Wiring landscape lighting into Intellicenter Panel

mbeavers1

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I will be installing low voltage landscape lighting in my backyard this weekend. I am planning to power the transformer through my Intellicenter Panel. Is it possible to wire these in such that I can control them as a "Schedule" and to turn them on/off? Is it really as mounting the transformer, running a conduit from the transformer to a knockout on the bottom of the panel, then connecting the wires to an unused Power Relay?
 

ajw22

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Is it really as mounting the transformer, running a conduit from the transformer to a knockout on the bottom of the panel, then connecting the wires to an unused Power Relay?
Yes, sort of.

- Connecting the hot wire of the transformer to the load side of a relay
- Connecting the line side of the replay to a 120V GFCI CB
- Connecting the neutral wire of the transformer to the GFCI CB
- Connecting the ground wire of the transformer to the ground bus bar
 

Jimrahbe

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m,

Not sure it is a requirement to have low voltage landscape lights to be connected to a GFCI, but it can hurt.. I assume that your landscape lighting is low voltage LED, if not, you are just wasting money.. :mrgreen:

But it is just as simple as using a relay to provide the AC power to the landscape system.. And, then scheduling the Aux relay to have the lights come on and off when you want..

I have an EasyTouch, so don't know much about the IntelliCenter, but I would assume it has the ability to use the internet to determine the "dusk" time so you don't have to keep adjusting it.. :scratch:

Jim R.
 

ajw22

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Look at the sticker on the inside of the panel door for the type of CB;s it takes. It does not need to be a special Pentair breaker.

Installation Manual says "For recommended circuit breaker types, refer to the circuit breaker chart on the inside front door of the Load Center or Power Center.'
 
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bdavis466

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The Homeline or Square D breakers sold at Lowes and Home Depot will work just fine.

You may not need to add a breaker. You could just run a jumper from the pool lights to an unused relay to power your transformer.

If you do this be sure to grab the neutral after the GFI.
 

John_and_Val

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Something to consider.........I did this with mine -
I have 4 pentair uplights on a dedicated transformer (or as bdavis stated - jump to your pool lights and use a new relay). This way you can highlight certain trees with the uplighting and they will be the same color as your pool.

Then a separate transformer to run ground/path lighting.

Pretty cool looking! And all able to be on a schedule, or in a group.
 
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