Smart spike 60, 12v MR16, 316 stainless steel spike light
The Smart spike 316 stainless steel light is a stylish quality built fully
adjustable spot light, ideal for use in any garden or outdoor space to
highlight, plants, trees or statues.
The high quality stainless body provides added durability to this IP65
outdoor spot light and can be used near coastal environments, being
highly weather resistant and rust proof. Comes complete with 2 meters of
LED lamps offer energy savings over the traditional halogen MR16 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 where as the warm white works better on brickwork and
Example of energy efficient lamps
Choosing the right lamp is a combination of 3 main factors, Lumen's, Kelvins and efficiency. Efficiency matters because you
want the maximum light output possible ( Lumen's ) from the minimum amounts of watts consumed. The latest LED lamps will
reduce energy bills with no loss of light output and helps the environment too.
Lamp colour ( Kelvin's )
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 5,000 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 5,000 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.
Low voltage is the safer option in the garden due to the ground being
dug etc. You will need to use a transformer which matches the lamp
voltage, for example if you had 6 fittings each with a MR16 5w lamp
that would be 6 x 5w = 30watts so you would need a transformer that
was about 40va as you need some spare capacity on it to function
correctly. Standard LED MR16 bulbs use a standard toroidal type transformer.
We recommend you use the heat shrink kits for cable jointing and also
waterproof enclosures with the magic gel compound to minimise
the risk of water ingress.
Use rubber and not PVC cabling. All exterior lighting products on our web site have an 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 joints must be made 100% water tight and this can be done using cable joint kits, waterproof junction boxes which are then filled with a resin or gel mix. All joints where possible
should be made above ground for easy access and reduced water ingress.