Homeowners often use low-voltage-lighting for nightlights and for outdoor lights because they use far less electricity and consequently it costs much less to use.
Low voltage uses a 24 volt power supply that plugs into a 115 Volt system. It is a good idea when landscaping with low voltage spotlights, to place the wires underground in a conduit. This will protect the wires from being cut when digging around the wires. When shoveling dirt, it is so easy to slice through an unprotected wire without even knowing it.
Where ever you place a light you will use conduit with the wire in the conduit up to the tree or rock you want to light up. Then stop the conduit and attach a connector to the light and then continue the conduit with the wire inside to the next lighted feature spot.
Plan which rock, walkway, patio, tree or water feature you plan to light up carefully in advance so you'll know exactly where you want your electric line placed.
The lights are often on a spike that is driven into the ground to hold them in place. You could place an actual weather resistant outlet on a conduit attached to a stake placed directly beneath trees and shrubs you plan to light up at Christmas time.
To make it less trouble for you, you will likely place the 115 voltage system on a timer which will turn your yard lights on and off automatically. You can also put the system on a switch which can be operated manually.
The tree to the right is lighted by low voltage "up" lights that are "speared" into the ground, holding them at the right angle to best light up the tree and yard.
You can better afford to have outdoor lighting turned on at night, if you use low voltage which also adds a certain amount of security to your property. Less intruders will bother a well lighted home.
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