You’ve got a bright idea – it’s time to set up an outdoor lighting system for your home. But should you do it yourself or hire someone to install the lights? Installing a landscape lighting system is more than just pushing some lights into the ground. There are many options to choose from, and if you have never installed lights or have any electrical background, this can seem daunting. Total Home Technologies is here for you! Here is a guide to help you learn more about what you should consider when deciding who will set up your outdoor lights.
What are the Benefits of Outdoor Lighting?
Outdoor lighting is a great addition to any home. It allows you and your family to enjoy your yard even when the sun goes down. Outdoor lights will also increase your home’s safety and security because a well-lit home is less likely to be a target to thieves. It can also increase your home’s value and help you sell your house someday. However, our favorite benefit of outdoor lighting is how it beautifully highlights all the best parts of your home.
With so much riding on your outdoor lighting system, it’s important to ensure everything is installed properly.
How Can a Professional Help Me Install Outdoor Lighting?
When it comes to outdoor lighting, we will always recommend hiring a professional. Here’s why:
Professionals Know How to Safely Work with Your Electrical System
One of the most important things to nail when installing your landscape lighting is the electrical wiring. Outdoor electrical wiring has different requirements than indoor wiring. Things like humidity, bugs, pets, weather, and more can affect your outdoor wiring. A professional electrician will know exactly how to install the lights while keeping those risk factors at bay. They will also ensure you are set up properly for your lighting system’s wattage needs.
A Lighting Expert Will Design an Optimal System
Your landscape lighting professional has years of experience, which will benefit you tremendously. They will be able to use that experience to design the optimal system for your home. They will know exactly what lighting treatment you need and how to make the most of every corner of your property.
Your System Will Last Longer
A professionally designed and installed system will last on your home for years to come. Professional installations will use high-quality, long-lasting fixtures built to withstand the weathering outdoor lights are susceptible to. As a bonus – if your system ever needs repairs, they will be familiar with your system and will be able to fix it quickly and efficiently.
Your Project Will Stay On Time and On Budget
No more extra trips to the hardware store. No more one-weekend projects that end up taking you a month to complete. When you hire someone to install your outdoor lighting system, you can feel confident that your project will be completed on time and within your budget. Your landscape lighting team will help you make the most of your budget so you get the most bang for your buck.
Can I DIY Install My Outdoor Lighting?
We have lots of admiration for DIY weekend warriors, but a project like this involves one very big risk – electricity. When it comes to any DIY projects that require connection to your home’s electricity, we always recommend relying on a professional.
DIY Electrical Work is Risky
DIY electrical work comes with a lot of risks. If done incorrectly, you could create large problems with your home’s electrical system, leading to expensive repairs. You also risk electrocuting yourself if you’re not a seasoned electrician. Incorrect wiring and installation can lead to a very costly and dangerous electrical fire. When it comes to DIY electrical work – it’s just not worth the risk.
Out-Of-The-Box Solutions Are Very Limited
There are some ‘out-of-the-box’ solutions you can find at your local hardware store. These are meant to make installing an outdoor lighting system easy for you. This often comes in the form of solar lights for features or path lighting. Unfortunately, these lights are usually cheaply made and provide limited illumination. They are also not designed for longevity, so you must frequently replace and repair these lighting features.
You Could Be Missing Great Opportunities
Outdoor lighting professionals will know exactly what to do and where to place your lights to make the most of your budget and space. If you install outdoor lighting, you will likely miss some great illumination options. A professional will help you design the best look for your home based on their years of experience.
Want to learn more about hiring a professional to install your outdoor lighting? Contact us today, and a team member will be happy to answer any questions you may have.