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Landscape Lighting Cost

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by blide, Jul 26, 2008.

  1. blide

    blide LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 12

    Hey everyone! Been lurking these forums for a while and really enjoy them!

    I was hoping someone might give me a little advice. I've done my own lighting in the past with the HomeDepot cheap stuff and want to jump into the better equipment. I have recently got a professional to give me a quote on landscape lighting and I can't figure out if it's high or not because I'm just not sure of the equipment or labor costs these days.

    The total quote is for-

    FX Luminare Equipment Installed
    9 Fixtures, 1 Transformer, Installation - $1800
    12 Fixtures, 1 Transformer, Installation - $2340

    Just not sure what I'm getting since I've alway done installs with cheap equipment and free labor.

    Thanks for your help!
    Bill in TX :)
  2. blide

    blide LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 12

    Oh forgot to add that the company is "lighting only" and aren't water boys or any other landscape combos. :usflag:
  3. S&MLL

    S&MLL LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 751

    At 195 a fixture I would hop on the 12 lights. Just do some research on the company before you sign the papers. Not sure about the FX thing. Never used them. Im sure other guys on here have.
  4. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,112

    Sounds very reasonable to me. We are talking about a whole different class of light fixture than what you are used to. I would agree with the advice that S&MLL gave you about checking out the guys work and finding out if he maintains what he installs.
  5. NightScenes

    NightScenes LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,209

    Where are you in Texas Bill? I'm in the Austin area myself. I also think that you should check out this company to make sure that they will be there if anything goes wrong. The pricing is very reasonable, not knowing what the install entails. Is there any down/moon lighting? Just curious.

    Good luck with your project,
  6. TXNSLighting

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

    Yeh where in Texas are you? Im in the DFW area. Thats a good price but low for the texas region.. Just do research on the company like everyone else has said. Get references and pictures of THEIR work.
  7. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,535

    Well what specific fixtures are we talking about?

    There's a big difference between FX's different lines of fixtures... and it is reflected in the cost.

    On the lower end, the CF uses a PAR-36 in a pretty well designed plastic can with a debris screen.

    An RS aluminum body MR-16 uplight is sort of the middle.

    There's the MU for more customizing options, with various lenses and spacer rings...

    Or you could go to the LR for a copper body, and finally the LO for solid brass.

    Same range of materials with their pathlights and downlights.
  8. Chris J

    Chris J LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,830

    All in all, that's a good price even if it is aluminum FX. On average, you should expect to pay between 250 & 300 for a job that small. Maybe more for the quality lighting guys. Research the company. Call the BBB. Ask specific questions about a license, service agreement, warranty (labor not product), If you really want to have some fun, ask the guy how many watts is allowable on 12 guage wire. If he doesn't say 240, but 192 allowable by NEC (80%) then you know you have a frog in your pocket.
  9. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,112

    Sorry, I am not from the south. What is the benefit of having a frog in your pocket? If it is just an expression, where did it originate from? This is coming from a curious Yankee. Thanks
  10. blide

    blide LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 12

    I've done a little research on the company and they seem very reputable (10yrs of buisness) and also sell yearly maintenance plans for 1% of the install cost which includes bulb changes, cleaning, shrub trimming maintenance (blocking light), and etc.. The owner seemed very nice and authentic, but since I was dealing with something I didn't know enough about I thought I would ask you guys. :drinkup:

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