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    Lightscaping

    As mentioned in the Friday thread, I've been installing some landscaping lights around the yard as well as one in the fish pond, 28 so far. I haven't buried any of the cables yet as I wanted to wait until nightfall to check placement. I think I'm pretty close. Will probably be adding about 20-25 more lights, and another transformer, but I'm pretty happy with the results so far.



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    Looking really good, Darren. Are you using real connections or the clip-on quickie connections? (The quickie connections worked for me for 6 or 7 years at my last house, but the better ones last longer.)
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    I've always wondered...is the weather/rain etc. a problem with buried electrical wires? I mean, you're not running conduit everywhere, right?

    The lights look great BTW.
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    Darren, that looks amazing. I cannot imagine the work/effort to do this type of project. Are these in addition to security lighting or are they to do double duty and be for security reasons? At what point does a person turn on this type of lighting? When you are entertaining, or every evening?
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    Looking good
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    Boy, that will sure make the back yard that much nicer to spend time in during the summer months!
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    Very cool Darren.

    The previous owners had put in some lighting around the place by just burying regular hi-voltage romex. I don't trust that setup at all and have disabled all of them.

    I've been thinking of redoing them with low voltage, but am just not hyped about all the digging I'd have to do in to run the lines.
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    Nice, that's going to make for some relaxing night swims
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    Very cool Darren.

    The previous owners had put in some lighting around the place by just burying regular hi-voltage romex. I don't trust that setup at all and have disabled all of them.

    I've been thinking of redoing them with low voltage, but am just not hyped about all the digging I'd have to do in to run the lines.
    Can't you just use the old romex wires to carry your low voltage to the new low voltage light fixtures? If the romex goes phooie for some reason, all that would happen is the low voltage breaker would trip.

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    I suppose I could, if I wanted to save the old fixtures. But they are pretty beat up and if I was going to do it, I'd probably make some bigger changes as well.

    For example one of the 'features' is a shallow little water feature. It's really just a dished out area of the ground with a mound in the middle right under some trees. I'd ust as soon get rid of it and put in something else.

    So, like most project I would get myself into, it's one of those things that would probably snowball into something major...
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