Could Your Neighborhood Entrance Be Costing You More Than It Should?


When you live in a neighborhood, a portion of your homeowners’ association dues pays for amenities. Trails, parks, tennis courts, pools and more make our lives more enjoyable, but incur expenses (often very substantial) for their maintenance such as mowing, water for irrigation systems, pool chemicals, electricity and bulbs for lighting, etc.

When it comes to safety, the idea of proper lighting cannot be ignored. The residents and guests of the subdivision who makes use of these common areas must be well protected. The homeowners’ association must ensure the proper illumination of not just the various amenities, but also the signs and entries into the subdivision. Additionally, your entrances are the first (and often only) representation of your neighborhood to the world.

A lighting system can be daunting to design and install without a qualified landscape lighting professional. Maintaining this lighting system can also be a great financial burden. The challenge is to find a system that suits your needs, gives the desired look, and requires the least amount of maintenance. To achieve this, it is not advisable to make use of halogen or metal halide lamps (except in certain cases such as parking lots and pools) as they are not durable and replacement is generally required at least every year or about 3 to 5 years respectively.

The best option available right now is LED landscape lighting. Do not be discouraged by the initial cost of the LED landscape lighting–it actually pays off in the long run (sometimes even sooner than you might think!) when you factor in the energy and maintenance savings. The following are some advantages of using LED landscape lighting:

  • It costs less to install than other lighting options.
  • The bulbs last much longer.
  • It helps in energy conservation as it makes use of about 80 percent less energy when compared to other lighting options.
  • It is durable.
  • The amount of maintenance is less, making the cost of maintenance is relatively low.

Therefore, if you live in a neighborhood with property management or homeowners association, it would be in the community’s and your best interest to suggest the installation of LED lighting. It certainly can’t hurt to have a professional landscape lighting technician give you a quote. Remember to choose a landscape lighting professional installer who uses quality products and has knowledge and expertise backed up by certifications. Proper installation is key to long-term (and short-term!) efficacy and savings.

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 at 336-451-4969.

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