Phoenix-area lighting experts offer advice

Phoenix-area lighting experts offer advice

Three highly rated Phoenix-area contractors shed some light on the ins and outs of lighting projects.

Who we spoke to

Rich Perry, owner

Bill Steinmetz, owner

Mark Zimmerman, owner

What types of lighting do you do?

Rich Perry: We do predominantly residential and some corporate lighting.

Bill Steinmetz: We focus on outdoor and landscape lighting, such as accent lighting and security lighting.

Mark Zimmerman: We do all kinds — remodels, new construction, and moving are some examples.

What can customers do to save electricity and money?

Perry: The most important thing they can do is do it right the first time. Sixty percent of customers we have, we are pulling out lighting they’ve only had for 2-3 years that was not done properly, did not have quality fixtures and was not quality installation.

Steinmetz: Balance their systems. If they’re using halogen, it should be balanced. The biggest problem is that systems get installed improperly and they’re not balanced, so they’re going through a lot of bulbs, and the bulbs are burning less efficiently.

Zimmerman: Dimmers help, but before LED came out, a lot of people bought bulbs that they weren’t able to use dimmers with. So people were buying other energy-efficient light bulbs.

What should a consumer look for when ordering lights and hiring someone to install them?

Perry: Look for someone who has the technical knowledge of understanding the balanced use of amps per light will go a long way to having a lighting system that maintains the maximum beauty and longevity for your home and property.

Steinmetz: Someone who understands lighting and how it works. We’re certified through one of the manufacturers. Otherwise, you can get varied results. Landscapers are good at landscaping but not so much at lighting.

Zimmerman: A licensed electric contractor. Handymen are OK for small jobs but by no stretch should they be wiring LED lights or major lighting fixtures.

What are the prices for some typical lighting jobs your company does?

Perry: It really ranges. You can have a project as small as five lights up to 60 lights, so range really depends on the project. I’d say the range can be from $1,500 up to $10,000, but is usually somewhere between $1,500-$3,000.

Steinmetz: I’d say the average for a 25-light system installation is probably around $4,500, but it depends on other factors too, such as what kind of fixtures they want, if they want brass or copper, or if they’re doing LED lighting.

Zimmerman: If it’s a new install for surface or recessed lighting, a simple installation starts at about $250 and goes up from there. Repair work is usually around $150.

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