Brass Bully “Family” MR16 Well Lights Installation Guide

Brass Bully “Family” MR16 Well Lights Installation Guide


Hey, Tim from VOLT lighting. Today we wanna talk about how to to install
the Brass Bully well light. The Brass Bully is a great light it also comes
with three different tops other than the one I’m showing you right here. So we want to take a few minutes and go over
how each and individual top can best be utilized, as well as how to install it properly. The Brass Bully is a great light for illuminating
architecture. We’ll will begin the installation by carefully
raking back the mulch from the surface of the digging area where the light will be placed. When positioning the Brass Bully up-light
plant material can be a factor; however, for best results try to position the fixture evenly
between the outside edge of the wall and the windowsill. Then from the center of the wall measure back
approximately 12 inches from the wall and place a flag or marker of some kind in the
ground. This is going to be the center of our light
fixture. Okay, well lets get this light installed. The First step we need to do is excavate the
hole where it is going to be placed. now I prefer the pulse hole digger for this
because its just a little bit easier because it makes a little clearer hole and makes it
just easier to get the dirt out bottom. Now if your like me and you happen to live
in an area with heavy clay soils that retain moisture, your going to want to dig your hole
to a depth of about 10-12 inches deep. When using recessed in-ground fixtures its
always a good idea to try to mitigate water from around the light. Now I like to use Pea gravel to give a place
for the water to run off to quickly. I will then set the fixture on the Pea gravel
and fill around it making sure I leave about two to three inches of the fixture sticking
out above of the ground. Continue move Pea gravel around the fixture
until it is firmly packed into place. You can now spread your mulch back around
the fixture and because we left the fixture standing out about two to three inches out
of the ground it will now sit level in the mulch. Okay, now I’m going to give you a tip if you
want to install this light like the pros. What you are going to need is a piece of black
PVC or white PVC pipe. Thats 4-inch outside diameter and is about
10 to 12 inches long it doesn’t really matter. The key point of this is that you will feed
the wire down through the pipe and the body of the light sits right inside. The benefit of this is when this is in the
ground the light is going to sit nice and flush and steady and will never get knocked
out of position. Thats the beauty of it. four inch OD pipe get it at Home Depot, Lowes
pretty much any garden center. So if you want to do it like the pros, here
you go. We will locate and excavate for the fixture
as we did before. Only this time we are gunna tuck the cable
feeding the power to the light inside this sleeve and place it into the hole. Now it is important to make sure the top of
the sleeve pipe is standing a good three inches above the surrounding soil so we have room
for mulch. Now, lets get some of that Pea gravel and
we want to backfill it around the pipe so we can stabile it and able to lock it into
place. Used a small torpedo level to roughly level
the sleeve pipe in place. Now it doesn’t need t be perfect at this point. Connect the fixture to the lead wire inside
the sleeve and tuck everything back inside. You can now test fit the fixture to the sleeve
pipe. Here is a profile view to show you height
of the sleeve pipe and how well the brass bowling nestles inside. With the fixture in place I like to add just
a touch of soil around the fixture and tamp it into place firmly. Even if this fixture accidentally gets kicked
or bumped it will not get moved out of place. Because of the tamping we did may have moved
the pipe slightly out of place we need to do a final check for level and slightly adjust
as necessary. With the fixture standing a good three inches
out of the ground it will now sit level with the mulch when we backfill. All that is left is to install the lamp. With the screws loosened remove the brass
top and rubber seal below it together, being careful to not get any dirt or grit onto the
gasket seal. insert your choice of lamp, I’m using a three
watt 60 degree LED. The socket of the Brass Bully rest on a swing
assembly that allows you to adjust the angle at which the lamp shines. For architecture like this though pointing
straight up is the best don’t angle the lamp toward the wall at all. While you have the fixture open it is a good
idea to take a screwdriver and just make sure that the screws are firmly set that hold the
socket assembly in place. I can now replace the top back onto the fixture. Now it is very important to be sure that the
seal between the fixture body and the top rubber gasket seal is free of grit and dirt. Line up the screws over their holes and begin
to gently screw them down into place about three quarters of the way. Now your doing to use an alternating or opposing
pattern so the top gets screwed down evenly. Use a screwdriver to manually snug them into
place. There is absolutely no need to over tighten
these screws. As you can see the Brass Bully does a wonderful
job at even illumination from the bottom of the wall all the way to the top. As I said there is four types of heads, the
one you saw us install is the shielded model. This one right here is the open model. The Brass Bully open model is used for general
uplighting when glare is not really a concern. Such as when it is placed behind plant material. Use the shielded modeled when direct glare
is a concern. The next selection is the Brass Bully Grate. The BrassBully Grate is used in uplighting
situations that typically need to handle the abuse and ware of foot traffic. These are typically set on concrete or pavers. And our Last selection is the Brass Bully
Beacon. The Brass Bully Beacon is used for illuminating
horizontal surfaces such as sidewalks and docks. The top of the fixture has a white coating
that is designed to reflect the lighting of the powerful MR16 lamp and project it across
a flat surface. When installing the Brass Bully Beacon there
is one important tip to keep in mind, it is a good idea to aim the lamp slightly back
toward the white reflector. Now this parabolic feature of the Bully Beacon
will scoop up the light and send it out the front. If regular path lights are not really your
thing and you desire a more low-profile way to illuminate your walkway give the Brass
Bully Beacon a try, I think you will be pleased. Alright, well thats gunna wrap up this segment
on the Brass Bully fixture, hopefully now you are a little more confident on how to
install this fixture correctly. Once again we want to thank you for watching
and if you have any questions contact us at landscape lighting world directly on the web
at VOLTlighting.com


One thought on “Brass Bully “Family” MR16 Well Lights Installation Guide

  1. I just ordered some lights from you guys and am looking forward to getting them soon. I had a question in regards to this video: why not install the led bulb prior to putting the light in the ground? Just curious:-)

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