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.
- 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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Once you are happy with the position of the lights, use a try square to accurately mark the wood.
Reattach the fascia and drill the mounting holes using a 24mm drill bit.
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.
Create holes in the joists or noggings so the cables can be connected. Use the 24mm drill bit to do this.
Place the light fittings into position.
Once all the lights are in place, connect each head to the next in the series.
If you are not extending your lights, then add the supplied blanking plug to cover the last socket.
If you are extending your lights, repeat the same process of choosing where to position the lights, marking out, drilling holes and connecting.
Add the blanking plug to cover the last socket. Then, connect the driver cable into the socket closest to the plug.
Place the mains cable and driver inside the decking so that they will not be visible once you secure the boards back into position.
Then, switch on to test all the lights are working.
Once you have tested the lights, secure all the boards back into position.