Back porch lights – Adding low voltage lights to your porch and garden is a fast, easy and cheap way to add beauty to your home. Low voltage lamps can also provide a measure of the safety of your home by lighting up roads and stairs for people arriving at night. A significant advantage of low voltage lamps is that they are safe for a homeowner to install. Because they are powered by a low voltage transformer, there is no need to worry about being shocked by household power. Here’s how to install low voltage lamps around your home. Decide where you want your light to be placed. It’s a good idea to make a chart of your farm or walkway and land on where you want to place your lights. Keep in mind that low voltage lamps do not throw as much light as ordinary light (they are generally 7 watts each) so you want to look up your lights 8 to 10 feet apart.
Measure the distance from your external power source, run in a continuous line to each of your back porch lights. Add about 10 percent of the distance to make sure you leave some slack wire in each light spot. Determine the size of the low voltage lighting kit you must buy by adding the power requirements for each light. For example, if you have 10 lights and each requires 7 watts, a low voltage transformer that can provide at least 70 watts. It is usually a good idea to oversize your transformer a little if you want to add more light later.
Lay out your low voltage wire by running it from the power source along the route you planned. Install all your back porch lights according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Most lamps have two cables coming out of them, all with a heavy metal tab to pierce the outer cover of the low voltage cable. Simply attach a tab on each side of the cable by pinching them on the cable.