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How to install landscape lighting (Page 1)


PLANNING TIP

 

Make a diagram of your yard and mark the location of new fixtures. Note the wattages of the fixtures and use the diagram to select a transformer and plan the circuits.

 

Step 1. Install your transformer or transformers. If you are installing one in a garage, mount it on a wall within 24 of the CFCI receptacle and at least 12 off the floor. If you are using an outdoor receptacle on a wall or a post, mount the transformer on the same post or an adjacent post at least 12 off the ground and not more than 24 inches from the receptacle. Do not use an extension cord.

 

Step 3. Attach the end of the low-voltage wire to the terminals on the transformer. Make sure that both strands of wire are held tightly by their terminal screws.

 

Step 2. Drill a hole through the wall or rim joist for the low-voltage cable and any sensors to pass through (inset). If a circuit begins in a high-traffic area, its a good idea to protect the cable by running it through a short piece of PVC pipe or conduit and then into the shallow trench.

 

Step 4. Transformers usually have a simple mechanism that allows you to set times for the lights to come ON and go OFF automatically: Set these times before hanging the transformer.

 

 

 

 

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