How to Install Outdoor Pole Lights

One of the most useful landscape lighting fixtures that are available today are outdoor pole lights. These lights cast a wide circle of diffuse, soft light that can be used for a variety of tasks and areas. While they can’t completely replace things such as garden spot lights, they are an integral part of any outdoor lighting plan. Here are a few tips on how to install them correctly.

The first thing that you need to do is figure out where you want to place your outdoor pole lights. Pole lighting works best in areas where there is a lot of activity or that are highly trafficked. Patios and decks are staple areas for these kinds of lights, but entrances to your home and highly trafficked areas, such as your driveway are also great targets depending on what type of mood you want to achieve.

Once you’ve decided where you want to place your light the next step will depend on what type of lighting fixture that you’ve decided to install. If you are using solar outdoor garden lighting, all that you really need to do is stick your light in the ground and forget about it. It will automatically charge up with the sun and turn on at night and off in the morning. Just make sure that the light isn’t in the shade!

However, if you are installing low voltage lighting fixtures, you need to take a few additional steps, but it will also make your lighting more reliable. First, you need to install a landscape light transformer, which will plug into a socket and convert the power from a shocking 120v to a friendly shock-free 12 volts. This will usually be placed on the side of your house or deck. After this is done, all that’s left is to run the wire to the light fixture that you’ve mounted and plug it in. Make sure that you hide the cable though, to remove a trip hazard and prevent someone from knocking over your light pole.

Outdoor pole lights are a great way to add a lot of soft, functional light to any area that needs it. Start thinking about adding some to your garden lighting plans today.

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