First off, there are two misconceptions regarding the installation of outdoor landscape lighting. First, many people may think that running wires are easy. However, cutting through landscape shrubs, tree roots, sidewalks, and possibly driveways is complex. Professionals may use heavy-duty tools such as a sidewalk sleever to bore under paths. How about troubleshooting? What happens if you have a blinking light fixture? You may not have enough voltage, or you could be getting power fluctuations or surges. It could be as simple as a connection failure. However, a failed connection could require a voltage meter and proper knowledge of using it to solve the issue.
The second misconception is time commitment. Many people think that an outdoor lighting installation is a quick process. In reality, this is not always true. Each step needs to have a thorough plan before even starting the work. The planning process may take an extensive amount of time for an unprofessional. However, professionals view lighting as just another job with a streamlined process. A certified professional will go straight into laying out the components and running the wires.