We are proud to have been interviewed for a lengthy article about exterior decorating by our friend Saraya Brewer at Smiley Pete publishing in Lexington, KY. You can read the full article here. Here is the excerpt with Kyle regarding his outdoor lighting tips. While a homeowner might choose to spruce up his or her outdoor lighting for many reasons, according to local outdoor lighting expert Kyle Adamson, the impetus typically falls under one of three categories: aesthetics, security and safety. “Outdoor lighting has the potential to completely change the look and feel of a home’s exterior and landscape at night,” said Adamson. “A seemingly normal tree or outdoor space can come alive with lighting.” Front-yard lighting typically focuses on curb appeal and security, he added, while the back tends to focus on enhancing the look and functionality of the place where people spend more time relaxing and entertaining. With a degree in landscaping architecture, Adamson started the company Red Oak Design in 2006, but after a decade of experience with a variety of beautiful full-scale, start-to-finish landscape projects, in 2016 he rebranded the company – now called Red Oak Outdoor Lighting – to have a true outdoor lighting focus. He said the change was precipitated by working on so many beautiful homes, landscapes and outdoor spaces that were not able to be viewed or enjoyed at night. “I was always amazed how outdoor lighting was rarely discussed, and when it was, it was an afterthought,” Adamson said. “I wanted to change that thinking and show clients the possibilities.” Whether you are looking to enhance your outdoor lighting system for security, aesthetics or safety, here are a few key things Adamson recommends – many of which can be applied to other substantial home improvement projects as well. Hire an expert. With Kentucky’s four distinct seasons, lighting changes and evolves over the year. Outdoor lighting experts are in a unique position to foresee these natural changes to the landscape and understand how landscapes will mature and are equipped with the knowledge to best illuminate your landscape accordingly. Consider outdoor lighting at the beginning of other home improvement projects. As with most home improvement projects where budget might be a concern, installing a large-scale lighting project in phases can help alleviate those concerns. But consulting with an outdoor lighting expert during the early design phases of other significant outdoor projects – such as installing new walks, patios or seating walls, or having a pool or other water features designed and installed – can ultimately save homeowners time and money, Adamson said. “A lighting designer can locate wire runs during the design and construction phase,” Adamson said. “The placement of a two-dollar PVC pipe at the beginning can save the homeowner hundreds of dollars in the end.” Establish a plan and schedule for maintaining your outdoor lighting system. The best designed and installed lighting systems need to be maintained, Adamson said – fixtures should be checked, lenses cleaned and aiming adjustments made at least once a year. Additionally, as the landscape matures, you may have to carefully prune plant material or move the fixture so the effect continues to be as it was intended. Fortunately, Adamson added, improved LED technology over the past decade has eliminated the need to switch out lamps every year, reducing normal maintenance costs greatly. Red Oak Outdoor Lighting is an award-winning outdoor lighting company based in Lexington. From intimate courtyards to horse farms and large estates, the company has provided custom outdoor lighting design, installation and service throughout the state since 2006.
Kyle Adamson has found his niche — lighting. Armed with a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Kentucky — “Go ‘Cats,” he said — Adamson designed and built stone patios, paver systems, walkways, stone fire pits, water features and other outdoor amenities early in his career.
As a key aim for this installation, Red Oak Design was asked to illuminate the area where the driveway meets the walk leading to the front door of this private residence in Mt. Sterling, Ky.
Kyle Adamson was recently interviewed by Kentucky Homes & Gardens magazine for their Sept/Oct 2014 issue. The feature article focuses on home lighting design and includes pictures of our past work.
Red Oak Design and owner Kyle Adamson were part of a feature article about landscape lighting in the August issue of Irrigation & Green Industry, a trade publication for outdoor and landscape professionals. Int he article, “Landscape Lighting…The New Level”, Kyle talks about his passion for outdoor lighting and some of the projects that have garnered national acclaim for Kentucky’s own Red Oak Design.
The Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals (AOLP) is an organization that is working to promote and advance the outdoor lighting industry. I have been a member since 2007 and am excited that Red Oak Design received an Award of Merit for best feature-focused lighting project at the AOLP Annual Conference in San Diego, CA in February 2014. The knowledge I have gained from the AOLP has been instrumental in the passion I have for outdoor lighting and I’m truly thankful for the honor.
One of my favorite aspects about designing and installing outdoor lighting is being with the client when they see the finished project for the first time. Their beautiful home, landscape & outdoor spaces can now be enjoyed at night. But this is only the beginning of a great relationship.
What is the process ? Initial contact to happy client. When the initial contact is made from a perspective client, they usually ask how the process works to get outdoor lighting. This is Red Oak Design’s process.
So you decided to have an outdoor lighting system installed and are enjoying the results, now what? This is where lighting maintenance comes in. An outdoor lighting system can be designed and installed properly but must be maintained to continue to provide the desired effect. When we do a project, we provide a maintenance checklist and set up a schedule to provide this service.
There are many reasons clients want outdoor lighting, but usually they fall under 3 categories: aesthetics, security & safety.