Peace of Mind is Priceless

lighting maintenanceYou’ve installed your landscape lighting system, now is time to relax and enjoy it, right? But what happens if something breaks?

Landscape Lighting Guru offers lighting maintenance agreements that provide bi annual 16 point service and inspection of your entire system.  In Texas, unusual weather happens – lightning and thunderstorms and brutal hail can cause damage to your system anytime of the year. Not to mention tree growth and other landscape changes.

As part of your Landscape Lighting Maintenance program, our installers will walk your property and test the system for broken equipment, burned out lights, and damage semi-annually. During the service we will inspect every fixture, transformer, wire and timer to make sure they are working properly.  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. Then you’ll receive a free estimate for any repairs, prior to work commencing. The Landscape Lighting Maintenance program gives you peace of mind all year long!

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

 

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.

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.

Importance of Maintaining your Lights

tree mount embeded1I know, I know, I keep harping on maintenance of your lighting system.  But I want people to understand that even if they put in the best landscape lighting available, using the best techniques possible the mounts will still grow into the tree eventually.  A well suited regular maintenance plan would never allow this to happen.   These fixtures in this picture are Life Time warranty Odyssey fixtures from Unique.  You can’t get much higher quality than these when they were installed.  But with little maintenance the offset tree mounts eventually were overcome by the small trees doing what they do.  Growing.

 

tree mount embeded2 This is not just a problem for the lights.  This is a problem for the trees.  This becomes a wound on the tree that can be very difficult to heal.  These wounds can eventually turn into rot spots that allow pests and more rot into the inner parts of the tree.  These wounds can also become week spots on the tree, where with time  and age may become the fulcrum for a branch failure in a wind storm. We have regular service plans available.  Call 210-710-7737 for more details or contact us here Contact Us
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Does your lighting need some help?

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.

Why is lighting maintenance important?

Well another poor tree that has grown over a ballast box due to lack of embeded ballast box 2 and 3maintenance.  If you have ballast boxes then please understand that they need attention at a minimum once a year.  They need to be backed off the trees to prevent a rot spot from growing on the tree.  Once rot happens this becomes a conduit for pest to get into the tree and eventually rot out the inside of the tree.  If you have ballast boxes, please contact the Landscape Lighting Guru for regular maintenance.  We will back your fixtures, wire, and ballast boxes off the trees, as well as insert 6 month fire ant pest shield to help prevent future damage to your system.

 

Its to late for this poor tree…we have to do a little tree surgery.  You may be able to greatly reduce the quantity of boxes if you are ready to convert to LED.  We have many different options available to you.  Please call the Guru at 210-710-7737 to find out which option is best for you.

Time is up – don’t use interior timer for outdoor systems!

This timer was found at a recent maintenance service call.  The reason it is all rurusted (indoor) timer boxsted and full of pests is because the previous lighting installation company used an interior timer (probably because they are less expensive).  Wet rated timers are a little more expensive, but its the only safe thing to do.

 

The Landscape Lighting Lighting Guru always uses wet rated electrical components when installing landscape lighting.  Seems like a no-brainer to us.

 

If your lighting components look anything like this, please give us a call.  We would love to prevent future damage to your system, or even worse a fire due to a short from corrosion.

Lighting Maintenance Disaster

Ballast embeded in a treeIt is important to have your lighting system installed and maintained by a qualified specialist.  It is also important to continue routine maintenance to ensure your lighting system is working properly and is safe.   The following is from a new clients service call to inspect a pre-exisiting lighting system. Unfortunately, we are called to make repairs on many lighting systems that weren’t installed properly or have been serviced incorrectly and the results can be dangerous.

This landscape lighting was neglected for many years and now this tree has grown over the ballast box.  In addition, when it had been serviced the wires were incorrectly stapled to the tree.   It is only a matter of time until one or both of the compromised branches fall in a big wind storm.  The tree would have to be removed for safety concerns if it was anywhere near a structure or where people congregate.  It it awful that this beautiful, mature tree will not live because of a poor lighting service.

The new homeowners weren’t the ones who ignored the maintenance but they will pay the price of losing a mature tree.  Call us today to find out more about our lighting maintenance plans.

Ants wreak havoc on lighting systems

IMG_3030Those ants may seem tiny but they can cause a huge problem to your outdoor lighting system. In the Guru’s experience servicing lighting systems, one of the biggest problems we see is ants nesting in one of the electrical components. It may not sound like a big deal, but the ants can actually ruin the equipment by either chewing through the components or bringing in dirt to create a nest leading to moisture issues.

There are various opinions on why the ants are attracted to electrical components but the key to fixing the issue is through prevention. We now have a 6 month ant preventative that we add to new systems and can maintain existing systems. They are added to every tree mounted fixture, every jbox, every power post and every transformer.

Don’t let ants ruin your professionally installed landscape lighting system. Protect your investment by keeping the ants out!  We offer lighting maintenance service plans for existing systems that includes the ant treatment.  Give us a call if you are interested 210-710-7737.