If you want to maintain your system like a pro here is your homeowner's guide to professional landscape light maintenance. These steps are copied almost verbatim from our technician-training manual.
Landscape light systems run on 12 volt AC power. Make sure you have purchased bulbs that are rated for AC (not DC). If you have a multi-tap transformer and are not familiar with it read our transformer articles before you begin. 300-Watt Multi-Tap Transformer interior view. Click to enlarge. Once you’re ready to go check your transformer to make sure the connections are secure and all of the strands are firmly secure in the taps. If there are issues they must be corrected as loose or faulty connections can present a safety hazard and cause a fire. While you’re at it check any hub that you may have on your system. They must have firm, secure connections. If necessary re-strip the wire and establish new connections.
Go from fixture to fixture and make note of which is working and which isn’t (we’ll determine the problem later). As you travel make note of a few additional things:
Now that you have a general understanding of what needs to be done you will need to work your way through your property and take care of each fixture as you go. Before you begin make sure power is turned off. Leaving the power connected can lead to serious injury. Make sure the bulbs are cool before you get started.
You now have a choice of repeating this process from fixture to fixture and powering the system at the end or powering the system after each fixture has been maintained.
If you are working in a group a long way from the transformer you may want to tackle the group and then power the system to make sure the lights work. If you have the time and energy you may want to power the system after you maintain each fixture. The reason I bring this up is if you have fixtures that were not working before you began your maintenance, the problem might not be your bulb. If you check each fixture by powering the system after each one you’ll have an easier time determining the problem. [caption id="attachment_343" align="alignright" width="225"] Waterproof silicone filled wire nuts are necessary for a long-term connection.If it happens that you still have a fixture that doesn’t work after doing the maintenance and installing a bulb you may have a problem with the connection where the fixture lead connects with the power line. Find the connection, if you have ‘clips’ then jiggle them. The fixture may flicker indicating a 'bad' connection. Clips are notorious for failing after a few years. Cut them out and replace them with waterproof wire nuts. If the connection isn't the problem, make sure you have power to this location through your home-run line. Use your voltmeter for this. If you don’t have power then you’ll need to backtrack until you find the cut/break. If you do have power connect your fixture and you should be good to go. If you have power and the fixture still doesn’t work then you probably have a bad wire in the fixture and or a bad ceramic seat/socket. Repairing these issues is possible but beyond the scope of this post. Finally, before you leave make sure the timer is set correctly and make sure the photo cell works by covering it for a few minutes.
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Homeowner's Guide to Professional Landscape Light Maintenance
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