FAQ - Irrigation

Does having a sprinkler system really save time?

Yes. You won't have to spend another minute of your valuable leisure time watering the lawn. Whether you are home or away, your system will do the watering for you!

Will an automatic sprinkler system use more water than I'm currently using?

No. In fact, it will conserve water. The system's controller and rain sensor will be set so you receive only the amount of water you need. You will not over-water or under-water your lawn with an automatic sprinkler system.

Will an automatic sprinkler system water as effectively as I can water by hand?

It will do a much better job because a professionally designed system will deliver exactly the right amount of water to individual lawn and garden areas.

We generally get 40 or more inches of rainfall a year. Do we really need a sprinkler system?

If it rained at your house every three days the same exact amount each time, you probably would not need a sprinkler system. But nature does not work that way, and the only way to ensure healthy, lush growth is to make certain your lawn and plants receive a regularly timed, evenly measured amount of water. In the dry season when there is little or no rain, your yard can suffer damage after just a few days without water.

Can I save money by installing my own system?

No! In fact, it could cost you more money in the long run.

Will I have difficulty operating this system?

No! Your contractor will explain to you how your controller works and how the watering times have been set. Then if necessary, the watering times can be adjusted by following the instructions on the inside of the controller cabinet. And that is it; the system does the rest for you.

FAQ - Lighting

What are some basic advantages of residential landscape lighting?

Landscape lighting contributes to the aesthetic appeal of your lawn while enhancing security and increasing your property value.

Which exterior finishes are best on the lighting systems?

We recommend brass finishes on outdoor lighting systems offer because they are the most durability and resist chipping and fading.

What is the difference between low-voltage lighting and the lighting I am now using in my home?

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.

What are the advantages of choosing low-voltage or 12 volt lighting over traditional line voltage alternatives?

The following are a few examples of the benefits of low-voltage lighting:

Low voltage, 12-volt, landscape lighting is safer to operate than traditional 120-volt light.

12-volt operating expenses are approximately 1/3 less than 120-volt lamps.

Per fixture installation costs are up to 90% less than 120 volt.

12-volt lamps give beam control rather than Omni-direction flare of 120-volt lamps.

For wattages of 75 or less, there are over 100 (one hundred) 12-volt lamps available, compared to 12 (twelve) 120-volt lamps.

12-volt lamps are capable of compact design therefore yield more compact fixtures.

12-volt lamps produce a better quality of light than 120-volt.

12-volt lamps are available in a wide range of quartz halogen, not available to 120-volt.

Should I choose conventional or LED lighting?

LED is the best choice for the following reasons:

LED uses only 1/4 of power output.

LED has 10 year minimum warranty.

No service calls for bulb replacement for duration of warranty.

Less wire runs because of lower power usage.

Smaller transformers because of lower power usage.