DIY Landscape Lighting

By Maria Bargellini

If you want to highlight your home withB outdoor lighting but you don’t have it in your budget to hire a professional – don’t worry. We can help you. This post along with many others on this site will help you figure out what to do, what to use, and most importantly – what not to do. This post will help you get started.

What to light: Invest in a few new flashlights to use to figure out what areas you want to light and how it all looks together. You can always use more flash lights so it’s a good investment. Place the flashlights in the areas you are thinking of lighting. You may need a rock to prop it in place.

What to look for: Once the lights are set go into your home and make sure there isn’t any glare or lighting entering the house in an uncomfortable way. Once your happy take a walk around your landscape lighting display and make sure you’re not getting blasted in the face with light. Don’t forget your neighbors and cars. Look at your outdoor lighting from different vantage points.

What you’ll need

  • 20 amp outlet
  • Outdoor Transformer
  • Digital timer
  • Fixtures
  • Direct burial cable (properly sized for your project)
  • Direct burial wire nuts (connectors)
  • Shovel
  • Hand tools (pliers, screw driver, electrical tester, etc.)
  • Power tools (drill and anchors to mount the transformer)

If you are buying a kit follow its instructions. I personally do not like the kits becauseB landscape design isn’t a one size fits all project. There are 2 ways to wire your fixtures, daisy chaining and the hub method. We generally use the hub method although in certain cases where we are using LED landscape lighting fixtures, daisy chaining is OK. Consult a professional whenever you can. You should be able to talk to a professional when purchasing fixtures or the electrical components. Browse our other articles for more information on installation and maintenance. If you do not see what you need drop us a line and we’ll make sure to post the information you requested.

For pictures and more information clink on these links:B Alliance Fixtures Kichler Fixtures

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