how to install 12v garden lights

how to install 12v garden lights

Desirous about ‘low voltage’ backyard lights, find out how to join them collectively after which connecting all of them to the ‘mains’ provide could also be complicated to many individuals.

Hopefully the next rationalization helps just a little.

For security, the secret is to know that ‘mains’ wiring within the UK is often put in to produce electrical energy at 230V-240V. At 230V-240V the electrical energy is not protected to the touch and deadly shocks can rapidly happen. Almost all UK trendy home home equipment use 230V-240V to function and are sometimes insulated and fused to stop electrical shorts and shocks occurring.

Nevertheless, with our 12v low-voltage lighting the electrical energy is often no stronger than that used to energy a toddler’s Scalextric or toy railway set!

Query: Does ’12v low voltage backyard lighting end in weaker lighting and illumination?

ANSWER: No, in no way. It means regular lighting however powered by very protected electrical energy! (You’ll be able to try the specification of sunshine emitted on any of our merchandise within the product abstract.)

Firstly, all our backyard and out of doors lighting merchandise (cables, connectors, LED’s and so forth) utilise very protected low voltage (12v) electrical energy and never the harmful 230V-240V ‘mains’ electrical energy discovered within the UK.

(The LED’s are additionally extraordinarily vitality environment friendly with an equal vitality utilization that’s sometimes ten occasions lower than incandescent lights. The advantages of low voltage lighting can bee seen right here )

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Secondly, it is necessary to know that every producer design their particular lights, cables, connectors and fittings to be related simply. They then change into easy to suit and so they know they will work seamlessly.

Techmar Three Way Plug & Play Connector

It might be completely unsuitable to imagine you possibly can go to a neighborhood DIY retailer and purchase a low voltage gentle becoming since you like the form, color, end or worth within the hope that it will likely be ready to connect with and work with the main manufacturers we promote. There isn’t a worldwide commonplace for connectors and cables and every producer has developed their very own merchandise.

(Plenty of persons are changing their previous, drained and damaged ‘RING’ manufactured lights and we will advise and assist in that regard.)

(Our plug & play connectors and equipment will be seen right here

Thirdly, it is necessary to keep in mind that as they’ve developed their very own strategies of connection, while all are easy to put in they are not designed to be interchangeable between producer e.g. a Techmar transformer will not hook up with a Konstsmide cable. Put one other approach, Techmar lights work with Techmar fittings; and Konstsmide lights work with Konstsmide fittings and so forth.

However the common query is “How do I safely energy the lights if they don’t seem to be ‘mains’ pushed?”.

The reply is that the protected 12v electrical energy is produced by way of a easy electrical transformer.

It is the transformer that is related to the harmful 230V ‘mains’ energy provide. Merely put, it takes 230V ‘mains’ electrical energy and reduces it to 12v protected electrical energy.

Positive, it is true that to energy numerous lights you may want a transformer with a much bigger electrical output (watts) but it surely’ll all the time provide the electrical energy at 12v!

Techmar Transformer

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So each 12v powered backyard and out of doors gentle system within the UK will all the time have on the very starting of the lighting run no less than one 12v transformer!

(Our transformers will be seen right here

The following query requested is “OK, however the place can I plug-in the transformer to take the 230V mains electrical energy and convert it to 12v protected electrical energy, and the way do I join the transformer to the sunshine system?”

The reply is damaged into two components:

1 The transformer has a cable with a typical UK EC accredited ‘three pin’ plug. That plug is just ‘plugged’ into both…

…a standard ‘home’ socket in the identical approach as you’d plug a kettle into the home socket (for instance in a storage, shed, outbuilding, conservatory, porch and so forth) OR

…in a water-resistant 230V connection level if it is exterior

2 On the opposite aspect of the transformer is the ‘output cable’ or connection level for the 12v cable.

So the questions almost all the time boil right down to…

The place does the 230v 3-pin electrical socket in your transformer plug should be?

The 230v 3-pin socket will be both indoors or outside.

If it is outside then it needs to be encased in a water-resistant casing/socket field because the plug connected to the transformer must be waterproofed.

An instance of a water-resistant socket field is proven beneath and they are often obtained from locations reminiscent of B&Q, Screwfix or Toolstation or your native electrical provider.

What do you imply by a water-resistant electrical socket field?

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The picture proven beneath is a water-resistant electrical socket

The picture is from the Screwfix catalogue (BG Nexus 13A 2G RCD Switched Socket ) however equivalents are available from good electrical wholesalers.

An RCD is a residual-current system, or residual-current circuit breaker (RCCB), is a tool to rapidly disconnect present to stop critical hurt from an ongoing 230V electrical shock.

All our transformers are climate proof however we simply suppose it is good set up follow to accommodate them. It retains the British climate off the transformer’s casing and cables; and simply helps tidy the view! You’ll be able to paint the bins too should you do not like gray!

We use easy weatherproof bins (e.g. from Screwfix – IP55 Enclosure) however once more available elsewhere.

IP55 Weatherproof Housing Box

NB: In the event you go away the transformer outside, whether or not or not it is housed, make certain it is lifted and fitted properly off floor to keep away from being flooded or buried in snow; and use widespread sense when close to to water bearing fittings reminiscent of down pipes, leaking gutters, ponds and so forth.

The ultimate query usually requested is “Do I want an electrician?”

The brief reply is it’s best to solely want a certified electrician to put in and certify (for Constructing Rules) any new 230v cabling and sockets.

When you’ve got current 3-pin sockets (indoors or watertight outside) then you possibly can merely plug the transformer into one among them.

Working the 12v lighting cable after that’s then a easy and protected course of and wishes no electrician. For readability. In the event you can plug one among our 12V transformers right into a 230V socket then the cabling will probably be completely protected downstream of the transformer.

For smaller out of doors tasks we offer a free recommendation and design service (see ).

When you’ve got a bigger venture or simply need to aska query about set up simply give us a name (UK +44 (0)121 416 0408) or e-mail us at We will focus on what you are attempting to realize and we’re assured we’ll take the concepts it’s important to one thing you may like and luxuriate in for a very long time!

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