enthralling experience for anyone observing it by night. Further, where pools and ponds are concerned, the right lighting creates both an aesthetically pleasing view and a safer environment. Incomplete or poor lighting for water features creates problems, and our goal is to eliminate all pain points from your outdoor experience.

We also specialize in lighting that is purely decorative, for occasional use or for year-round decor. We know how to pull together your outdoor setting with tasteful accents, and the beauty in your outdoor living space will make all of your Chagrin Falls neighbors feel right at home.

Get In Touch With Us Now!

To find out why Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern Ohio is the most trusted name in Chagrin Falls, OH, outdoor lighting, call us today at (440) 247-6300 or email us at northernohio@outdoorlights.com. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Winter Weather Can Potentially Wreak Havoc on Your Outdoor Lighting System. Sign Up For Our Annual Maintenance Plan For Protection.

As we enter the cold, snowy winter months ahead, your outdoor lighting system is going to be put under stress. Think about the snow shoveling, snow plows and other snow removal efforts that may knock fixtures out of alignment or sever wires. In addition to snow removal, think about the kids sledding into your fixtures and even the freezing and then thawing of the ground lifting fixtures upward. Salt that’s put down to eliminate ice patches on your sidewalk can obscure or even damage lenses. All of this sounds worrisome. However, with Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern Ohio’s Annual Maintenance Plan, you won’t ever have to worry about it again. Keep an eye out for our springtime maintenance specials!

Our Annual Maintenance Plan Services:

  • Perform visual inspection of fixture placement, design scheme, and recommend possible enhancements
  • Straighten and adjust fixtures to ensure design integrity
  • Remove mulch and debris that might be covering fixtures
  • Check all connections
  • Check for proper voltage delivery on each fixture
  • Clean lenses and fixtures to ensure longevity and correct light output
  • Tighten transformer terminal block connections
  • Conceal any exposed wire due to foot traffic or erosive conditions
  • Limited pruning (with your guidance as needed)
  • Check automatic timing and operational control system
  • Annual replacement of all halogen lamps where applicable

With the Annual Maintenance Plan (AMP) from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives®, we can ensure your outdoor lighting system stays looking like new because experience tells us nature, landscape and well, life can take its toll. Make sure your outdoor lighting system stays looking great and doesn’t become damaged from kids playing ball in your yard and knocking fixtures out of alignment, landscape overgrowth diminishing illumination effect, wire disruption from seasonal planting, lawn aeration severing wiring, pets or other animals digging and even mulch overload.

We will be offering Annual Maintenance Plan specials in the coming months, so stay tuned. If you ever have any questions about our Annual Maintenance Plan, call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern Ohio at (440) 247-6300 or email us at northernohio@outdoorlights.com. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Outdoor Lighting Specialists in Solon, Ohio

Are you ready to add outdoor lighting to your Solon OH home?

Have you been thinking about adding outdoor lighting for your home, yard, pathways, driveway, deck, patio or landscaping? You’ve come to the right place. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern Ohio has been designing, installing and servicing outdoor lighting in the Cleveland area since 1997. Outdoor lighting is all we do and we’re passionate about designing the best outdoor lighting system for your home.

How we design outdoor lighting for your home

There are so many areas of your yard and landscaping that can be illuminated. Drive down residential streets at night and you’ll see numerous techniques from bold and harsh spotlighting to runway style solar lights. Professional outdoor lighting is designed to achieve the objective of illumination but to do so artfully with the correct amount of gentle, romantic illumination. Our goal is not to illuminate every tree, bush and furniture item in your yard. Our goal is to create a scene. Perhaps your goal is to have safe passage from the driveway to the front door and to ensure the front door is illuminated in such a way to be welcoming. We will design lighting to accomplish that goal.

Take a look at the image below. This home’s facade is gently illuminated with uplighting on the facade as well as lighting on the porch columns. A focal tree adjacent to the front porch is also illuminated providing a warm welcome to homeowners and guests alike.

Looking further at the home above, take a look at the light fixtures mounted atop the covered front porch. Those LED lights illuminate the home’s second-story facade that would otherwise be dark because ground level uplighting would not reach past the covered porch. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we take care and attention to ensure that your entire beautiful facade is illuminated.

Take a look at the broad driveway leading to the beautiful stucco house pictured below. You’ll notice that the stone pillar gracing the drive is illuminated to welcome guests and homeowners alike. The floral landscaping adorning the driveway is also gently illuminated. At the far end of the driveway, this stucco home’s facade is gently illuminated with soft romantic lighting accenting the majestic nature of this home. The lighting is designed to ensure safe passage down the driveway and welcome all who enter.

Take a look at the stunning backyard lighting below.

Take a closer look at the landscaping bed above and you’ll see a couple different types of lights being utilized. LED copper path lights adorn both sides of the stone path at only necessary intervals to accomplish the task without over illuminating. A ground level well light is used to illuminate the small tree. Take a look at the detail that you can see in the focal tree as a result of the lighting technique utilized. Toward the back of the scene, you’ll see a gently illuminated outdoor living area including both a pergola and an outdoor fireplace.

Give us a call for a free LED outdoor lighting design consultation at (440) 247-6300 or drop us an email. We look forward to discussing lighting ideas for your Solon area home.

If You're Looking for Festive Patio String Lighting, Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Today!

Magical. Dreamy. Romantic. Take a look at these suspended strings of magical lights and those are just a few of the words you use to describe the feeling they provide. They are just as magical for residential installations as they are for commercial applications. No matter what you would call them, whether you call them “festive lights”, “party lights”, “cafe lighting” or “bistro lighting”, we can design and install string lighting that not only meets your expectations but exceeds them entirely.

What do you call these lights? Relatively new as an outdoor lighting technique, it seems the “common” name is up for grabs. You might have heard “party lighting”, “festoon lighting” or even “fiesta lighting”. It seems that “string lighting” may end up the common term as it harkens back to the string lights we wrap around our holiday trees. You’ve probably seen all sorts of indoor applications where teens will snag onto a set of the Christmas lights and drape them across their ceiling line. You’ve likely seen a few fun and whimsical uses of lights strung through trellises, across the slats of pergolas, or draping from an open porch ceiling.

There are, however, a couple fatal flaws of the home-grown use of string lighting.

Your string lighting, especially for outdoor applications, needs to be installed correctly and needs to be correctly attached to the power source in order to safely and effectively work in outdoor applications. In addition, outdoor string lighting needs to be of high quality and properly installed to work as desired and to stay installed. The last thing you want to do is worry whenever there’s a story or strong breeze that your string lights could easily become “uninstalled” or worry about any fire hazards. Those are the practical considerations. From an aesthetic and home improvement investment perspective, it’s important that you choose high-quality lights that don’t inflate your power bill. That’s why you should choose Outdoor Lighting Perspectives for your outdoor string lighting. Take a look at the span in the image below. With Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, even spanning a gigantic patio like this is no problem.

If you’re thinking about adding outdoor lighting to your Cleveland-area home, give us a call for a free consultation. We do everything from string lighting to landscape lighting, deck lighting, architectural facade lighting, pool lighting, path lighting and so much more. Give us a call at (440) 247-6300 or email us at northernohio@outdoorlights.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

If an LED lighting upgrade makes sense for Progressive Field, does it make sense for you?

Progressive Field, home of the American League Champion Cleveland Indians, is joining many of our customers in upgrading their outdoor lighting to LED. LED lighting will be installed in time for the 2017 season making Progressive Field the eleventh Major League ballpark to go LED.

Homeowners and businesses alike are upgrading their outdoor lighting to LED systems. Often, the same fixtures can be used and retrofitted to LED. Let’s compare the average outdoor lighting system we’ve upgraded with Progressive Field’s outdoor lighting system. The rated life of our LEDs is 50,000 hours. If we program your lighting system to turn off at midnight, your lights will last 22 years or longer. Progressive field is banking on their new lighting system lasting 20 years. One run for residential retrofits!

Let’s look at reduction in energy consumption. Our average LED retro-fit reduces wattage (energy consumption) by 80+%. Progressive Field will realize 70% energy savings. Another run for residential LED outdoor lighting upgrades.

With an LED upgrade to your lighting system, we can adjust the brightness of your system to make your landscape and the architectural detail of your home look better. At Progressive Field the brighter LEDs will reduce glare and shadows and make the game look better. This one is a tie.

If an LED upgrade makes sense for Progressive Field, it makes even more sense when applied to a low voltage outdoor lighting system. It looks like it will be a home run for your home to install or retrofit your existing system to LED.

Call (440) 247-6300 now or email to schedule your free consultation. Read more about LED outdoor lighting

Owner and huge Indians fan

Can you imagine the Cleveland Indians playing the World Series NOT under the lights?

Wahoo! The Cleveland Indians are in the World Series. It has been a long time since our win in 1948 but 2016 is going to be our year!

picture from photos.cleveland.com website

Back in 1948, Cleveland residents waited outside Cleveland Stadium for tickets paying $5 – $10 for tickets. Fast forward 68 long years when Cleveland fans and anytime residents are stuck clicking the refresh button on a number of ticket resale websites for the games at Progressive Field. As of this writing – our big day Oct 25th 2016, tickets for tonight are going for over $700. That doesn’t include the cost of parking passes, and of course the World Series memorabilia every devoted Indians fan will purchase at the stadium.

As Americans “under the lights” has very special significance. Say that phrase and Americans everywhere will think of regular Friday night games, fathers and sons attending ball games and big freaking huge awesome World Series baseball games! Can you imagine a World Series game not under the lights? We can all picture watching those gigantic towers of lights switch on. Sometimes it’s one after another as we watch from light tower to light tower. Sometimes they make an audible click as they switch on. Sometimes they hum as they come to life. Sometimes they ramp up slowly before hitting full illumination. But there’s one thing that never changes. Lights are as much a part of the experience as beer, dogs and popcorn.

If you weren’t lucky enough to score some tickets, you may be planning on watching from home and you certainly are not planning on doing it alone. If you have the ultimate setup, you are watching on your patio or deck. You’ve figured out how to roll out your gigantic screen TV. Your dogs are certainly not the same but they are a little bit less expensive. Beer will never taste the same as it does in those cheap plastic cups. Be heartened that you can ice your mugs in the freezer to make sure your home viewing experience has as much of the “experience” as you can possibly re-create.

If you already have outdoor lighting in your backyard, you are really enjoying that decision tonight! Imagine the memories you’ll have watching the next 6 games under your own lights. You will remember the next few nights for a long time. These memories will be burned into your mind along with the mental picture of your yard, your big TV, your outdoor lighting and your friends.

If you don’t have outdoor lighting already installed on your patio or deck area, now is the time to set up a consultation so you don’t miss the next opportunity to watch a huge Cleveland sports game under your own lights. There are no parking fees at your house. Your buddies don’t need to pay for the beer unless you’re a cheapskate and you can all purchase your World Series winner t-shirts after we win!

We provide a free outdoor lighting consultation so you can see what your ultimate outdoor stadium will look like. While we can’t have new lighting installed in the next week, we can install your new outdoor lighting in time for regular ball nights with your buddies at your friends top choice back yard – yours.

Call (440) 247-6300 now or email to schedule your free consultation.

Owner and huge Indians fan

It's October. Guess what time it is?

October is a transitional month. We finally give in to the fact that it’s time to put our summer furniture away for the winter. We start thinking about the string of holidays that are upcoming. We take care of any other outdoor maintenance to protect our home and yard before the first freeze settles in. That means it’s time to blow out your sprinkler system and we know just the right company to do your irrigation winterization – Conserva Irrigation of Northern Ohio

The Conserva Irrigation sprinkler blowout will get all the water out of your lines before the freeze

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives now offers irrigation services with its sister company – Conserva Irrigation. Conserva is founded on the principles of saving water used for irrigation. Just as we help save electricity used for lighting, we help our Cleveland area customers save water used for irrigation. How do we do that? Traditional sprinkler systems are programmed to water your yard at particular times to ensure your lawn and landscaping stay healthy and vibrant. The critical flaw with programmed irrigation is that it doesn’t take Mother Nature into account. Quite often Mother Nature will do a great job of watering for you! The problem is your traditional irrigation system still waters your yard come shine or rain. Conserva Irrigation works with Toro smart irrigation technology. The Toro EVOLUTION controller ensures that your system only waters your lawn when your lawn needs to be watered.

Blowing air through your irrigation system will make any standing water bubble up to help us find leaks and broken heads

Our environmentally conscious Northern Ohio homeowners invest in environmentally sound technology including LED outdoor lighting as well as smart irrigation. We also are careful to protect our investments by appropriately servicing our outdoor systems. Before the first freeze, Conserva Irrigation will blow out your sprinkler system for only $65. There’s no catch. It really is just $65. Not only do we blow out your irrigation system with air, we take that opportunity to check each head and your drip lines for any leaks or malfunctions that may not be evident when water is flowing through your system.

Give us a call now for your $65 irrigation winterization at (440) 686-1352 or email us. We look forward to your call.

If you could illuminate only one tree in your yard, which would it be?

What if we challenged you to select only one tree in your yard for professional illumination. Which one would you choose? Many homeowners have a prized ornamental such as a Japanese Maple or a stately live oak that they would choose. Focal tree lighting makes a statement and creates a mood. Purposely intertwining light with darkness is one strong technique for lighting your landscaping.

In designing professional residential and commercial outdoor lighting, our goal is neither to limit lighting nor to illuminate everything. Our goal is to tell a story, to create a mood. Strong design should feature some of the focal elements within the landscaping but should also assist with tasks. These tasks can include anything from safe footing to being able to see your cutlery when eating under the pergola. For a commercial property, your outdoor lighting goals may be closely aligned with your safety and security plan. This could include illuminating the areas with most frequent foot traffic and illuminating areas that need more security.

Outdoor lighting is all we do. We design outdoor lighting to meet your needs and desires. Each and every residential and commercial landscaping lighting plan is designed for that particular home or that particular commercial property. If you are considering adding outdoor lighting to your Northern Ohio area home or business, give us a call for a free consultation.

To schedule a free outdoor lighting demonstration at your Cleveland-area home, give us a call at (440) 247-6300, drop us an email or fill out the form below and we will get right back to you.

Do you want to see the city or the trees? These Lakewood OH homeowners recently made this decision

We recently designed outdoor lighting for clients in Lakewood OH. These homeowners had a beautiful back yard overlooking Lake Erie with a view of the Cleveland skyline in the distance. In developing the outdoor lighting design, we made sure to incorporate lighting for the patio and the architectural facade on the back of the home. Normally our backyard lighting designs also include illuminating the outskirts of the yard or property. This Lakewood home had a beautiful line of trees traversing the back of the property.

In the lighting design plan, we originally envisioned some lighting along the treeline anchoring the rear of the property. Upon setting up a lighting demonstration, we realized that illuminating the trees shifted focus to the trees and eliminated the view of the Cleveland skyline. We discussed whether they wanted to see the city or the trees and the answer was clear.

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we believe that every customer should see their home with outdoor lighting before they purchase. We provide a free evening demonstration at which we set up temporary lighting according to a lighting design plan that’s customized for you. This plan is determined after walking the property with the homeowners and understanding their objectives. These objectives include both functional lighting and achieving aesthetic preferences. Functional lighting provides illumination to help with accomplishing tasks or achieving safety for utilizing an area at night. Aesthetic lighting preferences include utilizing lighting to create a particular mood in addition to illuminating favorite areas within the yard to allow the homeowners to enjoy those areas after the veil of darkness. For this family, the free evening demonstration unveiled what would have been a critical flaw.

To schedule a free outdoor lighting demonstration at your Cleveland-area home, give us a call at (440) 247-6300, drop us an email or fill out the form below and we will get right back to you.

What do you call those great string lights we see on East 4th St and the East Bank of the Flats?

If you have the pleasure to enjoy an evening out on East 4th Street or the East Bank of the flats, you’ve no doubt enjoyed some of the great overhead string lighting. This lighting turns a favorite Cleveland evening spot into a magical one. There’s something about light and the way it transforms a space. Creative and magical overhead lighting transforms a space even more.

Reminiscent of days gone by, these overhead string lights not only illuminate effectively over a larger area but they also create a festive atmosphere. If you’re considering adding some of these lights to your backyard patio, you’ve probably seen this type of lighting called many things including fiesta lights, party lights, string lights, and even festoon lights. This may lead you to speculate whether all outdoor corded light strings are the same. As you can imagine, the answer is no. Whether you’ve considered adding these lights to your home or to your commercial area, you realize the challenges in selecting, installing and providing power to the lighting. If the lights are going to cover a wide span, what ensures they will stay successfully suspended in rough weather? Do you need to worry about one particular bulb blowing out? Will they provide enough light to be functional?

With Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, you don’t need to worry about any of these questions. Leave the logistics, sourcing and professional installation to us.

We can illuminate large spans over residential or commercial patios or over commercial streets.

These lights are magical both from afar and from up close.

Illuminate smaller and simpler areas in addition to the larger ones.

For a free outdoor lighting demonstration at your Cleveland-area home, give us a call at (440) 247-6300, drop us an email or fill out the form below and we will get right back to you.

Radiant Cleveland Commercial & Hospitality Outdoor Lighting to Enhance Your Guests’ Experience

Do you have big goals for business growth in 2016? Is part of your plan to wow your guests & customers with an experience they will tell their friends about? Let Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern Ohio help you create a nighttime atmosphere that will provide an elevated guest experience. We’ll custom design an outdoor lighting system to illuminate your business for added curb appeal, increased safety & security and improved nighttime function.

Benefits of Commercial Outdoor Lighting

LED commercial outdoor lighting is a perfect solution to meet many hospitality business needs. Attracting clients and guests with stunning design, functional fun outdoor space & a cool vibe is just the beginning of the benefits of a professionally designed outdoor lighting system. Adding security, safety & awareness for patrons who may come and go after the sun sets can grow your revenue while lowering loss & liability risks — helping you sleep better at night.

Our Hospitality Lighting is perfect for many industries & nighttime venues:

  • Restaurants
  • Hotels & Resorts
  • Nightclubs
  • Bed & Breakfasts
  • Bars
  • Country Clubs
  • Golf Courses
  • Conference, Banquet & Wedding Venues
  • Wineries
  • Churches
  • Parks & Playgrounds
  • Horse Stables
  • Coffee Shops & Bistros
  • Concert Venues & Amphitheaters

Your business does not have to fall into these categories to benefit from professional outdoor lighting. Professional lighting can enhance the entry of your commercial building, distinguish your unique building features, highlight business signage & landscaping and illuminate pathways & staircases.

For a free outdoor lighting demonstration at your Cleveland-area home, give us a call at (440) 247-6300, drop us an email or fill out the form below and we will get right back to you.

2016 Resolution: I will not buy another bulb for at least 20 years

We’ve heard some really bold New Year’s resolutions but this may likely be the boldest one yet. Although this sounds downright ridiculous, it’s completely true. LED bulbs last approximately 50,000 hours. If you use those bulbs about 8 hours/day, they can last approximately 20 years.

We’re fortunate here in the Northern OH area that homeowners are adopting LED technology for outdoor lighting at a rapid rate. In fact, last year, almost all of the systems we installed were LED outdoor lighting systems for our Cleveland area customers. We also upgraded many old outdoor lighting systems to LED.

Sounds good, but how much does it cost?

Most of us have stood in the aisle of a big box store looking at the price comparison between traditional halogen bulbs and LED bulbs. Depending on the home improvement store, the comparable looking/function bulb in LED can be about 3 times the price of its halogen counterpart. But, given that the inexpensive halogen bulb will be lucky to still be working after one year, that’s quite a difference.

Now have you ever been at that big box store staring at the price difference between a long-lasting and short-lasting technology with a pragmatic person whispering in your ear? Worse yet if that pragmatic person is also an accountant and is performing multi-year computations and comparisons on the fly. That pragmatic person’s cost savings calculations will certainly show the dramatic savings of using a sound long-lasting technology over a technology designed to work for a short period of time.

After adding an LED outdoor lighting system to your yard or upgrading your existing outdoor lighting system, you can keep the resolution of not buying another bulb for about 20 years; and you’ll save a lot of money doing it.

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern OH, we offer a free nighttime demonstration. Give us a call today to purchase a new LED outdoor lighting system or to upgrade your system today.

For a free outdoor lighting demonstration at your Cleveland-area home, give us a call at (440) 247-6300, drop us an email or fill out the form below and we will get right back to you.

Cleveland Decorative Outdoor Lighting Fixtures

Decorative outdoor lights have become a popular item for Cleveland area homes. With the variety of decorative outdoor lighting fixtures expanding every day, it can be tempting to indulge in the trend. People can now choose from tulip lights to other decorative fixture designs. Hanging lanterns for path lights are becoming more common. Artistic colorful glass designs are also starting to show up on store shelves. While these lights are beautiful, we can’t recommend them for long lasting outdoor lighting systems.

Trends Come & Go

Decorative outdoor lighting fixtures are contrary to outdoor lighting design’s #1 rule: good outdoor lighting is about the light itself and not about the fixtures. The goal of outdoor lighting is to illuminate the beauty of your home and landscape for nighttime use & viewing. With decorative fixtures, all the focus goes to the fixture itself leaving the illuminated structure, path or landscape as an afterthought. Your home and landscape offer timeless beauty, whereas a novel designed lighting fixture will eventually go out of style.

Great Outdoor Lighting Design is Timeless

For a timeless outdoor lighting design, we recommend lighting fixtures that blend into their surroundings so that your home and landscape become the focus. Our gorgeous copper path lights and focal lights will weather perfectly for a finish that will go unnoticed amongst your lovely landscape. We intentionally tuck our lights in places where the only thing you’ll notice is the texture, depth and beauty of the illuminated structure or facade.

Caveat: Attraction Lights as a Focal Point

With every rule comes an exception. There are some areas of your landscape and grounds that demand a stellar centerpiece. And what better centerpiece is there than one that shares its shadows with all it illuminates? Their high-quality materials and Made in the U.S.A. craftsmanship make them perfect for long term enjoyment. With a variety of classic designs & sizes, these decorative outdoor lighting fixtures make a perfect substitute for garden sculptures or water features to add some daytime character as well. When the sun goes down, attraction lights offer further artistry with designer shadows and stunning beauty. We recommend using a singular attraction light in your garden or landscape to add focus and personality where needed.

For a free outdoor lighting demonstration at your Cleveland-area home, give us a call at (440) 247-6300, drop us an email or fill out the form below and we will get right back to you.

Top 3 reasons to add outdoor lighting your Cleveland-area outdoor fireplace

When you initially think of an outdoor fireplace, you probably think about the romantic soft light of a fire. Why would an outdoor fireplace need outdoor lighting? When we turn on our indoor fireplace in the evening, likely the first thing we do is reach for the lights to turn them off. This works well indoors as we know our way around and aren’t likely to trip over furniture or bump in to walls.

With an outdoor fireplace, there are 3 really good reasons to make sure you add outdoor lighting.

Getting to and from your outdoor fireplace

While it’s safe to turn off the lights when we turn on our indoor fireplace, it’s quite different outdoors. Whether the outdoor fireplace is part of the patio right outside your door or further out into your yard, you want to make sure everyone gets there safely. With a detached space, even walking over grass could create a tripping hazard.

Enjoying your outdoor fireplace structure

Today’s outdoor fireplaces come complete with stunning facades, often stone. The facades often include a beautiful hearth and likely areas for wood storage or other decorative elements. The decor of the outdoor fireplace is almost as charming as the warm crackling fire. Our goal in lighting the structure is to provide gentle and very soft lighting to the structure while not competing with the flames. As Cleveland outdoor lighting design specialists, this is what we enjoy most. Illuminating a stone facade brings out the texture and depth of the facade to ensure you enjoy the beauty long into the night.

Enjoying the space even when not using the fire

Most, if not all outdoor fireplaces are part of a larger outdoor living space. Most likely this includes a patio and may include other spaces such as a pergola, open porch, or outdoor kitchen. Outdoor lighting allows you to enjoy all of these aspects of your space in the evening. If you enjoy cooking your evening meal on the adjoining outdoor fireplace, you won’t want to turn on the fireplace very time. If you enjoy an evening refreshment on your patio, you again won’t want to turn on your fireplace every time. That’s why it’s critical to have patio lighting and outdoor lighting for your entire outdoor space.

For a free outdoor lighting demonstration at your Cleveland-area home, give us a call at (440) 247-6300, drop us an email or fill out the form below and we will get right back to you.

Cleveland Safety and Security Lighting: The Big Brothers of Outdoor Lighting

Different sides of the same coin, safety lighting & security lighting are important practical outcomes of a thought-full outdoor lighting design. Both are like the protective older sibling, one keeping you safe from the hazardous world at your feet and the other keeping you safe from would be intruders. Safety lighting is imperative for lowering risk for twisted ankles and falls. Security lighting is vital for deterring uninvited guests.

Outdoor Safety Lighting

In creating an outdoor lighting design that provides safety, we take the time and attention to walk your property identifying areas where you or your guests could lose footing. Common tripping hazards can be found in the front of the house with stairs, stone paths and landscape edging. By applying path lighting, we can gently illuminate every step you take.

The sides of your home can be the biggest risk for injury. Usually being darker than the front or back of your home, a small twig or change in terrain can cause an ankle to roll. A great solution for the side of your house is a gentle downlight mounted in a tree above an area you use at night. With proper lighting around the side of your home, taking the trash out after dark will no longer be a treacherous endeavor.

A unique environment, your backyard can have many areas where safety lighting is required. Deck lighting and patio lighting are imperative to ensure your guests can clearly see the perimeter of the space. With the addition of strategic tree lighting and garden lighting throughout your backyard, we can add the best light to make safe evening use a breeze.

Outdoor Security Lighting

Designing your outdoor lighting with security in mind means learning how you use your home. If you regularly use the side entrance instead of the front door, we will add entry lighting for fishing your keys out of your purse. By adding downlights or landscape lights around the corners of your home, we’ll eliminate hiding spots for anyone who might be looking to provide an unwanted surprise you or your family.

Deterring would-be intruders when you are not home is a key focus of security lighting. When we add outdoor lighting to doorways, windows and around the sides of your home, we effectively lower the ability of an intruder to enter your home unseen. Most home invasions are robbery attempts. If intruders see that your illuminated home doesn’t offer them easy entry, they are quite likely going to pick another home where they can lurk in the dark. We can deter robbers starting right at your driveway or at the back of your wooded lot too. With driveway lighting at the top of your driveway or strategic focal lighting around the back property line, we can help keep your property secure.

For a free outdoor lighting demonstration at your Cleveland-area home, give us a call at (440) 247-6300, drop us an email or fill out the form below and we will get right back to you.

Four Understated Ways to Create Focal Elegance in Your Cleveland Area Outdoor Lighting Design

When building a Cleveland outdoor lighting system, the first stage of the design process is to choose focal points on your property where we can subtly concentrate our lighting efforts. While we offer custom recommendations after walking your property with you, it is ultimately up to you which elements of your home and property you would like to feature. Below you will find a few of the most popular ideas for choosing a focal point in your home’s architecture, landscape or even choosing a light fixture that can be the focal feature itself.

Highlight Your Cleveland Home’s Unique Character with Class

In an area as diverse as Northern Ohio, the array of home styles is absolutely a point of pride and part of the appeal. Identifying the architectural features of your home that make it unique, and illuminating them for nighttime viewing is one of the best ideas in outdoor lighting design. Is your home brand new with a lovely stone façade and front porch? Or do you reside in a 50’s Craftsman Bungalow with exposed rafter tails, wood clapboard and tapered columns? No matter the age or style, your home has many fabulous features to highlight. From dormers, turrets and peaks, to stone pillars, cornices and bay windows, we will be sure to make your home gleam. If your elegant home features an interesting exterior material such as stucco, brick, stone veneer or clay roof tiles, we’ll make sure your distinctive materials shine through the dark of night.

Stunning Focal Trees in Northern Ohio

If you have a beloved natural focal tree, we can add more attention to it with a brilliant but subtle focal light. If the tree is an ornamental such as a Japanese maple, we’ll wash a wide beam over the breadth of its canopy for a striking nighttime effect. Is your entire back yard too big to illuminate? We can paint a “scene” or two toward the back of your property by designating a few trees to create depth and intrigue, highlighting the beauty and size of your yard. If you are lucky enough to have an extra-large old Oak or Maple that is already the focal point of your property during the day, we can mount a light right in the tree. Its gorgeous branches will create dancing shadows on your lawn, drawing your eye up into the height of the tree’s lengthy history.

Exceptional Outdoor Elements in your Northern Ohio Yard

Everyone has a unique style which can be expressed with various accessories and decorations they add to their yard or home’s exterior. We can create a perfect focal point out of your unique outdoor features. An antique carriage wheel propped on a tree is a perfect item to highlight. A statue or fountain passed down through the generations deserves its due with gentle and elegant illumination. A prized hydrangea bush, stone pillars on each side of the driveway or a custom address sign near the road are perfect choices for outdoor focal lighting.

Decorative Outdoor Lights by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern Ohio

While our outdoor lighting design goal is to focus on your home and not the lighting fixtures, there are times where a decorative fixture becomes the focal feature. A unique decorative outdoor lighting fixture might be a perfect choice for you. Decorative attraction lights by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern Ohio are beautiful sculptures that emit spectacular light & shadows. These gorgeous fixtures are pieces of art in their own right. With the right design & placement you can create a stunning daytime and nighttime focal piece that illuminates your property as well. These stunning lights are a perfect choice for designating a transition in your landscape. Illuminate where a stepping stone path starts & finishes, a paver walkway meets the driveway, twin pillars at your front gate, the edge of an outdoor living structure or in the center of a landscaping bed that lacks a nighttime focal element. These lights are magnificent in their own right and have an endless number of dazzling application options.

For a free outdoor lighting demonstration at your Cleveland-area home, give us a call at (440) 247-6300, drop us an email or fill out the form below and we will get right back to you.

Call us Before Construction Begins on Your Cleveland Deck, Patio or Pool

What if I told you to dig up your brand new paver patio the week after it was installed? Would that stress you out? Me too. Going through the process of having an outdoor living space built in your backyard is lengthy & costly but worth every minute for improving outdoor living. When adding a patio, deck or pool to your backyard the last thing you want to do is dig up part of the completed work to add much needed landscaping and accessories such as Cleveland outdoor lighting or a Northern Ohio irrigation system. It is important to consider all of the accessories and equipment you are going to need in your yard and outdoor living space before construction, and call us first.

Cleveland Patio Lighting Preparation

Whether you are adding a paver patio yourself or hiring the professionals, it is important to consider how you will be using the new space and what additional accessories or equipment you are going to need. Illuminating your new patio for outdoor living at night is a great way to get the most out of your new investment. When it comes to Cleveland patio lighting, planning ahead of time is essential. If you call us first, we can work with your patio designer & landscape designer to get you the best lighting for your patio. By allowing us to be involved in the design stage, we can be sure to lay ground wires under the patio for proper light placement that may not be possible after the patio is installed (without pulling up parts of it). Obstructing where outdoor lighting wires should be laid could cost more in either in additional wire or excavation costs.

Cleveland Deck Lighting Preparation

Whether you are building an elevated deck or a ground level deck, calling us before footers are poured is key to getting the best northern Ohio deck lighting possible. Laying wires for placing outdoor lights is best done before footers are placed in the ground or an entire deck is built. If you have a ground level deck, getting wires underneath is nearly impossible without taking up some deck boards, and if you have an elevated deck, many times the footers obstruct our path for optimal electrical wire placement. Call us before deck construction begins for the best deck lighting design possible.

Cleveland Pool Lighting Preparation

Working with your pool installation team is essential for getting the best pool lighting in Cleveland. Most of the time if an in-ground pool is being installed you are also installing concrete or paver patio space around the pool. Both the pool and the patio around it can cause extreme difficulties in placing pool lights if we are not involved before installation to properly place ground wires. If you want lights in your pool for night swimming and entertaining, calling us first will speed up the process of going from no pool to swimming. We’ll work with the pool company so that every light is prepared for before and in tandem with the pool installation so you can have your lights the very first night your pool is open for swimming.

For a free outdoor lighting demonstration at your Cleveland-area home, give us a call at (440) 247-6300, drop us an email or fill out the form below and we will get right back to you.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern Ohio. We were LED Before LED was Cool.

Don’t sacrifice local service for national expertise or vice-versa. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern Ohio we won’t make you choose! We are your local experts in everything outdoor lighting. We come to your door as the neighbor and friend who cares about the community and the people in it, with the expert knowledge and passion for outdoor lighting design and technology. All backed by the Outdoor Lighting Perspectives brand – America’s #1 choice for custom outdoor lighting.

Locally Owned & Operated Cleveland Outdoor Lighting

We are proud to call Northern Ohio home. While the economy has not been easy on the Midwest as a whole, we’ve weathered the storm together! We love the Cleveland area and have never even entertained the idea of leaving. We care about the community and all of the people and businesses who make it great, molding our framework for excellent service you deserve.

Staying Ahead of the Outdoor Lighting Curve

Our passion for outdoor lighting design and technology has allowed us to stay ahead of the curve in the industry. In the first days of our over 10 years in business, we made a conscious choice to always keep up with new technology and trends. We were one of the first in the area to offer and recommend LED outdoor lighting for saving energy, money & lowering your carbon footprint. We were LED before LED was cool and today it is what almost all of our customers are asking for.

Our commitment to design means we are passionate about the science behind lighting, like color temperature and beam spread, so that you can get the best effect for your outdoor lighting needs. Our passion for outdoor lighting design and cutting edge technology merges with our lighting automation system. Having your lighting automation created by the designer of your system means you’ll have optimal lighting control that takes design, budget and your lifestyle under consideration for the best outdoor lighting results. Our lighting control automation is so advanced you can set it and forget it. Even when the time changes or the days get shorter, you don’t have to do a thing.

Northern Ohio Staying Power

Being a locally owned and operated business we know that standing behind our work is key to supporting the Cleveland community and the people that make it. While others might install your system, they sometimes cannot be reached if a problem arises or a change is needed. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern Ohio, we were here yesterday, we are here today and we will be here tomorrow to service your lighting system whether we installed it or not. We’ve been leading the way in Cleveland outdoor lighting for over 10 years and we are not going anywhere!

For a free outdoor lighting demonstration at your Cleveland-area home, give us a call at (440) 247-6300, drop us an email or fill out the form below and we will get right back to you.

- Tim Bickett, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern Ohio

Cleveland Area Landscape Lighting Design Becomes an Exquisite Outdoor Lighting Showpiece

“Thanks Tim but why did you send me a picture of somebody else’s house? This is a beautiful place but it can’t be my house. It’s waaaay too beautiful.
WAIT!!! It IS my house! Whoa! I live here? You gotta be kidding.
Seriously, thanks. This is excellent.”

Stunning Port Clinton landscape lighting became a reality for this lovely Lake in the Woods family, thanks to a collaborative creative effort during our complimentary nighttime demonstration. The family was referred to us by their landscaper who knew we could help illuminate their striking new landscaping for added beauty, safety and security as the nights grow longer this fall. While we knew the focus was the landscaping, once we arrived on site it was hard to dismiss the gorgeous Cape Cod architecture and fairy tale front porch. The demonstration became a collaborative art session as our outdoor lighting experts and the homeowners fed off each other’s creativity to land on this gorgeous hybrid lighting design that includes architectural lighting, path lighting, and landscape lighting with thoughtfully programmed lighting control.

Port Clinton Front Porch Lighting

The front porch is positively the center piece of this Cape Cod home. By lighting the five gorgeous columns that steal the show, we were able to draw their eye right to this architectural anchor. But the real magic comes from the depth created by the shadows of the porch columns, railings and gorgeous arched braces. Additional enchanting shadows dance along the ceiling of the porch from the hanging baskets and garden greenery. The effect is a magical retreat that is expertly illuminated from afar with designer shadows within.

A Decorative Outdoor Lighting Fixture Anchors this Cleveland Landscape

With so much to see, it became apparent that creating a single focal point within the landscape design would be beneficial for anchoring the whole project. Echoing the focus we placed on the porch, we were able to add a decorative light to the landscape to grab the attention of visitors with its intricate craftsmanship, designer shadows and unique style. Not only does this decorative light add interest and intrigue at night, it does the job of a garden sculpture or fountain during the day as it gives the landscape additional unique character.

With expert landscape design at this Lake in the Woods home, we were able to illuminate the dazzling variety of plants and the classic paver walkway with our classic copper path lights and flood lights. Notice the focus we create on the height and canopy of the ornamental trees, a gorgeous contrast to the wide wash of light that crawls across the individual bricks of the paver pathway.

Port Clinton Lighting Control

When it comes to a multi-faceted outdoor lighting system, controlling the system is as important as the design itself. Having every light on one switch would limit the homeowner’s use of the lighting and create an all or none scenario. To make the lights as useful and flexible as possible we programmed automatic controls to allow for turning off the architectural lighting while leaving the path and landscape lighting on. This allows the homeowners to only use the lights they want, keeping their energy bill low. It also makes sure when they are away, that their arrival home will be greeted by the appropriate path lights for safe entry.

Considering landscape or architectural lighting for your Northern Ohio home? Take advantage of our free consultation and complimentary nighttime lighting demonstration. Call today! (440) 247-6300

- Tim Bickett, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern Ohio

Landscaping lighting for your Cleveland area home

Have you thought about landscaping lighting for your Cleveland and Northern Ohio area home? If you’re reading this blog, you’ve likely thought about adding lighting to your flower beds, hedge rows and focal trees. Here are some benefits of adding outdoor lighting to the landscaping around your property.

Create Focal Points with Cleveland Landscape Lighting
You love your landscaping! Whether you put in the blood sweat and tears yourself or you worked closely with a landscape designer and their team to get every detail just right, your landscaping is a reflection of you. Landscaping enhances curb appeal and interest to the front of your home and increases function and comfort to the back of your home. From retaining walls to ornamental trees and everything in between, it would be a shame to let the beauty and design of your landscape be covered by the veil of darkness.

Illuminate Unique and Interesting Details
You found that perfect fountain or water feature at the flea market for your landscape, a must have item for added tranquility. Enjoy it after dark with trickling water feature lighting. By illuminating your space after dark, you can enjoy the sound and sight any time, day or night. Other unique details make perfect candidates for evening illumination. You found a way to keep the hill at the back of your home from eroding with a gorgeous rock wall. With uplights shining on it, you’ll be able to see the details and texture of each and every stone as well as the depth between the stones.

Illuminate Trees & Flowers
You’ve chosen all the right flowers and all the right ornamental trees. Showcase them at night with gorgeous flower garden lighting. With custom designed landscape lighting we can use path lights to deepen the reds, brighten the pinks and bring truth to the green in your flower garden. Don’t forget the Japanese Maple that is the center of your landscape design. We’ll use uplighting with a wide wash to highlight the wide spread canopy and bring out the rich red of its leaves. We’ll add focal lighting to the trees throughout your landscape to draw the eye out and around your entire property while showing off the height and beauty of your favorite trees.

Illuminate for a Guiding Light
With the best quality Cleveland landscape lighting we can turn your hedges and pathways into inviting spaces to enjoy an evening walk through the garden. With hedge row lighting we’ll add safety and sure footing along your hedge lined path leading the way to your front door or around to the back of your home. The aesthetic appeal added with hedge row lighting makes seemingly ordinary hedges a sight to behold after dark. By adding path lighting to your sidewalks, paths and landscape we create a guiding light around the darkest parts of your property. Making your yard easy to navigate at night is a great way to be sure you’ll use your entire yard.

With landscape lighting from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern Ohio you will have gorgeous high quality outdoor lighting to show off all of your favorite landscape features. Making your favorite features focal points after dark provides depth and expanse to your yard for you and your guests to enjoy after dark. Give us a call today at (440) 247-6300.

LED Outdoor Lighting in Cleveland

LED outdoor lighting is the must have outdoor living and home improvement in Cleveland. LED outdoor lighting has all of the key benefits of outdoor lighting including safety, security and beauty but uses only a fraction of the energy. LED lights make outdoor lighting in Cleveland greener and affordable to own and operate.

Environmentally Conscious Outdoor Lighting

The more energy you use, the more energy has to be made, which impacts the environment in negative ways. By having an LED outdoor lighting system installed you can have beautiful outdoor lighting with little increase in your home’s energy use. And if you are having your current outdoor lights retrofitted to LED, you can actually lower your energy use. By using 80% less energy than other outdoor lighting options, the savings to the environment in energy use is significant. Not only will you use less energy with LED lights but you will rarely replace your bulbs. By manufacturing fewer new bulbs and putting less waste in our landfills, LED lights are the responsible choice for your outdoor lighting needs.

Save Green by Being Green

LED lighting has become the first choice in Cleveland outdoor lighting systems. Making it easy for everyone to be green is the best way to affect change. Seeing savings in your monthly electric bill is even better. Owning an LED outdoor lighting system hassle free while saving you money.

Innovative Cleveland LED Outdoor Lighting

In days of old we had to accept some downsides to being more energy efficient including LED lights with shades of blue or yellow. Today’s LED lights offer a beautiful warm color making them indistinguishable from their incandescent counterparts.

LED Outdoor Lighting Installation and Retrofitting

If you’re looking to install a new outdoor lighting system at your Cleveland area home, LED outdoor lighting is the only way to go. You’ll gain safety, security and beautifully illuminated outdoor living and curb appeal with very little increase on your overall electric bill. If you already have outdoor lighting there is a great chance we can retrofit it to LED. You’ll save money on your electric bill with the added benefit of freeing up some transformer space. Meaning we could install a few new lights that you’ve been wanting, without the hassle and cost of adding an additional transformer.

With LED outdoor lighting from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern Ohio you will have gorgeous outdoor lighting at a fraction of the energy use and energy cost of traditional outdoor lighting. Give us a call today at (440) 247-6300.

Embrace the shadows!

Illuminating your home with the perfect outdoor lighting system is not only about the light. The true magic comes when shadows are strategically created allowing the light to really shine. After all you can’t have light without dark.

Designer Shadows

Decorative outdoor lighting fixtures by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern Ohio take the benefit of shadows to a whole new level. With a variety of artistic designs deftly carved right into the fixture design, the light fixture itself becomes a piece of fine art. Not only that, but each unique sculpture projects designer shadows on your patio, pathway or landscaping creating a magical romantic ambiance for your outdoor living.

Add texture with shade

Cleveland outdoor lighting is all about subtlety. Illuminating all of your favorite features on the exterior of your home might feel like the best approach, but at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern Ohio we find that using restraint when lighting focal points results in the best effects. When your home has cedar shake siding, it takes just the right shadow between and under the shakes to show off the beautiful siding at night. By aiming the light up and under the shakes we use shade to show-off texture that you just can’t see with a spotlight. With our strategic outdoor lighting design the texture of a cedar shake house is often more detailed at night than in the brightness of a sunny day.

Add depth with shadow

Homes with multiple reliefs in their architecture rely heavily on shadows to highlight the dimension. By spacing our lights and adjusting the width of the wash, we accentuate the depth of the varying architectural reliefs. In the light of the day, the sun creates shadows, as should your outdoor lighting.

Natural Color

If you’ve ever seen a picture that was taken with a flash that is too bright you know the color results are unnatural and unsightly. Human skin tones and light colors will turn bright white. Rich primary colors will appear muted. The same idea applies to outdoor lighting. Whether it’s your garden, favorite tree or your home’s exterior, a too bright light, too direct light, or too many lights will wash out the colors making them look unnatural and overwhelming. By using just the right brightness, shining at just the right angle and creating shadow between and behind the highlighted items, we allow your eye to render the natural color of your landscape and home.


While all of the practical effects of shadowing in outdoor lighting are important and lovely, nothing beats the romantic ambiance created by the use of shadowing. When we are lighting a pool, spa, patio or gazebo, we make sure that a romantic atmosphere can be achieved with the use of just the right amount of light, but equally as important, just the right amount of shadow.

With the use of shadows, we can create a lovely natural three dimensional effect for your home and outdoor living areas. Embrace the shadow with Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern Ohio. Give us a call today at (440) 247-6300.

Contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives is here for all your outdoor lighting needs. During our Free Custom Design Plan, we will show you the optimum locations around your home and throughout your yard to achieve stunning outdoor lighting effects. If you already have a lighting system but need it serviced or upgraded, we are happy to help. Please fill out the form below to contact us.