Pearce Scapes specializes in the design and installation of beautiful home lighting systems.
Pearce Scapes offers landscape, pathway and accent lights. With a simple lighting enhancement you can turn your yard into an area you can enjoy all day and night while making your home more secure from crime and reducing your risk for potential slip and fall occurrences. Ask us about our variety of options from basic light to wifi enabled systems.
Understand Professionally Installed Landscape Lighting.
Pearce Scapes has been in the landscaping and landscape design business for over 30 years. One of the most popular questions we receive is about “landscape lighting”, which makes sense. Why spend all of that money and time on your landscape design and home to not be able to enjoy it day or night.
Residents of Houston, Cypress, Katy, The Woodlands, and surrounding areas pride themselves on the fact that their yards become a second great room for much of the year – a place where they can cook, dine, relax and entertain. But most don’t realize how much more comfortable and livable outdoor space could be if they invested in better landscape lighting.
You may have many questions about outdoor lighting: Where would you put the lights, how many would there be, and would you have to dig up the entire yard? Could you set up the lights yourself?
Maybe you’ve even moved to an older home with lights on trees and paths, but the cost of keeping those lights turned on is beginning to affect your utility bill. So, what would those bills look like if you added even more lights?
Following are answers to some of those questions and more.
Should you light up the front yard or the backyard, or both?
Because our customers across Houston and the suburbs love to use their backyards, that’s often done first. But lighting front yards can improve security, particularly if you leave lights on from dusk to dawn. Out front, you want your address lighted for visitors, deliveries, and service people, but also so that someone can find your house in an emergency. Walkways can be lighted for guests. Doorways can be turned into a grand entranceway. The front of your house can become a spectacular focal point.
Are there specific plants or areas you should provide lighting for?
You can have the major trees and plants lighted. You can also light up the fireplace or fire pit to draw guests to seating around those areas. Lighting can bring your water features and fountains to life. Many homeowners want special lights in and around swimming pools.
What will happen to your power bill?
Will you see a slight increase, yes. Today’s landscape lighting is primarily done with LED (light emitting diode) bulbs that have extremely low voltage and burn fewer watts than halogen bulbs. Because of that, a transformer’s size and resulting cost can be less and power bills can be much less expensive. LED systems also use simpler wiring methods. Installing a new LED system might also save older homes with less up-to-date lighting on site. LEDs do not attract mosquitoes, moths, or other bugs like other lighting systems.
Does a professional designer need to draw up the plan for your system?
That might have been true in the past, but today’s lighting systems can generally be done using a basic sketch that marks where fixtures will go. You can simply walk through a yard and put flags where you want lights installed. The average yard, back, and front, will probably need about 20 lights to allow optimal visibility.
Can I use solar fixtures instead of LEDs?
If you’ve ever driven through a neighborhood at night and seen homes with very pale, weak-looking lights, they’re probably solar fixtures. Unfortunately, solar landscape lighting has yet to achieve the same performance as electric-powered lights.
Will my yard be torn up while doing the landscape lighting?
You’ll need to have a transformer mounted on a wall near an outlet. You might also want a weatherproof outlet box to keep the rain out. A 6-inch trench will be needed to run wiring to all fixtures. Fixtures will be installed in their locations using connectors and tape. Some fixtures will be staked into the ground; some will hang on walls or underwater. Fixtures will be attached to the transformer using wires. After testing, the wires will be buried.
Can I install a lighting system myself?
Do-it-yourself kits that you can buy at big box stores do not have lights and wiring of the same quality and will not perform as well as those installed by qualified lighting professionals.
Although landscape lighting might not be on your list of must-do improvements for your home, it probably should be. It’s a moderate cost upgrade that can enhance the value of your house and make your home a standout in your neighborhood.