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An alternative to 120-volt outdoor landscape lighting is to purchase and install a low-voltage outdoor wiring kit These kits have several advantages over 120-volt lighting systems. They are safe and easy to install, use less energy, and don't require complicated hazard precautions. You can buy kits with low-profile fixtures to illuminate your deck, tier or globe lights for landscaping or lining paths, or flood-lamps to illuminate a larger area.

Inexpensive kits, which are self-contained but usually have only six to eight lamp heads, are available at retail outlets that cater to the do-it-yourselfer Some manufacturers offer additional lights to expand your kit.

More expensive lighting systems available at specialty lighting retailers offer homeowners greater flexibility in creating more elaborate lighting designs The fixtures are usually sold individually rather than in kit form and are often more complicated to install

Yard size, landscape design, and your layout plan will influence the type and number of kits or fixtures you buy After you decide where to place the lights, measure the distance from the control box to each lamp location to determine how much cable you will need

Most kits contain lights to line walks or drives as well as floodlights. There are other kits available that include fixtures designed for decks. Some manufacturers offer different types of heads that are adjustable, which can provide greater flexibility and different effects.

Before starting, check to see if local codes have specific requirements for low-voltage installations. Also, if you are doing landscaping, install outdoor lighting before laying sod.

Control boxes in low-voltage kits usually have a transformer that plugs into 120-volt house current via a standard 3-prong plug. You install the control box near a receptacle and simply plug the box into the receptacle It is best to use a receptacle located inside the house or garage, protected from the weather

Everything You Need

Tools: tape measure, drill, hammer, screwdriver, shovel, paint-stirring stick.

Materials: low-voltage lighting kit, PVC conduit, conduit straps, caulk.

Conduit House Wiring Materials

2 Push the sensor through the hole and mount it on the outside wall Make sure it will not be covered by plants or other obstructions

1 Mount the control box on a wall (inside the house or garage) withm 24" of the chosen receptacle, positioning it at least 12" above the floor Drill a hole through the wall or rim joist large enough for the light sensor and cable to pass through

3 At the base of the outside wall beneath the hole, begin a narrow trench about 6" to 8" deep. Pass cable through the hole. Protect the cable between the hole and bottom of trench by running it through PVC or metal conduit. Secure conduit to wall with conduit strap Seal the hole with caulk.

4 Fasten the cable to the terminals on the control box. Tighten screws to secure. Set lighting program based on your needs according to manufacturer's instructions.

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How to Install Low-voltage Lighting (continued)

5 Lay out cable in desired locations At each lamp location attach the base/stake assembly to the cable with the cable connector Tightening the connector cap forces the pin terminals to pierce the cable and contact the wires inside (Some kits use Sliding clips to accomplish this )

6 Insert a bulb securely into the lamp socket Then assemble the lens and hood (if making a floodlight) to the base/stake assembly

7 Adjust the direction of the floodlight according to the manufacturer's instructions

8 Complete the layout, making floodlights or path-lights as necessary In most kits the same base unit is used to make either light, the different style is created by choosing the appropriate arrangement of caps, posts, hoods, and reflectors

Use a pamt-stirring suck to gently force the cable into the slice until the cable is at least 6" below ground level At lamp locations, press the stake end into center of the crossed slices until lamp is at proper level After all lamps are positioned and cable is buried, tamp trench shut Insert the plug from the control box into receptacle

Use a pamt-stirring suck to gently force the cable into the slice until the cable is at least 6" below ground level At lamp locations, press the stake end into center of the crossed slices until lamp is at proper level After all lamps are positioned and cable is buried, tamp trench shut Insert the plug from the control box into receptacle

9 Starting at the wall and continuing along the cabl path slice into the ground about 6 to 8 deep a riat-nose spade levering to create a narrow rich At each lamp location slice across the cable with the spade

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Multimedia outlets use modular jacks, connectors, and terminals to allow homeowners to customize outlets according to the network needs of each room.

Voice/data jacks can accommodate any pin-size telecommunication jack to allow for standard phone and data lines, or the ability to create multi-line phone, data, and computer networks for the home office. Reassigning any line is quick and easy.

Accessories, such as closed-circuit cameras, allow homeowners to tailor the system to their specific needs.

Accessories, such as closed-circuit cameras, allow homeowners to tailor the system to their specific needs.

Video F-connectors provide every room in your house with the ability to receive and redistribute antenna, cable TV, and satellite signals, as well as internal transmission signals from DVD, VCR, and closed-circuit cameras.

Audio terminals or a recessed speaker system can be installed for a home theater system or to create an internal audio system with localized volume control.

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