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  1. Mark L R

    Mark L R New Member

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    Hello, I'd love to have your input on lighting up my home. What products to use, and where to place. While doing the landscaping, I have already installed 12 gauge wire crossing under the sidewalk. I have power on the back corner of the house (behind the chimney), cant see it in these pics. I would put the transformer there - and run the cable around the side of house that is 1 story, and then cross under the sidewalk. From beginning to end, it could be 110 feet. Should it be 2 wires?

    Mainly interested in lighting up the house with uplighting, maybe some sidewalk lights, and/or shine a a few lights up the big oak tree? What do you think?
    Also - how can I light up the front of the garage? Mount light on the right front corner of the house?
    Thanks in advance.
     

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    Hi, Mark. Photographed at an angle and from that distance, it's a bit difficult to judge perspective on the main part of the house (the straight on shot of the garage was extremely helpful) but I'll do the best I can in terms of recommendations. If you look back at the dozens of threads here, you'll notice a common theme. For the main part of your house, I recommend that you flank your windows with lights. The idea is to to illuminate your house attractively while avoid light trespass into your home (especially rooms where you sleep). I've recently begun recommending that people replace sconces where the light source is visible with up/down or down fixtures where the light source is hidden. That is, unless you're absolutely in love with your fixtures. Alternatively, you could lower the light level on your fixtures by using frosted bulbs and/or glass fixture canopies. IOW, dial back the brightness of your garage lights to a level that still provides the security that you want/need while complementing (rather than competing with) your landscape lighting.

    It looks like you already have some ideas about what features of your landscape you want to light. A couple of spotlights flanking the base of the trunk of that large tree and perhaps another two or three spots (or well lights) further away from the base to fully illuminate the foliage. By all means illuminate that cool boulder and surrounding garden (perhaps with a path/area light or small flood light. You could also illuminate the hedge with flood lights. There is no one perfect formula. I'm making suggestions based only on what I can see. There may be other shrubs, trees, and garden areas you'd like to light.

    As for the under sidewalk wires, I think what you've done is very smart. You can connect up to 7 fixture to some of the above ground hubs you'll likely use to power your lights. If you think you'll add more lights to that side of the yard down the road, it's not a bad idea to bring more than one wire under the sidewalk (I have three)--even if you just cap the unused wire off for now. I also highly recommend you look back at some of the dozens of threads. I think you'll find that there are excellent lighting recommendations and principles from Evan and others here that you can use for your own lighting plan. Hope my general recommendations are helpful.

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    Mark L R New Member

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    thanks for the ideas....this is helpful.
     
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