Low voltage landscape lighting questions

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Old 04-03-17, 08:11 AM
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Low voltage landscape lighting questions

I have had these http://a.co/57pBdnr cheap low voltage floods for years and frustrated by individual ones going out regularly/weekly for one reason or another. Also my wife sees some other homes in our neighborhood which have better lighting coverage.

Issues I have:
-bulbs blow
-bulbs go out but come back on if I wiggle them in socket
-crimp connectors fail
-doesn't look as nice as neighbors

What I have tried:
-installed new floodlight fixtures of same type and new cable but the crimp connectors still fail some
-LED replacement bulbs http://a.co/iNf94ne, these are working better but had to get 4W bulbs, first batch weren't bright enough. The LED bulb color temperature are kind of cool still, I usually like really warm yellow
-ordered some of these http://a.co/7fzlgc4, but how to connect them since they don't have crimp? Wire nuts? Seems like a lot of cutting/splicing and wet connections

So what do the pros use and how do they wire them for reliable long term use???

Thanks!
 

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Old 04-03-17, 06:08 PM
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Since it is 12vdc, you won't have the worries of line voltage. However any leak of current can affect downline lighting. I usually will use wire nuts with silicone shot inside them before I attach them. The silicone will help insulate against water infiltration and current leaks.
 
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Old 04-03-17, 06:27 PM
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Yeah... the replacement plug-in LED bulbs in the crappy fixtures can try your patience.
Much better to replace the fixture with an LED type.

I do the same as Larry. I use regular #12 low voltage lighting wire and gel filled wirenuts.
They come already filled with gel and are considered a one-use item. They don't get re-used.
Install the wirenuts with the open end down and they will last a long time.

DryConn Large Waterproof Wire Connectors - Aqua/Blue - The Home Depot

DryConn Medium Waterproof Wire Connectors - Aqua/Red - The Home Depot
 
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Thanks guys, will give those a try!
 
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