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How To Wire Outdoor Lighting

How To Wire Outdoor Lighting

Learn how to correctly install outdoor sensor lights with this VideoJug and Aspect Maintenance video.

Hi there, I'm Chris from Aspect Aspect Maintenance, a large electrical company based in the center of London. Today we're going to have a brief look at outdoor lighting, just talk through about what light you should choose, where to put it and what circuit should feed that light. Here today we've installed a light on the wall, we've just ran the cable surface just to show you.

Ideally you'd install the cable in some mechanical protection, i.e. some plastic conduit or plastic casing or something like that.

The light itself is a 200 watt halogen outdoor light, waterproof, IP rating about six five. You really don't want to go any less then that or it'll probably start taking water and only last a couple of months. The light itself has a movement sensor along the bottom just to pick up people that come by.

So obviously the circuit you'd need for that is; you'd just take a permanent live, neutral and earth; you'd put a switch on the inside purely for isolation if you ever want to change the light or if it's coming on a bit too much and it's sort of annoying you a bit. Ideally you just need a permanent feed to that light and the senor switch will do the switching for you. Take a closer look at the connection; unscrew the waterproof lid.

which is there.

Let's have a look at the cable itself.that's your live which is the red, nowadays it'll be the bronze, neutral there and the earth, which is there; so they'll just match up to they're connection on the other side. With most light, outdoor ones anyways, it'll give you the connections on the side. So, if you follow that you should be just fine.

And of course one very important thing to remember is that you screw it up as tightly as possible the waterproof gland that would protect the cable as it goes in so that no water gets in there to the connections; you can see how dry that is. This light's been up there for quite awhile. So it's just a case of then putting the waterproof lid back on and just screwing it up as tight as possible.

And obviously if there's water involved you don't want any leaks or anything like that. And then obviously you put the light back up. And that's how you install an outside PAR sensor light.