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15

Jul
2020

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In Lighting tips and advice

By Elke Leemans

Fairy lights start a party in your garden

On 15, Jul 2020 | No Comments | In Lighting tips and advice | By Elke Leemans

There are many ways to light up your garden, but perhaps the cosiest way is with fairy lights. Garlands of fairy lights with dozens of little bulbs immediately create an authentic ambience, as if you were sitting at a village party somewhere in the Mediterranean.

You can also come to dmlights for this attractive garden lighting, although it does involve a bit of tinkering. We offer all parts separately, so you can decide for yourself how long your fairy lights will be, how many bulbs you want on them, and which bulbs should be used.

Follow the steps below to string together the perfect fairy lights:

Step 1: The cable

Decide in advance where and how you want to hang your fairy lights. Are you going to let them criss-cross your garden or do you want a straight line? Measure out your favourite pattern. Add the distance to the nearest power outlet to this and you’ll have the full length of cable you need.

The type of cable you need can be found on our website under the name ‘LMVR’. This cable is available in green and black. You can mount so-called light string sockets on this cable (see step 2).

Cable

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Step 2: The fittings

You’ve got your cable. Now, you have to determine how many lights you want on your cable. This is, of course, a matter of personal taste. Bulbs that are close together provide more light and provide less when further apart; it’s as simple as that. Because, when it comes to fairy lights, cosiness usually takes precedence over light output, we recommend leaving at least one metre in between the bulbs.

In order to know how many light string sockets you need, you must count from the point where you want to attach the first bulb to the point where you want the last bulb to go. Divide the length of this section of your cable by the distance you are going to leave between them and you have your number. Light string sockets can be found under article code HU 82-11. To better protect them from the rain, you can add a rubber seal (HU 82-RUBBER).

Socket

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Step 3: The bulbs

If you know how many sockets you need, you’ll also know the number of bulbs you need to order. Now all you have to do is choose from the wide range of E27 bulbs. For a stylish touch you can go for retro Globe bulbs, although these can be a little pricey. The cheapest way to get the most out of it is with simple spherical bulbs. These are also available in yellow, blue, red, and green. These coloured lights immediately create a completely different effect.

Spherical bulbs

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Step 4: The beginning and the end

You’ve got your cable, sockets, and bulbs. Now, of course, you have to make sure that you can power your beautiful fairy lights. This is done with a special plug for flat cables. This can be found on our website under the reference HU 242GF. You protect the end of your cable with an end cap. The Kleinhuis light string socket end cap (KL 76) has a handy hook that you can use to hang your cable up immediately.

PlugEnd cap

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Example:

You want to hang a black string of fairy lights between the trees in your garden. You need 48 metres of cable to go from the first tree to the last. There is still another 5 metres from your walk socket to the first tree. You want a coloured bulb every 1.5 metres.

This is what you need:

Your order looks like this:

Fairy lights

We wish you good luck! Do you have any questions? Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments.

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