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Planning & preparation

  • Low-voltage light systems are safe and easy to install and can be fitted to a new or existing deck.
  • You’ll need to have an external 13 Amp plug socket situated within 5m of your deck, so if you don’t have one already, have one fitted by a qualified electrician.
  • When deciding how best to position your lights, remember the maximum distance between each light is 1.2m.
  • It’s best to carefully measure and mark out the position of each light, to ensure perfect spacing.
  • When deciding where to position your lights, bear in mind that you can buy extension kits to increase the total number of light fittings.

Do it right

  • Measure and clearly mark out the points where you will be drilling; this will help to make sure your light fittings are all at equal heights and spacing.
  • Carefully position all cables, and ensure they are not pinched or trapped by existing joists, noggings or deck boards.
  • When drilling holes to accommodate the cables, don’t forget to apply preserver to all cut surfaces to help prolong the life of the timber.

Staying safe

  • The installation of an external 13 Amp plug socket should always be carried out by a qualified electrician.
  • When drilling, it’s always best to wear safety goggles and to take care.
  • Wear protective gloves when handling the deck boards or applying wood preserver.
  • When using wood preserver, always follow manufacturer’s instructions for drying and safety.
  • Do not plug in the lights until all fittings are safely secured.

Aftercare

  • Any buildup of dirt around the lights can be wiped clean using a soft, dry cloth. Do not use any abrasive materials as it may damage the finish.

Step by step

Step 1

Check to see if you have a 13 Amp plug socket within 5m of your deck. If you don’t, you will need to have one fitted by a qualified electrician.

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Step 2

If you are adding lights to a fascia board then remove the board now. This will allow you to avoid any bolts and noggings when choosing where to position the light fittings.

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Step 3

If you are adding the lights to the top of a deck, make sure that they are positioned over the centre of a deck board and not directly over any joists.

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Step 4

Lay your light fittings out into the position you would like them to be in, keeping in mind that the lights can’t be placed more than 1.2m apart. Use a tape measure to ensure the lights are evenly spaced. They shouldn’t be plugged in at this stage.

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Step 5

Once you are happy with the position of the lights, use a try square to accurately mark the wood.

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Step 6

Reattach the fascia and drill the mounting holes using a 24mm drill bit.

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Step 7

Remove all necessary deck boards so that you can feed the cables of each light through the holes. If need be, smooth down any rough edges with sandpaper.

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Step 8

Create holes in the joists or noggings so the cables can be connected. Use the 24mm drill bit to do this.

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Step 9

Place the light fittings into position.

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Step 10

Once all the lights are in place, connect each head to the next in the series.

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Step 11

If you are not extending your lights, then add the supplied blanking plug to cover the last socket.

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Step 12

If you are extending your lights, repeat the same process of choosing where to position the lights, marking out, drilling holes and connecting.

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Step 13

Add the blanking plug to cover the last socket. Then, connect the driver cable into the socket closest to the plug.

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Step 14

Place the mains cable and driver inside the decking so that they will not be visible once you secure the boards back into position.

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Step 15

Then, switch on to test all the lights are working.

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Step 16

Once you have tested the lights, secure all the boards back into position.

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