What is the in-lite Easy-Lock connector and how does it work?
The Easy-lock connector will connect your outdoor lighting fixture to your main-line low voltage cable without the need for splicing wires. This is one of the main reasons why in-lite is so easy and safe for anyone to install!
If you’re new to in-lite or to the low-voltage outdoor lighting world, then this blog is for you! I’ll get down to the very basics of how our patented connector works and how easy it is for anyone to use.
If you want know how a low-voltage lighting system actually works, click here. If you’re just trying to understand how the Easy-lock works, then keep reading!
I won’t go into too many specifics, you can find those in the video above! But just in case you don’t have time to watch that, here are some important things to know before you get started with in-lite:
- Each fixture comes with a cable attached to it: we call this the fixture’s lead.
- Every low-voltage lighting system is powered by a transformer and uses low-voltage cable to run electricity to the fixtures.
- You have to connect the fixtures’ lead to the main line cable in order for your lights to turn on.
Traditionally, making this connection point involved splicing wires and electrical experience. Before low-voltage systems existed, this could be dangerous and all cables had to buried deep in the ground or hidden in conduit.
Don’t worry though – our system is completely safe and DIY friendly. You don’t have to splice the cables, our Easy-Lock connector does that for you! And you don’t have to bury the cables deep in the ground either – just cover them with mulch, sod, or practically any other outdoor materials. You don’t even have to bury them at all if you don’t want to, but we recommend it for aesthetic purposes.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention: the Easy-Lock connector comes free with every fixture. So you don’t have to worry about adding that to your shopping list.
Okay, now for the real reason why you’re here: How does the Easy-Lock connector work?
Prongs on the inside of the connector will puncture the low-voltage cable and release a dielectric grease to create a seal around the small holes that it pierces. This seal prevents moisture or dirt from getting into your cables and system.
Essentially the Easy-Lock is the connection point between your main line low-voltage cable and your fixtures.
So how do you use it? It’s easy. Seriously… You won’t believe how easy this is.
I’m going to break it down to the basics of every step, but in a nutshell, all you’re doing is twisting the Easy-Lock onto the main line cable then plugging in the fixture to the Easy-Lock.
Simply line up the wire guide with your main line cable. This will ensure that your cable stays straight. You should feel the wire-guide gently click into place.
Do this first! There is a common misconception that you should put the cable into the connector and then add the grey wire guide… Don’t do it! Although it may work sometimes, the purpose of the wire guide is to keep the wire straight. It defeats the purpose if you add the wire guide to the wire after you’ve already put it in the connector.
Note: if your low-voltage cable isn’t straight, the Easy-Lock won’t be able to puncture the cable properly. If you find that your light isn’t turning on, redo your Easy-Lock connection and make sure the cable is straight!
Next, you’re going to push the main line cable into the Easy-Lock using the wire guide. There are indents on the side of the wire guide that will line up and fit easily into the body of the Easy-Lock connector.
Then you’re going to twist on the cap of the Easy-Lock connector. Keep twisting until there is no space between the cap and the body of the connector.
Now all that’s left to do is plug the fixture into the Easy-Lock!
And that's pretty much everything you need to know!
To see these steps in action, check out the video below.
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