When you are building your new home, there are countless tasks on the to-do list. It might seem overwhelming to think of all of the design options for your kitchen, dining room, living room, the floor plans, the furniture, the placement of each detail can be hard to imagine when starting from scratch. One element you want to be sure not to forget, is landscape lighting. Don’t worry, there are several reputable companies that can handle this design and installation for you, but you want to think about your options and potential for installing a landscape lighting system before you finish construction on the home. This makes things easier, faster, and less expensive if and whenever you decide to proceed with adding landscape lighting.
Transformer and Outlet Location
First, you’ll want to consider your transformer and where it is located. The transformer provides power to a landscape lighting system and you will want it to be centrally located. The reasoning behind this is to get the costs down as much as possible for the homeowner, to use the fewest amount of wires and to make it easy to control your entire property’s lighting.
Another key factor to consider is planning for electricity outside. Be sure that you have a dedicated outlet for your outdoor lighting. Bonus points if that outlet is in a discreet place on an outside wall. Not only will this benefit your plans for future outdoor lighting, but also for irrigation for your landscape itself. You will want this outlet in a place that is undisturbed.
Home Automation Plans
These days, more homeowners are taking advantage of automation systems. Maybe you have your eye on a Control 4, Crestron, or Savant system for your new home. Be sure to choose a system that will fully integrate with a landscape lighting system. Another great reason for your transformer’s central location is related to home automation. You don’t want glitches in the lighting automation because of a transformer on the other side of your property.
We like to explain to homeowners that it is certainly not a necessity to have your landscape lighting system installed before the home is complete. However, if you know that landscape lighting is on your radar for your home, plan ahead. It is incredibly hard to work around existing stone and concrete if you already have ideas of ways you might want your outdoor lighting fixtures to integrate with that stone around the garage you paid so much to upgrade.
Prestige Outdoor Lighting has experience helping homeowners in every stage of the construction process with their landscape lighting design and would be happy to take a look at your property and help you plan for landscape lighting in the most efficient and affordable ways! Give us a call to get started with your free consultation today at 910-754-5483.