How to Install Outdoor Landscape Lighting


Increase the curb appeal of your home by adding low-voltage lighting around walkways and front flower gardens. The lights are sold in a complete kit and are safe and easy to install. Low-voltage lighting will provide security and safety around your home night along with creating an attractive look. Create a plan of where to place the lights before digging as this will prevent errors and mistakes during installation.

Step 1

Lay the light fixtures along the pathway, keeping each light 8 to 10 feet apart. Lay the cable next to the lights. Use spray paint or grass chalk to mark where the lights will be placed.

Step 2

Move the light fixtures back from the area and dig a trench 3 inches deep to run the cable underground. Gently fold over sod before digging the trench. The sod can be placed back into the ground after the cabling is complete.

Step 3

Bury the cable by placing it in the trench and covering with soil. Leave a slight slack in the cable so it sticks out of the soil at each light fixture location for ease in connecting. Replace the sod over the trench, making sure to cut a slit at the light fixture location.

Step 4

Place the transformer near a grounded outdoor outlet. Strip off the rubber insulation approximately ½ inch and slide the wires under the terminal screws on the transformer. Tighten the screws to hold in place.

Step 5

Mount the transformer onto the house or to a wooden stake so it is not on the ground. Plug the transformer into the outlet.

Step 6

Plant the fixture stake into the ground by first punching a hole into the soil with a long screwdriver to create a hole. Do not use a hammer on the fixtures.

Step 7

Slide the connector halves at the bottom of the fixture over the cable sticking out of the soil. Pinch the connector together until it clicks. The fixture will light when the connection is complete.

Step 8

Connect the light fixtures to the ground stakes by pushing the fixture and stake together until the stake is even with the ground. Tuck any protruding cable under the sod approximately 2 inches down.

Step 9

Smooth the sod around the fixtures and gently press into place. Water the sod thoroughly to promote new root growth.

Things You'll Need

  • Low voltage outdoor light kit
  • Spray paint or chalk
  • Shovel
  • Wire strippers
  • Screwdriver
  • Wooden stake
  • Water


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Jennifer Loucks has over 10 years of experience as a former technical writer for a software development company in Wisconsin. Her writing experience includes creating software documentation and help documents for clients and staff along with training curriculum. Loucks holds a Bachelor of Science major from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls specializing in animal science and business.