Installing Outdoor Landscape Lighting

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Hey there, I’m Jeff Patterson with Home Repair Tutor.

And I don’t usually wear sunglasses because it’s not normally sunny in Pittsburgh,but it is today.

Hey, I’m going to show you how to install outdoor landscape lighting.

So in this video, we’re going to be installing outdoor landscape lighting—low voltage like this right here—and if this is something you need to do because your steps or your outdoor space is not well-lit, check out this video.

So let’s get started.

For this project, I chose a 200-Watt Power Pack, and you’ll also figure out what size power pack to use for your landscape lighting.

And the reason I chose this size is because I’m going to be installing a large floodlight, and the output of that is about 50W.

I’m also going to be putting in 4 path lights, and each one of these path lights, the output is 11W.

So 11 x 4 = 44W + 50W for the floodlight, that’s 94W, and that’s well within the range of the power pack that I’m holding right here.

So 94W is less than 200W, so it’s good.

These power packs, they’ve got terminalson the bottom, and that’s where you will install the wiring.

In this case, I need to use a hammer drill, like this one here, and set it to the hammer setting because I need to drill 2 holes into the mortar using the Tapcon drill bit.

And the Tapcon drill bit comes with Tapcons.

And the distance between the 2 holes in the power pack is about 4”.

Now it’s much easier to drill into mortar than brick.

Place a mark on the mortar, then measure over the 4” because that correspondswith the holes on the back of the power pack.

Now in this case, I’m using Tapcons.

So a blue Tapcon there.

And I’m putting the drill bit in, and I’m setting the depth of the hammer drill so that it stops about ¼” beyond the total length of that Tapcon.

So I’m drilling 2 holes in.

I’m going to stop when the hammer drill stops at the depth that I need.

Now I like using a driver like this one to drive the blue Tapcon screw into the mortar.

And these blue Tapcons are perfect for this project, that are meant for drilling into cement or mortar, or brick.

So I recommend them if you’ve got a brick siding like I do here.

And then you just mount the power pack.

I chose 12/2 low voltage wiring for this project to prevent voltage drops.

Voltage drops cause your lights to dim.

I just wanted to avoid that altogether.

So what you’ll do is dig a trench from the power pack to your first light.

And you can use either half-moon edger like I’m using here or a spade shovel to dig about 1/6” trench for that wiring.

You’ll splice the wire so that it separates by about 2”.

And then you’ll strip off the insulation about¾” of the insulation.

You’ll place the bare copper wire underneath the silver terminal.

Spin the wire using lineman’s pliers.

And then place the bare copper wire under the terminal screw and make sure that that insulation does not touch the silver terminals.

Bury the wire leading from the power packt o your first light, and then just place dirt over it.

it’s that simple.

The first light I’m installing is this large floodlight because it projects light up ontothe house and makes the house look awesome at night.

The lights have these cable-to-fixture connectors—there’s a top cap to them, there’s a base like this one here,and then there’s a contact.

There are 2 contacts that pierce the wire.

So what you’ll have to do is slide the wire into the base of the cable-to-fixture connector.

You want to slide it in juts like this so that it’s held flush into the bottom of the base because what’ll happen is that you’ll screw down the top that has those wire contacts on them.

Those contacts will pierce the cable and allow electricity to flow to the light.

So just double-check that electricity is flowing to the light before you move onto your next light fixture.

Run the cable to the next wire fixture, and do the exact same thing.

Connect the wire to the cable-to-fixture connector.

And just double-check that the lights work.

If you have problems tightening the top of the cable-to-fixture connector, you can use a hex wrench to tighten it down.

So here’s the end result.

Here’s what my steps look like at dusk.

Pretty sweet,right? And you can get the same result using these lights.

At the end, you’ll have to bury or loop the cable back to the power pack.

Now in this case, I just put tape at the end of the wire and buried it.

Well there you have it.

That’s how you can go about installing outdoor landscape lighting.

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I hope you have a great day.

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