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Light Up Your Atlanta Nights with Stunning Outdoor Accent Lighting: Avoid These Common Mistakes

Updated: Dec 6, 2023

Are you planning to install outdoor lighting in Atlanta or Marietta? While DIY installation can be tempting, it's important to avoid common mistakes that could reduce the lifespan of your system.


That's why we've put together a list of the most common outdoor lighting installation pitfalls that you should avoid. With our expert tips and advice, you can ensure a long-lasting and beautiful lighting system for your outdoor space.


Invest in Quality Cable and Connectors


One of the biggest mistakes that DIYers make when installing outdoor lighting is skimping on cable and connectors. Even if you're using low voltage LED lamps, it's important to use a good direct burial 12-2 gauge wire that can keep moisture from getting into the copper wire, thus extending the life of your system.


You should also avoid piercing type connectors that are subject to moisture and have very little metal-to-metal contact, which can cause premature failure. Instead, use waterproof connectors with a silicone sealant and wire nuts filled with sealant.


You can also keep your wires from being accidentally pulled out of the nut by placing a zip tie or electrical tape around the wires a few inches from the wire nut.


Balanced and Correct Power


Another important tip is to use a multimeter to ensure that you have balanced and correct power to every fixture. This will help you track down and identify voltage issues that could cause problems down the line. A professional would never attempt an outdoor lighting installation without a multimeter.


Proper Voltage Management


It's also important to manage your voltage and balance your system by designing your hubs so that power is evenly distributed to each fixture. Fixtures with too much or too little power may perform poorly and have a reduced lifespan.


LED lamps have a lower power draw, so if you're installing an LED system, your job will be easier. However, long wires can drain power, so you'll likely need a multi-tap transformer to ensure correct power to every fixture.


Thoughtful Fixture Placement


When choosing the location for your fixtures, think about those who will come behind you. Don't install fixtures where landscape maintenance employees will be working every week. You'll need to keep the fixtures (and wire) away from where they can be damaged by lawn mowers, string trimmers, and edgers.


Also, try to place the fixtures where contact with fertilizer and other chemicals will be minimized. Keep the fixtures hidden as much as possible, as the focus of outdoor lighting installation is on the subject and not the fixture. Be careful of light trespass as well, as you don't want light spillover to your neighbor.


Choose Quality Fixtures for Durability


Finally, it's important to use only moisture-sealed, solid brass fixtures. Outdoor lighting fixtures get much more abuse than you might think, and purchasing and installing high-quality fixtures will not only ensure high-quality illumination, but they will also outlast the typical big box fixtures.


Get Expert Help for Your Outdoor Lighting Installation


If you're still feeling unsure about your outdoor lighting installation, don't hesitate to contact us. We offer a free, no-obligation written estimate and back it up with our decades of experience in the outdoor lighting field.


With our expert help, you can ensure a beautiful and long-lasting outdoor lighting system for your home in Atlanta, Marietta or the surrounding area.

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