How many lights do I need?

admin

Answer

Design and layout is up to you!

Start by determining your desired placement. We recommend spacing six to eight feet between fixtures, depending on the type of atmosphere you want to create. For areas that need to be well-lit, such as steps or for security reasons, consider spacing your fixtures closer together or using a higher wattage lamp. For ambiance or accent lighting, consider spacing your light fixtures further apart or using a lower wattage lamp.

If your design includes steps, start by lighting the steps adequately, then place fixtures in the surrounding walls to expand the feel of night lighting as you desire. If you are still uncertain, please contact us at 800-861-1364 for assistance.

How do I size a transformer for my lighting installation?

admin

Answer

Calculate the transformer required by determining the total wattage of all lighting fixtures. This is the minimum required output of the transformer. You typically want to choose a transformer that supplies no more than 30% more.

For example:

  • 10 LED wall lights @ 2 watts each = 20 watts
  • 10 LED deck lights @ 1 watt each = 10 watts
  • 5 LED path lights @ 3 watts = 15 watts
  • Total minimum output required by the transformer = 45 watts

In this example, a 60 watt magnetic or electronic transformer would be ideal.

How do I mount a low voltage transformer?

admin

Answer
Your power supply should be mounted at least 12 inches above ground level. Many transformers are not completely sealed and should have that clearance according to UL 1838.

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

admin

Answer
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.

Is Integral Lighting compatible with my existing low voltage lighting?

admin

Answer

Yes. Your typical landscape lighting installation operates on 12 volts and is powered by a magnetic transformer. Integral Lighting is compatible with existing 12 volt AC installations. Be sure to consult your transformer rating to be sure that you have enough capacity to power additional lighting fixtures. If not, consider the addition of a second transformer or increase your current power supply.

All of our energy efficient LED products were designed specifically for use with both magnetic and electronic transformers and require no additional drivers or electronic components.

How long are your fixture leads?

admin

Answer
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.

Can I install Integral Lighting on decking materials?

admin

Answer

All Integral Lighting LED fixtures are perfect for any and all materials, including wooden decks. Our “original” IL6.xxx and IL18.xxx fixtures are for use in hardscapes only.

Can Integral Lighting be installed into masonry walls or veneer stone walls?

admin

Answer

Yes. We make it easy to insert our fixture using a specially designed pre-installation insert. Our Integrator Mortar Insert saves valuable time during installation and allows future removal of the fixture in the event that service becomes necessary.

How do I connect the fixture to the feed cable?

admin

Answer

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?

admin

Answer
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.