Flashlights duct taped to stakes
Using flashlights to check to location of landscape lighting in yard.

Before spending a lot of time and expense installing landscape lighting in your yard, test the layout of the lights first to make sure they will have the desired result.

To test the layout of landscape lighting in your yard:

  • Tape flashlights to stakes and position them around the yard at night to see how halogen or incandescent landscape lights will look.
  • Place luminaries – composed of a white bag with sand and a candle inside – around your yard at night to mimic the look of solar powered landscape lighting.

Watch this video to find out more.

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Lighting can add a lot of drama and interest to your garden. But you know, one of the problems is, you’re not exactly sure what it’s going to look like even if you see it on paper. So whether you do it yourself or have a professional do it, I suggest that you give it a try and lay something out.

Now, as you can see I have taped this flashlight to this stick. And I’ve already tried to do a lay out. I have spaced them about four feet between each other. And this light I think gives the impression of halogen light or incandescent light. And so many of the lights for a garden are down facing. So this is a really good idea for that.

Now, over here I have some luminaries, which are basically just bags with sand inside and a candle. And this gives an idea of what a solar powered light might be like. When you do your layout, make sure to be careful of where the mower goes. And also, you want to make sure that you avoid the light shining into your neighbors house or your own house.

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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