In a recent post, we discussed the importance of quality outdoor lighting for your commercial space. But how should you go about actually choosing your lighting products? Here are some mistakes to avoid as you figure out your landscape lighting:

Disregarding the code requirements

It should come as no surprise that a building code dictates what you can and can’t do in terms of lighting. That said, many New Jersey residents test the system, so to speak, and wind up throwing away money on a setup that violates the code. At Tanz, we can help you make sense of your neighborhood’s building code and ordinances as it’s related to landscape lighting.

Once we pass this barrier, we can start brainstorming all of your options. If you’re at all concerned that your current exterior lighting plan violates the code, please don’t hesitate to contact Tanz. Our experienced professionals are here to provide answers and put your mind at ease.

Settling for just any setup or products

There is more than one way to plan your landscape lighting. Yet many homeowners make the mistake of choosing the first product or setup they are shown. If you’re really taking the time to revamp your exterior lighting, why not opt for a system that’s customized to your space?

This is where our team shines. At Tanz, we’ll come to your home, survey the areas you want to be illuminated, and then work with you in determining the most sensible solution. Never will we cut corners by taking a “cookie-cutter” or “one-size-fits-all” approach. After all, no two lighting projects are the same.

Failing to plan ahead

How knowledgeable are you about outdoor lighting? If your answer is very minimal, that’s completely okay. But before you get too far ahead of yourself in the process, do some research of your own. Figure out which systems are the most popular, as well as which ones provide the most bang for your back.

The more you know about exterior lighting, the easier it will be down the road to make a decision. Being proactive also assures that electrical service to your property is sufficient for project needs. You will want to avoid tunneling under walks or route wiring around walls if it’s unnecessary.

Not considering the most innovative products or systems

There used to be a limited selection of exterior lighting options. For the most part, homeowners would have the same setup as their neighbors, or at least something similar. However, as the property maintenance and landscaping industries have taken off in the last few decades, so too has outdoor lighting.

The possibilities are seemingly endless, from low-voltage and LED products to smart sensors and motion-activated fixtures. So how do you not get overwhelmed as you make your decision? Again, it starts with having an open mind, doing a bit of research, and teaming with an outdoor lighting professional.

Thinking only of aesthetic appeal

Nothing adds beauty to a property’s landscaping quite like the perfect lighting system. But make no mistake about it — exterior illumination does more than simply enhance the look of your yard. As we’ve said in previous posts, new outdoor lighting can also make your home more safe and secure.

This is where the Tanz team can be of assistance. Once we finish up with the installation, we will educate you about the importance of regular lighting maintenance to keep your space properly lit and safe. So not only will our lighting solutions make your property’s exterior beautiful, but they will give your family much-needed peace of mind.

Dependable Landscape Lighting Installation

At Tanz, we are proud to set the standard for outdoor lighting and property maintenance in New Jersey. Part of what makes us different is that we can provide clients with a moderately priced, temporary lighting demonstration kit. This allows them to see the nighttime effect of their systems before committing to a full system installation.

Why not make 2019 the year you finally upgrade your property’s exterior lighting? Rest assured that the Tanz team will walk you through the process from start to finish. Contact Tanz in New Jersey to ask about outdoor lighting for residential and commercial spaces.