Following on from part 1, we are looking at some of the other main aspects of garden lighting such as wattage, IP rating, types of lights and the different material finishes.
This indicates the amount of power a fitting or led uses. It’s important to note this number when working out transformer or led driver loads. So for example if you have 10x light fittings using 5watt of power each then a driver of no less than 50 watts should be used but we would always recommend a buffer of 5-10% from the maximum to ensure a longer life for the driver/ transformer, ie in this example minimum 60w watts driver.
This is an indicator of the ability to keep out water and dust. The rule of thumb is the higher the number the greater the protection. Thus IP54 is acceptable for a wall light and 12v low voltage lights but IP68 would indicate a very high waterproof capacity.
Types of garden lights
Spike spots lights – lifts that come with spikes and can be inbedded into flower beds to illuminate the surroundings.
Wall lights – fixtures to be screwed onto walls, usually residential property (240v can be used here) or fences / walls (12v advised).
Recessed lights – these can be inbedded into the ground / lawn to up light a fixture.
Underwater lights – can be submerged in water and designed to be 100% waterproof.
Floodlights – a high wattage light, that floods an area with light, usually with a lense wider than 60 degrees angle.
There are various finish’s and it is up to your taste in which one you choose. From black (aluminium), stainless steel, brass and copper. However, they do vary in price from black aluminium being cost effective to the most expensive copper finish.
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