View Full Version : A couple of videos

The Lighting Geek
10-11-2009, 06:53 PM
Here are a couple of videos of me that have been posted. Thought you might want to see what I have been up to. I just shot my 8th episode of Yard Crashers and my first episode of House Crashers. They have another show they would like me to do as well, just working out how I will fit into the mix. We will have to see where this goes, you never know!



10-11-2009, 07:04 PM
I respect your work and the level of esteem you are held to on this board, but this video is exactly what low voltage professionals do not need. "The only requirement is that you find a light that fits inside the tube" is wrong and unsafe in so many ways I don't know where to begin. Again, I appreciate trying to get your name out there, etc., but your first clip I saw is exactly what so many on this board complain about all the time. Just totally incomplete and harmful advice to the homeowner.

Scott Maloney
Sunflower Landscapes

10-11-2009, 07:25 PM
I guess all the hype about the mr16 pathlight got Tommys creative Juices flowing.

No idea what you were saying in it... are my speakers broken ???

The Lighting Geek
10-11-2009, 08:09 PM
In this example I could have been a little clearer on the fixture type, but it was intended and I showed a landscape lighting fixture (Ul listed) The pipe is small enough that only better landscape lights (FX for example) would fit. The projects I do are not intended to replace good design, installation and maintenance of a properly built systems, but to offer some fun crafty ways to add something different. This area light is safe provided an outdoor rated, ul listed fixture is used. I have one that use at my house just to make sure. The top of the pipe is open to allow heat to escape and water can pass by the fixture in the pipe. I don't think there will be a run on spaghetti strainers any time soon. I will admit I could have clearer on the fixture choice.

10-11-2009, 11:19 PM

You do a great job explaining that here. Unfortunately, you explained none of that on the show, that is my point. Even when you were asked point blank what kind of fixture you should use, you offered none of that explanation. You didn't even say if it was low voltage or not. I know in these shows they want the cliff's notes version of things, but again, this is the exact incomplete information that leads homeowners who are uneducated and unskilled to do something potentially dangerous. And it's that exact thing most guys on here complain about.

Scott Maloney
Sunflower Landscapes

Alan B
10-12-2009, 01:00 AM
Tommy I think its great you are being creative in getting your message out, looking at ways to differentiate yourself from others. You do a great job at marketing, and I know you do use quality products/installs/design on your own projects.

To the critics, I see you point but please put it in perspective. These types of shows are about remodeling a house for $400 -- it doesn't really go with the concept of $200 for one fixture (plus u don't get to say everything you want in a 2 min segment).

Don't get me wrong, I wish the public didn't associate landscape lighting with what they see at Home Depot. However harping on Tommy is like an custom window treatment installer complaining about how these shows promote interior design remodels using scarfs from a second hand store for window treatments.

Overall Tommy does more good for the industry by reminding people about landscape lighting, than bad for not pointing out the need for a pro fixture. I think it would be a great think if more people followed Tommy's lead by taking their landscape lighting business to the next level of professionalism and being dynamic and unique in everything they do.

10-12-2009, 12:47 PM
Great job Tommy! I love the second video! You guys look like you have a ot of fun!!!

Elegant Outdoor Lighting
10-12-2009, 02:29 PM
Ditto what Griffen said...Thanks Tommy for raising awareness of the industry...

Trust me, professionals with a serious lack of time on their hands aren't going to try to rig it up themselves...if they have been made aware...they are going to call a outdoor lighting specialist

10-12-2009, 11:13 PM
Rock on Geek Squad!!!* Love it.

10-12-2009, 11:22 PM
Love the out takes on the second video Tommy! Keep em coming.
If you are too busy for that other show I will be slowin down real soon here......I could fly out....get a buzz cut and become a geek in training....... :)

Take Care!

10-14-2009, 09:59 AM
Hi Tommy,

I enjoyed the videos, and didn't mind that you gave homeowners a fun do-it-yourself lighting project. You succeed in getting people to think about lighting - some diy'ers watching the video will go ahead and make a funky and fun light; while for others, it may be the spark to get them thinking about landscape lighting - if they have the money, they may call a pro.

Of course, if you do another video like this, please add some safety tips and put in a plug for the pros.