How to install low voltage landscape lights? Landscape lights is a great way to enhance the beauty of your outdoor spaces and add a touch of elegance to your property. However, traditional landscape lighting systems can be quite expensive, not to mention the high energy costs that come with using them. That’s why people choosing to install low voltage landscape lights have become increasingly popular in recent years. These lights use less electricity and are more affordable, making them an attractive option for homeowners looking to improve the look of their yard without breaking the bank.
- Aluminum tent stakes
- Extension ladder
- Garden rake
- Garden spade
- Post Hole digger
- Safety glasses
- Volt meter
- Voltage tester
- Wire stripper/cutter
- Wrench set
- #10 gauge outdoor wire
- #12 gauge outdoor wire
- 1-1/2 in. 1-1/2 in. x 12-in. PVC pipe
- 1-1/2-in. PVC cap with 1/2-in. Female thread
- 1/2 in. copper pipe
- Ground light 1 1/2-in. PVC coupler with 1/2-in. PVC coupler with 1/2-in.
- One box of weatherproof connectors
- Two 1/2-in. Two 1/2-in.
When shopping for your lighting system, remember these things:
- You can buy a bigger transformer than you think you will need to add more lights as your landscape grows. A 600-watt transformer is recommended if you plan to install 400 watts of light.
- Over lighting is a bad idea. Outdoor lights work best when used as accents and to broadcast light pools. The effect of “stadium lighting,” which floods sitting and planting areas, can make them appear drab.
- You can choose to light a path only or all of it. The rule of thumb is that the larger the area you wish to light, then the more light poles you will need. A 24-in. a halogen bulb (20-watt) is used for path lights. Height should be separated at 10 ft.
- When planning landscape lighting, consider the seasons. Place lights in areas that are not easily damaged by shovels and plows. Keep in mind that certain plants, such as sumac, hydrangea, and dogwoods, can look great lit up even when they aren’t leafless.
Lay out your landscape lighting wire and fixtures before you start installing it. For the main lines connecting the transformer and the lights, use 10-gauge wire. Then switch to 12-gauge between the lights. Use a flat-nosed shovel or a shovel to create a hole and then fold the soil back to bury the wires. You need to bury these wires least 6 inches deep. They should be buried deep enough that they aren’t damaged by lawn aeration. Protected planting beds can be protected by covering the low-voltage wire with soil or mulch.
The transformer should be installed in a central place near an outdoor GFCI outlet. It is possible to change the orientation of the photocell by mounting it on a support post. The 10-gauge main wires can be connected to the transformer by removing 3/4 inch. You can then twist the small strands of insulation together and attach them to the terminals. The 600-watt transformer includes a photocell and timer, two circuits, a switch, and terminals to adjust voltage output to 12, 13, or 14 volts. You will need to replace the standard outlet cover with an in-use weatherproof cover. These covers can be purchased at hardware stores and home centers.
Construct rock-steady bases from pipe and plastic to support top-heavy paths. The ground stakes included with most path lights are too short to keep them vertically stable. This base provides low voltage lighting with an indestructible and sturdy footing. It also houses your wire connections. You can make pole extensions up to 1/2-in. copper pipe. You shouldn’t glue the parts of the plastic pipe together. Otherwise, you won’t have the ability to make the connections.
Weatherproof connectors are used to connect the wires. Weatherproof wire connectors are weatherproof because they have a shield at the bottom and a small amount of sealant in the interior. Cut off any press-on connectors on your lights, and then strip off about 1/2 inch. Install the connectors and insulation.
Dig a hole so that the PVC footing meets the ground. To level the light pole, use a torpedo to place soil around it. To secure the wires in the bedding areas, use aluminum tent stakes and then cover them with mulch.
You can use a digital voltage meter to test each fixture’s voltage. For a uniform look and to prevent premature burnout, each halogen lamp should receive 10.5 to 12.5 volts. Low readings could indicate a problem in the system, or that there are too many lights in a circuit. The voltage controls on the transformer can be used to make minor voltage adjustments.
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