Installing Low-Voltage Pathway Lighting: Mistakes to Avoid

Installing a low-voltage pathway lighting system is a great way to brighten up any walkway or area, and it is very easy to install. The installation process is a simple step by step procedure, but even so, many homeowners make some common errors that cause problems in the final effects of the lighting scheme. In order to properly install low-voltage pathway lighting, be sure to purchase good quality lights and keep the following common mistakes in mind so that you can prevent them.

Correct Tools

The biggest problem that homeowners experience when installing low-voltage pathway lighting is to not use, or even own, a basic voltmeter. Whenever installing any type of objects that require lighting, a voltmeter has to be used. Simply “winging it” and hooking up the lighting system as you go is a recipe for disaster. When installing low-voltage pathway lighting, have a voltmeter on hand, and if you are not sure how to use it correctly, read a handbook and learn.

Waterproof Splices

The second most common mistake made when installing low-voltage pathway lighting is to use basic wire splices rather than ones that are designed to be waterproof. The installer needs to realize that even though direct rain and snow will not touch the wiring or the connectors, the moisture that soaks down into the ground can still cause weak points to short out.