How do you layout outdoor lighting?

How do I plan my outdoor lighting?

General ideas to keep in mind as you plan

  1. Decide what exterior areas or objects you want to light.
  2. Select the appropriate lighting techniques.
  3. Choose the fixtures and accessories that give you the desired effect.
  4. Choose the power supply, either line or (more commonly) low voltage.
  5. Select the appropriate bulbs.

How far apart do you put outdoor lights?

Generally speaking, you have to plan where should outdoor landscape lights be placed. It is preferable to put your lights six to eight feet apart to ensure your pathway remains bright and well-lit. However, spacing them even closer is an option, particularly if you want an especially vivid effect.

How do you calculate landscape lighting?

Add up the wattage of each light in your landscape lighting design. For example, if you plan to use 20 12-watt lights, multiply 12 times 20 for the total wattage. In this example, the total wattage is 240. Multiply the total wattage by 1.25 to adjust for loss due to cable distance.

How far can you run 12 2 low voltage wire?

Lighting Tip: You can run 12-gauge about 100 feet without voltage drop issues as long as the total wattage of the fixtures on the wire is 100 Watts or less. Also check that your wire and connectors are listed for direct burial which helps prevent corrosion and other weather-related problems over time.

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How far can you run 12 volt wire?

12V DC Power Drop / Max Cable Distance Chart

24 AWG 12 AWG
DC 100mA 216 feet 3,508 feet
DC 200mA 108 feet 1,755 feet
DC 300mA 72 feet 1,169 feet
DC 400mA 54 feet 877 feet