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Outdoor Lighting

Install new or repair existing outdoor lighting with these how-tos and tips

  1. Installing a Remote Motion Detector for Lighting

    A remote sensor automatically lights up dark sidewalks and yards. And it'll operate any light fixture. In this story, we'll show you how to install a remote motion detector to your outside lights.

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  1. How to Install Outdoor Lighting and Outlet

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    Run an underground electrical line into the garden to power an outdoor light or a pond pump. Here’s the quickest and cheapest method for bringing power to a remote spot without tearing up your yard.

  2. Low-Voltage Outdoor Lighting

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    Installing low-voltage outdoor lighting is a big-impact DIY project. And since it's low voltage, it's safe to use and install, even for beginners. Outdoor lighting can be used to illuminate paths, steps and dark zones, plus it can add artfully dramatic emphasis to your yard's best features.

  3. Adjust Motion Detectors

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    Learn the fine art of motion detector sensor adjustment and stop wasting energy illuminating passing cars and wandering neighborhood cats. With these tricks and a little trial-and-error, you can turn that hair-trigger nuisance light into a useful security feature.

  4. How to Choose and Install Motion Detector Lighting

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    Motion detector lighting will calm your fears when it automatically lights up a dark garage, a dark sidewalk or even a dark area of your yard. Whether you’re coming home at night, have to navigate a dark, icy sidewalk or wonder about strange noises in you back yard, you’ll be safer when any nearby motion activates your outdoor lights and they switch on. Motion detector lighting is inexpensive and easy to install.

  5. Vinyl Siding Lights: How to Mount Lights Using a Vinyl Mounting Block

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    Create a rock-solid base for exterior light fixtures mounted on vinyl or aluminum lap siding, without removing any siding. Vinyl mounting blocks are available for almost any lap and securely hold lights upright.

  6. How to Install Deck Lighting

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    Plan and install a low-voltage lighting system to light up your deck. No electrical skills needed; you simply plug the system into an existing outlet. It'll highlight deck features without glare and is safe and easy to install.

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