How To Install Landscape Lighting
Before You Buy Landscape Lighting
Decide what you will light.
Figure out what you will need.
If you buy a box of landscape lights at a Big Box Store
You will have to use the lights that come in the box. This can put a choke on creativity. Fine for landscape lighting kept simple. Any splash of light here and there looks good. In fact that's what it's all about. That and making outdoor areas useful at night.
Identify your lighting needs first. Buy fixtures and bulbs that provide the amount and type of light you want to see.
Fixtures can be matched with a bulb designed for specific light output.
Achieve better results using fixtures and bulbs that are designed for the lighting results you have in mind.
Allows you to put on a competitive edge.
A good lighting job pays off every time you look at it.
A little tweaking; have a few extra bulbs of different watts (brightness), different beam angles;
See what looks best...
Replacements are available for the halogens that come with the fixture. LED replacements come in warm white (about 3000), up to cool white (4100). A 7 watt MR16 LED are as bright or brighter than the 50 watt halogen equivalent.
Beam angle of bulb makes a big difference. A 20 degree beam angle focuses light output with a narrow beam angle. The spot light will use a narrow beam angle. A flood light, or wall wash light will use a wider beam angle.
Design - Install - from sketch to installation.
Components - greater detail; Transformer, Wire, Light Fixtures.