Properly Installing your Low-voltage lighting

 

 

Where to mount the transformer

The transformer needs to be mounted next to a properly grounded indoor or outdoor outlet.  It must be mounted at least 18″ above the ground if you are placing it outside.  You can mount it on a wall, fence, post,  or other suitable surface. 

How to hide the cable – If You Want

With low voltage lighting it is much easier to hide the cable.  If you are close to the shrubs or bushes, you can simply push it underneath to get it out of sight.  You can also lay it along a nearby fence or foundation.  The simplest way however is to cover it with mulch, soil, or some other landscape dressing.

You will want to natch the surface and slide the wire in or few inches under. You need to pull up the sod and bury the cable at least few inches  deep to prevent problems if you aerate the lawn later.  Then simply replace the sod firmly and you are ready to go.

How to install the fixtures

Here are some helpful tips for fixtures that require a bit more attention:

  • Inground fixtures – Well Lights

    • These are used to provide an unobstructed view of the landscape at night.  Most of the time they should be used as an uplighting placed in the ground.  They are useful for lighting Fences, Palms, Flagpoles, or even mature trees.  This will give us a designers point of view to see the effect of the light and not the source of the light.
  • Underwater fixtures

    • Underwater fixtures enhance the beauty of your fishpond, fountain, or reflecting pool. Never use brass for these fixtures, as it will cause harm to aquatic plant and animal life.  Choose instead non-oxidizing materials when selecting a fixture for this application like Our BPL500-FG.
  • Tree lighting fixtures

    • These fixtures can be used to light trees either from the ground up, or within the tree itself.  Because trees come in all shapes and sizes, they are lit in different ways to enhance their beauty.  Here a few ideas:
    • Conifers-You want to place your fixtures away from the base and aim the light toward the top of the tree to enhance the dense foliage within.
    • Flowering Deciduous-Much like the conifer, you will want to place a light away from the base of the tree and aim the light toward the treetop.  This will capture the beauty of the flowers and fruits at the tips of the branches.
    • Dense Canopy Deciduous-Focus light into the foliage by placing fixtures at the outer edges.  This will highlight the interesting bark patterns and elaborate branch structure.
    • Open Canopy Deciduous-Graze these trees with light from below by placing the fixtures close to the base of the tree.

Using Your Low-voltage Fixtures for Moonlighting

Moonlighting is a beautiful landscaping technique that simulates the light of full moon and filters it down through the branches of the tree.  This requires you to place the fixtures in the actual tree.  Here are some things to remember:

  • You will want to use a  fastener like stainless steel.  It should be adjustable to allow for growth in all directions from the branches.
  • Attach the supply cable to the trunk of the tree by screwing in nylon cable ties, tree mounting or straps.
  • Aim the fixtures carefully to eliminate direct glare from the lamps and use long directional shrouds.
  • To create the proper effect you must place a few lights above eye level and aim them upward to illuminate the top of the tree canopy.

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