Landscape Lighting Installation Complete DIY Tutorial

hey guys if you’re thinking of
installing landscape lighting on your own or hiring somebody to do it this
year hopefully this video will help you I’m gonna walk you through how to
install a low voltage landscape lighting and show you how easy it can be talk
about the different kind of light fixtures that are out there and the
different tips and tools that you can use to save you a whole bunch of time
and a whole bunch of money I’m gonna walk you through some different lighting
techniques so that you can get the best bang for your buck out of the lights
that you buy I’m gonna also talk to you about some things that you should know
before you buy any landscape light so I hope that you guys enjoy this video and
as always if you have questions email them to me at Cal at lighting doctor CA
or leave a comment below this video and I’d be happy to answer those enjoy the
video guys hey guys it’s Cal from the lighting doctor today we’re gonna
quickly show you how to install a low voltage landscape lighting and get into
what kind of lights you can use with our do-it-yourself kit so please stay tuned
after the video to learn more about our do-it-yourself landscape lighting kits
first step in installing landscape lighting is determining what kind of
lights you’re going to use up an accent lighting is the most popular commonly
used for highlighting trees and different structures around their
property wash lighting is great for lighting the exterior of homes and
featuring and casting shadows on beautiful stonework around the property
path and garden light and also very popular for lighting pathways and
gardens and different features around the property and finally hardscape
lighting is another popular light commonly used around barbecue areas
fences decks steps and so on a great way to determine what’s gonna look good on
your property is simply by taking a flashlight at night and going and
highlighting and shining it on different features and structures around your
landscape to see what’s gonna look great another tip or shortcut is to use a
9-volt battery if you already have landscape lights just hook the wires up
to the terminals and you should be able to light those to see what looks great
when choosing your lights something we recommend is using really high quality
incandescent and halogen fixtures and retrofitting them with energy-efficient
LED technology bulbs will not only save you money on power
but will also last pretty much the life of your fixture so there you’re not
having to change bulbs on a yearly basis just wanna explain a little bit about
the transformer so basically the brains of your system after you’ve placed your
lights and you know what kind of lights you’re gonna use the next step is
determining what size transformer you’re going to use so a real simple way to do
this and if you’re using a good quality light when you buy it it’ll usually tell
you how many watts that fixture is actually going to produce if not it’ll
usually tell you if you actually look on that wall that’ll tell you if it’s four
and a half watts five and a half watts typically for LED that’s about as big as
you’re gonna get but on the box it should say how many watts if you’re
buying a good quality fixture so you know on this project we’ve got ten
lights each of these lights uses approximately four and a half watts so
ten times four and a half is 45 watts so we want to size our transformer just
slightly bigger than that the better quality light that you have the less you
gotta oversize your transformer if you’re using a really cheap cheap light
or a low quality light you probably want to give yourself a little bit more room
because the lights can actually use more power than that might actually say with
a good quality fixture you’re pretty safe if you just oversize it a little
bit so we’re gonna use a sixty watt transformer here from Kichler which is
really simple to use it’s got a small timer on it as well as a photocell and
you can see we basically just mounted it to the side of the house here with a
couple screws and once we get our all our wire laid out we’re gonna wire those
into here and that’s something we’ve done to kind of take it to the next
level and make this Wi-Fi is we’ve added something called a it’s from Leon it’s a
outdoor Wi-Fi timer switch that we use with a lot of our transformers as well
as you can use it with Christmas lights or whatever and how we use this is
basically we plug this into the our GFCI receptacle
and then we plug our transformer directly into that and then from there
now we can run all our lights from a simple mobile app from Leon and we do
this a lot of the time it just gives us that flexibility it’s a cool way to add
Wi-Fi to your system if you were just wiring up our lights here now my
favorite connectors to use here is these snap lock connectors they’re just
they’re super easy to use they hold the wires tight they’re gel-filled so they
keep it completely waterproof usually what I do is after we’ve got the wire
ran out I usually leave a little bit of a loop at every light so that if we need
to move it or make any changes or anything like that we’ve got some extra
room to play with and simply just cutting into our wire coming in and
going out strip the ends of that just a just an inch or two just enough so we
can get it into the snap-loc connectors and then we’ll also have our two wires
that go to our fixture so in this case we’ve actually got an inground fixture
that we’re using so we’ve got that and we’ve got the wires there so I just
twist off the ends so we can get them in nice and clean to our snap lock
connectors and these snap Glock connectors that
we’re using here pretty much good from from 18 gauge wire all the way to 10
gauge low voltage wire so what you do is they
just open up there’s a couple ports on the bottom you’ve got your your wire
coming in goes into one push it right to the end you’ve got your wire going out
goes into the other port and then you’ve got your fixture wire goes into the last
port and then you snap that tight and you can see those wires aren’t coming
loose and then you do that with your other set of wires open it up you get
your fixture wire it was in one your wire coming in goes into another
and your wire going out it’s the last port and then that just snaps tight and again
those wires are nice and sealed take any extra wire just put it down in the
bottom place your fixture and you’re good to go so we’ve got our lights
placed we’ve got our transformer hooked up all our wiring connections are done
now we’re just testing light so we’ve we’ve tested everything turn on the
transformer all our lights work I always recommend doing that before you go and
start finally burying everything but since that’s all done we know all our
lights work last thing is we’re just going to vary all our extra wire and
we’re going to place and set our lights and if there’s any final little
adjustments to be done we’ll do those I recommend coming back at night when you
actually have the lights on you can see how everything looks to come back and
make any last-minute adjustments just to make sure that everything looks good but
once you’ve done that that’s pretty much it now your landscape lighting system is
ready to go hey guys it’s Cal what the Lightning
doctor I’m just going to talk about three things really quickly when you go
out and buy low voltage landscape lighting these are some things that you
should be looking at if you’re on our website looking at our kits all this
stuff is kind of factored in but if you buy lights for my you know big-box store
somewhere else three things you want to look at is the first is color
temperature so color temperature I often get asked you know if I’m buy an LED
light it’s it going to be that cool white light that most LEDs are but
nowadays with the technology most of the LED lights you buy are actually that
warm color you know incandescent yellow light that were used to and how to tell
if it is is if you look at the color temperature on the box and it says
between twenty seven hundred and three thousand K which is Kelvin temperature
that’s that warm white color that you’re looking for 4000 K that’s the LED bright
cool white color that you’re used to so again if you’re looking at to get like
that yellow light like you see here you know 2700 to 3000 Kelvin is where you
want to do that next thing I’ll talk about is lumens lumens really just the
brightness of the actual light so you know if you’re looking at a good quality
bullet light or a blending fixture like this you’re typically gonna find them
between 220 and 270 lumens a lot of the stuff that you find in the store the
solar lights that have the big panel on them the highest I’ve seen is like a
hundred and 60 lumens which is not horrible but you’re gonna have trouble
lighting anything much more than you know six two to eight feet at that
amount so 220 to 270 that’s a good that’s kind of your most standard out
there that’s what you’ll find in a good quality up link for a path light
something like this it’s gonna be a little bit less you’re probably looking
at between 120 and 170 lumens for a good quality light again a lot of the stuff
you find in the stores might be like you know 50 to 70 lumens which is not going
to do a real good job of lighting anything and the other thing I found
that plays into factor even more so much than the lumens on a path in garden
light is the actual right the lower it is the smaller that
area that it’s actually gonna light it’s gonna be so if you can get a light
that’s at least 12 inches if not 18 inches and it doesn’t look weird no
landscape it’s gonna light a lot larger area which you might pay a little bit
more for that light but a long ride you’re gonna save money because you
don’t need to buy as many lights to light up that same area so it’s a quick
little tip about height and lumens and then the last thing is beam angles so
beam angle I’m specifically talking pretty much just about up lights most of
them in pretty common and standard you’re gonna find them between 25 and 30
degrees which is going to do a pretty good job of lighting most of the
features that you’re looking at but say you’re trying to get so you’re trying to
light the top of a flagpole well a light like this might not quite get up there
but if you use a smaller beam angle say 10 degrees that light’s actually going
to shoot farther up that flagpole now so the narrower you get the further that
light shoots and you know the same thing opposite the wider you get the less far
that’s going to shoot you know an example is you know a house we did as a
beautiful house it was along the highway we wanted to highlight the side of that
house so we used a couple wash lights which are wider than this they have a
hundred twenty degree beam spread which did a great job of lighting the whole
house with just two of them the one thing we didn’t consider into or factor
in is that at 120 degrees that light’s not going quite as high so we didn’t
quite get that light up to the peak of that house so what we had to do is put
brighter lights in so we get the same beam spread but now we can get that
light to the top so something to consider when you’re looking at lights
and beam spread the the tighter the angle the farther that lights gonna
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watching hey guys isn’t be a little bit longer
video but what i’m gonna cover it is i’m gonna talk quickly about some of the
most popular lighting fixtures how to use them show you some examples of what
you can do with the different kinds of lights and then lastly just some helpful
hints tips to make your life that much easier
when you decide to install your own landscape lighting system so the first
light I’m going to talk about is your up light spotlight accent light has a bunch
of different names I tend to call the accent light because that’s exactly what
it’s designed to do is accent some type of feature on your home or in your
landscape and they basically all kind of look the same with some slightly
different features and stuff but they’re all meant to do the same thing and one
thing I will say about these and what we tend to typically do is you can get two
kinds of these you can get basically like a drop-in fixture or an integrative
fixture so what an integrative fixture is nowadays it’s a light like this that
has the LED board built into it which basically means you can’t change that
out an LED is gonna last you 10 to 15 years any good quality lights gonna last
you 10 to 15 years as an LED the one thing I’m not going to talk too much
about halogen at all in this video because it just doesn’t make any sense
anymore it’s like trying to explain how a rotary phone works when nobody uses
them anymore because now we have cell phones
that’s what LED is is not only does it save you power you’re not changing bulbs
every year the biggest thing I find is it just it makes it your life weight
easier when you’re designing the system because you don’t have to worry about
all the garbage like voltage drop and all that kind of stuff that you see
videos on YouTube of from 10 15 years ago and any contractor that’s still
using halogen is crazy and the only reason they’re using it is because it’s
way cheaper just like lights in your house or cheaper if you’re still using
you know the old ones as opposed to when you integrate two or sorry when you
retrofit to LEDs so that’s all I’m gonna say about halogen the one thing to keep
in mind is that if you do have a system and you have a 20 watt halogen lamp in
your fixture that’s about the equivalent maybe four and a half watt LED and if
you have a 35 watt halogen that is the equivalent of approximately a five and a
half watt LED so you can see there’s a huge difference there that’s using
twenty watts and that’s using four watts and it
keeps getting better the better than the technology the lower this number gets
what makes it easy to design because now excuse me now you know if you had 10 20
20 watt halogen bulbs before that’s 200 Watts you start to need a pretty big
transformer whereas now I can have 20 lights at 4 watts and that’s only that’s
still that’s under to do the math there that’s under 100 watt so you can get a
much smaller transformer so just stick with LED and save yourself some
headaches and if you have a halogen system you can easily go and retrofit
most systems if it was put in by professional and it wasn’t some
rinky-dink operation chances are you’re gonna easily be able to retrofit that
with some kind of drop-in LED bulb the one question I do get asked often about
LED is well yeah what’s the color though and because they think it’s that bright
white that gets associated with LED well in most cases now the LED bulbs are they
come standard at 2700 or 3000 Kelvin and all that is is that’s the temperature
color which means basically that’s that warm yellow that you’re used to seeing
the higher this number gets the whiter the light is so if you see 4000 Kelvin
that’s closer to that white LED light that you’re accustomed to seeing but you
can save a lot of money by doing this and just buying a really good quality
halogen fixture and then really just tossing the Heligan bulb out of it and
retrofitting it with a good quality LED bulb you might not get the same might
not get the same warranty that a lot of manufacturers will give on an integrated
one because then they control all the components but you’re still gonna get
that lost that bulb and that fixture to last 10 to 15 years if you’re spending
the proper amount of money and going with a good brand and a good quality one
and then the other reason I like doing that because it gives me more design
options once the lights are in the ground so for example if I put this
light in say on a small tree and I buy an integrated
that has a 35 degree beam spread while I might find out after I have that light
in the ground that I don’t need it to be that wide of an angle and I want it
narrower to really just highlight the stem of that tree well then I can just
go and switch out this bulb to something that’s maybe you know 10 degrees or 25
degrees and really sharpen up that angle same thing if I want it wider ray I
might put it along a house to highlight a feature and I find that you know 25 or
36 degrees is not as wide as I would like it I can just go and then switch
out that bulb to maybe a 60 degree and get a a bigger width on that and cover
more area so I like doing that because if it’s an integrative fixture and you
want to change it after the fact wall you basically have to replace the whole
fixture so hopefully that makes sense and just show you some examples here of
up lighting and this is commonly what you’ll see is just up lighting some
accent trees or whatever what I do like about what they’ve done here is because
it is close to the patio you do get a lot of reflection office foliage back
down onto the patio which means you can potentially eliminate some pathway
example here again using it on some bigger trees in some cases you might
have to use a slightly brighter light if you have really tall trees and then on
shrubs and areas like this and this would be an area where maybe you’ve got
to use a slightly wider angle lens in it because you don’t need it to shoot super
high you want it to shoot wider and remember one thing the wider the angle
is the less height you’re gonna get on that light so something to keep in mind
so just some examples there again another example of how they’ve
integrated some path lighting with some up lighting
in this case and then here’s a good example again both with path lighting
and up lighting the reason I want to show this picture is because you see how
these trees overhang here when they’re full of foliage you can get that light
up in there and you’re gonna get a lot of reflection off of that back down onto
the patio where in this case they probably could have used a lot less path
lights because they’re gonna get a lot of reflection off of here so something
to keep in mind again if working on a budget or don’t want to
light up like crazy that’s something you can think about and then the reason I
chose this one is just because you want to try and avoid this and just make sure
that you don’t have light shining directly in your eyes so wherever you’re
gonna be looking at it you know try and keep that light pointed away or have
some kind of special shroud on it that keeps the light out of your eyes and
featured on what exactly you’re trying to highlight this is a great example
here because in this one they’re doing two things that I really like is one
they’re featuring and accenting the house which i think is probably the
first thing you should do with landscape lighting before you go and put it on any
trees or anything focus on your house first that’s the thing that costs you
the most money you spend the most money on and when people go and buy your house
you want to increase your curb appeal that’s what they’re gonna notice is
whether is your house it’s gonna stand out so here’s an example of how they
used it to create some nice texturing on this Rock work you don’t need to have
you know this fancy Rock work and texturing to do that even on you know
houses with siding just having that light shine and feature that house makes
a huge huge difference and then here what I like is instead of lining the
driveway with a bunch of path lights they’ve used an up light here to
highlight this tree and then also get some reflection back down onto the
driveway it’s a great way to do two things with one light and last I heard
most cars have headlights on them so you don’t need to spend a whole bunch of
money trying to highlight this whole driveway area a really good example here
of how they’ve used up lighting to showcase and feature this house I love
how they’ve gotten it right up to the tops of the peaks how they’ve really
done that entranceway and the accent lighting between the windows everything
this is what landscape lighting should look like so you should focus on this
before I think you even focus on the trees and different areas like that and
then I just want to show you this one because this is a great example of how
they’ve used it you cast some shadows and all they’ve really done here is
they’ve just placed an uplight further behind these trees so
now again they’re highlighting the tree and they’re creating some shadowing on
their house so another example of how they’re doing two things with one light
and then this is probably the most economical and the best bang for your
buck value that you can use out of any light is it’s really it’s called moon
lighting or down lighting and it’s the the technique of using a light up in a
high area in a tree something like this and shining it down and what that does
is now you’re highlighting the trunk in the base of this tree you’re
highlighting the foliage you’re highlighting the ground cover and you’re
casting shadows through the branches down onto the street which is also great
because in the wintertime when you don’t have as much up here to feature you’re
still creating some cool effects with one light now you can go and accomplish
what might have taken you four or five lights so easily best bang for your buck
yes it’s more work to get it up there you’ll need some kind of special mount
that you can use so that as that tree grows you can leave some slack on that
light as well as the wire you got to make sure to leave some slack and run it
there but still make it secure there is ways to do that very easily there’s a
little bit more maintenance for these but as you can see you can accomplish a
lot of things with just one light the next most popular light that I’m going
to talk about and again is used all the time is path and garden lighting and I
think it a lot of cases gets over utilized and there’s definitely some
places that you can use it and it is very beneficial but I think in a lot of
cases it gets used Warnick good and you can achieve a lot of the same effects or
better effects using some different forms of lighting but I will talk about
them and a couple things again you know a lot of times what we do in this case
is you can buy the LED integrated ones where the board is built right in there
again just cost wise I like finding a really good fixture that I know is gonna
work and just retrofitting it with a good LED bulb
that again I can choose the the preferences of that and I know is still
gonna last a really really long time the one thing I would say to make sure that
any path like that you’re gonna buy make sure that this lamp and I don’t care if
it’s an integrated bore or if it’s a popin drop-in lamp like this make sure
it’s concealed from the elements because if you have if it’s open and exposed
it’s just it’s gonna die and wear out that much quicker I don’t care if it’s
an integrative fixture or not so you know in a case like this it’s completely
sealed off but you can’t see the light it’s got waterproof seals on it so I
know light like this is gonna last a long time and I often get asked about
well how far do you space out path lights and it really depends on on
preference the one thing I will say is I mean you don’t need to light up a runway
you’re not trying to land an airplane so you don’t need to you know load your
property with path lights just stagger them to your preference on what looks
good a general thumb is if you have something around a 12-inch height you’re
probably 8 to 10 to maybe 12 feet spread on those is how far that that lights
gonna shine on the ground the darker the ground cover the less distance that that
light is gonna spread because it’s gonna get absorbed by the ground the lighter
the ground cover is the more spread you’re gonna get on that on that light
and then the other thing to keep in mind is stem is also very important in
determining how far you want that light to go so more so than the brightness of
this bulb which most are gonna pretty much come pretty standard at what I
would say is a hundred and seventy lumens or two and a half Watts any good
one will be like that if you see a very cheap version at one of the big-box
stores look on it you’re probably gonna see a lumen count of about 50 or 70
lumens all that is is the brightness of the bulb and a good path light should be
at least 150 lumens to be effective but more so than that is the stem height if
you get a 12 inch you can probably which means a light that’s 12 inches off
the ground you’re probably gonna get that to spread like I said eight to
maybe 12 feet if you have a 18 inch stem you’re probably gonna extend that to 10
to maybe 14 feet if you have a six inch or an 8 inch stem well you can think of
that you’re gonna get a lot less you might only get four feet or six feet a
spread so again when you’re shopping for these lights make sure especially the
big-box stores what you’ll typically find is they’re six to eight inches off
the ground they’re only about you know 50 to 70 lumens and people always wonder
well how come this light is so much more expensive than what I saw at Home Depot
or Lowe’s or whatever it was it’s because quality and the stuff that’s
there you know I’ll be honest with you it’s for the most part is garbage so
just to give you a little idea there so here’s an example of how I’m just
integrated both path lighting to help light some ground cover and patio areas
with some up lighting to up light some trees but then still get that light down
onto the pathway so it’s good when it works in combination and you don’t have
excessive amounts of path lights all along this whole walkway here which
one’s gonna cost you way more money and it’s not gonna look quite as nice again
they are great in gardens and stuff you know two light little stone rivers and
stuff when you don’t have the option of maybe putting a down light or you don’t
have a lot to reflect the light off of it is a great way to just just light up
that ground cover or a walkway area as you can see here again you they don’t
they haven’t littered the pathway with a whole bunch of lights they spread them
out a good distance is probably 12 feet or so of distance and they’ve staggered
them from side to side because you don’t need it to be this bright everywhere you
just want to make sure that you can see the pathway and steel see those stepping
stone so you avoid obviously any injury but also so it looks nice too again just
just great ways to to highlight different types of foliage and stuff and
then the one thing I would say is you know as much as possible it does
look good if you can stagger them more and you will find that that light you
just get a better use of that light but for maintenance reasons you want to try
as much as possible keep them off areas that you’re gonna have to maintain like
grass areas because here now you’re gonna have to mow and trim around these
and that’s just gonna cause these to get busted and broken that much sooner as
well as it just wastes your time so what I would say is as much as possible
either trying have sight some type of border around this that you can place
these so you don’t have to maintain them or just try and keep your lights out of
those areas just to avoid headaches for yourself and try and find different ways
that maybe you can light these pathways so maybe in this case there might have
been some trees up here that they could have through some down lights and lit
from above who knows but again just just remember that you are gonna have to do a
lot more maintenance when you have an in a grass area like that another area I
like to use path lighting when I don’t really have an option to maybe throw a
down light or something an up light that’s really gonna catch most of this
rock is using them to reflect light off of features like this like rocks because
now the light hits that and then you can see that it really spreads a long ways
lights a bunch of the foliage so I love using it in areas where you have like
big boulders and stuff like this you know obviously you see them in stairways
and stuff all the time but again I would just be careful you don’t need a whole
ton you can usually achieve the same thing just by staggering them you know
in a respectful manner and use them sparsely you can always add lights on
later on I always recommend try with less first and add on down the road if
you want more light another light that I don’t talk about is washed lighting I
talked about this a little bit earlier on all it is it’s basically like an up
light or an accent light but it has a much larger spread on it so 120 degrees
is pretty common as well as it has a frosted lens so all this means is it’s
going to create less hot spots so these are great lights to use
to highlight and feature your house specially if you have a big area on your
house a big wall that you want to use so in this case you know here they probably
use some just some regular up lights or accent lights but on area like this
where it’s a wider area this is where you can use one of those wash lights and
it’s really gonna spread that light over that whole area just keep in mind that
again the wider the spread is the less height you’re gonna get on that light so
you might just need to use a brighter wash light than during it like this I’ll
talk about this in a second but this is another great option so you have an area
like this where you have something that you want to feature but you don’t have
an area where you can put an up light that’s not going to require a lot of
maintenance these in-ground lights are a great
solution for that but continuing on wash lights they are great for you know
creating those that texturing on any rock faces and stuff that you might have
because it has that frosted lens and it does create less hot spots it does a
better job of creating this this texturing effect so in-ground lights
well lights whatever you want to call them or basically this there are lights
that are designed to live in the ground so they typically do cost more but an
area where you have grass around it and you know you’re gonna have to maintain
around it instead of having an up light sticking up that you’re gonna have to
mow around and trim around something that goes flush in the ground like this
that you can just mow right over is a great great option and it basically will
do the same thing as an up light you just have less maintenance on it the
reason you don’t have to use this all the time is because it does cost a
little bit more so if you have an area that is maintenance-free
I would still go with an upper and accent light but if you’re stuck in the
grass that’s a good option down lighting really again if you have a really good
quality accent light you can use it in a lot of down lighting applications just
make sure that it does really keep out the elements most down lights do have a
longer shroud again it just keeps that light out of your eyes a little bit more
and it’s built to really have the water run off of it so it doesn’t get into
that fixture but it will achieve the same thing like we talked about with
those accent lights is creating that moon lighting effect and if you really
want to create that moon lighting effect using a blue filtered lens does a really
good job of that and here’s just some examples of some different down lighting
you can see how they’ve used it here to really get some light down on this
pathway this would have taken more path lights than these guys could probably
fit in here to achieve the same effect again just different ways of lighting
the stairs right again instead of a bunch of path lights they have some down
lighting here that does the same effect that it makes it makes this area look
great as well as covers a whole bunch of ground cover with just one light and as
we talked about before creating that shadowing and casting effect down on the
ground is is another great option as well so I’m also a big fan of hardscape
lighting and wall lighting and deck lighting but in particular this kind of
style there’s a lot of you know step lighting and wall lighting that you know
see it would just fit into the concrete like this it gets molded in then you
have this bright light shining right at you as you’re walking up these stairs
what I like about this is it usually hides pretty inconspicuously under a cap
or something and then the light shines downward supposed to and not in your
eyes so I love these lights for you know stairs for barbecue pit areas anywhere
where you’ve got stonework like this on fences on decks under railings on decks
they work great too for lighting up the deck but then the lights hidden and it’s
not shining in your eye there’s so much deck lighting out there that are just I
really know light because a couple things one you’ll see a lot of the rope
lighting which in some cases can look good but in my opinion it still just
looks like you know you’re at a 70s disco and then you know there’s a lot of
deck lighting that just sits right on the edge and then just shines right in
your eye and again that’s not what you’re trying to achieve you’re trying
to highlight or feature an area you don’t necessarily want to see that
light directly in your eyes and just some examples of how you can use these
lights and again because you’re not wasting any light now it’s not shining
just out into space it’s shining down on the ground it can be a great way to
light up some ground cover as well and again avoid having to use a bunch of
path lighting underwater lights I don’t need to talk too much about these you’re
pretty self-explanatory they’re designed to live under the water and all I would
say is do not skimp on these cheap ones will not last you long because I mean
you got to think about it they got to work under water and electricity and
water typically do not go well so make sure you spend money and go with a
well-known manufacturer on any underwater lights that you use but if
you do they create some amazing amazing looking effects if you have any
waterfalls or pond features in your home I would highly recommend considering
them alright guys just wrapping up here we just want to show you some examples
of the difference between having landscape lighting not having landscape
lighting in the difference between when you go and buy a good quality landscape
lighting as opposed to what you will find on the shelves at most your big-box
stores so here’s this an example of you know what an area looks like obviously
during the daytime but I know for a fact that on this house they spent a lot of
money on landscaping and at night when it gets dark this is a little bit out of
town so there’s no lights whatsoever so it is pitch pitch black at this house
you know and just by adding some landscape lighting to really go and
feature a bunch of different trees a bunch of different colors some beautiful
patio and sidewalks that they had done it almost looks like a river at night
because you get the reflection of the light off the nice concrete and really
just how you know we took a yard that looks beautiful in the daytime and we
made it look great at night as well and again without the lighting all this just
disappears at night have a beautiful house and a beautiful
landscape like this whether it’s a million-dollar house or $50,000 house
doesn’t matter I mean your home is where you spend the majority of your time so
why not make it look great and then to show you really the difference between
what you get when you go and find a good manufacturers light you know somebody
who designs landscape lighting systems for professional landscape lighting
installers there’s lots of great companies out there Kichler FX luminaire
vista there’s so many more but you can see here there’s obvious difference
between what one light here will do as opposed to what you would buy in the
big-box store and some of you might say well yeah but that’s more light than we
need and the point is that you need a lot more of these lights to achieve
whatever it is you’re trying to achieve on your property then you do with a good
quality light so yes this might be 30 40 even 50 percent cheaper than this one
but you’re gonna need a lot more of these to accomplish the exact same thing
that you would had you just gone and got a good quality fixture to start with and
I will tell you this will last you five times as long as this one just from
experience because we go and repair these ones all the time and then you
know further that comparing to a solar landscape like that you can see really
doesn’t do much of a job at all and although there are some that are out
there that are getting better the technology that it’s not there yet it’s
just not there yet in landscape lighting and I’m not saying it’s never gonna be
because we’re even working on developing our own brand so that you know
eventually we can have a solar light that’s gonna look like this and
eventually that will come it’s just as of right now what you’re gonna find at
the big box store lights this is what you’re gonna get as opposed to this and
another example of you know here’s a really good quality up light accent
light as opposed to a solar light that you can get at the big-box store yes
this costs way less than this does but what are you trying to achieve and again
you know a beautiful pathway lit up with some great path lights some
really good quality ones from FX luminaire as opposed to you know the
solar lights which by the way this is the same property we actually just put
in solar lights at the exact same spots that we had these lights so you that you
could see even the lights in the back you can see there’s a huge difference
but their neighbor actually had these on their property and the following year we
went and took them all out and basically did this to their property also so a few
last helpful tips and things to remember is you know just try to light your
property with as few lights as possible you’re not trying to land a plane you
don’t want your house that stand out like crazy and I mean a lot of times you
see these million dollar homes that the outside is just it’s crazy with the
amount of lights they’ve gotten her soft its of all that kind of stuff but I mean
I don’t know how much ego you need to have to have your house seen from space
but you don’t need to do that that’s not what you’re trying to achieve with
landscape lighting so I always say try to light as much as possible with as few
lights as possible and remember you can always add on more especially if you’re
going with LED the technology is just so much better and the design flexibility
to add on down the road is so much easier to do and remember you can cook
you can accomplish a lot cooler effects by just thinking outside the box and
being a little bit more creative with some accent lighting some down lighting
then you can with just littering your property with path lighting so always
try and think of that how can i light an area in different ways and try it out
and see how it looks if you don’t like it you can always change it later too
don’t waste your money on solar lighting the technology is not there yet just
spend them spend the money upfront depending on what you’re trying to
achieve if you’re really not trying to lend light your landscape and you just
want to have some lights see you have some lights then go ahead with solar
lighting but I would recommend just staying away from them for now
eventually there will be some good options but it’s just not quite there
yet using filters is a really cool thing you can do
you know I I got HEC from some guy on YouTube the other day it was all bent
out of shape because I talked about color filters instead of some of the
color lighting systems that are out there and don’t get me wrong I love a
lot of the color light systems that are out there and we use them all the time I
have them in my house and I can change my lights all kinds of different colors
Halloween Christmas and for different occasions but cost-effective standpoint
they’re still very very expensive for what you get there’s three times what
you would pay for just a good quality LED light and throwing a filter on it
because most people just want to change the color on the holidays or something
like that a filter is gonna cost you a few bucks as opposed to haven’t paid
three times as much so Tony I know you’re upset because I said that we use
color filters a lot of the times instead of color changing systems that’s why
it’s just it’s a cost thing most people are not gonna pay from experience three
times three times over for a system just to have color changing on it so and then
yeah if you’re trying to compare led to halogen the color equivalent is 2700 to
3000 Kelvin that’s what that’s what it looks like so if you’re looking at an
LED LED bulb and it says 4,000 on it just know you’re getting that white
light if it says 2700 or 3000 that’s that nice warm yellow light that you’re
used to and with the drop-in bulbs like I talked about you can’t experiment a
little bit with different beam spreads and stuff and see what looks good and
like I say with any landscape lighting project don’t finalized anything until
you see what it looks like so whether you go around beforehand with a
flashlight and shine a light on some areas to see what looks good whether you
take your light and attach the wires to just a 9-volt battery should run a good
LED light and go walk around with that and see what looks good or whether you
put your lights in turn them on and then make some adjustments after the fact and
then go bury the wires the last thing you do the next day after you know that
that’s where you want the lights whatever you do go and try some things
out first before you finalize anything because you potentially have
that lighted system in for the next 10-15 years so why not make it look
great and then lastly if you are if you do have a landscape lighting system
you’re just looking at upgrade get those halogen bulbs out of there replace them
with a good quality LED lamp that’s gonna use less power it’s gonna last a
lot longer and it’s gonna give you some more design flexibility where if you
want to add more lights and you have a halogen system it’s gonna be tough to do
if you go on retrofit those with good quality LED bulbs chances are now you
can add four times as many lights and not have to upgrade your transformer or
a bunch of different things like that so hopefully guys this has been a helpful
video I know it’s a lot of information I don’t sometimes a little dry and a
little boring we got tons other videos on YouTube please do go and check them
out uplighting is the most dramatic type of
landscape lighting let’s review some basics trees are traditionally
illuminated with up lights with a special focus to ensure all areas of the
tree are highlighted from the necessary viewing areas use long shrouds or hex
baffles when the light source is visible to your general audience focus on
lighting the trunk and branching structure of a tree instead of the
leaves always ensure that the tree is properly approved wall washes are a
great option for shrubs walls and boulders to add light while hiding the
fixture use in grade lights don’t forget to highlight the architectural features
of a house up lights are the most impactful way to bring color into a
landscape by adding a few colors up loads can create fun looks and themes let’s recap some pathlight fundamentals
traditionally pathways are designed with path lights stagger the placement of
each fixture for a classic look or align them evenly for a more modern look
since path lights are usually installed to enhance nighttime safety for
pedestrians spacing should be consistent along the entire path when you have a
tree or structure above the pathway use down lights to bring a natural light to
the area without drawing attention to the fixtures if you have a high traffic
area and you can’t use down lights or path lights OFX luminaire also has
integrated lights and wall lights that wash the path FX luminaire has many
traditional and contemporary fixtures to help you better match those fixtures to
your landscape downlighting is the most natural
lighting technique use down lights to softly illuminate gardens shrubs and
landscape vegetation during the late evening and at night down lights
installed in man-made structures like pavilions gazebos or trellises provide a
nice light to high-traffic areas when you install down lights above a tree
canopy you can achieve a very dramatic moon lighting look with shadows you can
also use down lights to illuminate walkways or areas with changing
elevation use the full range of FX luminaires down lights to create many
elegant look hey guys hope you enjoyed that and as
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