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What's the Cost Of Hiring the Wrong Landscape Lighting Design Installation Company?

outdoor-security-lighting-driveway-lighting-comtemporary-salt-lake-city-utahHiring the wrong landscape lighting company can be a big costly hassle.

A couple weeks ago, a homeowner called and said her outdoor lights weren’t working.

We didn’t install her lighting system — someone else did. But she asked if we could take a look.

We soon discovered a lawn trimmer had cut a wire. Whoever installed it didn’t bury it deep enough.  There were more problems. She had 50-watt bulbs in fixtures designed to hold 20-watt bulbs. It had overloaded her transformer.

It didn’t end there. Turns out, she had too many fixtures on one circuit. Her transformer was overloaded again — this time, for a different reason.

Obviously, this homeowner had hired the wrong landscape lighting design company. What’s the cost?

Plenty. Poor design, shoddy installation, lack of service.

It adds up to frustration because you can’t enjoy the lighting system you paid for — and extra cost to have the problems repaired.

Poor Design

Poor design can entail everything from choosing inferior products to bad lighting placement that creates harsh shadows and glare.

If you have a poor design, you won’t enjoy your outdoor space. You’ll have “hot spots” of light that glare and look out of place. You might have too much light on one area of your landscaping and not enough light in another.

You will have wasted your hard-earned money.

A great outdoor lighting system starts with good design, with a skilled, professional designer who knows how to paint with light. A professional who understands the nuances of uplighting, downlighting, moonlighting and how they work in concert to create magic.

Good design means you don’t see the source of the light — just the warm, inviting illumination.

Shoddy Installation


This is huge. Poor installation is where the cost really gets you.

Shoddy installation shows up in a lot of different ways. An unskilled installer might use wiring that isn’t substantial enough for the job; bulbs that aren’t powerful enough to cast the right light; fixtures made of cheap aluminum or composite plastic.

You might find your wiring is on top of the ground, just covered with bark mulch, instead of being buried underground.

Cables might be too close to the surface, instead of buried the proper 6 to 8 inches.

Your lighting system might look good for a little while, but what about five years from now?

If your fixtures are low-quality plastic, composite or aluminum they have limited life spans and provide minimal protection for the socket, light bulb, or LED lamp.

Poor installation often involves poor connections — it’s the number one problem we see when we show up to repair landscape lighting installed by somebody else.

How are your fixtures connected to the wiring that runs to the power source?

Wire nuts and pierce connectors aren’t designed to go underground, yet lots of landscape lighting systems use them anyway. Pierce point connections to the main line tend to loosen and will have corrosion at the pierce point. Eventually, your lights won’t work.

A quality company will use watertight, heat-shrink connectors that will resist corroding when underground.

Repairing fixtures and replacing lots of poor connections can add up very quickly.

Lack Of Service

Hire the wrong landscape lighting company, and you may never see them again once the job is complete.

When something goes wrong, you’ll have to scramble to find a company willing to fix another person’s shoddy workmanship, then pay that company to fix a problem your installer should address.

Hire The Right Company In The First Place

At Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah, we bring quality, skill, artistry and commitment every step of the way, from our high-end design skills to top-quality parts and installation to our unparalleled service and lifetime warranty.

We’re sticklers about quality materials. You’ll hear us talk about this a lot. You’ll get high quality copper and brass. Hefty wiring. Weather-tight fixtures.

At Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah, we sell our lighting systems with a lifetime warranty that covers fixtures and installation. Lifetime.

Artistry And Experience

_I0F3329_30_31_32A quality landscape lighting designer doesn’t just bring wiring, bulbs and fixtures to the job. We bring artistry, skill and design experience.

We’ve attended the nationally-known The Lighting Summit and Nightscaping University and have won awards for our work from The Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals.

Dedicated Focus

We don’t install irrigation or design gardens. We design and install landscape lighting. That’s it.

That dedicated focus means we do it better than anybody else does.

Commitment To Service

We don’t install your landscape lighting system and walk away. We stay involved.

We have a truck dedicated to service every day of the week.

When it’s time for your yearly maintenance check, we’ll mail you a reminder.

When we visit your home for an annual maintenance check, we look at everything. We inspect the transformer and tighten any loose terminal blocks. We ensure all buried wires are still safely tucked underground. We clean all fixture lenses so the light shines nice and bright. We inspect bulbs for changes in color and temperature.

And the list goes on. We want your landscape lighting system to look as good as the day we installed it.

We’re here to take care of you. This is our passion.

Give Us A Call

Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah is the right landscape lighting design installation company. We’d love to hear from you. Visit our gallery for landscape lighting ideas.

Give us a call at (801) 440-7647 to schedule a free consultation, or fill out our simple contact form.

Located in Midvale, Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah serves customers throughout Utah’s residential areas, including Salt Lake City, Park City, Draper and Holladay. Our outdoor lighting portfolio includes projects from Salt Lake County and Utah County, to Davis County and Summit County — and beyond.

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