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Your Landscape and LED Lighting: An Interview with Jim Singleton of JMS Lighting Concepts

By Jim Singleton

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

JMS Lighting Concepts is a custom design and installation firm specializing in landscape and architectural lighting. With 29 years of experience, we offer complete turn-key installations and complete maintenance service to all outdoor lighting systems.

What is LED lighting?

LED stands for Light Emitting diode. It's generally a semiconductor diode that emits light. It is a relatively new approach to lighting that is certainly gaining popularity because of the efficiency and long life.

In what areas of the house can LED lighting be installed?

It can usually be installed in almost all areas of the home. It's most effective on the interior. It has been my experience, that the exterior LED Lighting has had some issues with moisture. Moisture can be catastrophic to the LED fixture.

What are the biggest advantages for homeowners who install/use LED lighting with their landscape design?

The biggest advantage to using LED in your landscape lighting is the savings in electricity usage. Although it's a savings, I consider it a very modest amount. Those savings are going to generally be somewhere in the $10 to $20 range per month based on my average size job. The other advantage is the life of the LED. They come with various ratings from 40,000 hours to 70,000 hours plus, but my experience has been that these numbers are somewhat unreliable. Also, with some of higher quality LED landscape lighting fixtures, when the LED fails, you have to replace the entire fixture instead of changing just a lamp.

How does LED lighting enhance a home's landscape?

This is LED's biggest shortcoming. LED gives the landscape a very artificial look. Manufacturers have tried to come up with a LED that looks like the classic Moonlight look that the traditional Mercury Vapor gives, but with no success. When I take prospective clients to look at lighting, 100% of the time they pick the Mercury Vapor over the LED. Color and the lack of diffusing are the most obvious of the shortcomings.

What is your favorite advice to give homeowners who would want to enhance their landscape more?

First, hire a true professional to do the work. 50% of my business every year is redoing work done by someone's friend, electrician, irrigator, etc. They end up with a system that is either not installed properly, not designed properly or they can't get anyone to come back to service the system. Second, run from these companies and are telling people with landscape lighting systems they need to covert to LED. They will tell people that they don't make Mercury Vapor anymore and they need to convert their systems over to LED. These companies are a stain on the industry and this couldn't be further from the truth.

What's the best way for people to contact you and your company?

  • JMS Lighting Concepts, L.P.
  • Toll Free (855) 877-2657
  • DFW (972) 877-2657
  • Houston (713) 578-0240

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Jim Singleton has worked exclusively in landscape lighting for over 25 years and he is...

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