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What wire for outdoor lighting through a transformer?

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by BML, 24 Apr 2011.

  1. BML

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    I have bought a set of four garden lights with 8 watt bulbs for the garden and they run through a transformer. I would like to extend the wire to place them at the bottom of the garden. I never touch mains electricity powered connections but I think that as these are low wattage items it would be allright.
    Could someone please tell me what wire/cable I need to ask for?
     
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  3. JameZZ

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    You need to work out what the voltage drop will be for the longer run.

    http://www.tlc-direct.co.uk/Technical/Lighting/VoltageDrop.html

    And if you're in England or Wales, unless this lighting set is designed to have the cable extended, modifying it will make the installation of it notifiable.
     
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    Many thanks for the information which simple as it may appear to a skilled person tells me I should get one to fit it for me.
     
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    How many meters cable is included in the kit & how much extra would you need to reach the desired location?
     
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    Jameeee is right to wave ared flag.

    If you have a long cable to the lights then they will be dim, or (at best) dimmer than the others.
     
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