Low Voltage Lights
To install your decorative post caps, we recommend using an exterior-grade construction
adhesive to adhere the cap to the post. Apply the adhesive liberally to the inside of the
cap, and then place the cap firmly over the top of the post. Do not
install solar of low voltage post caps with an adhesive, most
require removing the post cap to replace batteries when needed,
these caps should be mounted with removable screws.
Solar Post Caps
Note: Not all solar lights are the built the same. All will
need access for future battery replacement. Some are accessed from
the bottom while others are accessed from the top. The caps that
need removed should be mounted with screws while the top accessed
caps can be mounted with an adhesive. See your individual
instructions supplied with your caps for more information.
To activate your new solar post cap light
• Remove the metal top or lift cap from
post to access battery compartment.
Remove the plastic tab in the battery compartment to allow for terminal
Turn the on/off switch to the OFF position to fully charge the battery. Your
solar post cap light will need 24-48 hours of sunlight to fully charge.
Replace the top if removed.
Place your solar post cap light in direct sunlight for 24-48 hours with the switch
in the OFF position to fully charge.
Once your solar post cap is fully charged, turn the switch to the ON
Your solar post cap light is now ready to be installed on your post. To attach to the
post, apply an exterior-grade construction adhesive to the inside edge of the molding at
the bottom of the light and place it firmly onto the post. For caps
with bottom access, mount the cap to the post and replace the
Once the batteries are fully charged, you can leave the
switch in the ON position. The solar collector will charge the batteries during the
daylight hours and power the light during darkness. Your solar post cap light will stay
lit for an average of 6 to 8 hours during the night and turn off during the day, allowing
the solar collector to re-charge the batteries.
If your solar post cap light becomes dim or does not light,
simply turn the switch to the OFF position for 48 hours and allow the solar collector to
fully re-charge the batteries.
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Wood Post Caps
As with all wood products, we recommend that you coat the wood portion of the post cap
with a high-quality exterior finish to preserve the woods natural beauty and ensure
a lifetime of enjoyment. Apply to all wood areas, including the underside of the cap,
Metal Post Caps -
Copper, Stainless Steel and Brass Caps
Our copper, stainless steel, and brass post caps come with a thin, clear coating designed
to protect them before and during installation. Once they are exposed to the elements, the
suns ultraviolet rays, moisture, and pollution begin to break down this coating,
exposing the metal underneath.
Copper is sensitive to air and oxidizes (tarnishes) faster in
moist air. Unfortunately, no permanent protection system will keep copper from weathering.
Our copper post caps have a temporary thin layer of lacquer or polyurethane to minimize
discoloration during handling and installation, but the coating will eventually break down
due to moisture, ultra-violet rays, pollution and other environmental conditions, and
The natural weathering of copper, resulting from the acidic
attack of airborne sulfur compounds, gradually changes its surface color. The final color
varies and depends on location and climate. Salt, moisture, sunlight, and orientation can
all affect the final color. In general, copper progresses from a natural salmon color to a
series of russet browns and grays, and finally to a blue-green or gray-green patina. Caps
will vary in color as they weather, but eventually those variations will even out.
Colored Post Caps
Our Victoria post caps come in a variety of colors, including white, green, real patina,
pewter, and black. These colors are a powder-coated, baked-on finish that is extremely
hard and durable, requiring little or no maintenance.
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Low Voltage Lights
Before You Start
Read and understand the instructions completely. Be sure electrical
current is off. If you have any doubts about how to install fixture,
please contact an electrical contractor.
Connect deck light only to a 12 volt power source. Connect wires
from "12 volt supply line" to the deck light (push connectors
together, if using the DLE4410) or if using standard wire attach
with wire nut. Attach deck light to post using screws provided. The
deck light includes (1) 18 watt, 12 volt bulb. Turn on power to
confirm light is on.
Main Low Voltage Wire
Be sure to use a minimum of 12-gauge, UV protected, exterior
grade wire. To determine the amount of wire required, measure the
distance from the furthest light, in series, back to where the
transformer will be mounted (interior or exterior, wherever an
outlet is available). Each light is wired "daisy chain" style to the
main low voltage wire, using the DLE4410 pigtail. The wire is
typically sold in 100’, and 500’ coils. The wire can be run above
ground, under the joist or under the handrail, through the vinyl, or
under ground. It is low voltage, so it need only be buried 3" or so
underground. Wiring should not exceed 200’ runs. If 200+ feet is
required, please refer to transformer instruction sheet for
additional wiring options.
Transformers are specified per the installation. Always size the
transformer as close as possible to the required wattage draw,
without going over. The wattage output of the transformer is
important; you do not want too much or too little output on the
transformer. To determine the size of the transformer, add up the
total number of light-watts. This is the wattage of the fixture
times the number of fixtures. Example: 6 each DLA6040 = 6 lights x
18 watts = 108 watts. Then select the next larger size transformer,
in this example 121 watt transformer. Transformers usually have
built in timers to set on/off times, as well as a manual override,
or have a built in photo-eye for automatic on/off applications. With
a switched exterior outlet your transformer can be controlled from