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Answers to Important Questions About Outdoor Lighting

Whether you are trying to make an educated decision about installation of outdoor lighting or are simply trying to better understand how to best bring beauty and ambiance to your yard or patio, there are some questions you may have in mind. Well, you’ve come to the right place, because we’ve got answers!
Below are some of the not so obvious questions customers have asked us, but also the questions we believe people ought to be asking.

1. When Should I Have My Lights Installed?

You can have your lighting put in while you are having a landscape project completed, or even after the project is complete. Either way, there are very few obstacles that can keep a skilled technician from putting a light where they want it.

2. Why Would I Switch to LED When My Halogen Lamps Cost Less?

Yes, halogen lamps only cost a third of what an LED lamp does. However, that doesn’t mean they are saving you money. A halogen lamp’s life is limited to a year. You might get a year and a half if you’re lucky. LED lamps on the other hand, last 5 years and can be expected to continue working well beyond that. If you retrofit your system with LED, the cost of your halogen lamps will be paid for in just three years or so. That means every consecutive year after that is a year you are saving money in lamps. But to top it off, as most people are aware, LED lamps will also save you money on your energy bill.

3. Is it going to be bright enough?

We don’t get this question too often, as most people are more concerned about their lights being too bright. But if brightness is what you’re after, we can certainly make that happen. One of the beautiful things about LED is that it has allowed us to have greater control over the effects we are creating. Basically, it means we can adjust the effects to where you want them to be. We can go as bright or dim as necessary to create the right look.

4. How Will My Lighting System Turn On & Off?

There are a number of different ways a lighting system can be controlled. There are sophisticated control systems that optimize the amount of control you have over everything. There are also sophisticated systems that will automatically turn your system on and off each night.

While there are some pretty incredible innovations being made within the lighting industry, it’s been our experience that customers just want their lights to turn on at sunset and turn off at a designated time. The “smart” timers we use know exactly when the sun will rise and set every single day of the year. They will even adjust itself for daylight savings time so that you don’t ever have to make any adjustments.

6. What Kind of Maintenance Options Will My Lighting System Have?

At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern Virginia, we have service plans, maintenance, and upkeep options for your lighting system. The upkeep of your lighting system will directly impact your future enjoyment of it. That’s why it’s a good idea to inquire about service options for down the road.

7. Do I Need to Hire A Professional?

In short, yes! It will always be in your best interest to choose a company that specializes in what they do, such as Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern Virginia. When you choose a company that specializes in outdoor lighting design and installation, you can be confident in their abilities to get the job done right, and leave you feeling satisfied and happy with the results.

If you have any further questions or want more information about outdoor lighting, look no further than Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern Virginia. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern Virginia, a landscape lighting designer will have the experience and knowledge to consider safety, security, and beauty when creating a custom lighting design. If you would like to discuss your lighting needs, please feel free to contact us. If you’re ready to start spending more evenings enjoying your outdoor space, schedule a free consultation and night-time demonstration! Call us today (703) 361-0505.

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Outdoor Lighting Perspectives is here for all your outdoor lighting needs. During our Free Custom Design Plan, we will show you the optimum locations around your home and throughout your yard to achieve stunning outdoor lighting effects. If you already have a lighting system but need it serviced or upgraded, we are happy to help. Please fill out the form below to contact us.

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