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                            Smart spike 60, 12v MR16, solid copper spike light



The Smartspike 60 solid copper spike 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 solid copper 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 metres of cable.

This fitting can be used with an LED MR16 lamp. Warm white and cool white colour temperatures are available and the cool white works well when illuminating shrubs and trees whereas the warm white works better on brickwork and wood.

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 LED lamp that would be 6 x 5w = 30 watts so you would need a transformer that was 40w as you need some spare capacity on it to function correctly.  LED MR16 lamps can use standard toroidal type transformers.

Typical energy savings by using LED lamps




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. 


                                                      

Installation 


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 heat shrink kits, waterproof junction boxes which are then filled with a resin or gel mix. 

All exterior lights must be installed by a certified NIC EIC electrician and should be signed off by an electrician with Part P certification.  There are a selection of waterproof jointing kits and boxes available on this web site. 

We recommend you use the heat shrink kits for cable jointing and also waterproof enclosures with the hard setting resin compound to minimise the risk of water ingress. Cabling must be Rubber not PVC.

Example of transformer loadings


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Item Specifications

colour: Natural Copper
Adjustable: Yes
Voltage: 12 Volt
IP rating: 65
Suggested accessories: 250mm Extension rod included, None, 500mm Extension rod included
Length: 365mm including spike
Degree of tilt: 90
Material: copper
Bulb Category Primary: Low voltage halogen
Bulb Type: MR16
diameter: 60mm
cabling: 2m of H05RNF cable, 5m of H05RNF cable