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How to Properly Install a Total Light TL-DL-150-CB Brass Deck Light

Total Light Pro Grade Deck Light TL-DL150-CB


When it comes to deck lighting, the Total Light DL-150-CB Brass Deck Light stands out as a popular choice for its durability, aesthetic appeal, and ease of installation. Whether you're a seasoned DIY enthusiast or a novice homeowner, this comprehensive guide will walk you through the step-by-step process of properly installing the Total Light DL-150-CB Brass Deck Light, ensuring a well-lit and inviting outdoor space for relaxing or entertaining, day or night. So, let's shed some light on how to transform your deck into a stunning and functional oasis.

Tools Needed:

Before we dive into the installation process, let's gather the necessary tools to ensure a smooth and successful installation:

  1. Pencil
  2. Wire strippers
  3. Drill
  4. Measuring tape
  5. Mounting screws
  6. Outdoor/waterproof Wire Connectors

Carefully Measure and Pick the Fixture Location

The first step in installing your Total Light DL-150-CB Brass Deck Light is to carefully measure and select the ideal location for the fixture. Consider the desired lighting effect and the specific area you want to illuminate. Take into account any existing structures or obstructions that may affect the installation. Once you have determined the perfect spot, mark it with a pencil.

Remove the Face of the Fixture

To begin the installation process, you need to remove the face of the fixture from the rear mounting bracket. Locate the two set screws on each side of the fixture. Loosen these screws to detach the face from the mounting bracket. By gripping the edge of the fixture, carefully turn the face and lens area counter-clockwise to remove it completely.

Mark the Position of Mounting Holes

Using the rear mounting bracket/housing, mark the position of the mounting holes on the desired location. If you are mounting the fixture on a post, be sure to mark the center of the post for accurate placement. In the case of a wall installation, ensure that the distance between each fixture remains uniform. Take your pencil and mark the locations accordingly.

Drill a Hole for Wire Concealment

If you prefer a clean and concealed wiring setup, consider drilling a hole to hide the wire. Choose a suitable location near the fixture and use your drill to create the hole. Ensure the size of the hole accommodates the wire thickness. Once the hole is drilled, feed the wire through it towards the power source, preparing it for the connection.

Attach the Mounting Bracket/Housing

Now it's time to attach the mounting bracket/housing to secure the fixture in place. Refer to the manufacturer's instructions for the appropriate screws to use for your specific installation. It is advisable to drill 1/8th inch pilot holes before attaching the bracket/housing to ensure stability and prevent any damage to the mounting surface.

Strip and Connect the Fixture Leads

Strip the two leads from the fixture pigtail wire using wire strippers. Ensure that the exposed wire is of sufficient length for a proper connection. Using two wire connectors, connect the leads from the fixture to the main supply cable leads from your low voltage transformer. Follow the recommended guidelines and instructions for wire connector usage to ensure a secure and reliable connection.

Install the G4 Lamp and Secure the Face Plate

Insert the LED G4 Lamp (sold separately) into the fixture, making sure it is properly seated in the connector. Check that the lamp is securely in place before proceeding. Next, securely fasten the face plate back onto the rear housing of the fixture by threading it clockwise. Ensure that the face plate is tightly secured to prevent any water or moisture ingress.

Test the Fixture

Before completing the installation, it is crucial to test the fixture to ensure it is functioning properly. Plug in the low voltage transformer and turn it on. The fixture should illuminate, indicating a successful installation. If the light does not turn on, double-check the wiring connections and troubleshoot any potential issues.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed your Total Light DL-150-CB Brass Deck Light and added an elegant and functional lighting element to your outdoor space.

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):

1. Do I need any specialized electrical knowledge to install the Total Light DL-150-CB Brass Deck Light?

No, the installation process is straightforward and can be completed by following the provided instructions. However, if you are unsure or uncomfortable working with electrical connections or your state or municipality has codes requiring professional installation of 12 Volt Landscape Lighting or its components, it is recommended to consult a qualified electrician or Landscape Lighting Professional for assistance.

2. Can I install the fixture on different surfaces, such as wood or concrete?

Yes, the Total Light DL-150-CB Brass Deck Light can be installed on various surfaces, including wood, vinyl and PVC post wraps like Trex, and concrete or Masonry. Ensure that you have the appropriate screws and mounting hardware for the specific surface to ensure a secure and stable installation.

3. Can I connect multiple fixtures to a single low voltage transformer?

Yes, you can connect multiple fixtures to a single low voltage transformer, as long as the transformer's capacity is sufficient to handle the total wattage of the connected fixtures. Refer to the transformer's specifications and guidelines for the maximum load it can support.  Check out our Article on how to select the right transformer for your job.

4. Can I install the fixture in wet or underwater locations?

The Total Light DL-150-CB Brass Deck Light is designed for outdoor use and is suitable for damp locations. However, it is not intended for full submersion or installation in areas prone to temporary water submersion. 

5. How can I maintain and clean the Total Light DL-150-CB Brass Deck Light?

To maintain the beauty and functionality of your fixture, regularly clean the surface with a mild soap and water solution or. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials that may damage the finish. Additionally, inspect the fixture periodically to ensure all connections are secure and free from corrosion.

Conclusion: Illuminate Your Outdoor Space with Total Light DL-150-CB Brass Deck Light

By following these step-by-step instructions, you can successfully install the Total Light DL-150-CB Brass Deck Light and transform your outdoor space into a captivating and inviting environment. Remember to prioritize safety throughout the installation process and consult professionals if needed. Enjoy the warm and elegant illumination provided by your newly installed deck light!

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