Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Illuminating the Backyard

Last weekend Sam and I finally purchased the
rest of the components needed to electrify 
the backyard LED path lights.
I mentioned them in a post here 
when I was installing new backdoor lights.
Fist I positioned the lights
I put one lamp post in our old rose and 
mint garden on one side of the yard.

And the other in the "rock garden" 
on the other side of the yard.
The toughest part was digging the trench
and burying the one hundred feet of 
low voltage cable across the yard, 
that feat took the better of two days
with lots of breaks to get out of the sun.
Midway across the yard
we decided a little more illumination 
would look splendid. 
Unfortunately the little lamp posts
are no longer available so we checked out
a few alternative options at Lowes.

We chose an LED well light
to be buried in the ground
and up light the Pindo Palm.
Can you see it in the grass
 in front of the palm?
Cher has been wondering what I'm digging 
at across her yard these last few days.
I hung the new transformer,
set the clock,
connected the cable, and 
programmed the timer.
On at dusk, off at 10:30.
No need to have it on all night.
When darkness approached,
voila, the backyard sparked to life
with a beautiful glow. 

The up light illuminated the 
inside palm branches in a beautiful way.

Elvis and Cher even enjoyed 
a well lit night time potty break.
We've been on quite a kick replacing and 
adding all new exterior lights around the house, 
so we can't ignore the least used exterior light.  
The side garage door light.
It was the builder's basic plastic jar light
that came with the house back in 1998.

It was pretty brittle and came off easily.
I attached the new light's bracket,
trimmed and stripped the wires,
and attached the new light to the wall.
It's an LED light as well and 
should save big on energy.
It's very bright too.
Without matching them completely,
its look sort of ties in with both 
the front porch light, 
and the backdoor lights.

Well....I did say "sort of".
Thanks for stopping by
and happy hunting.

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