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Landscape lighting can be the key element to any distinctive landscape. However, many people fail to do a little careful planning before they attempt an installation. There are a couple of things you can do to help make your landscape lighting project easier and last longer.
1. Find the source of power (electrical outlet) and make sure the outlet has sufficient power for the transformer you will be using. The outlet also needs to have a weather proof cover.
2. Measure the length in feet from the furthest light to the transformer, this will help you determine what gauge wire should be used and how many volts you should connect to it. If your longest run is over 300′ you may want to consider using LED lights which use less power or having an electrician install another outlet for another transformer closer to the fixtures. It is very important to use a multi-meter when finalizing your connections, landscape lights work on 12v electricity, so it is imperative that each light is reading no less than 10.7 volts and no more than 12.3volts. Too much or not enough electricity can cause a failure in the light fixture as well as the wire.
3. Count the number of fixtures you are planning to install before you choose a transformer. Most transformers are available in 300, 600, 900 and 1200 watt configurations. For example, if you are installing 20 – 25watt fixtures, you know you will need a transformer with at least 500 watts of output. However, we do recommend that you leave at least 25% open, for example, if you are using a 600 watt transformer, you should only connect 450watts worth of fixtures to it, this will prolong the life of the transformer as well as the wire and fixtures.
4. Make sure you are using direct burial underground rate wire nuts. This is imperative. Since the wires will be buried in dirt and mulch you want to make sure that you are not getting any moisture in the electrical connections, this can cause a fixture and wire to go bad. If you are installing a wire under a driveway, walkway or any other hard surface it is highly recommended that you install the wire using an electrical conduit in the event that an additional wire needs to be installed or replaced.
5. Choose the right brand of lights, transformer and wire. We strongly advise against any low-end home-depot style lighting system. Many people chose the cheapest brand for their installation and wonder they the lights only last a few years. A good landscape light fixture is around $125 each and a good transformer can start at $300-$500. Don’t use a low quality lighting system, you will be sorry you did. Also, LED lighting is now coming down in price, these fixtures use a lot less electricity, allowing more lights per transformer and less wire used, saving on material and labor, however, the fixtures are about 20% more expensive than standard halogen fixtures.
If you are looking for the right contractor to install your landscape lighting system in rockland county ny please call Pro Cut Landscaping, Inc. at 845-727-8815.
Many people forget to consider their four legged friends when choosing the right plants for their landscape. Keep in mind, the deer were there before you were, so they have no problem walking up your front lawn and eating your $75 hydrangea with a sweet smile on their face. Use these tips to help in choosing the right plantings for your rockland county homes landscape.
Deer Proof Ever Green Trees- Norway Spruce, Serbian Spruce, Holly, Bamboo, Green Giant Arborvitae
Deer Proof Ever Green Shrubs- Boxwoods, Juniper, Gold Cypress, Barberry, Skip Laurel, Andromeda, Leucothoe
Deer Proof Specimens – Dwarf Spruces, Weeping Spruces, Weeping Redbud, Hinoki Cypress, Harry Lauders Walking Stick, Smokebush, Ginkgo Biloba, Dawn Redwood, Weeping River Birch
Deer Proof Ground Covers- Pachysandra & Blue Fescue Grass
Deer Proof Ornamental Grasses- Fountain Grass, Miscanthus, Cares, Acorus, Blue Dune Grass
For the best choice in deer proof landscape design in rockland county new york call Pro Cut Landscaping at 845-727-8815
When you’ve finally decided to update and renovate your home’s current landscape, you want to take as many precautions as possible to ensure the job gets done right the first time. Too many home owners have watched landscaping projects turn from a couple of days to a couple of weeks. Here are a few things to keep in mind to avoid these pitfalls.
1. Be sure about what you want done.
One of the biggest setbacks a landscape design team can experience is when the home owner decides to go a completely different direction in the middle of a project. This will not only throw off the time tables and costs, but will also require more planning and preparation, leaving the potential for an unsightly landscape while new plans are drawn up.
2. Don’t rush.
You and your family will be living in and enjoying your new landscape, for that reason, do not rush when it comes to making a decision about style, materials, or designs. You want to do all that you can to ensure you’ve selected patios, retaining walls, irrigation/drainage systems, and other available options that really suit your needs and the vista of your landscape.
3. Get the work done professionally.
When it comes to tools, labor, materials, upkeep and insurance, the most realistic solution to getting your project done right the first time is to employ the expertise of a local landscaping company. You want to look for a firm that has been in your area for some time and has a solid reputation working in your local region.
For home landscaping Rockland NY look no further than 25+ year veteran Pro Cut Lawns, offering the latest in green technology and customer service. 845-727-8815