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
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
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.
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
Cut the final end of the cable
cleanly and apply protective silicone gel and tape it for protection against
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.
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