Moonlighting was established in 1992, with the intent to create unique outdoor lighting solutions for residential and commercial landscapes.
Moonlighting Landscape Lighting Systems is located in Charleston, South Carolina — an historic city famous for its beautiful gardens and majestic homes. This year, we're celebrating 25 years of lighting Charleston's most beautiful homes, gardens, historic venues, and public places. Over the past two and a half decades, our client list has grown to more than 1,800, but our focus remains the same — to utilize lighting in unique and creative ways in order to enhance and capture the spirit of a setting.
"You went above and beyond! Your talent is so appreciated and we cannot thank you for making the night magical!"Mitsy, Folly Beach
"I couldn’t wait for it to go dark last night to see our lights and oh boy you didn’t disappoint!! It looks absolutely fabulous. A big thank you to you for your amazing vision and to the crew for working hard to make it happen. It’s always such a pleasure working with you and MOONLIGHTING."Samantha, Daniel Island
"You absolutely knocked it out of the park - - - we LOVE the lighting! It feels like we just got a new room added to our home. Your crew did a fantastic job: they worked like crazy in impossible heat and were very polite and professional."Diedreich, Ravenel
"Mike and the team are excellent! So professional and great people with amazing talent. They will transform a beautiful house to an amazing warm home- the icing on a cake!!! Best investment. Adds not only beauty but security to your home!!!!"Christina, Mount Pleasant
"We have used Moonlighting on two occasions now and each time the experience has been fabulous. Matt has such a talent for design and he always interprets our desires for lighting into reality. The gentlemen that installed the landscape lighting worked very hard and were extremely polite and professional. They were diligent not to disturb any existing landscaping and cleaned up after themselves. The end result was absolutely wonderful and our landscaping is lit up at night so beautifully without being over the top. I will definitely use moonlighting again and would highly recommend them."Robert, Daniel Island
"Top to bottom, Matt and the team at Moonlighting did a great job for our community and were very responsive. They developed a terrific illumination design, provided a fair quote and did the installation professionally, on-time and slightly under budget. They used quality materials and communicated extremely well throughout the process. I couldn't recommend them more highly!"Barron, Charleston
"Mike and his team bring world class quality and service to their installations. The grand oaks in front our business look amazing! If you want the best results, bring them in for the job. On time. On budget. Amazing care. Expectations wildly exceeded!"Emmett, Mt. Pleasant
"I was so impressed with your design ideas and creativity in our garden. Everything looks terrific! We just love it so much."Sarah, Isle of Palms, SC
"I absolutely love to drive up to my house in the evening thanks to your brilliant work! My landscape looks divine!"Annette, Daniel Island, SC
We strive to utilize lighting in unique and creative ways in order to enhance and capture the spirit of a setting.
Lighting can be quiet, loud, organized, scattered, purposeful, whimsical, fluid, balanced, dramatic, romantic … It can draw you in (or keep you out!). Like moonlight, outdoor lighting should not overpower but rather enhance. Every site has its own special qualities, its own personality, needs and style. Our designs are customized to each client, each setting and location. Moonlighting creates interest as the day transcends into night.More about Design services
Lighting can be quiet, loud, organized, scattered, purposeful, whimsical, fluid, balanced, dramatic, romantic … It can draw you in (or keep you out!). Like moonlight, outdoor lighting should not overpower but rather enhance. Every site has its own special qualities, its own personality, needs and style. Our designs are customized to each client, each setting and location. Moonlighting creates interest as the day transcends into night.More about Install services
Lighting can be quiet, loud, organized, scattered, purposeful, whimsical, fluid, balanced, dramatic, romantic … It can draw you in (or keep you out!). Like moonlight, outdoor lighting should not overpower but rather enhance. Every site has its own special qualities, its own personality, needs and style. Our designs are customized to each client, each setting and location. Moonlighting creates interest as the day transcends into night.More about Service services
How much will my landscape lighting system cost?Every landscape is unique. Our lighting designs are custom designed to your landscape and tailored to your needs. Several aspects of a lighting design can affect the overall cost such as fixture material, degree of difficulty in the installation, etc. Landscape lighting can always be installed in phases to accommodate a particular budget.
How long will LED lamps last?LED lamps are typically rated for a 50,000-hour lifespan.
If I have LED lamps, why do I need regular maintenance?Even with LED lamps, we strongly encourage regular maintenance of your landscape lighting system. With aggressive growing seasons in Charleston, regular pruning for optimal lighting effects is strongly encouraged. As landscapes mature and grow, fixtures may require periodic placement adjustments. Landscape lighting fixtures may also require aiming adjustments, regular cleaning, tree wiring inspections, etc. Moonlighting has a full-service maintenance division dedicated to keep your landscape lighting systems as pristine as the day it was installed. We can tailor a maintenance program that best suits your needs.
What types of fixtures do you use?With the harsh, humid, and corrosive environment that the lowcountry offers, we specify products that are designed to last. Our fixture options comprised of copper and brass will not break-down or corrode over time, thus protecting your investment and providing you a landscape lighting system that you can rely on for many years.
Do you offer evening demonstrations?We do not offer evening demonstrations. With over 25 years of award-winning landscape lighting designs, we can confidently deliver a design that best suits your landscape. Moonlighting also staffs the only AOLP (Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals) certified Landscape Lighting designer in the state of South Carolina. In our design process, you will personally meet with one of our experienced lighting designers to discuss every detail of your project. Our lighting designer will then generate a custom lighting plan along with a detailed proposal.
Will you travel for design consultation and installation?We would be happy to discuss your project outside the greater Charleston-area. We travel quite often for design consultation services and installations. In the past we have traveled to the Bahamas on several occasions and gone as far as Maine, California, Texas, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, etc.
The future of landscape lighting is powered by vision. Visions are powered by people.
Moonlighting Landscape Lighting Systems was founded by Michael Rollins in 1992. Mike holds a Landscape Architecture degree from Virginia Tech and has spent the last 30 years developing his passion for landscape lighting. Mike’s unique vision, creativity, and attention to detail has elevated Moonlighting to be an industry leader and allowed him the opportunity to light and design some of the most renowned gardens, residential homes, and commercials spaces in the Charleston area and beyond.
Matt joined the Moonlighting crew in 2010 as a designer and holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Lander University. Matt is the Lead Designer at Moonlighting and is also heads its Social Media and Marketing initiatives. One of his favorite parts of the job is discovering where each design takes him. Whether it’s a quaint downtown garden, a private residence, or a commercial space — being a part of transforming a daytime space into an amazing nighttime space is one of the most rewarding parts of the job. Matt is the only certified outdoor lighting designer in the state of South Carolina, recognized by the Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals. Matt also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals.
Glen joined the Moonlighting team in 2014 and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from Limestone College. Glen also earned a diploma in Industrial Electricity & Electronics Technology from Trident Technical College in Charleston, SC. Glen answers all service calls, executes the implementation of service contracts, meets with new clients, and coordinates all service needs.
Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals (AOLP) / Designers: Matt Carli and Mike Rollins
In 2020 Lead Designer Matt Carli earned his COLD certification through the Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals / Matt is the only Certified Outdoor Lighting Designer in the state of South Carolina
Category of Garden Art/Art- Experiential Landscape Lighting Initiative / Designers Mike Rollins and Matt Carli
Category of Intrigue- Experiential Landscape Lighting Initiative / Designer Glen Rogers