Our Story

. . . a little about us.

About Southern Lights of North Carolina


Southern Lights, Architectural & Landscape Lighting Designs & Installation is locally owned and operated by Pete Bryant, an entrepreneur by heart and landscape lighting genius by trade. We are not a franchise and have not been bought out or sold over our 20+ years in business. We are “LOCAL” and ready to serve our clients at the drop of a hat. Literally, drop your hat and we’ll be there. Southern Lights Landscape Lighting is “THE” leading full-service provider of outdoor landscape lighting designs and installations in Greensboro, North Carolina, and surrounding Piedmont Triad areas of Summerfield, Oak Ridge, Kernersville, Stokesdale, Colfax, High Point, Jamestown, Burlington, Reidsville, Winston-Salem, Clemmons, Raleigh, Charlotte, Kannapolis, Salisbury, Gastonia, Matthews, Brown Summit.

Specializing in lighting designs, installation, repairs, and maintenance for both residential and commercial properties, Southern Lights is fully licensed, insured, and utilizes only the highest quality and environmentally friendly green products with life-time warranties. We offer free consultations (within specified miles) for outdoor landscape lighting designs: architectural, underwater, landscape, deck, patio, specialty, and security landscape lighting. Landscape lighting should create: SAFETY. SECURITY. SERENITY. We utilize the latest technology in automation integration, LED upgrades, and wireless options. Our abilities as a landscape lighting company stretch further than our expertise in lighting, as our parent company (Southern Exposure) specializes in the design, installation and maintenance of beautiful custom landscapes and outdoor hardscapes (kitchens, bars, patios, walkways, stonework) allowing us to offer seamless integration into new and existing landscapes.

Southern Lights has installed thousands of outdoor landscape lighting systems and carries more certifications than anyone in the state. We specialize in lighting designs and service everything we install as well as lighting systems installed by others. With attention to detail and a solid knowledge of lighting designs, Southern Lights is the leading outdoor landscape lighting firm in the state of NC. See why our clients choose us. Contact us today by web (online form) or phone (336.451.4969)

About Pete Bryant

Pete Bryant (the man, the myth, the LEGEND)

President, Owner. Certified Lighting Designer & Installer, CLVLT, COLD, AOLP Board Member

Greensboro native, Pete attended Grimsley High School and graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Business. Pete runs the day-to-day operations at both Southern Lights & Southern Exposure Landscape Management overseeing all aspects of the company making sure a high level of excellence is maintained in every area. Pete continues to take multiple courses every year to keep up-to-date on the latest trends, techniques and requirements within the industry.

Pete has been married over 14 years and has two beautiful kids. Pete’s hobbies include soccer, snowboarding, coaching his kids activities, and travel.

Being prepared is essential to an efficient install. We use the highest quality lighting fixtures to ensure the products we bring to the job are always functioning. We also keep all the necessary tools and materials on our lighting truck to ensure we’ll get the job done and prepared to trouble shoot if necessary. Keep a look out for one of our eye-catching trucks around town.

Southern Lights of NC, Architectural & Landscape Lighting is a fully licensed and experienced firm with grass roots reaching back to 1995. Our experience and knowledge is second to none. With a dedicated staff and a love for our job, Southern Lights consistently strives to complete every job with excellence. We are constantly updating our certifications and equipment inventory to meet the needs of our industry and customers.

Taliesin West: Frank Lloyd Wright's School of ArchitectureSouthern Lights has had the distinct opportunity to be chosen to work with the Frank Lloyd Wright Institute: Taliesin West Project. Pete spent three days in Arizona along with two other members of the AOLP working alongside their design staff to provide outdoor lighting to the institute’s guests and design students. Phase I was completed in late July of 2017 and gained the momentum of Frank Lloyd Wright’s staff to move forward with Phase II, which will begin in October 2017. The goal of this lighting project was to highlight the work of Frank Lloyd Wright and allow safe viewing of the site during evening hours.

We believe in the Lighting & Green Industries and have taken great strides to provide our services in a manner that enhance properties visually while also being sensitive to the world around us. “Think Green” isn’t just a slogan for us, but a regular practice. Using only the highest quality and environmentally friendly products, we’re doing our part to be responsible with our natural resources.

Buy LocalA letter From Our Owner…

“My name is Pete Bryant the Founder, President and CEO of both Southern Lights & Southern Exposure Landscape Management. We are not a franchise or a large corporation with multiple shareholders. We are a small, locally owned business, and I am that local business owner.  As I look back over the last 22 years of being in business, I am overwhelmed with feelings of incredible gratitude to my supportive family, my gracious God, great employees, and my loyal customers.” Read about Pete’s humble beginnings, struggles, successes, and family HERE.

Come visit us at our headquarters. We are open to the public and trade and conveniently located on the corner of Hwy 150 and Lake Brandt Road (across from Southern States) in the historic Hillsdale Brick Store (1000 NC HWY 150 W, Summerfield, NC 27358).

  • Certified Low Voltage Lighting Technician (CLVLT)
  • Completed the COLD (Certified Outdoor Lighting Designer) program. This is a rigorous 4 year program.
  • Southern Lights is the only current certificate holder in the state of North Carolina (NC) with these certifications.
  • Currently serves on the Board of the Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals (AOLP).
  • Southern Lights is also a proud member of the AOLP (Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals).
  • Certified as an ICPI Installer (Interlocking Concrete Paver Institute)
  • Certified as an SRWI Installer (Segmented Retaining Wall Institute)