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Landscape lighting is a great way to add value and curb appeal to your yard. Needing only a transformer, cables and lights, your low voltage lighting system can be very easy to install when following these three simple steps:
Start by planning your outdoor space. A simple hand-drawn diagram will help you understand where to place your lights and transformer and how much cable you’ll need to connect them all.
To determine what size transformer you'll need for your system, just follow this simple formula:
+ Add together the wattage of your individual lights.
x Multiply that total by 1.5.
= The total is the transformer size, in watts, that you'll need.
Next, lay out all your components and cables. Be sure to leave extra cable running to each light so you can reposition easily, if needed.
Lastly, connect all cables to your transformer, plug the transformer in, and enjoy!
Extra tip: Fine tune your lighting placement by checking everything right at dusk. You’ll get a sense of how everything will look at night with just enough residual daylight left to work.
For an easy way to get started, our all-in-one landscape lighting kits contain everything mentioned above, or shop our entire collection of landscape designs for a look that's right for you.. For more details about the types of lighting available, read our article about all the extras that are available.