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The dramatic element of lighting can have a powerful impact on your outdoor ambiance. When done correctly, fixture choice and placement will create a masterpiece that compels the casual evening stroll with a sense of wonder and Beacon Landscape Lighting, LLC stands apart from competitors by creating a scene painted with the knowledge and experience of a certified arborist. Steve Ocampo earned his title as a Board Certified Arborist with ISA, designating him as an expert in serving tree care consumers around the country. Steve integrates his vast knowledge of native tree species to assess and accentuate the most beautiful aspects of your choice landscaping. https://www.floridaisa.org/how-to-hire-an-arborist/

In addition to an intimate working knowledge of Florida native and exotic species, our designer has a unique approach to lighting fixture placement. Ladders and bucket trucks are bulky and make it impossible to access certain key locations in your landscaping. They can also cause damage to your lawn. Instead, Beacon has attends regular trainings in tree climbing. This uncommon skill gives us access to every inch of your canopy. With Beacon Landscape Lighting, LLC your lights are placed where they will best convey the atmosphere you want to create, instead of just where it’s convenient. Our trained professionals are licensed and insured in the state of Florida.

Tree-climbing Arborist
At Beacon Landscape Lighting, LLC, lighting fixtures are installed by design – not by convenience.

If you want to illuminate your outdoor space by accentuating unique aspects of your landscaping, let Beacon Landscape Lighting, LLC offer you its experience and expertise. Call 561-883-1201

Landscape Lighting in  West Palm Beach, FL is an excellent way to animate the exterior of your home and invite you into the richness of the evening.  There are also benefits to your physical, emotional, and mental health.  Expansive research studies have proven that spending time outside benefits overall well-being: improves short-term memory, restores mental energy, offers stress relief, inflammation reduction, improves vision, improves concentration, promotes sharper thinking and creativity, potential anti-cancer effects, immune system boost, improved mental health, and reduced risk of early death.

(Check out this article published last year by Business Insider)

There are countless sources citing the health benefits of spending more time outside.  Science Daily published research revealing that exposure to greenspace reduces the risk of type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, premature death, preterm birth, stress, and high blood pressure.  (See the article here sciencedaily.com)  In addition to physical and mental health, your social connections are vastly improved in an atmosphere you are invited to unplug from devices and embrace the fresh air.  Let Beacon Landscape Lighting create that atmosphere for you and redefine your exterior with expert landscape lighting.

You may be curious as to how all of these studies relate to Beacon Landscape Lighting and your home in West Palm Beach, FL.  Here at Beacon Landscape Lighting, Inc., we are real people with real families.  Through excellent landscape lighting expertise and experience, we gain genuine satisfaction and a sense of purpose by improving the lives and happiness of our customers.  What better way to accomplish that goal, then by inviting all West Palm Beach homeowners outside to revel in the abundant green space surrounding them.  In south Florida we are lucky to live among a humid sub-tropical climate type that supports luscious, vibrant flora.  As homeowners, we invest time and money into creating radiant outdoor landscapes.  Through revitalizing landscape lighting, you will amplify your access to the greenspace at your doorstep and illuminate a path to improved mental, emotional, physical, and social well-being.

How Rain Sensors Can Reduce Waste and Save You Money

It’s official!  Spring is here and with it comes an abundance of rain.  With the frequent downpours we experience, it’s hard to believe that we are actually facing some dire challenges here in South Florida. When it rains, water percolates down through the soil where it is stored in a layer of porous limestone rock.  This layer underlies the entire state and is known as the Florida Aquifer System.  https://fldep.dep.state.fl.us/swapp/Aquifer.asp  It is the major source of ground water supply to Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Town of Gulfstream, and Boynton Beach in South Florida.

South Florida continues to see a rise in tourism, which is good news for our economy.  Unfortunately, with the influx of consumers comes a strain on our natural resources.  When too much water is pumped from the ground, the level of water that flows freely through the Florida Aquifer System is reduced.  This system relies on pressure to maintain the flow of water through the system as source to the state’s hundreds of springs.  If the ground level of water is reduced too far, the pressure weakens because pore spaces are compressed when devoid of water.  In this scenario, water holding capacities are permanently reduced within the aquifer.   In an interview about the state of water availability in Florida, Robert Knight, founder of the Florida Springs Institute, in High Springs, FL stated, “Water flow is the lifeblood of the springs, so when you reduce their flow, they start getting sick.”  The truth is that our aquifer is getting sick.  https://www.constructiondive.com/news/is-development-draining-the-fl-aquifer-system-beyond-repair/448474/

You may be wondering how this affects you and how you can help to save water.  The biggest waste of water in South Florida is mismanaged irrigation systems.  Problems include antiquated “zone change valves” or indexing valves, irresponsible installers that chose not to utilize rain sensors, and the landscaper’s mentality of setting the system for 30 minutes regardless of plant or soil type, sun exposure, and season.  https://www.sfwmd.gov/sites/default/files/documents/splsenssprnk.pdf  As Certified Irrigation Contractors in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Town of Gulfstream, and Boynton Beach, we witness these issues on a daily basis.  We are professionals with families and small children, which drives our intense desire to protect our environment for future generations.  You can be sure that Beacon Irrigation & Lighting will properly manage every drop of water and waste nothing.

Rain gauges or sensors are the first and easiest line of defense against indiscriminate water waste.  Rain sensors not only work to reduce waste, they save you money of your city water bill.  Everybody wins!  There are various types of rain sensors/gauges available and our trained technicians are happy to assist you in weighing the pros and cons of each, along with pricing options.  See the link below for a simple how-to on installing your own rain sensor if you are the DIY type.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vx6zGNPApEc

After you have identified the rain sensor of your choice, one of our trained technicians will walk your property with you to identify any areas where there is low head drainage, overspray onto paved areas, and any leaks or breaks in piping or heads.  The technician will assess for faulty zone change valves that may need to be replaced.  https://www.thespruce.com/replacing-a-sprinkler-valve-2718921.   Technicians at Beacon Irrigation and Lighting, Inc. can provide information on zone change valves, indexing valves, and electric valve conversion to help stop wasting water and to start saving you money.  Finally, your technician will set your digital controller to water your landscape based on the season, plant and soil type, and sun exposure utilizing the appropriate irrigation scheduling formula.

It may be tempting to simply employ your landscaper to install your irrigation.  After all, the landscaper’s goal is to keep your plants alive which is a good thing, right?  The problem is that misled goal simply means using as much water as possible, a strategy that results in devastating consequences for your groundwater supply in South Florida.  Using excessive amounts of water is actually to opposite of what promotes plant health and overwatering can lead to sick plants.  Watering at the first sign of stress, or just before this period occurs, is the best way to encourage root growth and therefore a healthy lawn/plant.  (See our previous post on the importance of hiring the right irrigation contractor https://beaconirrigation.com/blog/licensed-insured-hiring-the-right-irrigation-contractor/)

We are certified irrigation contractors in the state of Florida and we care about water conservation.  Our passion is what makes us good!

LICENSED AND INSURED:
HIRING THE RIGHT IRRIGATION CONTRACTOR IN WEST PALM BEACH, FL

When finding the right irrigation contractor or sprinkler contractor in West Palm Beach in a time where technological resources and information are abundant, the selection process can become overwhelming. Where do you begin? It seems intuitive that you would desire an irrigation contractor that is both licensed and insured. After all, you wouldn’t go to a doctor that is mediocre or without the proper credentials. In this article, our goal is to simplify the importance of quality control and accountability through county and state licensure. We explore the cost of hiring a company that choses not to carry the appropriate insurance as regulated.

Contractor License Versus Occupational License

To conduct business in the State of Florida, every business is required to maintain an Occupational License. This is the lowest standard requirement for any business to meet. An occupational license DOES NOT mean that the copany is entitled to identify as “Licensed and Insured” on any marketing materials, fleet, or equipment. It DOES NOT mean that the company is a Licensed Irrigation Contractor. Confusion over distinguishing between Occupational License and Contractor License misled the public to such an extent the municipalities stopped referring to the status as a license and now designate it as a “Business Tax.” To expound on the importance of proper licensing implications, visit Landscape Management

License Requirements

Certified and registered contractors are required to stay relevant and knowledgeable through Certified Education Units (CEU) in order to maintain licensure status. This ensures that your contractor is current on the ever-changing building codes and OSHA standards for Licensed Irrigation Contractors operating in West Palm Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Atlantis, Town of Gulf Stream, Lantana, Ocean Ridge, Boca Raton, and more. In order to learn more about license requirements, visit

Contractor Licenses Quality Control  

The second step of due diligence on the customer’s part is to verify the contractor license under which the company is operating to verify that the name on the business cards are congruent with the licensee and that the status is active according to the state. You can easily check the authenticity and status of your contractor’s Florida state license here: https://www.myfloridalicense.com/wl11.asp . County licenses for West Palm Beach, Martin, and Dade can be verified through county government website. Neglecting to verify licensure leaves you vulnerable to fraud, liability issues and financial risk, in addition to shoddy quality. https://www.mkpalaw.com/Beware-of-Unlicensed-Contractors.shtml. Efforts are being made in the state of Florida to counter fraudulent unlicensed contractors http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/crime/Pinellas-deputies-arrest-30-unlicensed-contractors-in-undercover-sting_170650909

A West Palm Beach County license in any industry (Painter, Electrician, Irrigation, Pool, etc.) provides that a company can only perform work in West Palm Beach where the license is held. That explains why you may see several license numbers advertised on a contractor vehicle as a separate license is required for each county where sprinkler work is conducted. A state licensed contractor is permitted to perform work throughout the state of Florida and is signified by the letter “C” in front of the license number. CGC is a state authorized Certified General Contractor, CFC is Certified Plumbing Contractor, CPC is Certified Pool Contractor, etc.

Insured

Any company you hire MUST be insured. Commercial insurance is a three-legged stool that includes

– General Liability Insurance
– Vehicle Insurance
– Worker’s Comp Insurance

The public is free to request proof of all three of these essential documents. A professional organization with nothing to hide is happy to provide proof of insurance in all three domains. As a consumer, verify that the company is current and that the name on the business card is exactly the way it appears on the insurance declaration page. Workers comp exempt is not proof of having workers comp insurance! Know the financial risks of saving a dollar on an uninsured company: if a worker is injured on your property without having workers compensation, you will be held liable in a court of law. https://www.allpropertymanagement.com/blog/post/the-danger-of-using-unlicensed-and-uninsured-contractors/

Beacon Irrigation & Lighting, Inc. D/B/A Beacon Building, Co.
Licensed and Insured

If you choose Beacon Irrigation & Lighting, Inc. or Beacon Building, Co. as your licensed irrigation contractor, you are gaining the benefit of over 20 years of hands-on experience. This experience has allowed us to determine the best products to endure against our harsh climate. We have streamlined the most efficient schedules and offer collaboration among a variety of trades. Our experience affords us an understanding of different soil types in our region that determine base layers for driveways and patios, along with plant choice and watering requirements. We are experts in the collection and dispersal of the water that falls during our epic storms. Our expertise is held to the strictest industry regulations through proper, verifiable State licensure. You can rest assured knowing that we prioritize the protection of our clients’ assets by upholding the highest insurance standard. Don’t fall victim to the unlicensed contractors that are unable to complete projects or run away with deposits.

If you hire Beacon Irrigation & Lighting, Inc. or Beacon Building, Co., we are committed to complete customer satisfaction and have a long list of references and reviews available upon request. We would love to add you to our family of happy customers!

The Story of the Hummingbird

On March 17th, 2017

A raging fire is burning in the jungle. It’s such an overwhelming disaster that all of the animals are watching the conflagration in shock. A hummingbird says, “I’m going to do something about the fire.” It flies to the nearest stream and takes a drop of water. It races back to the fire, where it drops the water onto the flames. Back and forth it goes, over and over, while the larger animals — like the elephant whose trunk could deliver so much more water — stand watching. Eventually they ask the hummingbird, “What do you think you can do? You’re too little!”

Without pausing, the hummingbird answers:

“I’m doing the best I can.”

That story is adapted from environmental activist Wangari Maathai. It holds great meaning and motivation for the owner and staff at Beacon Irrigation & Lighting in West Palm Beach, FL. Day to day struggles can morph into problems that seem so overwhelmingly larger than life that it can be tempting to relent and beg the question, “What impact can I or this small company have on such an issue?” It is a reminder that when people coalesce together around an idea, great change will follow. History has shown us the impact of working together time and time again. It gives me hope and the desire to let go of fear – fear of failure of fear of being criticized – and to simply do the very best that I can.

According to the South Florida Water Management District, south Florida is one of the wettest areas in the country with abundant rainfall of about 53” per year. However, the demands of a growing population and weather patterns that can rapidly change from downpour to drought, make water conservation a top priority for protecting the fresh water supply for today and future generations. Beacon Irrigation & Lighting takes its role in this mission seriously by staying educated through attendance at National Conferences, implementing the most efficient irrigation strategies recommended, and working to decrease wasteful fresh water usage.