Step 8: Replace the sod

Replacing the sod after installing landscape lighting
Photo: Mark Roskams
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Once all the light fixtures are installed and working properly, smooth out the sod around the fixtures.

If necessary, cut the sod around the light fixtures with the shovel.

Firmly press down on the sod, then use a garden hose to soak the area with water.

Tip: In regular use, promptly replace a burned-out bulb or it will shorten the life of the other bulbs.

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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