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Three Tips to Creating a Budget for Your Landscape Lighting Project.

You’ve looked at beautiful images of landscape lighting and are ready to move forward: You want to have a lighting system of your own installed.

The only worry is that the budget for your landscape lighting project will keep you from achieving the beautiful outdoor lighting experience of your dreams.

If this is you, don’t fret. There are just three simple things you need to do to be on your way to creating the outdoor living in space you’ve been dreaming about!

First: Figure out your budget. Take a look at how much you’re prepared to spend on your outdoor lighting system and try to be realistic. Like most any home improvement project, chances are you will end up needing to spend a bit more than you originally intended. So, be fair and have a realistic budget in mind. Entry level systems can start at $2,500 - $4,000.


Second: Prioritize. Decide what elements of the lighting design will be most important. Ask yourself – why light? Is security the biggest priority? Is it most important to have functional lighting for your outdoor living space? Deciding on lighting priorities early will help you when you are looking at your budget. While having every element of your outdoor space illuminated with differing levels of ambient light would be spectacular, it’s important to set a realistic budget. 

If you’re looking at doing lighting for your own personal enjoyment, consider where you spend your time in the evening.

Third: Meet with a professional lighting designer. Landscape lighting can be intimidating when you don’t know where to start. Not to worry, this is where working with a professional lighting designer can make all the difference.

It’s easy to design a lighting system when there aren’t any budget restraints, but this is rarely the case. Don’t be afraid to let your lighting designer know that you have a budget and what that budget looks like. A truly talented lighting designer is the one who can work within a budget to still create a lighting system that is impactful. Your designer will be honest with you if your budget isn’t lining up with your expectations.

They can also help you revise/reconsider what is most important in the design. Perhaps they help you recognize how lighting the water feature should take precedence over lighting the statuary. Maybe they figure out a way to use less fixtures by down lighting a walkway rather than using path lights


A lighting designer will help you see how lighting certain features are mainly nice to haves that aren’t integral to the overall composition of the lighting design. 

If there is a particular feature you enjoy and want to see lit at night, let your designer know. It’s your lighting system and they want to make sure you are happy with the end results.

Getting a professional lighting designer involved is the best move to assuring your lighting system will become something you’ll enjoy for the years to come. 

Story Time

I worked with a client named Maria not too long ago who let me know she had a budget in mind for her lighting system. We stepped into her back garden to discussed how her and her husband, Richard, enjoy using the space in the evening, as well as what she wanted to see illuminated. We ended up only using 7 lights to create a lighting design for her back garden. When it was all finished, her comment was that the lighting we’d done made her garden look just like the pictures from our website.

She was happy and the system turned out spectacular.


What you’d never guess from looking at the finished project was just how challenging her project was. There was a budget in mind that limited the number of fixtures we could use in an exceptionally involved space. In the end I explained to her that we would need to add one additional light in order to keep the overall design from collapsing and feeling underwhelming.

Even though this put her just over budget, it allowed her lighting to make the right impact.

To learn more about how to improve your outdoor living space, call us at (801)440-7647 to schedule a free consultation, or feel free to simply fill out a contact form on our website,

Located in Midvale, Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah serves throughout Utah's residential areas, including Salt Lake City, Park City, Draper, Davis & Utah Counties. Our outdoor lighting portfolio includes projects throughout Utah and beyond.

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