FAQs

WHY CHOOSE THE ILLUMINATORS TO INSTALL MY LANDSCAPE LIGHTING SYSTEM?

Outdoor lighting is our entire business! Our focus is the design, installation, maintenance and repair of outdoor landscape lighting. We are properly trained in line-voltage (120V), low-voltage (12V) and LED lighting components. We’re experts on design techniques, lamp capabilities, and correct wire specification. We have all the right equipment to properly install and/or repair any outdoor landscape lighting system. Landscapers, sprinkler installers, brick layers, most electricians, exterminators, etc… don’t have the right tools, equipment, or knowledge to implement high quality outdoor lighting systems.

HOW DO YOUR PRODUCTS COMPARE TO THOSE FOUND AT HOME STORES?

A professionally designed and installed lighting system uses components that are far superior to store-bought lighting kits. The Illuminators install heavy brass fixtures along with multi-tap transformers (unless the client specifies different products). Home store fixtures are typically made of a lower quality material, such as aluminum or plastic composite. These fixtures will quickly degrade in the elements. When you hold one of our brass fixtures in your hands at the free design consultation you will feel the difference!

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HOW MUCH DOES AN OUTDOOR LANDSCAPE LIGHTING SYSTEM COST TO INSTALL AND OPERATE?

Since each lighting project and design is unique, it is difficult to put a “true” price tag on installations unless we perform a free on-site design consultation specifically for you. Every project will have its own set of site specifics that need to be considered when formulating a design and ultimately a project cost.

Generally, the cost of installation is as follows:

Small system: $1,000 – $3,000, 1 day completion

Medium system: $3,000 – $6,000, 1 – 2 day completion

Large system: $6,000 and up, 2+ day completion

We can formulate a lighting system to fit any budget. The great part about outdoor landscape lighting is it can be very flexible to install. We can often install the lighting in multiple phases over time according to your budget.

A new LED landscape lighting system costs just pennies a night to operate. If you are currently using a porch light or spotlights, you will be able to turn them off and enjoy the beauty and savings of low-voltage LED lighting.

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WILL THE INSTALLATION OF AN OUTDOOR LIGHTING SYSTEM DAMAGE MY LANDSCAPE?

The Illuminators have extensive knowledge and industry-specific tools needed to install wire and lighting fixtures. The only evidence we were there are the wonderful lighting effects. We take great care not to disturb the existing landscaping.

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HOW DEEP IS THE WIRE BURIED?

Depending on the site’s ground conditions, the wire for your landscape lighting system is installed between 6 to 12 inches underground.

HOW IS MY NEW OUTDOOR LANDSCAPE LIGHTING SYSTEM CONTROLLED?

We have many options for controlling systems, however, most of our systems use a hassle-free Astronomical timer. This turns your system on automatically at sunset and turns off at a desired time. All available control options can be discussed at the design consultation.

WHAT KIND OF SERVICE IS PROVIDED AFTER THE INSTALLATION?

We provide ongoing annual maintenance and repair services as needed for our customers. The Illuminators are happy to help If you ever want to expand or modify your outdoor lighting system.

DO I NEED ONGOING MAINTENANCE FOR MY OUTDOOR LIGHTING SYSTEM?

Yes! Landscape lighting systems undergo a lot with our volatile weather each season, which is why maintenance is needed at least 1 – 2 times a year to maintain system integrity. Having regular maintenance done by professionals is simply protection to your original investment. This way your outdoor lights will last for years to come.

WHAT WARRANTIES ARE INCLUDED?

All fixtures we install are backed by manufacturer warranties, many of which are lifetime warranties. In addition, all installations performed by The Illuminators come with our own complete comprehensive warranty on materials and workmanship. We want you to be absolutely happy with your new outdoor lighting.

WHERE CAN I GET REPLACEMENT BULBS?

You can order replacement bulbs or additional parts for your system directly from our office whenever needed by contacting us. The Illuminators can install replacement parts for you, or ship them to you.

WHAT COLOR DO LED BULBS PRODUCE?

A big concern for many customers is the color that LED bulbs produce. When first introduced to the market, LEDs were infamous for giving off a cold blue light that felt industrial and unwelcoming. Fortunately, this technology has made massive improvements; the light given off by LED bulbs is now indistinguishable from the light that halogen bulbs give off. Our LED systems are installed with the industry standard warm light color temperature (2700 Kelvin), same as halogen. You won’t be able to tell the difference!

CAN YOU DO HOLIDAY LIGHTING?

The Illuminators do not do traditional holiday string lighting, however, many of our fixtures are compatible with colored bulbs. Save and see the beauty by changing just a few bulbs for the holiday season.

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WHAT IS THE TYPICAL LEAD TIME FOR A PROJECT?

Typical lead time is 1 – 3 weeks after the project is accepted, but weather conditions may affect this.

WHAT AREAS DO YOU SERVE?

The Illuminators serve the entire Chicagoland area. We’ve also worked for customers in southern Wisconsin. Follow this link to see a list of the many cities and towns that we have worked in.

DO YOU HAVE A RETAIL SHOWROOM?

We do not have a retail showroom, rather, we will bring the showroom to you! Schedule a free design consultation and we will bring samples of all the materials we install. Let us show you how beautiful your home or business can be.

HAVE ANY MORE QUESTIONS? GIVE US A CALL!