Homeowner’s Guide to Professional Landscape Light Maintenance
If you want to maintain your system like a pro here is your homeowner’s guide to professional landscape light maintenance. These steps are copied almost verbatim from our technician-training manual.
Tools and equipment needed
- Screwdriver (Philips and standard).
- Diagonal plyers (wire cutters).
- Wire strippers.
- Wire nuts (see image below).
- Buriable stranded wire (make sure you have appropriate gauge wire).
- Glass cleaner (such as Windex).
- Non-abrasive power cleaner (such as Bartender’s Friend).
- A bucket of lukewarm water with a mild household soap solution.
- Another bucket with water only.
- A towel.
- A soft cloth.
- Heavy-duty paper towels.
- Electric silicone grease or spray.
- Electrician’s grease.
- An old toothbrush.
- Cotton swabs.
- WD-40 or similar.
- Voltmeter (must be able to measure AC).
- Replacement stakes.
Survey the system
Landscape light systems run on 12 volt AC power. Make sure you have purchased bulbs that are rated for AC (not DC).
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Landscape lighting designers typically work from the same book. As diverse as houses in America are, there are three primary types/styles of landscape lighting. We’ll shine some light on America’s 3 most popular outdoor lighting techniques in this article.
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It’s All About the Plan
Most homeowners have what it takes to install basic landscape lighting. The job is simple enough; place some fixtures, run some wires, hang a transformer and connect everything. But you can’t just start placing components without a plan. We’ll review how to plan landscape lighting. Once you have the diagram (with accompanying documents) you will have a much better chance of winding up with the system you envisioned.
We are going to assume that you will be installing a simple LED system. This means you will not have to worry about voltage loss and all of the things you’ll need to do to avoid it. If you insist on installing an incandescent system this process will work, but you’ll need to brush up on some of our other articles before you begin.
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