Garden Lighting In 3 Easy Steps

Illuminate Your Garden In 3 Easy Steps

Anyone can install our garden lighting, you don't need to be an electrician or have any electrical know how do use our system. Planning and installing the system is incredibly easy, take a look at these 3 easy steps below to see just how simple it is. Still not sure? Check out our YouTube channel for all our videos. 

Step 1 - Choose your lighting

Step 1 - Choose your lighting

With over 100 lights available in the range and being Techmar's largest distributor in the UK we offer every light they have with something for every kind of garden. Whilst choosing your lights, you should try to think about what you want to achieve with the lighting. Do you want something deocrative or something more functional? A post light or a spotlight?

Click here to see our range of lights.

Step 2 - Choose a transformer

Step 2 - Choose a transformer

As our system is 12 volts, it requires a transformer to convert the mains 240 volt to 12 volt. The total wattage of your lights will determine what transformer you'll need. To calculate this, add up the wattage of each light plus any switching device and select a transformer with a higher wattage/capacity. Just remember that the 60W & 150W transformers have a maximum capacity of less 20%, the 60W becomes 48W and the 150W becomes 120W. The 24W transformer can be loaded up to it's full capacity. 

Tip: We recommend allowing for a few extra lights on the transformer in case you want to add to the system later on.

Step 3 - Choose your cable

Step 3 - Choose your cable

We offer 2 types of cable; standard cables with fixed connectors and deluxe flex cable with loose connectors. The standard cables come in set lengths of 8, 10 & 15mtrs and have pre-moulded sockets in set positions. This is a typical plug & play system, the lights come with a cable and a male plug which will connect straight into the pre-moulded socket.

The alternative is to use the flex cable with loose connectors, you can determine exactly where you would like to position the connector/light. You simply clamp the female connector anywhere you want along the flex cable and then plug the light into it. The flex cable comes in 10, 25 & 50mtr lengths but can be cut down to size/length by the customer.

When thinking about what cable might be best suited to your garden, don't forget that we do offer lots of accessories which can be used with both cable systems. These include a number of different extension cables and the very important 3 way divider. The 3 way divider simply plugs into an exisiting socket and turns the 1 socket into 3. The extension cables are great if you need to bring a particular light further away from the inital cable run, you can find out what length of cable comes with each light fitting by looking at the technical information on each page.

Do you have questions regarding cable choice?

Deluxe Plain SPT2 Flex Cable System

You choose the Flex cable system if you do not want to be tied to fixed connection points, but want to be able to connect the lights anywhere on the cable.

The Flex main cables have no fixed connection points, which means that you can connect the lights anywhere on the cable using the Flex connector.In addition, you can easily cut the Flex cables to size.
The screw connectors can be used on an SPT-1 or SPT-3 cable, depending on which screw connector you use.The Flex connector is only for the Flex main cables (SPT-2).
You use the female connector to connect a light to the main cable and a male connector you can use to connect the cable to the transformer or to make a branch.
The Garden Lights system works on 12 volts and this is low voltage.Low voltage cables do not need to be buried.
You don't have to do anything with the end.This is harmless.If you would like to seal it neatly, you can use the supplied caps or a piece of tape.

Standard Main Cable With Connectors At Fixed Points
You choose the fixed cable system if you want to be ready in one go without purchasing separate connectors.
You have 4 or 6 fixed connection points on the cable as standard, so you don't need separate connectors for connecting lights and accessories.
The Garden Lights system works on 12 volts and this is low voltage.Low voltage cables do not need to be buried.
You can use the cable divider when you are short of a connection point on the fixed connection system, you can then connect three extra lights to a single connection point.A cable divider can also be placed directly on the transformer, allowing you to run three (or two) main cables directly from the transformer.You can also use the cable divider to make a branch on a fixed connection point to which a lamp is already connected.By placing the cable distributor in between, you can connect the light and the extension cable at one point.

 

Standard Main Cable With Connectors At Fixed Points

You choose the fixed cable system if you want to be ready in one go without purchasing separate connectors.
You have 4 or 6 fixed connection points on the cable as standard, so you don't need separate connectors for connecting lights and accessories.
The Garden Lights system works on 12 volts and this is low voltage.Low voltage cables do not need to be buried.
You can use the cable divider when you are short of a connection point on the fixed connection system, you can then connect three extra lights to a single connection point.A cable divider can also be placed directly on the transformer, allowing you to run three (or two) main cables directly from the transformer.You can also use the cable divider to make a branch on a fixed connection point to which a lamp is already connected.By placing the cable distributor in between, you can connect the light and the extension cable at one point.

Just remember, we are only a telephone call or email away from helping you.