Nightscaping

At first glance, you probably think it odd that a company that specializes in lawn sprinkler installation and service would also offer complete security and landscape lighting solutions as well. But we look at the enhancement of your landscape as a complete package – day and night as well as winter, spring, summer and fall.

Nothing complements your landscape – from your lawn to your trees and shrubbery to the architectural elements of your property – like custom outdoor lighting. What better way to keep showing off the fruits of your labors and investment?

If you think we help your landscape to look good by day, just imagine how beautiful and dramatic it will be at night with custom illumination and the added security of exterior lighting specially tailored to meet your specific needs.

Frequently Asked Questions.

When you’re in the business as long as NEI you hear a lot of the same questions. We thought they may help you learn what you need to know to make an informed decision. If you have a question we don’t address please send us an e-mail to info@NEIrrigation.com.

Q. What is the difference between low-voltage lighting and the lighting I am now using in my home?
A. Traditional or the most commonly used light sources are powered by 120 volt current. This is known as line voltage and is the standard current. When you plug something into an outlet you are accessing this 120 volt current. Low-voltage lighting operates on a 12 volt current. This is similar to the amount of electricity used by a car battery. 12 volt is much safer and more energy efficient.

Q. Why should I use professional quality equipment over the cheaper home store versions?
A. Professional quality fixtures and equipment offer better construction, construction materials like copper and stainless steel, and are often accompanied by extensive manufacturers warranties. Also, there is a wider variety of professional quality equipment on the market. This allows a designer to choose specific fixtures with the specific functions that will best serve the particular landscape in question. Professional quality fixtures in short present you with more lighting options for any home and/or property.

Q. What are some examples of knowledge the professional has that may not be apparent to the do it yourself installer?
A. There are concerns regarding voltage drop and maintaining the same voltage and resulting light intensity at all fixture locations. There are also specific lighting techniques like grazing or backlighting that may prove to be perfect for a particular application, that the do it yourselfer may not be aware of. Designing cable runs, specifying specific lamps, color temperatures and beam spreads, and using and installing specific control options are also examples.

Q. What kind of control options are available to me?
A. There are remote options, dusk to dawn operation using light sensing photocells, timers, and more available through the use of professional equipment and a professional installer.

Q. Besides fixtures what kind of equipment is necessary?
A. The heart of any low voltage lighting system is the transformer. The transformer is a necessary component that reduces the 120 volt current from your home into the 12 volt current necessary to operate the lighting system.

Q. What are the costs of a professional lighting system?
A. Costs depend on the number of fixtures specified, the size of the property in question, the purpose of the system and so on. You can be sure that the cost of a professional system will exceed the cost of a home store kit. However, this initial expense is offset by the extended life and added enjoyment available from a professional system that creates more appealing and diverse lighting effects. When compared to line voltage alternatives, low voltage is far more economical with regard to operating expense and per fixture costs.

Q. What are the main benefits of a lighting system?
A. The most apparent benefit is the added beauty a low voltage lighting system brings to the landscape. However, equally important are the simultaneous benefits of added home safety, security and value. Plus, by adding light you extend the usable hours of your property and in turn have further opportunities to use and enjoy the outdoor areas of your home.

Q. Will installing a lighting system tear up my yard?
A. North East Irrigation can incorporate a lighting system into your existing landscape with little or no disruption to the surrounding area. However, when possible it is best to install the lighting system during the building stages of a home or landscape.