General Lighting FAQ

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Why install landscape lighting in the first place?

This may seem like an obvious question but its an honest starting point for a lot of folks. You may ask 10 different property owners and get 10 different answers. Here are some of the most popular and practical to consider:

  • Usability: Don't let the end of daylight savings deter you from being outdoors late into the evening.
  • Value: With the addition of quality outdoor lighting, some homes have shown an increase in value by as much as 12%.*
  • Security: Deter intruders with motion sensor based lighting and by illuminating potential hiding spots.
  • Safety: Improved visibility allows for easier navigation of walkways and to avoid slip and trip hazards.
  • Curb Appeal: Give your property an instant face lift by illuminating your favorite architectural elements and focal landscape features.

Does someone need to be present for the initial consultation?
We highly recommend that any parties involved in the decision making process be available at the time of the appointment. This includes the landscaper if lighting will be installed in tandem with new plantings or hardscapes. This allows everyone to walk the property together, discuss illumination objectives, design options, timelines, budgets and get a good visual for component placement.


How long does an installation take?
Most residential projects take 1-3 days to complete, depending on the size of the property and the complexity of the design. We do our best to give you an upfront timeline so that you can plan accordingly. We will also communicate progress throughout the course of an installation.


Does someone need to be home during the installation?
As the majority of the work is completed outside, we have quite a bit of flexibility in this regard. We do ask that someone is present for any interior wiring that is needed. Once the work is complete, we will coordinate an evening time frame to come back to your property to review the work, make final adjustments if needed and review operation.


How expensive is a lighting system to install and to operate?
The cost honestly varies as each system is designed to suit the lighting objectives of each property. We can certainly work within a budget and provide different fixture and bulb-type options to help you make the most cost-effective choices. See our LED Lighting FAQ page for more specific information about energy use and comparative pricing.


Does a lighting system require yearly maintenance?
As with any appliance or utility, regular service is required to keep your system in optimal working order. Nightscapes can customize an annual lighting maintenance plan based on your budget and your needs. Check out our Lighting Maintenance page for more info.


Will Nightscapes install line voltage systems?
We no longer install line voltage systems, opting to take advantage of low voltage halogen or LED based systems. We feel obligated to exercise due diligence by exclusively installing a higher quality system that we can stand behind, in addition to making a more environmentally friendly choice. If you have an existing line voltage system, we can still assist with making repairs or evaluating for a system retrofit.


* Source: www.realtor.org