How to Install Garden Lighting | Mitre 10 Easy As

How to Install Garden Lighting | Mitre 10 Easy As


There are some very practical
reasons for outdoor lighting. A lot of entertaining
happens in the evening, and good outdoor lighting
makes it a safer place to walk, but well-placed outdoor
lighting will also create great atmosphere
in your garden, so you can enjoy it long
after the sun goes down. A decent outdoor
lighting setup doesn’t have to burn you in the pocket. And you’ll be surprised just
how easy it is to put in. I’m going to show you how
to plan and install lighting at your place. Rightio, I’ve
measured up and drawn a scale plan of our garden. Now, I’ve got two really
lovely big trees here I’d like to highlight,
so I’m going to put a light in the base of
those– one there and there. Now, the path down the
side of the house– I’d like to put some
bollard lights down the side there just to
illuminate that– make it a little bit safer, as well. Now, around the
side of the house I’ve got some steps that I’d
like to illuminate for safety, and we’ve got a really
nice feature garden, we’re going to put some
lights in there, as well. OK, I’ve had my sparky attach
our outdoor power supply. I’ve got this
situated in the garden just because we’re so
far away from the house. Normally you’d
have this attached to the side of your house. Now I’ve got my 150
watt transformer. All I have to do
very simply is just plug that straight into
the box, and then we run our power lines off that. Now I’ve plugged in a 150
watt transformer outside, so that means I can plug in
a raft of different lights into that so long as it
doesn’t exceed 150 watts. Now, I can tell that by,
on the side of my box here, I’ve got 50 watts
for my spotlights I’m going to use to
highlight my trees. And I’m going to
put these bollards down the side of our path. These are only one watt each. So let’s just plug all
that onto our plan. This tree here– I’ve a 50
watt and another 50 watt highlighting that tree. Now, I’ve got six
one watt bollards down the side of the path. So let’s add all that up– 106 watts. Righty-o, so I’ve got 106 watts. I’m well under our
150 watt transformer. Now it’s time to run our lines. To run the one
watt bollards, I’m using a cable with six
separate power sockets. There’s a bunch of
different cables, and they all work with all the
different lights in our system. Start at the transformer
and work your way out. The cable I’m using is 15
metres long and has a socket every two meters for the lights. OK, so I’m just going to
run my cable all the way out to our farthest point and then
plug our lights in from there. Position your lights
where they look the best. Each light has an
extra two metres of cable, which allows you
to easily reach the power sockets on the main line. Then it’s just a matter
of plugging in and hiding the cable to keep
things nice and tidy. Thanks to a splitter
at the transformer, I’m powering up the other
side of the garden, too. OK, I’ve just run my second
line from our transformer. I’ve just plugged in my 50 watt. Now I’m just about to
run my 10 metre extension cable for my second 50 watt
to illuminate that tree. Now, some of my cables
I’m just concealing behind the back of the
fence here with cable ties. In other areas, I’ll be
hiding it in the ground about four inches down. The good thing about this stuff
is, if you hit it with a spade, there’s no drama whatsoever
because it’s all low voltage. You’re not going to
get electrocuted. Now, with a little
tidy up I can position the last light and power
it up by connecting to the end of the
10 metre extension. Rightio, I’m around the
back of the house now, and I’ve just run this extension
cable for my second 150 watt transformer. I’m going to throw that
all the way down the path, and I’ve got a lovely
little feature garden here I’m going to illuminate with
four of these 20 watt halogens. Now, down these steps I’ve
got these nice little one watt that are just
going to sit on the top of the deck nice and flush. So let’s add all that up. Four times 20 watt
equals 80 watts, and seven times 1
watt equals 7 watts. That’s a total of 87 watts. We’ve got 150 to play with. We’re sweet as. OK, I’ve got this
three-way splitter here. That means I can run one set of
wires into our feature garden, and then another set
of wires down our steps to plug all those in. I’ve marked the deck where
the center of my one watt deck lights will go, and I’m
going to use my hole saw to cut out the holes. OK, so I’ve just
used my 60 mil hole saw to drill our hole to
take our one watt deck light. I’ve already put our little
extension cable on there. I’ve fished that down
the hole, and that’ll plug in to our extension. Now, after I’ve
done all this, I’m going to hide all this extension
cable underneath our deck– save me digging
it into the soil. Once connected, pull the
cable through the hole, and push the light down
flush onto the deck. Easy. Right, from our
three way splitter, I’ve run an extension cable
with four outlets on it. It’s going to take these
four 20 watt lights. We’ll just plug that in and
bury the rest of the cable about four inches
deep into our garden, and we can just place our light
quite nicely under that tree. And once that
light goes down, we can get a really good
position on that. Rightio, there we go. We’ve created a little bit of
depth to our feature garden, made our steps nice and safe. You know what? That really was easy as.


16 thoughts on “How to Install Garden Lighting | Mitre 10 Easy As

  1. estou aprendendo muito com seus videos,todos são nota 1000.Parabéns pelo trabalho e sucesso sempre,abraços……………………BRASIL.

  2. Do you sell solar garden lights have electric but want some for the front yard and would rather just stake and be done because I have no power out the front of my yard.

  3. first gardener I have ever seen in my life sporting a Rolex while at work. Whatever you do do it with fashion 🙂

  4. We love you Aussies I promise ya…however, the one pronounciation you guys should work on is 'deck'. Put a little 'h' behind the 'e' there. We dont usually put lights around our dicks.

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