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DIY Landscape Lighting vs. Hiring a Professional in North Texas

Jack Moore
Sep 29, 2022 3:28:31 PM

Are you thinking about a landscape lighting installation project for your North Texas property? Landscape lighting can have so many benefits including not only boosting curb appeal but making your home more functional, safe, and secure in the evening hours.

Of course, you might also be wondering how much is really involved with a project like this. Couldn’t you just try your hand at DIY landscape lighting?

While you could take that approach, you might be woefully disappointed later on. That’s because great landscape lighting is so much more than just adding a spotlight here or there. It is truly both an art and a science.

You can instantly tell the difference between a lighting project that was completed by a pro—and one that was tackled by a DIYer.

Here are some important considerations if you are thinking about DIY landscape lighting vs. hiring a professional. In the end, we want you to be happy with whatever decisions you make.

There’s More to Landscape Lighting Installation than Most Realize

When you picture landscape lighting at your North Texas property, are you just thinking about adding a spotlight or are you thinking about strategically placed lights all around your property?

If it’s the latter, then it’s more complex than people tend to realize. It takes an eye for design to determine which lighting fixtures should go in which locations in order to maximize both the look and the functionality of the lights.

landscape lighting in landscape bed with flowers

There are also many different types of lights…and even different lighting techniques that can be utilized. A combination of uplighting, downlighting, built-in lights, and many others might ultimately need to come together to create the optimal lighting scheme for your home.

For instance, you might want to incorporate downlighting to illuminate a pathway that leads to your home. This “moonlighting effect” (where the light is cast from above) is a really attractive and functional way to light up a path. Don’t think that pathlights are your only way to do this!

But you might want to use uplighting to light up a tree for the curb appeal. Trees and shrubs can take on a very beautiful look when lit from below (in which the light shines from the ground up).

landscape lighting in courtyard with trees

Unfortunately, this eye for design and use of lighting technique doesn’t come naturally to everyone…including some “pros.”

So, it’s not even just a matter of DIY landscape lighting vs. hiring a professional, but also choosing a professional who truly knows their stuff. If you want to get the most out of your landscape lighting installation, it’s important that you’re choosing a landscape lighting company wisely.

How Much Does Landscape Lighting Cost?

We understand that one of the reasons you might be considering DIY landscape lighting is because professional lighting can be expensive. But when you’re thinking about landscape lighting cost, it’s so important that you’re bringing value into the equation.

One major factor that homeowners often overlook is the quality of the lighting that you’re getting. The low-quality lighting fixtures that you can purchase at a big box store are nowhere near the quality of what a professional landscape lighting company should be using.

landscape lighting with retaining wall and sculpture in plantings

It’s really important that you are not only considering the design and lighting techniques that come with hiring a pro, but that you’re also considering the fact that you’ll be getting higher quality materials.

That means that instead of having to replace your fixtures in a couple of short years, your landscape lighting should be able to hold up better.

With a pro, you should also be getting the latest lighting technology. LED landscape lighting is energy-efficient and effective. But outdated pros and DIYers are sometimes still using old technology, like halogen lights.

You should know that the efficiency of LED will also save you money on your energy bill. And it’s not going to require frequent replacement like old bulbs. There’s a longevity factor to weigh into your cost considerations. As with many things in life, when you invest a little bit more, you get better quality (more for your money).

landscape lighting around bird statue

The newest landscape lighting technology also includes automation solutions in which you can operate your lighting from a smart device. This includes color-changing capabilities, zoning and dimming, and lighting automation.

In the end, the value that you get for your investment is much greater than what you can get from DIY landscape lighting.

Choosing Landscape Lighting Installers in North Texas

We know that landscape lighting can be a relatively substantial investment. But when you start to think about the curb appeal, overall aesthetic enjoyment, and the increase in functionality and safety that it will provide, it does likely make a lot of sense.

Of course, so much of that hinges on choosing the right landscape lighting company for the job.

As we mentioned, great lighting is skillfully and purposefully laid out and designed using the highest quality materials. While we wish all the pros maintained such a high standard, that’s simply not the case.

Even some landscape lighting “pros” won’t do much more than you could have done yourself with DIY landscape lighting.

Instead, look for a landscape lighting professional that has the experience to achieve the kind of results you’re looking for.

At Grassperson, we often get asked about landscape lighting. We know that it goes hand-in-hand with having the “best property on the block,” which is something that our clients care deeply about. That’s why we have invested in a sister company, Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Flower Mound, that specializes in this work. We want our clients to be able to have the best landscape lighting for their home.

We truly want our clients to get the most out of their North Texas properties day or night! With professional landscape lighting, we know that people can enjoy and appreciate their yards even more.

If you’d like to find out more about landscape lighting installers in Flower Mound, Highland Village, or Lewisville, TX, you can visit the Outdoor Lighting Perspectives website or contact us at Grassperson.
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