Dos and Dont’s of Outdoor Electrical Installation

When it comes to installing any electrical equipment in the garden, hiring a qualified electrical contractor can literally save your life! However, knowing a few things about a safe electrical installation will help you understand better the scope of your redesign project and plan accordingly. Keeping in mind these basic rules will ensure that your outdoor room becomes a secure place:

Do

  • Hire a qualified contractor for all your outdoor electrical installations.
  • Make sure that the contractor has protected all exterior electrical circuits by a ground fault interrupter. This device will cut off power immediately when it detects a leakage of current to earth.
  • Turn off electrical equipment before doing any maintenance, even if it’s a simple bulb replacement.

Don’t

  • Install electrical equipment outside unless you are qualified to do so.
  • Use any electrical devices such as switches, sockets, and transformers in the garden if they are designed only for interior uses.
  • Substitute proper weatherproof enclosures with plastic bags or temporary wrappings.

Properly Installing your Low-voltage lighting

 

 

Where to mount the transformer

The transformer needs to be mounted next to a properly grounded indoor or outdoor outlet.  It must be mounted at least 18″ above the ground if you are placing it outside.  You can mount it on a wall, fence, post,  or other suitable surface.  Continue reading “Properly Installing your Low-voltage lighting”