Step 4: Plug in the transformer

Pluggin in the transformer for landscape lighting
Photo: Mark Roskams
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Run the cable up to the outdoor electrical outlet. Then use wire strippers to cut the cable and strip off ½ inch of the rubber insulation.

Slide the stripped wires under the two terminal screws on the bottom of the transformer. Tighten the screws all the way to hold the cable securely in place.

Drive a wood stake into the ground next to the outlet. Then screw the transformer to the stake. (It can also be mounted directly to the wall of the house.)

Lift up the "while-in-use" cover on the outlet and plug in the transformer.

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    Tools List

    • flat blade shovel
      Flat-blade shovel
    • wire strippers
      Wire stripper
    • Phillips screwdriver
      Phillips head screwdriver
    • 11-inch steel punch
      12-inch-long steel punch,
      to poke holes in ground for light fixtures
    • sledge hammer
      Small sledge,
      to pound in wood stakes that hold transformer

    Shopping List

    1. 100-FOOT COIL OF CABLE

    2. 300-WATT TRANSFORMER WITH 24-HOUR TIMER

    3. METAL GROUND STAKE

    screws onto bottom of light fixture



    4. 18-WATT PATHWAY LIGHT FIXTURE

    5. 20-WATT SHRUB UP-LIGHT FIXTURE

    6. 20-WATT WALL-WASH LIGHT FIXTURE

    7. WOOD STAKE

    to hold transformer; optional