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Dornier 10-07-2012 09:19 AM

Looking for techniques for an alternative to landscape lighting connectors
 
I am replacing some old wiring from the previous owners landscape lights.

Does anyone have any suggestions for DIY connectors for the lights and cable splitters?

The ones I have tried aren't really that great and the price is too high for what I got.

Shrink tubing, wire nuts, et al?

Just trying to keep from spending if I don't have too.

Thanks.

ddawg16 10-07-2012 11:25 AM

Well....it's low voltage so you can pretty much use what you want.

Do you have any splices that will be in the ground? As in....wire was too short so you had to extend it?

It at all possible, avoid splices.....the wire is pretty cheap.....if possible run a new wire from inside the light to the transformer....at the transformer....wire nuts are fine because the transformer should be in a dry protected area.

If you 'have' to put in a splice in the ground....I would solder and use heat shrink to seal it.....actually...heat shrink over the individual wires and then a larger one over the whole splice.

Dornier 10-07-2012 12:38 PM

Thanks.

No splices at at all so far.

I had been thinking since I posted; shrink tubing over soldered, then taped, might be better than involving a nut in some way.

AllanJ 10-07-2012 12:45 PM

Soldering makes the best connections. But you can use wire nuts as an alternative, in place of connectors that came with the kit and that you feel are too flimsy.

Do it yourself splices must not be buried. You need a box to enclose the splices, a waterproof box if undeground. The cover has to be accessible.

stickboy1375 10-07-2012 01:20 PM

http://www.landscapelightwerks.com/i...nd/2071std.jpg

This is the only way to splice low voltage wires that will pass the test of time in my opinion.

Dornier 10-07-2012 01:27 PM

That's a hex nut to tighten played together?

Dornier 10-07-2012 01:28 PM

Is that something you made?

Dornier 10-07-2012 01:29 PM

Never mind, I see the link now. Tubing over that?

stickboy1375 10-07-2012 07:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dornier (Post 1025896)
Never mind, I see the link now. Tubing over that?

Its called an ACE connector, and it gets heat shrinked, moisture is evil. :)

Mule98 10-07-2012 07:39 PM

ACE splice
 
Stickboy,
where can i get these connectors? the link wasn't on my page

stickboy1375 10-07-2012 07:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Mule98 (Post 1026094)
Stickboy,
where can i get these connectors? the link wasn't on my page

Just google 'Ace Connector'

Dornier 10-07-2012 07:50 PM

Does that ACE connector work on splices? I just realized I'll need to in order to branch of down two ends of a flower bed.

stickboy1375 10-07-2012 07:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dornier (Post 1026102)
Does that ACE connector work on splices? I just realized I'll need to in order to branch of down two ends of a flower bed.

Um, its made for splices, I dont understand your question?

Dornier 10-07-2012 07:58 PM

Ok. I was reading the page while walkin through an airport.

Made for splices. Made to be buried.

Got it.
Thanks.

Dornier 10-08-2012 05:56 PM

Have you used the ACE connectors that work with multiple wires?

I need to connect fixtures to the line in addition to a few splices.
Just wondering how the shrink tubing would work with a light's wire bending off to the side.


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