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    Making the garden cosy with lights?


    Hi, I’ve got questions about putting up lights in the garden. 1. What’s the safest way to string up lights in a small tree? We’re talking 12ft high. 2. Will old outdoor xmas lights work? 3. How can I hide the wire between the garage and the tree safely?

    Asked by minesh on 9th Apr 2020
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    Mohawk Maintenance Services Ltd

    "Outdoor low voltage lighting is relatively simple. Xmas tree lights are ideal for decorating your Garden, but ensure they are designed for Outdoor use with a suitable IP rating, if in doubt do not use them.
    A power supply external to the house such as a weatherproof socket is best as a Power supply, short of that your running from indoors, through the window.
    Routing is simply a personal decision for yourself, just apply common sense, ie not through the pond!"

    Answered on 18th Jun 2020 - Member since Jan 2020 - report
    247 Electrical Call-Outs Northwest

    "You would need ip66 lighting at 240v or 12v dc lighting for outdoor. I would use warm white for a ambient effect"

    Answered on 13th Jul 2020 - Member since Jun 2020 - report
    MAG Electrical Services Ltd

    "Usually you can use a catenary wire or you can create a trench and bury it."

    Answered on 21st May 2020 - Member since Apr 2020 - report
    SM Electrical

    "With outdoor lights there are numerous different choices online to choose from. But i highly recommend when buying lights pay close attention to IP rating of the accessories. Important because some basic cheap lights can erode overtime and snap. External power supplies such as outdoor sockets are good for more durable lighting and can be switched for handiness."

    Answered on 21st Jul 2020 - Member since Feb 2020 - report
    Homestyle Builders

    "There's only one way if you want to hide the wire and that's underground, you will have to use Steel Armoured cable though which you will probably need an electrician to fit for you."

    Answered on 9th Apr 2020 - Member since Mar 2020 - report

    "Old Xmas tree lights may not be weatherproof and they will need to be connected via RCD..
    Better using solar-type fitting on wires.
    They have a good range at qvc."

    Answered on 9th Apr 2020 - Member since Feb 2019 - report
    O’Prey Electrical UK

    "Hi there.

    1.The safest way would be to use cable ties.

    2.Yes outdoor xmas lights would be ok.

    3.To hide the wire from the garage to the tree would be to go under ground using a conduit or ducting. In addition I would advise you have an outdoor enclosure for power installed that would fit the plug/transformer for lights.

    Kind regards


    Answered on 19th Jul 2020 - Member since Mar 2020 - report

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