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How to install landscape lighting (Page 3)


Step 9. Lay out the lights, with the wires attached, in the pattern you have chosen. Then cut the sod between fixtures with a spade. Push the blade about 5 in. deep and pry open a seam by rocking the blade back and forth.

 

Step. 10. Gently force the cable into the slot formed by the spade; don’t tear the wire insulation. A paint stick (or a cedar shingle) is a good tool for this job. Push the wire to the bottom of the slot.

 

Step 11. Firmly push the light into the slot in the sod. It the lamp doesn’t seat properly, pull it out and cut another slot at a right angle to the first and try again.

 

Step 12. Once the lamp is stabilized, tuck any extra wire into the slot using the paint stick. If you have a lot of extra wire, you can fold it and push the excess to the bottom of the slot. No part of the wire should be exposed when you are done with the job.

 

FIXTURE TIPS

Specialty lights can cost a lot more than the standard plastic spike-base lamps. Because of this, many people modify the cheaper units to serve other purposes. To do this, first cut off the spike-base with a hacksaw.

 

To install a modified light on a deck, bore a wire-clearance hole through a deck board. Then feed the low- voltage wire through this hole and attach the base to the deck with screws. The same technique can be used to install modified units on planters or railings.

 

Many different specialty lights are available for use on a wood deck. This model mounts directly on the surface and the wires feed through an access hole under the light. Other lights that are thinner, but mount the same way, are designed for the underside of stair treads. These light up the stairs and reduce the chance of people stumbling in the dark.

 

 

 

 

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