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Back to Design & Installation Support > Installation Tips Voltage Drops The most important element in installing a low voltage system is keeping the voltage consistent throughout the layout. The fixtures at the end of the line should be the same brightness as the fixtures closest to the transformer at the front of the line. As the fixtures get further away, they receive less voltage from the transformer, which is called voltage drop. Voltage drop can be minimized by using a multi-tap transformer, using shorter cable runs, using a heavier cable (10 gauge), keeping fewer fixtures on the cable run or by utilizing lower wattage lamps. Hide the cable with soil, bark mulch or other landscape dressing. Since it is 12 volts, it can safely be buried only a few inches under ground. Nuts! Although each fixture comes with a plastic quick connector, it is best to use silicone-filled wire connectors. This will ensure that over time, dirt and bugs and all the other elements in the ground will not disturb the wire connection. Quick connectors can be quite finicky, as the teeth must precisely pierce the wire to make the proper connection. Low voltage splicing techniques Without a waterproof splice connection, any system will develop voltage loss and low-grade shorts making your lighting installation not fun! Below is our proven method of insuring you will have years of trouble free high performance. We do not recommend the use of Quick Clip style connectors that come with most fixtures because they are not waterproof and will rot out creating resistance and shorts. By using silicon filled wired connectors, thus spending a little more time on your installation, you will save yourself lots of time and headache over the years. Begin with a 12,10 or 8 gauge direct burial low voltage cable mainline. Using single strand THHN or Romex (120v style) wire for low voltage circuits can present problems as it does not have the same current carrying capacity at 12v as the multi-strand cable does; therefore it will lose slightly more voltage. Cut the mainline cable in half and strip back 3/4″ of the insulation from each side to expose the multi-strand copper conductor. Join one of the fixture’s conductors to each side of the mainline as shown in the diagram. Since there is no polarity in low voltage it doesn’t matter which side is which when joining the conductors together. Install a wire nut on each side. If installed properly, each wire connector will have 3 wires in it. (Splicing information courtesy of FX Luminaire.) Miscellaneous Mount the transformer next to a grounded outdoor outlet, at least one foot above ground. It can be mounted on a wall, fence, post, etc. Be sure to use water-tight connectors in the knock-outs of the transformer (where the wires come up through the bottom) if your transformer is close to a sprinkler head. Always 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. Avoid installing fixtures in the undergrowth of low shrubs or tall grasses. The beam of light needs unimpeded passage from the fixture to the focal point so there are no distracting spots of reflected light (unless you want a shadowy effect, in which case the opposite applies). Ready to Order? Browse our catalog and order your lighting now. Lighting Contractor? Get special pricing and other benefits. Connect With Us facebook pinterest twitter Shop With Confidence
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Landscape Lighting Connectors

Photo 4: Use weatherproof connectors Connect the wires with weatherproof wire connectors. These wire connectors have a shield on the bottom and a blob of sealant inside that make them weatherproof. If your lights came with press-on connections, cut them off, strip off 1/2 in. of insulation, and install the connectors.
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Landscape Lighting Connectors

Rated 5 out of 5 by AI8UT from Moonray Cable Connector (2-Pack) are great I installed a low voltage lighting system about 8 years ago and used these for most of my cable connections at that time. This year, I had problems with some of our landscape lights not illuminating. Not one of the lights connected with the Moonray cable connectors were affected. All inoperative lights were connected with the more expensive and bulky connectors I had purchased to complete our light installation. These connectors are just the right size for about any low voltage outdoor lighting application, They are very easy to use and have performed very well over the years. I wish that Home Depot would carry them in their stores rather than having to order them online. Date published: 2014-07-10
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Landscape Lighting Connectors

Attach almost any low-voltage light system to 12-, 14- or 16-gauge low-voltage landscape lighting cables with the Moonrays Black Low-Voltage Landscape Lighting Cable Connectors. They were made from durable plastic and are watertight and rated for outdoor use. These cable connectors come with a 1-year limited warranty, which protects against manufacturing defects in the material, assembly and workmanship.
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Landscape Lighting Connectors

Product Overview Attach almost any low-voltage light system to 12-, 14- or 16-gauge low-voltage landscape lighting cables with the Moonrays Black Low-Voltage Landscape Lighting Cable Connectors. They were made from durable plastic and are watertight and rated for outdoor use. These cable connectors come with a 1-year limited warranty, which protects against manufacturing defects in the material, assembly and workmanship. Made from durable plastic Watertight for outdoor use Enables you to quickly attach almost any low-voltage light to 12-, 14- and 16-gauge low-voltage wire Comes with a 1-year limited manufacturer warranty
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Landscape Lighting Connectors

Attach almost any low-voltage light system to 12-, 14- or 16-gauge low-voltage landscape lighting cables with the Moonrays Black Low-Voltage Landscape Lighting Cable Connectors. They were made from durable plastic and are watertight and rated for outdoor use. These cable connectors come with a 1-year limited warranty, which protects against manufacturing defects in the material, assembly and workmanship. Made from durable plastic Watertight for outdoor use Enables you to quickly attach almost any low-voltage light to 12-, 14- and 16-gauge low-voltage wire Comes with a 1-year limited manufacturer warranty
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Landscape Lighting Connectors

Connect the wires with weatherproof wire connectors. These wire connectors have a shield on the bottom and a blob of sealant inside that make them weatherproof. If your lights came with press-on connections, cut them off, strip off 1/2 in. of insulation, and install the connectors.
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Landscape Lighting Connectors

Landscape Lighting Connector Type: Crimping simple Copper Ferrules then pack in Tube.Results- We initially liked this idea, but found the Copper ferrules/connectors tedious to deal with and non-reliably tight, especially if you had multiply wires in the same connection. We found the Tin Coated Copper Butt Connectors much more mechanically sound and repeatable. This together with the Ratcheting, non- releasing until tight crimper, just took the inconsistency out of it for us!. Plus, you can rest the barrel connector in the jaws of the crimper while you are getting the wires together. Simply put- The tubes used for waterproofing seemed bulky, inconsistent and unprofessional for us- when compared to a more streamed lined connection.

Although each fixture comes with a plastic quick connector, it is best to use silicone-filled wire connectors. This will ensure that over time, dirt and bugs and all the other elements in the ground will not disturb the wire connection. Quick connectors can be quite finicky, as the teeth must precisely pierce the wire to make the proper connection. Low voltage splicing techniques Without a waterproof splice connection, any system will develop voltage loss and low-grade shorts making your lighting installation not fun! Below is our proven method of insuring you will have years of trouble free high performance.
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We do not recommend the use of Quick Clip style connectors that come with most fixtures because they are not waterproof and will rot out creating resistance and shorts. By using silicon filled wired connectors, thus spending a little more time on your installation, you will save yourself lots of time and headache over the years. Begin with a 12,10 or 8 gauge direct burial low voltage cable mainline. Using single strand THHN or Romex (120v style) wire for low voltage circuits can present problems as it does not have the same current carrying capacity at 12v as the multi-strand cable does; therefore it will lose slightly more voltage.
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Landscape Lighting Connector Type: Soldering Connections.Results- Soldering is a good connection, but still needs to be water proofed – LightingShrink actually shares the same page in Chapter 10 in “The Landscape Lighting Book” written by Janet Lennox Moyer where this option is discussed. We ultimately decided that a ratcheting crimping tool gave us the consistent wire contact, which is really what solder did for us as well, but we did not need to carry the solder pot around the gardens. Then we just needed to find and prove the best Heat Shrink blend which makes up LightingShrink.
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Mount the transformer next to a grounded outdoor outlet, at least one foot above ground. It can be mounted on a wall, fence, post, etc. Be sure to use water-tight connectors in the knock-outs of the transformer (where the wires come up through the bottom) if your transformer is close to a sprinkler head.

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