I decided to renovate my backyard and be the subcontractor. I did some of the work myself and hired out carpentry for fence, interlock and low lighting.
I have a small backyard and wanted high quality and lasting materials used. I also have done a lot of research on low voltage lighting. I came to the conclusion that many lights were of very poor quality and would be broken in a year or two. The poor quality lights also don't look very professional (ie. you can see the light). In my opinion a good job is where you don't see the light source only the light beam.
I heard about DC lighting thru a friend and had derek come by for a consultation and quote. In addition to the ideas i had - he had some additional suggestions that in the end made the finished product even better.
We agreed on the placment and number of lights (4 uplights made of brass, 3 downlights made of copper and the transformer type), set an installation date and price.
I ran some of the low voltage cable provided by derrick myself during some of the construction phase which save some time during the light install.
In the end derrick completed the work on time, on budget and the final product is even better than i had hoped it would be. Low voltage lighting is something i always wanted and am now thrilled.
Recommend you consult a lighting specialist early in your planning process to ensure running of the wires is done as efficiently as possible.
Total cost of my job was less than 1500 dollars. I believe this is much less expensive than a larger low voltage light company and very much enjoyed derrick's professionalism, promptness and attention to detail.
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