Updated: Feb 24
Whether you’re completing a new lighting installation or you’re looking for an entire outdoor lighting retrofit, there are two options that all homeowners and business owners consider. You can either do it all yourself, or you can hire a professional outdoor lighting company. Today we help you decide which is the better fit for you by weighing the pros and cons of DIY lighting installations and hiring a professional landscape lighting company.
DIY Lighting Installations
Truly, the main benefit of completing your own DIY landscape lighting installation for your home or business is that you may save money on the fixtures and labor. However, what if we were to tell you that this isn’t always the case? Most individuals who decide to complete the lighting installation or retrofit by themselves underestimate the amount of time and money that goes into doing it alone.
When you choose to complete the installation on your own, you typically will go to a hardware or home improvement store to buy the tools and outdoor lighting fixtures. However, these stores don’t have the same selection of top-of-line products that professional outdoor lighting companies use. Although you initially may be able to save money on buying cheaper fixtures from these stores, these lamps will be more susceptible to corrosion, rust and breaking because they are made with inferior materials, such as aluminum or plastic, and aren’t made as to be as durable. As a result, these outdoor lighting fixtures will have to be replaced more often, causing more money to be spent in maintenance or replacement. In addition, the cost of the product may not save you as much as you may think – professional landscapers and lighting experts know the market value of a fixture and often can get bulk or frequent shopper deals in contrast to a property owner who will only buy lighting once.
In terms of the labor that it takes to install your own outdoor lighting fixtures, this can be both a strenuous and sometimes dangerous job. Unless you know what you’re doing, working with electricity can be a dangerous matter, electrocution being a possible result. Other risks of a DIY installation include falling off a ladder, not being in line with your community’s building codes, overloading your circuits (which can lead to power outages) and having to deal with covering wires, just to name a few. Installing your home’s lighting on your own also can take many hours, and let’s face it, nobody wants to spend their weekend installing outdoor lighting.
Hiring a Professional Landscape Lighting Company
Having a professionally trained outdoor lighting company take care of your home or business’ outdoor lighting has its many benefits. First, these companies have been through training programs that give them the knowledge and insight to give your home a custom look that your neighbors will be envious of. Many of these companies utilize premium products that are better quality and aren’t offered in stores.
Certified contractors that work with Nite Time Decor’s products are not only trained lighting professionals, but they also use the Nite Time Decor‘s exclusive product line that was initially developed to focus on optimal construction, design and value – making sure the product is both durable but also applicable and affordable. These products are long-lasting, can stand up to a variety of harsh climates and are designed to seamlessly blend in with a property – making your home or business look elegant.
Not only do professionally-trained lighting companies offer optimum products, but they also assist with the design, installation and maintenance. Contractors will sit down with home and business owners to create the unique lighting design for the property, suggesting which products may be best suited for each area of the property – eliminating your need to play the guessing game. Contractors also take care of the entire installation. They all are trained professional in lighting installations, which you are probably not. While they’re outside installing your lighting fixtures for you, you can use that time to work on your business or spend time with your family – eliminating your risk for injury associated with lighting installations. Most outdoor lighting professionals also offer ongoing maintenance. If any problems arise post-installation with your home or business’ lighting, all you need to do is call them up and they’ll stop by to fix the problem.
When comparing the benefits and drawbacks of installing your home or business’ outdoor lighting yourself or hiring a professional outdoor lighting company, don’t forget to take these considerations in mind. Go to www.nitetimedecor.com for more information on what you can expect from trained professionals who utilize Nite Time Decor’s premium product line.