Outdoor Illumination was founded in 1997 in the Washington, DC area by Mark Oxley. Since that time, the company has designed and installed lighting for some of the most prestigious properties on the east coast including the Mount Vernon Estate, Dumbarton Oaks, and the National Zoo.
In 2005, George Hartner and his wife Jane Cockrell left successful careers in Corporate America and opened Outdoor Illumination North and South Carolina. Their landscape and architectural lighting projects include Audi Cape Fear, Kenan Chapel in Landfall, Lumina Station in Wilmington, Barefoot Landing in Myrtle Beach, BeauCoast in Beaufort, several hotels in both states, and hundreds of high-end residential installations.
The company opened an office in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area adding former IBM executive Bill Watson to head up the region. “Bill is not only an experienced business leader,” Hartner stated, “but a practicing artist as well.” With an emphasis on visual composition and use of light and shadow, Watson’s paintings have been shown at juried exhibits throughout the region.
With over 4,000 lighting installations from Maryland to Florida, Outdoor Illumination is recognized as one of the east coast’s premier landscape and architectural lighting companies.
“Each design we do is highly customized,” said Cockrell. “We use only ‘best-in-class’ lighting fixtures, lamps and materials. And new developments in LED technology have allowed us to deliver systems that are energy efficient, usually saving customers over 80% on electric bills.”
With a highly trained staff and commitment to outstanding customer service, Outdoor Illumination continues to deliver the most innovative and dramatic lighting installations to consumers and businesses alike.
“We are passionate about what we do,” said Hartner. “We’re very fortunate in that our clients refer us over and over again to their friends and associates. We never take something like that for granted.
Wilmington, North and South Carolina Coastal Region: George Hartner
Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary, Wake Forest: Bill Watson