My wife really wants about four landscape lights along our front walkway
to our house. She bought cheap ones a couple of times, but they are
I'm thinking about buying individual lights and rigidly mounting them on
conduit or PVC tubing. (The diagram below will not work if your news
reader is not displaying text in a fixed font.)
*** **** ** * <----LIGHT
* ** **** **** ** *
-*------------------*----- GROUND LEVEL
* *************************** <---CONDUIT
Here is one type of light that I'm considering: http://tinyurl.com/mxku8d
My questions are, what size pipe are the light "heads" typically mounted
on? Should I use conduit, copper pipe, or PVC for the conduit? As I hope
you can see from the diagram above, part of the conduit will be buried.
The standard for these kind of lights is 1/2" pipe but it is a
straight cut thread, not pipe taper. Pipe taper will still screw in
You could use the threaded PVC riser pipe like they use in sprinklers,
bump up to schedule 80 pipe nipples or get galvanized nipples.
I yse solar ones at my cabin driveway, If you replace origibal cheap
ewchargeable batteris with industrial, mil-spec grade ones, they last
quite long. My lights out there are ~4 years old and still working fine.
OK, you're tired of using junk, then you link to more junk. If you want good
stuff, that will last, and work, use line voltage, mount them to PVC
landscape lighting posts, and wire them with UF cable. I would recommend
fixtures that use Edison bases,(even low voltage) and avoid MR16 and other
if you are using low voltage, personal preference will give you many
choices. consider your climate, soil, rainfall, snowfall, lawnmowing,
snowblowing, and possible damage when you trip or drive over them. if
you choose instead to use 110v you need to follow the electrical code
that applies to your zipcode. -b
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