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The beautiful architecture of this home is accentuated by well-placed outdoor lighting.

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Illuminate your landscaping

Bring your property to life with outdoor lighting

Home design involves more than interiors. In addition to incorporating just the right flowers, plants, pavers and more, outdoor lighting can bring your property to life, showcasing its best features and your own personal style.

Alabama Outdoor Lighting, owned by Nick and Kelley Payne, specializes in full-scale design and installation of low-voltage LED landscape lighting.

“Outdoor illumination enhances safety and security while adding value to your home,” said Kelley Payne when asked why outdoor lighting is important. “Landscape lighting commands attention while accentuating architectural features of your home or business.”

Payne said functional and decorative lighting can set the stage for cozy, cool spring evenings around the fireplace – and just imagine the perfect colored lights for entertaining around the pool on warm Alabama summer nights. 

When Nick Payne sets out to design an outdoor lighting configuration for a client, he, ahem…shines! 

“While many homes disappear into the night, Nick has the passion, vision, skill set and true talent for showcasing your home with lighting that creates a welcoming atmosphere while simultaneously enhancing security,” said Kelley Payne. “Each installation is a custom design and is the result of a personal collaboration with the client focusing on design, safety, security and functionality. Clients also contact us to illuminate hazardous areas such as stairs, walkways, decks and custom-built rock pathways.

Spring is always a popular time to freshen up your property and implement new, creative concepts. Payne said this year is no different.

“Clients are updating and modernizing their existing outdated landscape lighting around their homes, pools and outdoor spaces. Spring is the most popular time for sprucing up outdoor areas to prepare for the summer ahead. We also have requests for outdoor audio around pools and outdoor living areas this time of year,” she said.

On trends this season, she shared, “While clients prefer traditional pathway lighting, recently we have had many requests for pipe pathway lighting that looks sleek and modern. Bollards are also becoming increasingly popular. We have a large display area for our clients to walk and browse many examples of these fixtures and finishes while allowing you to see the light that it casts. Color-changing lighting has also become increasingly popular. Clients enjoy the ability to change their lights from a traditional warm white to a color wheel of choices with just the touch of a button. New for spring 2024 are champagne lights for anyone wanting a variation of the string or bistro lighting.”

She continued, “If you have a new project in mind or updating an existing system, our team is equipped to turn your dreams into a reality.”

Alabama Outdoor Lighting has specialized in landscape lighting, custom Christmas light installation, event lighting and outdoor audio since 2004. Owners Nick and Kelley Payne have traveled the United States learning from the best in the business while earning many lighting certifications to add to Nick Payne's degree in electronics. Kelley Payne is also an operations manager at Walmart Distribution Center, and serves on the board of local nonprofit Restoring Women Outreach. The Paynes believe strongly in giving back to the community as United Way of Cullman County Silver Feather Society giving society members.

Alabama Outdoor Lighting serves Cullman, Smith Lake and the surrounding areas.

You can check out a gallery of the company's work at or Instagram/Facebook. For a free estimate or to set up a nighttime demo, call or text 256-338-5995.

"Landscape lighting commands attention while accentuating architectural features of your home or business."

  • Lights illuminate trees
  • These lights outline walking paths - they look sleek while also increasing safety.
  • Pathway perimeter lights make this property more inviting.
  • Outdoor illumination can make steps safer and more beautiful.
  • Stylish lighting
  • Light up your firepit to make cool spring nights cozier.
  • Outdoor lighting allows the use of warm outdoor spaces at night.
  • The beautiful architecture of this home is accentuated by well-placed outdoor lighting.