16 Mar Gambino Landscape Lighting: Landscape Lighting Systems Done Right ! Clients Served Right!
By Mike Gambino
It’s always easier to do landscape lighting right the first time (and of course much cheaper!) rather than the second third or fourth time in some cases. Being in the business of designing and installing low voltage landscape lighting systems for close to 30 years, we’ve done all types of properties, shapes and sizes over the years. Ours has been a thriving business for a long time. But with more and more landscape and electrical contractors, handymen , gardeners and many other unrelated trades or persons installing “landscape lighting,” we’ve got to continue to set ourselves apart from the rest. Thinking outside the box and staying cutting edge and as creative as possible are tasks we embrace on a daily basis.
Designing landscape lighting used to be as simple as flagging a layout on the grass and planter beds letting the lighting crew work their magic. They would build an amazing landscape lighting portrait, the homeowner would love it and we’d be on to the next build. With ever-growing competition, we continue to strive for bigger, brighter and more creative things. Designing and building creative and amazing landscape lighting systems is at the top of that list.
We’ve always been known for high performance low voltage landscape lighting systems that are designed and built to last, and that is the cornerstone of our business. But nowadays, every Tom, Dick and Harry are claiming that they install “landscape lighting,” and they will do it for cheaper than we will. Unbeknown to the homeowner, these contractors are installing nightmarish landscape lighting schemes, most of which will require twice as much as the cost of the original price to fix and make it right. While in the end this typically provides our company more work in removing and redesigning these disasters, they can still cast a shadow over the entire low voltage landscape lighting industry. Those of us in the know must hold ourselves responsible to educate homeowners on why shopping around based on price should never be an option. By providing proper education, as well as physically showing the homeowner what we can do, this can go a long way.
This is why we like to provide potential customers with the opportunity to view our projects live or in photos and see what they can have in their own yards — specifically, what we build and how it’s constructed. Our website and social media pages, are loaded with tons of completed systems available for their viewing pleasure. We always request that clients view our work first before moving forward with an onsite design consult meeting to discuss their project. Seeing videos or pictures online helps and this is a great selling tool. It shows the homeowner that we know how to build amazing landscape lighting systems, and it shows them the different options available. Showing them the quality of our work in person or in photos will justify why our price might be higher than the guy with a pickup truck and a shovel. But it doesn’t end there.
While there are plenty of hacks in our line of work, there are still numerous quality landscape lighting specialists across the country. While every landscape lighting designer/builder is one of a kind we build to a much higher standard. We protect our power cable by installing it inside of rigid PVC electrical conduit to protect it from being damaged by digging and in ground varmints like gophers and ground hogs. All of our proprietary products are available exclusively from us and constructed of casted from molds brass and copper semi precious metals that are built to last a lifetime.
Benefits such as these really set us apart from the competition.
This landscape lighting blog is published by Mike Gambino of Gambino landscape lighting inc. all rights reserved. Mike is a professional landscape lighting system designer/ builder and has been designing, installing and maintaining landscape lighting systems for more than 28 years. Mike resides in the Los Angeles area with his wife and 2 sons. To visit his website go to www.Gambinolighting.com . To inquire about hiring Mike please click here .
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