Where to install landscape lighting transformer?
Landscape lighting is a great way to beautify your property, but if you’re not careful, you could end up with a big mess. This guide will help you where to install your landscape lighting transformer safely and correctly.
We are often asked how to install a landscape lighting transformer. The best way to do this is to first ensure that you have the correct transformer. If you do not have the right transformer then you should not attempt to install it. In order to install a landscape lighting transformer correctly you first need to determine where to install the transformer. There are a number of different places you can install your transformer, here are some of the most common:
Ground Mounted Transformer:
– A transformer that is mounted on the ground, usually on a concrete slab, or on the wall or pillar. This is the most common type of transformer.
Set the transformer in the approximate location where it’s going to be hung. You must maintain at least 12 inches of clearance between the bottom of the transformer and the ground. Use a pencil to mark the top hole. In the top hole that you mark, use a hammer drill and drill a hole about 1 inch deep. Then take a masonry anchor and screw, insert them in the hole and set them in place. Thread in the anchor screw and leave about a 1/8th inch gap so that the transformer can be hung on the screw.
With the transformer hanging vertically, mark the bottom hole. Slide the transformer aside and now drill the hole for the bottom anchor sleeve. Put your masonry anchor and screw together, put them in the hole and secure it down with the screwdriver. With the bottom screw in place, you can now secure down the top screw for the transformer.
With the transformer in place, measure how much wire will be needed to go up inside the transformer, then cut off the excess.
Under Ground Transformer:
– A transformer that is buried under the ground. This is not as easy as it sounds, as you need to dig up the entire area around the transformer, this is not something that is done by a layman.