How to make a low-voltage lighting branch (with the CC-2 connector)
If you’re new to the landscape lighting world, welcome! You might be wondering, “what is a low-voltage lighting branch.” If this isn’t your first rodeo, I promise this will be brief! A “branch” simply refers to connecting another cable off your main-line cable in a different direction. Just imagine your main-line cable is a tree trunk and the cable you’re connecting is a tree branch!
Typically, this is done by splicing the wires which can be complicated and unsafe if not done by a professional.
The CC-2 connector is a great accessory that allows you to make a branch off your main line cable without having to splice any wires at all. This allows you to light up different areas or segments of your outdoor space easily and effectively.
Now, I do want to mention that the in-lite CC-2 connector is different than other wire-splicing options on the market – it is made of durable and high-quality materials and creates a fully sealed connection between the two cables. It is safe to use, DIY friendly, and easy to install. Plus, it’s direct burial (just like the rest of the in-lite system) so you can simply cover it with sod, mulch, or most other outdoor surfaces.
When hooking up the CC-2 connector, it works identically to the Easy-Lock connector.
You simply take your wire guide and place it on the 12/2 cable where you want to make the branch.
Then push it into one side of the CC-2 (doesn’t matter which side – either is fine!).
So, pick one side and twist down nice and tight.
Next, you’re going to grab your existing wire run (that’s the main line coming from your transformer) and again place the wire guide on, lock it in place, and twist down.
And there you have it. That’s all it takes to make a branch off your in-lite low-voltage lighting system!
Some important things to remember:
- After using the CC-2 connector, you can only put 50 watts total beyond the transition point. The branch can only hold 50 W. This isn’t an issue with in-lite systems because our fixtures are very low-watt!
- After installing the CC-2 connector, make sure to finish off the end of the cable. This is essential to protect your in-lite system from damage. You can do this by using a cable cap (that comes with the in-lite transformer) or by taping the end of the wire using electrical tape and dielectric grease.
Watch the video below to see just how easy it is to install the CC-2 connector: