About Us

The History of Bright Side

Originating in South Bend, Indiana, Bright Side lighting projects can be found along the Lake Michigan Shoreline in SW Michigan, the affluent suburbs of Chicago, and will soon be found along the West Coast of Florida.

Bright Side is an Outdoor Lighting Design and Project Management Company owned and operated by Craig Rudasics and Steve Wagner,  Craig founded The Brite Side in 1996. Then, in 2009, he founded Brite Side Design to specialize in and focus on high-end lighting designs.  In 2024, Craig  partnered with Steve Wagner to form Bright Side Custom Outdoor Lighting, growing the business along Florida’s Southern Gulf Coast, as well as enhancing our services to new and existing clients in Southwest Michigan and Northwest Indiana along the beautiful Shores of Lake Michigan and Wine Country Estates. 

Bright Side specializes in architectural & landscape lighting, dock & waterfront lighting, and pool cage & lanai lighting. Our clientele consists primarily of private estate and property owners, clubs and outdoor venues, and small business properties.  Proudly pointing to client relationships of over 20 years.

Shining Some Light on Bright Side Custom Outdoor Lighting

Craig Rudasics

President & Designer

As a graduate of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, Craig initially worked for several fortune 500 Companies. Knowing the effect that the lack of light had on his body and psyche during the shorter, cloudier, winter days and months, compelled him to study Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) and the applications of light therapy. Now interested in lighting in relation to mood, along with his innate artistic and creative attributes, he studied landscape lighting under the renowned landscape lighting author and designer Jan Moyer, whose lighting projects included California wineries and upstate New York estates.

Craig then proceeded with an interest in bringing these professional lighting design techniques to the Midwest, and most recently to Florida’s Southern Gulf Coast.  He listens carefully to understand the mood and nighttime atmospheres his clients are after, and then creates them. His architectural and landscape lighting designs can be found in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. With his two daughters now grown and living on the opposite coastlines, Craig’s passion turns to the outdoors, the beach, and boating during his free time.

Steve Wagner

Vice President, Business Development

Steve has over 35 years of operational and financial management experience serving as President & CEO, CFO, and in Business Development roles.  He founded and grew several companies, including an aerospace manufacturer, a sports and entertainment business, and a business growth advisory services firm. 

Steve has extensive experience working with general contractors, home builders, and building trades subcontractors via his business growth advisory practice.  While working with many business owners and entrepreneurs, he has driven aggressive top-line and bottom-line growth, identified creative ways to improve efficiencies, and quickly achieved scale in his clients’ businesses.  Steve has been extensively involved in buying and selling businesses and operating divisions.

Steve and his wife, Connie, have five children and six grandchildren and are very involved in their local church and community.  Steve and Connie love the beach and the sun of Florida’s beautiful Gulf Coast.

What We Offer

At Bright Side Custom Outdoor Lighting, we take pride in offering a comprehensive range of services tailored to illuminate every corner of your outdoor space. Our expertise spans architectural lighting, where we accentuate the unique features of your home with carefully crafted illumination. With landscape lighting, we bring your gardens and pathways to life, creating enchanting scenes that transition seamlessly from day to night. For waterfront properties, our dock and waterfront lighting solutions not only enhance safety but also add a touch of elegance to your shoreline. Additionally, our pool and lanai lighting designs transform these recreational areas into captivating focal points, perfect for entertaining or unwinding under the stars. At Bright Side, we’re dedicated to turning your outdoor vision into a luminous reality.

Architectural
Lighting

Illuminate the elegance of your home with our Architectural Lighting solutions, enhancing its beauty and highlighting its unique features with expertly placed lighting solutions.

Landscape
Lighting

Transform your outdoor space into an oasis with our Landscape Lighting services, crafting ambiance and enhancing safety while accentuating the natural beauty of your surroundings.

Dock & Waterfront Lighting

Embrace the allure of waterfront living with our Dock & Waterfront Lighting solutions, providing safety & serenity as you enjoy breathtaking views & create unforgettable memories.

Pool & Lanai
Lighting

Extend your evenings by the pool with our Pool Cage & Lanai Lighting options, creating a welcoming atmosphere for relaxation and entertainment, blended seamlessly.

What Our Customers Have to Say About Bright Side.

At Bright Side Custom Outdoor Lighting, fostering meaningful connections with our customers isn’t just a priority – it’s our cornerstone. Hear from those who have experienced our dedication and services firsthand.

Keek B. Artist and Interior Designer

We worked with Brite Side Operations Manager Samuel Tuthill and had an outstanding experience from start to finish. We were seeking outdoor lighting for our rustic farmhouse property, with subtle illumination of trees and other landscape features. Bright Side understood our concept and got back to us within days with a lighting plan that implemented our vision perfectly. He offered us several options, clearly explaining the design and budget implications of each. There was no effort at “up selling”. Indeed he was able to point out how some features we thought of adding would detract from the overall design concept.

Tony H. CEO & Owner | Executive Forums Indiana

Over ten years ago we met Craig and contracted his company to lite our home. We were provided a very comprehensive plan with several alternatives. Thus, we could pick what we wanted and stay within our target cost. The installation went very smoothly and we were extremely pleased with the results. Over the years Craig has maintained and upgraded our lighting with the newest technology. In addition, Craig has installed and removed Holiday Lighting for our home for several years. This includes remote storage of our lights, garland, large wreath, and ribbons and bows. Again we have been extremely pleased with the quality and effectiveness of the lighting and the service.

Christopher M. Chairman & CEO | 1st Source

I have dealt with Craig Rudasics for a number of years. I have found him to be responsive, forthright, and fair. In addition, I think he is creative and assisted me in adding depth and interest to my property with his lighting solutions.

Robert S. Vice Chairman | Avis Budget

Finally, a company that cares enough to do whatever it takes to deliver what they promise and to keep working until you are satisfied with the job. Great design concepts; friendly, engaged people; a great company to do business with.

Jack S. President | Gaska Tape

It is one thing to find a provider to install a lighting system. Craig not only designed and installed a phenomenal system, but his responsiveness, follow-up, and service are far superior than I have found with anyone else.

Marlin T. Founder | South Bend Orthopedics

We have enjoyed our Bright Side lighting system since 2004 and recently converted to a led system. In addition to its beauty, we also feel a sense of safety and security. Our system has been completely trouble-free until recently when a wire was accidentally nicked but Bright Side promptly repaired the problem. We are pleased and feel that we have made a wise and lasting investment.

Shirley D. Bright Side Customer

I recently had Bright Side install exterior lighting for my newly renovated home. After much discussion and the job was completed, I decided to make changes, absolutely no problem! Craig is very easy to work with and has many suggestions and ideas. The finished job is exactly what I wanted, and I have received many positive praises for my home.

Matthew D. Chairman | Emeritus United Beverage Co.

I have known Craig for over 18 years. He is dependable, trustworthy, and efficient. He is also very reliable. The outside lighting that he has installed at our Granger home is beautiful. My wife and I are extremely pleased with what he has done to beautify our residence.

Nick M. CFO | Mission Healthcare

When we purchased our summer cottage in 2020, we wanted to illuminate various areas of the large and heavily wooded property without diminishing the charm or privacy of the home. Despite what was a seemingly daunting task given the size and layout of our property, Craig was able to come up with a flexible design that addressed our needs and budget. The project was finished on time and on budget, and the product is absolutely beautiful. I won’t hesitate to contact Craig for our future needs and would highly recommend him to anybody looking to do a lighting project, big or small.

Pam and Grady M. Bright Side Customers

Grady and I just want to thank you for the great job you have done designing, installing and maintaining our lighting system and to let you know what a pleasure is has been doing business with you. Our landscape lighting is absolutely magical and gives us enjoyment all year round. Your professionalism, expertise, and kindness is greatly appreciated. We appreciate your attention to detail and your responsiveness in continuing to maintain and upkeep hour lighting system.

Linda T. A Partner in Xray Consultants

I have a house on a lake with a new pergola and an outdoor kitchen. I wanted landscape lighting that would beautify my property and enhance the outdoor kitchen. I worked with Bright Side's Operations Manager & Designer and had a wonderful experience throughout the process. The design they came up with for my landscaping and pergola are perfect. Now I can enjoy my property in the evenings as well as during the day. The products they installed are of very high quality and have added value to my house and property. I am very pleased with the final product and look forward to working with Bright Side for future projects.

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