How to Install Low-Voltage Deck Lights How to Install Low-Voltage Deck Lights

What You'll Need
Low-Voltage deck lights or kit
Low-Voltage transformer
Power drill
3-inch drill forstner bit
12-Volt outdoor lighting wires
Electrical tape
7 or 8 inch spade drill bit

Deck lights allow people to enjoy your deck at night or even cloudy or rainy days. They allow for night parties and even for barbecues. They give you the convenience that you want and need. So here is how to install your own deck lights.

Warning: As you know, you will be dealing with electricity when installing the deck lights. So follow all safety precautions issued by state, city and manufactures. You may need to find out if you will need to buy a permit before you can deal with electricity in your town. So make the calls or do the research online to double check.

Step 1 - Making Your Purchases

You can buy all of these items at home improvement stores like Lowes and Home Depot. Some of these items might also be able to buy at mass discount stores like Target or Wal-Mart. Or you can order all of these items online at a specialty store. Just shop around and see what is available for you. Also, when ordering the wires, make sure you order at least 10% more than you planned on.

Step 2 - Figure Out How Much Voltage You Will Use

Once you have bought all the lights, add up how much voltage it uses all together. Then use those numbers to refer when buying your low voltage transformer. Try to buy the exact number that matches, if you can. Otherwise it could fry your circuit board or cause other issues for the whole house. Also, you may need to call your power company for more info or advice on buying and installing them. You may have to order it online if you cannot find one locally, or even if you cannot find one to fit your budget.

Step 3 - Shut Off Electricity

Turn off all electricity to the outside of your house. You can do this via the circuit breaker. Wait for 15 minutes to pass before starting the installation.

Step 4 - Installing the Lights

Use the chalk to mark exactly where you want to place the deck lights. You may want to number them as well. Measure where you marked all the way to transformer and write down how many inches of wire you will need on a piece of paper. Keep doing this until you have them all marked and measured.

Now you can start using the drill with the forstner bit to drill the holes through the wood. However, do not go all the way through the wood. Go about half way through the wood. After that, you can use the spade drill bit to drill smaller holes into the bigger hole. These will be used for the wires.

Put the lights in the holes, then connect the wires to the main transformer wire. You will be using electrical tape for that. Pull them through the deck and connect them to the transformer.

Once you have done that, you can staple the wires smoothly under the deck. After that, you can turn the power back on and check to see if your lights work. If they do work, you are finished.


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