Jun 7, 2024

Why Hire a Certified Landscape Lighting Designer?

When it comes to creating a beautifully illuminated outdoor space, the expertise of a certified landscape lighting designer is invaluable. In a field where many claim to be designers without proper training, the difference between an amateur and a professional can be stark. Here’s why hiring a certified landscape lighting designer is crucial for achieving the best results for your landscape lighting project.

1. Expertise and Training

Certified landscape lighting designers have undergone extensive training to master the art and science of outdoor lighting. Our designers are certified by the International Landscape Lighting Institute (ILLI), the world’s premier landscape lighting design training program. This rigorous certification process ensures they possess the knowledge and skills necessary to create stunning, functional, and safe lighting designs.

2. Professional Certification and Recognition

Our owner is not only a certified LC (Lighting Certified) by the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP), but also served on the board of directors of ILLI for three years. The LC certification is the highest level of lighting design certification recognized by the International Engineering Society. This certification is a testament to our commitment to excellence and professionalism in the field of lighting design.

3. Tailored Design Solutions

Certified designers bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table, allowing them to create custom lighting solutions tailored to your specific needs and preferences. They understand the intricacies of different lighting techniques, such as uplighting, downlighting, and cross-lighting, and know how to apply these techniques to highlight the unique features of your landscape. Their expertise ensures that the lighting design complements your property’s architecture and landscape, creating a cohesive and harmonious look.

4. Quality and Performance

Hiring a certified landscape lighting designer guarantees that you will receive a high-quality lighting system designed to perform optimally for years to come. Certified designers understand the importance of using durable materials and reliable fixtures. They have access to the latest lighting technologies and products, ensuring your lighting system is both energy-efficient and effective. This focus on quality reduces maintenance costs and enhances the longevity of your lighting installation.

5. Safety and Compliance

Landscape lighting involves electrical components that must be installed safely and in compliance with local regulations. Certified designers are well-versed in the safety standards and electrical codes relevant to outdoor lighting installations. They ensure that all wiring, connections, and fixtures are installed correctly, minimizing the risk of electrical hazards. Their adherence to safety standards protects your investment and provides peace of mind.

6. Enhanced Aesthetic Appeal

The aesthetic appeal of a well-designed lighting system can transform your outdoor space, enhancing its beauty and ambiance. Certified designers have a keen eye for detail and a deep understanding of how light interacts with different elements of the landscape. They use this knowledge to create lighting designs that enhance the visual appeal of your property, making it more inviting and enjoyable.

Great Falls Fox Creek home. Photo of home exterior. Driveway leading up to home. Illuminated by landscape lighting throughout exterior and driveway. Property Value

7. Maximizing Property Value

A professionally designed and installed landscape lighting system can significantly increase the resale value of your property. Potential buyers are often attracted to homes with well-lit exteriors, as it enhances curb appeal and adds a layer of sophistication. A certified lighting designer ensures that your lighting system not only looks great but also adds tangible value to your property.


Hiring a certified landscape lighting designer is a wise investment for anyone looking to enhance their outdoor space. Our designers’ certifications from the International Landscape Lighting Institute and the LC certification by the NCQLP guarantee the highest level of expertise and professionalism. With tailored design solutions, a focus on quality and performance, and adherence to safety standards, certified designers provide unmatched value. Trusting your landscape lighting project to a certified professional ensures stunning results that enhance both the beauty and value of your property.

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