New ideas and trends have a hard time getting traction here. Low-voltage landscape lighting is one of those. While southern states have been enjoying landscape lighting for decades, New Hampshire is still in the dark.
There are some misconceptions about landscape lighting in New Hampshire that I would like to “bring to light.”
Landscape lighting doesn’t work in winter.
Because snow covers the ground three or four months out of the year, folks think they aren’t going to get their money’s worth out of a professional landscape lighting system. While it’s true that they won’t be sitting on their patio in February, landscape lighting provides a different perspective on yard structures, statuary, and even silhouetted trees or evergreens. And don’t worry about the snow – a sealed beam halogen bulb can reach 400°. Within hours, the snow melts around the fixture providing an interesting display all its own.
Landscape lighting is expensive.
When you compare a low-voltage landscape lighting system to the lamp posts, door entry lights, and floodlights that every homeowner uses to provide safety and security to the outside of their home at night, the cost of running a low-voltage lighting system is considerably less. And, using today’s LED technology, it’s pennies per night! Doesn’t it make sense to take that same amount of electricity you are using in those conventional lighting methods, and spread it around your yard? A double spotlight at 240 watts each is equal to six 35 watt path lights softly lighting the ground. Both accomplish the same thing – a safe walk to the front door.
But I can do it myself.
Like any improvement to your home, hiring a professional is going to cost more than doing it yourself. When it comes to outdoor lighting, professional lighting installers use a better quality fixture and system components than is available at home improvement stores. If you are just looking for a temporary outdoor lighting solution, big-box solution may be a good idea. However, if you plan to enjoy a trouble-free outdoor lighting system for years to come – the better value is to hire a professional landscape lighting installer – like Giant Landscaping!