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The Birmingham area has experienced a rebound in the amount of light commercial projects during 2013. There is also an increasing tendency that many of the new projects specify low voltage accent lighting. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives has been fortunate to be the beneficiary of 11 of these projects since January.

The feedback that we keep hearing from architects, contractors, and landscape architects is that “we want LEDs for this project”. During the past several years, the advantages of LED technology for outdoor lighting has been well documented. The reduced maintenance, longer lamp life, and lower operating costs are very attractive to building owners and management companies. Gone are the days of the icy blue look, because warm white LEDs have the same color rendition as their halogen counterparts. Additionally, the amount of lumens generated by low-wattage LED lamps is phenomenal. In many cases they are comparable to commercial grade line voltage fixtures. Since most commercial facilities opt to leave the lights on from dusk to dawn, it is more palatable since LEDs consume approximately 80% less power than halogen systems.

We are very pleased to have partnered with the following companies/organizations during 2013:
Mentone Inn
Capps Cove Bed and Breakfast
Hampton Heights Condominium Park
Overlook Office Complex
Gardens HOA
Farmlinks Golf Course
Forest Lakes HOA
Greystone Legacy Country Club
System Controls
Varicosity Vein Center
Sarver Orthodontics

The Gardens Neighborhood Entrance, Tuscaloosa, AL

The Gardens Neighborhood Entrance, Tuscaloosa, AL

Greystone Legacy Country Club, Birmingham, AL

Greystone Legacy Country Club, Birmingham, AL

Mentone Inn, Mentone, AL

Mentone Inn, Mentone, AL

System Controls, Trussville, AL

System Controls, Trussville, AL

Farm Links at Pursell Farms, Sylacauga, AL

Farm Links at Pursell Farms, Sylacauga, AL

Capps Cove Bed & Breakfast, Springville, AL

Capps Cove Bed & Breakfast, Springville, AL

Overlook Office Complex, Birmingham, AL

Overlook Office Complex, Birmingham, AL

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Since we are in the Outdoor Lighting business, we proudly boast that we are much more than a landscape lighting company. We provide professionally prepared designs that incorporate architectural lighting, landscape lighting, garden lighting, and underwater lighting. We also strive to accent unique focal points into the design. This might be as simple as illuminating house number plaques, possibly entire statues, or some small garden feature that has sentimental value for the homeowner.

This copper wall art provided a conversation piece on the customers deck.

This copper wall art provided a conversation piece on the customers deck.

This wall art complete with the customer's initials covered an entire wall along the customer's back yard garden.

This wall art complete with the customer’s initials covered an entire wall along the customer’s back yard garden.

This swimming pool project included accent lighting for three water jets mounted adjacent to the pool.

This swimming pool project included accent lighting for three water jets mounted adjacent to the pool.

This wall plaque is mounted on the column next to the security gate.

This wall plaque is mounted on the column next to the security gate.

Statues, especially at home entrances, provide a stunning night time focal point.

Statues, especially at home entrances, provide a stunning night time focal point.

This small statue comes to life at night.

This small statue comes to life at night.

Accenting the pottery was an added bonus from lighting the column.

Accenting the pottery was an added bonus from lighting the column.

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The 2013 Birmingham Home and Garden Show just concluded. The attached video made its debut at the show. All of these landscape lighting and architectural lighting projects were designed and installed by the staff of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives in Birmingham.

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Over the years, we have developed a customer base of over 1100 outdoor lighting customers.  That has amounted to over 1400 designs.  Without a doubt, we completed our most unusual and interesting lighting design to date.

The customer lives in the Eagle Point community in Shelby County outside of Birmingham.  We had previously completed uplighting at the front of his house, landscape lighting, and even some deck lighting.  When he called this time, he was excited to tell me that he had a “great challenge”  for me.  With some degree of trepidation I met him at his house.    He proudly showed me the wall ornament that he had just purchased—a large sun with a smiley face.  The challenge was to backlight the sun giving the impression of a sunrise…(and I thought architectural lighting can be challenging ?!@#).

After a few days of brainstorming, the solution became obvious.  We used some GM Lighting ribbon light.  We selected exterior warm white LED to give it a warm look.  Since the ribbon comes in 1 meter lengths, we cut a 12-1/2″ circle (yes, I do remember my geometry) and wrapped the ribbon around the entire circumference.  Since it was LED, the total wattage was less than 5 watts for the entire ribbon.  Some white paint on the face of the wood should reflect light through the mouth of the sun.

Finally we commenced with the installation.  No problems at all installing the ribbon on the wood, the wood on the wall, and the sun over the wood.  Still we kept our fingers crossed, hoping for a stunning night-time effect.

When I returned at dusk, the “WOW factor” was definitely apparent.  We had succeeded with the most creative outdoor lighting design that we have ever done.

Ribbon Lighting-Installed

Backlighting with Ribbon Lighting

Wall Art

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We recently received an interesting request from one of our trade partners, Signature Homes, of Birmingham.  One of their project managers advised that they are in the process of constructing new entrances at Chapel Creek, one of their new communities in the Hoover area.

His request was very simple, yet very challenging.  They had already purchased and received four multicolored plexiglass panels that were to be mounted on the entrance columns.  They wanted to showcase the vibrant colors of the sign, but not by spot lighting them with traditional bullet lights.  After an on site design consultation, we had a hunch that might be the optimum in creative solutions.  By holding the panel up to the sun, we noticed that it was translucent and allowed a fair amount of light to pass through it.  All we had to do was determine how we could backlight the panel.  Fortunately, the panel was mounted inside a cavity on the columns.  The cavity was approximately two inches deep, which precluded the use of traditional fixtures.  We decided to use some 12 volt rope lighting inside the cavity.  The rope lighting was configured in a very tightly wound “S” pattern. 

In theory, we thought we had a winning solution, but we had to wait until dusk to view the actual results.  Once darkness arrived, the results exceeded our expectations.

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