The price for outdoor lighting can vary depending on the project and who you hire. How much does landscape lighting cost? The cost for landscape lighting can be hefty if it isn’t done with quality components and engineering at a professional level.
What is Landscape Lighting?
Landscape lighting has become one of the most popular outdoor features amongst homeowners. It’s pretty easy to see why.
Low voltage outdoor lighting can light walkways, illuminate key features in the landscape like trees, statuary, water features, your outdoor living space, and even architectural pieces. In addition to extending the amount of time you can spend outside in the summer, landscape lighting can be a psychological relief in the winter. Coming home to a warmly illuminated home after work can make all the difference when the sun disappears in the dead of winter.
There are specialized landscape lighting companies who are dedicated to designing and installing landscape lighting systems. These outdoor lighting designers aren’t landscape contractors offering lighting to supplement their income. Outdoor lighting is the only focus for outdoor lighting professionals. The cost for a custom designed LED landscape lighting system can vary depending on the scope, scale, and complexity of your projects lighting scheme.
For a landscape lighting system designed and installed at this level of expertise, you can expect to pay on average between $285 and $345 per LED fixture.
The quality of the design, materials, and engineering of the lighting system will affect the final price. High quality fixtures, equipment, and outdoor rated LED bulbs will be priced higher than lower quality options.
While the cost may be higher for a quality system, the long term savings are important to consider. Our company removes countless failed lighting systems from people’s homes each year. We’ve seen firsthand the difference between exceptionally built systems and poorly constructed ones. No one wants to pay for an outdoor lighting system twice.
Some might suggest using fixtures built from aluminum rather than copper and brass to save money. The problem is that aluminum is really more of a short term solution. Aluminum fixtures are affordable, but they are the lowest quality out of all the metals used in the construction of landscape lighting fixtures.
Aluminum is simply not designed to last for a long period of time outdoors. Aluminum will corrode. While powder coating will help to seal the aluminum, with time, the paint can fade, chip, and eventually fail. The outdoor environment is unforgiving.
Unlike aluminum, copper and brass are considered non ferrous metals. This simply means they are not reactive metals: they do not corrode. My favorite example to illustrate this point is the statue of liberty. Built in 1886, the statue of liberty’s exterior is constructed from sheets of pure copper. It’s a true testament to the long term durability of nonferrous metals. After all, the statue of liberty has been standing for 133 years.
When choosing a company to work with for your landscape lighting, ask what kind of material the fixtures are made from, and how the system will be engineered.
Also, learn more about the warranty they offer. If they offer a 3, 5, 10, or even a 15 year warranty, pay attention to quality. It’s easier to slap a warranty on a product than it is to construct something that will last a lifetime.
If they offer a lifetime warranty, great! With that said, make sure you ask exactly what that means. Are all components in the system covered by this warranty? Are only the fixtures covered under this warranty?
In addition, if they offer a lifetime warranty, how do you know they will be there to take care of you when your lighting system experiences its first problem? Good intentions can fall short when the rubber hits the road.
Why Confidence in a Company is Important
Last year we met with a client who had their landscape contractor install their lights five years prior. When we met, more than half their lighting system wasn’t working.
After calling the contractor who originally installed their system, several times, he finally came out to repair their lighting system. He spent the better part of 8 hours trying to fix their system, but couldn’t figure out what was wrong. He told them that he wasn’t sure what the issue was but would give someone a call and return later. They never saw him again, and their subsequent calls and voicemails to him all went unanswered.
Moral of the story: if you hire someone to install your landscape lighting, you should feel assured that they can confidently service your system if something happens.
The bar has been set high by specialized lighting design companies. The true cost for outdoor lighting comes into play when a low quality system fails. When it comes to landscape lighting, price and cost are two different things.
A slightly higher price point gets you quality, a seasoned lighting designer, experienced technicians who will install your lights and maintain them for the years to come. And of course, peace of mind.
A lower quality system leaves you with a lot of costs: the cost of having your system periodically repaired, the cost of having to waste time and money getting someone to fix your system for you, and the likelihood of having to one day replace the entire system all together really adds up.
The lighting system belonging to the client in the above example was only five years old. Yet, it was failing to the point where repairing it would have been like putting bandaids on bullet holes.
The cost for outdoor lighting can catch people off guard when they’ve not done their research beforehand.
Why invest the money in a low quality system that will likely fail. Well, that’s our question exactly.
When it comes right down to it, having your lighting done right to last for the years to come is worth every penny.
Landscape Lighting Makes All the Difference
At Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah, the art of outdoor illumination is a real passion we work to perfect. Designing elegantly bespoke landscape lighting systems is simply all we do. For over 15 years, our award winning team of designers and craftsmen have striven to bring the best outdoor lighting experience possible to people’s homes and businesses across the Wasatch Front and beyond.
Located in Midvale, Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah installs, maintains, and repairs lighting systems throughout Utah's residential areas, including Salt Lake City, Park City, Draper, Davis & Utah Counties.
If you have an upcoming project you’d like help with, call us at (801)440-7647 for more information, schedule a free consultation, or feel free to simply fill out a contact form on our website, www.utahlights.com