How To Make A Low Voltage Lighting Connection

How To Make A Low Voltage Lighting Connection


The Achilles’ heel in a low voltage lighting
system is often the type of connection chosen. Back in the days of halogen, when you wanted
to use a robust, tight wire connection that minimized the occurrence of low-grade arcing
which often melted down the wire connection. Now as you move towards the LED products you
want to use a high grade, high quality connection to ensure that moisture doesn’t get into the
system over time. Let me show you how to make a proper wire
connection. Today what I want to illustrate is the crimp canister style of wire connection.
It’s easy to use, it’s easy to install, and it’s one of the least problematic connections
that we have available. What we do, we strip our wire back. On the bottom of the connection
there’s three holes. These holes allow for the wires to insert up from the fixtures and
the feed coming in. We also have a third hole if this was an inline connection and we’re
continuing on to another fixture. This being the end fixture, this is the last connection.
Now you need one connection for hot and one connection for common 120. Got ribbed
on ribbed. You got to be careful. You want to always be careful that you don’t strip
any of the wire strands out, the individual wire strands. Now that we’ve got our wire
stripped we fan them out and integrate the individual wires together. We call this making
the butterfly. What I like to do on the end of the run on the last fixture is fold that
wire over rather than cut it off to give me the maximum amount of copper I can shove into
this crimped sleeve. It’s a nice neat finish. Now this is the Buchanan C24 crimp tool. It’s
made specifically for a crimp canister-type connection. What it does is this canister,
this crimp tool, squeeze on all four sides at one time, giving you one of the tightest
connections you’re going to have available to you in low voltage lighting. This is a
bulletproof connection. Now what you can do is come back with the
gel. This is a gel-filled canister and it has little ears, little tabs on it. There’s
a groove on the inside of the canister that seals this connection. Once we know our voltages
are correct and we’re ready to bury the connection, we just push this connection in. Those ears
lock in and won’t allow the connection to be pushed back out. That’s a quality connection.


3 thoughts on “How To Make A Low Voltage Lighting Connection

  1. can someone tell me please when irrigation people and do lighting like a plumber doing electrical work makes no sense and I don't think it should be done that way stick to your own profession

  2. This video is useful. Before, my low voltage lights would stop working periodically because of bad connections. However, my crimp connections have been perfectly reliable. It is a little trickier to remove the wire insulation midway along the line if you have multiple lights along the line. A wire stripper won't work, so I used a utility knife. Overall, the Dryconn Dry-Crimp Filled Connectors are a great product that is a major improvement over the flimsy plastic connectors that lighting manufacturers include with their products.

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