How to Select and DIY Instructions on How to Install Landscape Lighting at Your Home
I remember when I bought my first single-family home, the one improvement that I couldn’t wait to do was the installation of landscape lighting at the paths, and patio. I had a vision in my head what I wanted it to look like, but since my home was different than those around me, I knew that I had a blank slate to work with.
I researched a lot of books, watched a LOT of HGTV, and thought a lot about what I wanted the end result to look like.
My homes overall evening security was important and proper lighting was definitely a consideration. However the biggest reason that I wanted to install landscape lighting was that it would allow me to be creative, spend relatively little money doing it since I could do it myself, and I could make a “statement” with my home at night, with it being well-lit.
The video below I believe you will find really helpful. It explains how you decide the type of lighting (affiliate link to books you might enjoy) you need. It also explains what considerations and challenges you will want to consider and plan to overcome them.
Also, the video will explain the process of installing landscape lighting from beginning to the end result. The home they used came out great, much like my home did.
Below the video you will see examples of products available for your own home, so you can do it yourself. Best of luck!
Landscape Lighting Sets
The easiest way to install landscape lighting, though the video did not speak about it is to use a ready-made set. They do limit you in what you can do and not do, but for smallish homes, these may suffice. Click on any image to read reviews, specifications, and to see other sets available.
Transformers for Your Homes Landscape Lighting
Doing you landscape lighting as detailed in the video? The first item you will need once you layout your plan and determine wattages, is to buy a landscape lighting transformer. Review the video again, read the reviews and specifications of the items below, and shop others. (click any image)
Landscape Path Lights
Path lights are great for both being decorative both day and night, but they are especially great at showing your guests your entry to your home, both as preference and for security. Both their security and yours.
Landscape Lighting Spot Lights
Perfect for trees, large shrubs and the sides of the house, landscape spots can really add a dramatic effect to your home at night.
Up Lights of Landscape Lighting
Landscape up lights are great for the sides of the house, some walkways, and other uses.
Wire, Cable and Accessories for Landscape Lighting
If you are buying items for your landscape lighting a-la-cart, you will need wiring to put it all together as shown in the video.
Follow their tips in the video, and read the information with each item below to make sure you have the right size gauge of wire for the wattage of lighting you will be installing. That is crucial for your DIY project to be a success.
Flood Lights for General Landscape and Driveway Lighting
You can’t forget the lighting you will need at your driveway, the basketball court for the kids, or work shed. Though usually always hard-wired, there are many options available, including options that include cameras, and sensors.
Read the specifications and reviews by clicking the image, for the best fit for your needs.
Solar Landscape Lighting Sets and Accessories
Though simpler to install in the right lighting situations, solar landscape lighting also comes in many styles, and with many different options. You will however want to read the reviews on any of the items (just click any image), so you can make sure it will offer you the lighting you need for your particular purposes.
Other Lawn and Garden Tools You May Need to Complete Your Project
Just in case you may be missing the flat shovel mentioned in the video, or any other lawn tools you might need to edge beds, shovel mulch, etc. in preparation for the installation of your landscape lighting.
I hope that you find this post on landscape lighting, and the video as helpful. Post any comments below on how you did, I would love to hear.
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