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Where are they now?

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by NightScenes, Jan 14, 2006.

  1. NightScenes

    NightScenes LawnSite Silver Member
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    Man, we were tearing it up with questions and answers not too long ago and all of the sudden, it has stopped.

    Let's keep this thing going. I will be happy to answer any questions you might have regarding landscape lighting design or installation.

    So, who's first!!
     
  2. SONSCAPES

    SONSCAPES LawnSite Member
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    Paul, I Have A ? How Do You Charge For A System I've Asked Several Different People This ? But All Have Been Distributors I Wanted To Ask A Fellow Contractor. Btw The Answers I Was Getting Were Ranged From $125-$200 Per Fixture And $1 Per Watt For Transformers. Thanks For All The Help!
     
  3. NightScenes

    NightScenes LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,206

    My average is about $215 per fixture. That is for the complete package. Sometimes this runs a little higher, if the client wants a higher end path/spread light. This price might be going up soon do to the price of wire. Of course all jobs are different, if I have to cross driveways, go under sidewalks, or install alot of moonlighting.
     
  4. SONSCAPES

    SONSCAPES LawnSite Member
    Posts: 93

    so the $215 includes the transformers ,wires everything right in my city lighting has not even been tapped into yet! my company and one other company are the only ones offering lighting,but an hour away in the triangle(raleigh,durham and chapel hill) it is very competitive i'm hoping lighting will start spilling over to my city so i guess my ? is should i go for the high end of the pay range or should i cut back some to get the ball rolling in the lighting biz. thanks
     
  5. NightScenes

    NightScenes LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,206

    When I started my company, I decided that I was going to be the best at what I do. I saught out the education and learned every aspect of the field before I got started. By doing this I could go into it as a professional. When I did this, I set standards that are among the highest in the country. By doing this, I am able to command the best price. Now, I could lower my standards, lower my price and work my tail off, putting in cheap systems, or I can maintain very high standards, install the very best lighting systems, charge accordingly and not have to work as hard because I'm not in competition with the lower end guys.

    This is my thinking about this, what you do is up to you. My target property is $500,000 or more. I have done smaller homes but my price does not change.
     
  6. NightScenes

    NightScenes LawnSite Silver Member
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    I guess what I am trying to say is, set your standards high and let the others try to catch up. I hope that helps.
     
  7. SONSCAPES

    SONSCAPES LawnSite Member
    Posts: 93

    so i should just set my price and stick with it, do a good job and my work will speak for itself. i agree with being professional and learning everything you.question is there a season for lighting to maybe really target marketing and advertising? thank you for all the help
     
  8. NightScenes

    NightScenes LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,206

    I am working on marketing now for the spring. People around here start working in the yard around the end of February. I install year round here but it does slow down in the fall.
     
  9. SONSCAPES

    SONSCAPES LawnSite Member
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    if you don't mind me asking what are you doing for advertisement? thanks
     
  10. NightScenes

    NightScenes LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,206

    Direct mail is supposed to work well so I went to my county tax office and asked them for a list of all properties in my county that are above $450k. They gave it to me on a disk in excel format. I will print the labels from there. The cost for this list? $12. What a bargin!! My best advertising is from my yard signs. When I complete a job, I make sure that I put a light, 10 watt, on my sign. When people drive by at night, they can't help but see it.
     

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