How to Install Pathway Lights: A Complete Guide (2024)

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  • Dawn B
  • December 9, 2021
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So, you’re on a journey to brighten up your landscaping. If you’ve already chosen which fixtures you’d like to add to your landscape lighting plan, it’s time to start thinking about installation. DIY installation may seem overwhelming at first glance, but we have put together a guide with simple steps to install some of DEKOR’s most popular path lights.

Note that there are some basic materials you will need for any lighting installation job, including a low-voltage transformer, cables, connectors, and the lights themselves. DEKOR’s lighting kits come with all of the materials required to get the job done. You may also need tools to ensure your lights are securely installed and your wires are sufficiently buried, like a mallet, a drill, or a shovel. We break down exactly what is needed for each type of light below.

Finally, before you get started, identify where the power sources and outlets are located in your yard and where you wish to place your lights. You’ll need to make sure that your wires are the correct length, so you can make the appropriate electrical connections to set up your lights.

Installing EZ Yard Dot LED Path Lights

Yard Dots add ground effect lighting in three easy steps: push it in, plug it in and turn it on. This may be a slight oversimplification, but these really are some of the easiest-install offerings from DEKOR.

Yard Dots are available in several different styles and packages, including kits and colored dot lights, and these installation instructions will work for any of them. It may be a good idea to purchase these lights in a kit, especially if you have not installed outdoor lights before, because they come with cables and a transformer.

DEKOR’s team has produced a video installation tutorial for Yard Dots:

Follow these steps to install your EZ Yard Dot LED Path Lights:

  1. Assemble all of the items you need for installation (included in our light kits): your Yard Dots, HD cables, an EZ Max Transformer, and a rubber mallet.
  2. Decide where you want your lights to go, and place each Dot in your desired pattern.
  3. Tap the dots halfway down into the surface – whether it’s your lawn or ground cover – so they are covered up to the wire connections. The light fixture will tolerate gentle taps from a rubber mallet if needed.
  4. Attach cables to the remaining connections to get power to the next light.
  5. When connections are completed, cover with mulch, gravel, grass, etc. There is no required bury depth.
  6. Tap lights into desired depth.

And there you go! It really is that easy to bring your outdoor lighting to the next level. Now your driveway or path will be beautifully and safely lit. You will be amazed at the huge difference these small lighting Dots make.

How to Install Mushroom or Empress Path Lighting

DEKOR offers several other path lighting options, including the Mushroom Pathway Light, the Stepped Mushroom Pathway Light, and the Empress Path Light, all available individually or as kits. While each of these light fixtures is unique, they all have the same installation instructions. You may even want to mix and match combinations of these landscape lights to make the lighting for each walkway its own.

For this installation, you may need some tools if you plan to bury wire or place lights in a hardscape surface, including a drill with a 3/4-inch auger bit and a shovel. You will also need HD wire, Plug-N-Play connectors and/or splitters, and a transformer, all included if you purchase a light kit.

Here are the steps to install these three low-voltage landscape lighting options:

  1. Locate the desired placement of lights and wiring. If you choose to bury the wire, under concrete or other permanent structures, plan accordingly.
  2. Place all lights in your preferred location. If necessary, use a 3/4″ (1.9 cm) auger within a drill to ensure the fixture is firmly in place.
  3. Run all wires from the power source locations to the lights on top of the soil, leaving them slack. If using separate circuits with independent dimmers, we recommend grouping the lights by light type.
  4. Connect all lights. Make sure connections, fixtures, and power sources (including splitters) are all working.
  5. Connect the opposite end of the male connector wire to a port on the multi-port splitter that is connected to the transformer or dimmer. You can mix and combine all lights on the same circuit but make sure you do not exceed the maximum number of lights per transformer. If running separate circuits with dimmers on each circuit, using a separate transformer for each circuit can simplify installation. However, the use of a 5-way splitter will allow for separate circuits on the same transformer.
  6. Preview light placement in the dark to make sure the effect you want is achieved. Test the lights to ensure power supply, connections, and light fixtures all work properly and placement is appropriate.
  7. Once the light, wire, and splitter placement is finalized, work from the light fixtures toward the power source to bury the wire to the desired depth. Ensure that lights are all working with all wiring attached prior to burying any wire. No more than 1 “-3” (2.5 cm – 7.6 cm) is required.

For more information about how to include dimmers in your installation and full product specs, see our installation guide. This guide also includes important safety information about installing around main lines if digging to bury cables.

These installation instructions apply to a wide variety of DEKOR lights. For example, our Telescoping LED Spotlight, the Well Uplight, and the Radiance Directional Landscape Light all use the same installation steps. So, if you plan on lighting up other parts of your yard, like a garden, you’ll become an installation master in no time.


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Can I use the 6-port splitter at all in my design, along with repeaters?

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How to Install Pathway Lights: A Complete Guide (2024)


How do you place walkway lights? ›

One of the main elements to consider for outdoor space is pathway light spacing. On average, path lights can be placed around 10 feet apart.

How far apart should pathway lights be placed? ›

Get the Perfect Placement

For residential purposes, 5 to 8 feet apart is generally a good rule for placing the average lights. However, if your pathway lighting fixture is brighter than average, use your own judgment and test a few different distances out. It's okay to experiment!

Should pathway lights be on both sides? ›

Stagger lights on both sides of pathways to create balance and ensure you have adequate lighting. But don't overdo it, you want the lighting to blend in with the landscape features.

Should you stagger pathway lights? ›

Stagger the lights or aim them so they shine down the path, and keep them angled down to avoid glare. You want to create a warm, inviting pathway that welcomes guests to your home. Note: When placing pathway lights, keep in mind the risks of them getting kicked or struck with the mower or snowblower.

Where should outdoor lights be placed? ›

Keep in mind that outdoor porch lights or wall lights work best when placed above shoulder height to keep direct light out of your eyes (5.5' - 6'), and help with tasks, like unlocking your door.

How far apart can you string outdoor lights? ›

The average spacing between sockets on a patio light string is at least 12 inches. However, spacing can range from 12 inches to 3 feet wide.

How far apart should 4 inch can lights be placed? ›

4-inche Recessed Lights

It's recommended to maintain a distance of 4 to 5 feet between each recessed light. The distance from the wall to the fixture should be approximately 2.5 feet to ensure even light distribution and prevent shadowed areas.

What type of lighting is used for walkways? ›

Bollard lights have become increasingly popular as modern design preferences shift towards a more contemporary aesthetic. Not only do they provide a visually appealing element, but they also enhance safety in outdoor lighting. A type of lighting called downlighting, also known as moonlighting, directs light downward.

How do I keep my path lights straight? ›

To keep your landscape lights from tilting, you'll simply level each outdoor light using Light Fixers, lighting stake accessories that use a pivot ball that you thread onto the mounting stakes. The tool operates similarly to a camera tripod, making your lights secure.

Should pathway lights be warm or cool? ›

When it comes to residential outdoor lighting, the primary kelvin range you're working with is between 2500k-4000k. A useful rule of thumb: use warmer colour temperatures of around 2500k-2700k on architectural elements and save cooler temperatures of between 3000k-4000k for trees and plants.

How many lights should you string together? ›

So, maximum connectivity is calculated by dividing 210 watts by the number of total watts required by the light string you are considering. For example if your light string is rated at 20 watts, then you can run a maximum of 10 strings together in series.

What height should outdoor lights be from the floor? ›

For most homes, the ideal exterior light height is just about eye-level for most people. In most front door and entry areas, your outdoor sconces and wall lights should be positioned so that the center point is right around 66 to 72 inches above the floor.

How do you arrange string lights on a porch? ›

How to hang string lights is determined by how you want them to hang. If you want the lights to stretch taut around the deck, install a screw eye for every light. If you like your lights to swag, install eyes for every other or every third light.

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