How To Install Landscape Lighting – A Practical Guide
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Landscape lighting adds light, shadow, security and value to your home. From highlighting a feature area to lighting up your pathway at night, you’ll add curb appeal.
Although you admire the security and the aesthetics, you worry about how to install landscape lighting. How would you possibly know where to start?
Landscape lighting is an essential. If you’re wondering how to do it properly, this quick guide will simplify the process for you.
1. Plan and select the lighting you need.
Are you looking for security? Would you use lighting to illuminate your patio or outdoor eating area? How about placing a light above your front door?
Have a look at the style of lighting you need. From large flood lights which add security, to discreet spotlights, to solar lights, there are a range of lighting styles to choose from.
2. Gather all necessary materials.
Once you’ve created a lighting plan and selected the products you will need, it’s time to work on putting your plan into action.
When you install low voltage lighting, all you will need are the lights, a transformer, low voltage cable and any accessories (such as brackets or spikes to keep your lights in place). You’ll also need a plastic box to protect your transformer from the elements.
3. Lay out your lighting.
Once you have acquired all that you need to install your landscape lighting, it is time to lay it out.
Use your plan to guide you. If you are using lighting on a pathway, ensure that your lights are evenly spaced. By placing your lights, you will gain a realistic perspective of how they will look when installed.
When you are happy with your placement, it is time to work on installations.
4. Dig a trench and bury your wire.
When you install garden lighting you’ll want it to look as natural as possible. Burying your cable will keep your garden neat.
Begin by digging a six inch trench. Your trench should be approximately 12 inches away from your walkway or flower beds.
Once you have dug your trench, it is time to bury your wire. Cover all of your wire with soil apart from a loose selection of cable which will rise to the surface at each point where you would like to install your lights. Remember that your trench should also reach your transformer.
5. Install your transformer.
When you select your transformer or power pack, you will need to ensure that there is enough wattage to cover all of your lighting needs.
Your transformer will be housed in your plastic cover, which you will need to attach to the wall of the home or garden.
Mark the keyholes in your transformer onto your wall and drill holes into the mortar. You can then use a raw plugs or screws to mount your transformer onto the wall.
6. Connect the transformer to the copper wire.
Now that your transformer has been installed, it is time to wire up the transformer.
Your transformer will have terminals in the back. By stripping off some of the insulation and exposing the copper wire, you will be able to connect the wiring to your transformer.
7. Install your lighting.
Once you’ve connected your transformer and dug your cable into the ground, it is time to place your lighting.
Some of your lighting may be installed onto poles, while other lighting will be mounted, using brackets, onto the wall.
Once your lighting is installed to map out your pathway or highlight structure plants, you will be able to connect your lighting to your electric cable.
8. Connect your lighting.
Your lighting has a connector at the base which makes contact with the copper wire. Follow the manufacturer’s guides and instructions on how to slide the wire into the base so that the connector will pierce the wire and connect the lighting to a power source. Try each light before you move onto the next.
9. Assess your lighting.
It’s time for a test run. All of your lighting should work efficiently and you should have the impact you want.
Once you’ve mounted and installed your lighting, you should spend time assessing it. Do you have shady corners or dark spots? You could always add an extra light. Does your lighting highlight the correct areas of your garden or improve your home security?
Once you’re happy with your lighting, your job will be complete.
Here’s an informative video that can help you by giving you a visual:
As you can see, installing landscape lighting is fairly easy. By adding lighting to your home, you’ll increase your safety and security, add curb appeal and enjoy your outside areas more than you would have otherwise.
Adding landscaping lighting will enable you to spend time outdoors on summer nights or appreciate your garden for a greater period of time. Best of all, installing landscape lighting in your garden is easy and achievable.
There’s nothing stopping you now, so get out there and make it happen!
Remember that if you want to ensure that your installation is done professionally and correctly, you should consult and/or hire an expert with a good reputation. This article is only a general guide. If you want to learn how to do your own landscape edging, check out our other article here.
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