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Old 10-07-2012, 08:19 AM   #1
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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.

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Old 10-07-2012, 10:25 AM   #2
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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.
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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.
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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.
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This is the only way to splice low voltage wires that will pass the test of time in my opinion.
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That's a hex nut to tighten played together?
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Is that something you made?
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Never mind, I see the link now. Tubing over that?
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Never mind, I see the link now. Tubing over that?
Its called an ACE connector, and it gets heat shrinked, moisture is evil.
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Stickboy,
where can i get these connectors? the link wasn't on my page
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where can i get these connectors? the link wasn't on my page
Just google 'Ace Connector'
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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.
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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?
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Ok. I was reading the page while walkin through an airport.

Made for splices. Made to be buried.

Got it.
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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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