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How did you learn the lighting business?

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by colawn, Jan 6, 2008.

  1. colawn

    colawn LawnSite Member
    from co
    Messages: 141

    I am interested in adding on lighting to my business but know very little about it. How did you learn? What books do you recommend? etc. I want to know what I am doing before I get into anything but don't know where to start...:usflag:
  2. pete scalia

    pete scalia LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 960

    You can start by going to the aolp conference. It's going to be a bang up of a time. Fun to be had by all.
  3. klkanders

    klkanders LawnSite Senior Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 849

    Atta boy Pete! I didn't know you were a silent member of the AOLP membership committee. Oops did I let the cat outa the bag? Sorry man! :)
  4. Mark B

    Mark B LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,020

    I trolled the forums for 6 months. Read all the post by the top posters and took notes. Looked at pictures of there work.
  5. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,186

    Read Nate Mullins book. The landscape lighting manual. This is a good place to start.
  6. Pro-Scapes

    Pro-Scapes LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,180

    I would start by asking myself questions

    1 Do you enjoy digging ditches ?
    2 do you enjoy working into the night several days a week?
    3 do you enjoy being called by an irrate client if the lights happen to not come on before a big party because a manufacture has a tech issue with the trans ?
    4. Do you have the time and willingness to learn a new craft?

    If you answered NO to any of these then lighting may not be for you. Im not trying to scare you off but you need to consider how demanding it is both physically and often times mentally.

    If your still interested I would start with the book recomended above and read about the first 20 pages in this forum and go from there. Then I would attend a few seminars if possible.

    If your not interested I would seek a local firm that does quality lighting and sub contract to them via a referal program and still make a piece of the job.
  7. colawn

    colawn LawnSite Member
    from co
    Messages: 141

    Thanks for the responses. Where do I find the book by Mullins? I googled and did an amazon search with no results... I do holiday lights now so I know all about the customers crying when lights don't work for whatever reason. W also install a lot of our lights at night too get more up and it is easier to do when you can see what you are doing in trees!
  8. NightScenes

    NightScenes LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Kingsland, Texas
    Messages: 2,214

  9. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,933

    for the book

    Go to the Unique Sponsor Forum here on Lawnsite to read reviews on this book.

    Call me if you want to get set up with training. Most lighting guys get intot he buisness by first being trained byu a manufacturer. I feel our training is the best available, you will learn the facts and we will teach you hands on the ins and outs of a system.
  10. colawn

    colawn LawnSite Member
    from co
    Messages: 141

    Thanks for the help. I will get the book. How does the training work? You just have a dealer that will help us or some sort of classes we take. Will try to talk with you a little later. We are in the middle of a snow storm right now so I have to go get everything ready.

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