VALPARAISO, IN – Landscape Illumination triumphed over a prestigious group of North American landscape lighting companies to win the Kichler Landscape Lighting Contractor of the Year award. Landscape Illumination is the only two-time winner (2008, 2012) in the twenty-five history of this coveted landscape lighting award.
“It is an honor to become the first two-time recipient of landscape lighting’s biggest award,” said Landscape Illumination President Darrin Selking. “This proves that a business based in Indiana whose only mission is to meet and exceed customer expectations can compete on a global level.”
Landscape Illumination is a landscape lighting and seasonal lighting and design company that specializes in custom lighting design for homes and businesses. In 2002, Landscape Illumination became the largest installer of outdoor lighting systems in Indiana, Lower Michigan and Chicago. In 2003, Landscape Illumination became one of the largest lighting companies in the Midwest. They were also named Kichler landscape lighting 2008 North American Contractor of the Year.
According to Mike Southard, Landscape Lighting Sales Manger of KICHLER, Darrin Selking of Landscape Illuminations was an early adopter and advocate of Kichler Design Pro LED landscape lighting technology. “His grasp of the new technology and what it means to homeowners in terms of the aesthetic beauty to their home coupled with the energy-savings and added security is the hallmark of his value proposition. We are proud of our association with Darrin and Lighting Illuminations and the success he has achieved in the face of intense competition,” he said.]]>
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When a landscape lighting project goes pear shaped, it becomes increasingly clear that the person trying to do your lighting installation is a fraud or a huckster.
Choosing the proper architectural landscape lighting company is vital to achieve the design you’re seeking. Unlike “Joe the Plumber” – who is now selling lights because the plumbing business is slow, a true lighting company with accredited designers have visions for your home that you may have only dreamt of or never thought possible.
A skilled designer will make it happen.
From that simple tree being up-lit, to that fantastic and hard to light area only achieved thru moonlighting…no task is to big or small to achieve that ultimate lighting design.
Unlike the impersonators out there, a true artisan is invaluable to any project. A lighting designer creates with a vision and will surpass all your expectations. You’re paying for that “WOW” factor and using a company such as Landscape Illumination, you should expect no less. All the lighting designers on our staff are fully schooled and trained to see your vision come to life and they can assist you from start to the finish of your project.
Landscape Illumination has the finest credentials and lighting designers in the country – perfect for helping you shape and implement your lighting vision.]]>
As leaders in the landscape lighting industry, Kichler has recognized Darrin and Landscape Illumination for our continued excellence in lighting safety, design and professionalism.
Landscape Illumination in Valparaiso Indiana has been using Kichler Lighting products for over ten years and this award is an affirmation of our continued relationship with Kichler Lighting.
“I’m very excited to be joining the Kichler Lighting President’s Council as it will be a great opportunity to be a voice for the guys on the ground in the lighting industry,” said Darrin recently. “This just proves that we continue to lead and innovate in landscape lighting and that has been recognized by Kichler Lighitng.”
Everyone here in the Landscape Ilumination offices are very excited about this fantastic opportunity. Stay tuned for more exciting news in the coming months.]]>
It will be a great time to talk to us about your burning lighting questions, see product demonstrations and learn all about the principles of landscape lighting.
If you’ve been considering how to light your house – then come on down and talk to us and we’ll see what we can do for you.
Porter County Builders Association
Home & Garden Show 2010
March 4, 10 – 5 pm
March 5, 9 – 8 pm
March 6, 9 – 8 pm
March 7, 10 – 5 pm
Porter County Expo Center
215 East Division Road, Valparaiso, Indiana
Fri, Mar 5, 2010 5:00 pm
Sat, Mar 6, 2010 10:00 am
Sun, Mar 7, 2010 12:00 pm
120 South Saint Joseph Street
Downtown South Bend, Indiana 46601
See You on the Road!]]>
The homeowners are usually upset by this point in the landscape lighting quest to learn they were duped by a crappy contractor with poor materials and installation practices. Once they hit this point – it’s generally time to hire another Landscape Lighting contractor to get it right and that’s where Landscape Illumination in Valpo comes in.
What follows are some tips and advice on lighting design that should be addressed by a lighting consultant when they come on site to give you a free consultation.
First, here are a few questions you should ask yourself about any landscape lighting contractor:
If you answered yes to these questions then you should feel pretty confident that you have found a good landscape lighting contractor to work with.
Now here are some of our favorite lighting design tips:
A good landscape lighting design will make your home beautiful, save you money, and make yourself proud of the most important investment in your life……your home.
If you’d like to see what Landscape Illumination can do for you landscape lighting needs, then contact us for a free consultation!]]>
The cons to solar lighting
Pros to solar lighting
Again, I hope this helps you out and I can save you the aggravation of a substandard product. By following the above mentioned steps from a person who has purchased solar lighting in the past, you should be able to make a easy decision. I would recommend a professionally installed low voltage landscape lighting system. They are almost bulletproof moreover, if your landscape lighting contractor is board certified, bonded, and has a track record of a long list of happy clients, your system should last you a lifetime with the design you desire with the utmost in safety in mind.]]>
LED or Light Emitting Diode technology is changing the lighting industry and landscape lighting is not exempt from that. LED lights are cheaper to run, last longer and are more environmentally friendly. We’ve been getting lots of questions about LED’s and how they can affect landscape design, so I’ve put together some common questions and our answers.
What energy-efficient LED landscape lighting options does your company offer?
The biggest one that’s available right now that came out a couple of years ago and has been refined in the last year or so is LED. This year, we’ve installed more LED than regular halogen lights. The technology has been around for awhile, but it always looked like a bluish white light; it never looked quite right. That changed 2 years ago when Kichler Lighting finally got the color shift down so that LED’s now look like normal halogen landscape lighting.
What’s the difference between Low Voltage landscape lighting and line voltage lighting? Which is more energy efficient?
I think it kind of depends. The majority of our work is standard, low-voltage lighting – that’s probably 85 to 90 percent of our business. But LED this year definitely made a big splash to the point where over the next year or so, manufacturers are coming out with a lot more fixtures that they are converting over to LED. There’s quite a bit of 120-volt products out there, but the most energy efficient outdoor lighting is low voltage, and the LED low voltage is a step beyond that. With low-voltage landscape lighting, the fixtures are very small, the wattages are very low, and we can target the lighting where we need to have it. It can save people a lot of money on energy usage. Sometimes as much as 80% over traditional 120 volt lighting.
How popular are LED lights with your current clients?
They’re very popular for one basic reason – LED uses one-tenth of the energy that halogen lights use. If a standard fixture output that we use on a house, for example, is 20 watts in halogen, we can do the same effect in LED for 4 1/2 watts. You don’t have to use as much wire. You can also downsize your controllers or transformers because you’re running a lot less wattage in the field. The other thing too, is you never have to worry about changing any bulbs because they are 40,000 hour burn time, which is equivalent to 20 years of normal use. We were skeptical about LED at first, but after seeing it in the field it definitely has its place. It’s maintenance free, lower energy cost and you get the same, nice light output that you do at a lot lower wattage. It will change the industry.
LED’s usually cost more than halogen lights – so why should people spend the extra money upfront?
LED is so new that more customers are asking about it, and we bring it up when we’re meeting with new clients. If they desire a high quality, low voltage lighting fixture the LED is for them. You want something that is really durable; it’s going to handle the elements – snow, rain, etc. If you do it with LED, your cost is going to be a little more upfront, but your energy savings are actually going to be greater because the wattage is less, the light output is the same, and there won’t ever be any bulbs to replace. LED installations will pay for the extra upfront cost within a couple years of usage through electricity savings. It’s a win, win all around.
Interested in LED lighting? Contact us today for a free lighting consultation to see how it can fit into your lighting plans.]]>