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Further Information

Further Information
INSTALLATION
When it comes to installation an electrician will need to check the garden first and will probably need to liaise with your builder or landscaper with regards to the laying of cables and/or drilling holes, etc. Conduit to be laid prior to completing any hard landscaping works, which helps the cables to run neatly around the garden areas. It is wise to make sure that any electrician you employ has a PART P certification. This requirement came into force in January 2005. Any outdoor electrical works that are undertaken by anyone who does not hold PART P are required to be inspected by the local area Building Control Department.

A quality installation is imperative for the longevity of your outdoor lighting. Ensure that the instructions supplied with your light fittings and/or lighting transformers are followed meticulously to avoid failure. Make sure that all the electrical circuits are protected by an RCD. Only use electrical equipment designed for exterior use with the appropriate IP rating. We strongly recommend that time is taken when selecting a PART P Certified electrician to carry out any outdoor or indoor electrical installation.

Wattage and beam angles - The wide choice of beam angles and wattages means you can tailor each light source to create a precise effect. If you need to increase the beam throw of a lamp, try using a 20w lamp with a 10 deg. beam angle, rather than upgrading to a 35w or 50w lamp.

Coloured lamps
Lamps and Hunza lenses are available in a variety of colours. Used sparingly they can create really interesting effects.

Changing lamps
When you are replacing a lamp, check the wattage and beam angle. Avoid cheap lamps – they’re a false economy because they have shorter lives and need changing more often. We recommend using lamps with a rating of at least 5000 hours.

Taking Care of Your Cable
Black low voltage electrical cable is fairly invisible when placed on soil, but you can hide it by burying it in an inch or two of soil or under a mulch. Keen gardeners might prefer to keep the cable visible to avoid accidentally damaging it when digging!

Heat Output
Halogen light sources do generate a considerable amount of heat therefore precautions should be taken when considering their location. There is always a solution, therefore, if in doubt please contact us for more advice.

TRICKS OF THE TRADE!
What you can light:- Generally speaking, if you want to light something, you can with Hunza lights – architectural features, decks, tree trunks, lawns, leaves, flowers, fountains, ponds, pergolas, patios, paths, etc

Paint a Picture with Light and Shade
When designing your scheme, try to think of it in its entirety, rather than as separate areas. All the elements should be considered together and be in balance. Remember you may pay more for the RETRO fittings, but they can be a much easier solution than trying to install or disguise external transformers in hard to reach areas. Calculating the required transformers need not be difficult. Hunza recommend that the transformers be placed less than 4m away from the light fitting/s, so in order to overcome this you may need to specify a variety of transformers in varying sizes. Our transformers are dimmable! Your electrician should be able to calculate this for you.

HALOGEN & LED LAMPS - HEAT OUTPUT!
Low voltage outdoor lighting is an ideal and safe way to illuminate your surroundings. Halogen light sources do however generate a considerable amount of heat and therefore precautions should be taken when considering their location. Particularly at low level in public areas where children or animals may come into contact with the fittings. If in doubt please contact GA Lighting for advice. Halogen lamps give a white crisp light with good colour rendition and excellent lamp life of up to 5000 hours. There is a choice of lamp wattages and beam angles available. This allows a greater range of effects to be produced by the fitting. In most circumstances 20 watt lamps generate the desired effect in the garden. A light fitting that uses a 20 watt lamp has three major advantages: 1. It will operate at a lower and safer temperature. 2. The light fitting will use 60% less energy and therefore cost less to operate. 3. The light fitting will require less maintenance and lamp holders will last much longer.
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