Install DIY Lighting
Draw up a plan
Types of lights
Easy solar lights
The output of solar lights may vary and be less bright after cloudy days, but if the battery loses all charge, replacements are available to extend the life of the unit.
These low-voltage lights can be DIY installed and submerged to highlight water features. Use them to uplight aquatic plants.
Multicoloured solar party lights and lantern designs can be strung up in a tree or along a balcony rail to create a festive atmosphere.
Get the romantic look of flickering tea-light candles with rechargeable LED lights that can last up to 10 hours per charge.
Dealing with moisture
Factor in the elements when working with lights outside.
OUTDOOR BULBS sometimes burst because of moisture or changes in temperature. Turn off power at the main switchboard, using a circuit tester to check.
TO REMOVE the bulb, press a cut potato firmly into the remains. Turn it to unscrew the bulb then clean the socket with 0000 steel wool. Another method is to reach into the metal base with needle-nose pliers and open them as fully as possible, twisting to remove the bulb.
EXTENSION CORDS for outdoor use are well-insulated and waterproof but the socket is not. It is essential to waterproof the connection between the plug and socket for safety.
TO WATERPROOF where the two lines connect, the easiest option is to encase the plug and socket in a box designed to house and safely insulate the connection.