Before hiring an outdoor lighting professional, it’s a good idea to ask questions to make sure the best fit is selected for your home or property. Hiring the right professional for your project can be the difference between an “okay” lighting design and one the delivers the “wow” factor you’ve been looking for. When properly done, outdoor lighting adds nighttime beauty and distinction, improves safety and security, and extends entertainment and enjoyment opportunities. The following six questions will help you in finding the best outdoor lighting professional for your project.
This seems like an obvious question, but is often overlooked. A landscape lighting professional with years of experience will better understand how to light your space to create the desired effect. Knowing how and what to light outdoors, which fixtures and techniques to use, and how to light for both beauty and security, takes education, expertise, experience and acumen. Having a professional work with you to plan your system will ensure the end product is one you’ll be sure to love.
Ask to see the certificate of insurance. If they refuse, that’s a huge red flag.
As with any contractor hired to work on your home, you’ll want to know the timeline for completion. Any experienced landscape lighting professional should have a good idea how long each phase should take. However, it’s important to remember that this type of installation can be weather-dependent, so any timeline you are given will be a rough estimate.
Ask this question if you think you might want to add elements to your property; such as a patio, deck, water feature, or outdoor kitchen. Whether you start with the front of the house with the intention of lighting the back later, or vice versa, landscape lighting can easily be installed in phases. Knowing your future plans will help streamline the process for adding more fixtures later.
This is an important question to ask as landscape lighting systems require periodic maintenance to ensure its beauty and functionality. You’ll want to hire a company that has a dedicated service department or service team member. Lighting systems that are installed without service in mind can cause more work and headaches down the road when the bulbs burn out.
You want this answer to be “yes.” Be sure to check all references and drive by the properties after dark. This could even spark some ideas for how you want your property to be lit.
These six questions are a great starting point to finding the right outdoor lighting professional for your home or property. You can find even more important questions to ask along with other helpful tips in our Essential Guide to Hiring a Landscape Lighting Professional.
Landscape lighting is an investment that should enhance the setting, extend the hours of enjoyment outdoors, and provide for the safety and convenience of guests. It can also address issues of security in a manner that is aesthetically pleasing and appropriate to the site. An experienced outdoor lighting professional provides benefits for projects big and small.
If you have any questions about or would like to discuss your outdoor lighting needs, please feel free to contact us directly at (402) 289.3424, email@example.com, or simply fill out our quick form online, and we’ll contact you to set up your free consultation.
We’ve been in the landscape industry since 1987, becoming a dedicated landscape lighting firm in 1992. Our team has years of experience creating and installing unique and elegant outdoor lighting designs, and providing maintenance and repair services to homes and businesses across the nation. Our award-winning company has been voted Best of Omaha and Best of Houzz by the community.
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