Register free!
Search
 
     

Click for Weather
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 02-27-2006, 05:11 PM
sundancerz sundancerz is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Las Vegas
Posts: 3
Connecting Low Voltage lighting

Can low voltage lighting be connected in series or does it have to be connect in parallel? I'm thinking wiring in series....that the bulbs (7 watt) won't be big enough to pass enough power to work the rest of the lights correctly. Just wondering if anyone has ever tried it.(wiring in series that is)
Thanks
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 02-27-2006, 05:27 PM
Splicer's Avatar
Splicer Splicer is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Blanchester, Ohio
Posts: 995
Yes you wire low voltage lighting in series. If you didn't you would blow all the 7 watt bulbswith the 24watt transformer not to mention all the additional wiring.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-27-2006, 06:56 PM
sundancerz sundancerz is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Las Vegas
Posts: 3
Quote:
Yes you wire low voltage lighting in series.
Thanks for the reply splicer but don't you have that backwards? The manufacturers all show low voltage hooking up in a parallel scheme which is why I wondered about wiring them in series. (I figured it would give it a constant flow)
Name:  image33.gif
Views: 350
Size:  18.1 KB
Name:  image34.gif
Views: 346
Size:  19.9 KB
I realize the examples are for speaker but it workings are the same.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-27-2006, 07:29 PM
YardPro's Avatar
YardPro YardPro is offline
LawnSite Gold Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: coastal NC
Posts: 3,567
Quote:
Originally Posted by Splicer
Yes you wire low voltage lighting in series. If you didn't you would blow all the 7 watt bulbswith the 24watt transformer not to mention all the additional wiring.
dude... by that comment, i see that you have no understanding of how electricity works, especially low voltagelighting
__________________
dingo tx425 and lots of attachments.
8 Vehicles
5 trailers
bobcat T200
way too much other crap
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-27-2006, 08:23 PM
Venturewest's Avatar
Venturewest Venturewest is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Rocky Mountains!
Posts: 496
Low voltage lighting systems are designed at 12 volts. The latest UL standard wont allow transformers that produce more that 15 volts.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-27-2006, 08:33 PM
mgm mgm is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: DFW , Texas
Posts: 44
No one really has a complete understanding of "how electricity works " I think wiring methods may be an appropriate response.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 02-27-2006, 08:43 PM
NightScenes's Avatar
NightScenes NightScenes is offline
LawnSite Silver Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Kingsland, Texas
Posts: 2,194
You would not want to wire these systems in series because, if one of the lamps burns out, it would kill the rest of the circuit and therefore send too much voltage to the first lamps and cause them to blow from too much voltage. Also, with low voltage you have a large amp load. The lamps could not handle that load, you would burn out a lamp pretty quickly and then kill most, if not all of the circuit.
__________________

Paul R Gosselin, Sr., CLVLT(#0632)
NightScenes Corporation
Director, AOLP
www.night-scenes.com
www.facebook.com/NightScenes
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 02-27-2006, 08:44 PM
mgm mgm is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: DFW , Texas
Posts: 44
Wire your lights using figure # 2 in the diagram.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 02-27-2006, 08:48 PM
mgm mgm is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: DFW , Texas
Posts: 44
If you wired the circuit in series and one lamp burned out - the circuit can not provide power to any other light - the path will be incomplete. If that happened the rest of the lamps will not light - no harm done.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 02-27-2006, 09:24 PM
Pro-Scapes's Avatar
Pro-Scapes Pro-Scapes is offline
LawnSite Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: South Mississippi
Posts: 4,224
isnt that called Series parralell. Definatly dont just string them along as paul stated or you will have the christmas lights syndrom Along with many other problems as he stated.

I really like the hub meathod of wiring. As to the guy that said you would blow a 7 watt bulb with a 24 watt trans ?????? where you getting 24 watt transformers. The bulb if its 7 watts will draw just that. Its not like a speaker with an amplifier which the amp has a variable output as volume increases or decreases. I dont like the speaker schematic. Try looking up one at Cast-lighting.com Its all good just either wire it to a hub or wire it like Paul said.

Last edited by Pro-Scapes; 02-27-2006 at 09:29 PM.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump






Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:47 AM.

Page generated in 0.09833 seconds with 8 queries