Landscape lighting, 12V

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Fri Apr 16, 2021 11:06 am
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Landscape lighting, 12V

Today, I control my outdoor lights (off/on) using x10). I would be very interested in seeing how people have cracked the 'color' or dimming of individual bulbs
in a 12V landscape lighting setup. If you have a setup, would love to see how it looks/works in the wild.

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Fri Apr 16, 2021 11:31 am
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Re: Landscape lighting, 12V

I use a Insteon dimmer to dim our Low voltage landscape lights (incandescent). the only way I know to dim individual zones is have multiple transformers with multiple dimmer modules.

When installing my system, I separated it into 4 zones, I had a Smartenit EZIO4O setup with relays so I could control what zone was on using a single transformer.

Unfortunately the EZIO4O died and I have never replaced it, so it's just 1 dimmable zone now. :?

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Fri Apr 16, 2021 12:34 pm
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Re: Landscape lighting, 12V

Korey, I only can control one zone now as well.

Hoping some people have experimented with some sort of 12V color controller or DIY/Hack.

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Fri Apr 16, 2021 2:09 pm
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Re: Landscape lighting, 12V

There are bulbs like this:

https://www.amazon.com/Brilliance-MR16- ... 242&sr=8-9

which looks to have enough brightness when compared to the Gledopto (200 lumens) but is wifi. I'm assuming if its wifi then we would need a plug-in.

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Tue Apr 12, 2022 2:57 pm
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Re: Landscape lighting, 12V

FX Luminaire released a landscape lighting system "ZDC" (Zone, Dimming, Color). Looks pretty cool and doesn't require rewiring from what I can tell.
You do have to buy their controller and bulbs (retrofit is just Zone and Dimming) and if you want color you need to buy a new fixture. Price gets up there pretty quick but looks fun.
Also works with Lutron so I'm curious if anybody has tried hooking it up to Indigo via the Lutron plug-in.

https://www.fxl.com/product/transformer ... ntegration

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Sat Apr 23, 2022 3:09 pm
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Re: Landscape lighting, 12V

found these today:

https://www.amazon.com/Brilliance-MR16- ... 242&sr=8-9

Anybody have any experience with them?

They are wifi so I'm assuming I could cobble something together to make them work within indigo (Alexa...maybe?)

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Re: Landscape lighting, 12V

Ordered the two pack. At first it didn't work but likely because the bulb was too far from the nearest working hue bulb. I moved it to another landscape light closer to the house and everything worked! I then tried adding the second bulb to a light that might be a bout 20' away but behind a cement wall. It didn't work:(

I'm not certain if my new bulbs are zigbee OR bluetooth connected. I have a zigbee stick downstairs and need to figure out how to use it as its been awhile.

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Thu Jun 20, 2024 9:49 am
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Re: Landscape lighting, 12V

Bought four more of these lights and all of them work. The trick was to get landscape lights close enough to existing hue bulbs so that they could build their mesh (if tht is the correct way of saying that). This would seem to eliminate the need for either the hue landscape lighting system (special wiring) or the FX Illuminaire lighting system. I'll try and post a few pics later.

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