Working with two people, one below the ceiling and one above, you can now start the installation. You will have to strip the cable jacket from the strands of cable near where you will want to install the stars. You don’t have to strip the entire run of cable. The person below the ceiling will drill a hole where he/she feels a star should go, the person above will shove one, two or three strands (depending on the size hole drilled) of cable through the ceiling – about 3 inches is fine. Put a small amount of glue (Elmers is OK, but NOT Tite Bond) on the cable to hold it in place. Do not snip the cable at this time. Go to the next one and repeat. Try to leave a few strands from each cable free so that you can fill in any bare spots. Also, try and leave a path for you to work from and start from the furthest point of your starfield – leaving an exit for yourself. The illuminator may be placed in a ventilated attic but it will reduce the lamp life and the illuminator could get hot.
After you have completed the starfield, you may now paint the ceiling or prepare it in any way you wish. After this has been done, snip the strands with a scissors about ¼ inch from the ceiling. This will allow you to paint the ceiling again at a later date.
If you have a drop down ceiling, remove on of the ceiling tiles and work on an adjacent one. If you are working with sheetrock that hasn’t been installed yet, place the strands in the sheetrock like you would a regular ceiling, leaving a place for the mud to go. Leave strands for later when you can fill in these empty places.
IMPORTANT Leave an 18 Inch loop of cable at the end of the illuminator in case you need to service it.
IMPORTANT You must polish the cable end that goes into the illuminator. If you don’t, the light output will be weak and you could actually melt the cable (one good reason to have a service loop in the cable!). Also, if the cable ends are not trimmed before you insert the harness, you could damage or destroy the twinkle wheel!