Does low voltage landscape wiring need to be in conduit

Old 10-26-15, 10:08 AM
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Does low voltage landscape wiring need to be in conduit

Hi guys,

I'm planning run some low-voltage landscape wires beneath a deck, and into a planter box, and have a few questions:

1. Do I need to run the wires in conduit beneath the deck?

2. I was planning to use UF/UF-B 12/2. But it looks like most people are using the following. Is this the low-voltage equivalent of UF/UF-B?

3. The wire above is rated for direct burial. But can I just bury it in the planter box to a depth of say 6"? (I know that line voltage

Old 10-26-15, 01:06 PM
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Low voltage wiring is treated a little differently than 120v wiring.

You do not need to put the wire in conduit under your deck. It should be fastened so that it's not hanging down and getting caught on things. You need to take reasonable care so that the wire is protected from damage.

That 12-2 low voltage wiring is nice to work with but has gotten expensive to use. I still use 12-2 UF for a lot of my low voltage lighting. The biggest difference with the cables is that the UF is harder to work with. It doesn't allow itself to quick and easy splices. If you need to let it lay on the ground then the low voltage cable is a must as UF will never lay flat.

Keep the wire buried towards the back of the planter so that it doesn't get cut and bring it forward where needed...... or keep the wiring along the front..... depends where the lights are going.

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