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July 2021 Contractor of the Month is: Reinklein Designs

Reinklein Designs was founded by Reinhard Kampf - who found his way into landscape lighting as a customer. He had hired a local lighting contractor to install a system at his house. After the job was complete, he thought to himself, “I could have done better myself.” Utilizing his engineering/creative design background, Reinklein Designs was born. Reinhard believes his exceptional attention to detail has quickly set himself apart from his competitors. From prospecting to sales presentation through installation and follow up, Reinhard creates a complete “experience” for his customers. At the core of his success is his ability to develop trusting relationships with his customers. He has never had to pay for advertising, growing completely through word of mouth and social media. He uses AMP® Lighting products exclusively and has found unique ways to utilize fixtures to create the right effect in challenging applications.

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Tell Us About Yourself & Your Company

Hi there, I’m Reinhard Kampf. I founded Reinklein Designs because I’m passionate about landscape lighting projects, helping people elevate their homes into more than they could even imagine. We all have been there, we are ready to take on that project in our home and we do all the research around what we want to accomplish, who to hire, what to look for (dos and don’ts) ... Most of us unfortunately have stories of results that simply did not meet the expectations we initially formed in our mind. This is where Reinklein Designs is just a little different from others.

The Interview

  • How did you get your start in the landscape lighting business?

    I love seeing creative design, especially when it comes to home improvement projects. Unfortunately often times larger companies focus on production and loose the passion for creativity and in that miss the opportunity to provide wow-factor results. When it comes to landscape lighting, if done right, a current and future customer can always pinpoint the contractor that has installed the solution. It is almost like leaving a fingerprint that can be seen when applying the right light to it. With a successful career in software engineering and product marketing and a passion and eye for creative design I knew that I would be able to provide a different experience for customers that are interested in landscape lighting. In a matter of a few short months my company Reinklein Designs became a well known and trusted name that will provide exceptional landscape lighting solutions within the Raleigh area.

  • What percentage of your business is landscape lighting/what other services do you provide (ie: landscaping…)?

    Our DNA and focus is 100% on landscape lighting.

  • How long have you been installing landscape lighting?

    We have been installing exceptional lighting solutions since December 2019.

  • What AMP products do you prefer to use? Which fixtures are your favorite?

    Most all of our installs require spotlight, path light and downlight fixtures and it is really not a preference more than it is a selection process as part of the design for a particular house. My most favorite fixture is the Lateral Pro Up/Down Hardscape light. It simply looks awesome when installed to the left and right of garage doors!

  • What tips or tricks have you learned that have benefited your work from a design/installation perspective?

    Figure out what your design fingerprint is and then always include that in your design and make it a point to elevate that in all aspects of the customer experience...i.e. consult. proposal. design/installation.

  • Tell me about your sales process. How do you find your customers? What is your sales process? Do you use sales tools such as a free demo?

    At this stage of my company’s journey the process starts with your last install. Your best prospecting of your next customer is how well you have satisfied your last customer and is where my focus is. We are also engaging in local events and unique marketing approaches.

  • Where do you find inspiration for your lighting designs?

    EVERYWHERE.....I get my inspirations from all kinds of things and places. I pay attention to everything I see and then try to incorporate it in my design. The cool thing is that where you apply your creativity is not just limited to the fixture ;-).

  • What do you feel is the most personally rewarding part of installing a lighting system for a client?

    The reactions for sure, it is in part why I love installing lighting solutions. I take pride in the unveiling process of turning on the lights so to say and I make that special to the customer.

  • Tell us a little bit about you personally: What do you like to do outside of work? What are your hobbies?

    Like any Husband and Dad, I love spending time with my family and my secret guilty pleasure is playing way too much pickleball. It is such a fun sport and a fun way to create new friendships.

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)!

Interested in being featured as an AMP® Contractor of the Month?

Contact Zach Evensen at: zache@amplighting.com

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