Considering Landscape Lighting? Six reasons you should hire a Landscape Lighting Designer not an installer!
When it comes to Landscape Lighting, how do you know if you’re hiring a designer or just an installer?
There are plenty of companies that are only too happy to provide a cut-and-paste installation. However, they lack the ability and knowledge required to elevate landscape & architecture lighting to its fullest potential. The industry is inundated with companies focused on maximizing their profits, often at the homeowner’s expense.
Installers flood the market with inappropriate fixtures (which they claim are the best, without fail) and hire out the work to individuals who, while they may be competent installers, lack artistic talent and training. Unfortunately, the lackluster results are immediately apparent. Contractors, handymen, franchisees, and sales reps all use the title, so how do you recognize a true Landscape Lighting Designer? Here are six traits that separate a true Landscape Lighting Designer from an Installer.
1. Lighting design and installation is their primary focus:
Scope-creep is a common phenomenon in any industry, and Outdoor Lighting is no different. We’ve even sprinkler, tree-trimming, and even mosquito-misting contractors enter the market.
Be sure the group you’re considering is dedicated to outdoor lighting and not attempting to capture a new source of revenue.
2. They are subject-matter experts:
In a true Landscape Lighting Designer’s hands, brilliance emerges, bringing darkened landscapes to life, enhancing both the perceived and actual value of your property, resulting in one of the latest and most desirable features of luxury living.
A dedicated Landscape Lighting Designer brings deep technical knowledge and design acumen, employing his or her mastery of several disciplines to plan the form and function of an installation.
In addition to being well versed in the MYRIAD of elements of Landscape Lighting Design, they should possess a keen knowledge of the physics, optics, electricity, business, trade codes, and environmental and construction issues associated with the industry.
This knowledge is especially important as they will also design the underground system that you don’t see.
3. They take the time to understand your project and share their knowledge:
Are they attentive to your wants and needs? The first thing a Landscape Lighting Designer should do is define the purpose of the endeavor. They should ask questions about your needs in order to create a design expressly tailored to your project.
4. They continue to remain “students” of Lighting Design:
Confidence is important as a landscape lighting designer continuously positions him or herself at the cutting edge of the industry.
They work as part of a team, consult with their peers and other experts, regularly attend national trade shows and seminars, and maintain a bevy of product samples and specifications from dozens of manufacturers.
5. They can quickly provide a variety of options to fit your needs:
Do they offer their advice completely free of conflicts of interest? Do they base their recommendations on research and personal experience in the field, rather than relying on the guidance of sales representatives? A true Landscape Lighting Designer can adapt quickly to meet your needs.
6. They offer live demonstrations:
Ultimately, a brilliant design is intentionally subtle. The genius that separates the elegant from the mundane is hidden from the casual eye. So while the benefits to be gained are manifest, they are also nuanced and understated –the work of a true Landscape Lighting Designer.
There are plenty of companies that offer Landscape Lighting, but who you chose to hire will determine the making or undoing of any project.
Lux Lighting’s mission is to bring the artistry of outdoor lighting back to the vanguard of the industry. Learn how we can illuminate your home or next event!