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permanently wire LED puck lights to 120 volts

I have been playing with some remote controlled puck lights in my garden (because "real;" outdoor lighting is very expensive), and was thinking that these puck lights go through batteries a bit too often for my taste.  I want to simply run some wires to each one, and then to some kind of converter that I could just plug into my outdoor-rated outlet.  These lights aren't rated for outdoor use ever, so I will have to silicone the seams on the plastic cases.  I can usually find that others have figured out how to do things before me and just copy them, but no one seems to have done this.  Is that because it is not possible/dangerous/expensive?  I'm more of a hammer and nail guy than a solder/wire guy, but I can follow instructions like the best of them.  Is there any reason not to do this, or can it be done?  I know that the hardware store outdoor lights are way too expensive, and this seems like a great option.

verence4 years ago
As long as you don't wire them directly to the mains, it should be safe (as in: it will most probably not kill anyone).

Use a converter to bring the voltage down into a safe level - 24V or less is fine, the voltage is related to the kind of LEDs and the way they are connected.

The converter has to be reasonably isolated (rules vary, depending on the area of the world you live in), but there should be no galvanic connection between secondary and primary side. And you should keep it inside the house and just run the lower voltage wires outside.

Make the lamps as watertight as possible, less for safety reasons but more for the reason that water will rot away blank metal. And if water can get in, small animals and dirt can and will as well.

caitlinsdad4 years ago
The question is will these lights be positioned above ground and kept relatively dry? Will the wiring to the lights be above ground and kept relatively dry? Is this string of lights constantly live? Outdoor christmas lights just plug into an outlet but the safety concern is that it is wired to a GFCI outlet to clamp down on dangerous shocks because water and electricity and people or animals don't mix. If you can secure and protect the wiring, it shouldn't be too bad to figure out what kind of power supply to use and if you want that fancy light detection or automatic timed on/off thing added to the circuit.
Purocuyu (author)  caitlinsdad4 years ago
I was planning on having them just above ground level, and just because I have a roll handy, was going to use sprinkler control wire, which I was told can be buried. I was planning on siliconing the screw holes, and wire connections to keep things dry. the LED set I have is remote controlled, and I would only use the lights on occasion ( I'm not in my yard often enough to have them on every night.