Easy-Install Landscape Lighting Kits vs. Á La Carte: Which Is Right for You?

An opulent house gently illuminated with accent and path lights. An opulent house gently illuminated with accent and path lights.

When it comes to improving your home’s lighting, you have two main options: purchasing an easy-install landscape lighting kit or selecting individual components à la carte. 


Each approach has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, and the best choice depends on your specific needs, budget, and level of DIY expertise. 


In this blog post, we’ll explore the pros and cons of each option, helping you make an informed decision. We’ll also highlight some fantastic kits available at Lighting Warehouse that make the installation process a breeze.

What Makes Landscape Lighting Kits Convenient?

Easy-install lighting kits are designed to simplify the installation process. The idea is to make landscape lighting design accessible, even for those with minimal DIY experience.

Benefits of Landscape Lighting Kits

Landscape lighting kits offer numerous advantages, from cost savings to user-friendly instructions, allowing you to achieve professional-quality results without the need for specialized tools or expertise.


  • Simplicity and Convenience: Easy-install lighting kits are designed with the DIY enthusiast in mind. They come with all the necessary components–including fixtures, bulbs, wiring, and transformers–simplifying the installation process so that you don’t need to spend time researching and purchasing individual parts. The Budget Friendly Uplight Kit from Lighting Warehouse includes everything you need to illuminate your garden or walkway, making setup a straightforward task.


  • Cost-Effective: Kits are often more practical than buying each component separately. They are packaged to provide value, ensuring that you get everything you need component-wise at a lower combined cost. For example, the Budget Friendly Uplight and Modern Path Light Kit offers significant savings compared to individually purchasing path lights, cables, and transformers.


  • Consistency in Design: Lighting kits are curated to ensure a cohesive look. The components are designed to work well together, both in terms of function and fashion, providing a uniform appearance across your lighting setup. One choice, the Kichler 15517CBR Accent Light & 200W Transformer Kit, includes fixtures that match perfectly in style and color, creating a seamless look for your deck.
A half-moon driveway flanked by accent lights uplighting trees to the right and a flagstone border wall to left leading to a manicured upper middle class home.
  • Technical Support and Instructions: Landscape lighting kits come with detailed instructions and support, making the installation process easier even for those with limited electrical knowledge. Some kits also offer customer support for troubleshooting. For example, the 200W Transformer, Accent, & Path Light Kit includes user-friendly installation guides and access to customer support, ensuring you can set up your lights without hassle.

Challenges of Landscape Lighting Kits

While easy-install lighting kits offer numerous benefits, there are also some challenges that you should consider. 


  • Limited Customization: Kits offer limited flexibility in terms of design and component selection. If you have specific preferences or unique requirements, you might find the options within a kit somewhat restrictive. Instead, consider buying à la carte or purchasing the kit you need and adding extra parts whenever needed.


  • Potential Overkill or Shortfall: A landscape lighting kit might include more components than you actually need for a small project or fall short for larger, more complex installations. This could lead to either wasted resources or the need to purchase additional parts. If you have a bigger project on your hands, you might want to consider buying multiple kits.

À La Carte Landscape Lighting Options

Choosing à la carte lighting solutions provides you with the flexibility to customize every aspect of your landscape lighting, ensuring each part perfectly fits your specific needs and stylistic preferences.

Benefits of À La Carte Landscape Lighting Options

Choosing landscape lights à la carte allows you to customize your setup to effortlessly match your unique taste and precisely meet your technical requirements. This approach is ideal for creating unique or custom lighting designs, offering several advantages.


  • Tailored to Your Needs: Buying components à la carte allows you to select exactly what you need, catering to your specific requirements and preferences. This is ideal for unique or custom lighting designs.  For instance, if you’re designing lighting for a uniquely-shaped garden, you can select individual spotlights, path lights, and transformers to get crafty with your lighting solution to create a tailored solution.


  • Excellence in Every Detail: When you pick out the components to your landscape lighting setup one by one, you get to have complete control over the quality of each item. You can select the best products from a variety of manufacturers, ensuring that your setup excels at performance and stands the test of time.
Father and young son placing path lights between a walkway and the side of a vinyl-coated house.
  • Room to Grow: Purchasing lights and accessories à la carte allows you to expand your lighting system gradually. You can start with a few essential fixtures and add more as your budget and lighting needs evolve.


  • Design Your Vision: Taking the time to hand-select your landscape lighting components means that you have the freedom to mix and match different styles, brands, and technologies. In return, you gain greater creative control over your lighting project.

Challenges of À La Carte Landscape Lighting Options

While à la carte landscape lighting offers a ton of customization options, it also comes with certain challenges. 


  • Complexity and Time: Researching and purchasing individual components can be time consuming and overwhelming, especially if you’re not familiar with lighting systems. Making sure that all the parts are compatible with each other can also be challenging.


  • Higher Initial Costs: Buying components separately can be more expensive upfront, since you don’t benefit from the bundled savings that landscape lighting kits can offer. For example, the 200W Transformer, Accent, & Path Light Kit costs $525.59, while buying the parts separately would cost you $661.31. Buying the kit would save you $135.72!


  • Installation Challenges: Without the streamlined instructions and support that come with landscape lighting kits, installing à la carte components may require more technical know-how. This could lead to mistakes or the need for professional assistance.

Choosing the Right Landscape Lighting Kit

Deciding between easy-install landscape lighting kits and purchasing components à la carte all boils down to your specific needs and preferences. By picking the option that makes sense for you and your setup, you can create a lighting design that’s uniquely yours and perfectly suited for your space—without all the hassle.


Landscape lighting kits offer convenience, cost savings, and a well-thought-out design, making them an excellent choice for DIY enthusiasts and those seeking a straightforward installation process. On the other hand, purchasing your landscape lights à la carte provides greater customization, quality control, and adjustability, which can be beneficial for more complex or unique lighting projects. You can always combine a kit with à la carte purchases to tailor your lighting project perfectly. 


If you’re planning a custom landscape lighting project and unsure what to buy, feel free to give us a call. We’re here to assist you in finding the ideal solution. Whichever option you choose, Lighting Warehouse has a wide range of products to create the perfect lighting setup for your home.


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