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Educating Myself

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by Crimson Lawn, Jan 15, 2014.

  1. Crimson Lawn

    Crimson Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 319

    I am looking into developing lighting as apart of my business. I would like to take my time and research instead going out and doing illegal or costly house burning work.
    Anyone in Missouri know of license requirements, certifications that are needed.
    Also, is there certified training that municipality or the state requires?

    Doing a search on the web but getting some counter info.

    Not looking to jump right in but R & D.

    Any and all help is appreciated.
  2. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,113

    Two books I would recommend purchasing to help you along:

    Advanced trade secrets of professional landscape lighting: by Nate Mullen
    (This is an introductory book to give you the basics of getting started into landscape lighting- some of the material is outdated but the book is relevant overall)

    The Landscape lighting book: by Janet Moyer
    (This is a more advanced read for someone once they have a general knowledge of lighting and lighting design already)

    Of course this forum has some pretty deep archives with a wealth of information in them also. General searches on topics should uncover some very helpful tips for you.

    One of the best ways to learn about design and light characteristics is to buy some equipment and experiment around your home or a friends by setting up some various mock-ups and see the effects first hand as you move the equipment around into different scenarios.
    Good luck, once you get into doing lighting- you will be hooked.
  3. Crimson Lawn

    Crimson Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 319

    Thank You.
    I am already hooked. Wanted to do it for a while just now developing a plan on how to start.
    I like your thread, great set ups, great pics.
    I will find those books.

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