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How to Repair Landscape Lighting
How can I fix my low voltage outside landscape lights? How to Inspect and Repair Landscape Lighting.
Electrical Question: How can I fix my low voltage outside landscape lights?
- My 6 low voltage outside landscape lights started blinking in unison.
- The transformer is also clicking and seems to be the problem?
- I was wondering what would happen if I just took the low voltage wire and plugged it directly into a outlet, converting the wires into a plug first of course.
- Also where can you get the cheapest low voltage transformer and does it matter about the voltage?
- I am just looking for a quick opinion on whether I can convert it into a plug and plug the low-voltage into a regular outlet, or should I go buy a new transformer?
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Bill.
Repair Low Voltage Landscape Lighting
Application: Repair Low Voltage Landscape Lighting.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor, or Certified Electrician.
Electrical Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, Voltage Tester, and appropriate Safety Gear.
Estimated Time: Depends on the personal level experience, ability to work with tools, install electrical circuit wiring, and the available access to the project area.
Electrical Safety: Identify the electrical power source to the Light, turn it OFF and Tag with a Note before working with the electrical wiring.
Electrical Wiring Parts and Materials: Electrical parts and materials for the Light should be approved for the specific project and compliant with local and national electrical codes.
Electrical Codes and Inspections: Installing or changing home electrical wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes as adopted in your specific area of Wisconsin. A permit and inspections may also be required.
How to Inspect and Repair Landscape Lighting
This electrical wiring project is about Repairing Low Voltage Outside Lighting.
Light Low Voltage
- Bill, from the information you have provided, if the low voltage light cord were connected to a 120volt outlet all of the lights would blow out, so you do not want to do that.
- There could be a problem with the wiring connections within the landscape lighting system, either at the primary side where the 120volt supply is connected, or the secondary low voltage side of the transformer.
- Note: There may not be a problem with the transformer at all.
- Check all the wiring connections, look for loose wire connectors or damaged wire connectors.
- Also be aware that insects like to nest where there is warm electrical wiring and connections, so look for areas of bug infestation.
- Make sure all of the low voltage wiring going out to the landscape lights has not been damaged. Repair damaged areas or replace the wiring as needed.
- If you discover that the transformer is in fact faulty, then yes – a replacement transformer should be the exact same voltage and watt specification.
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