Landscape & Irrigation

September 2017

Landscape and Irrigation is read by decision makers throughout the landscape and irrigation markets — including contractors, landscape architects, professional grounds managers, and irrigation and water mgmt companies and reaches the entire spetrum.

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10 September 2017 Landscape and Irrigation LANDSCAPE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION Why Light? Answering this, and other questions, is essential when designing with light ALL PHOTOS PROVIDED BY BRILLIANCE LED B ill Locklin, the inventor of 12v landscape lighting, used to deliver seminars on his craft. During the design portion of his seminar, his instructions were to always ask ourselves "Why light?" when visiting a potential client. Why light? Why did the client call me here? What are we trying to accomplish? In most cases, the potential client has no specifics on what they are looking for in a lighting system. I am sure you've heard it many times, "I do not want my property to look like Disneyland" or "like an airport runway!" One of the biggest mistakes a contractor can make is to just drop off a lighting manufacturer's catalog and advise the client to "pick out what you like and I'll install it." We've all done it, but clients need our guidance. In our eagerness to make the sale, we forget to ask, "Why light?" While the fixture install may go smoothly, the result is not always acceptable to the client — because we forgot to ask what they were looking to accomplish. Our advice to you: carry a notepad and pencils, ask "Why light?" and keep the client talking until you have a clear understanding of their lifestyle and how they plan to use outdoor spaces once they are professionally illuminated. Is the client looking for lighting to beautify an area? Are they looking for safety and security? Are the spaces public or private? Are there special lighting needs for this client? These questions (and others) are all important to ask before a true lighting system is to be designed and installed. When designing with light, discover your customer's needs at the start — this effort will ensure a smooth project. Identify design objectives early on during a design consult. For example, if the

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