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Sep 30, 2023

The beauty of your outdoor space is something to be cherished and enhanced. Whether you're looking to illuminate your garden, highlight architectural features, or create a welcoming ambiance, outdoor lighting plays a crucial role. When considering landscape lighting installation or outdoor lighting installation, you may wonder whether to hire a landscaper or a professional outdoor lighting designer. Let’s look at the key differences between the two and help you make an informed decision.

The Role of a Landscaper

Landscapers are professionals who specialize in transforming and maintaining outdoor spaces. They have expertise in various aspects of landscaping, such as planting, hardscaping, and maintaining lawns. While many landscapers can install basic outdoor lighting, their primary focus is on the overall aesthetics of your outdoor space.

Pros of Hiring a Landscaper for Outdoor Lighting

  • Holistic Approach: Landscapers can incorporate lighting into your overall landscaping design, ensuring a cohesive look that complements your outdoor space.
  • Maintenance: Landscapers can include lighting maintenance as part of their services, helping ensure your outdoor lighting stays in top condition.
  • Cost-Efficiency: If you have significant landscaping needs alongside lighting, hiring a landscaper from Abulous Lighting may be more cost-effective than hiring two separate professionals.

However, there are limitations to what a landscaper can offer in terms of outdoor lighting design and installation.

The Role of a Professional Outdoor Lighting Designer

A professional outdoor lighting designer specializes in the art and science of lighting, with a keen focus on aesthetics, functionality, and safety. They are experts in selecting the right fixtures, techniques, and placement to create stunning and functional outdoor lighting systems.

Pros of Hiring a Professional Outdoor Lighting Designer

  • Expertise: Outdoor lighting designers have in-depth knowledge of lighting principles, techniques, and the latest technology to create breathtaking lighting effects.
  • Customization: They tailor the lighting design to your specific needs and preferences, emphasizing architectural features, pathways, and landscape elements.
  • Efficiency: Outdoor lighting designers optimize the use of energy-efficient LED fixtures, ensuring both a beautiful display and cost savings in the long run.
  • Safety and Security: Professional designers prioritize safety and can incorporate lighting that enhances security by illuminating potential dark spots.

Choosing Between the Two

When deciding whether to hire a landscaper or a professional outdoor lighting designer, consider the scope of your project and your primary objectives.

  • Simple Lighting Needs: If your project mainly involves basic pathway lighting or highlighting a few trees, a landscaper with experience in lighting installation may suffice.
  • Complex Lighting Design: For intricate lighting designs that require creativity and expertise, such as accentuating architectural elements, water features, or creating mood lighting, a professional outdoor lighting designer is your best choice.
  • Combining Landscaping and Lighting: If you have significant landscaping and lighting needs, it may be more cost-effective to hire a landscaper who can also handle basic lighting installation. However, for advanced lighting design, consider collaborating with an outdoor lighting designer.
  • Maintenance: If ongoing maintenance is a concern, discuss maintenance packages with both landscapers and lighting designers before making a decision.

Give It Some Thought

When it comes to landscape lighting installation or outdoor lighting installation, choosing between a landscaper and a professional outdoor lighting designer depends on the complexity of your project and your desired results. While landscapers excel at creating cohesive outdoor spaces, professional outdoor lighting designers bring a specialized skill set to create stunning, functional, and energy-efficient lighting designs. Carefully assess your needs, budget, and long-term goals to make the right choice and enhance the beauty and functionality of your outdoor space.

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Absolute Lighting installed my outdoor flood lights 2 years ago and they are beautiful! They did such a great job that I used them to setup and take down the Christmas lights for the past 2 years. I would highly recommend them. Frank always responds to questions and automatically puts me on the schedule for set up and take down of the Christmas Lights.

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After reviewing multiple companies we contracted with Abilous Lighting to create outside accent lighting for our home, backyard patio, walkways, & fire pit.  Their ideas and design were the best!   It was a pleasure working with Frank Hasty, who did  the design, and his crew of Brandon & Rusty who performed the work.  All were excellent to work with.   We are very happy with Abulous Lighting.