Don't Get Sold a Bill of Goods / by Chad Rodvold

 Ridiculous outdoor lighting design and installation!

Ridiculous outdoor lighting design and installation!

I was driving to a design appointment in a very nice area of Dallas when I noticed this recent landscape lighting installation. The neighborhood is full of above average size lots and the homes all range from $1.5 - $5 million with wonderful trees that make it easy to show off what I can do with outdoor lighting. On this particular job, I know the fixture cost and can assume the electrical cost and this customer might as well have just flushed the majority of his hard earned money down the toilet because it's cr*p.

Just a few things to point out and I'll finish this rant;

1) NEVER place an above ground lighting fixture in the grassy area where the maintenance crew will consistently have to avoid it...they will hit it.

2) NEVER place an above ground lighting fixture on the provided stake in the grassy area where the maintenance crew will hit it, bump it, graze against it...the lights won't be straight this time next year!

3) NEVER place two or three above ground lighting fixtures under one tree. The concept of landscape illumination is to enhance the nighttime ambiance without knowing where the lighting is coming from during the day or night! It's hard enough to conceal one light, let alone two or three. Also, if one light doesn't do the job than maybe you should use a different light? Just a thought. 

This poor homeowner got sold a bill of goods...and a lot of them! If you should ever have questions regarding your system or what someone is selling you for your landscape lighting, give us a call or email.