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Lighting Problems..

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by scraper69, Mar 15, 2005.

  1. scraper69

    scraper69 LawnSite Senior Member
    from mi
    Messages: 477

    I had two customers call within the last month stating that their lights (low voltage) are out.??? why? Both said that not all went out. 1 of 5 fixtures was still on. What could be the problem. (Weather/Snow/ Loose connect) These jobs were installed 2yrs ago. >> any suggestions THANKS.
  2. jreiff

    jreiff LawnSite Senior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 402

    What did you decide on doing for a truck?

    How about for hiring a couple of guys?
  3. scraper69

    scraper69 LawnSite Senior Member
    from mi
    Messages: 477

    Still waiting on both.. season is not even ready to begin.. buying time.

  4. scraper69

    scraper69 LawnSite Senior Member
    from mi
    Messages: 477

    Did anyone have any probs with lighting over the winter..?
  5. polecat63

    polecat63 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,655

    Check the connections. If only one light went out that would be my first guess. If they're not sealed, freezing could have seperated them. Also the bulb of course.
  6. jd boy

    jd boy LawnSite Member
    from nw ohio
    Messages: 173

    check the bulbs that are out. they can tell you some info. If the bulb looks black, that is a sign that you have a voltage problem. Get your voltmeter out and start testing!
    My guess since these systems have been in for 2 years is connections. Voltage problems don't just show up. It would however explain why there is only one light left working.

    If you had a deficit in voltage at your first light it will burn out quickly. When it burns out the next one will go and it will move right down the line.
  7. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,898

    D'oh!!!! If they have been in for 2 years, think about it..... Do you have any light bulbs in your house that have been in the same fixture for 2 years, and have been on for 8-12 hours per day??? Yeah, it's a sarcastic tone, not meant to offend.

    Bulbs burn out. Check the bulbs, then the connections! I would bet that the bulbs burned out. Generally they will probably need to be replaced yearly.

  8. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,332

    Dan's right..most of the 24W bulbs are rated at 1000 +/- hours life. Take some extra bulbs over, and see what happens. If not, refer to above, and check voltage down the runs, then connections last..
  9. D Felix

    D Felix LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,898

    You should be shooting for 9-11 volts at the bulb, BTW. This is why we have been using muliti-taps on most of our light jobs; it's easier to balance the voltage across the building/house.

  10. Gilla Gorilla

    Gilla Gorilla LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 923

    I was at a Vista Low Voltage lighting class the other day and the instructor said that if one bulb is burning out at around its average hour life span you might as well sell the customer all new light bulbs because you will be saving the extra service calls in the future for the customer.

    He also said to spray the back of the bulbs and the socket with silicone spray even on the new lamps rite out of the box. He said to take those apart and spray the brand new sockets also.

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