Frequently Asked Questions
This page is here to help you get answers to the most commonly asked questions. By reading this page you should gain some basic knowledge in helping you decide which way to light your garden/ outdoor space.
Garden lighting is the illumination of our outdoor spaces. Such as gardens, patios, buildings and parking areas. It could involve uplighting trees to down lighting pathways. It can be artistic as well as practical and can transform an area. The main difference with outdoor vs indoor lighting is the weather/element. Most outdoor lights and accessories have to have an IP rating. This indicates how water resistant an item is. The higher the rating, for example IP68, the better the resistance.
Garden lighting should be installed according to the country’s electrical regulations. These regulations ensure all installations will be safe. The presence of an residual current device (RCD) is always required for all outdoor lighting.
LED’s are the latest in lighting technology and are around 70-80% more energy efficient than old style halogens. LED’s can use mains voltage or drivers to power the lights. With the latest LED’s the light output (lumen) can match halogens.
Extra low voltage is not strong enough to cause a fatal electric shock. By moving to a lower voltage from 240volt to 12volt (which is done by using transformers or drivers) means that the lights carry a lower risk of causing injury. The other advantage of low voltage is that if any of the 12volt lights or junctions fill up with water, the household electrics cannot trip, ensuring greater reliability.
For us it’s a simple answer. 12volt is by far the most reliable, the least susceptible to tripping and most importantly the safest.
The answer to this depends on the lights you are using and your basic skills and knowledge. For landscapers looking to install lights themselves, we can offer training and guidance that can simply and quickly transform your business (subject to size of order). At some point a qualified electrician must inspect the installation and deal with all aspects of the 240volt side of the system. Email us for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
The simple answer is which finish do you prefer? If you want an aged finish appearance, copper and brass are a good options. If you want a new, modern look without any dulling or ageing then 316 stainless steel would be your choice. Aluminium, usually comes in a painted finish and is a cost effective option. In regards to longevity, then copper, brass and stainless steel would be the best choices but are also more expensive. Aluminium finish lights are cheaper but if installed correctly, will also last a number of years.
The regulations are open to interpretation but we would always follow the regulation depth guidelines for 240volt. For 12volt cable there is no stipulation of depth. However, we would always recommend running all cables in conduit to avoid accidental or fox damage. This would involve burying them at least 30-40cm deep where possible.
No, voltage does not influence energy efficiency. The amount of watts the lights uses is the indicator of power consumption. This is where LED’s are so revolutionary. An old 50watt halogen lamp can be replaced by a 7watt LED lamp without light output reduction.
We are here to help. Email us a plan of the garden if you have one or photos of the garden from various angles. Make sure you also take photos of particular areas of interest and the main features of your garden.
Include any main features and we can advice you on which products to use and where they should be located. We will be updating our blog regularly with written articles and video tutorials to help.
No we don’t. These systems tend to be aimed at the DIY market and are often limited. We have come across a lot of these systems and the most common problem is the plug and screw connectors snap or crumble easily.
Yes, try and ensure you put at least a 25mm conduit under any paths and patios. This can be used for lighting or irrigation if you decide at a later date to add them. Also if you are having electrical work done in your house or a rewire think about adding an outdoor socket.
All our lights and led lamps come with three year replacement guarantee. We have designed our range of lights to last in the harshest of environments. Our range of MR16 are specifically designed to be used in garden lighting to ensure your whole system can be run trouble free. Please ensure you save your receipts as this will be your proof of purchase.