View Full Version : landscape lighting

05-24-2004, 08:24 PM
got a call today from a lady looking for landscape lighting. i really want to get into this type of work. (lighting, patios, pavers)

are there any web sites anyone knows of i could look at to learn about placement of lights.

how should i price this job.

there wil be only 3-7 lights total. i havent meet w. the lady, just the guy and they were gonna talk it over and im gonna catch up w. them later about how many they want. they run a painting and design company, so id like to think they have a decent idea about how it should look, as far as stuff being balanced and what not.

so basically im looking for a crash course on landscape lighting.


Team Gopher
05-24-2004, 10:31 PM
Hi mdmowerman,

Here are a couple of sites that might help.



D Felix
05-26-2004, 01:54 AM
Contact Vista or Kichler and see who supplies their stuff in your area. Chances are that the supplier has someone knowledgeable in that area and can design a system for you.

Once you do a couple or three, you will have a good idea of what needs to happen and will be able to do most of the design work yourself.

As for pricing, that's up to you. I would recommend a high quality fixture and transformer such as Vista or Kichler though, not some cheap Wal-Mart/Lowes/Home Depot/etc version.

Vista's URL is http://www.vistapro.com I don't know what Kichler's is, sorry.



05-26-2004, 06:33 PM
In CT you have to have a L5 License for low voltage work in order to hook up the transformer. I'm not talking about just plugging it in to a 120 line I'm talking about the secondary runs off the transformer. You need 4000 hours of apprentice work and take a test. Rediculous.

05-26-2004, 09:39 PM
Need licencse in MD too.

05-26-2004, 11:20 PM

Not that I don't believe you but where did you hear that? The local electricians must be lovin that!

Gilla Gorilla
05-26-2004, 11:40 PM
Dang, Team Gopher is on the ball again as usuall with the helping hand.

05-27-2004, 12:22 AM
I went to a Cast Lighting seminar man is thta easy fast money. Look into the Cast product line its great.

05-27-2004, 08:02 AM
IF any one wants to read the CT department of consumer protection's pdf here it is. http://www.dcp.state.ct.us/licensing/PDFfiles/CPR-80A.PDF

Look for L5

05-27-2004, 09:27 AM
what license is required in maryland?

05-27-2004, 04:52 PM
Originally posted by arosewag
what license is required in maryland?

When installing anything in MD you need a MHIC license.

05-27-2004, 08:19 PM
You need either a Master Electricians License or a Low Voltage License.

Inspectors have been cracking down hard on this and even have gone as far as to collect the names of local Landscape Contractors from our fine Nurseries(including Homestead Gardens) to follow up upon. Don't get caught without it or without the a Contractor License.

05-27-2004, 08:20 PM
The license for electrical is a completly different license than the MHIC #

05-28-2004, 09:54 AM
I used to work for homestead, I know they had a run in with an electrical instpector.

Is the low voltage license hard to get? I just started out and just downloaded info for the MHIC.

05-30-2004, 11:29 PM
Have done two jobs (15 - 30 fixtures) this year and one scheduled next week. Its not exactly "easy money" as there isnt people knocking down your door to have it done. Selling it is way harder than doing it once you get an idea of whats involved.

05-31-2004, 11:10 AM
You have to be willing to travel with this business.