Connect the cable to the power pack and plug the power pack into the outlet to test the lights.
Start at the outlet and place the power pack nearby, but don’t plug it in until the lights are all assembled. The power pack can be attached to a post or to the house itself.
Set your timer to the dusk-to-dawn setting so your lights are only on when you need them.
Connect each light to the cable with a cable connector – leave 10 feet before connecting a light or splitting off in different directions.
Use a small trowel to dig a narrow trench (approximately up to three inches deep) along the cable path.
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Place the lights in their final positions according to your plan.
Add a perpendicular trench where each light will be located to accommodate extra cable.
Tools Flat-Blade Shovel or Edger Wire Cutters Wire Strippers Screwdriver Work Gloves
Materials Lights Power Pack 12-Gauge Cable (if your system is more than 200 watts) 16-Gauge Cable (if your system is less than 200 watts) Wooden Post (optional, for mounting power pack)
Assemble the light fixtures according to the manufacturer’s instructions, especially regarding the wattage level your power pack can support.
If you like the way it looks, push the lights into the ground and close up the trenches.
There are two ways to power your outdoor lighting. Solar-powered lighting is easy to install and has no wiring. Or, the type we are installing today is low-voltage lighting, which plugs into any outdoor GCFI outlet and works great as a decorative touch or to illuminate a path. We are using a lighting kit that comes with all the necessary components, but if you are building your own or adding to an existing kit, remember to choose a finish that matches.
You can decide what type of lights you want in which areas with a flashlight. At night, use a flashlight with the ability to switch between spot and flood mode to see how different lighting styles look in different areas.
Landscape lighting can add a high-end look to your home, and makes it safer too. The first step is to choose your lighting. There are many types of lights and fixtures to choose from. Spotlights can highlight specific features, while floodlights can illuminate a wide area.
Before beginning any excavation, check for underground utilities. Call the North America One Call Referral Service (just dial 811) for a national directory of utility companies.