Our 5 step Garden Bright installation turns dark areas and shadows into bright features and creates a spectacular night garden around your home.
Step 1 – Preparation
Installing Garden Bright’s LED landscape lighting will not generally require a professional electrician.
With some patience and the right tools, you can install your landscape lighting by yourself. Here’s what you need to know.
Preparation is the first step and requires that you gather all of the equipment you need to complete the job BEFORE you begin.
Inside the Garden Bright kits you have everything you need to set up your garden, however depending on the area you wish to light, the proximity to a power supply and what type of environment you are lighting will all dictate if you require any further materials.
Each GardenBright kits contains
- 4 x waterproof LED garden lights
- 1 x (10 watt) transformer which plugs into your home electricity power supply reducing it down to a safe limit.
- 1 x 5 metre pre-wired extension cable.
Each light has 2.5 metres of spacing between cable connecting to the next light, therefore each GardenBright kit should cover an area of approximately 10m.
This is plenty of light to cover most outdoor dining areas, front driveways, or along a 10 meter length of pathway.
IMPORTANT: Placement of the transformer.
The Gardenbright Do-It-Yourself garden lighting works on low voltage 12Volts to power the lights. This is different to the 240Volt power supplied to your house. We use a 10 watt transformer which converts the house power from 240V down to a safe 12Volts.
The transformer will need to be located where you have an outdoor power point.
In your kit, you will find the 4 lights are pre-wired onto a 12.6 metre long cable. The distance from the male connection (which plugs into the transformer) to the first light is 5 metres. If you require extra length from the power source to the placement of the first light, extension cables are available for purchase on our website. http://gardenbright.com.au/shop
TIP: Never overload the transformer, even overloading it a small amount will cause it to fail or consistently shut down. Each light in the Gardenbright kit is 1/2 watt, therefore a maximum of 12 lights can be used on 1 x 10 watt transformer i.e. 1/2watt x 12 lights = 6 watts.
Some additional items you may need to install your lights may include…
- An extension cord.
- Small shovel
- Tape measure
- Power drill and/or screw driver if attaching lights to fencing or walls.
Step 2 – Plan Your Design
Before you begin you will need to decide exactly where you want or need lighting.
Take some time to walk around your garden and decide what objects or areas you want to highlight.
How big is the area you wish to cover?
With these things in mind you should work out how many lights you will need to effectively cover the area you wish to light.
Using a tape measure or by pacing out the area in feet you can get a rough idea of the size of the area you wish to light.
Mark off where each light will be placed. For the most even look you will want to make sure each light is spaced out correctly.
Formalize your plan. What looks best in each location?
What angle enhances the area? Once you figure out where in your garden you want your lights, figure out in what position you want to place them.
There are a couple of considerations that need to be taken into account when deciding on the placement of your lights…
- If you’re wanting to light an entertaining area consider positioning your lights high up on a fence, guttering, or gazebo roof so that the light floods down on the area from above.
In this instance you should ensure you have enough cable to run up the exterior wall and how you will disguise or hide the cable from view.
- If you wish to light plants, trees and bushes then consider positioning your lights down low with the light shining upwards. In this instance consider where you would need to run the extension cable and how you would conceal the cable between each light.
If you’re going to bury the cables in the ground under dirt you will need to dig a small trench to bury your cable securely to ensure they are not tripped over.
- Being high powered 1/2 watt LED lights, your GardenBright lights will beam up to 10-15 metres into the trees. If you want to get a brighter effect, you can place 2 – 4 lights in a group spaced 50-200mm apart.
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Step 3 – Location & Placement
Once you have planned out your light design, you can either mark where the lights will go or simply start the installation by pressing the spike of the light into the ground.
You will want to go ahead and place your electrical cable along where you’ve placed your lights.
Be sure the cable is laid with about 20cm of slack or lag at each end to allow for the cable to be buried.
For now just leave the cable lying loose on the ground as you insert your lights. You will dig a trench in the next step.
As the GardenBright system is completely portable, you can move your lights around your garden trying out different configurations until you find the one that works best.
Step 4 – Digging &/Or Drilling
If burying your cable, move your lights back just enough to allow you room to dig your trench.
You will want to use your flat blade shovel to fold back any lawn or to create a trench in the dirt. Your trench should be approximately 150mm wide, and about 75mm deep. This will allow plenty of room to lay the cable wire down later.
If you are burying your cable under lawn, you may need to use concrete blocks or some other heavy items to prevent the lawn from flipping back in to the trench as you work.
When digging your trench the main thing is to keep in mind that you need to bury the cable enough so that it is not visible and cannot be tripped over.
Step 5 – Burying The Cable
Place the cable in to the trench you’ve just dug. Be sure to leave slack in the cable as you do this. Place the lawn or soil back on top of the cable burying all trace of the cable beneath.
If you have drilled your lights into a roof, door or other object, you should try and hide your cable in a seam or crevice. Don’t just allow the cable to hang.
Not only is it unsightly but it can also be hazardous.
That’s all there is to it!
You can now turn the lights on and sit back and enjoy your new GardenBright landscape garden lighting!
The team at GardenBright are ready with more helpful tips and advice by contacting us on firstname.lastname@example.org or 1300 LED 123.
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