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Old 10-20-2011, 09:51 AM   #1
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Installing low-voltage lighting under pavestones - best practices?


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I'm installing a new front walkway that will consist of interlocking pavers and a 3/4" stone/sand foundation. It will be bordered on both sides by grass.

I want to place flush lights in the surface of the pavers (drilling holes in the pavers for the lights). the lights will be accents, not used for direct illumination of the walkway.

What is the best practice for running the wires for this setup? Is there a way I should configure this so that I can service the wires/lights in the future if needed? Is this even a concern?

My configuration (black dots are lights):
http://i.imgur.com/X8dDH.png

The lights I plan to use:
http://www.coronalighting.com/Well%2...fo/CL-324.html

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I would use some sort of piping such as 3/4" pvc sleeves to where you want the lights. At that point I would cut the pipe and put an elbow with female thread like this:

http://www.marinedepot.com/Elbow_Fit...FT5744-vi.html

Most landscape lights have threads to screw into the 90 after the brickwork is completed. Plus you can do the wiring in the elbow too.

However, manufacturers have special boxes for this application similar to this:

http://www.hadco.com/Hadco/Public/Pr....aspx?pid=1159

Hope this helps

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No 1" sand setting bed under the pavers?

It there the usual edge restraint (plastic, steel, aluminum or concrete)?

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being a home owner for 25 yrs i see the beating the footlights take over the years,but these will be recessed seem to have a better chance for survival with minimal maint.my suggestion run the 12V feed down both sides of the path connect each light in "parellel" just tap the 12V don't cut as in series would be...then just continue down same on the other side.i would seal the wire nutted connection with silicon or dip them in liquid plastic tool handle sealer HD has it.i used it with X-MASS lights seals tight when cured.then i would just trench the wires 2" down and cover it over keeping in mind access incase you need to change one they all have 3' lead out wire so you could leave some spagetti'd as you insert the light so you can just pull it up...just putting it out there.sealing it in plastic tubing limits access...the main item is the sealing of the wire nut tie ins...weather tight utility box half of 1900 size you could tuck them in 2-3 light per....just options.keep in mind that parallel connection and find out the VA (voltamps)of each light and get a transformer to cover the VA load total...and make sure it is fused on the 2 12V feeders
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