Few things are as elemental at creating visual harmony at your home and landscape as outdoor lighting. With the addition of outdoor lighting you can transform a property that is beautiful by day and make it mesmerizing by night. This process is as simple, and at the same time, as complex as it sounds. The key to gaining the most benefit from your outdoor lighting design is utilizing the experience and knowledge of a professional. A professional that knows which areas of your home and landscape are best for placement, which type of fixtures to use and even which trees within your landscape make the best specimens for lighting.
Being in the business of professional outdoor lighting, we have seen many less than professional outdoor lighting designs and installations here in the San Antonio area since we have been in business. We have went in behind many of the other “so called” outdoor lighting professionals to fix the headaches they have left homeowner to deal with over the years, along with amending the failed attempts at the “do it yourselfer” trying to properly install their own outdoor lighting. The problems we have fixed range from poor design, to fixtures that don’t deliver on their promises. A good rule of thumb to remember in outdoor lighting is you get what you pay for. Even if you set on a journey with all good intentions to save a few bucks by hiring a cut-rate installer, in the end it usually ends up costing you more instead of less.With this in mind, We want to take this opportunity to warn you of examples of outdoor lighting practices to avoid and fixtures that just don’t deliver on their promises. This list outlines some of the ways poor outdoor lighting can leave you disappointed, and in the dark.
Avoid outdoor lighting companies that are here today and gone tomorrow – How many times have you seen a cardboard sign stuck in the grass at a busy intersection about installing your outdoor lighting cheap? Many times the sign will also include landscaping and other exterior work advertised at a discount rate too. We advise homeowners to avoid these “fly by night” companies because most often they have little or no experience in outdoor lighting. Let’s face it; any reputable professional is not going to advertise via a yard stake sign on a street corner. These companies try to peddle whatever services they can offer on a seasonal basis to make money. You may see the same company advertise to aerate or seed your lawn cheap in early spring, or leaf removal in the fall, and then two weeks later the same company is advertising outdoor lighting at a discount–this should scream buyer beware! These individuals may install your outdoor lighting on your San Antonio home and landscape in April and by the time the first problems arises, they are in another county or state peddling their services or in the worst case scenario, nowhere to be found when it comes time to stand behind their service or fixtures.
Avoid becoming a victim to the contractor that is Jack of all trades and master of none– We encourage homeowners to do their homework before choosing the right lighting professional to design and install their outdoor lighting. It is a wise idea to steer clear of a company with claims of being a master of all things involving the exterior or your home. Landscaping firms, irrigation firms and other outdoor improvement specialty companies may advertise outdoor lighting as a by-line to their main area of expertise, and while some may turn out to do a good job, putting your faith in a company that doesn’t specialize in outdoor lighting singularly is like playing a game of Russian roulette — hit or miss.
Avoid falling victim to the charms of big box stores – Many big box stores offer a selection of do-it-yourself outdoor lighting fixtures. Choosing to purchase these fixtures will often leave you disappointed with not only the quality of light they produce, but also their lack of longevity. Many of these fixtures are constructed so poorly, and with the cheapest materials that by the end of the season most of the lights no longer work. Even though many come with warranties and guarantees written on the box, the exclusions written in extra fine print leave homeowners little course of action if the fixtures stop working or break and feeling hopeless and discouraged. Unless you want to purchase and install new outdoor lighting fixtures year after year, we recommend sticking with a reputable lighting professional that installs only premium outdoor lighting fixtures that are in it for the long haul.
Doing it right the first time…
Here at Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio and the Hill Country, outdoor lighting is our business and it is all we do. Installing outdoor lighting is difficult, requires lots of knowledge, and can be fraught with perils if not done correctly including the risk of fire, the risk of cutting important power and other lines just for starters. Our outdoor lighting services include architectural and facade lighting to bring out the best features in your beautiful home or storefront. We also specialize in landscape and garden lighting, pool and water feature lighting, deck and patio lighting, multiple facets of commercial outdoor lighting and of course, our holiday lighting designs have been providing San Antonio area residents joy during the Christmas holiday for many years. One of the biggest benefits of using an established company like ours for your outdoor lighting needs is that we have proven that we have staying power within our market and demographic region. We have a great product and great service, as well as a group of dedicated people to go along with it.
If you are considering the addition of outdoor lighting at your residence, or have an existing outdoor lighting system in need of an upgrade to bring it up to the standards you deserve, contact Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of San Antonio and the Hill Country today–(830) 624 – 1300