Wire Connections Make the Difference
Landscape light wire sits in moisture. Quick connects do not last. The connection area receives moisture, connection becomes poor. The new mechanical wire strippers allow the following connection be easy and fast. If it seems like over kill; at least you know your connections are strong and will last.
Cutting off the crimp connector.
This connector came on the fixture. It uses piercing the landscape wire to hit the coper braid in the wire. it relies on a thin tooth to enter the wire where the copper connector is. Overall a connection is made.
The hand strip and hand twist is many times more robust and reliable.
Strip twist, and tape or water proof wire nut connectors. Best to strip at least 1 1/2 inch. Twist the wires neat and tight as possible. Tape real well. With wire nuts, snip the twisted copper to length.
New style wire stripper makes the work of stripping heavy wire easier.
The unit works well on larger wire, but presents issues when attempting to strip stranded wire 22 gauge and smaller.
Most fixtures connection wire is a little thin for this size stripper.
IRWIN VISE-GRIP 2078300 Self-Adjusting Wire Stripper, 8"
Landscape wire is stranded
Twist wire clockwise.
Twist individually before connecting with another wire.
Twisted together, this make for a tough connection. Wire laid out in garden areas gets some abuse from general landscape maintenance.
Using wire nuts, snip twisted connection to length for wire nut. Use the hand stripped, hand twisted connections for a robust install. Wire nuts don't twist the wire properly by them self. The procedure shown here will save lots of maintenance time in future.
Snip the twisted pair to length for wire nuts.
Best light output from your installation of outdoor lighting, depends on strong and reliable connections.
Your low voltage landscape wire lays in the ground, where moisture collects.
Far better than the quick connects; better connection that will hold up over time.