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Let me show you how easy it is to install a low voltage lighting system to illuminate your landscape and your home to create a beautiful night time view! When it comes to best bang-for-your-buck DIY curb appeal projects it is hard to find one better than installing landscape lighting in front of your home.

Many DIYers are intimidated by this project because lighting inherently makes one think of electrical work (which people then associate with dangerous voltages and permitting). Planning out which light fixtures you might need can seem kind of daunting so here are some tips for figuring it out quickly.

I suggest putting the spot lights in fairly regular intervals along the front of the house, on the sides and in-between windows and highlighting features such as columns. To highlight landscape features like trees you can use lower powered flood lights.

The floodlights have a wider spread to the light, meaning that they will illuminate the whole tree or plant from close distances. To figure out what size transformer you need (the higher output ones tend to cost a little more) you have to add up all the wattages of each fixture. I HIGHLY suggest that you use LED lights for your system because the bulbs have an extremely long life and they cost very little to operate every night.

The Portfolio transformer I selected could handle up to 200 Watts output so I was well within that and allowed myself some future-proofing in case I want to add more lighting to my home in at a later date!

If you have any additional questions about which transformer or lights you need, give Lowe’s a call before you order online. This step may be optional based on how your home is laid out but most of you will have a sidewalk leading to a front entrance and want to put lights on both sides of it.

The first one is to use a long flexible drill bit to bore a hole in the dirt directly under the sidewalk. Once it is through you can attach the wire to the bit and pull the length needed back through the hole created! Starting on the low side, I then used a small sledge hammer to pound the pipe through the soil right under the walkway.

The new lighting systems make this step so easy, with zero wire stripping or splicing needed. When you screw the top connector down, the prongs pierce the main line wire (one on each side) and the connection is made instantly with zero tools! If you bury it then there is a chance you will forget its exact location and could cut it when you go to replace or add plants to the landscaping in the future.

You can also program the lights to turn off a certain number of hours after sunset (so that they don’t run all night). However, I like the added sense of security I immediately got after having the house lit up and so I chose to just let the photosensor determine when to turn the lights on and off!

If you want to see videos of the process follow me on Instagram and check out my story highlight “Landscape Lighting”!


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