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Published on Feb 27, 2011
Landscape lighting will make a home look beautiful at night. They can also keep homeowners safe, since they can shine a light on suspicious activity. For effective lighting, there are a few things you'll need and several things to consider. Let us walk you through the process of landscape light installation in this video.
Nothing makes a home more beautiful after the sun goes down than well-placed landscape lighting. And not only do they make your home look better, they can make it safer, too. After all, landscape lighting can line paths to doors to make them more visible, and they also make would-be intruders think twice about sneaking around a well-lit yard.
So what do you need to get the benefits of landscape lighting? It's really pretty easy. You'll just need a transformer, some lighting cable and your lights. These are often sold as kits, but you can pick them up individually, too.
When thinking about lights, check that a transformer has a big enough watt capacity to handle the number of lights and length of cable you're looking at installing. Stronger transformers and thicker gauge cable can maintain their power flow all the way down a cable to the very last light. But if your transformer's too weak or your cable's too small, those last lights may look dim compared to the lights closer to the power source.
When you're buying lights, don't forget to pick up a pair of wire strippers if you don't already own a pair. And you might want to consider a lawn edger to help you trench out the path of your light cable to exactly the right depth.
If you want to place lights that aren't close to a power source, invest in some good solar lights. The technology has come a long way and there are a lot of design options. They don't require any wires, so there's no digging and are fast to install. You can even buy solar spotlights to highlight something special in your yard.