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.



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



Operations Manager

Joey has been with Outdoor Illumination since 2014 and has handled every type of installation from small homes to large resorts. He is also a terrific design specialist and knows his lighting inside and out.

Joey brings a special brand of joy to the job that is absolutely contagious. He is determined to meet and exceed all expectations of our clients as well as our valuable partners. He has completed coursework in lighting design and operations and there a few individuals better equipped to design, install and maintain a lighting project.

Joey enjoys spending time with his family, surfing and most outdoor activities. He has contributed to 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.



Service Manager

Jeff has been in landscaping for nearly a decade and brings a robust toolkit of knowledge as well as excitement to all outdoor projects.

He began his career after earning an international business degree with a minor in Spanish from UNCW. His entree into the industry began with a boutique firm whose high-end clients provided opportunity to install elaborate and eloquent landscaping designs. Jeff honed his skills there – he has a natural instinct for bringing to life the client’s vision, which is a result of his ability to actively listen, his attention to detail and his willingness to go the extra mile.

Jeff understands the key elements and focal points of landscapes and how lighting can dramatically enhance outdoor settings. He thrives on the joy a finished project brings for his clients and friends.

After years of collaborating with George and Outdoor Illumination, Jeff joined the team in early 2020. The culture is a perfect fit. Family is number one in Jeff’s book and he truly feels like family with his colleagues and leaders at this company. The quality ethics, hard-working environment balanced with fun and camaraderie, plus the ability to be creative couldn’t be matched.

Outside of work, Jeff loves spending time with his wife Britt, his daughter Isla, and his dog ZhiNu. He enjoys cooking, listening to live music and playing tennis.



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.



Installation Manager

Doug Piccolo is our Installation Manager. He has been in the landscape design and installation industry for over 20 years. He joined us in January of 2019 and has been a great addition to the team. You will most likely get to meet him on our new installations, as well as assisting with additions and services. Doug is also a proud father, avid fisherman, and conservationist.




Lead Technician

Colby joins the team as lead technician at Outdoor Illumination and brings many skills and experience with him.

He had previously been responsible for managing a homeowners’ association in the Raleigh area, overseeing landscape and field contractors as well as ensuring community members the highest-quality of service they desired.

Colby grew up working on a dairy farm in central Pennsylvania he called home for 22 years and graduated from Penn State with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture business management, with a minor in landscape, horticulture and agronomy.

He credits growing up on a farm as enabling him a wide variety of skills and experience he uses to this day. He enjoys spending time with his wife and their two children, is an avid outdoors man, a dirt track sprint driver, and also designs and builds unique landscaping and carpentry items.

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