Why King's Direct Burial Wires?

King's Direct burial wire is specifically designed for low voltage landscape lighting. These wires improve the performance of your low voltage transformer. When used with a quality transformer, they will last much longer than standard wire and they are also easier to install.

The direct burial wire is a good choice for landscape lighting as it does not require a junction box or conduit. It is installed directly into the ground and connects to the low voltage transformer. This transformer will convert the line voltage to the low voltage necessary to power the landscape lighting system.

About Direct Burial Wires

Landscape lighting commonly uses 10-, 12-, 14-, or 16-gauge cables. For long distances, we prefer 12-gauge or 10-gauge wire. This is done to avoid voltage drops. As you travel further away from the transformer and its power supply, the circuit becomes more resistant, lowering the voltage.


To avoid disturbing the wires while mowing or performing other yard work, bury them 6 to 12 inches below the surface. Replace the sod, tamp it down with your foot to reseat it, and place the wires in the trench. Backfill with the dirt you removed.


The wire gets bigger as the # gauge gets smaller, therefore 14 gauge is bigger/thicker than 16 gauge.


Light-duty extension cords with a rating of 13 amps are made of 16-gauge wire. Light fixtures, lamps, and lighting circuits of 15 amps are all 14-gauge. 12-gauge wire is utilized in the kitchen, bathroom, outdoor receptacles, and 20-amp 120-volt air conditioners.


The wire is buried underground and can endure a long time if it is not damaged by lawn equipment or other similar activities. We'll call it a twenty-year average. Fixtures have a ten-year average lifespan due to the various materials used.


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