Do I need to notch the concrete block to install my fixture?

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Generally speaking, no. The idea behind our fixture is to remove the sawing and cutting that was traditionally required to install a light into a wall. You may find it necessary to cut for channeling the wire where a gap does not accommodate your layout.

How long are your fixture leads?

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We supply a 72″ wire lead which is attached directly to either our socket or LED package. The wire is 18/2 and should be connected to your feed wire as close as practical using watertight connectors.

How do I minimize voltage drop?

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The closer your incandescent fixtures are placed to the transformer, the higher their voltage (and wattage). The farther away you place the fixture, the lower the voltage it will receive. If a cable run is too long, or if too many lights are being powered by a single transformer, noticeable voltage drop may occur.

Voltage drop causes the lights farthest from the transformer to become dimmer than the other lights.

Voltage drop can be minimized in various ways …

  • Upgrade to energy efficient LED fixtures
  • Utilize a heavier gauge cable
  • Install a higher capacity transformer
  • Consider using multiple transformers
  • Shorten your cable length/run
  • Reduce individual fixture wattage
  • Reduce the total number of fixtures on a run

Voltage drop actually works to your advantage if differences in lamp brightness levels add a desired look and feel to your installation. Remember… bulbs with lower voltage will last longer, requiring less replacement.

How do I connect the fixture to the feed cable?

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Proper low voltage connections are essential for a successful installation. We recommend a splice which is joined by a waterproof connector such as King or Ideal Brand. These connectors are filled with silicone or a dielectric material to provide protection to the splice from the elements. Please consult the manufacturers guidelines for detailed instructions.

What gauge cable should I use?

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Generally speaking, when your installation is under 100 watts total and the entire run is within 100′ of the transformer, you can utilize 12/2 low voltage cable. Consider 10/2 cable with 125 watts and 125′ length.

What cable is used to install Integral Lighting?

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Low voltage 12 volt lighting cable is utilized. This cable is designed for shallow burial directly in the soil only six inches deep. Low voltage cable has UV inhibitors in the jacket making it sunlight resistant.