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Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by Zohan, Jun 24, 2013.
Have you ever used that little square garden light?
I am with Tim on this... Post lights are the way to go. Nightscaping copper post lights WM-3535-CU with 7w 5000hr xenon lamps. Doesn't matter if hollow or not, the post light makes people so happy it's worth the effort. All of those small LED marker lights cause glare and look like crap IMO. If you are set on that look the try in-lite, but .... Yuck.
Does anything from Garden Light carry the necessary electrical listings? Doesn't show up on their "specs"
I agree on the post lights, but no room inside to run wire.....unless you have any tricks?
How tall are the posts? Long drill bit.....halfway down and halfway up.
Eazy queazy or whatever.
Search the forum. The best techniques for wiring existing posts have been covered many times. Milled trims, diagonal drilling and dado channels are the most popular.
Zohan, James mentioned several ways to run and hide wire but I was under the impression that these posts were wood 4x4 covered by a vinyl sleeve.
If that is correct, I don't think the aforementioned techniques could be used.
Please give clarification om construction of the posts.
If there is a little gap, could you ream it out with one of those long flexible drill bits? I think they are almost 4' long. ( I have one in my truck for drilling under sidewalks and pulling a single cable back through). You would only need to make it wide enough for an #18 wire. I'm with James, it would be worth the effort to go this route over other effects. If it is completely locked up inside you could always mount some external square channel on the back side of the post and run your cable down. A quick dab of paint to match or slightly blend it would do the trick. Eyebrow light (pick any one) with the Illumicare rotatable bi-pin lamp.
Yes the posts are solid 4x4 with the vinyl sleeve, with really no room to run a wire...
The reason I posted was to get some ideas, and I like the idea of reaming it out with a long bit, enough for the 18g wire....my hesitation would be the bit grabbing and twisting and coming out through the vinyl, if i were to try to ride the side of the 4x4. I guess I could just use the long bit to drill down the center of the 4x4 and out the bottom.....
Get a 4' long x 1/2" dia ships auger bit made for you at a tool and die maker. They will weld on the tool steel extension for you. Then use a very heavy duty ( I have a 1.5 HP Metabo 1" Drill) drill. Pop the caps, line up plumb and have at it. Go Slow, clean out the bit a lot and be careful to keep plumb. Easy Peasy.