FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Landscape lighting has become one of the most popular outdoor features amongst homeowners. Low voltage outdoor lighting can light walkways, illuminate key features in the landscape like trees, statuary, water features, your outdoor living space and even architectural pieces. In addition to extending the amount of time you can spend outside in the summer, landscape lighting can be a psychological relief in the winter. Coming home to a warmly illuminated home after work can make all the difference when the sun disappears in the dead of winter.

Landscape Illumination is a specialized landscape lighting companies who are dedicated to designing and installing landscape lighting systems. We are an outdoor lighting designer, and not a landscape contractor offering lighting to supplement their income. Outdoor lighting is our only focus.

Landscape and architectural lighting will increase your home and businesses security, safety and beauty. When we review your home or business during the consultation process, we will identify areas where lighting can enhance your outdoor areas. It is a well known fact that lighting around your home can help deter potential break-ins.

Last year we met with a client who had their landscape contractor install their lights five years prior. When we met, more than half their lighting system wasn’t working.

After calling the contractor who originally installed their system, several times, he finally came out to repair their lighting system. He spent the better part of 8 hours trying to fix their system, but couldn’t figure out what was wrong. He told them that he wasn’t sure what the issue was but would give someone a call and return later. They never saw him again, and their subsequent calls and voicemails to him all went unanswered.

They hired us to remove their old system and replace it with a new one.

Moral of the story: if you hire someone to install your landscape lighting, you should feel assured that they can confidently service your system if something happens.

The bar has been set high by specialized lighting design companies. The true cost for outdoor lighting comes into play when a low-quality system fails. When it comes to landscape lighting, price and cost are two different things.

A slightly higher price point gets you quality, a seasoned lighting designer, experienced technicians who will install your lights and maintain them for the years to come. And of course, peace of mind.

A lower quality system leaves you with a lot of costs: the cost of having your system periodically repaired, the cost of having to waste time and money getting someone to fix your system for you, and the likelihood of having to one day replace the entire system all together really adds up.

The lighting system belonging to the client in the above example was only five years old. Yet, it was failing to the point where repairing it would have been like putting band-aids on bullet holes. The cost for outdoor lighting can catch people off guard when they’ve not done their research beforehand. Why invest the money in a low quality system that will likely fail? Well, that’s our question exactly. When it comes right down to it, having your lighting done right to last for the years to come is worth every penny.

For the consultation process, Landscape Illumination will meet with you onsite to evaluate the areas of your home where the lighting system will be installed. If you already have a system we will look to see how we can enhance the current outdoor lighting. This can range from an upgrade to the addition of deck party lights.

Landscape Illumination, Inc. will complete a proposal of your professionally designed lighting system and present you with the cost as soon as the consultation is completed.

Landscape Illumination, Inc. has many fixtures to choose from to create your uniquely designed lighting system. We also know the illumination factor that each fixture provides, and where is the most accurate spot to place. This is what we do. We are professional lighting designers. We will make several suggestions on fixture selection during the initial consultation.

Cost is determined by several things – mainly the style and number of lights. Over the past 21 years Landscape Illumination has installed systems ranging from a few hundred dollars to over seventy-five thousand dollars. The average price over the past three years has been between $4,000 and $7,000. Please keep in mind we can match a system to your budget. Or, we can even install the system in phases are your budget permits.

Also, learn more about the warranty they offer. If they offer a 3, 5, 10, or even a 15-year warranty, pay attention to quality. It’s easier to slap a warranty on a product than it is to construct something that will last a lifetime.

If they offer a lifetime warranty, great! With that said, make sure you ask exactly what that means. Are all components in the system covered by this warranty? Are only the fixtures covered under this warranty?

In addition, if they offer a lifetime warranty, how do you know they will be there to take care of you when your lighting system experiences its first problem? Good intentions can fall short when the rubber hits the road.

Fixture warranties range from fifteen years to lifetime – depending on the material they are made from the manufacturer. Transformers can carry a lifetime warranty and are made from stainless steel. With the LED fixtures the manufacturer warranties the life source for 15-years.

Low voltage landscape lighting is extremely efficient to operate. Most of our clients operate their systems from duck until dawn year-round (systems can be operated automatically via a timer). Most systems can be operated for less than fifty cents per day or around ninety dollars per year.

Yes, as long as there is room on the transformer. When Landscape Illumination, Inc. designs a system, we always leave at least 10% on the transformer for future expansion or bulb changes due to plant growth. Also, fixtures can be relocated with ease as the landscape or other activities dictate.

Landscape Illumination, Inc. accepts: cash, check, VISA, Discover, MASTERCARD, and American Express. In some circumstances, we will offer an extended payment option if necessary.

The cost for a customer designed LED landscape lighting system can vary depending on the scope, scale and complexity of your projects lighting scheme. For a landscape lighting system designed and installed at the level of expertise you can expect to pay an average of $285 to $400 per fixture.

The quality of the design, materials and engineering of the lighting system will affect the final price. High quality fixtures, equipment and outdoor rated LED bulbs will be priced higher than lower quality options.

While the cost may be higher for a quality system the long-term savings are important to consider. Our company removes the countless failed lighting systems from people’s homes each year. We’ve seen firsthand the difference between exceptionally built systems and poorly constructed systems. No one wants to pay for an outdoor lighting system twice.

Most systems take between one and three days to install, but every system is different. Time of installation is site dependent.

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