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The benefit of a low voltage exterior lighting systems is that you don’ t have to dig deep trenches for the electrical wires.

You’ll find several choices for lighting a walkway, patio, deck or garden path available at home and garden centers and online. While the lighting provides secure footing by illuminating the dark spaces of your property, it can also focus attention on landscape features in a garden, while being a deterrent to unwanted visitors.

The benefit of a low voltage exterior lighting systems is that you don’t have to dig deep trenches for the electrical wires; instead you dig a shallow trench and stake a fixture into the ground and secure it there. Connect the fixtures together with cables connected to a transformer that reduces standard line voltage and plug into an electrical outlet. Cover the cables with mulch to complete the job. You’ll find these systems sold in a variety of sizes, shapes and styles sold as kits and as individual components.

In the dark of night, spend time creating a lighting plan for the location and intensity of the illumination you want. Get family members or friends each with a flashlight moving around to simulate where the light fixtures might be placed. This will help you figure out how many you need and what effect you want to create. A lighting designer told us to focus the light toward the ground when you’re lighting a walkway so it lights the path; to showcase a handsome tree or plant, use lights facing upward.

To install 60 feet of good-quality low voltage lighting, which consists of six lights located 10 feet apart with a transformer, a landscape contractor will charge $275, which includes labor and material. A handy homeowner can buy the components for $195 and do the job and save 29%.

To find more DIY project costs and to post comments and questions, visit www.diyornot.com.

Pro Cost — DIY Cost — Pro time — DIY Time — DIY Savings — Percent Saved

$275 — $195 — 2.7 — 5.0 — $80 — 29%

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