Garden lighting can transform your outdoor spaces into a beautiful and inviting areas that can be enjoyed long after the sun sets. However, to achieve the desired effect, you need the right tools. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at the best tools for garden lighting.
Wire Cutters (can be called side cutters): Wire cutters are essential for any garden lighting project. They allow you to cut wires to the correct length and strip the insulation off the ends so that you can connect the wires to the lighting fixtures junction boxes and transformers.
Crimping Tool: A crimping tool is used to attach connectors to the ends of wires. These connectors are then used to connect the wires to the lighting fixtures and transformer. Crimping tools are easy to use and create a strong and secure connection.
Wire Connectors: Wire connectors are used to connect wires together. They come in a variety of sizes and types, including twist-on connectors (mainly used in the US) , push-in connectors, and crimp connectors. The type of connector you use will depend on the type of wire and the application.
Screwdrivers: Screwdrivers are used to tighten screws on the lighting fixtures and transformer. They come in a variety of sizes and types, including flat-head and Phillips-head screwdrivers.
Voltage Tester: A voltage tester is used to test the voltage of the wires in the garden lighting system. This is important to ensure that the system is working properly and that the voltage is not too high or too low, which can damage the lighting fixtures. It’s advisable to test the voltage at the end of each run to ensure there is no voltage drop.
Heat shrink: Heat shrink is used to provide a waterproof connection which is vital to keep the connection dry and avoid water ingress via capillary action. Heat shrink is used with either butt crimps, heat crimps or spade crimps and is an essential item for any low voltage system. You will also require a heat or gas gun to heat up the shrink. Heat Shrink Tubing from Garden & Landscape Lighting (gardenandlandscapelighting.co.uk)
Level: A level is used to ensure that the lighting fixtures are installed correctly and are level. This is important for both fixing bollards in ferment or large flood lights and helps the aesthetic appearance of the lighting system.
Conclusion: In conclusion, the right tools are essential for any garden lighting project. Wire cutters, a crimping tool, wire connectors, screwdrivers, a voltage tester, heat shrink and a level are all important tools that can help you install a beautiful and functional garden lighting system. We would always recommend seeking advice from an electrician before carrying out any installation yourself. We would also recommend seeking advice on the design and placment of the lights and which types of fittings will work best in which areas. By using these tools and following the manufacturer’s instructions, you can create a beautiful outdoor space that can be enjoyed long after the sun sets.