Garden Path Lights

Garden Path Lights DIY

Depending on the type of lighting that you install, adding garden path lights to your property is quite possibly one of the easiest home improvement projects that you can undertake. They make your home safer, more attractive, and serve as a way to direct people to your front door or around your property at night when there’s no other light to guide them.  To get your project done, you first need to pick out where you want to install your lighting, what type of lights you will install, and finally install the lights.

The first step in installing garden path lighting is to pick out where you will actually install the lights.  No matter what size your property is, there are usually one or two paths that you can light.  You can light a driveway to help you pull in or back out at night, the path up to your front door or a pop up gazebo, or a trail around your garden if you have one.

Once you’ve decided what paths you want lit, you need to pick out where you want to install each light fixture.  Look for areas that have hazards, like tree roots or steps.  You will want to make sure that these areas are adequately lit.  Place lights here first and place the rest of the lights along the path as needed.  One tried and true method of installing outdoor path lighting is to alternate the lights on either side of the path you want lit, with enough space for the light from each fixture to just touch or slightly overlap.  Also try to place the lights in the path itself or in a flowerbed next to the path.  Doing so, and not placing them in your lawn, saves you the hassle of having to mow around the lights every time your grass needs cut.

Now that you’ve decided where you want your fixtures, you have to choose what type of fixtures you want.  For most people solar garden path lights are the best option because they are incredibly easy to install, are very low maintenance, and do a great job.  If you’re installing the lights yourself all that you have to do is stick the lights in the ground, and you’re done.  It’s the ultimate do it yourself project because the lights will turn themselves on and off and draw their own power from the sun.  Just make sure that you place them in a way that they get direct sunlight for most of the day.

If you choose not to install solar garden light fixtures for your path lighting, your other option is installing low voltage lighting.  Low voltage lights will give you more options in light fixtures, you can install fiber optic or recessed lighting instead of mushroom and tiered lights that are incredibly popular solar designs, but they also require a lot more work in installation.  You will need to purchase a transformer to step down the electrical current and you will have to also run wires to the lights.  Fortunately, these wires don’t have to be buried, but you do need to hide them to make your lawn look the best.

Whatever option that you choose, installing path lighting is a great way to add to your existing garden lights or get started on a new plan to install more yourself.  They’re a great do it yourself project that can be easily done in less than a weekend and will go a long way to making your home more attractive and safer.

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