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02-06-21 | Feature

Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals

National Association Report
by Michelle Keyser

Nate Mullen, of Life Time Lighting Systems in San Marcos, CA, is the distinguished recipient of the 2020 Industry Achievement Award.
Bill Knowles Cohasset Oceanside project in Cohasset, MA, won the 2020 Best of Show award.
President Michael Deo
Vice-President Andy Thomas
Executive director Lisa Ruggiers

AOLP Honors Nate Mullen with Industry Achievement Award
HARRISBURG, PA - The Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals (AOLP) is pleased to announce that Nate Mullen, of Life Time Lighting Systems in San Marcos, CA, is the distinguished recipient of the 2020 Industry Achievement Award for his leadership and pioneering efforts in the outdoor lighting industry. Mullen was presented the award last month at Illuminate '20, AOLP's Annual Conference & Expo in Orlando, FL.
When he accepted the award, Mullen thanked all of the supporters that he has had over the years, "I am truly grateful and I appreciate the passion that they share with me about Landscape lighting.

Mullen has been an influencer in the outdoor lighting industry for over 30 years. Before entering into landscape lighting in 1990, Mullen was a lighting contractor for 20 years.

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For five and a half years he was a full-time outdoor lighting contractor. Then, he started a company called Illumination, which developed not only the 840-watt transformer, but several lighting fixtures which all are still being manufactured today.

In 30 years, he has had many successful business ventures and installed tens of thousands of lighting fixtures. Mullen continues to bring innovation to the industry and has over 30 product patents to his name. He has written several lighting books and spoken at hundreds of events; and many industry professionals regard him as a mentor.

Top Industry Lighting Awards Announced
The Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals (AOLP) is pleased to announce the winners of its annual outdoor lighting awards competition. The competition names the best of the best in outdoor lighting design in several categories, including residential, commercial, outdoor living, feature-focused and holiday lighting.

The 2020 Best of Show went to Bill Knowles, CLVLT with Northern Outdoor Lighting for his residential lighting project called Cohasset Oceanside, located in Cohasset, MA. This oceanside residence is used frequently for entertaining the client's large extended family and many friends. The project has 146 fixtures with six separately controlled scenes, and added significantly to the safety of the property. There was a large emphasis on the outdoor dining and kitchen area that made it, depending on the mood, both functional and relaxing. Knowles pointed out that, "the house has a great amount of glass so the view from the kitchen/dining area was designed to be impactful when entertaining indoors."

There were 14 awards presented this year to outdoor lighting professionals from across the country.

To see all of the award winning designs, visit https://aolponline.org/lighting-awards/2020-lighting-awards/, www.aolponline.org.

As seen in LASN magazine, December 2020.

Filed Under: AOLP, YEARBOOK, 2020, LASN
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