Mike, I certainly agree with you about the value of Lawnsite's educational quality. And the lighting professionals on this particular forum love to educate.
BUT they also expect some effort to educate oneself before beginning to work on lighting. When I first visited this forum a couple years ago, I suspect I knew less than you do now. However, I didn't take on even the simplest tasks for clients until I read books and articles and almost the complete archives of this forum. One last point and again please take this as constructive advice: You mentioned that you (or landscape guys like you) are often asked to fix others' messes. The professionals on this forum will agree that that is the last job you should take on without adequate knowledge.
And those on here with the most knowledge and expertise will not touch those jobs. Thanks for reading.
Starry Night Lighting
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