The night focus session.
After a lighting plan is agreed upon, a timeline is created for the install. Often times, outdoor lighting projects are one section of a master plan. I frequently coordinate with landscapers, electricians, and builders. Communication is important because certain property aspects like power, conduits, and other wire accommodations must be coordinated in advance of the fixture installation. Once materials are ordered, a firm installation date is determined. Fixtures are installed during the daytime and per the plan.
I install fixtures with extra lengths of wire because the fixtures may need to be adjusted later. Following every Night Owl installation, we setup a night time focus session to make any final adjustments.
In 10 years of designing and installing outdoor lighting systems in southeast Wisconsin, I often find that the the freeze/thaw heave of our soils can demolish cheap path light stakes. Therefore, I install path lights using upgraded, heavy duty 3-prong stake mounts to ensure that the fixture remains straight. I make sure the install is done right the first time, so you don’t have to deal with the eyesore of leaning fixtures.
Extra care is given to protect cables by utilizing conduit wherever there is a risk of digging such as annual beds and bed edges. In some instances, the cable is run along the foundation to avoid future garden renovation activity.
When all the fixtures are connected and mounted – be they in trees, on walls, or in the ground – the landscape is cleaned up and restored to its original condition. Together, we make any final adjustments during the night focus session. I may also need to teach you how to use control devices if that is part of your outdoor lighting plan.
The final step is discussing maintenance procedures to keep the system optimal. I am open to teaching homeowners how to protect their own investment. Many clients opt to utilize my on-going maintenance services.