Which Connector To Use?

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by MEXANDME, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. MEXANDME

    MEXANDME LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am working on a job where the existing lights and transformers (all Vista) are going to be re-used for a landscape re-design. All of the wire is being replaced.

    Because the existing lights are going to be re-used, there is some large gauge wire involved due to the length of some of the leads.

    What connector (or method) would you use to splice (3 ea # 8's together) or (2 ea #8's and 3 #12's together)?

    If you use copper split-bolt connectors, how do you waterproof them?

    Thanks!!!

    ROS
     
  2. Lite4

    Lite4 LawnSite Gold Member
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    For that many large cables, I would recomend the large nightscape connector (large brass barrel with heat shrink tubes.) You can fit the two 8's on one side and the three 12s on the other.
     
  3. Classic Lighting

    Classic Lighting LawnSite Senior Member
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    Also look at Lightingshrink.com
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  4. Richie@

    Richie@ LawnSite Member
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    If you use Split bolts get some 1 1/2 in wide 3m rubber tape also you can wrap over the rubber tape with a few layers of plastic tape.
     
  5. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Nightscaping ACE connector (Big ACE, ACE, Mini ACE) or Lightingshrink.com (which also offers 3 sizes) Trying to come up with a 'home made' waterproofing system will not serve you or your client very well over time.
     
  6. MEXANDME

    MEXANDME LawnSite Senior Member
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    Thanks for the replies!

    Today I ordered the crimping tool and an initial supply of connectors from Lightingshrink. I understand that the Yellow MAP gas is the best for shrinking.

    I welcome any comments/suggestions from any of you guys who are using this method/supplier.

    Thanks/regards,

    ROS
     
  7. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I would recommend you use propane rather than MAP. MAP burns hotter and the last thing you need on those shrink tubes is too much heat. Better to use propane with a low and slow flame, hold the torch about 5-6" away and be patient. You dont want to make the tubes or the wire jacket crispy.
     
  8. Richie@

    Richie@ LawnSite Member
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    I might get beat up - but a Heat Gun works fine if you don't mind dragging an extension cord around the property.
     
  9. Classic Lighting

    Classic Lighting LawnSite Senior Member
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    Let the beatdown begin:hammerhead:. Talk about cumbersome. I can hear the breaker popping from the amp draw on an extension cord right now.

    As James mentioned, use a propane torch. It's easy, convienent, and cheap.
     
  10. Richie@

    Richie@ LawnSite Member
    Posts: 187

    What ever blows your skirt up......
     

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