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How to get started in lighting?

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by CompletePropertyCare, Jan 18, 2006.

  1. CompletePropertyCare

    CompletePropertyCare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 64

    Do you need to be in some way certified to install these lighting fixtures? I would think so just because you are dealing with electricity, high or low voltage it still seems like you would need to be certified. Are you simply getting power through an outdoor plug or are you actually wiring something in? Sorry about the newbie questions but I really think this could be popular in my area. Thanks for any feedback
  2. Broker

    Broker LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 382

    High Voltage: You would need to be licensed

    Low Voltage: No licenses or certifications atleast in Ohio
  3. CompletePropertyCare

    CompletePropertyCare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 64

    Okay, so how are you running power to your lights?
  4. NightScenes

    NightScenes LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,209

    Ok Complete, The first thing you should do is study every aspect of this profession. You should have a good working knowledge of basic electrical theory. You should know Ohms law, watts devided by volts equals amps. You should know how to make good connections. You should know how to go about designing a system for a property, taking into consideration, the home owners wants and needs. An older person is going to require more lighting than a younger person.
    You can attain most of this information from a good lighting seminar. Most quality lighting manufacturers and distributors offers these from time to time. I suggest reading "the landscape lighting book" by Janet Moyer. This is the bible of the industry.
    The one thing I will stress more than anything else is that if you are going to do this, you must do it right. Do not cut corners. Do not use cheap materials.
    I strongly suggest joining the LVLIA (Low Voltage Lighting Institute of the Americas) www.lvlia.com . They will give you a "Standards of Installation" book that will tell you how these systems should be installed. They are also the only non profit orginazation that has a certification.
    Those are just a few tips to throw out there. Take the ball a run!!
  5. lightsaber

    lightsaber LawnSite Member
    Posts: 16

    Do you need to pull permits from the town you are working in for low voltage lighting. Or is this a local issue
  6. NightScenes

    NightScenes LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,209

    This would be a local issue. There are no permits required around my area.
  7. Broker

    Broker LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 382


    If that book is the bible, you are the preacher. If I have anymore questions you the man. You will just have to be patient with my lack of knowledge. I will post the pick of the house today.
  8. NightScenes

    NightScenes LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,209

    Janet Moyer is the leader of this industry, and rightly so. Her book is not the easiest read, but well worth the effert. It usually runs about $100 and once again, it's worth every cent. I am always available to help in any way though.
    I am glad that I found this forum and I pray that we can keep the dialog going.
  9. klkanders

    klkanders LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 848

    Preacher Paul huh? That was good! Looking forward to that pic. Are u close to Kichler and have u attended the seminars?
    Paul I am already looking for a copy of the book myself having heard from many people its one to have.
  10. Broker

    Broker LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 382

    Got a new digital camera for xmas. Downloaded the pic today and went to resize so I could attach it and it was gone. I am going to take another day pic tomorrow. Then I will get a nightime one next week. The day pic will give you a blank slate for ideas. And the night pic will let you tell me where I can make changes.

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