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Advice from the Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Spotlighting a fountain, piece of artwork or special tree, like this Madrone, will bring beautiful views. You’ve just spent serious energy and resources to create the perfect outdoor living space you’ve always dreamed of. Your favorite sculpture now lives in the ideal location where it can be viewed from many different angles and perspectives.

Your yard has been transformed into a showpiece that can be observed from inside your home as well as outside. Now you’ve decided to add outdoor lighting to bring your favorite landscape elements to life after dark.

There are so many decisions to make when it comes to outdoor lighting, it can be difficult to know where to begin.

What kind of lights do you choose? What’s good, what’s not good? Line voltage versus low voltage? What’s that really mean? Who should install the lights?

That’s where a trained and certified architectural and landscape lighting designer steps in.

“A trained and certified architectural and landscape lighting designer takes a personal interest in how you want to use your space, and the features and elements that are most important to you,” said Paul Welty, owner of Innovative Nightscapes in Portland. “Just like a painter with his tools of brush and paint, they can expertly direct light and shadows to evoke wonder, awe, happiness and even inspiration.”

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Professional lighting design helped make this tranquil Zen garden a peaceful retreat enjoyable at night too. Outdoor lighting designers offer a broad range of expertise from the technical side of fixtures, accessories and installation, to understanding how the eye reacts to light and dark. Designers can help you create a space and scenes that are dramatic, subtle or calm and expand your view and bring beautiful views into your home as well as out.

“A professional can take the guess work out of your outdoor lighting project and ensure your investment will bring years of enjoyment, withstand the elements and provide years of continuous service,” Welty said.

To find a professional and certified architectural and landscape lighting designer that fits your needs, visit the Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals at aolponline.org. To contact the organization, call 717-238-2504 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information about Innovative Nightscapes, visit innovativenightscapes.com or call 503-892-8238.

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