My Post Light has a Damaged Cable, Can I install Low Voltage Lighting
Lisa in Ohio asks: I have a post light with a damaged UF cable. Can I install low voltage lighting to the undamaged end of the UF wire the post light?
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Electrical Question: I have a 120volt post light with a damaged UF cable, can I install low voltage lighting to the undamaged end of the UF wire the post light?
I have a post light with a damaged UF cable, we think most likely cut near the house. It has been disconnected from the supply. I am wondering if I install low voltage lighting, could I connect it to the undamaged end of the UF cable to supply the post light (using a standard base bulb designed for 12 volt systems)?
This electrical wiring question came from Lisa, a Homeowner in Cleveland, Ohio.
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Damaged Wiring to a Pole Light
Application: Change the Wiring to a Pole Light.
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 Pole 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 Pole 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 Cleveland, Ohio. A permit and inspections may also be required.
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Reviewing the Electrical Question:
- I have a post light with a damaged UF cable, we think most likely cut near the house. Could I install low voltage lighting and connect it to the undamaged end of the UF cable to supply the post light?
- Lisa From the information you have provided, the existing cable could be used to extend out to low voltage lighting as long as the length is not very far, and the wiring connections are installed properly. Typically UF cable is solid copper wire and must be burred 18 inches deep when used for 120volt applications. However, low voltage landscape lighting kits typically come with stranded wire that can lay on the surface of the ground or you may bury it out of sight. Keep in mind that a low voltage power supply will require a primary 120volt power source. For best results, it would be best to install the landscape lights as described in the installation guide.
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