A subject that is often discussed in our trade forums is the difference between artisans of our craft and others who think landscape lighting is just another way to make money.
Granted it can be a great addition to a landscape company’s services along with pavers, concrete, trees, shrubs, irrigation, drainage, etc.
Here is the main difference: ART. If you spent a considerable amount of money on any project, like your kitchen for example, who handles the granite countertop? Or you want that beautiful polished limestone, or another stone finish, are you going to ask your handyman for that? I doubt it.
Landscape lighting is very much the same way. There are many people who can connect some lights to a black home cheapo transformer and you now have lights!
For the clients that seek us out, that is not what they are looking for. Our clients want the ART of great lighting. We have hundreds of homes and garden spaces beautifully illuminated under our belt. It is a skill set I have honed over 35 years, and passed on to the men and women who work for me.
Yes, I am a landscape contractor as well. That means I know the plant material by name, the growth cycles, what is reflective or absorbs light, and much more. I am also an artist. My wife and I blow glass, sculpt, photograph landscapes, and much more. This is my favorite medium: LIGHT.
My wife and friends say to me frequently when they see our work, ‘How do you get it right in the daytime, to make it almost perfect at night?’ My answer is always, ‘This is what I was meant to do.’ I believe that.
If you have that project that needs the extra touch of class and refinement, take the time and hire a craftsman who is an artist as well. You won’t be disappointed.