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Title : How to Install Landscape Lighting (w/ Monica from The Weekender)
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Best advice is if you're installing sprinklers, and ever think you're going to install lighting in the future, run the wire for the lights along side the sprinkler pipes, and just pop up to the surface with loops of wire where you think you'll put lights later. Dig once, buy the wire at the same time, and cry once!
I did learn a couple of things that will help me do my project.
Here is a tip for connecting the wires to the control transformed on the post.
Use a piece of PVC conduit to put the wires inside of.
This will "clean up" the visual of the wires.
Doing this will make it so you don't even see the wires coming up the pole to the transformer and it won't look so much like a rat's nest.
I've been researching transformers and wiring. One thing I can't figure out is the control system. I know some transformers have timers, and also photocells, so the lights turn on/off on a schedule, and when the light level is low. But how do I do manual control? What if there is an evening I don't want the lights on, do I really have to go outside and hit the master switch? Then remember to turn it on the next day? There should be a switching option for inside the home.
The design could use a lot of help. She missed the entire right side and second story of the home, didn't use conduit at the transformer for the exposed wires, and didn't touch on how important it is to get all the splices secure and to use proper connections. I'd give it a 5/10 at best.
The wires that were done with one house I saw has been noted to had been breaking! As they did run them like this in the mulch ! I am so unHappy Lowe’s did show to so this instead had a small thin pipe to run it so it be double protected! Do Lowe’s supply anything like that ?
Great video, very informative. One thing I will recommend also is that for the trenching instead of using a shovel you and use an edger. That way the ditch will be straight and same depth. Shovel will disturb to much lawn and it would look cleaner. I did the same job on my house and I used half inch pic pipe on the ground to protect the wire. Other than that it was a very helpful video and an excellent finish product. Thanks
I'm an electrician, just throwing in my 2 cents. This video tutorial is actually done right. They did things professionally, the way I would have done it for the most part. I'm impressed... Usually when I watch videos like this it's extremely cringy to the point where you can tell the people aren't experienced and know anything about the electrical trade. This one is done right, and done the professional way. Such a nice pleasant surprise to watch a real pro do his thing. Good job.
One thing I want to note. The outlet must be GFCI protected. Either with a GFCI breaker, or the receptacle itself must be a GFCI receptacle or fed off of one. They didn't bring this up but it is something to take note of and make sure you have in place. Doesn't matter that the load side of that power pack is low voltage, you still need it. Great video though.
I have 4 palm trees in front of house, 2 palm trees are about 2 feet away from house and the other two about 10ft away.
I saw these wifi lights that are on a long cable and have outlets along cable to plug in more lights. This guy mounted them along the house on the wall though not on ground and they look so cool. So IAM debating between just illuminating my front yard palm trees or should I illuminate the house walls instead and should i go with low voltage lights and a transformer or just wi fi plug in lights that I can control with google or alexa?
Very good vid. I’d like to have heard comments on light wattages and/or lumen output (often not specified) and beam angles, which affect coverage and brightness. We already have Lightolier 12W LEDs in the eaves, which are pretty bright on the brick so what would look good on flower beds: 5W, 7W, or ??? And do we need brighter lights for well lights since some light may be lost to the sky? Color temp is another topic. I like our 3K lights but someone else might prefer 2700K.
Nice job, the one thing I would do differently, isto put the wiring a foot around the sidewalk instead of along the edge in case a edger goes deep enough to strike the wiring, maybe lighting also along the driveway for the people backing out of driveway that are short, this helps alot, trust me.
This is a very informative video. I had to do a lot of research to learn how to install low voltage lights and everything was explained in layman's terms. It was especially important to know how to connect the wires but I wish it was more detailed how to connect the wire to the transformer. Also, I have the same problem bringing the lights on the other side of the driveway. I would never cut the asphalt, I'm happy it's still in one piece. I would have looped it around the back of the driveway or if the run is too long, install a low capacity transformer near the garage and work around. After installing low voltage lights, I tossed all my solar lights without ever looking back. Everything I have is from Volt. Their integrated lights have lifetime warranty.