Why Should I Hire a Landscape Lighting Designer Instead of a Landscaper?
Employing the services of a landscaper for a job meant for a Landscape Lighting designer is synonymous with using a machete to prune an estate garden hedge. Having the correct tools and knowledge on hand as opposed to shooting from the hip when it comes to landscape lighting is not only critical for the overall impact of the design, but also from the safety of the system. In order to minimize cost, many homeowners choose to hire a landscaper / irrigation contractor / or even an electrician who offer landscape lighting alongside other services at a discounted rate. However, the fact remains that landscape lighting requires specialized knowledge and skill that only a landscape lighting designer can provide. Don’t be fooled by the low-baller, everything is not equal when dealing with lighting (even if similar materials are used). Below are some of the reasons why hiring a landscape lighting designer is preferable over an ordinary landscaper:
- Necessary Knowledge and Skills
In order to provide a quality landscape lighting design, a combination of artistic skills as well as technical knowledge is necessary. The reason behind this is the need to be able to envision both the lighting design and how a system will actually function. If you hire someone that doesn’t know what fixture to use for each and every application (there’s not one fixture that can or should be used for every need, FYI), what beam spreads to use, what the difference between washing a tree or shrub vs. silhouetting it, or what temperature color should be used to highlight a specimen tree or sculpture. These skills are not just learned in a textbook or through a local lunch-n-learn at a vendor’s facility. Good lighting is learned through many years of experience and on the job training. Every project is unique and has to be designed differently. Lighting effects plants differently depending on pruning, maturity, and placement. Landscape lighting designers possess an in depth knowledge of lighting design theory, but also all the proper electrical insight to be able to ensure a safe working system that is not over loaded or improperly balanced. Don’t place your investment in the hands of an amateur, you’ll thank us later.
- Availability of Expensive Specialty Tools and Equipment
Landscape lighting designers possess the necessary specialty tools and equipment required for the proper installation of various landscape lighting components. These tools and equipment are quite expensive and only a specialized worker would be willing to invest that much on them. When you have someone that “specializes” in landscape lighting, they have all the tools of the trade needed to put that one fixture in that impossible place no one else will even try. Landscapers, irrigation contractors, and electricians offer various services and most of the time, landscape lighting is just an “add-on” they come across every so often and would find it difficult to purchase some of these lighting specific tools when they may only come across a project once a year that would need it.
- Vast Knowledge on Latest Lighting Technologies
Part of landscape lighting designers’ ongoing duties involve educating the client on the latest lighting technologies. LED’s have changed the world of landscape lighting forever and are constantly evolving. Control systems are now also popping up all over the place giving power to the homeowner to actually fully control their landscape lighting system. Mr. Landscaper will more than likely have no idea what is available as lighting moves at a similar pace as computers.