Looking to add some ambience to your yard?
In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps for designing a landscape lighting plan for your yard:
Let’s dive in.
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Before you choose your fixtures, you first need to decide what you want to achieve with the lighting.
Do you want to:
Different light fixtures achieve different kinds of lighting
Now, it’s time to decide what kind of bulbs you want.
Most Florida homeowners use either halogen (energy-saving incandescent) or LED bulbs for landscape lighting.
Our recommendation: If you can swing the higher upfront cost of LED lights ($20–$40 per light compared to halogen’s $4–$10 per light), LED will cost you less in the long run.
For more info about the cost of installing LED versus halogen bulbs, check out our article, “How Much Does It Cost to Install Low-Voltage Landscape Lighting?”
A transformer is a device that transfers power (either increasing or decreasing the voltage) from one circuit to another.
You might be wondering, “Why do I even need a transformer? Can’t I just plug the fixtures in an outlet?”
First off, you have 2 voltage choices for outdoor lighting: low voltage (12V or 24V) and line voltage (120V).
With line-voltage lighting, you can just plug those fixtures into an outlet. However, low-voltage lighting is more common for landscape lighting because it:
Because low-voltage lighting needs voltage lower than what your power supply outputs (normally 120V or 277V), you need a transformer to convert the voltage down, so you don’t fry your fixtures.
When choosing your low-voltage transformer, you need to determine:
Grab a pencil and sketch out your property. Draw where you want your fixtures and transformer, writing down dimensions so you have an accurate estimate for how much wiring you’ll need.
Once you’re happy with the design, mark where you want your fixtures and transformer with flags in your yard.
Now that you know where you want your fixtures, you can determine the best route for wiring.
You can run wiring for landscape lighting fixtures several different ways:
The empty boxes represent the light fixtures, boxes labeled “T” represent the transformer, the box labeled “H” represents the junction hub (see below) and the lines represent wiring.
Each layout works best for certain situations:
We have more than 28 years of experience doing landscape lighting. Our outdoor lighting specialists will work with you to create a lighting design that suits your home, taste, and budget. Then, one of our experienced electricians will safely install it.