Landscape lighting, is it worth the cost? What does landscape lighting cost anyways?
Great question! Landscape lighting should be installed in every yard! Not only does it look amazing, it sets the mood, it adds value to your yard, you can highlight features and it makes your yard a lot more safe!
We'll go over the costs associated with the installation of Landscape lighting so you'll know what to expect. Best of all, landscape lighting can always be upgraded at a later time. If you plan ahead, it can be as easy as a 5 minute process to add a new light.
The average home landscape lighting system with transformer and 10 LED lights costs between $2,500 and $3,500. This cost works out to average about $250 to $350 per LED light installed, depending on your system. A larger 20 - 30 landscape lighting system will be approximately $5,500 to $10,000. Some lights work out to be less and can start as low as $120 per light installed while other lights can be upwards of $500 per light or more. These prices are for a commercial grade system, not the cheap lights found at your local hardware store.
The Standard Components to a Landscape Lighting System and What Price Ranges Are
Most landscape lighting systems are very similar, as such, they can be upgraded or you can add features at a later date. The typical landscape lighting components are:
A transformer is a small box that powers and controls your lighting system. There are a wide variety of different transformers to choose from. Standard lighting models range from $250 - $600.
A photocell tells the transformer when to turn on the lights. Its typically set to turn on right as the sun goes down when the lights become useful. Standard transformers allow you to use the photocell to tell the lights when to turn off as well (with a timer). Often times, a photocell comes pre-installed in a transformer. If your model doesn't come with one, they typically cost $50 - $100 installed.
Wiring comes in a variety of different sizes. The thickness required is determined by the length required as well as the wattage required for your system. Failure to use the correct wire size will result in dim lighting or lights that wont turn on at all. Low voltage wire is a safe alternative to a standard home electrical system. Lets say you're digging and hit a low voltage wire, it won't harm you. Landscape lighting wire typically costs $3 - $6 per linear foot installed.
Connectors are used to connect the lights to the wire, they have some amazing quick connect options these days. Connector costs are incorporated into the lighting costs and typically add $3 - $7 per light.
With halogen and LED lighting options available, there is no shortage of options. There are many different styles and sizes. Whether you're looking to accent a yard feature or light up a pathway. Typical lights range from $150 - $500 per light.
You can add Wi-Fi to your system to enable complete control and customization. Tell your system exact times to turn on. Some lighting options are colour changing and the colours can be changed directly through an app. Some transformers incorporate Wi-Fi standard, other options require upgrades. Typical Wi-Fi add-on costs are $125 - $300
If you have lighting you want to turn on when it detects motion, for security reasons, you can add a motion detector. These typically cost $100 - $300
Factors That Influence the Cost of a Landscape Lighting System
A New Yard vs. an Existing Yard
If your yard is new, we'll be able to burry wiring and install lights quicker than an existing yard. In a new yard, there would also be less cost by not having to repair the lawn and landscaping after installation, we wouldn't effect the look of the yard if the system is being installed at the same time as your landscaping. For this reason, lighting is typically cheaper when installed in a new yard.
Low Voltage vs. 110 Volt
If you're looking for very bright lighting, you will have better results with higher voltage lighting rather than low voltage. The low voltage landscape lighting is better suited to accent features and highlight pathways. To completely light up an area, standard lighting may be better suited for your project however the cost will also reflect as electrician costs are often times far greater than your local landscaper.
The size of wire required and the length of wire required will affect the cost. Low voltage wire is buried below the landscaping, as such it requires us to dig a small trench in your lawn or move landscaping to burry the wire.
Quality of Products
There are many cheap lighting options out there, we don't recommend them. We've found they burn out quickly or often times stop working all together. Commercial grade lighting such as "in-lite" lighting offer far greater quality, last longer and are more resilient to weather.