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Outdoor Lighting Design: Achieving Your Home’s Full Potential

 

There are many ways to illuminate a house or property with lighting, whether for aesthetics, security or other practical reasons. Not only are there multiple methods, there are myriad companies and individuals willing to do it. But will the results all be similar or is there more to consider? The reality is that outdoor lighting design is much like interior design. Almost anyone can claim to be able to do it, but there are very few who have the professional knowledge, experience and creative abilities to understand how to really utilize the features of a home to make it stand out, look good and achieve its full functional and aesthetic potential.

What Factors Should Be Considered for Outdoor Lighting Design?

When it comes to outdoor lighting design, there are many factors that should be taken into consideration. The first is the overall goal. What is the property owner trying to accomplish and what does that particular person like, aesthetically? Everyone has different goals (i.e. security, curb appeal, lighting of certain areas, etc.) and unique aesthetic preferences, so every design is unique.

Some people prefer very subtle lighting accents on specific features while others want their home visible from space and as bright as possible. This is where a good, experienced designer will gather all of the information necessary to create a design for the customer that fits their specific needs and desires.

Next, comes the task of taking meticulous notes and pictures of the house, property and areas needing to be illuminated. For the purposes of this article, let’s stick with home illumination design. Is the home a 1-story, 2-story or something else? What color is it and what color is the trim? Are the walls and roofline relatively flat or are there a lot of architectural features protruding from surfaces that will need to be taken into account?

What about the landscaping? What kind of trees, plants and flowers are there to consider? How close are any bushes or trees to the home? What kinds of shadowing techniques could or should be used? How many circuits must be planned and how much voltage drop will there be in the design? These are just a few of the important factors that must be considered on an individual basis to create an optimal outdoor lighting design plan for every client.

Bringing Form & Function Together

Beautiful outdoor lighting design is the result of creativity, experience and technical knowledge. Anyone can install a DIY-lighting kit purchased from a big box store or internet site, but having it look great, function properly and stand the test of time and weather is another thing, entirely.

A good outdoor lighting designer will know how to use the proper light fixtures, lighting colors, angles of light dispersion, shadowing techniques, brightness, and vantage points to perfectly install the right lights in the correct places, to create a design that is beautiful and effective. They’ll understand how to create even lighting plan for the entire system, one that does not fade with voltage drop or make the lower levels of the home too bright, while the 2nd story is too dark. This is where experience really pays off.

Did you know that the traditional amber color of most lights will make a pink house appear orange or a grey house look blue? The proper color and shade of a color are key factors in outdoor lighting design. You want to accentuate the colors of the home, trim, features, and plants and trees. It’s easy to cast some light on all of it and make it look like a dull, uninspired scene in the evening. But making it look even better at night, than it actually appears in the daytime, is the real trick! Technical knowledge and creativity are what are necessary to make form and function work together behind the scenes. You must have both. The last thing you want is a design that detracts from your home’s curb appeal, that fails to accomplish your goals or a beautiful design that is dangerous, or does not work properly.

Illuminated garden at night

Safety First Always

Installing outdoor lighting, even when it is low voltage, is a task that should not be taken lightly. While low voltage systems are much safer than line voltage, they can still shock, cause a fire, and be dangerous. All too often, we have come across the unfortunate results of a fire in a garage, at the transformer or in a yard that was the result of improper installation or overloading of a circuit on a transformer that had a malfunctioning circuit breaker.

A very simple mistake is to strip too much jacketing off of wire endpoints that mechanically fasten to the transformer. We’ve seen this before with a client. The endpoints of wiring in his system were almost touching, causing an arc whenever the transformer was powered on. Over time, that arcing started to melt the plastic transformer, subsequently setting fire to it! This was a combination of improper materials, improper installation and inexperience. Fortunately, this individual only had some drywall, painting and a new lighting system to replace. It could have been much worse.

Hall of Shame (and Regret)

The last thing anyone wants to do is to invest a significant amount of money into the illumination of their home and have regrets the very first evening they see those lights come on. Following are a few homeowners who may have wished that they had called a professional, experienced designer with a good reputation to help them with their outdoor lighting design.


Call the Pros at Pro Lighting Outdoors

Avoid regrets and headaches. When considering installing outdoor lighting for your home or property, always call a licensed outdoor lighting professional who has dedicated their life to their trade. At Pro Lighting Outdoors, we work with our customers to tailor every lighting project to their individual needs, and strive to make every single project turn out as close to perfect, as possible.

Here, the owner is your first and last point-of-contact. He has created and implemented thousands of beautiful, effective lighting designs and prides himself on getting it just right for his customers. So, for your next lighting project, contact a pro: Pro Lighting Outdoors. Call (904) 924-4496 or email us at prolightingoutdoors@gmail.com for a consultation.

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Who to Choose for Outdoor Lighting?

 

When considering outdoor lighting for your home and/or property, it can be confusing deciding who to call, and when comparing quotes, who to choose. The pool company offered to add lighting to the backyard, then the pool enclosure company did the same, followed by the landscaping company, and even the paver company! So, who should you choose for your lighting? After all, those contractors did a good job with the pool, patio and backyard landscaping, and that should be expected because they’re experts. This same principle applies to outdoor lighting contractors – specialized experience and licensing are key.

A Bright Idea: Hire a Lighting Company to Install Outdoor Lighting

You would imagine that most people would probably not hire a lighting company to build their pool, install pavers, or do their gardening. Unfortunately, all too often, we get calls from people who have just spent thousands on a new landscape lighting system that has stopped working or is having other problems. They cannot get the company that installed the system –often a contractor serving a specialization other than lighting–  to return a call or follow-through with an appointment to rectify the situation.

Then, all too often, we have to deliver the bad news that costly repairs or even replacement will be necessary in order to get things working the way they should. Faced with no choice, the customers are forced to throw good money after bad. To follow are a few suggestions for how to avoid these headaches and get the best experience and results when it comes to installing outdoor lighting.

 

  • Driveway and walkway lighting

Don’t Be Upsold or Undersold: Only Use a Licensed Outdoor Lighting Contractor

First, let’s explain why seemingly everyone offers other services besides what they are specialized in and licensed for: the upsell. Landscape lighting is sold in big box stores and online, and there are plenty of youtube videos about it, so why not earn extra income selling it to customers?

Customers are not aware that a license is required in Florida to install outdoor lighting. The reason for this is because there are so many critical elements to consider when working with electrical components, wiring and transformers. When installed incorrectly, a system may not work, work only sporadically, and/or might even destroy itself in a very short period of time.

Worst of all, improperly installed lighting can even cause a fire where the faulty wiring, fixtures or transformers are located. We have seen this before and provided expert opinions for insurance companies, attesting to the unlicensed and improper installation of lighting. Not surprisingly, a primary reason why so many implicated contractors do not want to return when things go wrong is simply because they do not know what to do.

“Outdoor Lighting for Less” is Not Always More

Next, let’s talk about how some contractors can seemingly offer outdoor lighting for less than a licensed and highly-specialized outddor lighting company. The answer is simple: Generally, the lighting packages they offer are simply not high quality. While a dedicated lighting company specialist such as Pro Lighting Outdoors uses only quality engineered products, and tests all fixtures and lamps before putting them in use, other companies simply purchase the lowest priced fixtures and lamps they can find. They may work fine when brand new, but over a relative short period of time, they may go out, seals may fail allowing moisture inside, or the fixtures, not plugged from the bottom, enable vegetation or insects to get inside.

Better by Design: A Professional Outdoor Lighting Contractor is Always Your Best Choice

Finally, we come to lighting design. When we create an outdoor lighting design for a house or back yard, we are drawing from years of experience and knowledge and thousands of hours of training and dedication. This provides us with foreknowledge of exactly what the final outcome will be before we ever start installation. Ultimately, this is the difference between a house that reflects proper lighting techniques –shadowing, brightness, aversion of light into windows, proper illumination of key features of the house, yard, etc.– and one that doesn’t.

Think of it as the difference between getting a picture from someone who paints or draws in their free time, and someone who has dedicated their life to it. The person doing it on the side may paint a decent-looking portrait from time-to-time, but the professional artist will be able to take on the same task and create a result that is much sharper, more detailed, and ultimately much better-looking.


Call the Pros at Pro Lighting Outdoors

Avoid regrets and headaches. When considering installing outdoor lighting for your home or property, always call a licensed outdoor lighting professional who has dedicated their life to their trade. At Pro Lighting Outdoors, we work with our customers to tailor every lighting project to their individual needs and strive to make every single project turn out as close to perfect as possible. So for your next lighting project, contact a pro: Pro Lighting Outdoors. Call (904) 924-4496 or email us at prolightingoutdoors@gmail.com for a complimentary quote.

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Low Voltage Landscape Lighting

 

Well-designed landscape lighting will highlight the beauty of your home no matter what time of day it is. There are multiple factors to consider when choosing landscape lighting for your home. Low voltage landscape lighting is one of the most popular options for residential outdoor lighting, offering an array of benefits including lower costs, better energy efficiency and enhanced safety. Read to learn more about low voltage landscape lighting and why it may be the right choice for your home’s outdoor lighting.

What is Low Voltage Lighting?

Unlike other lighting systems that use 120 volts for the same purpose, low-voltage lighting only uses 12 volts to power all light fixtures, eliminating the need for dangerous electrical wires that could potentially cause threat of shocks or injuries. There are a few significant benefits that make low-voltage landscape lighting a simple and safe option for homeowners:

  1. Energy efficiency – Low voltage lights are highly energy-efficient. They are able to give off a higher amount of light using only 20 percent of the energy used by traditional incandescent bulbs. 
  2. Life-span – Homeowners will notice extra savings with low voltage lighting because they often last much longer than older incandescent bulbs. This will allow you to enjoy your outdoor lighting system, reducing the burden and maintenance of having to regularly replace the bulbs.
  3. Easy installations – In contrast to low voltage landscape lighting, high voltage systems typically require a permit from local authorities to install, increasing the overall installation cost and time frame. Additionally, installing low voltage landscape lighting is a much easier process because all cables can be placed above or below the ground at any depth, whereas high voltage systems must be installed at least 18 inches below ground.
  4. Cost effective – When it comes to installation and maintenance, low-voltage landscape lighting requires much less effort. Homeowners who choose low-voltage lighting will need to buy a transformer, which is not required for line voltage lighting systems. However, the cables that are needed for line voltage lighting are much more expensive than those needed for low-voltage systems. Furthermore, for low voltage lighting, you may use bulbs and fixtures as low as 2-10 watts, whereas line voltage lighting requires bulbs that are 50 watts or more.
  5. Safety – For homeowners, this is perhaps the biggest selling point. Low voltage landscape lighting is much safer for residential properties. With a lighting system that only requires 12-volt power, you will never have to worry about shocks or injuries in the event that you, your children, or guests accidentally touch something.

What Makes Low Voltage Lighting Better Than Line-Voltage Lighting?

Customizable: There are no limits to what can be done with low voltage lighting. Rather than being constricted by electrical cords connecting to each light with traditional line-voltage lights, low voltage allows more flexibility to make your exterior lighting visions come to life. Low voltage lights can be installed on and around the house, as well as in the ground, pavers, and along driveway areas without the need to pre-plan and pre-wire. For those who wish to light up the trees in their yard, you can also place low voltage lights high-up in trees to shine down beautifully with no junction boxes needed.

Reliable: Low voltage lighting fixtures come in a variety of materials and styles for any application, whereas line-voltage lighting is much more limited as to what type of lights are available. For example, brass and copper are recognized as the best options for outdoor use because they are the only materials that do not corrode. However, finding brass and copper line-voltage fixtures is rare and often very expensive when available. Most are made of plastic or cheaper metals which will quickly corrode in an exterior environment, especially in Florida. Choosing low voltage lighting for your home will give a wider range of material options that will be beneficial for long-term use.

Ways To Use Low Voltage Lights to Illuminate Your Landscape

There are many ways to use low voltage lighting to enhance your home’s landscape:

  1. Pathway Lights – Low voltage pathway lights are a great way to highlight your outdoor walkways and enhance the safety of your landscape. These fixtures also work well to outline a garden or landscape bed so that the unique details of your yard are always visible.
  2. Patio Lights – You can use low voltage lighting to brighten up your patio or deck to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Patio lighting allows you to define your home’s architectural features and increase curb appeal.
  3. Step Lights – If you have steps leading up to your front or back door, low voltage step lights will provide safety for yourself and guests that are visiting your home at nighttime.
  4. Spotlights – Spotlights are a more versatile landscape lighting option used to illuminate specific features in your yard such as trees or certain areas that may not be as visible when the sun goes down. Spotlights are also able to support a wide variety of bulbs, making them a suitable option for low voltage lighting.

Jacksonville’s #1 Landscape Lighting Company

Pro Lighting Outdoors, LLC is a premier outdoor and landscape lighting installation company, serving homeowners and businesses in the Jacksonville & St. Augustine, Florida areas. If you are considering exterior lighting for your home, contact Pro Lighting Outdoors today to schedule a consultation – (904) 924-4496.

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Maximize Curb Appeal with Outdoor Lighting

 

Homeowners are always looking for ways to add to the value of their home, and adding exterior lighting fixtures to your house and landscaping is a surefire way to do that. Not only does outdoor lighting provide extra safety and security, it will also create an inviting atmosphere and add value to your home. Whether you plan to put your house on the market, or are simply looking for ways to upgrade, this article should help you discover a few lighting tips for your outdoor spaces.

Lighting Tips to Help Your Home Sell

There are a variety of ways to get creative with exterior lighting that will not only establish a beautiful landscape, but help you sell your home now or in the future.

  1. Emphasize your home’s best features — There are certain architectural features of every home that make it unique from the rest. The type of exterior lighting will vary from home-to-home depending on characteristics and design. A few example areas that may benefit from exterior lighting include driveways and walkways, flower beds and landscape features, patios, and pool perimeters.
  2. LED Color-Changing Lights — A simple touch of color can do wonders when it comes to creating an eye-catching exterior. With the use of modern technology, you can now change the entire mood of your yard with a simple click of a button. Color-changing landscape lighting is a great way to create a dramatic atmosphere to complement the colors of your home’s exterior or add a splash of festive colors during the holidays.
  3. Tree Lighting — Trees offer a beautiful aesthetic to any property. Adding landscape lighting to your trees can illuminate large parts of your yard to offer security, while also creating a warm ambiance to your front or back yard. LED color-changing landscape lights pointed up towards the trees can also keep your outdoor space looking bright and colorful all year round.

Types of Outdoor Lighting

Pro Lighting Outdoors is here to help select exterior lighting for residential and commercial properties in Northeast Florida. There are a few factors to consider. For starters, the type of light bulbs have a major impact on energy efficiency and the amount of maintenance required to maintain the lighting system. Outdoor LED lights offer a variety of advantages over traditional bulb options. LED lights have a longer life-span, are more energy efficient, have variable brightness controls, and radiate less heat from the lights.

The light fixture material should also be considered when choosing landscape lighting in Jacksonville or St. Augustine, FL. Weather conditions, sunlight, and temperature all have an effect on anything placed outside, including exterior lights. Remember to choose materials that are weather-resistant, rust-resistant and are sturdy and well-manufactured. There are many brands of DIY landscape lights that are poorly designed and manufactured with cheap materials – ultimately causing those customers to need repairs or replacement in just a short amount of time. Make sure to consult with a professional exterior lighting company to be sure the lighting system is hooked up correctly and building codes are followed properly.

Major Benefits of Outdoor Lighting

All in all, well-planned exterior lighting is essential to creating a charming curb appeal. If you are planning to sell your home in the near future, these simple additions will make your home stand out from the rest and help you get the best return on your investment. Combining the right lighting fixtures for your home, with proper placement to highlight unique features. will result in a beautiful property with noticeable value that grabs the attention of guests and anyone that may be passing by.


Jacksonville’s #1 Landscape Lighting Company

Pro Lighting Outdoors, LLC is a premier outdoor and landscape lighting installation company, serving homeowners and businesses in the Jacksonville & St. Augustine, Florida areas. If you are considering exterior lighting for your home, contact Pro Lighting Outdoors today to schedule a consultation – (904) 924-4496.

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Outdoor LED Lighting Fixtures

 

LED lights have become the future of the lighting industry. Along with being aesthetically pleasing, LED lights are low cost, low maintenance and consume significantly less energy than other lighting options. Not only are LED lights a popular choice for interior design, they have also become one of the top choices for landscape lighting. Browse some of the frequently asked questions when it comes to outdoor LED lighting, and learn why they should be at the top of your list. Contact Pro Lighting Outdoors for a free consultation and estimate for all your outdoor building and landscape lighting needs!

led lights on yard

LED technology is available in many traditional light bulb configurations, as well as lighting strips.

Are LED Lights Good for Outdoor Use?

In a simple answer, yes! LED lights are great for all residential and commercial outdoor lighting needs. Outdoor LED lights share the same benefits of those indoors, and are much more low maintenance than traditional lighting. In contrast to many other lighting options, LED lights are made with durable materials (no glass) that are much more capable of withstanding any severe weather conditions. They are also versatile when it comes to style, and can serve as both decorative and practical lights.

 Why Do People Prefer LED Lights Over Other Types?

There are a few advantages that LED lights have over other options that make them a top choice for outdoor lighting:

  • Brighter Lighting – LED lights are much brighter than traditional lighting and will help to better highlight your property features.
  • Energy Efficiency – LED technology turns electricity directly into light using a semiconductor without wasting the heat and energy that traditional lights do. This will help decrease your monthly energy costs. Learn more about the energy-efficiency of LED lights by clicking here.
  • Longer Lifespan – LED lights are known to have a longer life. The less burnouts, the less maintenance.
  • Color-Changing Technology – LED lights allows you to get creative with your space by altering the lighting color. You can conveniently change the color of your LED lights just by a simple click of a button, creating different moods for different settings.

Are LED Lights Bright Enough for a Flood Light?

Yes. LED lights are a great option for flood lights because they emit a higher number of lumens than traditional lights. Flood lights are typically installed for security purposes and require brighter light. On average, flood lights require a higher number of lumens in order to work efficiently (the brighter the light is, the more lumens will be emitted).

Can LED Light Strips Be Used Outdoors?

Choosing the correct LED light strips is the key. Weatherproof/waterproof LED light strips are great for highlighting features of your property while also providing additional outdoor security.

Here are a few examples of how you can showcase LED strips in your outdoor living space:

  • Highlight Your Stairs – Outdoor stairs that lead to your doorways or patio spaces can be tricky to see when it’s dark. LED strips can be positioned under the stair treads to highlight the steps in a subtle, but effective, way.
  • Outline a Flower Bed – When the sun goes down, LED strips that outline your flower beds will allow you to continue to enjoy the beauty of your backyard at all times of the night.
  • Illuminate Your Pathways – LED strips are the perfect way to outline pathways in your yard at nighttime to avoid any trips or accidents.

Can I Leave My LED Lights on All Night Long?

Absolutely. LED lights are actually an excellent choice if you are wanting to leave your lights on for long periods of time. This is because all LED lights have a very low power usage and do not produce as much heat as traditional lights do when left on for long amounts of time. If you are looking for lights that you do not have to worry about, LED is the choice for you.

What Is the Lifespan of LED Lights?

One of the best perks of LED lighting is how long they can last. The average lifespan of LED lights is 20,000 to 50,000 hours. For a better picture, if you are using your lights for 8 hours a day, this would equal out to 17 years, which would be 30 times longer than traditional light bulbs.

 


Jacksonville’s #1 Landscape Lighting Company

Pro Lighting Outdoors, LLC is a premier outdoor and landscape lighting installation company, serving homeowners and businesses in the Jacksonville & St. Augustine, Florida areas. If you are considering landscape lighting for your home, contact Pro Lighting Outdoors today to schedule a consultation – (904) 924-4496.

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4 Benefits of Having Outdoor Lighting in the Winter

North Florida is known for beautiful weather, sunshine and warmth, but the winter months can still get cold, rainy. Plus it’s dark by 6:00 PM. While many homeowners may associate landscape lighting with the summer time and spending evenings outside, there are also many reasons why outdoor lighting can be beneficial in the winter months. Read on to discover 4 key benefits of having landscape lighting in the winter.

1.) It Gets Darker Soon

During the height of the winter months, the sun will set around the same time people are returning home from work or daily errands – approximately 5:30 to 6:30pm. Landscape lighting will provide the comfort and security of returning home to an illuminated environment rather than pulling into a dark driveway at the end of the day.

Additionally, Florida residents have the luxury of enjoying their outdoor living spaces practically year-round—even when the temperature gets a little chilly. Winter nights are perfect for relaxing by the firepit or outdoor fireplace, enjoying a hot cup of cocoa. Professionally installed outdoor lighting such as LED patio lights, driveway and walkway lights, and low-voltage landscape lights will make it easier for you to still take advantage of your yard and outdoor living spaces even when it’s dark outside.


 2.) Avoid accidents with clearly lit walkways and patios

When your steps, pathways and driveways have accent lighting, not only does it create a welcoming and warm environment, but it will help protect you and others from any unexpected mishaps. The best way to prevent trips or falls at nighttime is to add lighting along walkways and patio spaces surrounding your home. The winter season can often be rainy and windy, causing outdoor surfaces to get wet and slippery. This increased risk can be avoided with lights that brighten up stairs, stone pathways or even around your pool. If you are having guests over, or maybe you need to check the mail or take the trash out, landscape lighting will create a clear path to follow during the evenings.

3.) More visibility of exterior space from inside the home

Landscape lighting is just as enjoyable for your interior as it is your outdoor living. Some winter nights can be too chilly to sit outside, but that does not mean you can’t still enjoy the beautiful scenery of your backyard. Without landscape lighting, the view from your window at night time will appear dark and flat. When landscapes are lit up properly, you will get to appreciate your property’s greatest features not only from the outside, but from inside your home as well.



Jacksonville’s #1 Landscape Lighting Company

Pro Lighting Outdoors, LLC is a premier outdoor and landscape lighting installation company serving homeowners and businesses in the First Coast and northeast Florida region. If you are considering landscape lighting for your home, contact Pro Lighting Outdoors today to schedule a consultation – (904) 924-4496.

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Outdoor Lighting: Hire a Pro vs DIY

Planning and Installing Outdoor Lighting: Your Best Options   

When considering planning and installing outdoor lighting for your home and/or property, there are 3 choices: Hire a professionally licensed and insured outdoor lighting contractor, hire an unlicensed person or company, or do it yourself. The only wrong answer is hiring an unlicensed individual or company because you have no idea what you’ll be getting, are taking a big risk with your money and, more importantly, your family’s safety. Electrical fires are dangerous and can change lives. It’s always best to hire a licensed, insured outdoor lighting professional vs. an unlicensed one. That leaves us with doing-it-yourself or hiring a pro. Let’s start with DIY.

 DIY Outdoor Lighting Tips

There are many landscape lighting products on the market today for do-it-yourselfers. If someone is diligent and has the time to do the research to learn how to install a landscape lighting system, it can be a worthwhile and rewarding project. In order to complete this from start-to-finish safely and properly, one will need a few specialty tools, some specialty materials such as the proper gauge wire, outdoor-rated wire connectors, fixture stems, and of course, the lighting components, themselves. This is where things can get confusing.

 Choosing the Right Outdoor Lighting Products

With so many different products available to consumers online, it can be near impossible to determine what is worth your money, and what isn’t. Things to consider, include:

  • Materials
  • Warranty
  • Brand / Company Reputation

You’ll want to know the answers to questions, like:

  • What happens when something fails? Will it be easy to rectify? Will the company stand behind the product or leave you having to replace it at your cost and time?
  • How about the fixtures? Are drop-in fixtures and lamps better than integrated fixtures or vice-versa?
  • Which color temperatures are best for the elements you will be illuminating? How bright should you go? How many watts can a circuit handle and how long can that circuit be?

The DIY Tradeoff: Price vs. Time, Quality & Service

These are all factors to consider. Unfortunately, most people don’t have the time to dedicate to these kinds of projects and don’t want to have to worry about warranties, repairs and diagnostics when something comes up. However, the plus side is you can save between 20% and 70% on the project by doing it yourself. There are kits at the big box stores that sell LED landscape lighting. But  keep in mind, especially if you live within a few miles of the coast or in a state with inclement weather like Florida, that these kits are temporary and will not hold up for very long.

Using a Licensed & Insured Outdoor Lighting Professional

Most people turn to a licensed, insured outdoor lighting professional when they are ready to illuminate their home, pool or property or once they have tried installing a kit from a big box store and are now ready to do it right, and have it warrantied for life. Just like when you have any electrical project at your home it is always best to at least consult with a professional, first. The reasons are many.

The Art of Outdoor Lighting Design

One of the most import reasons for using an outdoor lighting professional is the artistic eye of an experienced lighting specialist. This can be the difference between some scattered, uncoordinated lights and a beautifully illuminated home and property. It’s akin to hiring an interior designer for your home. They do it every day and have years of experience understanding what looks good for what type of environments, and what elements are a waste of money.

 Getting the Biggest Bang for the Buck With Your Outdoor Lighting Company

A good lighting professional will make sure you are getting the maximum value for your money. There are all kinds of lighting companies including franchises, single-owner businesses, and companies that provide landscaping services, but hold a low-voltage lighting license, as well. For the best value for your money, you should consider the small business (not a franchise) that only designs and installs outdoor lighting.

Franchises may occasionally offer a slightly more competitive prices (often, not even that) but the products are not from a lighting manufacturer, but rather are made exclusively for that franchise and are not the same quality that you would get from a national or international brand. Franchises are often fraught with employee turnover, as well, which is  not a good recipe for quality and attention to detail.

With a local small business that uses leading products from top manufacturers, the number one factor working for you is that the reputation of that business is on the line. Often, you will deal with the actual owner, rather than a sales person. You can imagine that the owner of any small business worth their salt will do what it takes to get a smiling customer at the end of a transaction. You will also often have the owner involved throughout the entire process.

When searching for a good, local outdoor lighting company, be sure to look at their portfolio. Is it varied? Are there a variety of custom jobs that demonstrate their ability to be creative and make a home or property unique? What is their work process like and how are payments made? Does the company answer the phone and return messages promptly?

Getting Your Outdoor Lighting Contractor and Getting Started

In summary, whether deciding to design and install your own landscape lighting or vetting a few professionally licensed companies, the most important factor is to take some time and research your options. Look at reviews, call and eliminate those that you don’t get a good, fuzzy feeling about. Professional outdoor lighting consultation should be free and, at minimum, give you a good idea about what you can expect moving forward.

There are sleezy salespeople and there are great-looking DIY kits that may try to sway you. However, do your due diligence and you will see through the window dressing. If you decide to consider hiring an outdoor lighting professional in Jacksonville or Northeast Florida, please consider Pro Lighting Outdoors. We focus on our customers and are driven by strong word-of-mouth. There are no bait-and-switches, no crews of people who may or may not understand what they are doing and when you deal with the owner, you are also almost always dealing with your designer.

Finally, we do not take payment unless and until you are 100% satisfied. If you are unhappy with the final product or the experience for any reason, we will remove it and you will not be charged a penny. This has never happened, yet and we hope it never does, but we can promise you that we will always be here for our customers and want them to be happy with their investments. Call us today for a free outdoor lighting consultation: (904) 924-4496

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How to Protect Your Home with Security Lights

A contemporary home at duskInstalling security lighting for your home’s exterior is a great way to have added peace of mind while you are out for the night. Though high-powered floodlights are useful for commercial areas, they may not be suitable for your home. For starters, the neighbors will not like these blinding lights shining into their own home. Floodlights also do not add to the overall aesthetic of your property.

How to Properly Utilize Security Lights for Your Home

Though motion sensors are a decent option, they are only effective when trespassers have already decided to target your property. Effective security lights in Jacksonville, FL, will ward off trespassers before they even think to step foot on your doorstep.

Low-voltage lighting accents around your property will help feature your home’s beauty while protecting you and your family. By illuminating the perimeter of your home, it provides more visual control to what is happening around you. Trespassers do not want to be seen, so it is essential to eliminate as many hiding spots as you can around your home.

If you are interested in installing security lights in Jacksonville, FL, look to the experts at Pro Lighting Outdoors, LLC. Our experienced team will help you create the perfect system to enhance your home’s beauty and ensure its safety.

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Balancing Your Landscape Lighting

Well-lit home with a swimming pool in the backyardWhen you are looking to install an outdoor lighting system, you want to ensure it offers the function you need without hindering the ambiance of the setup. Though you may want everything illuminated for security purposes, too much light in the design can be counterproductive. Figuring out the right balance for your landscape lighting plan is essential.

Consider the Atmosphere You Want

Certain lighting will give off a certain vibe. When lighting your property, think about the various ways lighting layers are used to set the mood. If you are looking to create a more relaxed atmosphere, incorporating low lights is necessary. Alternatively, a faster-paced environment will be lit much brighter.

Lighting has many layers and working with experienced lighting contractors in Jacksonville, FL, will help you obtain the visuals you want for your home’s exterior. Creating contrast, depths, and balance in your lighting display will help create a visually pleasant property that is both illuminated and protected.

Think about the experience that you want your guests to have while visiting for evening dinner parties or for a night of catching up on the patio. By utilizing the right lighting layers, you can ensure your outdoor space is relaxed and inviting for your guests and family.

If you are interested in installing professional landscape lighting on your property, contact the experts at Pro Lighting Outdoors, LLC today. You can reach our team by calling (904) 924-4496.

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