Most transformers use timers to turn the lights on and off. Some transformers use photocells to turn them on automatically at night.
If you plan to attach the transformer to a brick wall, drill mounting holes, using a masonry bit, and place plastic or lead anchors in the holes.
Once the lights are assembled, and you are satisfied with the placement, dig a shallow trench for the cable (or the cable can be left above ground, if preferred). Run the cable along the trench, and attach the lights to the cable. The lights have clamps with metal teeth that pierce the cable insulation and tap directly into the power line.
If you plan to attach the transformer to a brick wall, drill mounting holes, using a masonry bit, and place plastic or lead anchors in the holes (Image 2).
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Extra tip: Fine tune your lighting placement by checking everything right at dusk. You’ll get a sense of how everything will look at night with just enough residual daylight left to work.
Although most lights must be assembled, it’s easy to put them together. Start by running the wires from the light assembly through the riser base and attach the stake. Insert the light bulb, then attach the lens and cover.
Installing low-voltage landscape lights is both simple and inexpensive, plus the lights enhance the appearance of your home and increase safety.
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If you can’t mount the transformer to the wall, drive a 3′ stake into the ground near the outlet. Mount the transformer to the stake at least 1′ above ground.
After you set up the transformer, plan the layout. Depending on the style of the light, you can assemble it and press it into the ground or drive the base into the ground and screw the light onto the base. Some lights have adjustable shades that help you direct the light onto specific areas. Connect the light by clamping the wires to the power cable. Turn on the power to check the electrical connections, and make the final adjustments at night.
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Note: Be sure to call your utility company before you dig anywhere on your property. Most companies provide a free service that marks the locations of all underground utilities.
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Low voltage landscape lighting is a great way to add value to your home and up its curb appeal while saving you money and minimizing energy use. All you need to get your system installed are the right lights, the proper transformer and cables. If you are looking beyond options that a complete kit offers, here are some tips to make sure you choose the right individual products for your easy-to-install landscape lighting.
All transformers are designated with a maximum wattage capacity. For example, a 150 watt transformer can safely provide power to a circuit demanding up to 150 watts. To start, map out your yard and how you plan to distribute your lighting – a simple sketch works. From there, you’ll have a better understanding of how many lights you’ll be using.
+ Add together the combined wattage of your individual lights – for example, 5 lights each using 20 watts (5 x 20 = 100).
The most important step is to think through what you want to achieve: Is it security? Safety along walkways? Ambient decorative lighting? Once you understand what your goals, finding the right landscape lights is easy.
It’s also easiest to run your cables along the ground and place the wire behind plants or lightly cover them with dirt or mulch. Doing so will allow you to readjust them if necessary.
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Introduction Step 1: Lay Out the Lights Step 2: Place and Secure Transformer Step 3: Dig Trench for Cable Step 4: Connect the Cable
Connecting outdoor lighting is as easy as plugging a cord into an existing outlet.
Depending on the size and layout of your yard, there are different choices when it comes to illuminating your outdoor space. Landscape lights are categorized by usage, style and type – path lights are ideal for illuminating your sidewalk, while spot or flood lights add impressive accents to trees or your home. You can find energy-efficient LED landscape lighting in traditional or modern designs, and in ground lights cast a unique beam of light upward from wherever they are placed.
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Low-voltage lighting kits are available at many home centers. They typically include a variety of lights, 100′ of low-voltage cable and a transformer, which converts household current into low-voltage current. Strip the ends of the low-voltage power cable, and connect them to the terminals on the transformer.
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Extra tips: Pad your numbers. There’s no harm in giving yourself some room to expand on your lighting system. Purchasing a transformer with a higher maximum wattage capacity will come in handy if you want to add more lights later. And, save with LED! Transformers are priced according to wattage, so by choosing low-wattage LED lights, you’ll saveon the bost of both your transformer and your monthly electric bill.
When purchasing cables to connect your outdoor landscape lighting to the transformer, you’ll want to make sure you have enough wire to run the lighting to your power source.
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Each landscape light provides a maximum bulb wattage rating. Once you have your total number of lights, follow this simple formula to ensure you pick an adequate transformer:
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Determine how many lights you’ll need and where they should be installed. Then identify the power source, which should be an outdoor GFCI outlet, and determine what other electrical devices are powered by it. Do not overload the circuit. Mount the transformer on the wall near the power source. The transformer should be at least 1′ above ground level.
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Recessed or “can” lights can be used as task lighting, accent lighting or to illuminate an entire room. They’re easy to install into existing wiring and the best part, recessed light don’t go out of style.
Lastly, connect all cables to your transformer, plug the transformer in, and enjoy!
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= The total is the transformer size, in watts, that you’ll need – a 150 watt transformer in our example above.
Determine how many lights you’ll need and where they should be installed. Then identify the power source, which should be an outdoor GFCI outlet, and determine what other electrical devices are powered by it. Do not overload the circuit. Mount the transformer on the wall near the power source. The transformer should be at least 1′ above ground level. (Image 1)
Connect the power cable to the transformer, and mount the transformer. Plug it in, and set the timer to the “on” position to check the lights. If all the lights are working, set the timer for the hours you want the lights to turn on and off. Then go around the lights and bury the cable.
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First, lay out all your components and cables. Be sure to leave extra cable running to each light so you can reposition easily, if needed. Save on cable by finding an outlet close to your lighting needs.
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