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A great plan for lighting would be nothing without the right equipment. Our company leaders travel to every major lighting show each year. There we evaluate the newest hardware and re-evaluate older designs. We continually experiment and update our hardware selection with the most functional and reliable equipment available. Many clients ask for LED and solar technology for their home. At the present time these technologies are not satisfactorily reliable.

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Available Fixtures

We offer four different grades of lighting fixtures to fit every budget and every project.

Brass Fixtures
These are our premium fixtures. They are considered to be the ideal blend between brawn and beauty. Additionally they are almost always indestructible.
In all the years that we have used them, we have never seen one that was destroyed by result of anything other than mechanical means. We have seen several of these fixtures that have been driven over by cars, dump trucks, trash trucks, snow plows, lawnmowers and the like- and still these fixtures remain intact with nothing more than a scratch that will naturally weather off on its own. Additionally, it carries a lifetime manufacturer’s bumper-to-bumper parts warranty on all components of the fixture.

These components include the ground stake, the housing, the lens, and even the socket. The socket is made from advanced alloy metals that are extremely resilient to corrosion. These fixtures are the only fixtures that are eligible for our ultimate service plan. Brass

Copper Fixtures
These fixtures are made from solid copper. This type of fixture is an intermediate design between aluminum and brass. Although this type of fixture does not possess the extreme toughness of brass, its finish is a natural living finish –similar to that of the brass - so that its finish will naturally weather over time. There is no paint to ever flake or peel with this fixture.
Additionally, it carries a 15 year manufacturer’s bumper-to-bumper parts warranty on all components of the fixture. These components include the ground stake, the housing, the lens, and even the socket. The socket is made from advanced materials that are extremely resilient to corrosion. Copper Fixtures - Clayton Outdoor Lights

Aluminum Fixtures
Our entry-grade fixture is a solid aluminum light that has been factory painted.

This fixture is of medium thickness and is the most predominant grade of lighting fixture used in the Midwest region. Additionally it carries a five-year manufacturer’s parts bumper-to-bumper warranty on all components of the fixture. These components include the ground stake, the housing, the lens, and even the socket.

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Our Guarantee

Our warranty gives you the peace of mind that you have a beautiful and reliable lighting system. Our guarantees – the best in the region – are effective from the date of the original installation. Please check your contract as specially-ordered components may not fall under the terms listed below.

Transformers

Our transformers are covered bumper-to-bumper by a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty. The warranty does not cover lighting strikes, electrical surges, acts of God – including flooding – or any problems caused by your home’s electrical issues. If anyone other than our qualified and experienced service technicians access the transformer for any other reason other than to adjust the timer, our warranty is voided.

Fixtures

Our fixtures are covered bumper-to-bumper by a manufacturer’s warranty. Aluminum fixtures carry a five year warranty; ABS fixtures carry a 10 year warranty; Copper fixtures carry a 15 year warranty; Brass fixtures carry a lifetime warranty. Everything is covered on the fixture except for the bulb. Incidental or consequential misuse, abuse, lighting or acts of God are not covered by the warranty.

Wire

Our wire is covered by a 10 year manufacturer’s corrosion warranty. We use only the toughest wire available. Our supply wire is virtually impossible to cut through under normal conditions with a household shovel. However, in that case that the wire is physically damaged, neither our company nor the manufacturer will provide a warranty for it.

Bulbs

All light bulbs installed by us are under warranty for one year with normal use, dusk till 1 A.M.

Lighting Controls

Our controls are under warranty for one year from the date of the original install.

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Light Bulb Technology

At the end of the day, literally, light bulbs are the magic of the lighting system. Without the right light bulbs, -no matter how well everything else was designed and engineered - the right effect cannot be reached. After years of experimentation through trial and error, we have narrowed the playing field to use only the finest light bulbs available. We typically use halogen bulbs that produce a brilliant, crisp white. We stock twenty five different types of bulbs so that no matter the application, any effect can be achieved through the use of bulbs and filters. These halogen bulbs have rated lives of 4,000 hours. We recommend with all lighting systems that the bulbs be changed annually. This will ensure that all bulbs will burn consistently. All the housings will be cleaned once a year as well.

Bulbs
In situations where the bulbs are difficult to access, such as the down lights that we install in trees and in eaves of houses, we utilize our upgraded bulbs. These bulbs have a longer rated life than any other bulbs used by other contractors in the Midwest. Only our brass fixtures have the ability to accept 20,000 hour life bulbs. These bulbs are halogen and because of their advanced titanium oxide coating, they maintain a consistent color for their lifetime.
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Power Supplies
All of our lighting systems are powered from low voltage transformers which are made from nearly entirely stainless steel and are encased in an entirely stainless steel housing. The windings of our transformers are completely encapsulated in epoxy for quiet, cool, safe, and reliable operations. Clients oftentimes have specific questions regarding how their lighting system turns on and off. After weighing all of the options: switches, remotes, digital timers – just to name a few – most of our clients choose to have a photo eye installed. This device is a sun sensor which determines dusk and thereby turns on the lighting system. Generally we install a 1930s-style Intermatic™ dial timer that uses the green and red pegs. The green pegs turn the system on, and the red pegs turn the system off. We usually install these timers over digital timers, as our clients have told us they are more user-friendly. Most clients elect to set the system shut-off at 1A.M.

Wire
We use only the toughest wire available. Our wire is backed by a 10 year manufacturer’s corrosion warranty. Our supply wire is virtually impossible to cut through under normal conditions with a household shovel. However, in that case that the wire is physically damaged, neither our company nor the manufacturer will provide a warranty for it.

Wiring Connections
When we use the wiring technique most commonly referred to as hub and spoke. In this technique a supply cable is run out into the center of a group of fixtures, usually five fixtures or less. One single connection is made to connect the supply with these five fixtures that have factory-assembled soldered leads of twenty-five to fifty feet in length. This minimizes the number of field connections by 80%. These field connections are a leading cause of lighting system failures. When these connections are made, we use only solid brass barrel wire connectors. To the best of our knowledge, we are the only contractor in the region that uses this type of connection for lighting. This type of connection is more frequently seen in sensitive outdoor equipment such as traffic signals, security doors, and the like. It is known to be the second most reliable type of connection. Soldering is the only type of connection that is more reliable, but is unpractical in a field environment. In our experience we have never seen a brass barrel connector fail in a field application. Many of the lighting systems we replace do not work because all of the connections have corroded to the point where all connections must be replaced to work reliably. These connections carry a lifetime parts and labor warranty.

 

 

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