Signs In the Landscape After Install

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by JimLewis, Sep 12, 2013.

  1. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
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    I was considering an idea today. I was thinking it would be nice to get a little sign made - maybe 16" tall by 18" wide, something like that. Not too big. Something that said something like, "Outdoor Light System Installed by....." on it. Something very classy and elegant. Very nicely made. Then I'd illuminate the sign somehow and leave it installed in the front corner of the yard where we just did a lighting installation. Leave it there for 2 weeks. And for allowing us to do this, I'd knock off $100 or so off the customer's final bill.

    My thinking was this would allow us to get more business from people walking or driving by, right after the installation was done. That's when the lighting is going to get noticed the most anyway, by the people in that neighborhood. After a few weeks, people just get used to driving by it. But at first, the lighting job stands out, just because it's new.

    Anyone already do something like this? Thoughts?
     
  2. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yeah that's a common practice. We do if for holiday lighting and roof cleaning
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  3. easy-lift guy

    easy-lift guy LawnSite Gold Member
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    Keep your money in your pocket. I went with this idea 20 years ago. I ask my customers if I would be allowed to place a sign on their yard. All that I asked said yes, I kept my money in my pocket, where it belongs. Don't even consider paying your customers to place a sign on their property.
    Make sure your not in violation of any and all zoning and codes for your town, city, or county, not to mention HOA or Condo.
    easy-lift guy
     
  4. Disciple X

    Disciple X LawnSite Member
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    I put up yard signs all the time. Never been turned down...
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  5. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
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    Anyone have any examples of signs you've installed/illuminated after a lighting job? If you don't want to share them publicly, you can PM me.
     
  6. bcg

    bcg LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Basic black lettering on a white background works best for this. You don't need to overdo it with the logo or try to put images on it, the job is your image. Make the lettering big and easy to read when you're driving by at 30MPH and keep it uncluttered.
     
  7. Disciple X

    Disciple X LawnSite Member
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    Well said. I just hit vistaprint and got the largest yard signs they had. I think they are 18" x 24" and just have my company name and phone number. I've gotten a new account from almost every one i put up
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  8. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
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    New account? Are you talking about lawn care or lighting???
     
  9. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I have a couple of illuminated site signs. I mounted a Nightscaping constitution to the top edge of the metal frame and adjust the eyebrow so that the light streams down with no glare to the eye. Make sure the signs are plain and simple as Bernie suggested.
     
  10. Viewpoint

    Viewpoint LawnSite Member
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    You want the sign to be seen at night, as people drive by. Headlights will wash out the lights you put on the sign usually, and you need to wire them in temporarily. I've done my signs with dark background and light colored lettering/logo. Simple, just logo and my contact info, but all in REFLECTIVE VINYL. It beams when the headlights hit it at night, and when I'm done, there's nothing to disconnect. The reflective stuff is more expensive, but cheaper than a light fixture!
     

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