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Pilot, step light with eyelid, Brass, 12v capsule, IP56

( Requires a 12v transformer )

E2161 is a compact Brass 12 volt surface mount garden light ideal for lighting down onto small step areas where recessing a garden lighting fitting is impractical and glare protection is important. The standard sandblasted brass finish weathers to an ochre colour to blend with timber, stone etc. in many garden lighting settings. Eyelid step lights are versatile garden lights for other garden lighting applications too. With a frosted lens and low power 10w or 20w lamp it is a way of lighting around a patio area from flanking walls or raised beds. It can be positioned under a bench to provide hidden lighting, on balustrade posts to light around a deck or patio area, and can be mounted horizontally around a deck to cast light across areas of decking.

A guide to lighting steps



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 coulour 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 a fast food restaurants to make you feel less comfortable and relaxed and 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 color scheme in mind and make sure to buy the bulb with a color temperature to match. 

Light output ( Lumen's )

The amount of light that is produced by a lamp is called lumen's and the more lumen's 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 lumen's 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 on to a dark wall and a warm 2,700 kelvin lamp on to 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 in to account the area you want to illuminate and think about Kelvins ( colour ),  Lumen's ( brightness) and contrast  ( colour of area )


The installation should be carried out by a NIC EIC electrical contractor who has experience in installing exterior lighting products.  the weakest part of an installation is where the cable joints are made. All joints need to be 100% watertight and joined by either heat shrink kits or waterproof enclosure boxes which can then be filled with magic gel solution.

Typical example of loading a 12v transformer

Colour / Finish
Sandblasted natural brass
Brass is a natural material and it will change colour over its life cycle.

IP rating

Pressure die-cast brass body with stainless steel front plate screws and frosted lens. Pre-wired with 1m cable.

Input voltage
12 volts – requires power from a remote transformer

Lamp type
12 volt halogen capsule lamp - order separately: 10w - CAP10; 20w – CAP20

Front casting screws onto separate back plate which screws to a wall or post: rear fixings required