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Old 01-20-2014, 03:08 PM
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Landscape Lighting Choice

I am a Hardscape materials distributor in Southeastern PA offering EP Henry, Techo Bloc and CST and I am currently looking for a line of landscape lighting. I put this in the Hardscape forum as that is the type of customer I usually deal with.

I figure my best choices are Kitchler, Focus or Unique...I can't sell Unique as I am too close to another dealer, so I am looking for feedback on Kitchler and Focus. Initial investment to become a distributor is significant, so any insight you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

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(We already sell Integral under cap lights, so I am very familiar with them)
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I use vista. Their reps are a tremendous help.

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I am a Hardscape materials distributor in Southeastern PA offering EP Henry, Techo Bloc and CST and I am currently looking for a line of landscape lighting. I put this in the Hardscape forum as that is the type of customer I usually deal with.

I figure my best choices are Kitchler, Focus or Unique...I can't sell Unique as I am too close to another dealer, so I am looking for feedback on Kitchler and Focus. Initial investment to become a distributor is significant, so any insight you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.

Chris.

(We already sell Integral under cap lights, so I am very familiar with them)

What is the name of your company, doing a job there in a few weeks for a relative.
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I spec a good bit of focus
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Old 01-21-2014, 12:44 AM
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Check out I lighting, http://www.ilighting.co/ its the easiest and most affordable LED system on the market! Its an easy up-sale for my company never have to splice a wire and you plug the transformer to an outlet. it runs on DC
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Vista or Focus. Used a good amount of Kichler to know that I don't like it and that some if it is rather cheaply made Chinese junk. Vista is now my preferred brand of lighting.
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Old 01-21-2014, 12:38 PM
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DVS, we are Woodward Landscape Supply. Number here is 610-983-9810. We are open six days a week all year.

Thanks for all the responses, quite a bit to choose from...anyone use VOLT?
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Kichler is a great co. to deal with as both a contractor as well as a distributor. They have made huge gains in market share over the last 5 years and continue to lead the way in a lot of technologies in the LED market, which pretty much IS the market these days. It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Kichler. I was a convert about 3-4 years ago. Used to be a huge Unique and FXL fan before. But since I've switched, I've been extremely happy with their product, almost zero failure rate, customer support, trianing and amazing warranty. We purchased over $100k of Kichler product in 2013 and should do even more this year. I wouldn't buy that much if it wasn't great stuff. Their LED fixtures, especially the generation 2 stuff that just came out in 2013, are just awesome.

I haven't been too impressed with Focus. The quality doesn't seem to be there. If you're looking for another line to carry, FX Luminaire would be a better choice than Focus. CAST is also very good, as some have mentioned.

Not as many use Volt. I won't get too much into why. There's a huge thread on why in the lighting forum if you care to read it. It's sort of a controversial topic. But you won't find many distributors carrying Volt. Distributors don't like it for the same reasons a lot of contractors don't like it. They are more of a internet-direct-order seller.

I love lighting. Just finished another lighting job today. It's a passion of mine. If you want to discuss this more, PM me anytime.
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