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B00M3R 10-11-2008 03:20 AM

4 Outsde lights
I have 4 outside lights mostly for lighting and decor. I need to know how to wire them. All wires will be inside wall and under roof, I have large house so the system will cope with load...there only really for show as mentioned (40w) just to set a mood outside the houise.

Can someone suggest a wiring plan so i can set these up? I have little electrical experience.

Thanks B00M3R

Billy_Bob 10-11-2008 04:31 AM

I see you are from Australia. I don't know how they do things there, but in the U.S. you can get "low voltage" lights or "house voltage" lights for outside.

Before wiring, you would need to know which type of lights you have purchased.

Then I would recommend getting a book on basic electrical wiring.

If you want to install them inside the wall, might want to get a book on construction which covers the way your house was built.

B00M3R 10-11-2008 06:06 AM

Thanks Bily Bob
The lights are normal voltage which is 240V here. You can put what bulds you like in the light and i will choose maybe 40-50-60 WATT - What i need to know is how I would wire? Ok maybe tell me how u would wire in the states and I can get an idea.


InPhase277 10-11-2008 08:51 AM


The methods, materials, and codes involved in wiring your lights are going to be very different from how we do it here in the States. Most people here are from the U.S. so I'm not sure if anyone is familiar with Australian electrical codes.

But in the States, we'd find or install an appropriately sized circuit, 15 or 20 amp (I believe I read that you guys have 6, 10 and 16 amp lighting circuits?), and take it to a switch box that we install in the location the lights need to be controlled from. Another cable, a 12-2 as we call it, the Brits call it "twin and earth", not sure what you call it, would go from the switch to light boxes installed for each light. Wires would be attached color-to-color.

Sorry that's not more helpful, because I just don't know the local electrical lingo or codes. It may be best to consult with your local building inspector. He will tell you what materials and methods he would allow for the project.

B00M3R 10-11-2008 07:28 PM

All Good
The info I have will get me started. The codes here re very sim to the Brits but Ill research further and should be OK. Thanks to all for help.

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