How To Guides

How To Install Outside Lights

One of the best ways to turn your garden into a haven for relaxation is to add stylish lighting to your space. Whether it’s to illuminate areas where you want to socialise or you need to add light for security reasons, installing your own outdoor lighting couldn’t be easier. 

Before you get your toolkit out, make sure you read through our top safety tips for installing garden lighting. 

  1. Turn off all power before installing your outdoor lights. We advise investing in a socket or voltage tester for lighting circuits, ensuring you don’t end up experiencing a nasty shock. 
  2. Take the time to read all of the installation instructions carefully. 
  3. If you live in a coastal area, not all outdoor lights will be suitable for your space. The environmental conditions can lead to metal corrosion and stains on your chosen lighting, especially on stainless steel lights. Consider your surroundings before making a purchase. 

Remember! Never take risks when it comes to electrical safety. If in doubt, consult a professional. 

How to install an outdoor wall light

Outdoor wall lights are a great choice for those looking to illuminate doors, corners or pathways and can be easily connected to existing lighting or power circuits. 

  1. Once you have decided where your lights will be placed, drill a hole where you want the light to go, ensuring it runs downhill slightly towards the outside. 
  2. It’s time to connect the cable cores to the right terminals within the unit, or to the flex cores using strip connectors. These need to be tightly wrapped in PVC electrical tape to keep them dry. 
  3. Fix your light to the wall and add a silicone sealant to stop any moisture getting in. 
  4. Back inside the house, run the light supply cable back to a suitable position for you to cut into a main lighting circuit cable with a 4-terminal junction box. 
  5. Install a switch, running a length of 1mm² two core-and-earth cable back to the junction box. 
  6. Finally, isolate the circuit and check that the power is off using a voltage tester Once you’re sure, cut through the main circuit cable and make the connections in the junction box. 

How to install an outdoor flood light

Floodlights are ideal for those looking for additional security in the home. Whether you want to illuminate dark corners in the garden, walkways or driveways, they offer extra safety for your property, especially at night. 

Top Tip: If you’re installing a floodlight, go for one with a passive infrared sensor (PIR) motion detector. This sensor will automatically activate the light when movement is detected. 

  1. Run the spur in 2.5mm² two-core-and-earth cable to the feed terminals of a fused connection unit which has a 5 amp fuse. If there is a switch, you can use this to control the light, if not – you need to install a separate one.
  2. Going from the load terminals of the fused connection unit, run 1mm² two-core-and-earth cable directly to your floodlight if the unit has a switch. If there is not switch, run it to a 4-terminal junction box which can operate separate switch drop and light supply cables. 

At Ocean Lighting, we offer a wide range of outdoor lighting that’s easy to install and designed to look great in your space. From classic styles to ultra-modern lights, it’s easy to create an outdoor lighting concept that complements your garden. 

From wall lights and floodlights to outdoor lamps, fiberoptic light and plinth lights; you can get your garden ready for the party season. 
Shop the full range at Ocean Lighting today, or contact a member of our team for help and advice on installing your outdoor lighting.

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