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Old 08-28-2013, 06:22 PM   #16
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For a temporary arrangement, I would be using flexable conduit,
Are you wanting to put cables under ground or flown thru tree's.
UF cable underground. 12in deep GFCI breaker.

Conduit loosely nailed to tree for sleeving...see original post...

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I can always split the circuit into 2 for lighting moods...
Or put it on dimmers?
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Or put it on dimmers?
The lights he linked to, should not be used with dimmers.
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The lights he linked to, should not be used with dimmers.
Good catch! Yes, the fixtures/lamps would have to be dimmable.
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Alrighty all. I picked up my 500ft roll of 14/2 UF cable, my 15a breaker, a GFCI outlet (it was cheaper than the breaker, just run it off the load side) and some 1/2" conduit and boxes. Going to do the install soon. I will post pics.

My local store did not have any of the floods left, and after reading some bad reviews, I'm kinda glad I didn't buy them yet.

So I'm buying 3 of these mercury vapor lights. I know if I install these, I'll never have to look at them again for a while. I remember seeing old merc. lights working year after year reliably with them old solid magnetic ballasts. I'm not looking for energy savings, I just want to put them up and not have to look at them again for a long time A lot of the fluorescent electronic stuff never lasts as long as it should, and your replacing it sooner than usual...

http://www.amazon.com/Heath-Zenith-S...+light+fixture
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You sure you want those lights? Mercury vapor was phased out years ago due to low efficiency. It also has bad color rendering that makes people look dead. Metal halide is way more efficient and has better color. The fixtures are about the same price. It's getting hard to find mercury vapor lamps anymore, too.
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You sure you want those lights? Mercury vapor was phased out years ago due to low efficiency. It also has bad color rendering that makes people look dead. Metal halide is way more efficient and has better color. The fixtures are about the same price. It's getting hard to find mercury vapor lamps anymore, too.
I originally looked for some 50w MH lights, but there aren't any under $50. Cheapest I've found is $67 each on eBay.
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I'm wondering how you intend to pull 300 feet of 14/2 w/g UF cable thru 1/2 inch conduit ?
You must be a glutton for punishment.
Even with gallons of pulling lube, it won't be easy.
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I'm wondering how you intend to pull 300 feet of 14/2 w/g UF cable thru 1/2 inch conduit ?
You must be a glutton for punishment.
Even with gallons of pulling lube, it won't be easy.
The conduit is just for sleeving above ground up into the boxes.

No way in hell would I try to pull UF completely through 1/2" conduit. It is being directly buried...12" deep GFCI protected
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I originally looked for some 50w MH lights, but there aren't any under $50. Cheapest I've found is $67 each on eBay.
If you look at cost per lumen, rather than per watt, you'll find that the MH is probably cheaper, or at least very close. It's certainly cheaper if you consider power costs. That 100W mercury fixture will produce about as much light as a 75W MH fixture. The mercury fixture is so cheap because they can't be legally imported or manufactured for sale in the US anymore.
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The mercury fixture is so cheap because they can't be legally imported or manufactured for sale in the US anymore.
I think there is already a ban enacted on the lamps (bulbs). None to be manufactured or imported after 1/1/16.

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