This is a question I get asked all the time and it’s one that does not have one correct answer – how do you connect low voltage outdoor lighting?
Below are all the ways i’ve seen low voltage outdoor lighting connected. Please note by writing them down I’m not saying it’s how it should be done I’m just passing on how I’ve seen them done!
There are no real regulation guidance on how to connect extra low voltage garden lights, except that apart from moulded kits, lights should be installed by a competent person.
1) Gel filled screw nuts. An American way of connecting but to my mind always looks a mess.
2) Connector blocks wrapped in tape. Just don’t do it!!!!!!!
3) Crimped with heat shrink. (probably our preferred method and is by far the longest lasting.)
4) iprated Junction Boxes with compression glands, again a preferred method.
5) Quick disc connectors which usually involves small teeth piercing the insulation and making a connection when screws down. To my mind it’s great idea but long term never seems to last trust me I’ve gone back to enough to sort out…..
6) Moulded screw on connectors also called plug and play. Again great for the installer but I’ve never seen a moulded set last longer than a few years before the locking nut which retains the connection just snaps or disintegrates due to UV damage and loses connection. The other consideration with this type of system and 5,2,1 is, can you protect it in conduit to avoid accidental or rodent damage? This might be a small point but barring faulty items our biggest cause of outdoor lights failing is rodent damage.
Link below to our latest uplight – the powerful aluminium spike mini flood light.
Hope this has been useful. Till next time keep the lights shining!