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There’s nothing better for adding an elegant, magical ambiance to your backyard or deck than outdoor lighting. It’s great, too, for enhancing curb appeal in the front of your house. Landscape lighting increases your home security, too. Installing your own DIY landscape lighting is pretty easy, too. DIY blogger Robin Gay of All Things Heart and Home has done some pretty amazing things with outdoor lighting in her yard. Here she shows up how to set up a DIY  outdoor lighting system. Outdoor living before the sun goes down is lovely. But add a little landscape lighting and moonlight to the mix and you’ve got an enchanting backdrop for all your outside celebrations! If you’d like to add some DIY landscape lighting to your outdoor living area, I’d love to show you how we did ours! Adding DIY Landscaping Lights First, decide on a plan- Consider what you’d like to accent. Some questions to get you started… What part of  your yard, flower beds, water features or trees would you like illuminated?  Do you want a light mounted in a tree shining down onto a particular area? (These give a moonlight effect and are so pretty when shining onto a garden area.) Do you have a space (eating area, fire pit) that would benefit from string lights? We decided to uplight a few trees and add lighting to the garden area surrounding our water feature. We also added a giant criss-cross of string lights over the fire pit. Let’s start with the up-lights… Materials for this DIY Landscaping Light Project LED Spotlights Low Voltage Power Pack Low Voltage Electrical Wire (the amount depends on your lighting plan) Electrical Wire Strippers Phillips Screwdriver Cement Anchors or Wood Screws to Mount Your Power Pack Step 1 Assemble the lights according to the directions. Step 2 Place the lights in the locations that you’ve chosen in your plan. Step 3 Find an outdoor electrical outlet close to the space you’re working on, and mount the power pack close to the outlet. We used cement  anchors  for brick, but you can use wood screws for mounting to the side of your house. DO NOT PLUG POWER PACK INTO POWER SOURCE YET. Step 4 Take one end of your wire and lay it at the farthest light from the power pack. Now, lay the wire from light to light until you make your way to the power pack-don’t pull the wire tight. (Keep in mind you’ll want to bury or cover the wire later, so keep the wire in pine/mulch islands or around the perimeter of your lawn.) Step 5 Connect wire to the power pack by taking the power pack off the wall … Using wire strippers, strip the wires as shown. Attach the stripped wires to the terminals on the back of the power pack.  Now put your power pack back on the wall. DO NOT PLUG POWER PACK INTO POWER SOURCE YET. Step 6 Connect the wires at each light location according to your instructions. Step 7 Stick your lights back into the ground! Step 8 Plug the power pack into power source and set automatic timer according to instructions. Step 9 Go back through your yard and cover the electrical wire with pine straw or mulch if it’s located in a bed, or you can dig a  shallow trench to bury the wire. Once your lights are working, wait till dusk and make sure your lights are pointing in the right direction. Adjust as necessary! Adding String Lights Now for another layer of ambiance using string lights! Materials needed to add string lights Screw Eyes Wire Rope (1/16 inch) – The amount depends on how many lights you’ll be hanging. The rope serves as support for using multiple strings of lights over a large area.You won’t need wire rope if you’re hanging just a few lights. Turn Buckle With a Hook and an Eye Wire Rope Clip Pliers String Lights Zip Ties If you haven’t done so already, now’s the time to decide where you want your string lights. Also consider exactly where you’ll attach them. We decided to attach ours onto our decking and a few trees, creating a  criss-cross pattern over the fire pit and waterfall. If you don’t have trees or decking available, you could easily install poles or for a temporary solution…like maybe if you’ll be throwing a bunch of parties this summer, you could put poles into weighted buckets! Step 1 When you decide on where and how you’ll hang your lights, add screw eyes and connect the cable to the eye. Secure with the wire rope clip. Tighten the nuts. Step 2 Take the other end of the cable to the corresponding tree or pole you’re using to attach your lights. Extend the turn buckle by spinning the center and run the cable through the eye. Place the wire rope clip on the cable but don’t tighten. Attach the hook end of the turn buckle to the eye you put in the tree or pole, then pull the slack out of the cable to tighten. Secure the wire rope clip. The turn buckle can now be adjusted to tighten the entire length of the cable. (Ours was 70 feet, so we needed extra tension to keep the lights from sagging in the center.) Step 3 Now it’s time to hang your lights! Plug the first set of string lights into your extension cord to test and begin hanging the lights on the cable with zip ties. Continue to connect your lights and hang them with the zip ties.  Remember,  don’t connect more than the recommended number of strings. I like them even in the daylight, but when the sun starts to go down… …these little string lights…  …add a whole lot of atmosphere! Adding another easy layer of outdoor lighting can be fun, like these beautiful lanterns from Home Depot. (When you use a battery operated candle, the candle can be set to come on at the same time your landscape lights flicker on!) It’s easy to give your outdoor space a soft inviting glow that will keep you spending your nights under the stars right up until that first freeze! Browse The Home Depot’s Outdoor Lighting Department for everything you need to install landscape lighting.
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Home Depot Landscape Lighting

What you’ll need LED light bulbs Similar Projects How to Install a Dimmer Installing a dimmer is really quite simple. It can be accomplished in four separate steps. First, you turn off the power, then disconnect the old switch, connect the new dimmer switch and replace the wall plate. then, set the mood. Learn More Upgrade to LED Lighting One of the main reasons we love DIY projects is saving money. Every time you complete a project yourself, you automatically save. And if the new products you install end up saving more money in the form of lower energy bills, even better! In just the past couple of years, great strides have been made in improving the technology behind LED landscape lighting. So much so, that now they use up to 75% less energy than some landscape lighting systems that debuted only 3-5 years ago. Plus, LED systems require smaller transformers, which also cost less. Beginning to see the pattern here? In this First Look video, Associate Jenny Earnest highlights the changes at The Home Depot in our landscape lighting systems and why we are transitioning from halogen and incandescent landscape lighting systems to LED and solar models. Tools Green Projects Online Videos Rebate Finder LEED for Homes THD & the Environment Home Efficiency Audit Blog Earth Day 2016: Tips for an Efficient and Healthy HomeEarth Day 2016 is all about healthier and smarter homes, and chemical-free gardens.  Check out these tips for ways to save ways to save energy, water, and money, to maintain… Home Depot Wins Three EPA Program AwardsHome Depot Wins Three EPA Program Awards View all previous blog posts » Take the Home Efficiency Audit Our audit is designed to help you find ways to reduce your energy bills, protect the environment and make your home a comfortable place to live. Take the Home Efficiency Audit to understand how, and how much, energy you are currently using.
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Home Depot Landscape Lighting

What you’ll need LED light bulbs Similar Projects How to Install a Dimmer Installing a dimmer is really quite simple. It can be accomplished in four separate steps. First, you turn off the power, then disconnect the old switch, connect the new dimmer switch and replace the wall plate. then, set the mood. Learn More Upgrade to LED Lighting One of the main reasons we love DIY projects is saving money. Every time you complete a project yourself, you automatically save. And if the new products you install end up saving more money in the form of lower energy bills, even better! In just the past couple of years, great strides have been made in improving the technology behind LED landscape lighting. So much so, that now they use up to 75% less energy than some landscape lighting systems that debuted only 3-5 years ago. Plus, LED systems require smaller transformers, which also cost less. Beginning to see the pattern here? In this First Look video, Associate Jenny Earnest highlights the changes at The Home Depot in our landscape lighting systems and why we are transitioning from halogen and incandescent landscape lighting systems to LED and solar models.

Home Depot Landscape Lighting

Home Depot Landscape Lighting
Home Depot Landscape Lighting
Home Depot Landscape Lighting
Home Depot Landscape Lighting

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