System Construction

Lighting System Construction we are prepared to start your project, and will be on your site within the following week to lay out the lighting system

Lighting System Construction

Lighting Layout And First Inspection

We will notify you once we are prepared to start your project, and will be on your site within the following week to lay out the landscape lighting system. We have found that pictures of our projects give clients a much better idea of our design than a written sketch or plan. We are exceptional in this field and have dedicated our lives to it and we have 15 years of success behind us. With that said, landscape lighting is not an exact science and is highly subjective as to brightness levels, the desirability of effects etc. What is spectacular to someone may not be acceptable to another.

We also have found that final decisions cannot be made until the client has actually seen the lighting live on their property at night. The lighting systems are laid out on site and fired up for the clients to see before anything is finalized. This guarantees that our clients are 100% satisfied with the end result. Our goal at this stage is to get all of the fixtures operating as soon as possible so we can begin receiving critical client feedback and adjust on the fly if needed.

1) Fixture Placement

We will place flags where the fixtures are to go and we will begin conceptualizing how the conduit and cable is going to be routed around obstacles such as concrete structures, roots, boulders and landscape amenities with the least disturbance possible.

2) Transformer’s And Switching System Placement

We will install transformers and switching controls to connect to the existing 120-volt electrical system on the property.

The following procedures take place each day until all of the fixtures are working. All fixtures installed and connected that day are operational that same night for the client to see and provide feedback on.

3) Fixture And LED Assembly

Fixtures and LED lamp modules are removed from their boxes and assembled. Final quality control and inspection is made by the technicians. Once the LED lamp module is hard wired into each individual waterproof fixture, its brightness level is adjusted a proper focal point is placed. Marking flags are removed at this point.

4) Cabling

Now that the fixtures, transformers, and controls are in place, cable and routing locations are finalized. Feeder cables are rolled out on top of the ground and cut to size.

5) Connections

Now that all of the fixtures, transformers, controls, and cable runs are in place the system is now ready for the techs to connect all of the wires.

6) System Turned On And Electrically Adjusted And Balanced

System is turned on. Each fixture and LED is inspected to make sure it is on and operating properly. Voltage tests are then made at several key test points in the system. Adjustments are made at the transformers until all test points are adjusted to 12 volts or as close to 12 volts as possible. This will ensure predictable performance and best life of the LED’s.

7) Client Feedback, Adjustments (If Needed) And Approval

On small systems all the lights may be functioning on the first night of construction. On larger jobs this process of getting all of the lights working at night may take several days or weeks. Every night there are new lights for the client to view and provide feedback on the next day. If needed, adjustments are made during the day based on client feedback. Adjustments are made until the client is totally satisfied with the look.

8) Completion Of Build

As soon as the client has approved the final look. Technicians disconnect cables, roll them up and put them aside and then dig or slit trench the ground where cables are then placed into rigid PVC conduit of appropriate size and placed in the trenches and backfilled and leveled.

Cables are then reconnected. All throughout this process which may take several days there is no interruption of service and the lights are fully functional at night for the duration of this process which may take several days or weeks.

9) Substantial Completion Of Project

First, the landscape lighting system cable is buried inside of conduit underground, connections have been closed and buried.
Then, final voltage readings have been taken, adjusted and lights have been operating at night. Finally, the project is considered to be substantially complete and the final payment is due.