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It's Time to Treat Yourself … With Twin Cities Landscape Lighting

What did you get for Mother’s Day? A bouquet of flowers that are already dying? Breakfast in bed (if that is what you want to call the concoction the kids brought you)? Give yourself the gift of light this summer. Illuminate your favorite places. Create an escape in your yard just for you!

Every now and then, you really do deserve to treat yourself! Maybe with something different than the usual treat-yourself ideas like shoes, a handbag or symphony tickets. Twin Cities landscape lighting is a real treat, and one you can enjoy year-round.

Is that a new concept for you, landscape lighting, or something you’ve been thinking about? If you’ve been admiring the landscape lighting at a neighbor’s home, try it for your own home. We’re pretty sure you’ll love it. Remember: you deserve it!

Create Your Own Escape Spot

You know that little getaway you’ve been dreaming about? On a tropical island? Okay, we can’t offer you a tropical island, exactly, but we do have some ideas for your own oasis in your own yard. It might be as simple as rest and relaxation on your patio after dinner, with an understanding that will be YOUR time. Subtle landscape lighting around your patio will bathe your space in a gentle light that sets the mood for the R&R you need to recharge your batteries.

What else can we find for you? Do you have a gazebo that no one really uses? Sure, it’s decorative, but with gentle lights above it to give the effect of moonlight, and some jazzy and very comfortable throw pillows, that gazebo could be your escape after you put the kids to bed. Do you have a pergola with a bench under it? Again, throw pillows, landscape lighting and maybe a glass of wine. Ahhhhhh, yes. Time away, just for you. You deserve it!

We’ll Handle Your Twin Cities Landscape Lighting

This is no time for a DIY approach. Let Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis do all the work. Even if you’re actually a designer yourself, we’ve got this. Our professional outdoor lighting designers may surprise you with how wonderful your custom lighting design turns out. What’s more, our technicians will pull the wiring and climb the ladders, because, remember, you’re treating yourself. This is not another task to put on your never-ending To-Do List. This is a time for you to point and let others do for you.

Don’t wait for the kids, friends, boyfriends, husbands to get you what you really want for a gift; treat yourself to the landscape lighting of your dreams. Call today to schedule a design consultation. The sooner you start, the sooner your lighting installation can be complete! 763-208-0555

Maybe Summer Will Get Here Faster if You're Ready for It!

If the snow is finally melting, after the last blizzard of the season, the mosquitoes cannot be far behind. You know what that means: SUMMER IS COMING! We have been waiting long enough for warmer weather to signal that summertime activities are not far behind. We are going to the lake; we are opening the pool; we are bringing out the summer wardrobe.

Are you ready for summer? Once the snow clears and you can find your outdoor living spaces again, what needs to be done before summer swings into high gear?

Landscape clean-up — All those dead branches you couldn’t see: now you can remove them. Masses of leaves that were covered by snow and ice before you could rake them: now you can rake them. If the melted snow has left behind any standing water on your property, be sure to drain it or dry it out before it becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Mosquito and tick control — Speaking of mosquitoes, if you haven’t yet called Mosquito Squad of the Twin Cities, now is the time to call and set up your service. Mosquito and tick protection is one way to keep your family safer during the summer.

Outdoor living spaces — It may seem like a long Honey-Do list, but you’ve got to start somewhere! It’s time to clean the grill, refill the propane, clean the pool and spruce up your outdoor furnishings to make sure your deck, porch or patio is/are ready for summer. Whether you’re the Honey or the list-maker, you’ve got work to do!

Lighting for outdoor living spaces — Is this the year you’ll have deck lighting or patio lighting installed to make your outdoor living spaces usable for additional hours every evening? This is the time of year to call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis for a free outdoor lighting design consultation. There’s no need to let darkness drive you inside night after night. Professional lighting for your outdoor living spaces is the best way to make the most of summer nights. String lighting, party lights, café lights, bistro lights—whatever you call them, they will elevate your festivities instantaneously. We can install professional-grade LED string lighting that stands up to tough weather so you can leave them up all year long.

Party planning — Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day are the big ones, sure, but you don’t have to stop there. Any summer weekend is a reason to spend good times with friends … especially if you have professional outdoor lighting installed so you can extend your get-togethers beyond nightfall. Have you selected your recipes yet? It’s time to pull up those recipes you’ve been saving on Pinterest for months and try them out.

Start-Up your sprinkler system — Before the summer heat arrives, get your Twin Cities sprinkler system turned on, inspected, and fired up for the summer irrigation season. Our sister brand Conserva can handle it for you to make sure it is done perfectly, with efficiency in mind.

Maximize your Minneapolis summer with outdoor lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis and mosquito control from our sister brand Mosquito Squad of the Twin Cities. Call today to schedule a design consultation. The sooner you start, the sooner your lighting installation can be complete! 763-208-0555

Temporary Outdoor Event Lighting for Your Local Twin Cities Fair, Festival, Carnival, or Event

Are you responsible for planning a large event for your town, church, school, or charity? From Slice of Shoreview to Excelsior Crazy Days, the Twin Cities area is full of summer festivals and fairs. Whether carnie games, a Ferris wheel, a special cause, or a concert is the big draw, your event is going to need lighting to create the festival vibe and encourage your guests to stay longer.

There are a variety of options in lighting for your community event. Our lighting experts will assess your event space and offer a custom recommendation to meet your needs.

If your event is being held in a large parking lot, popular lighting options include:

  • Festival lighting – professional-grade LED string lighting hanging overhead will set a nostalgic carnival vibe.
  • Moonlighting is a fantastic idea to project a wash of light over the entire space if you have trees or other nearby structure to mount a light.

A variety of our landscape lighting solutions can work for your event if it is held in a field:

  • Path lighting is a great way to illuminate walkways and highlight perimeters.
  • Focal lighting is perfect for lighting up signs and feature events.
  • Uplighting allows us to use trees, statues, and other vertical elements at your event to indirectly illuminate the entire area.

If you’re planning a large outdoor event for your organization this summer, consider Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis your partner in outdoor event lighting for summer nighttime fun. Call today to learn more. 763-208-0555

Twin Cities Outdoor Lighting Adds a Perfect Spark to Your Memorial Day Celebrations

Are you ready for the unofficial start of summer? Memorial Day weekend is the much-anticipated beginning of warmer summer weather sticking around in the Twin Cities (or so we hope). To mark the occasion, homeowners around St. Paul and Minneapolis are throwing backyard barbecues while those with cabins up north or homes on the lake are putting their docks in and hosting the first bonfires of the season.

No matter how you are celebrating Memorial Day weekend, chances are you will be planning to spend the weekend outdoors (and every summer weekend until the leaves begin to turn). Could your outdoor space use an update? Have you been meaning to get around to adding outdoor lighting so you could spend more time on the deck, dock, patio, or playing yard games after dark? Don’t wait until you are mid-party this summer to think about it again. Take action now to create a summer full of outdoor fun, this summer and every summer from now on!

Summer Party Outdoor Lighting Ideas

What is your favorite outdoor space? Start there.

Yard games all day? Consider adding outdoor lighting to your sand volleyball court, horseshoe court, or open lawn where whiffle ball, kickball, and can jam are enjoyed.

Chilling in the Adirondack on the dock with a beer? Add dock lighting so you can fill the cooler and stay on the dock all day and well into the night.

Dinner on the patio? Add patio lighting to enhance function and set the perfect mood for drinks and dessert after dinner is cleared.

Brand new firepit or outdoor fireplace? With hardscape lighting added to your sitting walls and under the capstones, you’ll enjoy an easy ambiance and visibility when the embers begin to fizzle.

Is your deck the gathering place during parties? With deck lighting or permanent festive string lighting you can encourage guests to hang out, stay outside, and enjoy the fireflies as late as the neighbors will withstand!

Summer in the Twin Cities is short. And while most of us love parts of winter (or we wouldn’t be here) all of us want to make every moment of summer count. Maximize your Minneapolis summer with outdoor lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis. Call today to schedule a design consultation. The sooner you start, the sooner your lighting installation can be complete! 763-208-0555

Consider Twin Cities Landscape Lighting Before Landscapers Start Digging

Updating your landscape this spring? Are the landscape designers hard at work with a plan for the minute the weather breaks? Don’t forget the lighting! Whether your new landscape design requires a new residential landscape lighting system, a new commercial outdoor lighting system, or additional lights to an existing system, calling us before the landscapers start digging.

Landscape Lighting Designers

It can sometimes be an afterthought to add new landscape lighting when your landscape undergoes a renovation, but it is important to get the landscape lighting designers in on the landscape design early. We’ll work with your landscape designer to make sure we can maximize opportunities for beautiful lighting while also planning the phases accordingly.

Landscape Lighting Installation

Landscapes are no longer just flowers and mulch. With additions of landscape walls, paver walkways, and other hardscape features, it is even more important than ever to get our team in early during the renovation of your landscape. We can add the various elements that make up your complete lighting system with optimal timing. Potentially saving us from drilling into the freshly installed stonework, it can save us from having to dig up freshly planted flowers and will allow us the most flexibility in where the lights can go and how to conceal all the wiring required for a polished final look. Burying lighting lines at just the right time can save you a headache in additional messes after the new landscape is completed.

When we pre-prep your site throughout the process of landscape installation, we can very quickly and easily add the lights and adjust them as soon as the rest is complete for a more concise process overall. After all, who wants to wait for a project to be completed any longer than necessary.

Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis today for all your Twin Cities residential and commercial outdoor lighting needs. 763-208-0555

Every Business Can Benefit from Professional Minneapolis Commercial Christmas Lighting

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis, we offer amazing, full-service holiday lighting for local businesses. From Maple Grove to St. Paul, Lake Minnetonka, Blaine, Edina, and the entire Twin Cities area we are spreading the Christmas spirit more than the infamous Clark Griswold (but with tasteful, less-is-more design, of course.) Our expert lighting team designs the best holiday lighting displays, using top-quality LED Christmas lights, meticulously installs them, and come back to take them down and store them for the summer.

While you might be thinking your business is not retail or hospitality related, so you don’t need to create a festive holiday experience, you’d be wrong. Every business can benefit from spreading holiday cheer. This year we had the distinct joy of providing Christmas lighting for two very different types of businesses. Check out our hospital holiday lighting and golf club holiday lighting below.

TPC Twin Cities Golf Club Christmas Lighting

Creating a magical holiday feeling at the TPC Twin Cities Golf Club was a special treat. We were able to wrap all the right trees with warm white LED Christmas lights to create a festive welcome when members arrive after dark.

We also created a memorable experience on the patio for a magical view from inside the warmth of the clubhouse. By wrapping the large trees as well as the ornamental trees in Christmas lights, the patio becomes an enchanted scene for those who want to venture out and enjoy the chilly winter air with snow dancing all around them.

Maple Grove Hospital Christmas Lighting

We were happy to have the chance to create Christmas cheer and hope for patients, visitors, and the employees at Maple Grove Hospital. The holidays can be a difficult time of year for those who are in need of medical care, and any bit of joy that can be offered, should be.

We wrapped the trees leading along the parking lot to the entrance with classic white Christmas string lights to guide the way for visitors. We also provided some cheerful illumination on the patio outside of the cafeteria for a festive view from within.

Holiday lighting can go a long way in showing your clients, patients, employees, and guests that you care. If you’re interested in setting a festive mood for your business around the holidays, call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis any time of the year to get started. We look forward to providing Christmas lighting for your business. 763-208-0555

Professional Year-Round Outdoor String Lights: Keep Them Up & Keep Them On, All Winter!

When you see festive string lights or market lights hanging over a restaurant patio or in a friend’s backyard, you immediately think of summer outdoor living. After all, summer carnivals and fairs, barbecues, and dining on the patio are what they are most commonly known for. But for those who enjoy owning these fun, popular outdoor lights, there may be some concern about snow and ice during the harsh Minnesota winter. While we can’t comment on the durability of lights bought at the local big box store, we can reassure you about our professional-grade LED string lights.

A Little Snow Never Hurt

Our professional quality LED string lights are built and installed to withstand the weather. While of course there are special extreme cases where anything can happen, general snow and light ice should not cause you any issues. In fact, our lights are specifically stunning with the glittering glow they create across a fresh coating of powder. A little bit of ice makes a spectacular reflection, only increasing your enjoyment of the beautiful lightscape. Created for the purpose of summer fun, permanent outdoor string lighting provides you with surprising winter delight.

Minnesota Outdoor Lighting for Winter Outdoor Living

Many Minnesotans embrace and love winter weather. When lows dip far below zero, the 20’s and 30’s begin to feel balmy and provide a perfect reason to get outside in the snow. Enjoy the fantastic glow of permanent market lighting on your patio this winter. With a fireplace or fire pit and your snow gear on, these lights are a perfect way to extend a day of playing in the snow into the evening and beyond. Grab the marshmallows and hot cocoa and enjoy a winter evening on the patio under the lights of our professional festive lighting.

If you’d love to create a nostalgic and festive feeling on your patio or deck that can stay up all year long, call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis today! 763-208-0555

Vic’s on Historic Main St. Gains Nighttime Flair with Minneapolis Market Lighting

Overlooking historic cobblestone Main Street, with views of the Mississippi River, Vic’s Dining is a staple in the old flour milling district of downtown Minneapolis. No stranger amongst its industrial neighbors, Vic’s restaurant offers the cool downtown factory vibe that makes the area a draw for young professionals and evenings out on the town.

With the neighborhood growing fast with new loft style apartments and high demand, Vic’s was ready to up their game by adding a modern vibe to their outdoor eating area. The large wraparound dining patio features fabulous views of the Mississippi River and during good weather is the preferred place to eat. To enhance the enjoyment of the space after sunset, Vic’s contacted us to add nostalgic and timeless market lights above the outdoor dining space.

To add a fun flair for diners, we used the old awning frame which is one of the building’s trademarks, to string commercial quality LED string lights around the entire dining space. Without an awning on the frame, it adds to the industrial/unfinished feeling and provides a perfect host for transformative nighttime restaurant lighting. These LED market lights will withstand the wind and deep freeze of winter and still perform fantastically.

Creating an enjoyable environment is an important complement to excellent food and service. Developing repeat customers and frequent word-of-mouth recommendation can take any restaurant business to the next level.

If your restaurant needs to step up its game to win diners in our increasingly competitive market, call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis today. We offer custom outdoor restaurant lighting designs that will help attract new business, keep current diners coming back and improve your restaurant’s bottom line. We look forward to working with you. 763-208-0555

Blaine, Minnesota’s TPC Twin Cities Golf Club’s New Patio is the Place to be After Sunset Thanks to Custom Landscape Lighting

Do you have a place? A place that just feels like home? A place you can kick back, enjoy life, and relax away from the day’s worries and cares? TPC Twin Cities Golf Club in Blaine, MN is that place for many Twin City residents. With club amenities and of course the award-winning PGA golf course, there is no question why it is a great community to join. With the recent addition of an outdoor patio and the custom commercial landscape lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis, they just created one more reason to keep members at the club longer and encourage new members to join.

Commercial Patio Lighting

Illuminating outdoor dining spaces and patios has become vital for all hospitality businesses. From restaurants, bars, clubs, and hotels, having outdoor amenities is a must-have. By adding a new patio, TPC Golf Club is keeping up with the demands for outdoor spaces by its members. To further meet those needs, the Blaine golf club contacted us to make the space not just functional at night, but intriguing, attractive, and memorable.

Surrounded by gorgeous landscaping, this prestigious patio gave us a perfect canvas to finesse with a custom outdoor lighting design. By illuminating trees and shrubbery surrounding the space, we created a soft perimeter lighting to set just the right mood for nighttime enjoyment.

Professional-Grade Outdoor String Lighting

To bring a spark of fun and festivity for the guests, we added gorgeous professional-grade market lights over the entire patio space. These lights are a classic way to set a fun-filled mood in any outdoor area. With our top-quality lights, custom design, and meticulous installation, TPC Golf Club and its members will be making unforgettable memories in this space for many years to come.

If you’re restaurant, bar, hotel, or club could use help creating an enjoyable outdoor space for guests, call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis today! 763-208-0555

Professional Minneapolis Holiday Lighting: Could Your Business Benefit from the Holiday Spirit?

Being a business owner means being on your toes 150% of the time. With many moving parts from marketing to sales, human resources, operations, and accounting, you have to have your eye on every ball. The holiday season is an especially important time of year to be on top of things. For many businesses, it is the time of year to make a good portion of yearly sales and profits. If your business relies on the festive spirit to encourage generous spending on gifts, meals out, entertainment, or lodging, creating a holiday mood for your business is essential. Don’t take on yet another task yourself, let the professionals at "Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis at the holiday spirit to your business with professional Christmas lighting.

Welcome Guests with the Holiday Spirit at Your Business

One of the sure fire ways to invite patrons in is to exude holiday festivity from the outside in. Starting with commercial outdoor holiday lighting in the parking lot, on trees and around your business entryway lets everyone know that you are ready for the season of giving. The holiday spirit is contagious. In retail, it encourages generous gift buying. In restaurants and bars, it encourages indulgences and treating others to one more drink or a perfect dessert. In hospitality, you can make guests feel at ease from the hustle and bustle of travel and maybe get them to pamper themselves with spa treatments or other additional services. And if you’re in the personal services industry like hair, nails, and other spa treatments, you know how busy the holiday season can be, a festive spirit encourages better tipping and gift giving from your most beloved clientele.

Even if your business doesn’t increase during the holidays, it can benefit from creating a holiday spirit. Hospitals, assisted living homes, and large neighborhood HOAs benefit tremendously from keeping their building and grounds festive. Patients feel comforted and at home with the holiday décor. Residents feel welcome when they arrive home after dark to a gorgeous outdoor Christmas lighting display. And that feeling of Christmas becomes known, making your neighborhood or facility a desirable place to go or live.

Don’t wait. And don’t increase your labor costs by having your maintenance crews working on it for days or more. Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis. We’ll create a gorgeous Christmas lighting design for your business. We’ll install, take-down and even store your lights for next year. Get started today, we know you want your lights up by Thanksgiving, and we need to get started now. 763-208-0555

Upgrade your Edina LED Landscape Lighting Before the Long Winter Nights Run Up Your Electric Bill

Do you love your Edina landscape lights? Do you wonder how you ever got through the fun summer parties and long winter nights without them? While no one likes when the sun is setting before 5 pm, it does take the edge off when you receive a warm welcome home, with your Edina landscape lighting guiding the way.

Running your low-voltage or line-voltage outdoor lighting for as many as 6-8 hours at night in the winter can add to your already higher energy costs in the winter. But if your system were LED, the cost could be difficult to notice. LED uses 80% less energy than Halogen.

Edina LED Landscape Lighting Upgrade

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis, we feel strongly about being good stewards of the Earth. So much so, that we founded our sister brand, Conserva Irrigation to help conserve fresh water resources. When it comes to energy, every reduction in use and every implementation of technology that can allow for the lifestyle impact of that reduction to be minimized is of extremely high value.

We are pleased to offer LED landscape lighting upgrades for your existing Edina landscape lighting system. We can retrofit most systems with LED for a massive reduction in energy use each month as well as a lower ecological footprint long-term with the increased longevity of the lamps themselves. With each lamp lasting 30,000-50,000 hours, compared to 2-5,000 hours with Halogen, there will be fewer lights in landfills and less energy consumed to produce landscape lights.

Call today to learn more about Edina LED landscape lighting upgrades and retrofits. 763-208-0555

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Winter is Coming. Savor the Outdoors in Minneapolis, Before It’s Too Late!

School is back in session, the days are beginning to shorten, and the nights are getting crisper, giving you a sense of what is on the horizon. Summer is coming to an end, and the most comfortable outdoor weather of the year is upon us. With cool nights and warm days, September is a stunning time of year to enjoy the outdoors in Minneapolis, Bloomington, Edina and the surrounding suburbs. How will you maximize your outdoor living before winter arrives? Might we provide a few suggestions?

Adventures on the Water

Get out on the Lake for one (or several) more pontoon cruises, kayak trips, stand-up paddle boarding, tubing, skiing, or swimming. In the land of 10,000 lakes, Lake Season never seems long enough. So before it passes you by, get out on Lake Minnetonka, White Bear Lake, Lake Calhoun, Ham Lake, or any other of your thousands of choices, and enjoy lake living before ice skating season is upon you.

A Night on the Town

The Minneapolis night-life is fantastic. And nothing is better than being able to enjoy dinner on a roof top deck or outdoor dining patio in the summer. With spectacular skyline views and demand by diners to be outside, most restaurants offer outdoor dining spaces adorned with amazing outdoor lighting for nighttime enjoyment. Before dinner, take in the Minnehaha Falls, then follow your meal with a romantic stroll on the Riverwalk. With gorgeous weather and so much to see, now is the time to get uptown.

Throw a Backyard Party

Whether you do it for Labor Day, a Sunday Vikings game, a special family event, or just because, be sure to get one more backyard barbecue in before the winter weather forces you indoors. Fire up the smoker or the barbecue grill, get out the yard games for one last round and invite the masses. With Minneapolis LED outdoor lighting, you can let the last outdoor party of the season extend well into the night with plenty of visibility on your deck, patio, or other outdoor living spaces. (Don’t forget the mosquito control.)

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis, we love outdoor living almost as much as we love the great Twin Cities. Combine the two and you’ve got your own slice of paradise. We enjoy providing outdoor lighting to support your outdoor lifestyle, be sure to call us for the best LED outdoor lighting design, installation and service in Minneapolis. 763-208-0555

Enjoy a Celestial Effect Year-Round, Every Year with Minneapolis Moonlighting at Your Home

Are you disappointed that the total eclipse was not quite total here in Minneapolis? Do you enjoy celestial events, stargazing, and hunter’s moons? At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis, we have a perfect way to enjoy a magical celestial effect, every night, all year long, every year with moonlighting.

What is Moonlighting?

Moonlighting is an outdoor lighting technique that mimics the light of a full moon. As the light cascades down through tree branches across your property, you enjoy the same magical moments enjoyed by amazing hunter’s moons.

We achieve this effect by mounting down lights strategically in your surrounding trees. With the right tree and the right placement, you can enjoy a gentle wash of light across a large area of your property.

Moonlighting is perfect for large patios and decks. They provide perfect lighting for outdoor activities such as volleyball, horseshoes, bean bags, and around swing sets.

While we can’t recreate an event as remarkable as a total solar eclipse, we certainly add a bit of everyday magic to your yard for nighttime use.

Read this previous story about moonlighting in Minneapolis for more great ideas. And if you’re ready to add beauty and magic to your Minneapolis home for nighttime use, call now for a free design consultation. 763-208-0555 With long winter nights right around the corner, you’ll be glad you did.

Minneapolis Outdoor Christmas Lighting: Schedule Now Before Back-to-School Madness

As each new season and holiday creeps into the space of the one before it, we find ourselves surrounded by back-to-school products in June and Halloween decorations in July. While we find this rush to the next big thing obnoxious, in the professional Minneapolis Christmas Lighting industry, it might actually make good sense. While we hate to mention Christmas in July, we would love it if you did!

Whether you love Christmas, hate it, or are somewhere in between, you can certainly get on board with 1.) letting someone else handle your outdoor Christmas lighting and 2.) getting it off of your plate now rather than later.

Our Christmas lighting services are for both commercial and residential properties and include design, installation, take-down, and storage.

  • We recommend you contact us at your earliest convenience to plan your professional Christmas lighting.
  • If you are a new Christmas client, we can make big design decisions now, order lights, and add you to the schedule.
  • If you are a returning client, we can simply get you on the schedule, but if you’d like to make changes or additions we can work out those details now.

What is the Hurry?

Most people want to enjoy their holiday lighting from Thanksgiving through Christmas, but there is a limited window for installing Christmas lights. That window can be made even smaller by unforeseen weather conditions. Making our schedule now allows us to staff up properly and avoid having to tell people no. (We hate doing that!)

Great Christmas lighting design is not a one-size-fits-all. We work with you to create the holiday lightscape that fits your personal style and property. This design process is not lengthy, but it does add an element to the process.

In addition, we frequently receive calls from clients after Thanksgiving. Depending on their needs, it often is too late to get the products they want most in time. It can also be too late to fit them in the schedule for installation. So for the post-Thanksgiving procrastinators, this is your reminder to get a head-start this year.

Christmas in July

Beat the holiday rush this year. Cross one thing off your hectic holiday to-do list now, before school starts and you find yourself so wrapped up in the day-to-day that Thanksgiving arrives in a flash and you haven’t given Christmas lighting an additional thought. We’re happy to plan now, in July, August, the sooner the better!

Call today to schedule your professional Christmas lighting design consultation with Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis. 763-208-0555

Not convinced? Check out Eight Reasons You Should Hire a Professional to Install Your Outdoor Christmas Decorations

Minneapolis Garden Lighting: Brighten your Blooms for Nighttime Enjoyment

“Deep in their roots, all flowers keep the light.” – Theodore Roethke

Stunning Minneapolis gardens are anticipated all winter long. While covered in winter’s deep freeze, we dream of green leaves, pink petals, and the fragrant blooms of a lilac tree or rose bush. As the ice begins to melt and the wet, muddy spring pushes in, we begin to clean out our garden beds in search of that first daffodil or tulip sprouting through the soil. With so much waiting and anticipation, it’d be a shame only to enjoy your beautiful garden during the daylight hours. With Minneapolis garden lighting, your blooms can shine all night long.

Garden Lighting for Flowers

Garden lighting transforms your garden from daytime vibrancy to nighttime richness. The colors of your reddest roses and yellow lilies will shine truer in the subtle glow of our LED landscape lights. Without the bright summer sun washing them out, you’ll enjoy depth, texture, shadow and the coloring of all of your favorite flowers. Not only that, you’ll gain the easy enjoyment of night-blooming jasmine, moonflowers, and tuberoses.

Garden Lighting for Focal Features

There are more than just flowers to make our gardens special. From statues, fountains, trees, and large structures like gazebos or arbors, our gardens don’t only rely on blooms. With custom Minneapolis garden lighting, you can enjoy a perfectly illuminated statue on your evening walk, or hang out in the gazebo for an evening of drinks under the stars. Whatever your favorite garden feature, we’ll make sure it gets the attention it deserves after the sun sets.

Garden Lighting for Pathways

Garden pathways are a magical treat. They can take you around a secret bend to a field of jasmine or a perfectly groomed rose garden. When it comes to proper garden lighting, illuminating garden paths is a must. Provide yourself and your guests with a guiding light to view all the most treasured flowers, shrubs, and trees in your garden anytime, day or night.

If your Minneapolis, Edina, Wayzata, Bloomington, or Minnetonka garden is hidden under the veil of darkness each night, call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis today! We offer custom garden lighting design, meticulous installation, and the best outdoor lighting services available. 763-208-0555

Minneapolis Summers are About Lakefront Living – Day & Night with Outdoor Lights

Minneapolis lakefront living is all about the great outdoors. From Lake Minnetonka to the lakes of Eagan and Bloomington like Bush Lake, Lake Cornelia, and Hay Lake, year round outdoor activities provide residents with plenty to do.

But nothing beats summers at the lake in Minnesota! Whether you like to set anchor at the Big Island gauntlet on Lake Minnetonka, or you prefer hosting friends and family at your lakefront home, there is something magical about summers on the water.

As your friends arrive with their beverages, boating, and swimming gear, you sit back and relax, preparing for another weekend of summer fun! One way to extend that summer lakefront fun is by adding LED outdoor lighting to your home and property. Proper lakefront lighting should be subtle, providing sure footing and a fun atmosphere without infringing on the magic of the moon and stars reflecting on the pristine waters. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis has just the right touch for creating this balanced custom lighting design for your Minnetonka, Bloomington, or Eagan home.

Dock Lighting

festive dock lightingSubtlety is key for dock lighting. Whether you’re relaxing in your Adirondack to enjoy the night sky, or needing sure-footing for returning after a nighttime boat ride, dock lighting is important for nighttime lake usage. We most frequently use just enough light for a little visibility, but if you have an expansive dock with an outdoor living space, we might just hang some party lights overhead for those fun Friday nights on the water.

Patio Lighting

Patios are perfect for summer parties on the lake. Add a celebratory vibe with custom string lighting, festive lighting, market lighting, no matter what you call it; it is perfect for transforming a space into a fun party atmosphere. In combination with hardscape lighting for your outdoor kitchen, fire pit, or fireplace, you can wait until the sun has set to come ashore where the party will continue well into the night.

Deck Lighting

Nothing beats the view of the waterfront from your lakeside deck. Increase the enjoyment after sunset with custom deck lighting. After a long day on the water, your deck is a perfect place to play cards, laugh with friends and party. Deck lighting is not just cap lights, with stair riser lights, under-mounted railing lights and even moonlighting or festive lighting, your deck is the place to be after the life jackets are hung up for the day.

Path and Stair Lighting

lake house outdoor stair lightingLakefront properties in the Minneapolis area are not perfectly flat and easy to navigate spaces. Often the best views are from homes perched high above the shoreline. Maximize nighttime enjoyment around your entire lakefront property while minimizing risk, with custom path and stair lighting. We can illuminate natural steps from the shore up to your home; we can provide an easy guide from the water’s edge to your outdoor living space and everywhere in between. (Essential for those sun-stroked, beer drinking summer party days.) Get the most out of your lakefront property at night with strategic landscape lighting that adds beauty and function.

The land of 10,000 lakes doesn’t need to be the land of 10,000 lights. Your Minnetonka, Eagan, or Bloomington lakefront property is a magical place, and we want to keep it that way with the right LED outdoor lighting design to meet your summer party needs. 763-208-0555

Minneapolis Commercial Festive Lighting Encourages Nighttime Fun on this Uptown Apartment Rooftop Deck

When it comes to trendy Uptown Minneapolis neighborhoods, commercial property owners have a lot of competition for filling their apartment and condo units. Today’s young professionals want to live near shops, restaurants, and fun nightlife, in buildings that provide all the amenities to maximize the enjoyment of personal time. From major amenities like gyms and pools to community spaces like rooftop patios and outdoor entertaining space, elevating the guest/resident experience will keep units full. Making sure your community spaces are functional both day and night with beautiful outdoor lighting is an economical way to make that happen.

Location, Location, Location & Amenities

The Boutique 28 apartments in the heart of uptown just made life a lot harder for competing apartment complexes. They offer a variety of creative, private units; some even feature private rooftop decks. While they already had the location, the city skyline views, and an onsite gym, it was time to add the finishing touch.

The community rooftop deck was already stunning. It features multiple areas for relaxation, dining, and a grill for summer barbecues. It even features a modern gas fire pit with gorgeous lava rock for relaxing with friends at the end of a long day. And with stunning city skyline views, all it really needed to complete the effect was commercial outdoor lighting for extending those fun evenings into the night.

Commercial Festive Market Lighting

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis, we are proud to have designed and installed stunning permanent festive market lighting over the rooftop deck. These 120 LED lights add visibility for nighttime use, but more importantly, they create a cool vibe. Residents will be clamoring to entertain friends and family on this posh rooftop deck, with the city skyline providing a magical nighttime backdrop to this fun and functional outdoor living space.

So far, the response has been great. Boutique 28 manager, Annie, told us in response to the new lighting, “We just absolutely love them, they are so beautiful. I can’t express enough how easy it was to work with Tom. He was so responsive, always answers the phone and my questions. We couldn’t be happier and working with him was a breeze."

Improving your business’s outdoor living space with Minneapolis commercial outdoor lighting is a great investment for improving the guest or resident experience. The joy brought to their lives will be shared with others, creating a word-of-mouth buzz your business will reap benefits from for years. Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis today to get started. 763-208-0555

“Helping the Environment” Homeowners Upgrade to LED Outdoor Lighting & Smart Lighting Systems

Trends in outdoor lighting and landscape lighting can change on a dime. Homeowners’ motivations ebb and flow with the economy, the political landscape, and their individual priorities, lifestyle, and goals. Recent changes in landscape lighting trends have been lead by technological improvements. Better looking and performing LED lights and improved automation with smart controllers and timers are today’s hottest development.

Just a year or two ago, LED replaced Halogen as the main product for new landscape lighting installation. With 80% less energy use, it was an obvious move for new installations with its beautiful appearance and performance. This year Houzz has discovered new and encouraging lighting trends in their 2017 Landscape Trends Study.

A survey that included “977 homeowners who have undergone, or will be undergoing, outdoor renovations” found 45% of outdoor-renovating homeowners updated or installed outdoor lighting.

LED & High-Quality Lighting is Preferred

The best news is in the details. While you may be tempted with the aisles and aisles of lighting options at the big box stores, you’ll be happier with the design, quality, and longevity of professional outdoor lighting. Professional quality fixtures, expert lighting design, and meticulous installation will leave you thrilled for years, and we’ll be here to help you out if maintenance or adjustments are needed.

Don’t take our word, according to the survey, homeowners across the country are opting for higher-quality outdoor lighting. In fact, 73% upgraded to LED! While LED landscape lighting has a slightly higher up-front cost than some other options, over the long life of the product and the energy savings, it is actually the better value overall. Utility savings and environmental benefits make it an easy decision when a system needs updating to go ahead and upgrade it to LED.

Smart Landscape Lighting

smart landscape lighting While we have been hoping for and anticipating these trends, we are surprised and excited to hear that about 20% of the outdoor lighting renovations/additions have involved smart lighting. With the recent availability of smart landscape lighting controllers that allow you to manage your lighting from your smartphone, everyone can work towards making their entire home a smart home.

The Houzz study sites “helping the environment” as a key factor for some outdoor renovations. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis, being good stewards of the planet is on the top of our mind as well as our sister brand Conserva Irrigation. Our goal is to help you make environmentally friendly choices for your home and life that do not compromise on quality, effectiveness, or in the case of lighting, beauty. Call today for a free nighttime landscape lighting demonstration. 763-208-0555

Minneapolis Automated Color Changing Outdoor Lights

Imagine controlling your landscape lighting from your cell phone, from anywhere in the world. Okay, now imagine it is more than just a simple programming and on/off interface but offers detailed customization of your LED landscape lighting zones, color, saturation, and intensity. A system so smart that it automatically adjusts to the changes in sunset and daylight savings time for your exact location.

In a world of smart TVs, smart homes, and smartphones, it is no surprise that many parts of our life are getting easier to manage with automation. When it comes to landscape lighting controllers, the technology keeps getting better and easier to use with every implementation. Our smartphone landscape lighting controller is so easy you won’t even have to ask your kids to help.

Zoning, Dimming and Color Control

Our wireless cellphone landscape lighting controller allows you detailed customization of color, timing, and dimming across four zones. Set different colors, lighting temperatures, and schedules on the deck or patio for ambiance while keeping the lights on in the driveway at a brighter setting for added visibility.

With at your fingertips dimming controls, you can now change the mood with the touch of a button. Go from hosting a lovely dinner party with friends easily into having one more glass of wine with your sweetie before turning in. With one touch, those party lights can be dimmed to create a more romantic lightscape.

Easy Color Lighting Changing Controls

Color changing RGB landscape lighting Have you taken the leap to colored LED or RGB lighting? Our controller helps you easily change the color of your light scenes with an easy to use color, hue and saturation scale. You can set themes with your favorite colors and save up to 250 for one touch changes anytime. Think about it, you can set holiday colors at Christmas, warm fall colors in September, maybe support your favorite charity with pink in October or your favorite team – purple for the Vikings of course!

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis, we offer the latest technology for landscape lighting controllers. We are excited to turn your landscape into a colorful scene that is beautiful and easy to customize whenever your mood or the occasion requires. Call today for a free design consultation at 763-208-0555.

Edina Landscape Lighting and Architectural Lighting for Excellent Nighttime Curb Appeal

There are many fantastic reasons to make Edina, MN your home. While the proximity to Minneapolis certainly plays a part, there are many other factors. One of which is the charm that can be found amongst the vast variety of homes. From traditional and transitional to mid-century and Craftsman, Edina is anything but a cookie-cutter bedroom community. If the unique charm of your Edina home is what drew you in, try adding architectural lighting to illuminate your favorite features at night. With a combination of architectural facade lighting and landscape lighting, your home can become a nighttime curb appeal masterpiece.

Edina Architectural Lighting

A favorite technique for architectural lighting is the wall wash. Using a gorgeous LED uplight that is the perfect brilliancy, we highlight the exterior charms of your home. If your home has a covered front porch or stately columns, we’ll start by illuminating the height and beauty of those columns. Brick, stone veneer, cedar shake, HardiePlank, or vinyl siding are all a lovely site. With proper wall washing, we’ll highlight the colors, depths, and textures of your home’s exterior materials for interest and intrigue at night.

The second story of your Edina home is just as important as the first. We offer beautiful outdoor lighting technique such as eave-mounted lighting to highlight all of the glory of your upper floors. Second and third-floor dormers are a perfect feature to illuminate. But the pure height of your home is a lovely quality to highlight, so we’ll make sure the highest peak of your roofline doesn’t go unnoticed after nightfall.

Edina Landscape Lighting Completes the Effect

Homes do not stand on their own. Even the smallest lots offer some area to include in the outdoor lighting design. Without adding landscape lighting to your architectural lighting design, you could be creating a dead space that counteracts the beauty of your home’s façade.

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis, we recommend Edina landscape lighting as part of the complete package for the best curb appeal and functional lighting results. We’ll start near your home to highlight flower beds and shrubbery. Then we’ll move out to make certain pathways leading to your front door have clear visibility for navigation. Depending on your driveway length and tree coverage, we may add some visibility for safety. Lastly, we’ll create points of light around the middle and perimeter of your front yard. Using carefully selected trees, landscape features, and shrubbery, we’ll highlight the expanse of your property to give the lighting design a finishing touch.

Are the favorite features of your Edina home going unnoticed after dark? It is time to illuminate the joys of your home with architectural lighting from Outdoor Lighting Perspective of Minneapolis. Call today 763-208-0555 to schedule your complimentary nighttime demonstration.

How Do I Maintain My Minneapolis Landscape Lighting?

Spring cleaning is in full swing in Minneapolis. As we anticipate the warming weather, some of us get out at the earliest possibility to begin preparing our landscapes for outdoor living. If you’ve been out and about and have noticed some overgrowth or other obstructions to your Minneapolis landscape lighting system, you may be wondering about the best way to go about inspecting, adjusting, and tuning-up your system for better performance and aesthetics. Follow our guideline below to make sure you don’t miss a thing:

Start in the front of your home and take a walk around your property checking each light until you make it back to the front gain. As you arrive at each fixture, check the following items:

  • Remove and clean the lens of each light to ensure the lighting effect is not dim or completely blocked by dust and mud.
  • Inspect the light itself for any visible signs of damage like cracked lenses.
  • If the light is tipped or toppled, stand it back up and press it into the ground.
  • Note the direction the light is aimed. Make sure it is going the direction intended as best you can.
  • Look between the light and the intended illumination – trim branches or leaves where necessary to clear the area.
  • Take note of any added landscaping that may require you to call us and move the light for better placement.
  • As you move from light to light, observe the ground for wires exposed by foot traffic or erosion and rebury where necessary after checking them for damage.

Once each light has been inspected, cleaned, and adjusted, manually turn your landscape lighting system on and take a second lap to check each light again.

  • Look for burnt out, dim, or otherwise malfunctioning lamps.
  • Check the voltage at each fixture to make sure there is no electrical interruptions.
  • Check the lighting effect from each fixture (this might be easier at dusk) to ensure your desired design is still in place.

If any of your lights are not working, call us, we’ll come out and assess the reason. While it may seem like a burnt out bulb, it could be a buried line was chewed through or otherwise damaged during the winter.

Don’t forget to review your landscape lighting timer settings to make sure your lights are coming on and staying on when you desire. If you’re tired of adjusting and readjusting your timer for the change in day length or daylight savings time, call today! We have many options available for self-adjusting timers.

Landscape Lighting Maintenance

Annual Maintenance Plan

An annual check of your Minneapolis landscape lighting system is vital to keeping it looking as beautiful as it did on day one. We recommend a spring maintenance visit to ensure nothing was damaged during the snowy winter months and optimize it for gorgeous summer nights.

Our annual maintenance packages will allow you to forget about it. We’ll come out once a year and check your system, reprogram timers, make repairs, adjustments, and trim foliage to improve aesthetics. Please call us today to learn more about an annual maintenance package for your landscape lighting system. 763-208-0555

Upgrade Your Minneapolis Outdoor Lighting Timer to Avoid Daylight Savings Time Headaches

Have you been wrestling with your Minneapolis landscape lighting timer all week? Did you manage to get the settings changed after daylight savings time arrived, but it took you 30 minutes, an hour, or more to accomplish the task? If you still can’t find your manual and are letting the lights come on an hour too early, avoiding the subject, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis can help.

Many aging outdoor lighting systems use manual timers that can be confusing and cumbersome to reprogram. Worst of all, they don’t account for changes in time like Daylight Savings Time. Leaving you in a lurch to hunt down your manual twice a year and every time the power goes out.

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis, we prefer to use newer outdoor lighting timer technology that is easy to use and will adjust itself for life’s interruptions and changes.

Key Benefits Include:

  • Automatically adjusts dusk and dawn times for your unique location – including DST changes
  • Wireless control
  • Easy to use from a smartphone app, computer or tablet
  • Compatible with any 120V outlet indoors or outdoors
  • Retrofitting it with current landscape lighting systems is a breeze

The easy to use computer and mobile app make adjusting your lights from anywhere at any time a possibility. This is perfect for when you travel for work or vacation and want to make it look like you are home. It also comes in handy if you go out for a late night on the town or have a late arriving flight home and want your landscape lighting on later than usual for safe arrival.

While our landscape lighting controllers are simple to use, we really can set it, and you can forget it. Unless you have a special occasion or travel plans, you won’t ever have to reprogram your new landscape lighting timer.

If you need help with your current outdoor lighting timer or are ready to replace it with hassle free new technology, give us a call today! 763-208-0555

Attention Minneapolis Restauranteurs: Spruce up Your Outdoor Dining Space with Custom Commercial Outdoor Lighting

Do you ever choose a restaurant strictly because it has an outdoor dining area and it is too beautiful to be indoors? I do. With a long winter and plenty of gray days, Minneapolis residents love to take advantage of the perfect weather for outdoor dining. Don’t let your restaurant fall behind during the busy summer season by having a sub-par outdoor dining patio. Add or upgrade your dining patio with help from our commercial outdoor lighting design experts.

Every Dining Patio Needs Some Lighting

Gone are the days of the five o’clock dinner hour. People are busy with work, kids, activities, and traffic! Dinner can often be pushed back to 7, 8, 9 p.m. on weekdays and even later on the weekends. If you limit your outdoor dining to daylight hours you are selling yourself short.

Create that perfect dining experience that allows your guests to sit on the patio, unwind, relax, and enjoy fantastic food and drinks. If you create an atmosphere that is just right, they might stay a while and order more drinks or dessert – an easy upsell your wait staff can count on. An easy upsell that can push your sales past your lofty goals. Best of all, they’ll come back frequently and tell all of their friends about it.

Best LED Commercial Lighting Design

Our expert designers will work with you to create a custom outdoor lighting design that fits the unique décor and clientele of your restaurant. Do you host live music on the weekends? Is your crowd young, hip and modern or maybe a little bit country? Whatever your specific target is, we can meet it with our LED outdoor lighting.

Popular outdoor restaurant lighting choices include:

• Festive string lighting overhead.
• Specialty accent lights atop planters.
• Ambient hardscape lights under capstones and counter tops.
• Stair riser and deck lights for easy navigation.
• Focal lighting on statues, trees, or other accessories.
• Landscape lighting and path lighting within the surrounding softscapes.

Take your Minneapolis restaurant’s outdoor dining space to a whole new level with the addition, upgrade or redesign of your commercial outdoor lighting. Increase your summer revenue and create a line out the door every weekend. Call today for a complimentary design consultation and free nighttime demonstration. 763-208-0555

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives Invites you to the Minneapolis Home & Garden Show 2017

The Minneapolis Home and Garden Show is the best place to start planning your spring home renovation projects. With vendors and contractors from every industry, you can view the latest designs and find the best people to do the work!

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives will be at booth 424 with all of our latest LED landscape lights. From path lights and flood lights to decorative lighting and permanent festive string lights – you can get a closer look at 2017’s top outdoor lighting trends.

Our lighting experts will be on hand to answer your most prevalent questions and can even schedule a complimentary nighttime demonstration at your home or business. We offer the best outdoor lighting design, installation, and service in the area, serving residential, hospitality, commercial properties, and even temporary special event lighting.

We hope to see you at the Minneapolis Convention Center on February 24-26, or March 3-5th. If you can’t make it, give us a call, we are thrilled to come to your property and discuss how Minneapolis outdoor lighting can benefit you. 763-208-0555

Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave S,
Friday, February 24 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday, February 25 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday, February 26 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday, March 3 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday, March 4 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday, March 5 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Be sure to check out our sister brands in adjoining booths: Mosquito Squad and Conserva Irrigation

Why it is important to use a professional for your Minneapolis Landscape Lighting

For many, your home is the single biggest investment we make in our lifetime. The elements that make a house a home are more than just brick, mortar and wood, they encompass your entire property. Homeowners that show pride in ownership are generally the neighbors with the best looking lawns, the home that is well kept and maintained, and those that are wise to the benefits landscape lighting can provide.

Landscape lighting helps accentuate the pride you have in your property. With this in mind, why would you trust such an important asset to the hands of a novice? You wouldn’t trust your veterinarian to diagnose and treat your broken bone would you? Or trust your plumber to install your backyard pool? Of course not, just because someone has some level of knowledge of a field with slight similiarities to their trade doesn’t make them an expert at that specific trade. Here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis outdoor lighting is ALL we do. It is not a sideline, add-on or service we offer as an a menu item in conjunction with other specialties. It is our exclusive trade and we take pride in our business in the same way you take pride in your home.

We encourage Minneapolis homeowners to do their homework before choosing an outdoor lighting professional to design and install their landscape lighting. It is a wise idea to steer clear of a company with claims of being a master of all things involving the exterior or the home. Landscaping firms, lawn maintenance companies, irrigation firms and other outdoor improvement specialty companies may advertise outdoor lighting as a by-line to their main area of expertise, and while some may turn out to do an okay job, putting your faith in a company that doesn’t specialize in outdoor lighting singularly is like playing a game of Russian roulette.

Installing landscape lighting can be difficult, requires lots of knowledge and can be fraught with perils if not done correctly including the risk of fire, the risk of cutting important power and other lines just for starters. We specialize in residential and commercial landscape lighting here in the Minneapolis area. Through our experience comes a level of commitment that makes us a household name in outdoor lighting in this area. We know what it takes to bring out the best features of your home and landscape. Among our specialties is landscape and garden lighting, architectural lighting, decorative lighting, pool and water feature lighting, deck and patio lighting and multiple facets of commercial outdoor lighting. One of the biggest benefits of using an established company like us for your outdoor lighting needs is that we have proven that we have staying power within our market and demographic region. We only use the best product and provide superior maintenance and service.

Along with our talented owners, managers and designers our install teams take pride in all of our landcape lighting installs and each property we service. All the work is done by hand and in most cases, clients can’t even tell we have been there other than the fact their property looks beautiful at night. Don’t trust your single biggest investment to inferior fixtures or a cut-rate company with inexperienced installers. Our company practices what we preach and we stand behind our fixtures and our workmanship every step of the way!

Call us today to learn more about why we are the most trusted lanscape lighting company in the Minneapolis area (763) 208-0555.

Tips & Tricks for Using your Minneapolis Landscape Lighting as Holiday Lighting

If the thought of climbing ladders and spending a freezing cold Minneapolis Saturday outdoors for 3 weeks of holiday lighting enjoyment makes you cringe, we have a few ideas for you. First of all, next year, call us, we’ll be happy to design and install your holiday lighting. We’ll even come back and take it down and store it for you.

But, if you are looking for other alternatives; ideas that will give you a sophisticated look with little effort. Here are a few easy tips and tricks for transforming your existing landscape lighting into a magical holiday display. Ideas you can implement for a last minute festive look

Hang wreaths where focal lighting and wall wash lighting is already focused.

Replace illuminated focal features like small statues and fountains with holiday themed items, like reindeer, Christmas trees or even Santa Clause himself.

Make use of gorgeous tree lighting by hanging iridescent or shiny ornaments and bulbs from the branches. The reflecting results will be one-of-a-kind.

Add ribbons, garland and other holiday swag to posts, gazebos, your home, and landscape walls that are illuminated directly or with nearby ambient landscape lighting.

Swap out lenses or lamps for holiday themed colored lenses. Red and Green for Christmas, Blue for Hannukah or go with a New Year’s amber/gold color.

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis, we love the magic and festivity of a great holiday outdoor lighting display. If you are interested in having us handle next year’s holiday lighting or you are ready to get a flexible landscape lighting system installed. Call today! 763-208-0555 And have a Happy Holiday Season!

Design Your Minneapolis LED Outdoor Lighting Design for Early Spring Installation & A Full Season of Enjoyment

Did you know that winter is the best time to get your Minneapolis outdoor lighting project underway?

As the winter closes in on us and the days get shorter and shorter, you may be reminded of your outdoor lighting needs more frequently. But you may also be thinking you need to wait until spring to get started. While a frozen ground does indeed impede our ability to install new systems, it doesn’t stop us from designing them and getting materials ordered and ready to go. What better way to make use of the cold winter months than to plan for the gorgeous spring weather that is on the way.

Reasons why winter is the best time to design your Minneapolis outdoor lighting system.

  • Outdoor lighting experts face an extremely busy spring season. Right now, they have some extra time to give you special care and attention, getting you through the process faster.
  • Less wait time for each step in the outdoor lighting design, installation or service process.
  • With the design and material orders being completed now, your new outdoor lighting system will be on the schedule for installation as soon as the ground thaws.
  • Spring days are also shorter than summer days. You’ll be able to have your system in the ground when the sun is setting early and you could really use that added visibility.
  • The New Year can mean new prices. If prices increase for 2017, you could beat the system by getting your contract signed now for the earliest spring installation.

Prepare for a gorgeous Minnesota spring today, by starting your LED outdoor lighting design process now. Call 763-208-0555 for your free consultation.

How to Make Minneapolis LED Landscape Lighting an Integral Part of your Landscape Design

Minneapolis LED landscape lighting is an essential piece of any landscape design. Whether it is a complete overhaul or a new landscape, without LED landscape lighting your investment will go unnoticed under the darkness of night. Nightfall provides an opportunity to create a magical outdoor escape as LED landscape lights breathe new life into your blooms, shrubs, trees and accessories. A flower or tree that is gorgeous during the day provides a whole new view at night. Our LED landscape lights will add shadow, depth and bring out the true colors of your beautiful foliage.

Illuminate Blooms

If you’re an avid gardener, chances are you love your flowers. With LED landscape lighting you can take your garden from a daytime stunner to a magical nighttime garden. Whether it is to show off your daytime blooms at night or to get a rare magical glimpse of night blooming moonflowers, primrose or jasmine, LED landscape lighting is perfect for flower beds and flower gardens.

Highlight Focal Features

Many Minneapolis landscapes feature one or more main focal points. From trees to fountains, and blooming shrubs, these items are what anchor our landscape design. LED landscape lighting is perfect for shining a spotlight on your favorite landscape item. Our LED up lights will make sure your statuary or favorite tree is the first thing guests see when they view your landscape after dark. As sure as your guests are in awe of your landscape design during the day, the nighttime magic of highlighting your centerpiece will provide a new and admired aesthetic.

Encourage Adventure

Whether it is a winding path illuminated with path lights or an area in the far corner of your property that features some focal lighting to draw guests to it, adding landscape lighting into your landscape design is a great way to encourage adventure. While your main outdoor entertaining space is where guests are going to spend most of their time, there is something magical and intriguing about following path lights through the landscape to find what is waiting around the corner. Illuminating picturesque areas in the depths of your property invites guests to venture out, enjoy the sites, smells and starlight away from the house. 763-208-0555

Top 5 Outdoor Lighting Effects for Minneapolis Homes and Landscapes

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis, we always say it is about the lighting effect, not the light fixture. An easy thing to say when you offer top quality LED outdoor lighting fixtures that blend in beautifully with the surrounding landscape design. Today we are going to put our money where our mouth is by sharing with your our Top 5 lighting effects and what it takes to create them.

  • Moonlighting
  • Wall Washing
  • Path Lighting
  • Up Lighting
  • Water Feature Lighting

Minneapolis Moonlighting

Moonlighting can also be called downlighting. We prefer “moon” because it is a more accurate description of the effect, rather than the technique. When we choose the perfect tree and mount the right light to wash down through the branches, the effect is similar to that of a hunter’s moon illuminating your entire yard, deck, patio or garden.

Minneapolis Wall Washing

Proper wall washing can be done by shining a light up or down a wall, depending on the wall. For instance, a stone retaining wall is a perfect place to mount a light to wash down the natural stone. More often than not, wall washing is achieved with an uplight placed in just the right spot and aimed up the wall of a house, building or other vertical structure. The technique is impossible to explain, but the resulting texture created speaks for itself.

Minneapolis Path Lighting

Illuminating a pathway is ideal for safety and visibility. It is important that path lights are not so low to the ground that they can’t wash the light over the intended path. While big box path lights often create points of light along a path, the OLP difference can be seen as our path lights wash light across the path in a 360 direction for real added visibility at night.

Minneapolis Focal Lighting

Focal lighting, sometimes called uplighting, is a fabulous effect that works well for many functions. It is a technique that has the light aiming directly at its intended specimen. One of our favorite items to highlight with focal lighting are trees. Trees look beautiful with a light shining up into the far reaches of their branches. A broad wash for ornamental trees and a tall narrow wash for Maples, Oaks, and other large trees. Uplighting is also great for vertical focal features such as statues, gazebos, and pergolas.

Minneapolis Water Feature Lighting

The sound of a flowing river is soothing to the ears anytime day or night. But what about the eyes. Don’t let your water feature disappear under the dark of night. Koi ponds, fountains, and other water features can come to life at night with water feature lighting.

Bonus: String lighting

While string lighting is not the effect, it is difficult to put words to the effect they have, so we need to call them by their name. You might call them festival lights, carnival lights, party, bistro or café lights. Adding these gorgeous permanent lights to your outdoor space creates the nostalgia of the good ole days. They make your space fun no matter what the occasion and they promote a smile to come across your face. Maybe we’ll call that effect “Smile lighting.” Their effect might be different for everyone, but they are sure to make everyone feel good.

If your home or landscape is ready for one of the Top 5 Outdoor Lighting Effects in Minneapolis, call today. We design install, and service the best outdoor lighting systems in the Twin Cities area. 763-208-0555

Brilliant From Above: Minneapolis Driveway Lighting

Landscape lighting and LED outdoor lighting doesn’t only be about beauty. Sometimes your goal for installing outdoor lighting can be a necessity or practicality. Is your Minneapolis driveway long, twisty, dark or hidden? If so, illuminating your driveway might be a matter of safety and liability. While there are many types of lights and lighting effects available for this task, here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis, we have our favorite. Moonlighting, sometimes called down lighting is truly the best way to illuminate a Minneapolis driveway year round.

Why Moonlighting for the Driveway?

Often you’ll see a driveway illuminated with path lights along the edge. Other times a nearby retaining wall will have hardscape lights to provide a guiding light. Both of these tactics are good ones. But if you don’t have a retaining wall, the lights have to go in the ground and with Minneapolis winters, those lights can easily be buried in heavy snow. This can cause a couple of issues for the homeowner. One, the lights will be rendered useless until enough snow melts off of them. During the middle of a snow storm could be when you need them most. Secondly, the lights can be damaged by plows or slip and slide mishaps during the winter months.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis prefers to illuminate area driveways from above. With the proper use of down lighting, we can create a magical moonlighting effect across your driveway for visibility at night and during inclement weather. With lights mounted strategically in nearby trees, you’ll enjoy the wide wash of light across your driveway along with the peace of mind in knowing they won’t suffer the repercussion of a sliding car or an over-zealous snow plow.

Moonlighting Provides Greater Coverage for Long Driveways

Long driveways are quite common in the Minneapolis area. By choosing LED moonlighting for your driveway, you’ll get more coverage per light. When lights are close to the ground, they only have so much area they can illuminate. When we strategically hang our LED downlights in trees, we can cover a greater space with a gentle wash of light than if we were dealing with post lights or path lights. This allows you to use fewer lights to cover your long Minneapolis driveway.

Minneapolis moonlighting is perfect for driveways, pathways, patios and decks; adding visibility and safety for easy travel and nighttime use. Offer your guests a warm welcome with moonlighting for your driveway today. Call now 763-208-0555 for a free nighttime demonstration.

Minneapolis Commercial Holiday Lighting: A Perfect Task for the August Slow-Down

Making your business a festive place to be during the holiday months is a great way to create a generous giving vibe. Retailers, restaurants, clubs and hospitality venues around Minneapolis spare no expense in making sure their guests and customers feel the holiday spirit as early as possible each year. While it may seem as easy as stringing up a few lights and some garland, you may quickly realize that it is a huge undertaking for every business, especially during the crazy holiday rush. Spare yourself the man hours and frustration of planning and installing your commercial outdoor holiday decorations this year and leave it to the professionals at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis.

Commercial Holiday Lighting Installation

With almost 20% of U.S. retail sales coming during the holiday season, creating that holiday spirit is essential to maximizing your retail performance. Whether a consumer is in a restaurant, retail store or event space, the willingness to splurge goes up by inducing the gift-giving spirit that comes with well-designed holiday decorations. Create that feeling before they even walk through your doors by adding gorgeous LED c9 string lights along the front of your building. Choose garland, wreaths, and other accessories for that finishing touch. And hire us to create the magic. We’ll save you time, energy and a potential mishap by creating a gorgeous commercial holiday lighting design, installing it and taking it down. We’ll even store them for you over the winter, saving you valuable inventory space.

Commercial Holiday Lighting is for Many Types of Business

Your business isn’t guest or customer centered? Holiday outdoor lighting is for every type of business. Apartment buildings and HOA’s love Outdoor Lighting Perspectives as we create a desirable atmosphere for residents. Driving up the value of homes in the area is easy when it looks so good!

Brick and mortar businesses of all varieties create the holiday spirit for their employees with gorgeous holiday décor. Keeping employees engaged during one of the busiest times of the year can be as simple as decorating for the season so they can feel the holiday spirit all day long.

No matter if your creating widgets, selling widgets or serving the business who makes the widgets, adding professional holiday outdoor lighting is a great way to improve productivity, creativity, and sales across the board.

What is Included in Commercial Holiday Lighting?

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis, we’ll work with you and your budget to design a gorgeous outdoor holiday display that fits your business needs. We’ll install everything, take everything down after the holidays and store it for you during the summer months. You don’t have to untangle anything, lose a day or two of productivity from your best workers to install or give up valuable space for storage. Just call us, we’ll handle it all. 763-208-0555

Minneapolis LED Landscape Lighting Will Add Value To Your Home and Life

When embarking on a home or landscape renovation journey, there is a great deal of decision-making that happens before you get started. Is this project going to improve my life? Will this project add value to my home if I decide to sell in the future? Am I doing everything I can to make sure this project has long-lasting value and is done right? One of the first steps in making all of these decisions is choosing what project to undertake. With expert advice from Architectural Digest, we can confidently suggest adding Minneapolis landscape lighting to your home will not only allow you to enjoy flowers, trees, and shrubbery at night but will also add value to your home.

Minneapolis Landscapes are More Than Just Flowers

To create a gorgeous landscape that gives you hours of enjoyment and adds value to your home, it takes a great deal more than just planting a few annuals and weeding the flower beds. Landscape design done right requires a multitude of elements that work in synchrony. With hardscapes such as patios, walkways, and retaining walls as well as softscapes like flowerbeds and strategically placed shrubs and trees, each item is an important piece of the puzzle. Add to it a structure or focal piece like a pergola, gazebo, water feature or statue and you’ve got yourself a complete landscape. Almost…

Landscape Lighting is Critical

With so much going into the perfect landscape design, it would be a shame to let it go unnoticed under the cover of darkness. As real estate associate Jill Penman points out in Architectural Digest, outdoor lighting is “crucial”. With the help of a professional landscape lighting designer you can be sure that the perfect combination of elements that has become your landscape will look as good or better than during the daylight hours. With the subtlety of properly designed and installed LED landscape lighting you should notice the illuminated, not the light source. You should also enjoy a dramatic effect that is at the same time stunning and understated.

If you’re ready to complete your landscape with crucial landscape lighting while adding value to your home, contact us at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis today. 763-208-0555

Lakefront Security with Subtle & Gorgeous Minnetonka LED Outdoor Lighting

Minnesota living is at its best when on a lake. If you’re lucky enough to enjoy a lakefront home, on Minnetonka or any other lake, then you know the joy of the lake daily. The fishing, the water sports, and the quiet mornings watching the sunrise ripple across the water with a cup of coffee in hand.

Lakefront Living Can Present Unique Security Needs

While lakefront living is luxurious and fantastic in many ways, it can present a few unique challenges. Most homeowners enjoy a more private backyard with only one street side to keep secure. But with a lakefront home, the lakeside also provides easy access to the back of your home from the water. With the addition of strategically placed LED outdoor lighting, we can help you secure the entire perimeter of your lakefront home. From the front drive to the end of your dock, your lakefront home will be subtly illuminated with a stunning outdoor lighting design.

Lighting Control Automation

Whether you’re out for the night, on vacation or a work trip, a dark lakeside is an easy target. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis, we can provide security lighting that will work for all situations. With our Lighting Control Automation system, you can program lights inside and outside your home for the realistic appearance of being home even when away on an extended vacation.

While your lifestyle goals may require outdoor lighting for entertaining on the lakefront, you will find that with a strategic outdoor lighting design, you’ll enjoy the safe feeling of a well-secured home too. Call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis today for a free nighttime outdoor lighting demonstration. 763-208-0555

Create a Warm Welcome for Residents and Guests with Minneapolis Neighborhood Entry Lighting

Is your neighborhood entrance underwhelming, shrouded in mystery and cold under the dark of the night? Each year your HOA spends hundreds of dollars to make sure the entrance is gorgeously landscaped with annual pansies and perfectly trimmed hedges. It is a shame to let this beauty go unnoticed each night after sunset. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis offers gorgeous neighborhood entry lighting to make your subdivisions signs, hardscapes, posts, gates, and landscaping visible and stunning all night long. Nothing offers a warm welcome home after a long day at work like a properly illuminated neighborhood entrance.

Signage and Wall Lighting

Many neighborhoods build gorgeous rock, brick or stone walls to mark the name of their neighborhood. These walls are stunning landmarks that assist visitors trying to find your home. If the sign is hidden under the dark of night, your guests may have trouble finding you. With proper uplighting techniques, we can create a gorgeous wash of light up your walls to show off the beauty, depth, and texture of the stone or brick. And with the addition of a focal light, your neighborhood name will be clearly visible to visitors and passersby.

Entryway Landscape Lighting

It is common to have gorgeous well-manicured landscaping in front of neighborhood entries. Whether it is in front of your sign, gatehouse or the median, this landscaping is a big investment for the HOA each year. Enjoy the gorgeous flowers and shrubbery as you enter and exit your neighborhood after dark with help from entryway landscape lighting. Our copper and brass LED lights use 80% less energy than Halogen lights and will allow your landscaping to shine. Even with the harsh Minneapolis winters and the occasional small bump of a landscaper’s lawn mower these lights will continue to look great and function beautifully.

From Saint Louis Park to Minnetonka, Wayzata and Edina, homeowners are paying HOA fees to gain access to great amenities and help their neighborhoods stay clean, beautiful and safe. Some of these fees go to making sure your neighborhood looks as good from the outside as it does inside. With neighborhood entry lighting from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis, you can make sure the gorgeous entryway is seen at night, is safe, secure and provides welcoming invitations to residents and guests alike.

Call today for a free nighttime demonstration for your Minneapolis neighborhood entry lighting. 763-208-0555

Christmas in July for Minneapolis Business and Commercial Properties

Christmas? In July? Yes. I know you don’t think you’re ready, but nothing will keep you cool like thinking ahead to the winter months for business planning. Don’t worry; we’re not asking you to start playing the Christmas music in your store or anything that crazy. We are just simply asking you to begin thinking about your business or commercial property Christmas lighting plan for this year. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis, we offer the best, hassle free professional holiday lighting design in the Twin Cities. If you want to let the pros handle it so you and your employees can focus on more important tasks, call now to get the process started.

Beat the Holiday Rush

Our schedule fills up fast; our vendors need time to ship us the exact lights for your custom design and we need to get out there and hang your lights before the frigid Minneapolis winter sets in. We often find that customers don’t really think much about their Christmas lighting until it gets closer to Thanksgiving and for a professional quality holiday lighting design and installation, that is just too late.

Professional Holiday Lighting Design

The first part of our process is walking your property with you to see what you envision. Then we’ll go back to the studio to create your custom Christmas lighting design. Once you see the design and approve it, we’ll get the lights ordered. As fall approaches we’ll schedule a time to install your holiday lighting system where it will be ready for the flip of the switch on Thanksgiving Day. So you can see that this is not simply grabbing some lights from the big box store and spending a Saturday hanging them half-hazard.

Christmas Light Take-Down & Storage

When the holidays are over, and it’s back to business as usual, our crews will take your lights down and store them safely in our climate controlled storage facility for next year. Our LED Christmas lights are top quality and will last for years, making your investment in the equipment a long-term business endeavor. With so many businesses getting so much of their annual sales around the holiday, it is to your benefit to create that perfect Christmas spirit to put your patrons, guests, and customers in the spending holiday mood.

Read more about our Minneapolis commercial holiday lighting service, and if you’re ready to get this task out of the way before the busy fall and holiday rush arrives, call today. We’d be happy to put your business on the schedule today. 763-208-0555

Minneapolis Café Lighting for Patios, Decks and Outdoor Entertaining

Maybe you envisioned it in a dream or caught it on a prime time sitcom. The large backyard dining table with amazing festive lighting strung over the entire area. Not tiny little Christmas lights, but stylish bistro lights with round bulbs that make the area very cool. We call them Café lights, due to their popularity in outdoor bistros and cafés. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis, we can make this dream a reality, year-round on your deck, patio or porch.

Permanent Festive String Lighting

Creating the aesthetics for that perfect atmosphere in your outdoor living space takes a combination of design elements. From the basic form of your space; a patio, deck or porch to all of the tiniest details such as landscaping, accessories and lighting. Café lighting, bistro lighting or festoon lighting, whatever you call them, café lights will create the dream space you always imagined but never quite achieved. And the best part is, they are not just for the day or the weekend, they will make your outdoor space permanently more fun.

The Best Minneapolis Café Lighting

While you may notice festive lights are a hot trend when you see a hardy display of them at your local big box or club store, you may not realize that Outdoor Lighting Perspectives café lights are different. First, the quality and durability of our lights is unsurpassed and backed by a 5-year warranty. Our café lighting is customized to fit your unique space, so you are not stuck with whatever length and number the store forces on you. Just like all our most popular lighting, our bistro lights are top quality LED for beautiful illumination with low energy use and cost. You’ll also enjoy the benefit of our professional design and installation which results in the exact outdoor living dream you have imagined.

If you’ve been dreaming of the perfect outdoor living space and just haven’t quite gotten the effect down, call today. Minneapolis LED café lighting might just be the missing piece. 763-208-0555

Minneapolis Outdoor Lighting Timer Instructions

Are you comfortable enough with technology and your Outdoor Lighting Perspectives lighting system to reset your own timer? If not, we are more than happy to help you over the phone or at your home. If you are comfortable tackling it yourself, we want to make sure you have a resource with all of the relevant instructions.

Choose your timer below to download a PDF of your timer instructions. As always, please do not hesitate to call our office for assistance or to request a copy be mailed or email to you. 763-208-0555

Intermatic DT620

HB800 Timer Instructions

HB88RC Timer Instructions

Dial Timer Instructions

X10 Timer Instructions

Out of Sight Out of Mind: Long Lasting Minneapolis Outdoor Lighting May Need a Tune-Up

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis, one of our customers’ favorite features is the long lasting durability of our outdoor lights and lamps. You may go years without never having to swap out a bulb or touch a thing.

When it comes to your home and property, it is nice to have beautiful features that don’t need a lot of maintenance or upkeep. The downside of this is “out of sight, out of mind”. While you see your outdoor lights every evening, you may not really look at them closely. You may not have noticed the landscaping around them has grown lush and large since your original lighting design and installation or that one light in the midst of the design is no longer functioning.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis is here to keep your system running smoothly and looking great for the long haul. When we come out for a service, repair or maintenance visit, we will take the time to inspect your Halogen or LED outdoor lighting system from A-Z. Here is just a small glimpse of what we’ll look for:

  • Cut lines
  • Dirty lenses
  • Burnt Out Bulbs
  • Overall Lighting Design
  • Overgrown vegetation

We won’t just inspect these items, but we will remedy them. Our outdoor lighting experts will replace bulbs and repair cut lines. We will also clean dirty lenses, adjust lights that have been tipped or tilted, and we’ll even trim back hedges. If landscaping is significantly overgrown we’ll move lights to a better more effective location.

When the sun goes down tonight, go outside, look closely at your Minneapolis outdoor lighting system. Are some lights hard to see, or aimed the wrong direction? Even if we didn’t install your system, call today. 763-208-0555 We’re happy to adjust, repair and service other systems to get them looking great again.

We Shine Together Like the Moon & Stars: Moonlighting for a Magical Minneapolis Backyard

Gone are the days of hanging a large vapor light at the top of a tall electrical pole. Gone are the days of mounting a large mosquito attracting flood light under the eaves of the back of your home. Today’s backyard lighting designs offer beautiful effects to match your beautiful landscape. Today’s Minneapolis outdoor lighting offers functional backyard lighting for nighttime living without harsh glares, swarming bugs and bats swooping in for their dinner. With Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis moonlighting, your summer nights will come to life for making memorable moments to last a lifetime.

Let the Games Begin with Backyard Lighting

Moonlighting is one of our favorite lighting effects for active backyard entertaining after dark. If your yard features grassy areas for horseshoes, volleyball, corn hole or swingy ball, the setting sun can bring an end to your weekend winning streak. With moonlighting from Outdoor Lighting Perspective of Minneapolis, you can enjoy night games of any variety under the glow of a well-placed moonlight.

Romance & Serenity with Minneapolis Moonlighting

The magic of moonlighting doesn’t end with yard games. By choosing the perfect branch in the perfect tree, our moonlighting will wash down through the branches and leaves creating enchanting dancing shadows across your lawn, deck or patio. This effect is perfect for a romantic dinner al fresco for two, a glass of wine under the stars or a quiet evening on the deck just listening to the crickets chirp.

Minneapolis Driveway Lighting

If the captivating aesthetic effects of Minneapolis moonlighting aren’t enough to win you over, consider the functional safety aspects. Moonlighting is perfect for adding light to long driveways. In the Minneapolis climate, traditional landscape lights along a driveway can easily be run over during snowy weather or slippery conditions. But with professional moonlighting at strategic intervals, your driveway can be visible year round in any conditions.

If you’re ready to get rid of the mosquito attracting flood light while still being able to live outdoors after dark again, call today for a free nighttime demonstration. 763-208-0555 And if mosquitoes in your yard don’t need a light to find you, be sure to call our sister company Mosquito Squad for the best mosquito control in the Twin Cities.

Luxurious Outdoor Living with Edina LED Outdoor Lighting

Luxurious Edina outdoor living is more than a stunning paver patio, deck, pergola, and fire pit. To make your outdoor living spaces more functional and absolutely stunning, add quality, reliable LED outdoor lighting. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis, we offer just that, the best quality copper and brass LED lighting fixtures as well as the most thoughtful custom outdoor lighting design in the industry.

Your LED outdoor lighting system is all about you. We listen closely to identify your goals, needs and dreams to create the perfect outdoor lighting plan for your lifestyle. Best of all, we’ll be here to listen long after installation is complete, so your LED outdoor lighting system can continue to function at peak design and peak functionality for as long as you own your home.

Edina Pergola Lighting

Edina outdoor lighting is all about the right technique for the outdoor living space. We have a variety of fixtures and techniques that are perfect for your outdoor space. Starting with your specialty outdoor structures that long to be bathed in gorgeous LED lighting, we love to illuminate pergolas, arbors, and gazebos. Depending on your goals, we may add café lights for a festive mood, focal lighting to highlight the structure or even task lighting mounted above for an outdoor kitchen situated underneath.

Edina Patio Lighting

Today’s patios feature stunning paver bricks and stones to create patio walls, floors and fire pits. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we offer outdoor lighting that can be mounted right in between the layers of pavers on your vertical hardscape structures. Hardscape Lighting is perfect for underneath patio wall capstones and counter/bar tops.

Edina Deck Lighting

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis offers the best in Edina deck lighting. While decorative post cap lights look stunning and provide an ambient glow around your entire deck, we love to use stair riser lights for added safety for ascending to the deck at night. We also have fantastic half-moon copper deck lights that are perfect for washing light down columns and under railings for sure footing and an elegant look.

If you’re ready to give your Edina outdoor living space that extra punch of beauty and functionality it needs call Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis today. 763-208-0555

A Minneapolis Graduation Party to Remember

Having children is an experience that is hard to put into words. You strive and stress from before they enter the world, through their first day of Kindergarten, their first friendships and their first broken hearts. There are times when you wish the clock would speed up through particularly difficult stages and other times when you want to push the pause button and let a moment live on forever. While you can’t change the speed of time, you certainly can take the time to mark their biggest accomplishments with a celebration they’ll never forget.

Outdoor Lighting for Exceptional Graduation Parties

Graduation is a pivotal moment for a parent. The moment that marks an arrival to adulthood and a departure from childhood. While you knew the journey to this point was a difficult hard-won task, no one ever told you that planning their graduation party would be as stressful as the rest of it. If you’re planning your child’s Open House or Graduation party you are quite likely getting into the thick of preparations already. Did you get working on the backyard the moment the last snow thawed and wish you had more time to get it just right? Maybe you’re installing that patio, deck or sand volleyball court you’ve always wanted. Whether you have big renovations or just some basic spring landscape clean-up, don’t forget the outdoor lighting.

Graduation parties are meant to go well into the night. Send your child off to adulthood with the party of the century. Don’t let the darkness envelop the festivities causing everyone to go indoors or worse yet, go home. We have top quality, long-lasting, copper and brass LED outdoor lighting for all of your outdoor entertaining spaces.

Deck Lighting

Minneapolis deck lighting is a great way to extend your graduation party into the night. It adds safety and a great party vibe for celebrating well into the night.

Patio Lighting

Patio lighting is a must have for your Minneapolis graduation party. You’ll illuminate the food and beverage area, dining space and dance floor – all key factors in keeping a party alive.

Pool Lighting

Adding Minneapolis pool lighting will allow your graduate and their friends to really cut loose and swim safely well into the night. After all, what is a graduation party without some splashing around?

Special Event Lighting

Minneapolis special event lighting is a great way to temporarily illuminate tents or add permanent festivity to your patio, deck, pergola or other outdoor entertaining space.

Don’t leave your child’s last hurrah to fizzle at nightfall. Add Minneapolis outdoor lighting to your outdoor entertaining space today for a lifetime of graduation party memories. Don’t delay, graduation day is fast approaching. 763-208-0555

Illuminate Your Minneapolis Landscape Design with LED Outdoor Lighting

Gearing up for the spring thaw with help from a landscape designer? Creating a gorgeous Minneapolis landscape is a treasure to behold after a long cold winter. If you’re redesigning your landscape this spring, make sure you call us before you get to planting day.

Highlighting your gorgeous new landscape design with a custom Minneapolis landscape lighting system is a great way to get the most mileage out of your stunning yard.

Front Yard

Illuminate the colorful petals that line your front flower beds with strategically placed landscape lighting. Whether it is early spring daffodils or summer-long petunias, our landscape lighting will pull out the rich colors for all to see after the sun sets.


Guide visitors to the door or around the side of your home with gentle path lighting to lead the way. Path lighting is a great way to adorn space for a natural unification of your soft and hardscapes.

Back Yard

Highlight the gorgeous greenery that lines your patio, deck or lawn’s perimeter. From Boxwoods to Hostas, we will make sure the landscape design around your entertaining space looks splendid after nightfall.

Focal Features

With great Minneapolis landscape design comes fabulous focal features. Whether it is an ornamental tree, statuary or a water feature, our focal lights are a perfect solution to draw attention to your favorite landscape piece.

Calling us early in the process is imperative to getting the best LED outdoor lighting design for your new landscape. It also allows us to work with the landscape designer to install electrical lines before the landscape design is done, to avoid disrupting the gorgeous work they’ve just finished. Call today for your free landscape lighting design consultation. 763-208-0555

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis at the 2016 Minneapolis Home & Garden Show

Come see us at the 2016 Minneapolis Home & Garden Show. Booth 813.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis will be at the 2016 Minneapolis Home & Garden Show with our partner brands Mosquito Squad of Twin Cities & Conserva Irrigation of the Twin Cities. The annual Minneapolis Home & Garden Show is a great starting point for all of your spring home improvement plans. With so many services in one place, you can get everything you need to make the summer of 2016 the best yet. Plus, we heard Drew & Jonathan Scott of HGTV will be there on Saturday, March 5th.

We will be presenting the latest in LED outdoor lighting technology for your home and business. Our lighting experts will be on hand to answer all of your questions about our products and services.

When it comes to Minneapolis landscape lighting and Minneapolis outdoor lighting, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives offers the highest quality outdoor lighting fixtures, the finest lighting design and the best installation & service. Customer satisfaction is our number one priority, meaning our relationship doesn’t end when your lights are installed. We are here to serve you for the life of your outdoor lighting system; for maintenance, service and repairs.

If you are unable to make it to the convention, call today for a free consultation and complimentary nighttime outdoor lighting demonstration 763-208-0555 We hope to see you there!

Minneapolis Convention Center

Minneapolis Home & Garden Show Hours
Friday, February 26 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday, February 27 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday, February 28 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday, March 4 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday, March 5 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday, March 6 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Minneapolis Outdoor Lighting Transforms Your Post Holiday Home for Year Round Magic

Does your Minneapolis home seem empty and boring now that the holiday décor is packed away for the year? You’re not alone in feeling as if something is missing. The cheer created by your Christmas lights and outdoor decorations is sorely missed during the long nights and frigid gray days of January and February. Don’t suffer through this feeling next year. With LED outdoor lighting, we can create that warm cheerful feeling year round. With a strategic combination of architectural lighting and landscape lighting, your home will be as gorgeous year round as it is during the holidays.

Minneapolis Architectural Lighting

Architectural lighting is a great year round substitute for c9 roofline lights. Highlighting the height and character of your home’s design, architectural lighting allows your home’s beauty to be seen at night. We’ll place focal lights to uplight the front façade of your home from below. Highlighting the texture, depth and design from the ground to the roof. For two-story home’s, we may add soffit lighting to illuminate particularly decorative peaks or dormers, creating a post-card perfect scene. The result is an illuminated home that offers a warm invitation to come inside and cozy up by the fire.

Minneapolis Landscape Lighting

While architectural lighting certainly adds a great deal of that warm welcome you are missing, Minneapolis landscape lighting provides the finishing touch. Your home is more than just your house. Your property and landscape are just as important. We’ll strategically place landscape lights to illuminate important paths and highlight beautiful plants and shrubbery around your property. We will shine gorgeous focal lights up into the lovely trees dotting your front yard, for that bit of extra life you enjoyed when your trees were wrapped in string lights. With the magic of landscape lighting your home will be instantly transformed, as you enjoy the changing greenery or falling snow all year long.

If you’re feeling the post-holiday décor blues, let us help. Call today for a free consultation so we’ll be ready to install your new outdoor lighting system as soon as the ground thaws. 763-208-0555

Moonlighting is a Great Choice for Outdoor Lighting in Snowy Minneapolis Weather

Outdoor lighting is a great way to provide guidance in hazardous winter weather. With so many lighting options, we just had to share with you one of our favorite lighting effects that look lovely in winter weather. Moonlighting, down lighting, however you name it, lighting from above is perfect for gaining visibility in the snowy winter weather. And when the snow falls, the magic begins as the light bounces off each and every snowflake.

Driveway Lighting from Above

With a long driveway in winter, you quite likely have trouble keeping people on it when they are backing out. With help from driveway lighting, you can keep them safe and keep your yard undamaged. While path lighting would look lovely, it could get damaged by overzealous snow plows. Our favorite driveway lighting approach is to mount lights in the trees above to shine strategically across your driveway. The result is a well-lit driveway that is easy to navigate no matter what the weather.

Decks & Patios

If you’ve ever enjoyed the site of your yard under a “hunter’s moon” you know why we love moonlighting. When applied to your deck or patio, moonlighting provides a gentle all over glow that makes outdoor living at night a glorious occasion. With a snow covered backyard, it’s a real treat to get outside and enjoy the light reflecting off the blanket of snow that blends your patio & lawn into a single entity.

Now if we could get winter to arrive, we might be able to enjoy the snowy sites. Call today for a free nighttime lighting demonstration. 763-208-0555

Top 7 Reasons For Outdoor Lighting in the Dazzling Minneapolis Snow

Snow presents another great motivation for adding outdoor lighting to your Minneapolis home. While winter can be blistering cold, it can also be the most beautiful time of year. On average, Minneapolis receives 55 inches of the glimmering white powder each year. Nothing beats the scenery during and after a fresh snowfall. Unfortunately, many of our non-working hours are dark on these short winter days. With help from outdoor lighting, you can enjoy the snowy sites from inside or out, all winter long.

7 snowy reasons for outdoor lighting

1. Glistening Fresh Powder

The stunning Minneapolis scenery is made that much more beautiful after a fresh snowfall. When virgin snow has no footprints, no muddy spots and no gravel shoveled into it, you’ve got to take a moment to enjoy the view. When the sun sets at 4:30 that can be hard to do. But, with outdoor lighting, the stunning snowy scene is made even more glorious with the light reflecting off the glistening fresh powder.

2. Nighttime Snowball Fights

It can be easy to let the mid-afternoon sunset end your snowy outdoor activities. But if the temperatures are not too frigid to be outside, you have to take advantage of every moment. With outdoor lighting at your Minneapolis home, we can achieve just the right amount of light to create a perfect snowball battleground. Providing plenty of light and shadows for the ultimate snowball showdown.

3. Magical Falling Snow

The movies get this one right every time. There is absolutely something magical about falling snow. You don’t have to be a child to understand the feeling it creates. This enchantment is amplified when it is dark outside. With just the right amount of outdoor light to bounce off the individual flakes as they float down to the ground, you will enjoy the childlike wonder of watching the gorgeous snowfall.

4. Snowman Snow

Snow in Minneapolis is not always conducive to building a snowman. If it is too cold or too dry, the snowman just isn’t going to hold. Don’t miss the opportunity to build the perfect snowman because the sun has set already. Perfect snowman snow can be a once per season event. Grab a scarf, hat, carrot and buttons and get out there and build that snowman.

5. Late afternoon sledding

There is nothing quite like snow sledding after the sun sets. With help from our landscape and tree lighting you can create guidance in the dark for the kids as they make the most of a perfect winter day.

6. Snowy evening in the Hot Tub

Imagine relaxing in the hot tub while the snow falls. Enjoying the perfect warmth and relaxation while the contrasting cold snowflakes dance around you. With spa deck lighting, you can see the light glisten off the snow while you relax and unwind after a cold snowy day.

7. Ice Skating After Dark

If you live on Lake Minnetonka or another of the many lakes or ponds in the area, you are definitely taking advantage when the ice is frozen enough for ice skating. With landscape lighting and dock lighting, we can highlight the path to the lake and the perimeter of the water for romantic nighttime ice skating. We can even install temporary festoon lighting over the frozen water for a nighttime ice skating ritual all winter long.

Call today for your Minneapolis outdoor lighting free consultation to experience the Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis difference. 763-208-0555

Quality Outdoor Lights & Top Notch Customer Care

It’s not about the lights or the lighting effects, it’s all about you! We want you to get the best customer care in the industry. Here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis we pride ourselves on the quality of our outdoor lights, but more importantly we pride ourselves in how we care for you. When you get what you need from us, we’ve done our job. That means our relationship doesn’t end when the installation is done. We are here for the long haul, if you have any issues with your lighting, you can call and we’ll come to your home or business, figure it out and fix it.

“…the best contractor we’ve ever worked with.”

Long Lasting Relationships

Our referrals and repeat clients testify to our focus on quality customer care. When we have a client so happy with their outdoor lighting system they tell their friends & call us back several times in the same season to add more lights, we know we’ve done our job. Whether your service technician is Todd, Delane, Russ, Jake, or Tom, we will treat you like royalty. With our fine-tuned listening skills and clear communication, every encounter with you is a chance to build our relationship. We treat you like family. Sharing family stories, discussing the Vikings latest performance and predicting what the winter is going to look like is not an uncommon occurrence when we come out for an install or a service call. The more we know you, the better we can serve you.

Maintenance, Repairs & Upgrades

Being the leading experts in outdoor lighting design & installation is not the only thing we do. We are your best choice for Minneapolis outdoor lighting maintenance and LED upgrades – even if someone else put in your lighting system. We are often called out to troubleshoot and repair malfunctioning landscape lighting that has been installed by a landscaper who is out of business or impossible to contact. Sometimes the problem is a simple fix, other times the system is low quality and/or installed incorrectly. Whatever your outdoor lighting challenge is, we will be here today, tomorrow and always to keep your home properly illuminated.

“I can’t believe how much nicer our home looks at night with all of the lighting working properly.”

Call today for your Minneapolis outdoor lighting free consultation to experience the Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis difference. 763-208-0555

Invite Your Customers in & Invoke the Holiday Spirit with Minneapolis Commercial Christmas Lighting

Nothing gets your customers to throw caution to the wind and spend generously on gifts for the ones they love like the holiday spirit. Set the mood from the minute they approach your property with professional outdoor holiday lighting by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis. Our experts will design the perfect indoor or outdoor holiday decorations design. If you have a few trees out front, a business sign at the entrance with landscaping, a large lobby to light up, or you just want your store front lit up, we can do it. From Christmas wreaths & garland, to LED roofline lights to holiday tree lighting we can create the perfect holiday vibe.

Christmas Wreaths & Garland

Adding Christmas wreaths and garland to the lobby, doors and even the exterior of your business is a lovely way to add holiday greenery. A classy Christmas décor element, our experts will install your wreaths and garland for that professional holiday look your business needs. When choosing wreaths and garland to accompany your lights you can achieve that holiday spirit both day and night.

Christmas Roofline Lights

Classic LED string lights on your business roofline is a perfect way to create a festive mood. Perfect for a shopping center or downtown store front, we’ll do the climbing to install and take them down. But if you want, we can leave them up. Classic string lights are perfect for that special event or sale, simply turn them on for added attention and fun.

Holiday Tree Lighting

Creating a classic holiday look outside of your business can be accomplished with simple tree lighting. Whether you have a large tree as a centerpiece near your entrance or your parking lot is lined with smaller ornamental trees, we’ve got the prefect LED Christmas lights for you. Tree lighting can be the trickiest outdoor Christmas decoration, as you have to get the Christmas string lights in just the right branches for that winter wonderland feeling. All while climbing a ladder, tree or being in a cherry picker. Don’t take on the liability of asking an employee to climb your tree! Let us do the climbing while you focus on what is most important, your business and customers.

Call today for a commercial holiday lighting design consultation. 763-208-0555

How Much Energy do Outdoor LED Lights Really Save?

With LED technology hitting a golden era, many people still don’t realize how much energy LED lighting can really save. When it comes to outdoor lighting systems, the energy and cost savings is hugely significant. To help you understand the significance, we’re going to show you with a bit of math using an average outdoor lighting system as our case study.

Minneapolis LED Outdoor Lighting

The average outdoor lighting system in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area includes about 20 lights. With a 20 light Halogen system we require the use of three 250 watt transformers for wiring all of the lights to your home’s electrical system. Already you’ll be saving money with LED as the same 20 lights in LED would only require one transformer. While the average low-voltage outdoor light is 35 Watts, you can get the same lighting effect with a 7 Watt LED fixture.

20 Halogen Outdoor Lights vs. 20 LED Outdoor Lights

The average 20 light outdoor lighting system with 35 Watt bulbs equals 700 Watts on a Halogen system. An equal number of lights in a comparable LED outdoor lighting system with 7 Watt bulbs only uses 140 Watts. I like to think about it in terms of the standard indoor light bulbs that we all grew up with in our lamps and indoor light fixtures. Everyone is familiar with these 60 Watt bulbs. If you think about your outdoor LED lighting system with 20 lights, you are only using slightly more energy than 2 of those bulbs you grew up with. That’s for 20 lights!! A savings of 560 Watts when you go LED vs. Halogen or 80%.

Whether you want to save energy to be green or to save cash, the benefits are clear.

Yes. You Can Upgrade Your Current System to LED.

We recently upgraded a client with a 58 fixture outdoor lighting system from Halogen to LED. He is now saving energy as well as significantly lowering his electrical bill each month. One of the added benefits of the outdoor LED retrofit is freeing up space on those transformers we mentioned. This client freed up a ton of space and was able to have us install a few more lights while we were there, and he still has plenty of space on his transformer.

If you are looking for LED outdoor lighting installation or you need to upgrade your current system to LED, now is the perfect time. With the days getting shorter and fast, the savings you will experience during the long winter months will be huge! Call today for a free consultation and nighttime demonstration. 763-208-0555

Don’t Trip, Stumble or Feel Your Way Around: Longer Nights Need Outdoor Safety Lights

The days are getting shorter already and by Christmas it will be dark before you leave the office in the afternoon. The longer nights mean you will be doing many of your weekday outdoor activities and chores in the dark. Whether it is arriving home from work, taking the trash out or shoveling snow this winter, let Minneapolis outdoor lighting help guide the way so you can avoid treacherous falls.

Driveway Lighting Twin Cities

The addition of driveway lighting to your home provides a multitude of benefits. With guests and deliveries arriving after dark throughout the winter, you provide a guiding light for their vehicle. I don’t need to tell you how hard it can be to tell where the driveway ends and the lawn begins when the ground is covered in snow. With driveway lighting you can highlight that perimeter to keep your lawn from being damaged. It also provides a lovely warm and welcoming beacon for you to arrive home after work each day.

Path Lighting Minneapolis

Navigating your property in the dark is much trickier in the fall and winter months. With possibilities for black ice and with snow on the ground it can be difficult to see where your path is and if there is slippery spots to avoid. With the addition of Minneapolis path lighting you can get better visuals for taking out the trash, shoveling the snow and enjoying the magic of a Minneapolis winter’s night. And if you have children playing in the snow, there is sure to be some occasional forgotten sleds, shovels and snow gear to avoid tripping over.

Deck Lighting Lake Minnetonka

Your deck is your favorite outdoor hang out spot. When you don’t get home from work until after dark in the fall and winter months, it is hard to make good use of your favorite space. With the addition of Minneapolis deck lighting you can create a lovely illuminated space to enjoy all year and all night long. With step lights built right in to your stair risers, your footing will be safely illuminated for evening use. One of our favorite effects is to hang lights underneath the stair and deck railings. This provides additional safety by illuminating the perimeter of the deck and the hand rail, but it also casts an ambient glow around the deck for that relaxing feeling you’re after.

If you’re interested in adding additional safety to your home that adds enchanting ambience to your entire outdoor space, call today for your free outdoor lighting nighttime demonstration. 763-208-0555

Bold Oranges, Brilliant Reds, Golden Yellows: Autumn in the Minneapolis Outdoors

Outdoor living doesn’t have to end just because Labor Day has come and gone. Autumn is a fantastic time of year to be outside in Minneapolis. The sweet smell of leaves falling and the crisp air is just right for throwing on a sweater and relaxing with a cup of coffee on the deck.

While drinking your coffee on the deck is a fantastic way to spend an autumn morning, many times homeowners under-utilize their deck later in the day. Whereas dinner on the deck in summer is a piece of cake with the sun setting so late, in the fall it might be dark already by the time you’re finished cooking. Don’t let darkness keep you inside when it is this beautiful outside. With deck lighting from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis you can extend the usable hours on your deck and enjoy every bit of glory the fall season has to offer.

Dinner on the Deck

It’s getting darker earlier and earlier every single day. By December the sun will be down by 4:30 in the afternoon. While it may seem instinctual to stay indoors once the sun sets, that doesn’t have to be the case. With the addition of deck lighting you’ll gain a lovely outdoor space to entertain guests all afternoon and evening. Autumn is a perfect time to enjoy dinner on your Minneapolis deck. With a sweatshirt and a warm meal, entertaining outside in the fall is a great idea. You and your company can enjoy a delicious meal without the summer hassles of insects, heat and humidity, allowing you to enjoy great friends and great conversation well into the night.

Football Sundays

With televisions getting sleeker and slimmer, hosting Football Sunday in your backyard instead of your living room is a fantastic idea. Bring the big screen out on the deck and enjoy the changing fall leaves and the Vikings victory all at the same time. With deck lighting, even night games can be enjoyed on the deck, allowing you to keep the rowdy messy football party outside so the non-football family members can enjoy their Sunday afternoon in peace and quiet.

Outdoor Fireplaces

With deck lighting on your Minneapolis deck we can create a romantic ambiance that will encourage more use of your outdoor living area. If you splurged on a built in fireplace or fire pit on your deck, the addition of outdoor lighting will create that warm invitation a special someone might need. Nothing is better than snuggling up next to a fire under a warm blanket with someone you love. Enjoying the crisp fall air, the clear sky and starlight amongst the warmth of the fire is what autumn in Minneapolis is all about.

Get your LED outdoor lighting system in the ground before it freezes for the winter. Call today for your free night time demonstration to find out what deck lighting can do for your Minneapolis home. Give us call at 763-208-0555 or email us at [email protected]

The Top 8 Reasons You Should Hire Professionals To Install Your Outdoor Christmas Decorations

When it comes to getting in the spirit of the holidays, outdoor Christmas lights are a great way to set the mood. They add a lovely festive feeling to your home. Even from inside the warmth of your charming home there is nothing quite like the beauty of Christmas lights reflecting off the snow after dark.

While it can be a tradition in some families to dig out the Christmas decorations on Thanksgiving weekend and spend the day climbing ladders and hanging lights, I am going to venture to say that not everyone appreciates the act of hanging them as much as they appreciate the end results. To help you let go of the guilt you feel over considering hiring someone else to do it, I’ve got a list of eight really great reasons you should hire a professional to hang your Christmas lights this year.

1. Led Outdoor Christmas Lights

The best new thing in holiday lighting is outdoor LED Christmas lights. We’ve got the best LED lights that will shine as bright as any lights you’ve ever hung before – but with 80% less energy use! Everyone can use a little extra money around the holidays, keep your electric bill down with our holiday LED C9 roofline lights. Our LED C9 string lights make a big impact in a classic way which is why they are a favorite among all of our holiday lighting customers.

2. Wreaths and Garland

Wreaths are a popular outdoor Christmas decoration the last few years. With green wreaths hanging over your windows you can get a classic holiday look. We offer LED pre-lit garland and wreaths allowing you to dress up your windows, front porch, entryway or portico while also providing festive light to create a warm invitation for your holiday guests. With a large variety of sizes and colors we have wreaths and garland to fit every style and scope.

3. Tangled Lights

We’ve all been there. We start out with the holiday music playing, a fire roaring in the fire place as we dig out the storage containers full of holiday décor. Within an hour the fire is off as we’re sweating and frustrated trying to untangle the Christmas lights that went into storage so neatly, but came out like a tornado was living in the box all summer. It can take hours to untangle lights, and then you may throw in the towel and go buy new ones in the end. We take down your lights, store them and get them back out next year, so you don’t have to touch a tangled string of holiday lights ever again.

4. Ladders

Heights? In the cold and snowy weather? Eh. No one wants to start their holiday season in the emergency room. I am not saying you can’t handle climbing a ladder. But, I am saying that it’s a dangerous endeavor. With thousands being injured every year hanging outdoor Christmas decorations it might just be an unnecessary risk. Keep your feet on the ground while our professional team does all of the climbing, reaching and hanging.

5. Burnt Out Bulbs

You’ve untangled them, you get the holiday lights hung, and then you flip the switch. You flip the switch. Did you flip the switch? Are they plugged in? Did a fuse break? GAH! There is a bulb out and it’s making the whole strand stay dark. Now you have to find that one single bulb that is holding up the whole show. Don’t put yourself through this torture ever again, let us handle the lights from start to finish. Better yet, if something happens a week after they’re up, we’ll come trouble shoot the issue and fix it.

6. It is Way too Cold Out There

While Thanksgiving is your goal for hanging your outdoor Christmas lights, you do have to contend with unforeseen weather and other potential hiccups. Hanging outdoor holiday lights in Minneapolis can be a tricky proposition any time after October. It could be snowing, windy, raining, blizzardy or just down right too cold. And the closer you get to Christmas the colder it is going to get. Stay inside, poor a cup of coffee and relax while our team braves the elements and get your lights hung.

7. Professional Design + Professional Installation = Professional Results

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives we offer a professionally installed outdoor holiday lighting design. We work very hard to make sure the design is exactly what you want before we order lights and show up for installation. So whether you are going for something simple and classic or you’re trying to win the neighborhood holiday decorating contest, we can make your outdoor Christmas lighting display the talk of the town.

8. Football

Do I need to say more? Whether it’s college or the NFL, don’t miss your favorite team playing because you were stuck out on a ladder hanging Christmas wreaths. The Vikings only have about 16 games each season, don’t miss a single one. Let us hang the lights while you watch the big game.

While there are many more than eight reasons to hire us to hang your outdoor holiday Christmas decorations this year, we thought this list encompassed eight annoying, great and funny reasons to give us a try this holiday season. Find out how Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis can add some cheer to your holiday season. Call today! It may only be September but it’s best to beat the crowd and get on the schedule before Halloween and Thanksgiving zoom by. Give us call at 763-208-0555 or email us at [email protected]

Curb Appeal for your Minneapolis Home. All Day & All Night!

Curb appeal. Curb appeal. Curb appeal. Without curb appeal your home will never get the respect it deserves. While kitchens and baths may sell homes, curb appeal can keep potential buyers from even walking in the door. Even if you’re not selling, you want your Minneapolis home to make the best first impression possible. Whether it’s for your own need for a neat appearance, your neighbors’ appreciation at keeping the neighborhood as a whole looking great or you’re wanting to have the best house on the block, any reason for keeping your home’s curb appeal great is a good one.

Minneapolis Curb Appeal All Day

There are many items that need attention to keep your home’s curb appeal in tip top shape. You must trim your lawn and hedges regularly. You should keep your flower beds weed free and tidy. Adding mulch and flower bed borders will really spruce the place up. Keeping weeds from growing in the cracks of your driveway and sidewalk is another must do task. Don’t forget the home itself. Keeping shutters freshly painted, your home’s exterior power washed, and cracks or breaks should be mended immediately. All of these tasks are time consuming and worth every minute. Your home will look and stay immaculate if you keep on top of these items year round.

Minneapolis Curb Appeal All Night

A bit trickier is reproducing that fantastic hard earned curb appeal at night. There is not a good opportunity for people noticing your beautiful flowers, your neatly trimmed hedges or your freshly painted shutters under the dark of night. However, with some perfectly placed outdoor lighting we can create a new, more attractive curb appeal for your home after dark. You could potentially not even keep up with all of those day-to-day curb appeal chores and still have some curb appeal at night with the right outdoor lighting. We can shine a light directly on your home’s exterior to show off its beauty and character for passer-bys. We can place path lighting all along your driveway to highlight the beautiful, weed free concrete or brick pavers. We can illuminate your prized hydrangeas or Japanese maple with the help of some uplighting. Whatever your home’s best features are, we can illuminate them at night for curb appeal all night long.

Find out how Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis can add curb appeal to your home. For a complimentary consultation including a free night time demonstration, give us call at 763-208-0555, email us at [email protected]

Bright Ideas in Minneapolis Outdoor Lighting

Humans have long worked hard to light up the night around us. Starting with campfires, torches, candles, lanterns, gas lamps, electric bulbs, halogens to the current innovative environmentally friendly LEDs, we see huge progress in outdoor illumination. It is a human need as basic as our need for food, clothing and shelter. So, let’s head outside and explore the new lighting options available that will change your lifestyle.

Dining al fresco

Have your ideas for eating a great meal outside ever been thwarted by the setting sun and lack of proper lighting? Maybe your grill station DIY flood light simply isn’t enough light for food prep. Have you ever, flashlight in one hand, or under your chin, tried to test your meat, seafood or veggies on the grill, struggling to tell if they are done or not? When your deck or patio has just the right outdoor lighting, both preparing and enjoying a meal out in the fresh air are made easier than cooking indoors.

With the addition of path lighting down to the lake and dock, refreshments can be enjoyed by the water without worry of stumbling or tripping because your steps are not clearly illuminated. Travel back and forth, easily with food in hand when path lighting is illuminating your way. One of the best things about our beautifully designed outdoor lighting systems is that they are custom designed for each home and family. The ambiance we are able to help create is truly breathtaking and unique. By subtly lighting trees with feature focal lighting, we are able to create an atmosphere that softly extends the outdoor space without adding harsh, blinding bright spots.

Entertaining Outside

Party time! Whether lakeside, by the pool or just in the spacious back yard of your home, having friends and family over for any occasion is all the better when guests can ebb and flow inside and outside of your home with a warm welcome. In the evening, meandering down a gently illumined path shows off your garden in a majestical way you just don’t get during the day. Under the gentle glow of ambient outdoor lighting, shadows, textures, and colors all glow in new entrancing ways.

You may not have a large enough home to be able to comfortably host a large party. We have all been to those gatherings, where the room becomes excessively warm and stuffy. There is a natural tendency to want slip outside when this happens. By including outdoor rooms in your design plans, entertaining is nearly effortless, as guests are encouraged to move outside or even stay outside. From cocktail parties to cookouts to birthday celebrations, neighborhood get-togethers, anniversaries and more, outdoor lighting expands your party possibilities. Outdoor lighting can create a welcoming atmosphere, whether it is just you enjoying a quiet zen moment or the whole neighborhood celebrating the end of summer.

Securing Your Home with Beauty

Surround your home in light with landscape lighting and architectural façade lighting. Setting Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis apart from everyone else in the industry is our recommendation that you let us surround the sides and back of your home in lighting. While anchoring your entire home to the property, it also provides substantial safety and security.

By utilizing professional outdoor lighting design and installation, you are able to highlight the smallest details of your home’s exterior and garden. Pulling double duty, these gorgeous effects also secure your home. Unlike bugs, mischief makers are not drawn to light. They want to hide to avoid being seen. By creating a soft, welcoming glow around your entire home, there is no place where an intruder can feel safely hidden. Many times the lights alone will deter a would-be prowler from even attempting such a risky crime.

With an endless number of possibilities, these are just a few ideas for your outdoor lighting project. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis, we believe your home and landscape should be enjoyed, whenever you desire, regardless of the time of day or year. Crafting exquisitely lighted outdoor settings that reflect your personality, preference and style is a partnership that lasts long beyond the initial installation. To learn more about how we can help you with your outdoor lighting needs, we gladly offer free consultations. Give us a call at 763-208-0555, email us at [email protected]

Minneapolis Façade Lighting for Enhanced Character

Professional Outdoor Lighting Minneapolis

When considering outdoor lighting for your Minneapolis area home, be sure to choose a professional outdoor lighting designer. The improper lighting of a house can vary from having a few overly bright lights, to having too many lights that create a speckled look on your home. The goal of good architectural facade lighting is to render the home’s facade as well at night as it looks during the day. If you have a tall home, you want to be able to appreciate the full height of the facade with outdoor lighting. If your cottage style home has unique character with multiple architectural reliefs, you need to highlight your façade’s unique beauty at night.

Minneapolis Façade Lighting

Looking at the photo above, focus on the depth and texture of the materials used on the facade. You can actually see, from a distance the individual stones. The millwork at the peaks and the siding boards are rendering with texture and depth that could potentially be washed out by the wrong outdoor lighting. Good outdoor lighting renders the illuminated area the same or better at night, than it does during the day. Texture, depth and shadows are the key ingredient in that formula.

Not noticing the lights themselves is another important tenet of good outdoor lighting. Strong design focuses on the illuminated item, not the item doing the illuminating. Notice how we tuck the uplights into the landscape so that all you see is the home that is illuminated. While the coach lights atop the pillars are meant to be decorative, the remainder of the exterior lighting is installed to show off the home, not the lights.

led or Halogen?

We are always asked about LED. Is LED technology ready for prime time? Is the quality there to create the desired effect? Take a look at the two images above. One side is illuminated with LED, the other is illuminated with halogen. Can you tell the difference? Our Minneapolis clients are looking for LED in their outdoor lighting. The technology is absolutely ready for prime time. By using 90% less energy you’ll save a ton on your electric bill and the bulbs last an average of 50,000 hours. You won’t have to change your LED bulbs for many years.

For a complimentary consultation including a free night time demonstration, give us call at 763-208-0555, email us at [email protected]

Sculpt your Evening in Light with Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis

Offering Top Quality Home Solutions

In 2006, my business partner Russ Jundt and I, began offering proven outdoor solutions the common problems many Twin Cities families face around their home. Mosquito Squad of Twin Cities was the beginning of a great portfolio of service businesses in the Twin Cities. With Mosquito Squad we can give homeowners and businesses safe, reliable, and proven methods of eliminating mosquitoes and ticks from their properties. Today, with the addition of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis to our community of services, you can see that our goal is simple: offer long-term, high quality solutions for homeowners in Minneapolis so they get the most use of their yards during Minnesota’s short summer season.

We are here in Minneapolis for the long-haul. Nine years and more than 1,500 satisfied clients later, we and our new partner Jake Mathre understand fully that our trusted attention to detail and professional client care puts us a cut above our Twin Cities competitors. Whether we are creating a lovelier home exterior, better curb appeal, or extending the time your deck and patio are usable past sundown, the addition of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis is a perfect addition to our service offerings.

Outdoor Lighting is a Natural Fit

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives is an organic fit for the Lake Minnetonka region. From Plymouth to Edina to Maple Grove and beyond, the beautiful landscape is just dying to be illuminated at night. Creating artistic and professionally designed and installed outdoor lighting is an essential priority for many local families. The next time you are driving through a Minneapolis area neighborhood, look at the outside lighting. Many homes have a pair of door lamps, which do little more than show the person who is standing at your front door. Did you see any home with professionally installed outdoor lighting? What was your first impression? You absolutely notice it, or better yet, you notice their home and property.

Professional, Innovative, Responsible Outdoor Lighting Design

With the addition of architectural façade lighting, you see nuances that you may not have noticed in the harsh glare of the bright sun. Subtle millwork or how the stone or vinyl exterior undulates creates contrast and texture. With column and wash lighting your eye is drawn up and around the home. When done properly, all these various lighting applications create an overall grounded feeling for a home, anchoring it to its landscape. Normally under the cover of darkness, a chiseled gracefulness is added to your home’s façade. By custom designing the illumination and the areas of shadow, professional outdoor lighting is all about the details.

During our long winters, outdoor lighting can improve a person’s mood. Snow is an integral part of our scenery, so it makes sense to work with outdoor lighting design so that snowscapes, as well as the later emerging greenscapes, when illuminated, shimmer and reflect back a cheerful welcome. Snow’s wonderland effect is perfectly enhanced by our exquisite decorative outdoor lighting features. The corresponding dramatic shadows are breathtaking year-round and can be transformative in a variety of areas on your property.

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Minneapolis we believe your home and landscape should be enjoyed, regardless of the time of day or year. Shaping exquisitely lighted outdoor settings that reflect your personality, life-style and design sense is a partnership that lasts long beyond the initial installation. To learn more about how we can help you with your outdoor lighting needs, we gladly offer free consultations. Give us a call at 763-208-0555, email us at [email protected]

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.