#2- Cheap Products and No Plan
Your typical hardware store products can not stand up to the quality of professional-grade lighting. Cheaper products will not be able to withstand our harsh Northern Michigan winters and may need to be replaced frequently. A good way to tell if a product will last is simply by looking at the material it is made out of. When purchasing landscape lighting that is not professional grade, we recommend avoiding anything aluminum or composite (plastic) if possible.
Along with the lights themselves lasting longer, professional-grade lighting usually comes with other bells and whistles. Our favorite, FX Luminaire, has an app that can control different lighting patterns, dimming, color, and more all at the touch of a button!
Cheap products become not so cheap when you go into the store without a plan. Many approach landscape lighting by purchasing the fixtures they like and then placing them throughout their yard. But really, the right light needs to be put in the right place. You should have a plan for what type of light you want in exactly which place and then purchase the lights you like.