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 replacements 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.
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 [email protected] for a complimentary quote.