Need a little light in your life? Adding outdoor lighting to your home illuminates your property and landscaping in a practical and decorative way. Here, Eric Stromer shows you how to highlight your deck, patio and/or driveway on your own so you won't have to hire an electrician.
Low voltage landscaping lights are an ideal solution to brighten up any areas that are near a power outlet. Low voltage LED lights come with a higher price tag, but they also are the longest lasting and most efficient. Halogen bulbs are a good, less expensive option as well.
You’ll need a transformer that converts your standard 120-volt outlet down to just 12-volts. Mount the transformer to the wall near your power source. Eric recommends getting a transformer that includes a dusk-to-dawn timer setting.
Make sure your power cord is unplugged before attaching any lights. Your first light needs to connect to the power cable no further than 10-feet from the transformer. Then connect the rest of the lights to the cord at your preferred interval.
Plug your cord into the transformer to make sure all your lights are working. If they’re not, unplug the cord and double-check your connections.
Once all your lights are working, bury the power cord 3-6 inches below the surface.
For lighting areas that aren’t close to a power source, or if you are looking for a less expensive route, standalone solar lights are also an option. They’ll be slightly dimmer, but should get the job done.
Items You'll Need
- Low Voltage Converter
- Power drill
- LED or halogen outdoor light set with power cord
- Standalone solar lights