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The right landscape lighting can provide the perfect accent to your home, and the installation is easy to do.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Locate the GFCI outlet on the outside of your house.
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.
Assemble the light fixtures according to the manufacturer’s instructions, especially regarding the wattage level your power pack can support.
Place the lights in their final positions according to your plan.
Lay out the cable.
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.
Add a perpendicular trench where each light will be located to accommodate extra cable.
Push the cables down into the trench.
Gently push each light stake partially into the ground.
Connect the cable to the power pack and plug the power pack into the outlet to test the lights.
If you like the way it looks, push the lights into the ground and close up the trenches.
Set your timer to the dusk-to-dawn setting so your lights are only on when you need them.