Is outdoor lighting really that complicated? Is it one of those things you should do yourself? Well, in deciding what things you should really do yourself, there are a couple scenarios to look at.
1) Going to a home store to purchase and install yourself
2) Doing internet research to purchase and install yourself
3) Having someone do it for you
With option 1, here are the pros and cons. You’ll certainly get a better price. On the flip side, you could be standing in the aisle for a long time reading boxes and still make an uninformed choice. Then, you have to do the installation yourself.
With option 2, here are the pros and cons. The research will likely be easier and you might get better information online. Online, you can see reviews from other real people instead of just reading the marketing literature and getting the opinion or “expertise” from one sales rep who may or may not make a commission on your purchase. Then, you still have to do the installation yourself.
With option 3, you will benefit from the years of experience of the lighting designer and can enjoy a glass of wine while they work. Any way you look at it, you’ll have a better product, someone to call with questions and likely both a warranty and a service plan.
But, there can be one more option. This option is “do it yourself with our help”. In this option, you can do the research and purchase online but have the expert come out and install the product. Or, you can ask the expert what to buy and have them install it for you. This is often an unadvertised option but can really be the best.
Installing outdoor lighting is difficult, requires lots of knowledge, and can be fraught with perils if not done correctly including the risk of fire, the risk of cutting important power and other lines, and many other perils. Call an expert and ask them if they have an option 4. It could be the very best option.