When beginning an outdoor lighting project — or any home improvement venture, for that matter — you have the choice of hiring an outdoor lighting professional to take care of the work for you or doing the job yourself.
Social media like Pinterest and TV shows on HGTV (as well as other DIY tutorials) make doing home improvement projects yourself seem both affordable and easy. But, when it comes to landscape lighting, it truly takes an experienced eye to fully understand how to light different elements of your yard; as well as to know what fixtures to use.
If you do not have the same knowledge and expertise, then your DIY project could actually end up costing you more money and time. Consider the following when deciding between a DIY landscape lighting project or hiring a landscape lighting professional in Atlanta.
The typical DIY outdoor lighting projects revolve around the use of solar lights. Solar lighting is energy efficient, easy to install and inexpensive because no wiring is required. You can simply push solar fixtures into the ground and your project is complete.
As simple and cost effective as the utilization of solar lighting may sound, there are some notable disadvantages when it comes to owning and maintaining them. For starters, solar light fixtures are generally made of inexpensive plastic, which doesn’t hold up well in most harsh environments.
You also don’t have the ability to control when your lights turn off or on, and typically, the light production is only a dim glow. Most DIY lighting projects won’t be able to produce the same caliber of light as one that has been installed by a professional.
Hiring a landscape lighting professional in Atlanta — like NightVision Outdoor Lighting — for both the fixtures and installation of your landscape lighting project will prove beneficial in a myriad of ways.
Professionals will be able to help develop a comprehensive outdoor lighting design that will add both functionality and beauty to your outdoor spaces.
When properly installed, an outdoor lighting system will:
- Enhance your homes nighttime distinction and beauty
- Improve your outdoor safety and security
- Extend enjoyment and entertainment opportunities of your outdoor spaces
Choosing the right fixtures can often be a tricky and indecisive endeavor, however, an outdoor lighting professional will discuss (in detail) your fixture options as well as LED options, for those seeking energy efficiency.
The most important aspect of a proper outdoor lighting system is the outdoor wiring that makes it all work. Outdoor wiring is much different than indoor wiring, which is why a professional works best as they will understand both lighting systems and wattage needs. Boasting an extensive knowledge of factors like bugs, pets, humidity, and changes in temperature will ensure your outdoor lighting system has long-term efficiency.
While you may think hiring a professional would cost more than simply doing-it-yourself, keep in mind, a professional could keep your project on budget, help you avoid costly repairs and save you time on research.