Nautilus Spike XL, Black, Ground Spike Light, Mains 240v GU10, IP65
The high quality powder coated exterior body provides added durability to this IP65
outdoor garden spike light. Cable supplied should be installed above ground or put into waterproof tubing. If received with 2 pin plug that can be removed or we can supply a 3 pin plug.
Ground spike lights are the most popular and flexible light fittings we sell and
can be used for numerous areas to illuminate small trees and shrubs as well as garden
ornaments and water features. The spike can also be removed and the attached
bracket can be used to wall mount the spot light which can be directed at an eating
area or BBQ. You could fix them on the underside of the top of a pergola and send a pencil beam
of light down to the floor to illuminate the pathway below or back light a bench
area, the possibilities are endless and they are a very easy and cost effective solution
to illuminate an outdoor space.
This fitting should be used with ECO friendly LED GU10 lamps.
LED lamps offer energy savings over the traditional halogen GU10 lamps and are also
cool to touch and safe around children. Warm white and cool white are available and
the cool white works well when illuminating shrubs and trees whereas the warm white
works better on brickwork and wood.
All installations should be done by a NIC EIC electrical contractor
to ensure a safe and 100% water tight installation. Waterproof joint kits and boxes
are available from our web site.
Energy efficient lamps
Choosing the right lamp is a combination of 3 main factors, Lumens, Kelvins and
efficiency. Efficiency matters because you want the maximum light output possible (Lumens )
from the minimun amounts of watts consumed. Kelvins are the colour temperature of the lamp. 2700k is the warm end of the colour spectrum and 5000k is the cooler whiter
end of the colour spectrum.The latest LED technology lamps are amongst the most efficient you can buy today. An example would
be to change a mains halogen GU10 35w lamp to an ECO friendly GU10 5w LED lamp. The
same can be done by changing the older E27 GLS light bulb for an E27 LED. Reduced energy bills with no loss of light output helps the environment and reduce
your energy bills.
Example of LED lamp energy savings
Lamp colour ( Kelvins )
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 the tone of the area and
gives a warm soft relaxed feel and ideal for colourful flower beds and rockery areas especially with wooden bark and at the
other end of the scale a 4,000 to 6,000 kelvin lamp colour would be used against a light background such as white walls or
to accentuate grey blueish foliage in shrubs and small trees. 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.
Coloured filters are good to use with the LED bulbs too especially in winter using green filters give the appearance the
trees are still in leaf
Kelvin colour temperature chart
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 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 or magic gel mix.