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Old 07-09-2006, 11:04 AM   #16
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This is a bump. Are there any other landscape lighting questions?

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Old 07-09-2006, 10:24 PM   #17
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Is it okie for me to run 2 300watt transformers on one outlet
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Old 07-10-2006, 07:22 AM   #18
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Is it okie for me to run 2 300watt transformers on one outlet
Yes it is. I suggest using 1- 600 watt transformer though. A single 300 watt transformer that is fully loaded (I don't recommend fully loading a transformer) will only pull 2.5 amps. 2-300 watt transformers would pull 5 amps. A GFCI receptacle is either rated for 15 or 20 amps, so you should be fine. Always use an in-use cover for the receptacles that you will be plugging into.
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Old 07-20-2006, 07:17 AM   #19
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Hello NightScapes,

Please forgive my absence for a couple weeks. I did not forget your advice, but ended up in the hospital with something called Guillian-Barre Syndrome (1 in 100,000) that attacks nerves ... so can't walk. I will have to put this project on hold until I recover enough to do the work, but please know that I really appreciate your assistance, and I do plan on implementing your plan once I get back on my feet for good.

My apologies for not getting the project done and pictures up to help support you expertise.

For those just starting to read NightScape's messages, he is very, very good at designing lighting plans ... please don't take the lack of my finished pictures on this board as any reflection on his expertise. Sry.
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Old 07-22-2006, 10:42 AM   #20
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Swimmfst, I'm sorry to hear of your health problem. I hope all goes well for you. If you need any further assistance please feel free to let me know.
Take care of yourself.
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Old 07-26-2006, 11:08 PM   #21
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I recently bought a house with a low voltage lighting setup already installed. I recently replaced some expended light bulds and now my fuses keep blowing...any ideas?
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Old 07-27-2006, 10:01 PM   #22
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I recently bought a house with a low voltage lighting setup already installed. I recently replaced some expended light bulds and now my fuses keep blowing...any ideas?
Check the wattage of the lamps that you are installing. You are probably overloading the circuit with lamps that are of higher wattage than designed. What is the wattage of the lamps that you installed?
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Paul- I plan on installing some landscape lighting in the near future. I have attached a few pics. What are your recommendations? The pic showing the end of my driveway has a crepe myrtle on each side. Also, can I purchase the equipment through you? Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-13-2006, 04:21 PM   #24
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Sorry that it has taken so long. This is a very busy time of year. Is it possible to get some more pics? How about some measurements? How far is it from the house to the end of the drive? Is there a sleeve under the drive? Can you take more pics of the flower beds in front? How far is it to the large bed that is pictured and how big is the bed? I am trying to get a more 3D feel for your property.
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Old 08-28-2006, 07:05 AM   #25
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Hey there Craig, how is that project coming along?
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Paul- My digital camera broke and I just got a replacement this last weekend. I'll send some more pics as you requested. Thanks.
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Old 08-30-2006, 08:57 PM   #27
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I had to get a new camera the other day as well. I look forward to seeing them.
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Sorry that it has taken so long. This is a very busy time of year. Is it possible to get some more pics? How about some measurements? How far is it from the house to the end of the drive? Is there a sleeve under the drive? Can you take more pics of the flower beds in front? How far is it to the large bed that is pictured and how big is the bed? I am trying to get a more 3D feel for your property.
Hey Paul- Here are some more pics and measurements.

From the end of the driveway to the lightpost (at the inside corner of driveway and sidewalk) it is 71' (55' from lightpost to Crepe Myrtle).

The large side yard bed is 29' wide at the larges arc and 70' long.

I'm not aware of any sleeve under the drive. Is this for electrical? Maybe the lightpost electrical runs through one? not sure.

FrontBed2 is 13' wide and 9' deep, FrontBed1 is 13' wide. I do have outside electrical against the house in "FrontBed2" (its in the corner of the house and porch behind the holly).

I'd be happy to send any more pics or measurements, just let me know. Thanks again for your advice.
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Old 09-19-2006, 07:29 PM   #29
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I'm sorry that I have not responded to this post in a while but things have been pretty hectic around here lately. I will revisit this as soon as I can. Please accept my apology for putting this on the back burner.
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NightScapes (Paul):

I have nearly perfected my nightscape design and installation but I have one last desired feature and am a bit at a loss as to just how to accomplish it.

I have acquired all professional quality lighting and transformer and installed same.

I have two legs equal distant and almost equal loaded (by five watts). When in the present situation Leg B is five watts more than Leg A.

What I would like to do is install a switch mounted in a covered box (open when in-use) just before the last light on Leg B (so that when off Leg B will be five watts less than Leg A, and when on Leg B will be as now 5 watts more than Leg A). That last light on Leg B is a smaller focused spot that is rated for 20 watts but I replaced the bulb with an identically configured 10 watt bulb. I mounted this last spot on a board-on-board fence behind the slat using conduit to protect the cable from accidental damage and to keep curious critters from chewing on it. I mounted this spot in such a manner to cast light upon our preparation area for our outdoor kitchen, and therefore want it on only when activities require it, glare and other factors are an issue to not wish it on unless activities in the preparation area require it.

I was thinking some sort of DC rated switch, toggle type, but haven't been able to find one - where should I look? What specifications/ratings should I be looking for? Would I find what I need in automotive or HVAC supply sources? I'm thinking heavy duty and outdoor use ratings and year around (snow belt) use. With box and cover would I qualify for damp zone or do I need wet zone ratings? Are there any such items that would qualify for UL "systems" use?

Obviously, am in need of professional guidance here. This is for the patio lighting controls, which are all on their own occasional use transformer, the every day home, walkway and landscape lighting is all on another independant transformer.

Thanks in advance for your guidance, Paul!


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