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Installing Outdoor Low-Voltage Lighting Instructions

  • Installing Outdoor Low-Voltage Lighting

    One of the most simple and cost effective ways to liven up the landscaping is by illuminating it with low-voltage lighting. Low-voltage lighting is simple to install, increases the safety and security of your home while adding a wonderful evening ambiance to your landscaping. Outdoor lighting kits that are manufactured today are geared to “do-it-yourselfers” and are easy to install.

  • Overview

    The basic steps to installing outdoor low voltage lighting are; 1) deciding on the look and placement of your lights, 2) laying them out, 3)making electrical connections, and 4) burying the electric cables.

  • Plan Lighting

    Before choosing the lights that you want, consider the area that you want to illuminate. Take an evening walk around the area and envision what sort of lighting would be pleasing in your garden. Low voltage lights come in numerous styles from small accent lights that are used to softly illuminate a patio or walkway, to brighter flood lights that can illuminate large areas. You will have to decide which type of lights or combination of lights will best suit you needs. Keep in mind that lights are typically four to seven watts each, which isn’t much. Also, consider the power of the transformer and if it can keep up with any future additional lighting. It's always a good idea to start your project with a simple diagram. This is a good way to get an idea of what you need to illuminate and which objects you want to accent. The easiest way to do this is walking the area and map it out on paper. You should make notes and sketches of what are you want to highlight and the type of lights that would best meet your needs.

  • Position the Lights

    Position the lights on the ground corresponding the placement on the diagram. Before you actually connect the lights it is a good idea to walk through the area as you did when drawing the diagram to be sure that you placed the lights as you planned and that you like them that way. Most lights come with a stake on one end to make installation easy. With firm pressure just push them into the ground. If the ground is hard, make a starter hole with a screwdriver or a similar tool. At an outside GFCI receptacle start laying out the cable so it runs by all of you lights. The cable will be buried so don’t worry about trying to hide it. Be sure to leave extra cable at the transformer and at each light. This will allow you to adjust your lighting in the future.

  • Wire the LIghts

    Most low-voltage lights are connected very easily. The light comes with two wires each with a tab that has a metal tip.To connect the lights to the cable you just ran simply put one tab on each side of the cable and snap them together which will make the electrical connection. Separate the wires on the end of the electric cable and strip off 1/2" of insulation. Loosen the two screws on the transformer and place the bare wires under the appropriate terminals and re-tighten the screws.

  • Plug in the Transformer

    Now plug in your transformer, turn it on, check that all your lights are lit. Also, check to see that the lights are actually the area as you envisioned. If not, make the necessary adjustments.

  • Cover the Wiring

    Now you will need to finish the project by ‘covering the evidence’. Dig a 5" deep trench next to the cable while keeping the dirt as close to the trench as possible. Lead the cable into the trench, refill the dirt, and compact the loose dirt with your foot as you go. You should reseed the area so that it matches the surrounding grass in a few weeks.

  • Set the Timer

    Set the timer for the desired period of time you want your lights on. Most transformers have at least two on/off cycle settings that can be adjusted for to illuminate your garden in both the morning and the evening.

 

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