How To Series: Replacing Malibu Landscape Lighting

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(Please note, I am not a Malibu Lighting expert nor a landscaper.  My expertise is in residential real estate in Phoenix, Arizona.  If you have any questions about Malibu Lighting, please consult your local hardware store or Malibu lighting dealer.)

I find myself continually working on some sort of project.  Since I'm good with my hands, I usually take on a project without hesitation and do the best I can to complete it as quickly as I can while maintaining some semblance of quality.  The project I chose today was repairing "malibu" style outdoor landscape lighting.  I put this one of for a long time because I didn't know how difficult it might be.  Some of the projects we DIY guys choose end up costing far more in time than material, and then we hire someone in to pick up the pieces.Malibu lighting, or landscape lighting, is one of those jobs that fits in the "simple fixes that you can do rather quickly" category, as long as you know how to hold a screwdriver on the right end.

Around the house there were about 9 lights that had quit working.  I wasn't sure why, but they weren't on, ever.  So, I hauled on over to The Home Depot to see what lights would cost.  The quality of lighting is completely up to you, but there was a wide variety ranging in price from $5.95 per light up to $99.00 per light.  The home that these are being installed on does not require high end lighting.  In fact, since I just needed the job to be done, I went for bargain basement pricing and picked up a number of the cheapo lights for $5.95 each as pictured in Figure 1 above.

As I write this, I am reminding myself that choosing a plastic light

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  • Richard@Littman Bros.

    This is a very good resource for anyone looking to install outdoor lighting. Your step by step guide is very easy to read and helps the reader better understand the process.

  • john@Lighting Ideas

    Nice, simple and complete detailed guide on outdoor light installation. Its not always so easy to tell someone how to do this but laying it out step by step and also supplying pictures, means any layman could get this done.

    Thanks for the post.

  • Charles M @ Palm Tree Lamp

    Thank you for this short and simple guide. I saw these types of outdoor lights in stores but always thought they would be difficult to installed so I always settled for the solar lights. But with this guide I feel confidence in buying and installing these type of lights now. Thanks again for this post.
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  • Rex M

    Do you have any suggestions about step 9 (squeezing the tips together)? I have some brand new lights that I cannot get to make a connection (I have a current detector and can tell that the lead wire is getting no current).

  • elizaveta@job search

    A very detailed description of what you should do to change the light. Really useful if you happen to need this repair and you won’t have to find a job for yourself searching for an expert.

  • Bee

    I have difficulty in step 9… it’s really hard..

  • Jon Griffith

    It’s the hardest step. Make sure you’re using the right type of plyers.

  • bradc44

    We typically give our customers a similar diagram to follow. Otherwise it can be a little confusing. Appreciate the dialog.

  • Jon Griffith

    Turns out this is the most popular post on my blog at the moment…and I’m not even in the lighting business :).