How Does Professional Landscape Lighting Installation Compare to a DIY Job?

November 2, 2021 4:06 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Improvements to outdoor lighting can make a huge difference in the way an outdoor space looks and feels, but there are lots of different ways to go about updating outdoor lighting.

If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to outdoor lighting installation, you might be thinking about picking up some DIY outdoor lighting solutions from a big-box store. Before you rush to the store, though, it’s worth it to consider how professional outdoor lighting installation compares to what you’ll find at a home store.

Let’s take a look.

DIY vs. professional lighting installation

Lots of property owners attempt to save some money on lighting installation by attempting a DIY project, but there are a lot of downsides to this course of action.

Here are some things to keep in mind when deciding between DIY and professional outdoor lighting installation:

  • Choosing outdoor lighting requires some technical knowledge: Selecting outdoor lighting products isn’t as simple as picking out whatever looks the best on the box. There are all kinds of technical specifications that property owners must consider before choosing any lighting or electrical products. Things like wattage load balance, cable running and lighting capabilities are all things that can make a big difference in the success of an outdoor lighting scheme—and they’re all things professional electricians are trained to understand.
  • Wiring outdoors can be difficult: Another thing to keep in mind when planning an outdoor lighting installation project is that it isn’t just about the placement of the light fixtures themselves—it’s also necessary to find proper placement for wiring. This requires digging and routing to ensure the proper wiring placement. Attempting to plan and manage all this digging on your own can be time-consuming and lead to lots of problems, including interference with utility lines. For the best—and safest—results, hire a professional to take care of these details for you.
  • Professionally-installed lighting is more efficient: Most of the lighting features, fixtures and systems that can be found at big-box home stores are far less efficient than the systems that professional electricians will install on a property. Electricians know how to maximize energy efficiency with eco-friendly fixtures, so professionally-installed outdoor lighting is typically far more efficient than store-bought lighting.
  • Warranties and guarantees: Another thing that you won’t get from DIY lighting installation is the security of warranties and guarantees to secure labor, parts and products. If something goes wrong with your professionally-installed system, you have the option to contact the company who installed it for help to get the issue resolved.

Outdoor lighting installation

At Eavenson Electric Co., our team of outdoor lighting installation experts is here to make your vision for your outdoor space a reality.

We have decades of experience providing comprehensive electrical services to give homeowners the best results possible without any of the hassles (or the risks) of a DIY electrical project. We offer affordable electrical services with a 100-percent customer-satisfaction guarantee. Find out more about what we have to offer by giving our team a call today.

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