The 12v Smartspike 260 is a stylish and versatile 1m tall spikelight with two 60mm diameter spotlights which can be adjusted individually. Once illuminated the 12v spotlights can be pointed in completely different directions, path edges or low level planting can be highlighted elegantly at the same time as uplighting taller garden features. They can point in the same direction for double the light output in one direction or area. The 1m pole has a 45° cut at the base to form a spike, which can be cut to a shorter length if required. The cable exit is situated 400mm from the base, with approximately 5m of cable supplied for ease of installation (less cable joins).
The size of the spotlight heads on this double spikelight ensure longer LED MR16 bulbs can be accommodated with no issues. This is a fantastic benefit as LED bulbs save maintenance (long lifespan), energy and cost compared with halogen bulbs.
Garden lights crafted from solid brass are naturally robust and durable (IP65), and due to the antique 'rustic bronze' finish, they blend in subtly with the colours and textures of natural surroundings. The rustic bronze finish of the solid brass spikelights has darker and lighter elements appearing in slightly different areas and patterns which really adds to their unique and classic quality.
Choosing the style of a product is only part of the equation you must also think of where that product will be used and how it will be installed. All exterior lighting products on our web site have a IP rating which is explained further in our design ideas section but in simple terms the IP rating is appropriate to each light fitting and its intended application and is therefore fit for purpose. Water ingress is the enemy for outdoor lighting and the products supplied are only as good as the installation as the weakest point is always cable and transformer joints. All joint must be made 100% water tight and this can be done using heat shrink kits, waterproof junction boxes which are then filled with a resin mix. All joints where possible should be made above ground for easy access and reduced water ingress. When installing ground buried lights adequate drainage systems should be put in place especially in clay based soil areas. If possible use ground surface spike lights rather than a buried light. Mains 240v cable will have less joints than a low voltage installation but care must be taken with the cable runs.
All exterior lights must be installed by a certified NIC EIC electrician and should be signed off by an electrician with Part P certification. all cable joints must be 100% watertight. There are a selection of waterproof jointing kits and boxes available on this web site.
The amount of light that is produced by a lamp is called lumens and the more lumens the lamp has the brighter it will be. Lumens work in conjunction with kelvins and should not be taken in isolation of each other. For example if you had a very warm white lamp at 2,700 kelvins and it produced 300 lumens and you then had another lamp which was a cool white 6,000 kelvins which also produced 300 lumens the cooler lamp colour would always appear brighter to the naked eye than the warmer one this is due to the receptors in the eye that react better to a white light spectrum. Another factor on how bright a light may appear is contrast. So if you shine a white 6,000 kelvin light onto a dark wall and a warm 2,700 Kelvin lamp onto a white wall the warmer lamp would appear brighter due to the contrast of the material it is focused on. So when choosing a lamp always take into account the area you want to illuminate and think about Kelvins (colour ), Lumens ( brightness) and contrast (colour of area).
The colour of a lamp is defined as a measurement called kelvins. A standard GLS light bulb in your house would be 2,700 kelvins which is in the warm colour spectrum and a lamp with 6,000 kelvins would be at the very cold white spectrum. Getting the right colour temperature of a lamp does matter as the warm colour wavelength helps to soften skin tones and gives a warm soft relaxed feel and at the other end of the scale a 4,000 to 6,000 kelvin lamp colour would be used in offices or at fast food restaurants to make you feel less comfortable and relaxed and feel more alert. There’s nothing that can sour your opinion of a compact fluorescent or LED lamp like buying a 4000K or 5000K bulb when you meant to buy a 2700K bulb, or vice-versa. When you buy a new, energy efficient bulb, keep your application and colour scheme in mind and make sure to buy the bulb with a colour temperature to match.
|colour:||stainless steel, black, Satin Silver, Natural Copper, Rustic Bronze|
|Lamp base:||2 x MR16|
|Voltage:||12 Volt, 220 - 240v|
|Max wattage:||35w per bulb holder|
|IP rating:||IP 65|
|cabling:||2 Core (12v) 0.75mm² H05RN-F (approx. 5m)|
|Ground spike dimensions:||Spike Length: 1000mm (1m)|