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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Professional lighting or do it yourself exterior lighting kits?

Thinking about  "do it yourself" exterior lighting? We tried to. After all, we did a landscape plan that people rave about. I love our shrubs and plants so much more than what the local landscape architect recommended. His plan was going to be very high maintenance, even though we requested shrubs that would not require constant pruning. We thought surely we could do our own outdoor lights too?

The above tree light was possible because they were willing
to do wiring under the sidewalk 
With our shrubs and flowers in place ...we were ready for outdoor lighting. We tried several sets.

  1. First we tried an inexpensive solar lighting set, which didn't put off enough light and never worked well.
  2. Next we tried a set from Home Depot. It only had 4 lights, which were not far enough apart to "balance" the entire front yard. Plus, we couldn't get the system under the driveway and under the sidewalk, so the placement of the lights felt wrong.
  3. Next we got quotes for professional lighting, and found that they varied. So did the willingness to light up the other side of the driveway, and willingness to go the under the sidewalk!

In the end we ended up getting outdoor lights from Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, here in the Triad of NC, we are thrilled with their product and service! 

  Let me say, as an interior designer, I pride myself in providing excellent service, and paying attention to the details to make sure everything runs smoothly. I like to hire companies that have the same attention to detail. Well - that's my opinion of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives, we we so happy with the end result!! The project ran smoothly, and they did everything in the time period they quoted.

We have light to the far left (the other side of the driveway) and lights to the far right side of the yard (the river birch in the above photo). Mike with Outdoor Lighting Perscpectives showed us that it's all about  placement, quality, and LED. The LED lights are so reasonable, your won't feel the impact when you get your electric bill! With LED lights, we get the same generous amount of light, all with a reasonable electric bill.

I almost forgot to mention the best part, before we hired them, they provided a demo one evening - of how it would all look, by bringing battery operated lights! Yes, we're very happy with our exterior lighting! So I thought I'd share it with you!

1 comment:

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of The Triad said...

Thanks for the kind words Deborah. It was/is a pleasure working with you. I think the lights look great and can't wait for the next project. Thanks again.

OLP of the Triad