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Getting the Most Out of Your Landscape Lighting: An Interview with Keith Drew of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives

By Keith Drew

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Greenville has been designing outdoor lighting systems for elegant homes in the Greenville area for over 15 years. Our expertise is lighting the southern architectural styles as well as outdoor living spaces, decks, patios, pools, landscaping, trees and more. Frequently, we find that our customers have these amazing homes with a beautiful backyard and outdoor living spaces. And after the sun sets, it all fades into the darkness of the night. Our services allow our customers to reclaim the night with stunning energy-efficient, low-voltage outdoor lighting. Our unparalleled design expertise, handcrafted copper and brass low-voltage LED outdoor light fixtures and impeccable installation with continued maintenance have earned us our reputation for being America's number one preferred outdoor lighting company.

Can you briefly explain some of the differences between a garden/yard with landscape lighting compared with one without it?

A home and a garden with landscape lighting is a home and a garden that will stand out. Americans make such large investments in their home and landscaping that it should be something that you want to showcase at all times. Frequently, I have driven through neighborhoods filled with beautiful homes, but you would never know if they do not have lighting. The houses look dark, unoccupied, and plain. A house with lighting is a house that is warm and inviting and will definitely stand out.

What are some of the basic lighting decisions that homeowners need to make during the landscape design process?

The basic lighting decisions that homeowners need to make during the landscape design process include what their goal is. Some homeowners look to highlight the architectural beauty of their home while others prefer to highlight their landscaping. It is also important to decide whether you prefer the uplight lighting effect or the downlight lighting effect. In addition, it is important to decide what your lighting investment budget will be.

How does a lighting system demonstration work and how well does it recreate the actual lighting that a homeowner will have?

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Greenville offers free nighttime demonstrations. Essentially, our process involves a day time consultation that will allow us to see your home during the day. This allows us to clearly see the architectural and landscape aspects of your home that you would like to highlight and accent. We will discuss the effect that you look to achieve and the potential solution that we have to offer. Then, we will come back at your convenience at night with battery pack fixtures. We use the same exact fixtures, with the same exact light output as the ones that we install. This allows us to show our customers exactly what their future installation will look like. This allows our customers the ability to 'play' with their options as we move lights around, add lights and remove lights. This is the ideal opportunity to 'perfect' your system. Once we have perfected their system, we always end the conversation by saying "what you see is what you get". As such, once your lights are installed, you will know exactly what you will be receiving.

How easy or difficult is it to make changes to landscape lighting after it's been installed?

Since Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Greenville offers free nighttime demonstrations, we rarely see the need to make changes after the outdoor lighting has been installed. However, if after the installation, our customers would like to make changes, it is still not a problem. We can always tweak placement. The most frequent change we see after an installation is our customers are so happy with their lights, we see them requesting more lights fairly soon after their initial consultation.

Do you have any advice for landscaping lights to help with both security and aesthetics?

We offer a wide array of outdoor lighting options to suit the needs and desires of all of our customers. We offer lighting that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing. We offer the ability to set your outdoor lighting on an astronomical timer. This allows our customers the ability to 'set and forget' their lights. They will be automatically programmed to turn on and off at the same time each day. Not only are the outdoor lights designed to highlight the best features of your home, but this will also allow our customers to have a sense of security since they do not need to be home to turn on their lights. In addition, the timer will adjust with the time changes and will automatically adjust itself as dusk and dawn change throughout the season. Additionally, research does show that outdoor lighting is a great deterrent from possible crime, so lighting not only helps to make your home looks it best, but also helps to protect it.

What's the best way for people to contact you and your company?

The best way for people to contact me and our company is by calling our office Monday-Friday when we are open from 8am to 4:30pm at (864) 292-0002. We will happy to answer any questions or provide information on our consulting process. In addition, we can also be contacted by email: OLPGreenville@outdoorlights.com. We also encourage people to review our website at www.Greenville.outdoorlights.com.
You can find more info at our website: www.OutdoorLights.com.

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