Indianapolis Landscape Lighting Companies Illuminate Homes and Yards
Outdoor lighting is one of the few home improvements that you can preview before signing a contract. (Photo by Brandon Smith)
Security and aesthetics drive most outdoor landscape lighting projects. Consider hiring a lighting specialist to highlight your home's features and yard to get a long-lasting look that will shine.
Angie's List Indianapolis members Scott and Maureen Sheehan needed help with their Jekyll and Hyde half-acre Carmel lot: a manicured gem by day, but a spooky sprawl by night. "We talked to some landscape people and an electrician," Maureen says. "Everybody had a different take on what we needed."
So they decided to call in a lighting expert: Ralph Redmond, owner of highly rated Indiana Outdoor Lighting in Indianapolis. "This is not something he does on the side," Maureen says. "Outdoor lighting is his thing."
Cost of outdoor lighting
Lights accent the Sheehans' brickwork, front columns and arches, and dispel backyard shadows. "The way he positioned lights on our back trees, it's lit up nice," Maureen says of their $3,700 job. "I feel a lot more secure."
A professional landscape lighting job starts at about $200 a fixture, including parts and labor, Redmond estimates. "It's got to be a minimum-size system, 10 lights or so, to get that kind of pricing," he says.
Karl Lundberg, owner of highly rated Luminocity of Fishers, says his residential landscape lighting projects typically cost between $2,000 to $5,000. "If price is the issue, then you should go to a big-box store," he says. "But it's not going to look very good, and it's not going to last very long."
Lundberg says outdoor lighting specialists understand beam spread, lumens, watts and bulb type to ensure the best results.
Benefits of LED lights
Newer LED bulbs mimic the look of halogen, but use a fraction of the power.
"When LED lights first came out, the color wasn't very good," Lundberg says. "I've seen some LED lights that are kind of anemic looking, kind of yellowish. I've seen some that are bluish. It's important to have lights that give you the same look and feel as the softer quartz halogen look."
Redmond says LED prices continue to drop. "You still pay somewhat of a premium on a LED installation — about $50 more per fixture, on average — but there's an energy savings and a maintenance savings," he says.
A typical LED system uses about 75 percent less power than a comparable halogen system, Redmond says, and subsequently requires a smaller transformer. Also, he says halogen bulbs typically last about 18 months; LED bulbs work for five to 20 years.
Ask for a lighting preview
Angie's List member Jenny Young of Fishers wanted the energy savings and long life of LED, but she had concerns about the color it produces. "I didn't want to spend all this money and then have it look blue," she says.
Luminocity, which she hired for the $5,000 project, set up a preview at her home. Previews, also offered by Indiana Outdoor Lighting, allow homeowners to test different positions, bulb types and beam spreads to achieve the exact look they desire. Both companies offer free previews before the contract is signed. "I can't imagine doing it another way," Young says.
Tonya Stewart of Indianapolis chose Luminocity for her $2,300 project after seeing a preview. "When they actually placed the lights, I could see I needed three more lights to get it the way I wanted," she says. "I was trying to be conservative with the cost, and I would have been disappointed."
Editor's note: This is an updated version of an article originally posted on June 16, 2011.