12 Oct Landscape lighting is so much more than just the sum of it’s parts
By Mike Gambino
Recently at a maintenance service, a client told me that he was in the market for a new home coffee maker. Turns out that he’s in the market for not just an everyday ordinary coffee maker, but for a new coffee machine of serious proportions.
He confided that, “Shamefully, I am spending way too much time on researching Espresso machines. I would spend less time researching a new car. ‘I want the Ferrari, I want the Ferrari. Research over!'”
And we’re not just talking about any coffee machine, but something high-end that would make a Starbucks’ barrista green with envy.
What’s a high-end coffee machine cost? you ask. (If you said $100, you would be sorely mistaken. If you said $500 you’re also not in the price range. (Though, apparently that would be enough to purchase the new fresh bean grinder that one gets to accompany the new espresso machine. Yes. $500 for a bean grinder. Even $1000 wouldn’t cut it. We’re talking a $2000+ machine for making coffee in the home. So why would someone spend $2000 on something that can be had at the local Wal-Mart for around $20?
Passion. The desire to know that every cappuccino, every café latte that he enjoys will be among the best in the world, and if he can afford it, why not? Why not have the pride of ownership of an exclusive experience that will literally make you happy every time you use or experience it? And in the case of landscape lighting that is every night of the week.
A High performance Gambino LED landscape lighting system is a perfect match for this kind of passion spending.
Sadly though it seems “good enough” is what some people, who could afford much better, seem to be looking for. Hopefully it’s because they don’t know any better.
A box kit in their cart at Home Depot along with the anticipation that this concoction will somehow perform satisfactorily that can’t cost more than $199. Or some fixtures purchased sight unseen over the internet with no clear plan on how to turn that hardware into a system that seamlessly works in harmony, performs and lasts. A problematic system installed by their landscaper as a loss leader to close their landscaping project because they thought it cheaper (not better) to do it that way.
With transformers and crappy fixtures and undersized cable with inferior connectors and basically the throw-away commodity that they are, people are missing out on what a great passion it could be. The extreme visual enjoyment of actually seeing your plants, trees and flowers after dark in accurate vivid and living color that’s hard to describe even if only primarily viewed through a window pane. Or better yet the alfresco patio experience and enjoyment of the delicate finely cut leaves of a Japanese maple tree. The sharp pattern of leaf shadows projected on the ground from a light hidden high up in a tree. The beauty and relaxation of moving water that goes together with the visceral calming sound. In other words, to have an illuminating experience so profound, that the only way to begin to express it is to see it and experience it for yourself.
So what is the difference between a $20 coffee maker and a $2,000 plus espresso machine, a $200 boxed kit and a custom built $10,000 plus Gambino high performance LED landscape lighting system? Well, if you see and experience them you would not have to ask.
Enjoy your coffee, Enjoy your passion!
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 20 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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