How to Choose and Install Landscape Lighting


Lowe’s home improvement expert, Mike Kraft, demonstrates how to plan and install outdoor lighting in your yard. First, learn about the different types of lighting you can use to spruce up your landscape. Try spotlights for smaller areas or floodlights for a wide general area. Also, think about adding entrance lights, patio lighting or path and walkway lighting. If you want to try more dramatic lighting, add uplights beneath trees or statues. After you have thought about potential types of lights, you need to decide whether you want to use solar or low voltage lighting. Use solar if you are lighting for more of an aesthetic feel or use low voltage if you are more concerned about safety and security. After you have finished planning and deciding, it is time to install. Assemble the lights you will be using first, then use an edger or shovel to dig a place for the lights and cables. Once this is complete, connect the lights together and push the fixtures part way into the ground. Put the cables into the ground and attach to the power pack. Connect the power pack, turn everything on and make sure everything is working correctly. Finalize your lighting by covering the cables with mulch or grass and set any lighting controls. Now you can enjoy your newly installed landscape lighting! To learn more about outdoor lighting and to find other informative how-to videos, visit

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4 Responses to “How to Choose and Install Landscape Lighting”

  1. aqdrk says:


    It really depends, my system is 100% off the grid, powered by a single 16v solar panel on the top of the roof + a nice 12v hi-cap battery. Low voltage, all LED lamps with soft, yellow or red light, totalling a mere 160W consumption for all 53(!) lights. I can leave it all night if I want, but that’s usually not the case if I don’t have guest over for a party. Usually I only leave the entrance lights on (20W) for the whole night. No consumption & almost no light pollution.

  2. darkstar744 says:

    I love these videos!

  3. RustyRazor2010 says:

    More light pollution, more resource consumption…

  4. kycruisecrazy says:

    Thanks for the spring time idea!!

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