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I have a pir floodlight that i want to put on the outside wall of my garage. Is it as simple as installing the light, running cable inside the garage (in conduit) to a fused switch (5amp i assume) then running from that to the back of a mains socket? The mains sockets are connected to a separate fuse RCD fuse board in the garage.

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Yes, that'll do the job.

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Use 1mm or 1.5mm cable from light to fused connection unit, but use the same size cable as the sockets are fed by to run from fcu to socket.



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Just be careful where the light points at. It may be ok for you to light your garden, but does the nextdoor neighbour want the bedroom lit too?
Have you considered several smaller lower lights?

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The light wouldn't bother anyone at all but for the moment decided on loads of solar lighting to give the garden a bit of light

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The light wouldn't bother anyone at all but for the moment decided on loads of solar lighting to give the garden a bit of light

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You'll be lucky if it's still working much more than a year from now. Sorry.

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In the last year I have (or wife) bought and installed two flood lamps, one from Aldi one from screwfix. In both cases simply plugged in, Aldi one did not have cable with it, and had a large quartz tube, it lasted about a week before the tube failed, I ordered a 5W LED replacement, it lasted a month, drilled holes in the PIR for water to drain out, now still working one year latter.
The Screwfix one had built in LED 10W I think and nothing has gone wrong yet, been up about 6 months.
There were also a few other differences between them, the Aldi model had three controls, light level to trigger, time on, and sensitivity, the Screwfix did not have sensitivity and has some black tape over part of sensor.
I would not call either a security lamp, they are for safety so I will not trip, and so the carers can see the code to get key for door, so suppose it is an anti-security lamp, as it makes house less secure. Both do at times trigger when not required. But at 5 and 10W not really worried, any light tends to make house less secure, we notice some one with a touch in back garden and when some one trips over things in back garden, but we quickly come to ignore an automatic light, all they do is help anyone trying to break in.



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The light wouldn't bother anyone at all but for the moment decided on loads of solar lighting to give the garden a bit of light


You'll be lucky if it's still working much more than a year from now. Sorry.


I didn't want to say that, but you are right.

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In the last year I have (or wife) bought and installed two flood lamps, one from Aldi one from screwfix. In both cases simply plugged in, Aldi one did not have cable with it, and had a large quartz tube, it lasted about a week before the tube failed, I ordered a 5W LED replacement, it lasted a month, drilled holes in the PIR for water to drain out, now still working one year latter.
The Screwfix one had built in LED 10W I think and nothing has gone wrong yet, been up about 6 months.
There were also a few other differences between them, the Aldi model had three controls, light level to trigger, time on, and sensitivity, the Screwfix did not have sensitivity and has some black tape over part of sensor.
I would not call either a security lamp, they are for safety so I will not trip, and so the carers can see the code to get key for door, so suppose it is an anti-security lamp, as it makes house less secure. Both do at times trigger when not required. But at 5 and 10W not really worried, any light tends to make house less secure, we notice some one with a touch in back garden and when some one trips over things in back garden, but we quickly come to ignore an automatic light, all they do is help anyone trying to break in.

Good idea didn't of one that could simply plug into mains, alot less messing around.

Just out of curiosity why would you say the solar lights will only last a year?

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Just out of curiosity why would you say the solar lights will only last a year?


Take one apart and see for yourself.
First of all the build quality is never that good for what you paid.
Then there is the fact that the solar panel will be tiny.
In summer there is a lot of sunshine which will charge the battery.
In winter there is hardly any sunshine so the battery never gets fully charged.
In winter it gets freezing which affect the battery life.
As well as the fact that some solar lights let water in corroding everything.

Powered lights always come on when you want and do not need sunshine.

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kevinsmbuk wrote:
Just out of curiosity why would you say the solar lights will only last a year?


Take one apart and see for yourself.
First of all the build quality is never that good for what you paid.
Then there is the fact that the solar panel will be tiny.
In summer there is a lot of sunshine which will charge the battery.
In winter there is hardly any sunshine so the battery never gets fully charged.
In winter it gets freezing which affect the battery life.
As well as the fact that some solar lights let water in corroding everything.

Powered lights always come on when you want and do not need sunshine.

Fair play thanks for explaining

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In the last year I have (or wife) ... But at 5 and 10W not really worried, any light tends to make house less secure, we notice some one with a touch in back garden and when some one trips over things in back garden, but we quickly come to ignore an automatic light, all they do is help anyone trying to break in.

And yet when I last had a visit from Police Crime REDUCTION officers (No longer Prevention) they were all for security lights - in fact as much as possible for as long as possible - without disturbing the neighbours.


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Its a double edged sword.
One way it deters burglars
Another way it helps them see what they are doing.

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Its a double edged sword.
One way it deters burglars
Another way it helps them see what they are doing.

They've never had a problem doing what they needed to do without light

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Can I assume that the level of illumination provided by such lights will NOT enable a CCTV system to record in colour rather than monochrome?


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