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Experience the Joy of Nighttime Magic.

Artistically-driven architectural and landscape lighting by Outdoor Illumination.

we will help you to build a dream


You’ll feel the breathtaking beauty of being enveloped in light after it’s dark.

Watch as your guests are amazed by your uniquely lit outdoor entertainment areas.
Know your family and friends can safely enjoy the world outside after the sun goes down.
Gravel path through a forested area lit by solar lights.
[ Outdoor Lighting Wilmington Area, North Carolina ]

Carefully planned.
Uniquely designed.
Flawlessly executed.

Feel the Magic

Outdoor Illumination of the Carolinas captures the magic of the night with high-end, thoughtfully designed lighting solutions for your property. We specialize in tapping into the characteristics of your home or business, to make the night come to life.

How It Works

1. Let’s talk

We want to hear your thoughts first but our team is always ready, willing and able to provide design ideas to you.

2. Let’s see

We meet with you to see how we can make your dreams a reality.

3. Let’s enjoy

Sit back, watch, and relax in your magical new world.

The Outdoor Illumination Difference

It’s not just light to us. It’s art.

The Outdoor Illumination Difference

It’s not just light to us. It’s art.

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Terrace with string lights creating a festive atmosphere for gatherings.
Backyard basketball court with overhead lighting for night games.

The Outdoor Illumination Promise

Every night at dusk your lights come on – all at once –
night after night when they’re supposed to. 

Here's What People are Saying

Each night at sundown, I’m so thankful and appreciative to have met you and to enjoy the results of your amazing creativity. Thank you so much.

Paula Corbett
Paula Corbett
Wilmington, NC
I highly recommend Outdoor Illumination for any outdoor lighting design & installation projects. I cannot speak highly enough of George Hartner and his entire team. If you are looking to add the wow factor to your residential or commercial project, Outdoor Illumination is the company to call.
Zimmer Development
Zimmer Development
Client of Company
Can’t tell you many people have raved about my outdoor lighting! … I’ve received a million compliments!!! Many thanks!!!

Annie Gray Sprunt
Annie Gray Sprunt

The Outdoor Illumination Promise

We commit to delivering a custom, artistic design to every project, executing the installation flawlessly, and maintaining it for the life of your system.

Welcome to Outdoor Illumination

Elegant front yard with accent lights highlighting ornamental trees.

Wilmington’s Premier Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor Illumination of the Carolinas, founded in 2005 by George Hartner and his wife, Jane Cockrell, is a beacon of creativity in artistic outdoor lighting. Specializing in commercial projects and residential estates, Outdoor Illumination’s designs have graced many spaces, ranging from the enchanting landscapes of Airlie Gardens to the sleek modernity of Audi Cape Fear. Other well-known projects include Eagle Point Golf Course, Hotel Ballast, Kenan Chapel in Landfall, and countless others. At the heart of Outdoor Illumination’s work lies a profound passion for lighting. It transcends mere illumination; it’s an art form, an opportunity to infuse spaces with ambiance and allure. “I see it as art much more than a science,” Hartner remarks. “I love to be at the projects the first time we turn on the lights. There is magic in that moment.” At Outdoor Illumination of the Carolinas, we don’t just illuminate spaces; we illuminate experiences. With artistic vision and dedication to excellence, every project is a masterpiece waiting to be unveiled. Join us in bringing light, beauty, and magic to the outdoors.

Outdoor Illumination Presents: "The Magic of the Night"

As beautiful after dark as it is during the day.

The Following Organizations Have Put Their Trust in Outdoor Illumination

Outdoor Lighting
Wilmington Area, North Carolina

“Reality is to be found
in lightness and darkness.”
~ Pablo Picasso

“Why is it called ‘after dark’
when it really is ‘after light’?”
~ George Carlin

“It is better to light a candle
than curse the darkness.”

“In the right light, at the
right time, everything is extraordinary.”
~Aaron Rose

“May it be a light to you in
dark places, when all other lights go out.”
~J.R.R. Tolkien