Three Steps to Light Up Your Garden with Zero Wiring
- 07 Aug, 2017
The prospect of installing garden lights can be quite daunting if you’ve never done it before. How do I install them? Will I need an electrician? What type of lights should I buy? What are IP ratings? These are just some of the questions that you may be asking. This guide will enable you to choose, purchase and install all of your garden lights quickly and easily; and with no wiring required!
Making battery and solar garden lights workTo install garden lights with no wiring, mains powered lights are obviously not an option. Even plug-and-play mains powered lights don’t fit our criteria of zero wiring. Instead, we will use a combination of high quality battery and solar powered lights, which can be quickly and easily installed yourself.
A word about IP ratingIP stands for “ingress protection”, and is a measurement of how much protection the light fitting provides against solid object and water entering and damaging the light. You can read a full description about IP rating here if you wish, however the key point to bear in mind is that IP44 is classed as “weatherproof”, and will be suitable for most garden lights. The only times you may need a higher IP rating would be if you were installing a light in a location that is particularly exposed to the weather, or in a location next to a water feature. In these instances the higher protection offered by an IP55 rating or higher would be worth considering.
Step 1 – Decide what you wantFirst of all, break your garden down into the following areas:
- Paths and patios
- Flower beds
- Trees and shrubs
- Walls and buildings