Our Story . . . a little about us

About Southern Lights Outdoor Lighting & Audio

Southern Lights Outdoor Lighting & Audio is locally owned and operated by Pete Bryant, an entrepreneur by heart and landscape lighting genius by trade. We are not a franchise (see why this matters to you) even though we have extremely proven systems, procedures, and the ability to scale.  We are a “LOCAL” small family business that is ready to serve our clients with the highest level of professionalism.

Southern Lights is “THE” leading full-service provider of outdoor landscape lighting & audio 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, and beyond.

Specializing in outdoor audio & 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 initial lighting design consultations for architectural, underwater, landscape, deck, patio, specialty, and security landscape lighting. Ideal landscape lighting should create: SAFETY. SECURITY. SERENITY. We utilize the latest technology in automation integration, LED upgrades, and wireless options.

Southern Lights has installed thousands of outdoor landscape lighting & audio systems and carries more certifications than anyone in the state. We specialize in lighting designs and outdoor audio. 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 (the man, the myth, the LEGEND)

Okay, that’s a little dramatic…but he’s good, really good!

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

Greensboro native, Pete grew up in Sunset Hills, attended Grimsley High School, and graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Business. Pete began his career by starting and growing his landscape business Southern Exposure Landscape Management  (now Southern Outdoor Living) in 1995, which he sold in 2022. Outdoor lighting quickly became an addition to his landscaping company after demand for the service grew. Pete’s interest in outdoor lighting continued to grow over the years and his passion for “Great Lighting” and Southern Lights Outdoor Lighting & Audio was born. Pete now is able to focus 100% of his time running the day-to-day operations at Southern Lights Outdoor Lighting & Audio, 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 to his high school sweetheart for more than 20 years now and has two beautiful kids. Pete’s hobbies include soccer, snowboarding, watching 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 trucks and trailers 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 Outdoor Lighting & Audio 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.

“I’ve realized I enjoy my work life better when I’m passionate about what I do. Focusing my time and effort into things I naturally am excited about motivates me. Seeing the fruits of our labor at night when the lights switch on and the music gets turned up an immediate sense of relaxing comes over me and puts me in a good mood. I think by adding outdoor lighting & audio on our clients properties, we not only add to our clients overall outdoor living experience, but we complete it. I’m excited about incorporating my passions into “work” and very thankful for the clients that allow us to work with them.”  – Pete Bryant


Southern 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 landscape lighting designers & contractors from across the country (California & Georgia) working alongside Frank Lloyd’s 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.

Pete believes in the Lighting & Green Industries and has 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.

A letter From Our Owner…


My name is Pete Bryant the Founder, President of Southern Lights. We are not a franchise or a large corporation with multiple shareholders, find out why HERE. We are a small, locally owned business, that relies on referrals and word of mouth.  Going above and beyond with  each and everyone of our clients is our goal. There is a reason we’ve been successful over the years. As I look back over the last 28 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! We have two locations across the street from each other.

Our main office & showroom is located behind Dominos Pizza and beside the fire station at 6212 Lake Brandt Rd, Summerfield, NC  27358.

Our original outdoor showroom (by appointment only) is located across the street at 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).

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