The right time to think about outdoor lighting for spring projects

December 14, 2022

Depending on the type of project you're planning there are different times when you would want to get your outdoor landscape lighting designer and installer involved.

Outdoor lighting can be installed after any project is complete, though we may be able to save us installation time -and you money- by getting involved at the right times. The following breakdown will explain when we should become involved:

When you’re getting any new hardscaping like an outdoor patio, kitchen, fire pit with a seating area or any other type of masonry/stone work it is best to contact a lighting expert after the plans are done but before the work is set to begin.

This will allow us to review the plans and discuss with the contractor where we might need chase-ways for wiring installed and when they should call us to have the lighting put in before cap-stones and final work is done to ensure a beautiful finish.

This ensures both companies are running production seamlessly and the homeowner/ property owner does not experience delays or pay for the same work to be done twice.

If you’re having a pool installed, it would also be in your best interest to have us speak with the pool company after their final plans are presented. This ensures synergy between our companies and that any infrastructure needed will be in place for our lighting installation.

If you’re having new landscaping installed we can be involved at any time in the process after the planting / excavation phases. Ideally, the most cost effective way to install lighting would be after plantings and before any ground cover (think landscape fabric, mulch and stone).

This would allow us to lay out the wiring and connect everything while leaving everything open. The new ground cover can be installed on top of the wiring which allows us to charge less for reduced labor costs and not have to upset the new ground-cover which was just laid.

Something to keep in mind as well is to have your contractors install at least two new PVC chase-ways under any and all new walkways and driveways. Whether you’re planning to do lighting or not, these chase-ways will ensure you do not have to disturb your new structure for the installation of either lighting, irrigation, outdoor audio, electrified dog fences or even a new technology that is not-yet in the market.

To speak with a landscape lighting designer, just give us a call at (908) 369-7791 or contact us here.