Alright I am wanting to place a few spot lights in the garden but wow getting them put in fo me is way over my head - any help? Is this something I can do myself or do I need to take the bullet and pay the guy? I need more then just garden lights, I want spotlights to highlight a few trees and what have ya.. Thanks Mitch
Last year I was forced on a detour, and the prettiest evening yard was discovered there,
He had planted Dogwoods or Crepe Myrtles about 8' apart on the outside of his city driveway. He also had another 6 trees spaced out along the other side of the yard and in front of this home. He had simple spotlights 2 feet in front of each one. They shined straight up. It was magical.
I came home, found all components at Big Lots and Family Dollar for bulbs. Less than $50., including light sensitive timer.
I can only afford to burn them a few times a month for a few hours an evening.
Mitch, if you are not experienced with electrical work, why not do all the installation except for the actual hook-up yourself, and hire the hook-up out?
Besides your fixtures, you will need 12 gauge underground wiring (try HD and Lowe's), and a waterproof junction box on a short (12" or so) unless you have few enough lights for just one circuit, in which case the wire can be 14 gauge.
The entire thing including timer should be on a GFI circuit.
All of mine are on an 16 ga. outdoor extension. My main junction is on a stake and sits above ground. Unfortunately this rocket scientist that decided to "re-do" my garden for me in Jan, buried the extension coming off of that in a low spot under 5" of mulch.
I wasn't home when it blew it's own dedicated circut to non-fuctioning status.
The Heavy duty extensions and spot lights are dark green, and the spots are on stakes. They have a waterproof washer that keeps water out of the socket.
When I have the electrical work done I will have a outlet or two hardwired outside.