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How to Installation Landscape Lighting Like The Pros

Thousands of outdoor landscape lighting systems are installed across the country every single year, and with that high demand comes to a great responsibility to be sure they’re designed and installed with the utmost integrity and professionalism. In order to make your landscape lighting system professional, there are a few things you should do.

Make sure you use a quality transformer that is UL1838 listed. UL1838 states that the maximum voltage going to the lights is 15 volts, and the maximum amperage is 25 amps. This ensures that your transformer is safe to use in a landscape lighting environment. Make sure your wire gauge is sized correctly and that you use a quality connector, and also make sure that all your LEDs receive between 11 and 15 volts.

To deliver the right amount of voltage to the fixtures, each run of lighting wire in the system has to be the proper gauge based on wattage consumption and on how far the lights are from the transformer. You can use a measuring wheel to determine distance and then choose the best wire gauge for your project.

To maximize performance and lifespan, manufacturers require that their LEDs operate within a certain voltage range. The recommended voltage range is 11 to 15 volts at every fixture. In the past, transformers were manufactured to support both halogens and LED systems and had multiple voltage taps ranging from 11 to 15 volts. If you’re installing LED systems, always connect your wire to the 14 or 15-volt tap.

To verify that the system is receiving the proper voltage, take your reading at the last fixture on the wire run with a voltmeter. If the reading is at least 11 volts, everything is fine. If the reading is below 11 volts, it could be that the wire run is too long, your wire gauge is too small or you have too many watts or fixtures on the wire.

 

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