So you’re thinking about installing a landscape lighting system, great, but how do you do it? Of course you already know that you’ll need electricity to power it, lights, a transformer, etc.
Your landscape lighting plan will dictate how many low voltage lights are needed and where they should be placed. Typically landscape lighting includes spot and accent lights, pathway lights, flood lights and deck lights.
But how do you design and install a system so that it looks professional? First, you need your system, which usually includes; fixtures, a transformer, wire and wire nuts, hub or junction boxes, a light sensor and timer. Next, you’ll need tools like wire cutters and strippers, pliers, a trenching shovel, a multimeter, a drill w/ concrete bits, and screws.
Assuming you’ve already calculated the load of the system based on the length of wire and wattage draw of the fixtures you’ve planned, you’re ready to get started!
Install the transformer in a location that’s inconspicuous while still allowing you to plug into a GFCI outlet, usually on your garage electrical circuit. If you don’t have a GFCI outlet available, you’ll need to install one or have an electrician install one for your transformer.
Place the fixtures in the practical locations first, like path lights along a garden path, or step lights for your deck steps.
Place up lights at the base of focal plantings or trees to make them stand out at night as features in the landscape.
Last, place wash lights to create secondary or more subtle accents in the landscape.
Run the wiring to each fixture from the transformer, taking care to record where the wires are buried on the plan. Lights should be connected in groups, never daisy chain or connect one light after the other. Daisy chains create groups of lights that all have differing brightness. Use junction boxes to connect a group of lights together at a single hub for even illumination.
Make sure all connections are water proofed by wrapping them with electrical tape and using greased or silicone filled wire nuts.
Check each light fixture to make sure the voltage at each light is within the parameters of the bulb and transformer capacity. Last, bury the wire and compact the soil above it.
If installing a landscape lighting system seems like a lot to handle, give us a call at 703-544-0028. Sunrise Landscape + Design has a team of professionals and with almost 30 years of experience installing landscape lighting. We’d be happy to meet with you to design and install a beautiful landscape lighting system for your home.
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