How many lights do I need?

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Design and layout are 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.

You are welcome to email us your plans, and our lighting designer will make recommendations for fixture type and spacing.

How do I size a transformer for my lighting installation?

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Calculate the total wattage of all lighting fixtures that will be hooked up to your transformer. The total wattage will be the minimum required output of the transformer.

When sizing a transformer for an LED installation, use the wattage consumed by each lamp, not the wattage output or brightness equivalent.

The industry recommends utilizing 80% of your transformer’s capacity for optimal system life.

Example: a 60 watt transformer would be ideal for the lighting installation below.

How do I mount a low voltage transformer?

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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?

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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.

Is Integral Lighting compatible with my existing low voltage lighting?

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Yes, Integral Lighting is compatible with existing 12 volt AC installations.

A typical landscape lighting installation operates on 12 volts and is powered by a magnetic transformer. Before making additions to an existing system, consult your transformer rating to ensure that you have enough capacity to power more lighting fixtures. If not, consider the addition of a second transformer or increase your current power supply.

How long are your fixture leads?

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Each fixture is supplied with a 72″ wire lead, attached directly to either our T5 Wedge Base socket or overmolded 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?

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All Integral Lighting LED fixtures are perfect for any and all materials, including wooden decks.

Our fixtures equipped with a Xenon lamp, the IL6.xxx and IL18.xxx, are for strict use in hardscapes only.

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

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Yes, and 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 for future removal of the fixture in the event that service becomes necessary.

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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As a general rule, use a minimum gauge of 12/2 when your total run of cable is within 100′ of the transformer.