How to Transform an Old Chimney Pot Into a Garden Light
Turn a salvaged chimney pot into a unique garden light in 6 easy steps. This Old House Features Editor Amy Hughes shows you how
Among the simplest creative reuse projects I've done for my Salvage column, this landscape uplight is also one of my favorites. That's partly because I love proving naysayers wrong. Many of my colleagues couldn't visualize a chimney pot, much less a chimney pot that could cast a warm, 50-watt glow on the undersides of a Japanese maple's leaves. But I found a believer in Maria Burk of Kichler Landscape Lighting, who hooked me up with a low-voltage light that fit snugly inside the base of the crown-topped pot I chose. She also sent along a 60-watt transformer with a built-in timer, which plugs directly into an all-weather outlet, so the unit will automatically turn itself on and off each night. Here's the step-by-step for how I put all the pieces together:
Slip Copper wires into transformer
Strip ½ inch of plastic insulation from the ends of the light cord, and slip the exposed copper wires into the transformer's corresponding receptacles.