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1.  What is the best way to use the IlluminFx fixtures to light a waterfall?

2.  What tools do I need to install the system?

3.  Do I need to hard-wire the illuminator to a power line?

4.  Can the IlluminFx "lights" be used for things other than the pond itself?

5.  Is it necessary to clean the lights, after they've been in the pond for a while?

6.  Should the fiber optic cables be run through conduit?

7.  Can the illuminator be hidden?

8.  Can the fiber optic cables be buried?

9.  Can the fiber optic cables be run through the rocks of a pond?

10.  What other ways can the lights be used in the water feature?

11.  Is it safe to walk on the fiber optic cables?

1. What is the best way to use the IlluminFx fixtures to light a waterfall?

 

We've found that the best way to light waterfalls is to place the fixtures - usually two - one to two feet in front of the fall, on either side, and point them back at the drop. This technique enables the fall to pick up the light from both points - like a movie screen - while keeping the light source out of direct eye contact. However, it is up to the owner what effect they want or like, which will determine the best way to place fixtures.

 

2. What tools do I need to install the system?

 

You will need a shovel, a Philips head screw driver, and a crescent wrench or 11/32" nut driver.

 

3. Do I need to hard-wire the illuminator to a power line?

 

While "hard wiring" the illuminator to a power line is an option for those of you who are working with an electrician, it does NOT have to be done. IlluminFx kits come standard with a 25ft extension cord that can be plugged into a three-pronged GFCI protected outlet. As long as an outlet is nearby the pond, you're ready to go.

 

4. Can the IlluminFx "lights" be used for things other than the pond itself?

 

Absolutely! IlluminFx lights do a fantastic job of illuminating marginal plants, rock forms, small trees or anything else of interest in the yard. There are virtually no limits to how the IlluminFx units can be used.

 

5. Is it necessary to clean the lights, after they've been in the pond for a while?

 

While it's always a good idea to do regular maintenance on the lights in the pond, cleaning them should only involve lightly brushing the cable-ends off with an old toothbrush or your thumb.

 

6. Should the fiber optic cables be run through conduit?

 

It isn't necessary to run the fiber optic cables through conduit. In most situations, the jacketing on the cable is strong enough to withstand most potentially harmful situations. But, for those of you that want the added protection, conduit can certainly be used. To choose the appropriate diameter for the conduit, keep in mind that the widest diameter of each cable is about ½ an inch, at the "fixture" end. The remainder of the cable is only .265" wide. Choose conduit diameter accordingly.

 

7. Can the illuminator be hidden?

 

Yes, but carefully.  The light bulb in the illuminator burns very hot, which is why there is a fan in the illuminator. Because of this, the illuminator needs to have enough room around it for air to circulate. So, putting them behind shrubs or bushes, behind rock formations, or hiding them under one of our rock covers is acceptable and will work. Burying them is NOT an option.

 

8. Can the fiber optic cables be buried?

 

Yes. The fiber optic cables are sturdy enough to be buried underground, even in places where there will be foot traffic. However, it is important to know where the cables are, in the event that any digging might go on around them, so they won't get scored or severed. We cannot guarantee that a shovel or trowel will not sever the cable.

 

9. Can the fiber optic cables be run through the rocks of a pond?

 

Yes but, again, carefully. The cables can certainly be run through the spaces and crevices between rocks, but you still want to make sure that the cable isn't being crushed between them. They can handle some pressure on them, but not an undue amount.

 

10. What other ways can the lights be used in the water feature?

 

IlluminFx lights do a wonderful job of lighting water lilies, reeds and other water plants. They can also be used to light up areas of the pond where fish will be most visible or illuminate interesting contours of the stream or water feature. It is up to the creative eye to determine what is the best use of the IlluminFx lights.

 

11. Is it safe to walk on the fiber optic cables?

 

The fiber optic cables are hearty enough to handle being walked on, especially if they've been buried. But, even if exposed cables get walked on, they'll be able to handle the pressure of intermittent, light foot traffic. Just make sure you're not wearing golf shoes or baseball cleats.

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