Why you must include these 4 Essential pillars of a successful lighting project

I. Design

The creative design of an outdoor lighting system must include Aesthetics, security, safety, tasks and function. After discussing and evaluation the our client’s needs and uncovering the uniqueness of each project we come up with a creative outdoor lighting design that address key issues such as,

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1. How will the home be viewed from the street –create curb appeal,
2. How will the exterior landscape be viewed from the inside of the home?
3. How can we enhance architectural and landscape features with lighting,
4. What are the security issues if any, and can this be solved with area, path lighting or moonlighting.

5. How is the pool area and water features being accented,
6. Garden lighting. Are the trees, shrubs and colorful ground cover being properly highlighted?
7. What are the key focal points to be accent “landscape portrait”
8. Patio lighting, Entertainment lighting and BBQ lighting, Do these areas have proper task lighting such as spot lighting on the BBQ, down lighting on cooking and counter areas? Down lighting on tables.
9. How are the outdoor lights to be controlled? Will we use astronomical timers, Home automation, regular timers and do some lights need to be switched or dimmed?

We are in the business of selling effect not fixtures
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II. Quality and durability of fixtures and equipment

Even though Illuminated Concepts’ main emphasis is on the overall effect .We use outdoor lights that are of made out of the highest quality of non-corrosive materials such as heavy-duty brass and copper. Most of these fixtures have a lifetime warrantee. Since we maintain 1000’s of exterior landscape lighting fixtures per year we know what holds up to the harsh environmental conditions such as salt air, regular irrigation and harsh fertilizers. We have been the eyes and ear to many low voltage lighting manufacturers and have brought to their attention many problems. We even have helped in the designs of several outdoor lighting fixtures for different manufacturers

III. Properly engineered landscape lighting layout and design

This is where I see the biggest flaws in installed outdoor lighting systems. I see many high-end projects that have an OK design but the installation was done such that very little illumination is created at the fixtures. There was no concept of an efficient safe installation. With out properly laying out and engineering an exterior lighting system the intended design can never be achieved. THIS IS A MUST Don’t waist your money with a non-lighting professional who doesn’t understand this key element. I cant tell you how many time I have seen my clients waste thousands of dollars because of this overlooked key factor by there so called contractor who also did lighting

IV. Regular Maintenance

Just like everything, there has to be maintenance to ensure proper functioning. In order that landscape lighting system keeps its original effects, the outdoor lighting system need to regularly maintained. It is an exterior electro-optical system. Lens get dirty due the harsh exterior elements such as hard water deposits, landscapers knock light fixtures and normal plant growth, these are just normal occurrences and can be fixed with regularly maintained.

IF ANY OF THESE 4 KEYS PILLARS ARE MISSING
THE WHOLE LANDSCAPE LIGHTING SYSTEM WILL CRUMBLE

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5 Key benefits of Low Voltage Landscape Lighting in Orange County

1. Low Voltage Landscape Lighting accents the unique landscape and architectural features of your home and yard

A.   Landscape Lighting accents architectural features

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The front of a home is where  Landscape Lighting can truly make dramatic architectural statements. Pillars, columns, turrets, custom stone work, dramatic entrances and custom doors are all important features that should not disappear at  night. A properly designed landscape lighting system will greatly enhance these features. Landscape lighting will  create visual highlights and texture and can make the home look more elegant in the evening time.

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This is why Architectural Digest and many high-end home builders photograph beautiful homes in the nighttime. An artistically designed landscape lighting system adds beauty and distinction  to any home’s appearance.

 B. Landscape Features

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Landscape features such as specimen trees, color in planters and expansiveness of yards can always be enhanced with custom Landscape lighting. Area down lighting from trees (Moon lighting), can be a very dramatic way to provide natural looking ambient light. Also one can increase the overall expanse of the yard by illuminating trees on greenbelts, surrounding slopes or even the back of neighbor’s trees.This is what I call “ FREE REAL ESTATE LIGHTING” Since 1988 it has NEVER been a problem with HOA’s or neighbors’.

IF IT’S A VISUAL LANDSCAPE ASSET IN THE DAY, IT SHOULD BE AND VISUAL ASSET AT NIGHT.

2. Landscape Lighting creates safety and security.

Eliminate safety hazards by lighting steps and walkways with step and path lights. Steps and walkways are  made safe with the proper implementation of step lighting, path lighting or moonlighting.

Make your home less inviting for uninvited guests. A home with creative and dramatic outdoors and landscape lighting creates an important side benefit of security. It has been proven that proper outdoor lighting is a great deterrent to intruders.

3. Landscape Lighting expands interior living spaces

In areas such as kitchens and dinning rooms, create custom landscape paintings by illuminating unique features outside widows and glass doors. The back and side yards can become and an extension of the interior living spaces. A critical part of a landscape lighting design is how it is viewed experienced from inside the house. With the proper design and placement of landscape lighting fixtures the landscape become part of the interior visual environment. These lighting fixtures are some of the most important part of the lighting design due to it is viewed from the inside on a regular basis.

4. Landscape Lighting increase utilization of back yard for relaxing and entertaining

Backyards have become extra living space. Fireplaces, BBQs, Fire pits, sinks, ice makers and large screen TVs have become commonplace in larger residential landscapes.
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With more attention and time being spent in the exterior, outdoor lighting become even more critical for full utilization and enjoyment of these outdoor living spaces.

5. Be green by utilizing energy saving Landscape Lighting

We utilize energy saving outdoor lights and lighting components such as low voltage LED lighting, Low voltage lighting, , HID lighting, and occasionally solar lights. Illuminated Concepts also uses astronomical timers that ;automatically adjust for varying sunsets times and adjusts for daylight savings time change. This also saves on the wasted energy used due to timers not correctly set for the current season.

SAVE GREEN BY BEING GREEN

Energy efficient LED Low Voltage Landscape Lighting by Illuminated Concepts Inc. 

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The importance of landscape lighting maintenance

This is an example of outdoor lighting that has not been maintained. It is obvious that this landscape lighting is not effective.

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Landscape light in disrepair. This light below makes a great ashtray

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Landscape lighting made out of corrosive material and water deposits on lens

Lack of Landscape trimming around lights obstructs illumination

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Bush crowds out light

In ground landscape light covered with grass and dirt

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