Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Electrical

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 08-24-2012, 07:43 PM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 2
Share |
Default

12 volt landscape lighting help


My problem is with existing wire that was left by the last owner. It is a very long run to the front of the property, about 300 feet and under the driveway so i was really hopefully that I could use it. It is 10 gauge and 3 separate runs. I found all the wires on the other side of the driveway. However, when i hook them up to the transformer, nothing works. I have tried one by one and still no power, there is 12 volts at the transformer and at the entry point at the driveway. But nothing for all 3 on the other side. All the other existing wire works fine, it is not very old at all and looks in good shape. Is there something that i am overlooking? Or anyway to be able to tell for sure what is wrong. Any suggestions would be appreciated

BARCAT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2012, 07:50 PM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Cairns Australia
Posts: 2,442
Default

12 volt landscape lighting help


Either those wires you have found are NOT the correct wires !
Or the wires are damaged and / or burnt out !

Perhaps you should ask the previous owner,
they should be able to tell you whats what !
This would save you a lot of time !

dmxtothemax is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2012, 07:57 PM   #3
Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 2
Default

12 volt landscape lighting help


Thanks. They almost have to be the correct wires, it runs into the middle of a circular driveway and there is nothing else there. I am sure they could be burnt out as you said, i was surprised at least one didn't work. There is a junction box with a landscaping company name i found so maybe they may have done the work, worth it to try them for sure.
BARCAT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2012, 08:43 PM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 89
Default

12 volt landscape lighting help


Maybe do a continuity check of each run to verify the wires you find on one side of the driveway are the same wires you find on the other side.

Is it possible you have the runs crossed?

If they are the wires, and you get no power out, then they are probably no longer useable.

Kind of hackish, but maybe if you can get two good wires between the 3 cables, you could use those? Like I said - hackish.
parman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-24-2012, 08:52 PM   #5
E2 Electrician
 
stickboy1375's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Litchfield, CT
Posts: 4,928
Default

12 volt landscape lighting help


You could be missing a junction box... or the wires are in fact no good, or a million other reasons... you need to verify the conductors... plain and simple. nothing we can do here to help you.
stickboy1375 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Solar Landscape Lighting - Any generate REAL light? 99altrade Landscaping & Lawn Care 4 08-02-2011 12:15 PM
LED lamps for landscape lighting rjniles Electrical 2 02-04-2011 09:51 PM
12 Volt lighting AC or DC johnr9q Electrical 20 11-21-2010 01:12 PM
DIY low-voltage landscape lighting?? kooshball Electrical 1 03-23-2010 05:36 PM
Help me pick out landscape lighting vanamc Landscaping & Lawn Care 3 05-04-2009 08:49 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.