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This home is dressed up beautifually for the holidays.

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Holiday sparkle

Light up your property this Christmas season

The holidays will soon be upon us, and many of us are already preparing our homes and businesses to welcome family and visitors alike. One way to make things merry and bright is decorative outdoor lighting, and it’s not too soon to get started!

You can do it yourself, sure, but if you lack the necessary tools, want help realizing your vision or just want to spend your time on other holiday prep, why not consider hiring a professional to do it for you?

One local company to consider is Alabama Outdoor Lighting, a locally owned business that has specialized in Christmas and holiday lighting, event lighting, landscape lighting and outdoor audio since 2004.

Owned by Nick and Kelley Payne, Alabama Outdoor Lighting has a team of professional installers who will take care of everything for you. They offer an all-inclusive service that includes installation of custom cut LED lights, maintenance and take-down in January.

Kelley Payne said the holidays are the busiest time of the year.

“October through December is our busiest time of the year with the excitement of the holidays,” she said. “Gutter lines are definitely the biggest request we get when it comes to Christmas lights. We also offer ground lighting, tree wraps, wreaths and garland.  Creating a magical scene that leaves the clients and their family in awe is our passion!” 

She said the most extensive job the company has taken on involved a large customer display that took more than a month to install.

The company has even been called twice to participate in the ABC reality TV Show “The Great Christmas Light Fight.” “We were at Johnny's Bar-B-Q one night and Nick's phone rang. The screen said Burbank, California, so we assumed it was a solicitor and sent it to voicemail. To our surprise, there was a voicemail from ABC asking Nick to participate on the show,” Payne said.

Alabama Outdoor Lighting does a lot of fun jobs and displays, but Payne said one of the best parts of the season is the work the team does for free. In fact, the company currently donates its Christmas lighting services to 12 different homes, and this year met with the Pilot Club of Cullman and added the nonprofit’s Pilot Light Home to that list.

Nick and Kelley Payne make a habit of giving back to the Cullman community. They are United Way of Cullman County Silver Feather Society giving society members, and Kelley Payne also serves on the board of Restoring Women Outreach.

“We also host our clients with their family and friends in December with private Christmas light shows. In 2022, we had the pleasure of hosting over 800 people!” she smiled.  

Of course, the company’s professional services aren’t limited to Christmas lights. Alabama Outdoor Lighting works with home and business owners all year round to improve curb appeal.

“We offer functional and decorative lighting that can set the stage for cozy gatherings in cool evenings around the fireplace or colored lights for entertaining around the pool on summer nights,” said Payne. “Outdoor illumination enhances safety and security while adding value to your home. Landscape lighting commands attention while accentuating your architectural features of your home or business.”

Alabama Outdoor Lighting serves Cullman, Smith Lake and all surrounding areas. You can check out a gallery of the company’s work at and

Find out more at or call or text 256-338-5995 for a free estimate.

"Creating a magical scene that leaves the clients and their family in awe is our passion!” Kelley Payne

  • This home is dressed up beautifually for the holidays.
  • Outdoor lighting adds great curb appeal.
  • Alabama Outdoor Lighting Owners Nick and Kelley Payne
  • Outdoor lighting brings festive charm to these trees.
  • Holiday lights are perfect for businesses that want to get into the spirit.

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