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Landscape Lighting Design & Installation Process

How long will it take to design and install my landscape lighting system?


Natural Accents Outdoor Lighting installation team at work to install holiday lights



Ready to enjoy the beauty of your Midwestern home and property after the sun sets? Maybe you need to add lighting along your entryway and driveway to add safety for guests young and old. No matter your reason why, you're ready to invest in outdoor lighting for your property and want to know when you will begin enjoying the benefits!


For Kansas City homeowners that choose Natural Accents Outdoor Lighting for their landscape lighting design and installation they can expect the following timeline:


Custom bollard and path lights illuminate a water feature



1. Lighting Design Consultation


Call, text, or book your free lighting design consultation with our team. Our design experts will meet you at your commercial or residential property to discuss your lighting goals. To ensure your lighting desires and goals are met, we will discuss several questions including:


a. What mood or impression would you like to create?

b. What activities or events are planned after dark?

c. What views from your home do you enjoy?

d. Is adding safety and security one of your lighting goals?

e. Do you have a deadline for installation?

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(You can review and fill out our lighting questionnaire beforehand if you wish.)


Kansas City local meets our technicians as they walk a garden path on a suburban property



While our designers walk your property we will create an initial design sketch for you to review. Our sketch includes the various views and features you wish to highlight as well as additional views that could enhance your guests' and families' enjoyment of your property. Some common views are landscape beds, walkways, outdoor living spaces, trees, and water features.


Once our team has walked your property, we will provide you with a rough draft of your custom lighting design. Based on this preliminary sketch, our team will provide a ballpark figure of the proposed design for your home. We work to communicate clearly how our design meets the needs and goals you presented at the beginning of your consultation.


One choice of path light fixtures being tested for color zoning



We will review your fixture and system options along with our expert recommendations. Once your questions have been answered, we can then discuss if you prefer to complete your lighting installation all at once or in phases. As soon as you decide to move forward with an official CAD lighting design, we will move to step two.


2. Outdoor Lighting CAD Design Created


After you approve the initial lighting system design concept, our design team will head back to the office to create an AS Design for your lighting system. Our CAD program will combine all the landscape and building details of your property with the placement of lighting fixtures, transformers, and wires to create your custom design to create an AS Design. Your AS Design will be used during your lighting system installation to ensure all fixtures are installed with the proper placement to create your desired illumination result.


Landscape lighting fixtures illuminating lighting As-Built



Due to the amount of time that goes into adding all the details and creating the proper placement for your custom lighting system to create your custom design, Natural Accents Lighting does charge a design fee to cover the expense of your AS Design. Once completed, we will email the official design for your approval. We will communicate by phone, text, or email to answer your design questions and make adjustments based on your feedback.


Once you approve the design, we will add your lighting project to our installation crews' calendar. If needed, fixtures will be ordered for your lighting system. Normally installation will be scheduled within a week of your approval if all fixtures are in stock.


Natural Accents lighting tech installing a lighting system



3. Landscape Lighting Installation


On the day of your lighting installation, you may wish to be home, but this isn't required. Installation time will depend on the number and type of fixtures for your custom design. However, the average installation job takes 1-2 business days.


4. Night Adjustment


It is difficult to balance lighting scenes in daylight. That is why the lighting experts at Natural Accents Lighting recommend a night adjustment to be completed once your system is fully installed. This optional service ensures that each lighting scene has the proper intensity of light, the correct color tone, and the exact position to showcase the details of your landscape or architectural features.


Landscape lighting technicians beginning a night adjustment



5. AS Design becomes As-Built


As your outdoor lighting system is installed, the Natural Accents Lighting technicians will note any adjustments needed in the field to complete your design on the AS Design. Once your installation and night adjustment are completed, the technicians will update all installation changes and create your As-Built. A copy of your As-Built will be provided to you and is a valuable tool for landscapers, property managers, or any others working on your home exterior or landscape.


6. Outdoor Lighting Maintenance


Routine maintenance will keep your landscape lighting system in tip-top shape. Depending on your lighting system size and fixture options, you will need quarterly, bi-annual, or yearly maintenance. To make it easy on you, our lighting team will be in touch about 2 weeks before your system is due for its next maintenance.


Stonewall illumination is one of our lighting technicians' favorite features to work on



We want to save our clients money! To help you do so, we offer maintenance package options. If you would like to know more about our maintenance package options, ask your technician or give our office a text or call at 816-407-1300.


Two Weeks to Breath-Taking Views!


Normally your outdoor lights will be installed and illuminating your home and yard in about 2 weeks from when you first contacted Natural Accents Lighting. Unfortunately, a few things can cause unavoidable delays, such as back-ordered fixtures or the weather. Rain, thunderstorms, or the ground being frozen are all examples of delays due to weather.


Kansas City home at dusk with lighting by Natural Accents Outdoor Lighting Design & Installation



Since 2020, Natural Accents Lighting has experienced supply chain issues from time to time on certain lighting elements and fixtures. While we do endeavor to carry many items in stock, as soon as we are aware of a delay for an item in your design we will reach out to you. We will describe your options and work with you to decide which option is best for your life.


Two Weeks to an Illuminated Property!


Now that you know how soon you and your family could be enjoying more of your home and yard after dark, why not text or call our veteran-owned team day? We want our clients to enjoy their lighting systems for years to come. That is why lighting is all we do and we do it with a passion.


Landscape lighting scene of a Midwest tree line and tree house



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