We all know the difference between high and low quality fixtures, and can debate the country of origin, the components, price, splice technique, etc.. However I would like to hear other peoples experience on the end result(afterall that is all that matters). Lets keep cheap fixtures and pierce points out of the equation as I find they last 1-4 years. My question is: 1. How much MORE longevity do you get from mid-priced fixtures to high priced? 2. How long of a life span are you getting? (until you have to do a maintence item beyond bulb replacement). Lets "assume" that the splice, voltage, location and install was done properly. Yes there are lots of variables depending on your area and the installer, however the same installer should have similar variables. Accordingly, we should compare lifespans of mid vs high with-in each installers experience. I have kept brands and specific prices out, so much will be subjective as to mid vs high, but I believe that there is marginal difference in longevity between mid and high priced items to justify the doubling of cost. You may feel differently, but I think that once you get a cooper, brass or a quality powder coated aluminum body, combined with exc moisture seals, stainless clips, ceramic sockets, high temp braided wire, etc., that the difference between mid range and high range is more related to higher mark-up, lower volume, and paying for sales reps than it is to double longevity. I would like to hear specific experience from pro's who have installed a variety, not subjective opinions on why one is better. Most of us have our preferred brand, but I would like to hear numbers on longevity between your experience with mid vs high tier/priced fixtures. Part of this is to maximize profit while stillproviding a quality fixture, the second part is to see if it might be worth while to install a quality transformer, burial cable, layout-- spend less on the fixture, but replace more frequently. It has been my experience that even the best fixtures I've used need to be replaced after 10 years. If a fixture 1/2 the cost lasts 7, why not use it? Thanks.