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What do you guys think of this quote?

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by vtruong, Mar 16, 2010.

  1. vtruong

    vtruong LawnSite Member
    Posts: 22

    Been in the market for landscape lighting and thinking about going with this quote:

    Scope: Your outdoor lighting system will contain:

    9 Accents lights for front house. Unique Intrepid $1,340.00

    3 Par 36 Accent for big trees in back. Unique Bishop $465.00

    4 Path Lights for back. Unique Lancer 6” $620.00

    5 Deck lights. Unique Gemini $775.00

    4 Deck Step Lights. Unique Viking $620.00

    1Transformer Unique 840Watt Multi-tap $ 720.00

    5 hub systems will be installed.

    Total $4,545.00

    Looking for any input, thanks!
     
  2. emby

    emby LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 380

    deleted for obvious reasons
     
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2010
  3. vtruong

    vtruong LawnSite Member
    Posts: 22

    I saw that sticky but didnt think it applied since these arent wholesale prices. This is an actualy quote I received from a contractor. But either way, thanks for the heads up.
     
  4. emby

    emby LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 380

    Sorry about that misread your first post.
    I would encourage you to seek out at least three quotes for your landscape lighting project.
    There are a few well written arcticles about hiring a low voltage landscape lighting designer/contractor on the web and I advise you to find them and read them.
    Look for well written proposal packages that will describe what they will be designing and achieving, proof of insurance and certificates, and warrenty and maintenance.
    Hope this helps you out a bit.

    Ken
     
  5. S&MLL

    S&MLL LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 751


    Does this contractor include labor in fixture prixe? how about wire? What is turning this thing on/off? Some key items missing from the estimate.... But if that system is that price installed I would say go with it. Aslong as the guy knows what hes doing. 181 a fixture for lifetime warr. Seems cheap to me :hammerhead:
     
  6. vtruong

    vtruong LawnSite Member
    Posts: 22

    Thanks for the replies...yes each price includes labor/installation. This does include a timer with the transformer as well....basically everything needed included in price. He will even fix my irrigation if he happens to hit it.
     
  7. The Lighting Geek

    The Lighting Geek LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 875

    I would almost say it is too low. But if they can make a buck a that price, more power to them. You should get at least 3 bids total and check for proper insurance and licensing for your area.
     
  8. sal rodriguez

    sal rodriguez LawnSite Member
    Posts: 45

    It is impossible to give a definitive answer to your question because there are so many variables. You are not buying a commodity so comparison between quotes is impossible. No two designers/installers will ever turn out the same work.

    You can answer some of these questions and probably arrive at your own conclusion by discovering the answers.

    How long in business

    How many yrs doing lighting

    How many projects completed per yr.

    licensed Bonded liability Insured ?

    workers compensation insurance ?

    is LL their only business

    If not what percentage of their business?

    offer a maintenance package?

    written warranty from your contractor? What does it cover, what doesn't it cover?

    are they busy?

    have you seen their work

    If you have seen theeir work are you happy with what you have seen

    do they have a reputation in your area.

    website

    do they comeback when finished to aim and adjust

    how deep do they bury cable

    Any opinion you get here is virtually worthless as we do not have the answer to these quesyions.
     
  9. Alan B

    Alan B Sponsor
    Posts: 406

    Solid fixtures, tran and the 5 hubs imply he will layout to compensate for voltage drop, but price is really on the "too inexpensive" side. The quoting co may do it for that but the reality is they co cannot not sustain a living at those prices over the long haul. The concern is if the business model doesn't make sense, what gives. Could be a guy just starting, just exiting, a guy that doesn't know how to quote, or a guy that's just in real need -- but not too many indications point to an experience pro known for quality, who has a healthy business.

    But the fixtures, trans, and price are great -- which is better than most people get.
     
  10. S&MLL

    S&MLL LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 751

    Some of these questions do not matter imho.

    There are guys that do 1 project a year and gross more then 10 lighting guys combined.

    A website..... Not everyone needs a website.

    I do work in areas that I didn't know exist. But I get the call because they find me and I can win over anyone.

    Everyone has to start out somewhere. Maybe this guy is young and new.... But should someone hold that against him? Im still young, and I hate it when contractors try to put me down for that..... I have projects that put them to shame.


    Sorry for the rant but lets not knock a guy who we dont even know. Maybe he does 200 of those projects a year. Even at 20 percent profit he still makes 180k a year. Nothing to be ashamed about
     

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