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Landscape Now: 5 Tips For Landscape Lighting

Homeowners spend a considerable amount of effort, time, and expense creating their landscape gardens, patios, walks, features, and plantings, yet many times there is little thought about landscape lighting to highlight and illuminate their landscape for viewing and use when the sun goes down.

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Lighting your outdoor space seems straightforward enough, right? On the contrary, there are several factors to consider in creating the best atmosphere.

With a well-designed lighting plan, your landscape can become enjoyable during the evening hours…in spring, summer, fall and even during the winter months from inside your home. With appropriately placed light sources you can achieve moonlight effects, highlights for focal points, illumination of paths and patios for safety and balanced lighting to tie in the landscape plantings, structures and lighting creating a very aesthetically pleasing landscape design. Let’s look at 5 tips to consider when designing landscape lighting and mistakes to avoid!

The Design Comes First

As with any project involving your landscape, gardens, and construction projects, it is extremely important to create a plan and design for the placement of light sources in your landscape, identify the principles of light to be used, techniques to be implemented, bulbs, fixtures, transformers, and wire needed. Although homeowners can investigate lighting and learn the basic principles, it is advised to seek out a landscape lighting designer to consult with to plan and implement major projects. Their expertise and familiarity with the intricate nature of low voltage lighting, effect of light and the numerous ways to provide the appropriate amount and intensity of light.

Goals of Landscape Lighting

The major goals of lighting are to provide security, ensure safety in the landscape, appropriate lighting for various needs and the overall aesthetics of the lighting plan. Each goal can be achieved in numerous ways, with each technique and choices affecting the overall aesthetic result of the lighting design. Although fixtures are the vehicles that hold the bulb, it is the light source (bulb) that is the most critical decision to be made by the designer.

Landscape Lighting Design Principles

Five principles of lighting design are:

  • Cohesion: the lighting plan must make visual sense to the viewer, combining the architectural, landscape, and lighting techniques into a sensible relationship with each other.
  • Depth: illumination of close and distance features will add depth to the owner’s view of the landscape, adding elements of intrigue to explore and move around the landscape.
  • Focal points: distinctive features in a landscape deserve to be highlighted…statues, pools, specimen trees, and architectural structures like arbors, gazebos, and specialty fencing.
  • Balance: There needs to be a sense of balance and proportion to the plants, structures, and features that are illuminated to create a feeling of visual congruity…areas of lighting and shadows that seem even and not unbalanced.
  • Visual comfort: Nothing is more uncomfortable for the viewer than glaring light sources, extremely bright bulbs, or misplaced fixtures. Making sure the lighting sources are comfortable for the viewer will ensure there are no distractions that will impact the effectiveness of the illumination.

Light Up Your Night!

Although creating a landscape lighting design plan and project may seem involved the result of installing lighting on your property will provide numerous opportunities to enjoy your landscape year round, ensure safety for your family and visitors and add an element of security to your home!

In my next article I will discuss the allure of water gardens in your landscape and 7 key points to consider when planning to add one to your landscape!

“Light always follows the path of the beautiful.”

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Become a P.M. Lighting Dealer

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What is your closing rate?

The past two years have been a challenge for many of our dealers and one of the most widely heard comments is that homeowners have been much harder to convince to pull the trigger on lighting projects. Not that they don’t want to move forward with lighting their home …. they just simply take their time in making a final decision to move forward.

Here are a few key selling points and “best practices” to help get your closing rate up to a high percentage.

Best Practice #1: Make a great first impression.

First impressions can make or break a sale. Since our products are often marketed and sold to discerning, upscale homeowners, it stands to reason that these potential clients have higher standards and expectations for the companies they select to provide goods and services like ours. Sales personnel should dress professionally and show up  for appointments 10 minutes early in a clean, organized, and tastefully designed vehicle that projects a professional image and adds to the client’s sense of comfort and confidence in doing business with the dealer. Showing up late to a client meeting in a beat up vehicle or poorly dressed will surely place you at a significant disadvantage.

Install & Demo Van

  • Show up early
  • Dress professionally
  • Drive a clean, organized vehicle

 

 

Best Practice #2: Include selling tools that are visual and “hands on”.

Using professional sales tools and techniques is even more important to help differentiate your sales presentation from your competitors.     Using product samples and visual handouts is a demonstrable and effective way to show prospective clients the quality of the product line and allows dealers to focus on value-added benefits of selecting P.M. Lighting dealers based on quality and service instead of price. A working portable display is a great way to showcase our product line and give clients an opportunity to experience the products firsthand through touch and sight.

  • Product samples demonstrate quality
  • Handouts can convey expertise & service
  • Displays invite client interaction

 

 

 

Best Practice #3: Take time to conduct a night time demonstration for the client.

The most underestimated selling tool in a dealer’s arsenal is the Night Time Home Demonstration at the client’s home. Many dealers have either limited the use of this powerful selling tool or have completely eliminated it from their process altogether. Nothing makes a greater impact than showing a prospective client his or her own home beautifully illuminated using the night time demo. Done thoughtfully and effectively, this selling technique creates the unique “WOW” factor that will take most clients from the “maybe” stage to the “yes” stage.

  • Night Time Demo is effective
  • Showcases client’s home
  • Create the “WOW Factor”

 

If you want to upgrade your sales approach, contact us to learn more about our standard and custom demo kits, portable interactive product displays, and graphics packages for a more complete and professional presentation.

Happy Selling!

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