Safer outdoor lights have an approved transformer that converts 240 volts to an extra-low voltage supply. You'll find four types of extra low-voltage lighting systems available: light sculptures, rope, fairy and bud lighting. Also have approved outdoor 240-volt lights, including festoon lights, and exterior power points for lighting transformer
s installed by a licensed electrician if they are to become a permanent or long-term festive lighting system.
Check bulbs and tubing
Before dangling lights, lay them on the ground to examine for damaged and loose or missing bulbs. Switch off the electricity and unplug the power cord before replacing bulbs with new ones of the same type and wattage. To prevent the danger of overheating, never switch on lamps which are still packaged or stored in a box.
Setting up oudoor lighting
Keep electrical cords above the ground to avoid damage or a trip hazard. Attach cords and lighting strings or sets to existing fixtures with appropriate tape, electrical cable ties, clips or clamps. Never use nails. Cords should be suspended at 2.5 metres higher than the ground. Cord lengths in excess of 10 metres ought to be avoided. Use approved plugs and cord extension sockets. Don't pass cords through door openings.
Ensure individual power points are not overloaded. For more than 2 cord plugs use a suitable adaptor board instead of a double adapter. Keep all electrical connections away from areas that could become wet due to watering or extreme weather conditions. In which there isn't a permanently installed safety switch, use a portable type from the power point.
To avoid a power shock
Never modify lighting outlets, plugs or cords. Never work with an extension cord which has a 3-pin or piggy-back plug at each end. Never replace fuse wire or plug-in circuit breakers with larger sizes. Keep combustible material for example paper, plastic and structural metalwork 150mm far away from bulbs.