Premier Outdoor Lighting Specialists
Here is where a little education about outdoor lights can save you a lot of headaches, time and money. And who wants a headache?
Make sure you hire a licensed contractor. (Okay - everyone says they are licensed) Check up on their status at
Enter their license number or business name - it's that easy.
Verify that anyone working on your property has insurance. If they are a licensed contractor they will, BUT a lot of contractors don't have workers compensation insurance. That means if one of their employees gets injured on your property - you'll be using your homeowners insurance.
Buy quality fixtures. Quality fixtures will cost $75 - $150 per fixture and it should always come with a 15 year to lifetime warranty.
Of course we recommend you contract with an outdoor lighting specialist. If you choose to have your gardener, landscaper or do it yourself, here are some tips:
Make sure your wiring isn't overloaded with too many fixtures. This common mistake can melt connections, trip circuits and blow fuses.
Check the capacity of the transformer to make sure you're not exceeding the total amps allowed.
Test the voltage at each fixture to make sure you're within the correct operating range of the bulb. For instance - a 12 volt bulb operates best between 10.8 and 12 volts.
Be careful when replacing bulbs - don't replace a 20 watt bulb with a 50 watt bulb. This can cause significant damage to the fixture, wiring or transformer.
Don't use clip on connectors, typically used with 'Malibu' lights. These types of connectors fail often and allow water to penatrate and deteriorate the wire.
Don't install pathlights in grass. Lawnmovers love to beat them up.
Don't wait too long to replace burnt out lights. Burnt out lights increase the voltage to other lights on the wire, which can cause your lights to burn out faster.
Silver Moon Lighting, Inc. 858.613.3600
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