Tips for Professionals from the in-lite Team

Here's some great advice for installing, designing and troubleshooting outdoor lighting right from the source: the in-lite Team!

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The in-lite team is coming at you today with some helpful advice from our awesome team on topics like designing, selling, and installing. We asked in-lite staff from different departments to share useful tips that they wished all in-lite users knew - to provide you with practical information from multiple sources and different perspectives.

If you have any questions or would like to talk to any of our team members about their advice below, shoot us a message at info@in-lite.com and we'd be happy to put you in contact with them!

Leticia, LAB Experience Designer: 

When designing a lighting plan, always define which areas you would like to use as focal points. Try to think about those elements you would like to enhance in the space or direct your attention to: maybe a tree, fountain, garden, or architectural feature. Once you have your focal points, start working from there as you walk through the outdoor space you're designing and think about what the client will be looking at when they're lounging or walking outside…. a pathway, seating area, pool, etc.

Make sure not to over-light the area either (it doesn't happen often, but there is such thing as too many lights!) and to always create and play with the shadows and textures, which will add depth and layers to all elements in the space. Take these tips into consideration when designing your lighting plan to ensure artistic, modern, dynamic, and interesting outdoor spaces for your clients. 

outdoor lighting for pools

 

Anna, Account Manager: 

My tip for professionals when using in-lite is to think about outdoor lighting projects in phases. The trick is to always focus on one area or element first (and to do it well) so the client asks you to come back and install more lights in the future. If you don't have a big lighting budget, don’t make the mistake of spreading your fixtures too far apart throughout the whole space just for the sake of lighting it up because the results could be underwhelming and disappointing to the client. 

If you only focus on one area and you do it beautifully (let's say a client's deck), they will see how great their deck looks lit up in contrast to all the other dark elements in the same space and inspire them to want to add more lighting to their path, gardens, patio, pool area, etc.

You can section projects out in phases (like 1 – 3 for example) based on factors like the client’s budget, seasonality, etc. Focusing on the front yard first and then moving to the backyard or vice versa is also a great way to start.

Remember: The goal is to help design a project that is well lit in every single aspect while still keeping the client’s budget in mind.

lights for paths and house fronts

 

Ben, Account Manager: 

Here's a great tip: when designing your outdoor lighting, think of the outdoor space as a show on a theatre stage. There is always a background/backdrop (which you can create adding and ACE DOWN or up lighting the trees in the back to add depth and layers to the whole space for example). Then there are props to the sides of the stage (paths, gardens, trees, bushes, etc.), and finally something going on at the front and center of the stage (a deck, pool area, patio, fire feature and so on).

The key is in combining lighting effects front to back throughout the whole project from the viewing angles the client will use. This will attract our eyes to see the front of the show, the sides and the back, creating a 3D-like and dynamic appearance vs. just one light angle and effect which we don’t want because it will make the project flat and one-dimensional. 

wall and pergola outdoor lighting

 

Jen, Digital Media Coordinator: 

My best piece of advice is to have a high quality portfolio of your previous projects to show to your current and upcoming clients. Showing your clients what you're capable of will spark curiosity and also get them excited about the potential of their outdoor living space. Make sure your portfolio has the following:

  • Include a collection of night shots and day shots with a variety of style, colours, plants, hardscapes, design elements, structures, etc. of your projects. 
  • When creating your portfolio, be sure to focus on quality over quantity. Take your time to look through all your work and only choose the best and most relevant projects to showcase. It's always better to have a portfolio that displays a few remarkable projects rather than dozens of projects that are just 'average'.
  • Clients will love to see if your work has won awards or special recognition, so don't forget to include any awards in there too! 

landscape and pool lighting

 

Jaclyn, Customer Experience Representative: 

My best advice on troubleshooting light fixtures is to always check the EASY-LOCK first. I have seen it many times where the cable is not properly pierced -or at all- because the cable guide was placed incorrectly. Make sure to avoid these common mistakes:

  • Don't place the cable guide under the cable, always make sure to place it on top of the guide before fastening the O-ring. Not doing this right will result in the cable not getting pierced by the little teeth and your fixture won't turn on. 
  • Make sure the cable isn't twisted inside the EASY-LOCK, the cable should always be flat under the cable guide, failing to do this will result in the lines not being pierced on both sides and your fixtures not working. This actually happened to me when I was a new hire in training, and I didn't understand the importance of the cable guide and laying the cable flat into the EASY-LOCK, so now it's something I always recommend customers to check!
  • Don’t forget to finish your cable ends too! Things like moisture, dirt, or the cable ends touching can short-circuit your entire in-lite system. Always use a drop of dielectric grease and tape (or a wire-nut) to properly secure your cable ends. 

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We hope these tips help you in your future outdoor lighting endeavours. If you have any questions about our products, installation, troubleshooting, etc. please shoot us an email at info@in-lite.com

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