parts of a pathway light
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Anatomy of a DIY Kit

For homeowners pressed for time and patience, manufacturers offer this simple solution: Everything you need comes in one box.

Shown: Portfolio bronze path lights, about $130 for six; lowes.com

Light fixtures
Provide illumination, safety, and security.
Transformer
Reduces voltage from a typical 120 to a safer 12.
Easy-lock connectors
Let even novices wire fixtures to cable.
Low-voltage power cable
Relays electricity from transformer to fixtures.
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