People often ask us if we will service their lighting system and perform routine maintenance on a semi-annual basis and annually for them. Quite often we are called by customers who have purchased lights from the Home Stores or Virtual Retailers.
They explain to me their lighting system has a black transformer and light fixtures which either a landscaper, a handyman, or they installed over the weekend. After 2-3 months their lamps (bulbs) start burning out. They say it all starts with the first light fixture closest to their transformer being extremely bright, and the last light on the run of lights illuminating a very dim glow.
When an entry level transformer is installed it comes with the ability to attach one or two lengths of wire.the wire is run from the transformer to the area they lit up. the run is called home-run #1. The light fixtures usually come with a 18″ wire lead exiting the fixture which the installer is expected to attach somewhere on home-run #1 anywhere from 10feet from the transformer to sometimes over 100 feet away from the transformer.
Usually the installer will cut the wire every 10 or 15 feet and clip or attach the lights on this run , bury the wire under the mulch, plug in the transformer which has a built in (not removal ) timer , and wait for the night. What actually happens on their 12 volt (low voltage ) lighting system is what we call the “Disposable Lighter Phenomenon”. Many lighting system components are built to last the duration of their warranty… 1 year !! Before you know it a year is up, the fixtures are rusting, the lamps are blowing, (if you noticed lights were out) and you replaced them 3 times that year. A 12 volt lighting systems’ lamps are designed to receive 12 volts. If the lamps get more or less power to them, they burn out prematurely.
The concept is equalization of power to all lamps. Ask Us ! Custom Lighting of America.