America's Most Shopped Online Sprinkler Store
Cart  

1:00:00

left for same-day shipping

Order within 1 hrs 00 mins for same-day shipping.

You are here: Home > Lighting School > Halogen/Incandescent > Installation Steps
Untitled Document

Landscape Lighting Installation Steps

1. Install the Transformer

  • Mount the Transformer inside or outside in accordance with the manufacturer's UL instructions.
  • Do Not Use Extension Cords!
  • To connect the cable, strip the insulation back 3/4", loosen the transformer's secondary output terminal screws, slide the leads in as recommended, and tighten securely.
  • Provide at least 10 feet of cable between the transformer and the first fixture to prevent overdriving the lamp.

2. Install the Cable

  • Connect the cable to the transformer
  • Layout the cable following the cable path in your drawing or plan.
  • Allow enough extra cable length (about 3 feet) for burying and splicing. Extra cable also allows you to move fixtures as plants grow.

3. Assemble and Install the Fixtures

  • Assemble the fixtures and install the bulb (lamp) according to the manufacturer's directions. 
  • Seat the lamps securely in their sockets. High-heat silicone lubricant will protect the lamp contacts and make bulb replacement in the future much easier. 
  • Do not touch Halogen Bulbs with your fingers since the oil from your skin will shorten the life of the bulb.
  • Apply a lubricant to the threads between the fixture body and the rim or lens cap so you will be able to easily remove for future relamping (new bulb) and cleaning.
  • Stake or fasten fixtures in place.
  • For Ground-Mounting: bury in ground or stake as per manufacturers instructions. For installation with a stake, first run the lead wires out the bottom, then thread the stake to the fixture. Insert the stake into the ground to hold the fixture in place.
  • For Trees: attach fixtures to trees with screws or nails (stainless steel fasteners) and secure the cable with nail-on clips. Tying or clamping around a tree's trunk or branches can harm the tree.
  • For Decks: attach fixtures to decks with stainless steel or brass hardware.
  • Try to conceal the light source, either with a shroud on the fixture, or by tucking it behind a
    shrub, large branch, wall, or rock. Ideally, you will be unable to see where the light originates.
    The effect should be visible not the source.

4. Connect Fixtures to Cable

  • Connect the fixtures using silicone sealed wire connectors (such as LV9500 wire connectors).
  • Press-On Connectors should be avoided since they do not provide a sound wire connection and do do provide adequate moisture protection. This can cause significant wiring problems with time.
  • Cut the cable at the location of the fixture. On both ends of the cut cable, slice and separate the two leads for about 3". Strip the insulation back 3/4"  from each lead. Twist together a lead from the fixture and one lead from each end of the cable. Use the silicone filled wire nuts (LV9500 wire nuts) to make the best connection.
  • Cut the final end of the cable cleanly and apply protective silicone gel and tape it for protection against moisture.
  • Bury the cable using the 103T Hand Trencher. This Heavy Duty Tool will not tear sod or leave unsightly shovel marks. The tool is used like a shovel when pushed in the ground you pull the handle back and forth and you will make a trench that looks like a V from 4" to 15" deep depending on soil conditions. After the wire is installed in the trench, you can flip the tool over and tap the trench closed with the T handle end of the trenching tool. It is a great tool to use for low voltage lighting and irrigation installation industry.
Use our links below to find detailed help and information from our Lighting School!
Free Shipping on Orders Over $75 | Free T-Shirt on Orders over $125