Installing pavers and concrete stones has come a long way since they were introduced. It is no longer necessary to have a bland pattern. As well, many companies have introduced low voltage, LED, lighting pavers, as shown in Figure 1, which can be integrated into many paver or concrete stone designs.
Figure 1 - Paver low voltage light kit
To enhance your paver or concrete stone driveway, walkway, patio or pool deck numerous manufactures have created low voltage (12 VAC) light fixtures that replace the standard residential 4” X 8” X 2 3/8” paver.
These systems are available as individual light fixtures and lenses, as shown in Figure 2, that can be added to a current low voltage lighting system or in kits that include or in kits that include a number of light fixtures, lenses, transformer and cable.
Figure 2 - Paver low voltage light fixture
Figures 3, 4 and 5 show paver lights integrated into a paver constructed walkway.
Figure 3 - Low voltage paver lights on walkway - 1
Figure 4 - Low voltage paver lights on walkway - 2
Figure 5 - Low voltage paver lights on walkway - 3
Figure 6 shows paver lights integrated into a paver constructed pool deck.
Selection of paver lights and paver light kits
Figure 6 - low voltage paver lights around pool deck
Figure 7 shows paver lights integrated into a paver constructed steps. Figure 8 shows paver lights integrated into a paver constructed driveway. Figure 9 shows the use of different color lenses on the low voltage paver light fixtures.
Figure 7 - Low voltage paver lights on steps
Figure 8 - low voltage paver lights integrated into a paver driveway
Figure 9 - Walkway with colored low voltage light lenses
Although most low voltage light systems suggest that you can directly bury the cable a few inches under the soil I always recommend the use of PVC electrical conduit. My personal experience with underground direct burial wires is that they are magnets and attract shovels, spades, pitchforks and all other digging implements. Low voltage lighting systems are not inexpensive and the cost of a few feet of conduit to protect the wiring in my opinion is a sound investment.
As with any low voltage lighting system sizing the wiring is one of the primary keys to having a successful installation.
Additional information on how to wire outdoor low voltage lighting systems.