Should you hire a professional for your landscape lighting project, or do it yourself?

As with any home improvement project, you can choose whether to do it yourself or to hire a professional instead. Often, it takes an experienced eye to decide on the best lighting fixtures to use to highlight the elements of your garden, and although doing it yourself may mean the initial costs are less, choosing to do it yourself may end up costing you more time and money.

Benefits of Hiring a Professional

  • A professional will help you to develop a certain look for your space
  • Keeps your project on budget
  • Saves you time on research
  • Helps to avoid costly repairs
  • A professional may better understand lighting systems and wattage needs

Although hiring a professional makes your landscape lighting project more straightforward, with a bit of research and time, doing it yourself is very possible.

When starting a DIY landscape lighting project you should bear the following in mind:

  • When it comes to path lighting, remember less is more – you’re not installing runway lights for an airplane landing!
  • Be sure to clean the surfaces of your lights and check for burned out bulbs at least once a year
  • Add color and texture to your garden by placing lighting near plants
  • Don’t simply light your home’s exterior – this can look unnatural and bleak
  • Create shadows by placing spotlights in front of your house close to the foundation

Have you started your own DIY landscape lighting project? We’d love to hear your results!

Infographics: The True Cost of Lighting

As you may have read in our previous post, ‘The Benefits of Choosing LED lighting’, choosing energy-efficient bulbs such as LEDs will get you more light per dollar guaranteed. But how does the cost of running an LED bulb compare to using a compact fluorescent lightbulb (CFL) or incandescent light-bulb? We’ve scanned the web to find the best infographics outlining the true cost of lighting.

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The first infographic in our selection shows LED lights have the longest average lifespan, have the lowest cost to run over 50,000 hours, and produce the lowest amount of carbon dioxide emissions, although the bulbs are generally more expensive.

Image: Greenprophet.com

Our second infographic focuses on LED lights, and outlines the fact that LEDs contain no UV, mercury or pollutant and are eco-friendly, last longer and save on energy consumption.

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Infographic three shows lighting facts of LED bulbs, and compares its features to that of incandescent bulbs, halogen bulbs and CFL bulbs.

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Infographic four gives suggestions on the type of bulb you may need for specific purposes, giving reference to fittings, shapes and life spans.

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4 Ideas for Outdoor DIY Lighting

Decorative Tin Can Lantern on a Wooden Background.

Here at Best Pro Lighting, we stock everything you need to complete a professional looking low voltage landscape lighting design, from directional lights and path lights, to well lights and step lights. But if you’re looking to get a little more creative in the New Year, try these DIY lighting ideas from other bloggers we’ve come across on the web.

Create some fairy magic

Image: The Gold Jelly Bean

For this DIY project, all you need is a glass jar, some glow sticks (which you can buy from any dollar store), some rubber gloves, scissors, and you can also use a piece of tulle (a soft, fine silk, cotton, or nylon material like net). Simply cut open the glow sticks, being sure to put on your rubber gloves for protection, and empty the contents into the glass jar. Replace the lid and shake for instant fairy magic. Check out The Gold Jelly Bean for all the steps.

Give your tin cans a new lease of life

Image: Inhabitat

Instead of throwing old cans in the garbage, give them a new lease on life with this great DIY lighting idea from Inhabitat. First, strip the cans of their labels before hammering small nails into the sides to create holes. Make sure you place some wood inside to prevent the cans from denting under pressure. To create the light, simply drop in a candle.

Ready, set, lights!

Image: Kittenhood

Kittenhood noticed the resemblance between shuttlecocks and lamps and came up with this DIY Shuttlecock Lights Garland. Using a knife to remove the tops of the shuttlecocks, simply weave your lights through, and voilà, a new and improved lights garland, which also incidentally creates a very pretty pattern on the wall behind.

Paper bags can be pretty too

Image: Martha Stewart

 

Household goddess Martha Stewart decided that beribboned colored bags would make great outdoor lights. To make them, cut small slits in paper bags and cover your string lights. Hanging ribbons will add a party vibe when all the Christmas celebrations are over. See the full steps on her website.