Low Voltage Well Landscape Lighting
Looking to highlight an area without the sticks of a low voltage or solar lighting system. low voltage well landscape lighting will be at ground level and if you choose the flat style they can be installed right on a pathway. Use a Well Light to highlight a small or large object in your outdoor space by choosing the diffuser type on top of the fixture.
Lets look at the different styles and see which one fits your outdoor space the best.
Types of Well lights
The difference is the light is buried underground and does not sit on a stick. The advantage here is that the light will not be an obstacle on your path or deck area. Most will shine the light straight up. This will require to have a deflector installed above the light to direct the light for highlighting an object in your outdoor space. The other method is to have an eyeball type of light that will rotate in the fixture to highlight an object.
You can purchase your well light in many finishes to mach your decor. Some will be like a spot light, while others will spread the light more like a flood light. Choosing weather you want to highlight an item or light up an extended space will determine what kind of light you will be looking at.
Look at the light bulb in your well light as some will come with a low voltage bulb and some will come with LED bulbs. The big difference to me is the LED bulbs will last the life of the fixture in most cases and put out a whiter light. Check out the lumens output to compare the output of LED lights. Some people prefer the soft light of the low voltage bulb.
What it takes to install Well lights
Most Well lights will work with existing Low Voltage systems. Check the voltage on the item description as some will have different voltage requirements and will require a specific transformer. As with any lighting path on a low voltage system, you will have to add the wattage total for the run to determine the need size of wire and transformer. If you install on an existing line make sure that you do not exceed the maximum load for the system.
You will have to determine the amount of space that your light will need under the ground before you plan your lighting setup. Look at the height and width of your light and most of it will be underground. Some will require only a small hole, while others will require more digging. If you want to be creative you could even put these type of lights in a paver stone walkways or patios in your yard.
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You have many choices of Low Voltage Well Landscape Lighting when looking to highlight a feature in your outdoor space. I think I have given you some ideas to what you can do. Just look at your outdoor space and decide on the finish, style and type of bulb that will work best for you.
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Is this product available as a whole package ?
This light is made to put in line with other low voltage lighting. If you do not have a low voltage lighting set up at this time you will have to get wire and transformer to match the line run and light voltage. As the article states not all lights are of the same power.
Hope this helps.
Yeah, these lights look pretty sweet when they’re lined up. 😀
Thanks for the reply Julian. They look better than the stick lights.
Chris, it is always nice to learn new things. I did not know there was this variety of well lights. The description you made of each kind of well light will help shoppers make the right choice. The features and advantages are clearly explained. Great job!
I will keep getting information out about different items and the difference on indoor items and outdoor items. Thanks for your comments.
Thanks for the article, I was debating putting in running lights to the hot tub but did not want them to be an obstacle.
Never thought about being able to bury them, and I love the idea of using LED bulbs.
I have a question though, living up north I am wondering if I would make them ground level will I have any problems with the fall freeze and the spring thaw?
I plan on using my hot tub year round and would love to use these for the walkway.
Keep up the great site man!
The freeze and thaw may over a period of time force the lights to be “replanted”. The Frost heave is something the people in the north will have to deal with. They should be fine for several winters.
Do these lights ever get water in them after it rains, or that might seep in from the ground? Just wondering if there are any product features or specifications that I could look out for that would point to a more ‘waterproof’ fitting. Or does it not matter since they are LED?
These lights have rubber seals in them to keep the water out. As long as they do not stand in water for a long time they will keep on working. They are not made to submerse in water for a long time.
Thanks for the knowledge on low voltage well lights. Always thought they looked nice, didn’t know exactly how they worked. And they are very convenient use of light as they are “underground” and not in your path. Very interesting stuff, and hope to be one day soon working on my very own outdoor room.
I’m planning on putting lights in my driveway and never thought of well lights. With them being ground level, it makes cutting the grass easier. Since I don’t currently have lights, would the transformer just be plugged in to a receptacle and the light wire connected to the transformer or is it hard wired? I enjoyed your post. It was informative and as I said it gave me an idea.
When you get ready to plan your driveway lighting, let me know. I do have a post on how to plan your layout of low voltage lights, how to select the correct transformer, connectors and wire size for your outdoor low voltage lights. All of these things will be a consideration when you are thinking of installing any low voltage lights.