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High Voltage?

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by Travisty, Apr 13, 2006.

  1. Travisty

    Travisty LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    Hey guys,
    Had a guy call me out the other day for a small job in his backyard. Quick job so I gave him the bid and he asked me to take a look at the front yard lights that weren't working at all. Problem was it's line voltage. I told him I couldn't do anything with it because It was line voltage and I'm not an electrician. I did pull one of the covers to see if he was even getting power to Ballasts and photocell. I pulled the ballast to check the power and it was packed full of Fireants.!! When I say packed I mean the whole thing had a nest in it. I check the others and every one of them had a nest in it.
    So two questions first; Is this common??
    Second; He said he was having to change the par38's on the house all the time. Is it illegal for me to unscrew and screw new lights in to these sockets?
    I know it sounds stupid, but I want to do everything by the book.

    I guess I do have a third question... He was buying the spots from Home Depot. Are these bulbs lower hours than a better quality lamp?

    Travis Schiffner
  2. Travisty

    Travisty LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    Sorry to keep posting but I thought of one other question.
    Does a 50watt Par38 put out a lot more light than a MR16 LV 50watt?
    the reason for my question is that everyone I keep putting lighting in for is comparing my stuff to every other house around them with line voltage.

    Travis Schiffner
  3. eskerlite

    eskerlite LawnSite Member
    Messages: 222

    The mr -16 50 watt flood is approx, 3 times brighter than 50 watt 120 volt. Its part of the low voltage advantage. 1/3 the watts at the meter.

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