Just want to say thank you again for coming today and figuring out what we should do about the broken light pole. You helped me make an informed decision about replacing the pole as well as the light fixtures. They are over 20 years old, and it is time to do that. Outdoor Illumination has been a great company to work with. You all have done first rate work for us, and I really appreciate the regular maintenance service you provide. I’m always happy to see your truck pull up and check out our landscape lighting. Outside lighting is so important, not only aesthetically but also for security. Thanks, Pete. – Sharon Menaker

“I have used your firm previously on two jobs and I continue to be impressed with the workmanship and customer relationships that your firm performs on the job. They both were very pleased with you. I push your name out there every job I have. In the Vendors Binder that I give to my customers, your name is the only one that I have for Outdoor Lighting and Maintenance.” — John duFief, John L. DuFief, Inc., General Contractor, Rockville MD

“I’m very happy with your company, Mark. Derek and Matt are working on a couple of new projects for me and are, as always, smart, responsive, easy to work with, and quick to get back to me with pricing. They are terrific about ongoing service with our ‘older’ customers, as well.” — Cathy Carr, APLD, CPH, Principal, Greenheart Garden Designs, Silver Spring MD

“Derek Thomas has been a great fit for our company since the day we began working with him. He is diligent, makes valuable suggestions, and helps bridge the gap between our company and our clients to ensure the desired results. We could not be happier with his performance and look forward to continued success for years to come. One minor flaw, he is a Pittsburgh Penguins fan!! Boooo!!” — Brendan Kenny, ASLA, Scott Brinitzer Design Associates, Arlington VA

“I have told you over the phone how much I appreciate Outdoor Illumination’s work and high-quality customer service, but I want to follow up in writing. I know that your firm is comprised of many skilled employees but I want to recognize Derek Thomas for his knowledge, execution, and exceptional customer service on multiple projects. Other installers produce good lighting, but my experiences with Derek have been exceptional.” — Cathy Carr, APLD, President, Greenheart Garden Designs, Silver Spring MD (excerpt; see full testimonial here.)

“Great American Landscapes uses Outdoor Illumination to install lighting and irrigation systems for our most discerning clients. Their prompt, courteous, and knowledgeable staff can handle everything we throw at them. From small, quaint patios, to large terraced lawns with towering oaks, their design, installation, and service are unrivaled. They are one of our most trusted partners, and we recommend them to anyone that asks.” — Great American Landscapes, Potomac MD (via Houzz.com).

“I want you to know how much I appreciate the service I have received from everyone at Outdoor Illumination. Your company has been very good to me and Matt [Meiklejohn] in particular has been nothing short of fabulous. I rely upon him for all manner of advice and I am happy to say we are much more than professional colleagues. I have willingly recommended him to many of my trades and all of my clients seeking outdoor lighting.” — Tom Tait, Thomas Tait Gardens, Washington DC.

“It’s great to hear that your company is growing and improving. I’ll continue to pass your name to clients for lighting. Last winter you installed a system for one of my clients in Bethesda. Job looked great.” —Land Works, Inc., Silver Spring, MD.

“Your work is beautiful and I know your level of service would keep our clients happy.” — Peter Murray, President, Hidden Lane Landscaping & Design, Herndon VA.

“For nearly 10 years, I have worked with Outdoor Illumination and every project is always a success. Thank you. You just finished another project for us in Bethesda and it looks great! If you ever need a recommendation, feel free to use my name. Your team’s ability to design and communicate with our clients is always professional and you deliver a beautiful install. Thanks again for your help.” — Geoff Kuck, Production Manager, BOWA, McLean VA.

“Love it. Great job. Thank you very much. The lighting is subtle, which is exactly what we wanted, yet it is a huge enhancement to the property. We can always add later, as you suggested. Up-lighting the enveloping rear trees definitely gives proportion and scale to the house when viewing it from the front. It really helps create the overall sense of place that we desire.” — Michael Banks, Banks Development Company, Bethesda MD.

“When my home’s exterior was ‘illuminated’ I was thrilled with the results. Beautiful, practical, and installed without a hitch in what seemed like an impossibly short time frame. I get compliments on the magical effects almost daily (or, maybe nightly).” — Barry Dixon-ASID, Barry Dixon, Inc., Warrenton VA

“Just finishing up a project at my home office with Outdoor Illumination and I couldn’t be happier with the results! I will be recommending them to my clients!” Margaret Upton, AIA, Upton Architecture, Kensington MD (5-stars, via Houzz.com)

“We know how important lighting is and we stress to our clients that lighting expands their use of their new outdoor rooms. We are always pleased to recommend Outdoor Illumination to our clients.” — Scott Brinitzer Design Associates, Arlington VA.

“…[W]hen I recommend your company to clients, I am confident that they will be treated fairly and have a positive experience.” — Chad Stern, Mowing & More, Chevy Chase MD.

“Thanks for the photo of the [Foscarini pendant fixtures]. I think they look just great, and I understand from Jackie that the rest of the lighting is wonderful as well … From my standpoint, 3000 miles away, you guys couldn’t have been better to work with. Thanks for your efforts.” — Rob Steiner, Rob Steiner Gardens, Los Angeles (commenting on an installation in the DC area)

“All went well. Emails and phone calls returned promptly, appointments set and kept, work done in a timely manner. Very pleased.” John Lowe, CR, GAC, Gilday Renovations, Silver Spring MD.

“You did such an amazing job with the lighting! We really love it. Can’t believe it’s our yard! The light at the large Elm in the backlights to the top of the canopy. Cool! Working with you and Outdoor Illumination was a great experience. Thanks again.” — Richard Rossi, Rill Architects, Bethesda MD.

“When my wife and I decided to build our home at Figure 8 Beach, we had one requirement with our project: Use only the best of the best of contractors and suppliers. During our landscaping and night lighting selections, Outdoor Illumination made that selection a no-brainer for us. The company has been there to help us with any service needs we have had, which were few since we moved in three years ago. I hired Outdoor Illumination to do another job for us and never met them on the job site. I just gave them a budget and forgot about it. The team from Outdoor Illumination was a pleasure to work with and we love our night lighting.” J. Rawl, Owner, Preston Development, Raleigh NC.

“Your guys were great! I didn’t even know they were there. We love the lights and want more.” — Richard Mandell, Founder, and Principal, Sandy Spring Builders, Bethesda MD.

“Thanks for recognizing and following up on a job well done by Derek and the crew at Outdoor Illumination. They are a top-notch outfit. There can always be problems but it’s how they are handled that counts in the end. Your acknowledging their effort is much appreciated. And thank you, Derek and Outdoor Illumination for a job well done.” — Richard Mandell, Founder, and Principal, Sandy Spring Builders, Bethesda MD, in a note to one of his clients following a service/maintenance call.

“Working with Barbara was seamless, which is why I recommended you to the Hill Center. While I have not been out to the [other clients’ home] at night, the Hill Center looks lovely.” — Lisa Delplace, Oehme van Sweden Landscape Architecture

“Glad to be working with Matt [Meiklejohn] at Smith. You always get MY recommendation!” — Paul Staehle, Stadler Nurseries, Laytonsville MD.

“You do excellent work.” — Anthony R. Wilder, Anthony Wilder Design/Build, Inc., Cabin John MD.

“Outdoor Illumination is the garden lighting installer that I mostly use for my clients. As far as Iím concerned they are the best artistically and technically skilled installer in town; they are sensitive to plant health and do superb, attentive work from start to finish at no higher pricing than provided by much less sophisticated installers. Outdoor Illumination focuses on enhancing natural nighttime effects through soft lighting, rather than strong spots or visible fixtures.” — Dianne Seiffert, Dianne Seiffert Landscape Design, Bethesda MD.

“Your efforts are the final ingredients to enhance our pool project design. Great Job!” — Walt Williams, Owner, Alpine Pool & Design, Annandale VA.

“You guys make a regular pool spectacular!” — Duncan MacKeever, Crystal Pools, Rockville MD.

“Absolutely incredible!” — Burton Gray, President, Town & Country Pools, Springfield VA.

“It’s always a pleasure to work with a good company, all the best” — Elin Haaga, Elin Haaga Landscape Gardens, Bethesda MD.

“I get the impression that when I refer to Outdoor Illumination, the tree’s health is going to be considered with their valuable service.” — Stewart Bunn, Certified Arborist MA-0001, Bartlett Tree Experts, Fairfax VA.

“The lights your company has installed at my house have been great. The down lighting found up in the four large trees provides the yard with light that is not too bright. The wires installed for the down lighting have had no negative or adverse effects on tree health. The wires are set off the tree and the fasteners used to hold the wire are not impacting the tree health.” — Ron Rubin, Certified Arborist MA-0057A, Thrive Plant Health Care Solutions, Reston VA.

“The result is the magical nighttime enhancement of my garden …” — Suzanne Judy, The Edenist.

“Your company is the only one I recommend for outdoor lighting; your company is the best!” — Eric M. Wenger, President, Complete Lawn Care, Inc., and Complete Plant Health, Care Inc., Laytonsville MD.

“Anyone from your firm is stellar experts and I would be delighted to work with them. Regards, Sharon” — Sharon Ross, Landscape Designer/Horticulturist, Merrifield Garden Center, Fairfax VA.

“The result was lovely and beautiful, and sets off the garden at night.” — Lisa Crippen, Merrifield Garden Center, Fairfax VA.

“I’m always very happy with your work – it’s beautiful – and most importantly the client loves it.” — H. Paul Davis, H. Paul Davis Landscape Architects, LLC, Washington DC.

“Many thanks again for your expert service.” — Richard D. Crone, AIA, Crone Associates Architects, Chevy Chase MD.

“Thank you so much for your fine work.” — Greg Wiedemann, AIA, Wiedemann Architects, Bethesda MD.

I wanted to write you a note tonight, on the first night, of our anticipated installation of the soft accent lighting at our residential home. Your listening skills of our needs, the application of design principles you applied has taken our home to the look of a mini-estate. You were right when you said anyone can light a tree but only professionals can bring a property to life! You more than met our expectations. Please thank Thomas and the entire crew for their promptness, courtesy, cleanliness, speed, and quality of their work ethic, products and installation. We look forward to years of enjoyment with what you have done and what we plan for the future.
Sincerely with Admiration
Joe C. Maggiola
St. James Plantation, NC

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