Landscape Lighting Decision Making Tips – Quality And Value


When it comes to any purchase, quality and value are always considered. For some things, their value may not lie in their quality. That’s why Dollar Stores exist. Perhaps we want luau-themed decorations. But it is not important that they be of high quality, because they will be used briefly for a party, and then thrown away. Their value is in their ability to create an atmosphere. However, for your luau-themed party, you want outdoor lighting so your guests can see their way in when they arrive, and their way around during your party. The value of outdoor lighting is definitely related to quality– outdoor lighting is not something you want to work briefly, or occasionally. It is important that your landscape lighting be dependable. When it comes to outdoor lighting, quality should always be high up in the decision-making process. It is a huge part of the value of a lighting system.

You can easily find a complete lighting system at Big-Box stores at a sweet price, with fairly simple installation. But how long will it really last? Do you know how to make the connections so they resist water and corrosion? Do you have the ability to change bulbs if they burn out or get broken? What are the lenses made of? Can they be cleaned or replaced? Can you even replacement parts or fixtures if something should happen to a fixture? Might be wise to check those online reviews and questions. . . .

I am frugal. I’ve even been accused of being cheap. But I do know that there is truth to “you get what you pay for.” If I’m not putting a lot of value in the quality of something (like luau decorations) I’d rather pay a cheap price. But when investing in my home, I want quality. And as far as outdoor lighting is concerned, the value increases greatly with quality products and installation, so that the product works consistently, over time. With poor quality products and/or installation, you run a much higher risk of failure, downtime and repair, causing stress, costing you time and often, money. A professionally designed and installed system, with quality products and solid installation techniques, lasts longer, and just works. And if something does go wrong, you have someone to call. We’ll be happy to take care of it.

But a professionally designed and installed lighting system costs so much more than the box! Even if I had to buy a new one every few years, it would end up costing less! Possibly. But you’ll spend lots of time re-installing the new lights. And how long will it take you to determine whether you need a whole new system, or if it’s just the connections? What if they discontinue your lights? And don’t you want your lights to just work? Do you really want to be troubleshooting and reinstalling all the time? What is the value of your time and peace of  mind? Yes, a professionally designed and installed system costs more. But it will look better, last longer, and increase the value of your home. A home with only a portion of its lights working looks bad, and does not increase its value. And it probably doesn’t make your neighbors happy either.

Not to mention the design aspect. Our lighting designer will design the perfect lighting layout for your home. He won’t be bound by what’s in the kit. He’ll give you what you need, where you need it—he has spent time learning how to do this. We’ll create a beautiful look, the safest surroundings, and install it to be dependable. If you can’t afford the whole thing at once, we can create a system that is completed in phases. And Phase 1 will still be working when Phase 3 is installed.

The wise Benjamin Franklin said, “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.” Don’t end up with a bitter taste in your mouth—call a landscape lighting professional and enjoy the sweetness of good value.

Located in Summerfield, NC Southern Lights- Architectural and Landscape Lighting serves properties and property management companies throughout the state of NC including Greensboro, High Point, Jamestown, Burlington, Reidsville, Oak Ridge, Brown Summit, Winston-Salem, Clemmons, Raleigh, Charlotte, Kannapolis, Salisbury, Gastonia, Matthews, etc.

Southern Lights has installed hundreds of outdoor landscape lighting systems and carries more certifications than anyone in the state. We specialize in lighting designs and service everything we install as well as lighting systems installed by others. With attention to detail and a solid knowledge of design, Southern Lights is the leading outdoor landscape lighting firm in the state of NC and beyond. See why our clients choose us. Contact us today by web (online form) or phone 336-451-4969.

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