Electronic Ignition Gas Lights

Legendary Lighting, L.L.C.
Electronic Ignition Gas Light Installation Procedures
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The Electronic Ignition gas light systems comes with all the components except the transformer. For the lights and system to work, connect the two electric leads to the transformer, connect the gas, mount the light, turn on the natural gas/propane valve and turn on the switch or breaker. Refer to other sheets for mounting procedures.

24 volts A.C. is required to operate the Electronic Ignition system and the wires from the transformer must be positioned in the same area as the gas line.

Legendary Lighting does not supply the transformer therefore; the installer must provide them. Preferably only two lights per transformer. If more than one light is connected to the transformer or more than one transformer is used in a system, maintain the same polarity (+/-) at each connection. If +/- is not maintained, the system will not operate properly and the transformers will burn out.

Locate the transformer in an easily accessible location so in the event it needs to be replaced it will be less of a problem and will not require both a plumber and an electrician.

Each light requires a minimum of 20 V.A. or watts of input current to function. Use a 24 volt A.C. Class II (magnetic coil) transformer (preferably 40VA). Preferably only two lights per minimum 40VA transformer.

Electrical Connection
Installation of a wall or a ceiling mounted bracket may require the installer to connect the igniter wire coming from the steel mounting box to the wire coming from the lantern.

Before plugging the igniter wires together, slide the black shrink tubing over one of these wires. After connecting, slide the piece of shrink tubing to conceal the exposed terminals. Heat the tubing by moving a flame back and forth along the length of the tubing to shrink the tubing. This helps to insulate the connection.

Gas Connection
Make sure the lantern is connected to the gas supply coming from the bracket and turn on the gas.

After final inspection of all connections and a 24 volt supply line has been connected to the black and white wires on the back of the bracket you are ready to energize the lamp. This will cause the ignition sequence to begin.

Note: Do not connect the system direct to 110 volt. Follow the procedures noted above. Failure to do so will void the warranty.


During the initial installation there are a few points of concern:

We make electronic ignition operated lights that can be post mount, wall mount or ceiling mount. The basic electrical components are the same, the configurations might vary according to the mounting system.

There are four major components to the system: a transformer, a solenoid valve, an electronic ignition control box and an ignitor/sensor.

If during installation something does not appear to be operating correctly, by process of elimination, the problem can be corrected. In most cases where problems occur it generally is a result of an inadequate transformer or the ignitor needing adjustment.

The transformer must be 24 Volt A.C. Class II. Preferably connect no more than two lights per each transformer. That transformer needs to be a minimum or 40 VA (for connecting one or two lights). If problems exist I suggest checking the output of the transformer first. I have seen new transformers out of the box not put out 24 volts. If the output is less than 24 volt, the electronic ignition control system will not function correctly. From the transformer run separate wires to each light (parallel lines not series) and keep polarity the same.

The solenoid valve is operated by the electronic ignition control box. If the gas can be ignited either manually or with the ignitor, typically the solenoid is operating correctly.

If the ignitor is arcing (or sparking) and the gas is igniting and if the flame is turning off or reigniting after it goes out, the "electronic ignition control box" appears to be functioning correctly.

The last item that could cause problems is the "ignitor/sensor". It is thoroughly checked and operates correctly during final assembly and inspection at the plant. In the field many times it needs adjustments, because of differences of such things as the gas pressure at the plant versus at the job site or because of the grade of gas. There is just such a thing as "dirty" gas or propane. Three things might need checked or adjusted. The ignitor might need raised or lowered 1/8 to 1/4". The gap between the prongs might need widened 1/16" to 1/8" (open the grounded prong only). The ignitor wire going to the control box might need to be checked to be sure it is not lying up against something which could make it ground out and not permit the arc at the tip to be strong enough.

If you have problems at time of installation and have checked the items above and still have problems, you probably should call for additional instructions.

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