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Well, we just installed a new pool. It's actually not even finished yet. After researching landscape lighting, I found out that you have to spend a lot of $$$ to get a high quality light fixture. Upwards of $100 or more per light. That adds up pretty fast. So, I built my own, out of cedar with a marine finish (5 coats of Epifanes Rapidclear) to withstand the salt (from the pool) and weather.









This project came from Woodsmith #141. Sanded plexiglass is used for the window panes. Followed the instructions pretty closely except for the light. In the magazine, a 20 watt automotive bulb was used. Trying to save energy, I used an led light. Each light uses 1 watt, and very close to the same brightness.



I built a total of 18 lights. (It was a lot!) Eleven of them are installed around the pool. The other seven will be installed along a path from the driveway to the pool. Not done yet.

Thanks for looking!

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Are these hardwired or solar? These are great.
 

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Very nice looking lights. Replacing mine is on my project list - I will take at liook at that article.
 

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Hardwired. 14ga low voltage cable to each one and a 12v power transformer on the side of my shop.
 

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Nice solution! Those do look good. Congratulations on the pool. Good luck getting those projects done now…
 

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These look great! I'll have to dig out my Woodsmith back issue and check this out. The LED solution is a nice upgrade!
 

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Those are great! I have spent the last hour searching for the plans with no luck, Woodsmith offers a DVD that would have the plans but $99.00 is a bit steep. I thought you could get individual issues.
 

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Thanks everybody. Try ebay. You can usually find back issues if you're patient.
 

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Great looking lamps!

Where did you get the led lights?
 

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Nice work!

Unlike you, I have been buying those $30-$50 low voltage lights. Again and again. They're broken or sagging again and I'm sick of it. I only need 4, but I really don't want to pay triple digits for each light. They need to be able to at least handle a weed whacker and at most, falling pine cones (hopefully not a run away lawn mower).

Before I pay for the magazine, I am curious what the interior consists of? How is the wiring and fixture mounted? Metal conduit? Staked into the ground? etc… And is that info included in the plans?

Thanks
 

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Well, let me start off by saying that it's been three years now, and they still look fairly tip-top. I brush a coat of finish on every spring and fall, and that keeps them looking new-ish.
The interior is pretty hollow, just a socket comes up with the bulb. I actually used a piece of copper (since it was easily pliable and I could squeeze the end with a pliers into a rectangle shape) to hold the socket. Works fine as long as you don't create a short. I cut a piece of pressure treated about 1 1/2" square and about 14" long and used that for a stake. I think the plans may have used a metal stake.
The plans provide quite a bit of detail for most of it. I switched it from incandescent to led. Links above.
 

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Thanks for the update!

[Click] Just bought that back issue I found.

I converted my existing path lights to LED, but they already had the correct sockets. I will probably be able to cannibalize them for this purpose :) If not, I'm pretty sure I already have an account at superbrightLEDs.
 

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Those are impressive looking lights Pretty cool to have those to light up your pool area, you could probably sell those online LOL.
 
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