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This spring the new construction on our home will begin. I want to make sure the landscape has enough electricity up the driveway to handle small trees in a light show of them turning on as you come up the driveway if possible. Also, would like to make a full display as we get the $$. So any suggestions that I can get to make sure things are wired right from the get go would be greatly appreciated. We live in a very harsh winter climate about five months a year so we will have to take this into consideration when we make the light shows.

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It would help if you had a site plan of your lot and house arrangement.

 

Are you planning on any berms or planting beds in the yard area?

Are there any existing trees on the lot?

 

at a minimum, run 3/4" conduit to each proposed area.

Also run some sleeves under your driveway and sidewalks (and of course keeps record of where they are)

I have used 4" DWV or septice pipe.  Put 2 under the driveway, one for electric and the other for irrigation piping

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Don't forget outlets and/or cat5 to your roof eves.  run 4 wire 110v to each outlet so you can have 2 channels per outlet.  run them back to a common collection point.

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Ditto on Dave's comment,  You do not have to invest in the wire and outlets yet but at least put the conduit in the ground and cap it off if you decide to not use it right away.

 A drawing of the yard layout would help us, help you!

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Don't forget, LED's require only 10% of the power that incan. require. So if your building new LED's and RGB's are the way to go. a 50.00 light bill will look a lot better than a $300.00 one in January after the show is over.

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 . . . . .

 

Also run some sleeves under your driveway and sidewalks (and of course keeps record of where they are)

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What Dave said and then some!  This is such a huge deal thtat new home owners miss all the time. (Me as well) Builders should offer this even as a an extra cost.

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Run 2 3/4'' conduits to every point in your yard you can think of.  Have half of them all come back to a big empty steel cabinet for your controllers.  The other half gets a bushing so you can pull cat 5 for the future.  Under the eaves, have receptacles run back to your cabinet, and cat 6 jacks.

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