Designing and Installing

Custom Lighting Systems

for Over 25 Years!

Our Manifesto

About Us

Over the past two decades, our team has created beautiful landscape lighting seen throughout Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland, and it all started with the hard work and creative dedication of Dayloom’s local owner and operator Patrick Harders.

Aside from designing gorgeous and distinctive outdoor lighting systems for residential and commercial properties, Harders also designs and manufactures his own line of high-quality lighting fixtures. His expertise in quality lights, installation, and system maintenance provides our clients with the absolute highest quality and most stunning architectural and garden lighting systems possible.

Designing welcome homes
& come on overs.

We highlight what makes your house a home – We offer lighting fixtures and systems to fit any taste, with our top designers who can bring out the best in any property—be it a charming townhome in Alexandria or an expansive manor in Loudoun County.

Carefully creating a space for your life – We want you and your loved ones to look forward to being outside, whether you’re entertaining family and friends on a warm summer evening or cuddling up by a fire pit on a brisk winter night. Your personal tastes and intended use of your outdoor space are top priorities throughout the design and installation process.

Why Us?

Award Winning Designs
Experienced Team
Top of the Line Product
Full Service Company
Unmatched Customer Satisfaction

Meet The Dayloom Team

Patrick Harders

President & Master Designer

Patrick Harders' journey into the realm of lighting began against the backdrop of the vibrant suburbs of Chicago. While pursuing a degree in finance, Patrick found himself drawn to the captivating world of outdoor lighting, igniting a partnership with the esteemed Tom Fenig, a luminary in the field. Throughout his college years, Patrick's ingenuity flourished as he meticulously designed over 500 outdoor lighting systems under Tom's guidance.

Upon graduating in 2001, Patrick seized the opportunity to carve his path, acquiring an outdoor lighting franchise from Tom's esteemed company and relocating to Northern Virginia. Over the course of a decade within the franchise, Patrick's innovative spirit thrived, culminating in the co-design of four groundbreaking products for two revered manufacturers.

In 2011, propelled by an unwavering entrepreneurial spirit, Patrick embarked on a new chapter, establishing his landscape lighting design/build firm alongside his manufacturing venture, Dayloom and Sterling Lighting. As a co-founder, Patrick played an integral role in shaping Sterling Lighting into a distinguished manufacturing entity based in Danville, Virginia. Under his guidance, Sterling Lighting has consistently delivered cutting-edge lighting solutions, earning accolades for innovation and quality across the industry.

Throughout his illustrious career, Patrick has bestowed the gift of luminosity upon over 10,000 homes, earning acclaim as a three-time international Lit design award recipient and six-time AOLP design champion.

Distinguished as the sole certified LC (Lighting Certified) landscape lighting specialist in Virginia and Maryland, Patrick's expertise shines brightly, reinforced by his status as one of the select few Virginia Class A contractors specializing in landscape lighting.

Beyond his professional achievements, Patrick's heart lies in his cherished family. United in love with Laura since 2005, they are blessed with two precious children, Benjamin and Abigail, and share their home with an affectionate American Mastiff. Together, they cultivate a thriving truffle farm in Sudley Springs, Virginia, where a menagerie of chickens, goats, pigs, and ducks roam freely.

A pillar of his community, Patrick remains actively engaged in local high school wrestling, his local church, and the intricate tapestry of local politics. With over 25 years of invaluable experience in the lighting industry, Patrick's fervor for illuminating lives remains undiminished. His commitment to the advancement of the field is further evidenced by his tenure on the Board of Directors for The International Landscape Lighting Institute (illi), alongside his membership in esteemed organizations such as illi, the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), and the Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals (AOLP).


Andy Shumate

Lead Designer

Born and nurtured in the scenic surroundings of Warrenton, Virginia, Andy Shumate's journey in the lighting industry is one marked by relentless dedication and a flair for design. His voyage began in 2010 when he joined Dayloom, a name synonymous with innovation and creativity in lighting solutions. Andy's career took root in a mentorship program focusing on installation, where his meticulous attention to detail and an unwavering desire to refine his design capabilities quickly set him apart.

With a foundation built on precision and a keen eye for the subtleties of lighting, Andy transitioned to design training within Dayloom in 2016. His natural talent for envisioning and executing exquisite lighting landscapes propelled him through the ranks, culminating in his role as a lead designer. Andy's commitment to excellence and his ability to breathe life into his designs through light have not only enhanced spaces but have also illuminated his path to recognition.

In 2023, Andy's prowess in landscape lighting design was nationally acknowledged when he was awarded not one, but two Design of Excellence awards by the Association of Outdoor Lighting Professionals. This recognition is among the highest accolades in the United States for landscape lighting design, underscoring Andy's significant contributions to the field and his status as a luminary in his profession.

Outside the realm of lighting design, Andy's world is brightened by his daughter, Paisley, and their loyal dog, Thor. Residing in the charming town of Occoquan, Virginia, Andy is not just crafting luminous outdoor experiences; he is also building a warm and loving home, illuminating the lives of those around him with the same passion and dedication he brings to his work.

As Andy Shumate continues to shine in his career, his story serves as a beacon of inspiration, demonstrating that with hard work, creativity, and a little light, one can illuminate the darkest spaces and guide others towards beauty and innovation.

Laura Harders

Public Relations

Ana Saavedra


Luis Zuñiga


Kevin Amaya


Josh Palmer

Director of Field Operations

Josh Palmer embarked on his illustrious journey in the realm of lighting back in 2002, when he joined the esteemed Dayloom team. Over the span of 23 years, Josh has been an indispensable force, lending his expertise to nearly every installation undertaken by our esteemed company. His dedication extends beyond mere participation; Josh has actively contributed to industry training programs, enriching his knowledge in both design and installation methodologies.

Currently at the helm of operations, Josh assumes the pivotal role of ensuring the seamless execution of every project and service call, meticulously upholding our exacting standards of excellence.

Hailing from the picturesque Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Josh's upbringing in a tight-knit community of fewer than 400 residents instilled in him a deep appreciation for the simpler things in life. The transition to Northern Virginia in 2002 marked a significant chapter, amidst the contrasting landscapes and climates.

Josh's pursuit of excellence is evident in his extensive educational endeavors, having accrued over 400 classroom hours in electrical training and home automation. His hands-on experience is equally impressive, boasting the successful installation of over 10,000 outdoor lighting systems. Notably, Josh played a pivotal role in the inception and subsequent product development of Sterling Lighting, a distinguished manufacturing entity based in Danville, Virginia.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Josh finds solace in his roles as a devoted husband to Marie and a loving father to their two boys, all residing in the serene enclave of Lake Ridge, Virginia. Together, they share a bond enriched by the presence of two beloved canine companions.

In his leisure moments, Josh finds respite in the company of his cherished family, embracing outdoor pursuits, and indulging in the serene art of fishing—a testament to his unwavering commitment to a life of balance and fulfillment.

Karen Hu

Office & Sales Manager

Bryce Hanvey

Field Manager

Sandra Bowles

Customer Service

Redani Amaya


Carlos Chivaln