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LED Lighting - Lighen up your garden like never before.


In the past I have used “Ring” lighting in my garden, this consists of a 12v wire that is placed where lights are required. Once the wire is in place, you then select the type of lighting you wish to use, i.e, lantern, glow light, spot light etc, then attach to wire and plug in. Simple but can be very expensive.

When recently shopping online I came across LED Strip Lighting that was ideal for the garden. They generally come in 5 meter lengths but can easily be reduced in size, they are also flexible, waterproof, bright, colour changing , low voltage, can easily be concealed and best of all cheap (Approx £13 per 5 meter length). Initially I thought it was too good to be true, so I placed an order for one set and when they arrived I was wowed by them.

Since placing my first order I have ordered many more and placed them around the borders in my garden giving an incredible glow when it’s dark.

If you are interested in this kind of lighting, they are available from eBay by searching for 5m waterproof led strip lighting you would also need a transformer for each set of lights purchased, the seller should also sell these so I suggest you ask them for the correct transformer for the lights being purchased (Approx £5 each) I don’t want to favor any in particular seller so I would suggest you check the sellers rating and feedback before placing your order. Or if you prefer, contact me and I can put you in touch with the seller I purchased from.

To install is simple;

1/ First of all decide where you want the lighting to be positioned. Take your time doing this, it could save you a lot of time afterwards.

2/ Using the self adhesive tape on the back of the lighting, stick them down to a clean dry surface. For outdoor use, I also used 1.5mm cable clips and nailed them in to ensure they stay put.

3/ Connect the LED wires (- and +) to the hollow plug connector

4/ Connect the hollow plug connector to the transformer and plug in.

5/ Turn on and enjoy.

Hope this helps. I will do my best to answer any questions you may have.


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Looks like a great idea, Thanks for sharing :-)

7 Apr, 2012


My son has a strip like this, bought for his summerhouse but uses it in his garden instead, had it about 3yrs and its great all year round...

7 Apr, 2012


What a great blog Stephen! The lighting looks brilliant, particularly for a contemporary garden. We have low voltage lamps around the garden but I must admit, they are next to useless. They don't light up anything at all around them. In our last garden we had lighting that was much stronger and it was lovely, lighting up the plants in the evening. Great blog, very informative. Thank you!

8 Apr, 2012


I wouldn't mind lighting in my garden. It would help when I go to call the cat in at night, aswell as looking good :o)

8 Apr, 2012


Thank goodness we have two son in law electricians, must show them this..... they will love it I am sure lol

8 Apr, 2012

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