Low-Voltage Outdoor Lighting

Enjoy the beauty of your landscape (and sure footing) after sunset. Here's how.

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Level
  • Extension ladder
  • Garden rake
  • Voltage tester
  • Posthole digger
  • Safety glasses
  • Wire stripper/cutter
  • Wrench set

You'll also need a volt meter, a garden spade and aluminum tent stakes.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Transformer
  • Lights
  • #10 gauge outdoor wire
  • #12 gauge outdoor wire
  • For each ground light: 1-1/2-in. PVC coupler with ½-in. tee for wire opening
  • 1-1/2 in. x 12-in. PVC pipe, 1-1/2-in. PVC cap with ½-in. female thread
  • ½-in. copper pipe
  • Two ½-in. sweat-to thread copper adapters
  • One box of weatherproof wire connectors