Before hiring a company for the exterior lighting of your home or property, it's a good idea to ask questions to make sure the best outdoor lighting professional is selected. 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, exterior 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.
Question 1: How long has your company been in business?
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.
Question 2: Is your company insured?
Ask to see the certificate of insurance. If they refuse, that’s a huge red flag.
Question 3: How long will the lighting design phase take and how long can we expect the installation to take?
As with any contractor hired to work on your home, you'll want to know the timeline for completion. Any experienced 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.
Question 4: Will it be possible to add more fixtures to our system in the future?
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, exterior lighting can easily be installed in phases. Knowing your future plans will help streamline the process for adding more fixtures later.
Question 5: Will you provide maintenance services after installation?
This is an important question to ask as exterior 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.
Question 6: Do you have references and a list of addresses we could drive by?
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 professional for your home or property. You can find even more important questions to ask along with other helpful tips in The Essential Guide to Hiring a Landscape Lighting Professional.
Exterior 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.
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