May 2021 Contractor of the Month is: Pro Lighting Outdoors
Pro Lighting Outdoors is the leading company for low-voltage, exterior lighting in Jacksonville, FL. Our company was founded on one principal concept – that creativity and custom lighting design should be tailored to each of our customer’s needs, allowing beautiful light to be affordable for all. When you contact us for your landscape lighting in St. Augustine, FL, you will be pleased with the professionalism of our staff and the quality of our work. As the leading lighting contractors in our area, we pride ourselves on making sure every project is perfect. After all, it will be on display every night!
How did you get into the landscape lighting business?
Sebastian Shaw had a unique career that led him to his passion in landscape lighting. He started with a career in Finance and later worked in the roofing industry. When he decided to go back to school to complete his MBA he took a job working for a landscape lighting contractor. After Grad school, Sebastian evaluated his options in the corporate world and realized his passion was really in landscape lighting. He decided to start his own landscape lighting business and has since grown Pro Lighting Outdoors into a leading lighting company in the Jacksonville/St. Augustine area. He enjoys the creative aspects of landscape lighting and loves seeing the reaction on his customer’s faces when he “reveals” their lighting for the first time. When Sebastian is not working you can still find him outside enjoying the great outdoors while trying to soak up what free-time he has to enjoy. "The only drawback of having your own business is that you have very little time for yourself. However, I do the best I can. I have lots of interests. I also enjoy chess, reading, sports, and tinkering with carpentry and vehicles." - Shaw
How did you get your start in the landscape lighting business?
I was working for another lighting company while going to grad school to get an MBA. I had always wanted to have a business of my own. Having been in the corporate world before, I was not interested in going back. After deliberating with my family, I decided to go for it. 6 years later, here we are!
What percentage of your business is landscape lighting/what other services do you provide (ie: landscaping...)?
We focus on 100% landscape lighting.
How long have you been installing landscape lighting?
We have been installing landscape lighting for 9 years, with 6 being on my own when I started the company.
What type of lighting fixtures do you prefer to use? Which fixtures are your favorite?
Spotlights and path/area lights are part of every job but we customize every project with a variety of other fixtures including downlights, in-grade/well lights, flood lights and up/down hardscape lights.
Why do you prefer AMP Lighting over other brands/companies?
The AMP Lighting fixtures are well-made, and the customer service is responsive.
What tips or tricks have you learned that have benefited your work from a design/installation perspective?
Think outside of the box. The impossible resides in your brain, not in reality. We have done some very difficult and complicated applications, but they have turned out great.
Where do you find inspiration for your lighting designs?
There is no shortage of creative ideas. When the opportunity comes along where a customer gives us free rein to install lighting as we see fit, it allows us to do some interesting things. If the customer does not like anything we do, we change it or remove it. We also experiment on our own homes and properties and we test all of the equipment before we start using it for our customers.
What do you feel is most rewarding about installing landscape lighting?
When it’s all finished and the customers get to see it for the first time. The reactions motivate us!
AMP® Lighting appreciates the Professionals that make us who we are and why we strive, daily, to fulfill our vision statement. Our outstanding AMP® Pros deserve to be recognized for their exceptional landscape lighting work and to highlight some of our AMP® MVPs (most valuable professionals)!
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