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brand preferance

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by hillcountry, Jun 23, 2009.

  1. hillcountry

    hillcountry LawnSite Member
    Posts: 20

    I am getting intolighting and I have done a few. I've been to Vistas seminars and so I feel that Vista makes a good product (of course they make it seem that way) and I have been happy with the fixtures and the look. I also like the multi-tap transformer. I have FX and hadco? available in my area. Does anyone else have a brand they like and why?
     
  2. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,933

    Unique Lighting!! We just got a rep in Texas also!! I am biased obviously but I would be happy to send you a box of product info!
     
  3. Go Halogen

    Go Halogen LawnSite Member
    Posts: 102

    You can not go wrong with Fx or Vista Lighting. They both are U.S. made and can cover all of your design needs. Both of these companies have a full line of product, from less expensive powder coated aluminum to very high end brass and copper fixtures. This enables you to get the penny pincher jobs (we need a shot at each and every job) as well as the high end residential installs.

    One of my very good friend's and former student just took the Regional Manager position for FX in the Mid-Atlantic area (PA/DE/MD/NJ/VA).

    FX is going to be coming out with some very cool additions soon.

    Remember, it pays to buy American. If we had more American products to buy, we might all be better off.

    Good Luck to you.

    -Andy:usflag:
     
  4. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 6,462

    Unique is the only way to go! Better than the couple of products mentioned prior. Very innovative products, and all around well put together products! You need to get with Joey.
     
  5. David Gretzmier

    David Gretzmier LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,645

    for trans, I like Volt ( griffin is the sponsor here), Fx, Coppermoon, kind of in that order. my reasoning seems to be on which wattage I am running. 300 I lean FX, 600 I could go either way on the Volt and copper moon ( sharp edges !), 900 and 1200 is volt. Copper moon has some nice wall washers, and thier interchangable hats and bases on thier paths are cool. Volt's top dog light has everything you could want in a spot. I have never installed hadco, but have repaired/replaced some.
     
  6. Go Halogen

    Go Halogen LawnSite Member
    Posts: 102

    Ryan.....No U.S. products? I am surprised that a Texan would solely support
    Chinese made products. I do use some Unique (Stellars and Novas). I like them because no one else has those.

    I do try support most products that are made in our country.

    -Andy
     
  7. indylights

    indylights LawnSite Member
    Posts: 166

    I use mostly Cast and Unique for fixtures, my transformers vary. I actually think Cast has the best made fixtures, just a limited line. Unique fixtures are good too, just in my opinion the Cast holds up better in the winter. Transformers, I like a lot of brands, still haven't fallen in love with one that I will use every time. Not a big Kichler or Vista fan, feel both of those lines are kind of flimsy. As for American made products, I think you need to define what you consider American made. Assembling foreign made components in America in my mind is not American made. I don't know how much of a Vista or FX fixture is truly made in the U.S., but I'm sure someone will educate me on that.

    Scott Maloney
    Sunflower Landscapes

    P.S. Are your computer, television, cell phone, car/truck, refrigerator, stove, microwave, (and I could go on and on) made in America? Again, I don't mean assembled in America, but made in America. I am a proud Hoosier, born and raised, but sometimes I think we use the "not made in the U.S.A." excuse as a reason not to try new and better products.
     
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2009
  8. Go Halogen

    Go Halogen LawnSite Member
    Posts: 102

    Scott,

    I have no hard facts on the % of imported components American manufacturers use. The actual fixture housings are made at the factories.
    Sockets??? No idea.

    Buying American supports the labor force. It supports domestic manufacturing thus supporting a many jobs.....here on our soil.

    As for the list of electronic products that you gave......We don't have a choice. Those days have passed us. With lighting, we have a choice.

    All the choices are good. I just feel better dealing supporting Domestic labor.
    The product speaks for itself. We all know its the Lamp and Lens that we depend on. The holder is just eye candy during the day. Fixtures should not even be seen, if at all possible.

    CAST......been there.....done that. I don't need any more boat anchors in my life. They turn white for Pete's sake.

    -Andy
     
  9. indylights

    indylights LawnSite Member
    Posts: 166

    I didn't say they were the best looking, just the best made. Just my opinion, and I know that matters to no one else, the two brands I mentioned suit my environment, installation and design skills the best. Besides, as you say, the holder is the eye candy, and I have had minimal problems with either brand over the past nine (Cast only five) years averaging 13.5 installs a year. I did have numerous problems with both Vista and Kichler, so I don't bother dealing with either of those. I wasn't passing judgement on the quality of the FX fixture, have no experience with them. As for those electronic products and automobiles, we do still have that choice if you look hard enough, but most don't. I'm not knocking those who don't, because I don't either, but the "made is the U.S.A." argument sometimes gets old when individuals (and I am not saying you are one of those individuals) pick and choose when they want to use it. It's like the vegetarian who preaches about the animals they save by the food they eat, but don't consider animals killed in harvesting the cotton, hemp, or whatever matierial for their clothes, wear leather bets and shoes, etc. But I'm way off base. I stated my fixture preferences, and that was the subject, and again, that's just one humble man's opinion.

    Scott Maloney
    Sunflower Landscapes
     
  10. Go Halogen

    Go Halogen LawnSite Member
    Posts: 102

    Scott,

    Excellent responses. If I may ask, what issues did you have with Vista.
    We may have had some of the same issues.

    -Andy
     

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