Tips to Keep your Outdoor Lights Working Through the Wind and Rain.
With the rain coming back, fall is a great time of year to perform some simple maintenance tasks on your outdoor lighting to keep them in good working order and help them last a long time.
TIPS FOR MAINTAINING FIXTURES: Clean your fixtures and lenses. Look for any signs of damage or cracked glass. If damage is detected make repairs as you can and order replacement parts as needed. If any moisture is detected inside the fixture, check rubber gaskets and seals and replace as needed. Make sure you clean and dry all moisture from inside the fixture when it is reassembled.
TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR LIGHTS WHERE YOU WANT THEM: Fixtures may move over time so check for location and aiming position and make adjustments as needed. Landscapes grow and often block light fixtures. Pruning is required to reclaim these fixtures and eliminate hot spots caused by overgrowth. Remember, when pruning, be sure to cut back far enough to prevent foliage and branches from creating undesirable hot spots in your lighting scene. Check timers for correct time and switching sequences. Adjust if needed.
Of course, you can always call us, and we’ll make sure your scenes perform night after glorious night, never to miss an evening queue.
Autumn: The Ideal Season to Create Outdoor Lighting Scenes
From Paul Welty, COLD, CLVLT
Fall has arrived. The temperature is dropping, summer green leaves are turning a multitude of brilliant fall colors and yes, the days are getting shorter and the nighttime longer. This is the time we outdoor lighting designers love the most. You and I get to enjoy the scenes we create longer, as we transition to fall and then into winter. We know through experience and our clients’ reactions that fall can be the most dramatic and interesting time of year to witness Mother Nature’s change through light and shadow.
One might argue that they don’t go outside into their gardens at nighttime during the fall and winter months. That’s when we offer to bring those beautiful scenes into your home.
Through trial and error and many hours of testing in different scenarios, we have developed techniques and products to transform your home’s windows and glass doors into nighttime portraits of your favorite outdoor scenes, trees, sculptures or whatever you love the most. You’ll no longer feel closed in a fish bowl, looking at reflections of the inside.
Your indoor spaces will open back out to your gardens creating a wonderful feeling of openness and depth. We would be thrilled to demonstrate these techniques for you to witness before you commit, so please give me a call for more details.
Entertain Outdoors After the Sun Sets with Professional Outdoor Lighting Design.
Time to Come Outside and Stay Outside
By Paul Welty
It’s the time of year we’re anxious to get back outside. The sun starts showing itself a little more, the bulbs are starting to pop up, and it’s getting warmer….Yeah! That means the outside entertaining season will be here before we know it!
Remember the projects you’ve been thinking of and are now ready to get done? Isn’t it time to make your favorite outdoor spaces usable as well as beautiful after the sun goes down? You know it can be done. You’ve been thinking about it all of the long dark winter. Yes…..It is time to bring lighting into your outdoor spaces. You’ve spared little expense and taken great pride and time in selecting the features, elements and finishes that now create your favorite outdoor spaces. You should do no less when selecting and designing the outdoor lighting and lighting systems that will complement and complete your outdoor lighting design project.
Did I say “design the light?”
I absolutely did! That’s where we come in at Innovative Nightscapes. Our professionally trained and certified lighting designers will work with you to design light that will give your outdoor spaces that relaxing resort-like feeling. Professionally designed light utilizes products and devices that take control of the light, shielding our eyes from light sources, shaping and directing the light where we need it for egress and safe passage, and then drawing our eyes naturally and comfortably through the different and interesting elements of our night time scenes, ultimately creating a relaxing, comfortable, resort like space.
Creating a view from within.
Our lighting designer will also consider how your new outdoor scenes will be viewed from inside your home. When we design night time scenes, it is very important to draw the inside viewer’s eye beyond the reflection of the glass. Properly designed outdoor lighting will eliminate the reflection of ourselves that we’re used to seeing at night, draw our eyes outside again, and ultimately extend our inside living space.
Professionally designed light considers all of the harsh elements associated with light as well. Light trespass to neighboring properties, skyglow, improper light levels, energy consumption and system longevity are just a few of issues that could potentially create problems. We take great pride and spend a lot of energy making sure that these things never become problems.
Professional installation and products.
Innovative Nightscapes will install your lighting system using only the best proven installation methods and techniques to insure that your lighting system will perform night after glorious night. We will also maintain your system to insure perfect performance and uninterrupted service all year long. If you prefer, we will teach you the basic and simple tasks required to keep your lights burning bright. You get to choose!
Innovative Nightscapes can provide lighting services for any budget. With an absolutely amazing and overwhelming selection of lighting products to choose from, Innovative Nightscapes has already done all of the homework needed to know what products are available, what products are usable and will last for years, and what products will fit your budget.
Contact us today for your complimentary lighting consultation that will draw you outside, even when you’re inside!
Why Go with a Pro for your Outdoor Lighting?
You’ve just spent serious energy and resources to create the perfect outdoor living space you’ve always dreamed of. Your favorite sculpture now lives in the ideal location where it can be viewed from many different angles and perspectives. That favorite specimen tree can now be observed from inside your home as well as outside, as it performs its spectacular transformations throughout the seasons. You now have the coolest outdoor kitchen and dining space in the neighborhood. And now you’ve decided to add outdoor lighting to bring your favorite landscape elements to life after dark.
Where to Start?
How are you going to get that done and be thrilled every time you gaze out into your gardens after dark, or every time you entertain? You might start with an internet search and most likely would be overwhelmed with all of the choices to choose from. Where do I start, what kind of lights do I choose? What’s good, what’s not good? Line voltage vs. low voltage? What’s that really mean?
You might look at the selection of lighting equipment available at the home improvement stores and decide that these products don’t really feel or look like the quality of products you’ve required on other projects. You sought out the help from other professionals to meet the expectations you set for your projects. And you should do no less when lighting the spaces you’re so proud of.
Call on the Expertise of a Certified Outdoor Lighting Designer
A trained and certified architectural and landscape lighting designer will know all of the right questions to ask you when deciding how best to light your space. Your lighting designer will take a personal interest in how you want to use your space, and the features and elements that are most important to you. A skilled designer will help you discover how you would like to view these elements, be it dramatic or subtle, or the many wonderful options in between.
The Science of Lighting for the Eye
A professional outdoor lighting designer understands how the human eye works. This is critical when designing outdoor lighting scenes. Having a basic understanding of what your eyes are actually doing when reacting to light and dark gives your designer the ability to create night time scenes that will gently and gracefully draw the viewer’s eye through the scene, from the beginning to end of the scene, and in many cases into the next scene.
When our eyes function comfortably and relaxed, without strain, that calmness transfers to the rest of the body almost instantly. Starting the design process from here builds the foundation for a quality project that you will be thrilled to view and share every night of the year.
Extend your View from the Inside Out
A good designer will also teach you how we are creating scenes to be viewed from inside the home as well. Where we are used to seeing a dark window or more likely a reflection of what’s inside, our eyes will now be drawn beyond the reflection of the glass and out into our gardens again, creating new perspectives we had not considered before. Observing the changing of the seasons at night, through the use of light and shadow, and from the comfort of your home, is very relaxing and spectacular. A skilled designer will bring beautiful views into your home as well as out.
Product and Lighting Technology Knowledge
With a designer you will get product and technology education. The market is flooded with outdoor lighting products. There are literally products for every budget. Your designer has already done the homework and knows what the best products are to fit your budget and project. The technology is always changing so top designers are up on all that’s new and will have relationships with manufacturers receiving their latest offerings before the rest of the marketplace.
A professional outdoor lighting designer will be well versed in the latest switching and timing technologies and products. Having help to navigate through the maze of available lighting products will help you select quality products that will last a lifetime and are suited specifically for your project.
Ready to get Started?
So where can the average person turn to find a professional and certified architectural and landscape lighting designer? A great place to start looking would be professional associations such as the AOLP (Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals). Professional associations attract individuals dedicated to improving their personal skills as well as delivering the highest quality products to their customers. These designers have invested huge amounts of time and money to participate in the organizations in continuing efforts improve the industry as a whole.
When quality is the only option for your outdoor lighting project, you can always rely on a professional outdoor lighting designer to guide you smoothly through, from beginning to end, night after glorious night!
Paul Welty, owner of Innovative Nightscapes, is a certified lighting designer and member of AOLP. If you’d like more information on how your outdoor spaces can be turned into livable places at night contact us.
For Immediate Release
Portland, OR (May 3, 2012) – Paul Welty, owner of Innovative Nightscapes, has received the prestigious Award of Merit for Best Commercial Lighting from the Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals (AOLP) for his work on Joe’s Burgers & Bar in Portland, Ore.
Award entries are judged on creativity, effective use of lighting techniques and design, and are voted on by AOLP’s national membership. Stacey Zimmerman, AOLP Communications Director explained, “The goal of the AOLP Lighting Awards is to honor and promote professional excellence in outdoor lighting design and to recognize industry achievement.”
Joe’s Burgers & Bar, the project for which Welty won the award, is located on a heavily traveled arterial with many businesses along each side. Welty saw this was a prime opportunity to make a statement through the art of lighting design and to help make the restaurant stand out even more at night. Through the strategic use of light fixtures and techniques, Welty’s design highlighted the landscaping and the building’s most interesting architectural features. Practical objectives such as providing safe passageway for customers walking from the rear parking lot to the front entrance were also an important consideration.
When asked what winning this award meant to him, Welty’s response was, “The fact that my peers in the professional outdoor lighting industry deemed my design the best in this category makes this even more of an honor. I am thrilled to be honored by them and to have earned their respect.”
Innovative Nightscapes is a creative architectural, landscape & outdoor lighting design\build firm based in Portland, Ore. They have been designing and installing custom outdoor lighting scenes for residential, commercial and public spaces throughout the Pacific Northwest since 2007. Owner, Paul Welty, received his first professional lighting design certification through the Landscape Lighting Institute in Troy, NY and has since been asked to return as a mentor and teacher. Paul has also earned his COLD (Certified Outdoor Lighting Designer) certification which is an intense four year design certification offered through the AOLP. Paul has also earned his CLVLT (Certified Low Voltage Lighting Technician) certification, also offered through the AOLP.
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