Extend the turn buckle by spinning the center and run the cable through the eye. There are many types of lights and fixtures to choose from. This process typically takes 24 to 72 hours. Use the provided color tags to mark each cable at both ends with the same color. Slow burst fuses have a coil around the outside. Electrical knowledge is not required for the do-it-yourself installation. Secure the timer switch using the two screws included when you purchased your timer switch.Next
When you are sure which lead goes to which, it is time to solder the wires to the 12v battery. Plug the first set of string lights into your extension cord to test and begin hanging the lights on the cable with zip ties. We decided to attach ours onto our decking and a few trees, creating a criss-cross pattern over the fire pit and waterfall. Transformers can only handle 80% of what they are rated for, so a 520 watt transformer can only handle 416 volts. Turn on all of your outdoor lighting and ask a friend to check if your outdoor lights are off as you turn off each of the circuit breakers found in your main power supply box. Next, connect the white wire on the timer switch to the white wire on the wall box.
So I'm going to cover some basics that I hope will get you knowledgeable enough to tackle the Do-It-Yourself landscape lighting installation. These options do not connect to smart-home hubs, but provide great wireless options for outdoor lighting design. Each has pros and cons, but except for very large residential projects, low-voltage systems are usually a better choice. Step 4 Take one end of your wire and lay it at the farthest light from the power pack. But before we get to involved.Next
Solar power feature lights One of the simplest aesthetic options is the use of solar powered lights to highlight outdoor features in your yard. Secure the faceplate back into place using the two screws you removed earlier. In addition, there is a bare copper ground wire that connects to a green grounding screw inside the electrical box. If you connect low voltage lights directly to line power, the higher voltage would cause them to burn out immediately. Hook up each run of lights to the 12 volt tap on the transformer and test the voltage at the light with a volt meter. Once your lights are working, wait till dusk and make sure your lights are pointing in the right direction.Next
Even though the capacity of each Common Tap is 300W or transformer capacity if less than 300W , the National Electric Code specifies that a circuit can only be loaded up to 80% of its maximum. Adjust the voltage at the transformer Make sure you adjust the voltage to the correct range. If your designing your own landscape lights then read on and we'll get you started. To connect a home run wire to the terminals, split the paired wire down the middle to separate the two wires and strip half an inch of insulation off each wire. The Jandy power center already has relay switches for adding devices both 120V and 24V Page 4 of the document referenced below has a picture of the wiring details.Next
Another way to light stairs is to mount the lights a little higher and slightly forward of each riser. At dusk, a small photo-cell fixture turns the lights on. The best way to check this is to measure the amps while the transformer and all the lights are on. Step 2: Install the lighting fixtures at their final locations according to your plan. Use this page to manage your store credits. Before you get to work, research these factors to ensure your light fixtures are a safe and effective choice for your home. This is a Multi-Tap transformer, which means you can output at a variety of voltages to compensate for see our learning area for more information on layouts and voltage drop.Next
Step 8 - Turn the Main Power Supply On Turn on the circuit breaker that you turned off earlier on step 1 and test your switch timer. Because of the low voltage running through the cable, no waterproof connections are required. So, if you want to connect eight landscape lights to an electronic transformer, and the lights use 20 watts each, you would need a 160 watt transformer. Good quality transformers have multiple volt taps so you would simply take the wire from the 12 volt tap and hook it up to the 15 volt tap and retest your voltage. Feed fixtures from a loop at the end of a long supply line at 14 volts or 15 volts, and even the farthest fixtures will still provide light that's bright white. With this knowledge, you or a family member can do the wiring connections for one or more lights. When wiring landscape lights, the best place to start is to layout your lighting plan on a piece of paper.Next
Accent lighting creates memorable grace notes by illuminating such features as flowers, trees, or murals. Step 5 - Connect the Timer Switch A timer switch has three wires with different colors: one wire is black, the other is white, and the remaining wire is green. To this end, it's a good idea to set up the fixtures on two or more circuits that can be switched independently. Mini recessed lights that fit into holes drilled along stairs are another option. Solar lights require about 8 hours of direct exposure in order to provide the maximum 8 to 10 hours of illumination at night.Next