Splicing sizes

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by jbailey52, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. jbailey52

    jbailey52 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Hi Everyone... this has probably been brought up many times (and I am WAY to lazy to search through the threads) but since almost 95% of our lighting jobs are LED now, I have run into a problem. Generally on traditional systems, we would have spliced of lets say a 12g cable from the transformer, to the splice location with 4-6 16g fixture cables connecting..... now my question is, since the 12g cable can handle substantially more LED fixtures, how do you physically connect more fixtures to the homerun that goes to each tap on the transformer??
     
  2. GreenLight

    GreenLight LawnSite Senior Member
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    There are a lot of answers to this question. If you are simply looking to keep it all in one spot I suppose you could search for some extremely large connectors that might accomodate that or you could simply daisy chain or branch hub/Tee. Branch Hub/Tee method will keep all the voltages basically identical at every fixture as long as you keep the jumper wires from the homerun to the fixtures the same length and don't manipulate your fixture leads... Example below.

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  3. S&MLL

    S&MLL LawnSite Senior Member
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    Is this a serious question? Merry xmas lawnsite
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  4. Classic Lighting

    Classic Lighting LawnSite Senior Member
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    Haha, great response. To the OP, try to limit the number of connection points. More connections equals a higher chance of problems with the system. Merry Christmas
     
  5. jbailey52

    jbailey52 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Your obviously one of the know it all guys....

    I suppose these forums are not for us to look for better techniques in our trade? I am experienced, ( oh and have a licensed NJ electrician on our team, do you?) I was simply asking what everyones preference was to accomodate the growing number of lines that a homerun can physically handle since wattage and amp draw are almost a non-issue with LEDs
     
  6. S&MLL

    S&MLL LawnSite Senior Member
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    It was an extremely silly question imho. And im glad you have a licensed ec on staff. So since you pay him atleast 75k a year i would ask him this question
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