Significance of Design

architect planSomething interesting came to mind after our last article appeared on the NiteLiters, Inc. website.  It had to do with the importance of design.  This is the ever crucial part of all specialized trade services.  In this last topic discussion about “Community,” we explained that it is a place where people can both rejoice and mourn things together.  Community and being involved in a community is about sharing experiences or moments together.

Why then is design so significant, as it relates to one’s community?  Could it not be said that design impacts us in either a positive or negative way?  We believe that it does, and for this reason we have chosen to discuss it further—showing its significance.

The decisions a designer makes will leave a lasting impression upon many–the end user or owner of that property, the surrounding neighborhood, and even the whole community.  If you think about this for a moment, this might make more sense.  Let’s imagine you have a bad experience through a poor design decision.  How would you feel about this?  In most cases, you would be unhappy.  And, because you were unhappy, this gets expressed to others—friends, family and associations.  Hence, the word is spread into the community.

garden stairs3Unfortunately, the bad experience in outdoor lighting happens more than you would think.  Why?….it’s because of several faults:

  • A lack of education—by both the consumer and the trade profession.
  • A lack of skills or professional craftsmanship—by the tradesperson performing the work.
  • A lack of standards, practices and expectations—by the industry.

These above faults are serious and they continue to put a sore eye on the practice of low voltage outdoor lighting.  If we focus primarily on the educational aspect of this topic, then we will find that there is little concern for this awareness—we haven’t reached a point of total disappointment by those experiencing these frustrations.

THE PROCESS

design input chartAt NiteLiters, Inc., we believe that education and experience are critically important throughout each step of our process.  You will note that I said, “Process.”  Design is a process—an important part of creating the best opportunity and condition for our customers.  It should be noted that we use this word, “Design” as more than a word.  We’ve stated it’s a process—one which takes years to develop.

What is involved in this Design Process?  It takes one to be disciplined enough to:

  1. Ask the right questions and to effectively listen.  A customer should be able to tell you what their desires, frustrations and concerns are.
  2. Evaluate each setting and aspect of the work space.  This should include understanding what items are important to capture on the site–these usually include those things of special meaning to the customer.
  3. Understand the construction process.  A designer needs to fully understand how these projects are implemented if they are to ensure success for the installation team and the customer.
  4. Understand the various applications of light, as it applies to the light source.  There is a grand spectrum of LED’s and lamps available, and it is overwhelming.  NiteLiters, Inc. has simplified this process to ensure both quality and longevity of the system installed.
  5. Understand all job site limitations that might impact the design intent.
  6. Effectively visualize what the work space will look like during the daylight hours.
  7. Understanding the best products available for the job.

These skills take years to acquire and to develop.  This fact alone is the biggest benefit one gains by working with NiteLiters, Inc.  And, it is this reason at why we are not the lowest priced option available to the market–developed experience provides great value.

THE PROBLEM WE ALL FACE

sharing hands as oneIt is very important to understand the reality of the problems we face, as they affect the outcome to all works.  NiteLiters, Inc. believes in this design process, and in the knowledge we have accrued over almost two decades.  It is not only in our best interest, but in the best interest of the community to provide the best services and information about this specialty craft.  This is the benefit we provide to you.

There are some key elements that lead to a ‘poor’ decision in this process:

  • Impulse buying on low cost products thinking this will save you money
  • Lack of understanding of what makes a good product
  • Not placing value on experience—this includes the ‘design’ process
  • Assuming anyone can perform these skills

Each of these above listed problems is a killer towards achieving a successful end result on your outdoor lighting project.  There are two ways to avoid these conditions:

  1. Research each contractor/designer and understand their background—find their website, check the contractor’s license board, and inspect their credentials. Those that don’t question these things will end up getting into trouble.
  2. Use known referrals from friends and family—this is your best way to know how these people actually work.

There really is no other source at this point in time.  Our industry is behind and has no standard form or process in place for this type of work.  It’s important to feel comfortable and led by those with real-world experience in these applications.  And, this is why we specialize only in this realm.

ABOUT US

NiteLiters company pic

NiteLiters, Inc. is extremely passionate about landscape lighting and in providing proven solutions for these particular needs.  We are a nationally-recognized and award-winning business.  Founded in 1998, we have served this region almost two decades.

Our company is built on what matters most–Service.  We wouldn’t be here today if we didn’t know how to properly implement and maintain these relationships.  Most of our business comes from referrals, which proves our value to the community.

NiteLiters, Inc. is a proven industry leader in this specialized trade.  There is no better time to enhance your living environment—we would love the opportunity to meet with you and to explore ideas.  One of our team specialists will eagerly set a date and time that best applies to your needs—please contact us at:

 

Call NiteLiters, Inc. Now!

NiteLiters, Inc.

www.niteliters.com

 

(270) 685-7070        Kentucky

(615) 674-9950      Tennessee

(812) 431-7250          Indiana

 We serve most any outdoor lighting need within a 200-mile radius of Owensboro, KY for both residential and commercial properties.  This includes the beautiful states of Kentucky, southern Illinois, southern Indiana, and northern Tennessee.  We are a nationally recognized, award-winning company that is licensed, insured and certified.

Community

Fund raiser event 8.2015-6Our local community of Owensboro, KY means a lot to us and we are proud to be part of it.  NiteLiters, Inc. has been an integral part of the business force that serves and provides to this beautiful city.  As part of our beliefs and principals, we operate as a family within this community.

Community is relative to family—we treat all of our customers with this special attention because that’s who we are.  We believe that when you are a part of the whole, then we are one.  So, what does this mean to NiteLiters, Inc.?  It means that we want to serve and care for it as best we can.

Fund raiser event 8.2015-1Every year, we look at how our company can be involved with helping the community.  It’s a wonderful experience to give back something toward worthy causes.

RECENT PARTICIPATION

A little more than a month ago, NiteLiters, Inc. decided to support the America Nepal Medical Foundation (ANMF), which provided direct aid to the people of Nepal.  In April of this year, Nepal was struck by a severe earthquake of a 7.9 magnitude.  And again, in May, a 7.3 magnitude quake hit.  This event killed more than 8,000 people, injured at least 19,000 and displaced hundreds of thousands.

Fund raiser event 8.2015-2The Tri-State Cultural Society of India, a tri-state community non-profit organization, which represents more than 300 Indian origin families in Owensboro, Evansville and the surrounding area, conducted a fundraising dinner in support of this cause.  We felt the need to provide something, so we offered a donation in the form of a gift certificate to be utilized in our specialized services.

Fund raiser event 8.2015-4This gift was raffled off to a lucky winner, to be used at their discretion.  We were honored to offer our support along with several of the local businesses toward this caring effort.

ABOUT US

NiteLiters, Inc. is extremely passionate about landscape lighting and in providing proven solutions for these particular needs.  We are a nationally-recognized and award-winning business.  Founded in 1998, we have served this region for almost two decades.

Our company is built on what matters most–Service.  We wouldn’t be here today if we didn’t know how to properly implement and maintain these relationships.  Much of our business comes from referrals, which proves our value to the community.

NiteLiters, Inc. is a proven industry leader in this specialized trade.  There is no better time to enhance your living environment—we would love the opportunity to meet with you and to explore ideas.  One of our team specialists will eagerly set a date and time that best applies to your needs—please contact us at:

 

Community–a place where people can rejoice together and mourn together

NiteLiters, Inc.

www.niteliters.com

 

(270) 685-7070        Kentucky

(615) 674-9950      Tennessee

(812) 431-7250          Indiana

We serve most any outdoor lighting need within a 200-mile radius of Owensboro, KY for both residential and commercial properties.  This includes the beautiful states of Kentucky, southern Illinois, southern Indiana, and northern Tennessee.  We are a nationally recognized, award-winning company that is licensed, insured and certified.

Fence Lighting

Fence decorative frontlit1Most people would question, “Why illuminate the fence—what’s so special about that?”  In some cases they are right, especially if the fencing is not attractive or if it is in poor condition.  However, a fence can be effectively utilized as part of the landscape scene.

Let’s dissect what a fence actual is and for what purpose it serves.  In most cases it defines the boundaries to one’s property.  But, it can act as a screen to hide unsightly areas or it can provide containment.  Fences are usually man-made and structural by nature.  Most are made of wood, metal or stone, but some are made with plants, as in hedges.  These natural fences can provide the same function.

There are several benefits to fencing:

  • Security of the property or space
  • Control of pedestrian, animal and vehicular movement
  • Privacy
  • Beautification of the space—utilizing a vertical layer within the scene

Fence decorative backlit2 shadowsDid you know that fencing can enhance a lighting scheme?  Just look through some of the finer publications that highlight various landscapes at night and you will see some of this.  Fences allow for a beautiful backdrop to add color or better impact garden art.  They can allow lighting fixtures to be used from varying heights.  They can act as a reflective surface for indirect lighting, which cuts out any glare problems.  Shadow patterns can be achieved when casting light through some types of fencing, which adds interest to a space.

These types of vertical elements can allow for many creative options in the lighting scheme.  At NiteLiters, Inc., we believe that your yard should be a personal journey.  Fencing allows our design team an opportunity to provide you more than what normally would be expected.

Thoughtful Tips

Fence gate downlit1Typically, fence lighting should be somewhat subdued and not used as a primary focal point.  What this means is that the lighting application should act as a ‘transitional’ source—a comfortable, pass-through level of lighting.  One should feel a sense of comfort and peace.

 

“Fence lighting adds a new level of interest to most any setting, as it provides a vertical dimension to the setting.”

Tip #1:  When illuminating a fence, don’t get too close to its surface as this will create “hot spots” that are distracting and unpleasant.

Tip #2:  Avoid direct glare from any light sources along these features, as it is again, distracting to the eye.  The goals are to create comfort, warmth and interest.

Tip #3:  When using the fence to create shadows, ensure that these shadows don’t create a safety hazard.  The especially applies to areas of elevation change—stairs and slopes.  The last thing you want is someone to mis-step and fall.

Dependability

Fence decorative backlit1NiteLiters, Inc. is extremely passionate about landscape lighting and in providing proven solutions for all of our customers.  Additionally, we are creative in the way we approach each and every job.  We consider you, our customer, as part of this process.

Our company is built on what matters most to us–Service.  Many companies say these things, but do not follow through.  This is what makes NiteLiters, Inc. different—we perform this valued benefit.  All of this can be proven through almost two decades of built relationships and a multitude of referrals.

This is a simple message and we provide solutions.  We will always be there for you because we consider you “family”—that’s our commitment to you.

 

Call NiteLiters, Inc. Now!

NiteLiters, Inc. is a proven industry leader in this specialized trade.  There is no better time to enhance your living environment—we would love the opportunity to meet with you and to explore ideas.  One of our team specialists will eagerly set a date and time that best applies to your needs—please contact us at:

NiteLiters, Inc.

www.niteliters.com

 

(270) 685-7070        Kentucky

(615) 674-9950      Tennessee

(812) 431-7250          Indiana

We serve most any outdoor lighting need within a 200-mile radius of Owensboro, KY for both residential and commercial properties.  This includes the beautiful states of Kentucky, southern Illinois and Indiana, and northern Tennessee.  We are a nationally recognized, award-winning company that is licensed, insured and certified.