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by Zure Australia March 21, 2022 4 min read

When it comes to outdoors, a little illumination goes a long way. Barbecues on the weekend, soaking up some sun on weekdays, coffee on the back patio and afternoons lolling in the gardens.. who doesn’t want to spend more time outside? You can spruce up your space and all by yourself with these tips and tricks for easy outdoor light ideas. Since most outdoor lighting is low voltage, it’s relatively easy for aspiring DIYers to install it. Follow these steps and you’ll have your backyard illuminated in no time and with no hassle. 


DIY outdoor lighting ideas for beginners

Here are a few truly lit (pun intended) ways of hanging your DIY lights. 

Install Underground Wiring 

For ground level fixtures, you may face accidental cutting of wiring. To prevent this, you can install wiring after your landscape has been planted. If you do this you won’t accidentally chop through it with a shovel. Be careful to not install wiring in digging areas like garden beds, be sure to bury low voltage wire way below the surface (at least 6 inches in).


Get your fixtures and Bulbs sorted


For decades halogen lights have signed undisputedly in low voltage outdoor lighting but now the trend is inclined towards LEDs and solar powered lightsbecause they cost much less to operate and last longer. They are also meant particularly for environmentally conscious consumers like yourself so you know that you are doing your bit for the environment. Options for going solar have exploded vastly at home centres: instant installation, no wiring and your electricity bill doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket. 


Beware of overlapping pools of light

Since the main purpose of deck lighting is ambience it’s best to avoid creating overlapping pools of light on patios, decks and backyards. So it’s best to not mount fixtures too close together. However, this practice might be a good thing when it comes to lightingwalkways and driveways because it accentuates safety and also provides enough light to help people avoid tripping. 


Indirect Lighting


When it comes to patios did you know that indirect lighting works great? Instead of focusing your lights directly onto the said patio just try lighting objects around it, like trees and boulders. You can hang strings of festoon lights or pendant lights from trees to eliminate glare and enhance truly appealing and inviting shadow effects. 


Buy the correct transformer

With a low voltage lighting system, you usually have a transformer plugged into a receptacle that’s GFCI protected. Before lighting your fixtures by sending it through the special outdoor cable, it is usually the transformer’s job to convert the 120 volt household current to 12 volts. If you are keen on lighting a yard full of halogen lights, you would require a 600-1200 watt transformer. However LEDs demand fewer watts and thereby smaller transformers- 45 to 300 watts should do the trick. If you are wondering on how big you should go, just do the calculation! (We sincerely hope you paid attention in your math classes). Just add up the wattage for the light fixtures you’re planning on installing, and leverage that number to pick the correct transformer. You can always buy one slightly bigger just incase you decide to add fixtures in the future. 


Easy DIY Mason jar candles & lanterns

You can easily transform a mason jar into a DIY lantern that make for great patio or porch lights. You can also put them in your tub or pool area for an intimate, cosy or romantic evening. If you want to use your mason jar as a candle, that’s very simple: all you have to do is put botanical clippings, water and a few drops of vegetable oil to a mason jar, now we have an instant oil candle! You can also add a few drops of essential oils to repel insects and mosquitoes and voila! One mason jar and multiple benefits. 


What garden lighting tools would you require?


There are different hardware options that you can use for landscaping and garden lighting which we will list out below. Ensure you have everything handy and ready for use!

  • Screw Hooks
  • Finish nails preferably galvanised
  • Stainless steel screw eyes
  • Screw in hooks
  • Shock cord
  • A lighting kit. You can buy complete ground levels landscape lighting kits. They are adequate if you only want a few fixtures. If you are looking at a deck lighting system, you might consider investing in individual components. 
  • If your lighting is going to span a long distance you may also need support cables. 


If you are an outdoorsy person, we hope you were inspired by some of these enchanting yet super easy outdoor light ideas for porches, patios, backyard and more! They after all create the perfect settings for parties, dinners and just happy rolling times under the stars. Outdoor lights for garden take less than an hour and is a great way to add extra ambience for your house parties. 

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