Time for an Outdoor Lighting Tune-up?

Outdoor Lighting Tune-upIs your landscape lighting ready for summer?  With Memorial day as the unofficial start to summer, it is perfect time for an outdoor lighting tune-up.  As you plan to spend more time outside in the pool and yard, you want your lighting operating perfectly and safely.  Even the highest quality fixtures need a little TLC from time to time to keep them in tip top condition.

Outdoor lighting systems need to be inspected and serviced at least twice a year to remain in good condition. We offer maintenance agreements that provide bi annual 16 point service and inspection of your entire system. Included in this service is a pest preventive application for all your fixtures and components which we highly recommend. Pests can infiltrate your lights and wreak havoc on your electrical system which can be costly to repair, and usually is not covered under manufacturer warranty.

Our goal in our 16 point service and inspection is to keep your lighting looking as good tomorrow as it was the day it was installed. During the service we will inspect every fixture, transformer, wire and timer to make sure they are working properly.

If you are interested in learning more, please give us a call at 210-710-7737.

Now offering Outdoor Sound Systems!

The Guru is now installing state of the art outdoor sound systems.  The audio system is designed to hide amongst landscape for music you can hear but can’t see! Designed to handle extreme conditions yet provides perfectly even coverage and high quality sound.

Outdoor Sound Systems

 

The Sonarray System raises the bar on outdoor entertainment, featuring eight 3.5″ satellite speakers that are evenly distributed in an array across the perimeter of the yard, along with an 8″ dual voice coil in-ground subwoofer with a canopy that is hidden under foliage.  The result is incredible sonic performance and even sensitivity throughout the space, eliminating dead zones and hot spots as well as reducing any disturbance to your neighbors…all while remaining out of sight.

For a FREE demonstration, give us a call at 210-710-7737.  For more information on the system, clickhttp://www.sonance.com/outdoor/sonarray/sonarray

Outdoor Sound Systems

 

 

Reducing Light Pollution

light pollutionWe are excited to be now be a member of the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA). It may seem counter-intuitive, but we really do believe in responsible lighting. When outdoor lighting is designed well, there can be little to no light pollution.  Light pollution not only wastes energy and money but is harmful to the environment.

Responsible lighting includes installing quality outdoor lighting, especially using new LED technology.  Outdoor lighting should be fully shielded and direct light down where it is needed, not into the sky.  We also favor moon lighting, and down lighting effect over up lighting, because done right it can achieve the same results without going into the sky.  Timers, dimmers and motion sensors are also a way to reduce lighting pollution. IDA estimates that least 30 percent of all outdoor lighting in the U.S. alone is wasted, mostly by lights that aren’t shielded.

For more information, visit http://darksky.org/

Hail Storm Costliest in Texas History

lightningSan Antonio was hit with several hail storms over the last few weeks and the damage is the costliest in Texas history at expected damages of $1.4 Billion.  The big ticket items are damages to cars and roofs but the lighting from those storms have wreaked havoc on some homeowners electrical systems.  Outdoor landscape lighting is vulnerable to lightning just like all other electric systems.

Lightning and quickly moving power surges can instantly bring down electronic systems.  Even the magnetic field that is part of a lightning strike can inflict damage on nearby computers and electronics.  So your home doesn’t have to have a direct strike to incur damage to your electric system.

Are you having lighting issues after the storms the last few weeks?  We can help – please give us a call today at 210-710-7737 and we can set up a service call.

Water Features and Fountains

Water Features and Fountains

Landscape Lighting Guru does so much more than just lighting indoors and out!  We also can help maintain your water features or fountains.  The best way to prevent costly repairs to your fountain is with routine maintenance.  Our goal in service and inspection is to keep your water feature working as well as on the day it was installed.

The Guru has quite a few long time water feature clients and we were excited to receive the following testimonial from one of them just this week!

“I have been so pleased with your employees and company,  Augustine was here this last week twice!. . .fixing and making sure all work your company has done is perfect.  That means so much to me.

Water FeaturesYou and your men are always prompt, efficient, and courteous and helpful.  Thanks for always being there when we need you.  Love all you do.” ~Judy and Dave Groepler

The Lighting Revolution

Lighting Revolution LEDChicago is the most recent city to announce it will be changing almost all lighting in public spaces to LED.   Cities big and small are rolling out similar plans in an effort to save money and increase safety.  They also like the programming options that LED lights provide like the dim and brighten options.  LEDs have started a lighting revolution in the industry and offer more options that ever before.

The benefits of retrofitting current lighting systems to LED is not just for cities or commercial real estate.  As a homeowner,  converting an outdoor lighting system with LED lamps can recoup its cost in just two years! We are able to retrofit your system using your existing fixtures but replacing your current lamps with LED lamps.

Did you know at current electricity pricing you pay as much as $90 per year per Mercury Vapor fixture in electricity more than you would with our new retrofit LED’s? Color tones are almost identical, and you are replacing with lamps that are much safer for the environment as well as very long lived. Our various retrofit lamps have a minimum of 30,000 hour life. Some as long as 75,000 hours (that’s 30 years). They all come with a minimum of a 5 year manufacturer warranty.

For more information on the benefits of the LED lighting revolution:

 

LED Benefits

 

Looking for work? We are hiring!

HiringLandscape Lighting Guru is excited to announce we are hiring.  This is a position with a big opportunity to grow in the company.
We are looking for a future lighting crew leader that can learn the Landscape Lighting business from the tops of the trees down. We are looking for a new member of our Lighting Guru Family. This is a long term position that requires a long term attitude.

This position requires:
1. Excellent tree climbing skills
2. Above average intelligence
3. A competitive spirit
4. Ability to read and speak English
5. Clean Driving Record with driver’s license
6 Over the age of 18
7 Must have a flexible attitude (often we do other things than our absolute preferred job) You have to be able to take on new challenges
8 Drug free work place
9 Working outside in all kinds of weather
10 Ability to safely lift over 50lbs
11 Ability to safely climb with over 15lbs

Nice to haves:
1. Landscape Lighting experience
2. Electrical Experience
3. Climbing with ropes and saddles and climbing gear
4. Tree trimming experience
5. Small team Management experience
6. Spanish speaker
7. Computer experience
8. Smart phone experience

Benefits:
40 hours of paid vacation after the first 6 months
40 hours of paid vacation after the second 6 months
4 paid holiday days
Family atmosphere
Ability to learn and share in the growth of a company from a proven leader in the industry

Current position pays between $12-$17 per hour based upon experience and skill level with ability to increase with time and quantity of jobs and people managed.

If interested, please email your resume to info@landscapelightingguru.com and call at 210-710-7737.

Outdoor Lighting – DIY vs Professional?

After our past few posts about common DIY lighting mistakes; lighting overkill and lighting placement, the question becomes should you hire a professional to install your landscape lighting or should you do it yourself?

For some DIY homeowners, the potential cost savings of installing the lighting themselves is worth the challenge. Lighting installation requires technical skills that most people don’t have and there are also risks in working with electricity without training.  It is crucial that you have done your research and made a lighting design plan as well as consider all safety concerns prior to taking on the project.

You want to make sure that you have everything you need to install lighting correctly and safely. Using high-quality parts in the right way will enhance your results.  While the big box stores offer a wide selection of outdoor lighting fixtures, few of them are high quality products that come with long term warranties.  Often, homeowners overlook important considerations in lighting installation and as a result, they end up spending more money and time in order to get it done right.

Bottom Line?  Unless you have experience and training with electricity and have devoted a lot of research and planning to your lighting plan, it is best to leave outdoor lighting installation to the professional.  Otherwise, you could end up with lights you aren’t satisfied with and could end up spending more money to get it done right. The results you achieve with a professional installation will give you the best results, accentuate your home, and maximize the return on your investment.

Professional service technicians are able to maintain your lighting too. As your landscape grows and changes over time, so will your lighting needs. The light fixtures and bulbs will require maintenance and repair to ensure optimal function.

Outdoor Lighting is Hot for 2016

A recent study by Houzz reveals nearly two thirds of U.S. homeowners (57%) who are planning outdoor renovations in 2016 are looking to upgrade their exterior lighting.  More than half of those homeowners are planning on hiring a contractor to do the work.

With our recent post on the different types of lighting, we thought this breakout was interesting.  Among the outdoor features that homeowners plan to illuminate are:

  • Pathways —60%
  • Decks/Patios — 57%
  • Trees/Shrubs — 53%
  • Steps — 32%
  • Home Architecture — 28%
  • Driveway — 26%
  • Water Features — 24%
  • Outdoor Structures — 24%
  • Pots/Plants — 21%
  • Swimming Pool — 10%
  • Art/Sculpture — 9%

With outdoor lighting being hot for 2016, it may be time for you to consider upgrading your outdoor lighting system. If you are interested in a free consultation with a lighting designer to discuss a new lighting system or an upgrade to your current system, please give us a call 210-710-7737

For the full article, Houzz Study Article

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In the News

Landscape Lighting Guru is in the news!  We are excited to share a recent article about Landscape Lighting Guru in Construction News.  The article “Seeing in a Whole New Light”, features information on the company and the benefits of converting to LED lighting, inside and out.  Check it out with the link below

In the News - Construction News Article

“Seeing in a Whole New Light” News Article Link