Alicia Bush Outdoor August 30th, 2018 - 20:42:50
Outdoor garden lighting. A lot of entertaining happens in the evening and good outdoor lighting makes it a safer place to walk, but well-placed outdoor lighting will also create great atmosphere in your garden, so you can enjoy it long after the sun goes down. A decent outdoor lighting setup doesn't have to burn you in the pocket. And you'll be surprised just how easy it is to put in. I'm going to show you how to plan and install lighting at your place. Right I've measured up and drawn a scale plan of our garden.
Now I've got two really lovely big trees here, I'd like to highlight so I'm going to put a light in the base of those one there and there. Now the path down the side of the house. I'd like to put some bollard lights down the side there just to illuminate that make it a little bit safer as well. Now, around the side of the house, I've got some steps that I'd like to illuminate for safety, and we've got a really nice feature garden, we're going to put some lights in there as well. I've had my sparky attach our outdoor power supply.
I've got this situated in the garden just because we're so far away from the house, Normally you'd have this attached to the side of your house. Now I've got my 150 watt transformer. All I have to do very simply is just plug that straight into the box, and then we run our power lines off that. Now I've plugged in a 150 watt transformer outside. So that means I can plug in a raft of different lights into that so long as it doesn't exceed 150 watts.
Now I can tell that by on the side of my box here, I've got 50 watts for my spotlights I'm going to use to highlight my trees. And I'm going to put these bollards down the side of our path. These are only one watt each. So, let's just plug all that onto our plan. This tree here I've, a 50 watt and another 50 watt, highlighting that tree. Now I've got six one watt bollards down the side of the path. So let's add all that up 106 watts. So I've got 106 watts.
I'm well under our 150 watt transformer. Now it's time to run our lines. To run the one watt bollards, I'm using a cable with six separate power, sockets. There's a bunch of different cables and they all work with all the different lights. In our system. Start at the transformer and work your way, out., The cable I'm using is 15 meter long and has a socket every two meters for the lights. So I'm just going to run my cable all the way out to our farthest point and then plug our lights in from there. Position, your lights, where they look the best.
Each light, has an extra two meter of cable which allows you to easily reach the power Sockets on the main line. Then it's just a matter of plugging in and hiding the cable to keep things nice and tidy. Thanks to a slitter at the transformer, I'm powering up the other side of the garden too. I've just run my second line from our transformer. I've just plugged in my 50 watt. Now, I'm just about to run my 10 meter extension cable for my second 50 watt to illuminate that tree.
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