When done well, landscape lighting can do tremendous things for your home. If you’re trying to sell it will serve you well, because many potential homebuyers do their searching at night. It also enhances the security of your home, because burglars are less likely to try and enter if they fear being seen by your neighbors. In order to make an impact, however, landscape lighting must be installed correctly, so here are some key considerations regarding landscape lighting installation, courtesy of the crew here at Andy’s Sprinkler, Drainage and Lighting.
Create a Plan From the Outset
If you’re thinking of having landscape lighting installed at your home, the first step is to determine your goals and objectives. We can then combine your input with our own expertise to create a written design plan to follow moving forward.
Assemble the Fixtures Prior to Beginning Installation
Most of the fixtures used in landscape lighting come in parts, so they must first be assembled before the installation process can begin. Assembling the pieces before getting to the jobsite ensures that we not only make the most of your time, but that we also aren’t stuck hauling hundreds of little boxes away from your lawn.
Lay the Lights Out as They’ll Be Installed
When we arrive to your home, we’ll first lay the lights out so that both you and our crew can get a sense of where each bulb will shine. That way, any changes that need to be made can be done without having to backtrack on the actual landscape lighting installation process.
Mount a Transformer Box, Distribute Wiring and Determine “Runs”
The transformer box is what converts the electricity from your home so it can be used for low-voltage landscape lights and gets plugged into a 120-volt electrical outlet. Wire for the low-voltage system is available in an array of thicknesses, and the right one to use is determined by how many, and the wattage of, the lights being installed. It’s also necessary to determine exactly how many lights will run off of each set of wires prior to testing the final product.
Landscape lighting can prove complicated and is generally best done by a professional. For more information or to meet with Andy’s Sprinkler, Drainage and Lighting regarding your own landscape lighting installation, call 817-608-0660.