Whether you are building a new patio or just want to make an existing one more usable, paver lights are the perfect solution. Illuminating the patio creates a welcoming environment when the sun goes down. This project is relatively simple for any do-it-yourselfer and can be completed in a few hours.
You will need:
Step 1: If the lights will be installed with an existing patio, purchase a paver light kit. Review the patio layout and identify the locations where lights should be placed. Correct installation will illuminate the entire patio in an even manner. The installation area should contain enough room to bury the wires in the ground.
Step 2: A paver light kit can also be used when constructing a new patio. When opting to purchase individual lights, buy one base, one lens, one lamp, and two connectors for each light.
Step 3: Wipe petroleum jelly onto each lamp to prevent corrosion.
Step 4: Follow the product instructions to assemble each light.
Step 5: Feed two wires out of the base of each light. Secure a lamp into each light socket holder.
Step 6: Use the snips or wire cutter to cut the cable in two.
Step 7: Split the cable down the middle with a utility knife, taking care not to expose any copper wire contained inside.
Step 8: One side of the cable will be ribbed and the other side will be smooth. Rejoin the like sides of each cable (ribbed to ribbed and smooth to smooth) with a connector.
Step 9: Each connector has 3 holes. Place the smooth end of one cable into the left hole. Place the smooth end of the opposite cable into the right hole. The socket should have a black or white lead wire. Place this wire into the center hole.
Step 10: After all wires are in place, find the black cap metal slide. Turn this side down and use pliers to put the slide into the body of the connector.
Step 11: Install each constructed light fixture in the designated area between the pavers. Run the lighting wires underneath the pavers and cover them with dirt. If you must run wiring around pavers, bury it in the ground.
Step 12: Attach a lens to each light by gently snapping it into place.