Charm-Lite Electric-Gaslight Conversion Kit Installation Manual
This manual covers the assembly and installation of the patented Charm-Lite Gas Light Conversion Kit. Read this manual thoroughly before beginning installation. Standard installations can be completed in 1-2 hours with absolute ease. However, consumers should evaluate our product and make sure it is suitable for its intended purpose. While many homeowners will install this product with ease, depending on yard size and placement of the lamp, please evaluate the level of difficulty, and individual state and county building and electrical codes concerning low voltage lighting. Most states do not require an electrical license to install low voltage lighting, but checking with your state and county for appropriate laws and regulations will dictate rather a professional is needed to complete the job.
This instruction manual is intended for the standard installation, however, we have included a few special circumstances that are by no means the “standard or normal installation.” The Special Circumstances section is not indicative of every installation and is more suited to custom installations. This section has been included simply as instruction on a few unusual situations some consumers may face while installing Charm-Lite Kits. The normal consumer will likely never encounter these problems, but consumers should strictly evaluate the level of difficulty for particular circumstances before beginning the job, and ascertain rather a professional is needed. Charm-Lite Inc., recommends hiring a professional for sidewalk obstructions or split foyer home installations.
The Transformer is tested and certified “In Good Working Order” with sufficient power to operate (2)-LED bulbs or less than 50 watts. (The 2 LED bulbs use less than 12 watts of power!)
DO NOT OVERLOAD THE TRANSFORMER. Always wear eye protection and unplug or discontinue service to all electrical devices before wiring, and make sure you...
***CALL BEFORE YOU DIG! ***
Call your local Utility Protection Service at: #811
Calculate where the wire will enter the house and extend the wire to the pole. If something is in the way go around it, move it, or go under it. It can be a hassle to cut wire only to find it’s too short to extend inside the house because it is IMPORTANT! To have one continuous run of wire, any splice may fail a year or two later.
Start job at pole and if something is in the way, go under it, bury up to that point and then cut. Ideal locations for power sources for transformer are inside the house, basement, or garage. Ideal rafter access into the home is a crawl space or basement. BE SURE WHERE THE DRILL IS GOING INTO THE HOME! DO NOT DRILL INTO HOME FOUNDATIONS!!
4. Once you’ve disconnected the gas line, and removed gas burning components, paint interior and exterior of the lamp head using average spray enamel. Eagles on lamp-heads are painted gold.
8. Remove the cap and one nut lower the photoelectric dusk-to-dawn eye into the pole with a pair of pliers. Push the end through the hole made earlier, at the top of pole, and screw the nut; place cap on end.
10. Most poles have two slots cut in the top. This makes it handy for wiring. Place the head on top of the pole and stick all wires out one of the slots. Wire accordingly.
Transformer wire: One of Two wires ran from Transformer in the house
Lamp Head wire: One of Two wires from Bulb Tree in Lamp Head
Eye wire: One of Four wires from Dusk-To-Dawn Control mounted in Post.
11. Use an up and down method for smooth paint lines on the pole. Be sure to use the original color. When reinstalling the glass, some heads use a glass clip. Bend a paper clip or piece of wire braid to fit around the hold down screws.
(Remember we suggest hiring a professional for split foyer homes.)
14. Splice into the basement wire and staple to the rafters. Just remember to take a look at the example left by the phone, cable or existing electrical wiring. Don‘t run staples too close to 110V wires, and if you can, try to hide them as much as possible. Go to the nearest outlet for hooking up the transformer. Make sure it’s not on the basement switch at the top of the stairs. If you have an outlet in an enclosed wall you can fish the wire behind the wall, assuming the ceiling tiles are removable. Go around the outlet box and fish up. Attach the wire and pull down.
If you are unfortunate enough to have an enclosed ceiling then you have to be tricky about where you come in with the wire. Most of the time there will be a water meter at the front wall and assuming there is it will also be enclosed. If you look up inside this you will have a little space to come in. BE ACCURATE as to where you come in, there is sometimes only the width of a rafter in which to do so. Remember the water faucet? It is usually right there! MAKE SURE with a visual check. If not, then whip out the tape measure. Don‘t forget the width of the wall when measuring the outside, which is usually about 10 inches. Then run the wire down to the baseboard. Like an extension cord go to the nearest outlet. An alternate method is to go in through the utility room rafter with your fish-tape, and literally hook the wire by attaching a wire clothes hanger to your fish tape and reel it into the utility room.