Nighttime in The Carolinas

With majestic live oaks, beautiful palm trees, and gorgeous settings along the coast, Outdoor Illumination is thrilled to bring the magic of the night to North and South Carolina. Our lighting designs are well thought out, carefully planned, flawlessly executed, and rigorously maintained.
This way our clients can enjoy their nighttime setting for years and years to come.

Meet Our Team.

Every member of our team has a passion for what we do. From our designers to our installers, from operations to service, we aim to exceed every expectation.

GEORGE HARTNER

GEORGE HARTNER

Along with his wife, Jane Cockrell, Hartner launched Outdoor Illumination of the Carolinas in 2005. His designs include Lumina Station, Airlie Gardens, Audi Cape Fear, Kenan Chapel, BeauCoast, Barefoot Landing, St Andrews on the Sound and hundreds more.

Hartner has a true passion for lighting. “I see it as an art much more than a science. I love to be at the projects the very first time we turn on the lights. There is magic in that moment.”

Hartner has a BA in Communications from Cortland State University and his passions don’t stop with lighting. He is an avid surfer and a musician. “Lighting, like music and surfing, allows me to express myself in very creative ways.”

Hartner also volunteers his time with the Surfers Healing organization.  Surfers Healing teaches kids with autism how to surf. He helps to raise funds to keep the camps free of charge for the kids and their families.

George Hartner
Coastal Carolinas
910.270.6262
georgeh@outdoorillumination.com

BILL WATSON

BILL WATSON

Watson joined the OI team in 2016 to head up the company’s growing presence in the Raleigh and surrounding areas. One of his primary areas of focus will be on the partnership Outdoor Illumination has with Preston Development.

“We have designed the lighting for their corporate offices in Cary and we are in the planning stages to work with them on their Chatham Park initiative which will be an on-going effort lasting many years. They are truly the type of company we like to associate ourselves with as their commitment to quality is unparalleled.”

Watson is a former executive at IBM. He is not only a very experienced business leader 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.

Bill Watson
Raleigh, Chapel Hill and the RTP area
919.349.0348
billmilowatson@gmail.com

THOMAS BARNES

THOMAS BARNES

Thomas joined Outdoor Illumination with over a decade of construction experience.  He has a passion for installing our systems so our clients can enjoy their lighting for years to come.  With careful planning and coordination between all stakeholders, he ensures even the toughest installations run smoothly.

As head of Operations, Thomas can be found on most of our installations but he has developed a keen eye for design as well. Maybe that has something to do with his travels through France and Spain to study renaissance architecture and design.  He is a fan of the works of Antoni Gaudi and has kayaked the Louis and Clark trail in Oregon.

Thomas Barnes
Operations Manager
thomasb@outdoorillumination.com

JEFF ALLSBROOK

JEFF ALLSBROOK

Jeff Allsbrook has been residing in the Wilmington area since graduating from UNCW in 1985. He just recently retired from a 30 year career with the Wilmington PD as a Captain of the Investigations Bureau. During his career he continued graduate studies at NC State, and with UVA after being selected to attend the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.

Jeff’s wife Trish is an elementary school teacher in the Topsail District. In his off time Jeff enjoys surfing boating and running.  He volunteers a lot of his time at the Topsail High School Drama Dept where his teenage son attends and enjoys theater. There he helps with stage and set design, building props and lighting.

JOEY GRANT

JOEY GRANT

Service and Maintenance Manager

Joey is our lead technician on all things related to our follow up customer service.  Usually our clients request to be on a quarterly maintenance plan and Joey makes sure that our lighting systems look as good as they did the day they were first installed.  He has been with Outdoor Illumination several years and always brings a smile and joy to his work.  Joey is also a surfer and has done great things for the community by organizing “Surfing to Stop MS” which raised thousands of dollars for the local MS Chapter.  He is committed to his job, his community and his family.

JANE AND ALEX

JANE AND ALEX

Back Room Operations

Jane Cockrell has been with Outdoor Illumination since the birth of the company. With a background in corporate America, she brings her many business tools to the table. Jane runs the show behind the scenes when she isn’t enjoying some horse hair and farm air.

Her head of Marketing and Administrative Assistant, Alex Meyer, is a fellow equestrian with a business degree from St. Andrews University. These two work together to make sure the design goes from paper to the guys for install without a hitch.

Our Portfolio

WILMINGTON / WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH / FIGURE 8 / SOUTHPORT / BEAUFORT / MYRTLE BEACH.

RALEIGH / CHAPEL HILL / DURHAM / CARY / PITTSBORO / CHATHAM PARK

Any Many Other Areas!