NiteLites, Southwest Florida’s outdoor lighting experts, will be on hand at the Ft. Myers Winter Home and Garden Show scheduled for January 5th and 6th at the Harborside Event Center in downtown Ft. Myers, at the corner of Monroe Street and Edwards Drive. Hours for the show are 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM each day. Admission to the show is $ 4.00, children younger than 18 are admitted free of charge. Free parking is available. The show features the latest in home improvement products and services; decorating and remodeling ideas, and free “How To” seminars. The show will also include an appraisal fair and hourly drawings for door prizes.
While attending the show, stop at the NiteLites booth and let Mr. Ryan Lewis and his staff show their latest outdoor lighting products. The look and feel of the fixtures betrays the high quality, and the lifetime warranty on the fixtures confirms it. Mr. Lewis will also be happy to share his spectacular photos of architectural and landscape lighting projects completed by NiteLites. In addition, Mr. Lewis will be accepting registrations for a free, in home lighting demonstration.
With homeowners trying to maximize their home’s living and entertainment space, the home construction and renovation business is booming. Remodeling or expanding an existing structure is one option available to the homeowner, but it is not the only option. By assessing the existing property, and with some creativity, new living and entertaining space can be created while keeping the investment to a minimum.
Now is a good time to reflect on the past season with regard to the existing property. What areas were used extensively? What areas, like decks, patios, or gardens, were seldom used, or not used at all? Often, these under used areas can be an integral part of the solution.
To make the under used areas of a property more inviting, and to add to the property’s overall ambience, an excellent option is an outdoor lighting system. When lit, decks and patios are an extension of the indoor living area. Colors and shapes in a garden come to life. Statues, ponds, and gazebos become a focal point.
While this sounds simple enough, there is a wide variety of lighting fixtures and lighting techniques to consider. Fixtures can range from dim lights used to gently illuminate a pathway for safety reasons, to bright security lights to illuminate larger areas. Techniques can include lights aimed to highlight a tree’s branches or foliage, or lights aimed downward to create a moonlight effect. If a pond or small waterfall is a part of the garden, underwater lights create an extraordinary effect. There are many other methods that can be used to accent a desired area, structure, or plant.
The homeowner can visit home improvement stores and attempt to create the desired effect. This would mean knowing the areas of the property that would be lighted, the correct way to light those areas, and the know-how to install the lighting system. Another way to utilize lighting to expand the living and entertaining area is to hire a professional who has the training and experience to design the project, incorporate the homeowner’s ideas into the project, and complete the installation. In this way the proper (and most effective) fixtures and techniques would be used, the fixtures would carry a warranty, and a maintenance plan would be available to ensure the ongoing enjoyment of the completed custom lighting project.
There are many companies that offer architecture and landscape lighting. Since high quality, professionally installed lighting systems often start at $2500.00 and may go much higher, NiteLites recommends researching to find a reliable company with national presence that will stand behind its warranty. Since trees, shrubs, and grasses grow, and wind and other elements can wreak havoc with lighting systems, NiteLites states that it is also important to find a company that offers a viable maintenance program to keep the lighting investment operational year round.
President and CEO Thomas A. Frederick of NiteLites Franchise Systems, Inc. explains the process this way “Start with a (landscape lighting) company that will show you exactly how your property will look after lights are installed, review the written estimate and the warranty. Then check references, drive by some projects lit by the company, and finally research the size and longevity of the company standing behind lighting system. It is not a difficult process, and it is well worth the time.” He also added, that perhaps as much as 25% of NiteLites’ work comes from people who bought systems that no longer work, and that often the original company is no longer in business.
NiteLites is an industry leader in the low voltage outdoor architecture and landscape lighting field, and specializes in both residential and commercial installations. NiteLites has been in business since 1998, and offers complete outdoor lighting service from planning, through installation, to a comprehensive maintenance plan, ensuring the ongoing enjoyment of its lighting systems.
NiteLites sole business is outdoor lighting systems. The NiteLites professional will set up a temporary installation on a prospect’s property to demonstrate the dramatic effect that a NiteLites system can have. NiteLites will then provide a written estimate for the complete installation. Once installed, the NiteLites professional will consult with the property owner to determine the final aiming of the individual lights. They also offer a lifetime warranty on all fixtures.
For more information on NiteLites Architectural and Landscape Lighting, or to register for a free consultation, visit Mr. Lewis and his staff at the show.
NiteLites of Ft. Myers/Naples is a member of the Collier Building Industry Association (www.cbia.net), Lee Building Industry Association, (www.bia.net), and the National Association of Home Builders, (www.nahb.org).
Because of the rapid growth of the outdoor lighting industry in general, and NiteLites in particular, entrepreneurs who are looking for a business opportunity should consider purchasing the proven business system of a NiteLites Outdoor Lighting franchise. President and CEO of NiteLites Outdoor Lighting Franchise Systems, Thomas A. Frederick said “given the growth of the outdoor lighting industry, and the fact that NiteLites has exceeded that growth, anyone with a desire to own their own business owes it to themselves to investigate a NiteLites franchise. A NiteLites exterior lighting franchise offers independence and financial security to the franchise owner by capitalizing on the growing trend toward outdoor living and entertainment.