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ODL047A 1 Watt Square Brass Finish LED Ground or Decking Light£33.60) (inc. vat Add to basket
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Garden lighting is a versatile way to enhance the appearance and safety of your outdoor space. Garden ground lights are just one example of useful garden lights, but they are among the most versatile.
What Is a Garden Ground Light?
Garden ground lights, also known as in ground lights, are a type of light that is installed in the ground. In ground uplight fixtures are made to sit flush with the ground and shine light upwards. This allows the light to provide ample illumination without being a tripping hazard like some other outdoor lighting. This gives them the nickname “LED walkover lights,” since you can comfortably step right over them.
Not only can LED ground lights provide lighting around a domestic garden, but they are also a choice addition to hospitality settings. A well-placed ground spotlight can be just what your space needs, no matter what that may be.
Where Can You Use Recessed Ground Lights?
Ground LED spotlights can be used in just about any application you can think of in hotel or home settings. They are quite versatile because of their modern, subtle appearance and the fact that they sit flush with the ground. Using ground lights for driveways is an especially popular choice, but there are many other ways you can include in ground garden lights elsewhere. These include but are not limited to:
- Recessed in garden decking
- Shining up the walls of a hotel or house
- Shining up trees
- Shining up garden statues or ornaments
- Accenting atriums
How Far Apart Should You Fit LED Ground Spotlights?
External ground lighting should be carefully planned out just as you would other types of lighting. Ultimately, where you place these lights will come down to your needs. This includes what you are hoping to highlight, how much illumination you want in any given area and the power of the light that you end up choosing.
If you’d like to illuminate columns outside of a hotel, one or two lights will suffice. Simply position them close to the column so that they are shining right up at them. When it comes to using recessed LED ground lights in a residential setting, you should consider similar points as above. Keep in mind that not using enough of them around a space can dilute the effect and make the illumination weak. Positioning the necessary amount of these lights so that the illumination comes together to look full and complete can prevent this.
If you’re hoping to line a fence or a wall with them, a general rule is to keep them approximately two meters apart. This will afford a nice lighting effect while also illuminating the area beautifully.
At the end of the day, however, placement of in ground LED uplighters all comes down to personal preference of where exactly you intend to place the lights to shine on certain features.
How Long Do LED Garden Ground Lights Last?
One of the things that makes LED lights so popular is that they have a very long life. If you choose high quality bulbs such as Osram or CREE brands, you can feel confident that they could last even longer than the average LEDs. Generally speaking, LED lights are designed to last for a minimum of 20,000 hours. Their exceptionally long life span will save you both time and money on maintenance and replacements.
When you compare the life of LED light bulbs to that of other types of bulbs, the longevity of LED lights really becomes apparent:
- CFL bulbs can last 15,000 hours
- Halogen bulbs commonly last 2,000 hours
- Incandescent bulbs tend to last 1,000 hours
As you can see, LED bulbs far outlast other common types of lightbulbs. Using these numbers, you can deduce that running an LED light for six hours a day would afford you functionality for up to 10 years. You could even extend them beyond that to around 17 years, for instance, by running them for only four hours a day.
When compared to halogen bulbs, LED lights are just as bright. The difference lies only in the way that this brightness is measured. Where most lights commonly measure brightness using wattage, LED lights instead use lumens. To get a good idea of the comparison between the two, you can think of every one “watt” of LED light being the same as 80 to 100 lumens. See below for further examples:
- A 3 watt LED light bulb will output light that is equal to a 25-30 watt halogen bulb.
- A 5 watt LED light bulb will output light that is equal to a 45-50 watt halogen bulb.
- A 9 watt LED light bulb will output light that is equal to a 60 watt halogen bulb.
While considering the brightness level for your new garden ground lights, you should think about just what it is you want to illuminate and how much. For instance, a tall pillar will need a brighter, further-reaching light. On the other hand, lighting a small statue or bush should take far less. Another factor to consider when choosing the brightness includes how far away you intend to place the lights from what you are attempting to illuminate. These are the two main factors that will come into play when deciding on the best lumen count.
IP ratings are important for outdoor lights of any kind, but especially ground lights. While all outdoor lights are exposed to the elements, recessed ground lighting is also in direct contact with the soil. Having a properly IP rated light will prevent wet and dry particulates from getting into the lights and ruining them.
“IP” stands for “Ingress Protection” and is a rating used to determine the protection any given light has against its environment. The first number in the rating indicates the resistance against solid materials, while the second indicates the resistance against liquids. Below, you can get familiar with the IP ratings:
- Level 1 lighting earns protection from any dripping water.
- Level 2 lighting earns protection from dripping water that is coming from a fixture tilted at 15 degrees.
- Level 3 lighting earns protection from spraying water.
- Level 4 lighting earns protection against splashes of water.
- Level 5 lighting earns protection from jet water.
- Level 6 lighting earns protection from forceful water jets.
- Level 7 lighting earns protection from immersion up to one meter.
- Level 8 lighting earns protection immersion one meter deep or higher.
Since you know your lights will be exposed to rain, wind and sun, choosing a high IP rating is needed. It is recommended that you have at least an IP65 rated light, but if you can find an IP67 rated light you are pleased with, that would be even better. These both are fully waterproof ratings, so you won’t have to worry about pooling water damaging them.
Unlike halogen bulbs that turn a high percentage of their energy into heat, LED ground light bulbs don’t. Instead, they convert an even higher percentage into illumination. LED lights do generate heat, but they do not get overly hot to the touch. This is because when the electricity moves through the conductor, there is hardly any heat that is produced.
For this reason, you won’t have to worry about accidentally burning yourself if you unscrew them with unprotected hands. With halogen or even incandescent bulbs, you do run the risk of touching bulbs that are too hot to the touch. This effect makes them particularly well suited for ground lights. Using LED lights, you won’t have to worry about excessive heat near shrubbery or creating a fire hazard.
By adding in ground lighting as a layer in your outdoor lighting, you generate even, plentiful illumination across the garden. A well-lit area is known to lessen the chance of burglary, as there are fewer shadows for any potential intruder to creep around in. By illuminating more areas, you also give your security lights more to pick up on, so you can keep an eye on what’s happening outside with greater ease.
LED ground lights can also be connected to motion sensors, which will trigger them to turn on if someone is moving around them. The lights turning on suddenly will alert you to the happenings outside. This will also make it so the movement can be captured by the cameras that are in position for this purpose.
You can also install recessed ground lighting to illuminate entrances and exits to light up all possible areas that an intruder might attempt to enter. This could scare them off from even trying, as they won’t want to be seen in the light. You can place these around the perimeter of the house to shine the lights up onto the exterior to make the area even better lit while offering a decorative touch.
Generally speaking, well-lit areas allow homeowners to feel safer and will be beneficial if you often host guests outside at night. They also make it easier for you to see where you’re walking, offering a different feeling of safety as you and guests travel down the paths. Since the lights are recessed, you won’t have to worry about accidentally tripping over them.
Because all lights operate using electricity, it is not wise to install them yourself. Instead, you should always hire a professional electrician to come and install them for you. Even if you can’t install them on your own, you can still involve yourself in the process in other ways.
Before the electrician comes to install the uplights, you should plan out exactly where you want the lights to be placed. Once you’ve done this, if it is alright with the electrician, you can start digging the areas where you will be placing your inground lighting to speed the process along. This way, the electrician can come and simply lay the cables and begin installing them right away.
It is highly recommended that you choose armoured cables for your exterior lighting. Armoured cables are stronger and more resilient than average cables, and because you are going to place them underground, they will offer better protection for the wiring. In the event that you have to dig around these lights in the future for whatever reason, you won’t have to worry about the shovel cutting through the wiring. As an extra measure of precaution, it’s a good idea to keep a diagram or map of where the wiring is laid out for future reference. This will let you know where they are for future reference if you need to dig in the area for any reason.
Recessed inground lighting is a sleek, contemporary way to provide outdoor lighting. Well suited for home and hotel applications, LED in ground uplighters can be used to highlight pillars, statues, bushes, walls and beyond. They provide not only a decorative effect but also enhance the safety of the area. Using LED bulbs instead of halogen, you can expect them to serve their purpose for 20,000 hours, limiting the number of times you’ll need to replace them.
Above, we outlined the benefits of garden ground lights and exactly what they can be used for. We also provided tips on where to place the garden lights in relation to one another and in relation to the items you want to light up. Keep this article handy and refer to it as you begin to shop for your new LED ground garden lights.