Outdoor Lighting in Maryland / Virginia / DC

Outdoor Illumination provides differentiated, high-end outdoor lighting to residential and commercial properties in the Maryland / Virginia / DC area, including some of the most prestigious properties on the east coast.

With custom-designed lighting, we add more living space, security, and value.

Be Inspired. Be Creative.

Our primary focus is to create solutions for the toughest lighting challenges, and deliver on our promise to help our clients be creative. We continually inspire one another with innovative thinking and inspire our clients with a collaborative, hands-on approach that delivers real results.



Matt Taylor has 14+ years of design/project management in outdoor lighting. Matt has close to 1500 successful projects, and many award-winning projects. This includes winning LCA and ASLA/ Regional and National Awards every year for 12 years running.

Matt has been leading lighting sales at OI for over 12 years and specializes in creative design and project engineering. Matt has played semi-pro soccer since 1997.

Matt is someone you want to work with. He works with the areas leading architects, landscape architects, artists, landscape designers, and custom builders.

Matt Taylor
Executive Design Consultant
Office: 301.907.4999 ext. 104
Cell: 202.365.4648





Designing (and overseeing the installation of) landscape lighting at Outdoor Illumination since 2005. Degrees in landscape design, engineering and business.

Interest in sustainability and a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited professional – LEED AP BD + C

Enjoys the intersection of art and nature in built design. Most unusual recent lighting project was a troll under a bridge!

Barbara E. Kulp, MPSLD, LEED AP BD + C
Senior Design Consultant, Outdoor Illumination
Office: 301.907-4999 ext. 102
Cell: 202.365.6129



Bill Winston is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Horticulture and Landscape Design. Having worked in several parts of the country and within multiple disciplines revolving around Architectural Lighting, Bill brings his vast 25 years of experience to Outdoor Illumination. Seeking out both training and instructional opportunities, he is continually educating himself and others on the newest of technologies and design ideas. Bill is able to push the envelope with new design concepts and successfully apply the latest technologies with tried and true practices to achieve sustainable and practical lighting systems to last a lifetime.

Bill Winston
Senior Lighting & Design Engineer
Cell: 202.365.4643



Along with 12 years of electrical experience, Derek Thomas has a landscape contracting degree with Design/Build option from Penn State University. Being a perfect fit for Outdoor Illumination, Derek has worked on numerous historical properties and award-winning projects.

Knowing the technical side of lighting and having an eye for design, Derek has designed projects for landscape architects, contractors, commercial complexes, institutes and homeowners.

He uses lighting to create an aesthetic scene for each unique property while disguising functional lighting for a safer atmosphere.


Derek Thomas
Senior Design Consultant
Cell: 202.487.1813
Email: Derekt@outdoorillumination.com



Over 18 years of experience in landscape lighting creating practical and beautiful green spaces from residential roof decks to large commercial structures.

Involved in all aspects 12 Volt and 120 Volt design, installation and service.

Worked with manufactures in design and product testing of fixtures.

Energy audits commercial and residential.

Preformed and over saw Pepco’s energy incentive programs for commercial an institution energy savings program. Perhaps most importantly – loves lighting.

Pete Strain
Cell: 202.520.5442



Richard previously worked in the landscape industry. He perfected his skills in designing, installing, and servicing landscape lighting in the residential and commercial field.

His responsibilities included 15+ years management, lighting, irrigation, drainage, gutter protection, holiday décor and customer service.

He has numerous published articles on various lighting techniques.

Responsibilities included scheduling, customer service, enhancement sales, system troubleshooting, training, special ordering, safety training

Richard D. Schoenbeck
Service Manager
Cell: 202.807.8749

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Poolesville, MD / Mount Airy, MD / Hampstead, MD / Walkersville, MD / Rockville, MD / Bowie, MD / Bel Air, MD / La Plata, MD / Annapolis, MD / Cheverly, MD

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