View Full Version : Help finding 8-2 wire

02-11-2010, 05:04 PM

I am looking to purchase 10 feet of 8-2 landscape wire because I have to move an already installed landscape light.

I have searched everywhere including local stores and unless you need 100' or more cant be found.

Any idea where I can buy just 10' of 8-2 landscape wire?


02-11-2010, 10:14 PM
use 2 pieces of 16-2

02-12-2010, 10:53 AM
using 2 pieces of 16-2 will not result in the same resistance, it will be quite a bit higher which is not what I want.

I could use two pieces of 10-2 but finding 10' of that is just as hard. Using 2 12-2 is close as well and I guess if I can't find 8-2 is what I will use.

Given that I'm running 10', 300W at ~12V here's what I think it looks like:

8G 0.15V drop
10G 0.25V
12G 0.4V
14G 0.625

Using 2 wires will cut the voltage drop in half.


02-12-2010, 06:39 PM
I don't care what you use.

02-12-2010, 10:34 PM
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02-12-2010, 10:36 PM
Nice reply moron. If you don't know what your talking about, and obviously you don't, you shouldn't be offering up answers.
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02-13-2010, 10:18 AM
says the guy who cant find 10ft of wire.

02-13-2010, 11:18 AM
As expected another idiotic response. Thanks to another member if this forum I found what I needed. Use two 16-2... Know that's funny. How do you come up with that? Let me guess 8 x 2 = 16??
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02-13-2010, 09:51 PM

I am trying to understand why you need 8/2 for one landscape light? I have never seen a 300 watt fixture on the low volt side. What is the wattage of the lamp in the fixture you are moving and have you taken a voltage reading to see how much available voltage you have to work with currently. I am just saying because I rarely ever use any lamp over 35watts in any of my fixtures and you wouldn't need anything bigger than 12/2 really to simply add onto a fixture to move it. Your voltage drop is negligable at that distance and load.

02-15-2010, 02:01 AM
300 watts at 12 volts is 25 amps Thats a lot for parallel 16's

02-15-2010, 02:06 AM
14g @ 10ft with 68 degree temp at 25 amps is a drop of 1.3 volts.
Go to lowes and get 8g thhn stranded and be done.