New 12V Low Voltage Garden Lighting

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So whats new in 2017 in the world of 12v low voltage garden lighting?

Well, there have been a few light modifications, a brand new light exclusively available from Garden Light Shop and some new colour lamp options plus a light that has been upgraded. But lets start with whats new.

New 12V Low Voltage Garden Lighting

The only brand new 12V low voltage garden lighting from Techmar in 2017 is The LED Apollo Spotlight. Exclusively available from Garden Light Shop, the Apollo is basically a Focus spotlight but in silver. Many of you will remember the very popular Dominus spotlight that was discontinued at the beginning of last year (although it can be found in online stores that hold very old stock).

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New Colour 7W Bulbs (Lamps)

The Apollo is also available with our new 7W colour bulbs available in red, green, blue and amber. These bulbs are a great alternative to the RGB lamps available if you wish to only have a solitary colour rather then the option of changing the colour. The lamps are also available separately or with the Verona (European name for the Focus).

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7W Colour Lamps
Apollo + Colour Lamps
Verona + Colour Lamps

The New Halo Low Voltage Wall Light

The new Halo low voltage wall light is exactly the same as the old Halo, but with one very exciting upgrade. The new Halo can be switched between between warm white and white simply by changing a jumper on the reverse of the light between two pins. This means that if you are replacing a Halo, you can do that without fear BUT more importantly if you wanted a Halo but needed it to be warm white to match other lighting. You now can have that option as well.

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So that it is about it for our Techmar news. Remember we are always here for any questions you may have and of course we still have our FREE GARDEN CABLE DESIGN service for anyone who needs it.

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Techmar Garden Lighting Showroom

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The Techmar Garden Lighting Showroom Is Now Open

Since our last blog their has been plenty going on at the Garden Light Shop including building the first dedicated Techmar garden light showroom in th UK. Located on the first floor of our warehouse, the showroom is open to anyone wanting to:

  • See demonstrations of how the 12v plug and play Techmar system works.
  • Get help with designing their garden lighting (free cable design service available).
  • See demonstations of the motion sensor and remotes and receiver in action as well as advice on how to set them up in your own garden.
  • See all the Techmar lights available


Our garden lighting showroom is open from Monday to Friday (9am to 5pm)

Our address: Unit 14 The Metro Centre, St Johns Road, Isleworth, Middlesex, TW7 6NJ

Techmar Garden Lighting Showroom

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Cheap Bright Solar Garden Lights

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Although advocates of the Techmar 12v garden lighting system. We do get asked on relatively often basis, “have you got any cheap bright solar garden lights”. Even though there are lights in our 12v plug and play range that are very affordable, we do realise that it is not always practical to use a cabled system. Some of our customers for example, have pathways, streams and even roads running through their property. For this reason after 5 years of only selling the Techmar system, we have finally given in and added solar to our range.

Cheap Bright Solar Lights

Before embarking on our mission to find the best lights available though, we wanted to clarify with as many people as possible what they actually mean’t by cheap bright solar lights. It seems that even though they wanted cheap, they still wanted effective garden lighting. Not just lights that with the best will in the world could only be descibed as decorative.

After spending a fair bit of time and effort trying different brands, we really only found one that we felt was reasonably priced, looked good and gave out a reasonable amount of light for a sustained period.

Silverlight Range

Although we have added solar spotlights, security lights, deck lights and fairy lights. For this blog post we will just concentrate on the silverlight range.

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The silverlight range of solar garden lights not only (I think you will agree) looks good, but does actually give you some reasonable light for up to 10hr’s. The range consists of post lights in three sizes.

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 The London Mini

The London Mini solar lights, as the image suggests, come in a set of four and are supplied with robust metal spikes rather then cheap plastic ones you may find elsewhere. It is also possible to screw mount these lights onto decking or concrete. This would obviously make them more secure.
Dimensions: 277mm by 61mm (not including spike).

The London

The London solar lights, again as the image above would suggest, are supplied in a pack of two lights. With the same metal spike or screw options as the Mini. The London can be thought of as the mini’s big brother.
Dimensions: 400mm by 78mm (not including spike).

Durham

Why is it every time I hear Durham I think of the pink panther (just me then). Anyway I digress, the Durham solar light is the largest solar post and again as the image above image would suggest is supplied as a single light. Due to it size, the Durham can only be screw mounted. Otherwise you would be forever straightening it!
Dimensions: 800mm by 78mm

To finish of this range there is also a wall light, The Canterbury.

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Canterbury Wall Light

The Canterbury wall light as you can see has the exact same styling as the other members of the range therefore allowing you to have a consistent look and feel to your garden lighting.
Dimensions: 365mm by 78mm (spacing from wall 67mm)

Conclusion

So there you have it, with the solar post lights all having an rrp of £29.99 and the solar wall light having an rrp of £19.99, I think you will agree we have met the cheap solar garden lighting remit. With everything in the above range coming with a SMD (surface mounted diode) bulb, we also have ticked the bright box.

So if you are looking for solar garden lighting rather then a 12v plug and play system, these lights would give you a satisfactory result. Please note we do sell these lights under rrp (rebels we are) and obviously if you are after a few lights, give us a call on 020 8326 0140 and we will see if we can put a deal together for you.

We will be taking some comparison shots in the new showroom very shortly, just to give you an idea of what the lights look like when compared to a light from the Techmar range. So please check back soon for that.

Click here to view the solar range: http://www.gardenlightshop.com/47-solar-garden-lights

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Garden Trees And Lighting – Expert Series

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Using trees and lighting for year round interest  Inge Berrie

Professional Surrey and South London designer Inge Berrie shares her views on using garden trees as well as lighting for maximum year round interest.

Trees are beautiful and graceful in a garden of any size. They add structure and a sense of instant maturity to a garden. Yet, when we think of planting our gardens up, we often forget to include trees in the design. Trees are also useful as they attract beneficial insects and birds into the garden. They also absorb carbon dioxide which helps clean the air.

Lighting a tree effectively creates a beautiful focal point in the garden. Big and small trees can be shown off to their full potential when lit correctly.

For year round interest choose a tree which will perform in each season, for example, interesting bark in the winter, flowers in the spring, attractive canopy in the summer and colour or fruit in the autumn. My favourite small tree is a Prunus subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’ as it blossoms throughout winter into the spring, which constantly reminds me that warmer days are to come. It is an excellent tree for small gardens as it has a light canopy, and fantastic autumn colour.

Trees can also be considered for their ornamental bark which often becomes the focal point in winter after the trees have lost their leaves. Lighting can show off this beautiful feature in all seasons. Prunus serrula is a favourite of mine with its ultra smooth coppery bark running around the trunk in concentric rings. Some people polish the bark to make it shine even more! Acer griseum which is also known as the paper bark maple also has a coppery bark but the interesting effect is created by the peeling bark.

Prunus Serrula

Prunus Serrula

Acer Griseum

Acer Griseum

 

If you are after a silver white effect then you need to consider the beautiful and ever popular Silver Birch. If this tree is underplanted with Dogwood or Cornus alba, then the red and yellow stems in winter will create a stunning contrast.

Like any plant in the garden you will need to look up which soil conditions the tree prefers and whether it will tolerate sun or shade. Most trees tolerate the sun but the Japanese Maples Acer palmatum atropurpureum needs shade and I would recommend planting it under the canopy of another tree.

If you need some help to consider the best type of tree and its placement, contact a garden designer who would be able to help you with your decision . Garden designers also work with lighting specialists to advise on the best type of lighting for the garden.

Inge BerrieInge Berrie – Courtyard, family, estate, contemporary and traditional garden designs

After receiving formal training at the Garden Design School in Cobham graduating with a Diploma. Inge has gone on to design a variety of gardens ranging from front gardens in family homes to large estate gardens.

To find out more information about Inge and her designs, visit Berrie Garden Design

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SMOOZ Rechargeable Lights | Garden Table Lighting

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NEW Rechargeable SMOOZ Lights

As you would expect with it being February, there are many new products coming into the garden light shop warehouse!

While most of the new lighting is part of the excellent Techmar lighting system, there are three new offerings that are a little bit different.

Smooz Rechargeable Lights

Imagine the scene. You have landscaped your garden impeccably, subtly lit it to perfection adding atmosphere and depth. But what do you with your seating areas? While if your seating areas never change it may be convenient to run a 12V solution, many of us like to move our seating around or even store it away at the end of an evening.

This is where the rechargeable smooze lighting range comes into its own. These aesthetically pleasing lights will make any seating area and tables look amazing!

The lights are available in three shapes.

SMOOZ Tube

SMOOZ Rechargeable Lights

SMOOZ Egg

SMOOZ Rechargeable Lights

SMOOZ Bar

SMOOZ Rechargeable Lights

Multi Colour & Multifunction

16 colour will undoublty cover most peoples requirements. Not only can you show these colours statically, the lights also have functions that allow the light to gently fade from one colour into the next. You can even set the speed it changes. Other functions include a flicker like setting which allows the lights to mimic a candle effect.

Long Lasting Battery

In testing the smooze rechargeable lighting range has averaged a battery time of >8 hours which is very respectable. The lights have an average charging time of approx 3 hours (full charge). This will obviously be a lot less if your just topping the charge up. As with any rechargeable item though we do recommend charging them for a bit longer when you initially charge them, a minimum of 4 hours on the first charge should suffice.

Overall

These lights will make a great addition to your garden as well as having a plethorer of indoor uses as well. In fact one of the people preordering the egg is going to use it as a night light for his bivvy when he goes fishing!

Your imagination as always, is your only limitaion.

Preorder

If your reading this before 10th March 2015, chances are that this light will be on preorder in the store. The lights will be shipped on the same day we receive them. If not they will be general sale for next day delivery.

Enjoy.

 

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New Techmar Garden Lighting Coming Soon

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New Year, New Techmar Garden Lighting Models!

2015 has seen Techmar release ten new models to their range.

RGB Colour Changing Garden Ball Lights (Sphere Lights)

The first addition (well actually first three additions) are the Round 30, 40 and 50. These spherical lights come in three sizes ranging from 320mm to 500mm. Each light has similar features to the RGB bulbs that are already available (static, fade, strobe, flash & smooth) and come complete with remote.

Garden Ball Lights
At only 5W many of you that already have the Techmar system will have room on your existing transformers to fit in one or two of these lights while others may have to upgrade.

RGB Colour Changing Oval Lights

The next two lights released are for those amongst us who would prefer our lights more oval then spherical. Boasting the same features as the previous models, the Oval 28 and 35 these too (we think) will be very popular.

Oval 28 & 35

RGB Stone Lights

The next light in the range is actually something we get asked for a lot. In fact the second I saw it I new I wanted one for the small gravel area I have next to patio in my own garden. The Flat 40 strangely has the same features as the previous lights above, although I am pretty sure I won’t be using the colour changing aspect of this light myself, it is a beautiful looking light that would make a feature out of the dullest area of your garden.

Flat 40

The last four lights in the range are two post lights (Arco 40 & 60) which are two black aluminium post lights and the Aurea 3W and Rubum 5W LED deck lights. All four of these will be covered in a future blog post. If you would like to see them now though, visit the pre-order section of the website http://www.gardenlightshop.com/43-new-pre-order-only.

I hope you agree with me in thinking the new lights are a great addition to the Techmar range and maybe even find something that you can add to your own garden design. If you have any questions, please post below…

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How To Design A Garden – Expert Series

How to design a garden  Amir Schlezinger

Top pulbished garden designer Amir Schlezinger gives his valuable insights into the aspects he considers when asked “how to design a garden?”.

I first look at the link to the surrounding landscape: skyline, trees, architecture and local context. I then look for creating privacy, shelter from wind sun and rain by looking at the prevailing elements and a compass. Thinking about the sitting arrangements helps in defining a lot of the solutions for the above challenges. Positioning focal point plants helps not only in moving the eye across and creating a dynamic but also in incorporating scale and a link to the surroundings.

In terms of vegetation it is important to use species which are suitable to the site in terms of soil, sun and shade and providing food and a habitat for local fauna. It also serves educational purposes for children and the preservation of heritage in a native context. Because most of my work is in central London and a lot of my clients are foreign I try and create a balance in the plants by balancing native and foreign species. This gives me the opportunity to mix architectural, exotic foliage into more subdued European species.

How To Design A Garden

How To Design A Garden

In regards to surfaces and delineation of level changes I prefer simplicity and directional patterns as I favour a natural progression of ergonomics, ease of use and ease of maintenance. As I predominantly work in small urban spaces it is important to create clear contrasts that give good definition of spaces and provide good detail throughout. Detailing is important to not only add interest in the various layers of a design but also to weave some sort of a narrative into what otherwise can be dull and ordinary spaces – particularly when the weather is unfavourable.

In terms off accompaniments I always look into making sure the space is augmented with pots, sculpture, lighting, heating, cooking facilities, irrigation and the sound of water where desirable as these all add to the natural elements we all seek in an outdoor liveable space. Most of all I tailor those to each individual client – as at the end of the day, each client and each space is different and so each piece of work I am involved in should represent not only my style but also the client’s lifestyle, the site and our mutual love for gardens.

Amir Schlezinger Amir Schlezinger – Courtyard, Patio & Garden Design

After graduating from Middlesex University with a BA Honours in 2000, Amir has gone on to design over 200 projects in London as well as numerous projects around the country.

His well published domestic and corporate portfolio includes city patio, courtyard and larger family gardens. Added to this is his speciality, roof terrace and garden design.

To view more information about Amir and view more of his inspirational designs, visit mylandscapes

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Techmar Garden Lighting – Easy How To Guide

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Techmar Garden Lighting

The Easy How To Guide!

Think its difficult to install your own professional 12v LED garden lighting? Well think again with this easy 5 step how to guide from Garden Light Shop

Introduction To Techmar Garden Lighting

techmar-plug-playI realise that not every one would of heard of Techmar so I thought before commencing with the guide I would just give this brief introduction.

Tecmar garden lighting is a low voltage 12v garden lighting system from the Netherlands which is extremely easy to install and very safe. Each part of the system is plug and play, each light unit plugs into the cable system which in turn plugs into a transformer which plug into a normal outdoor plug socket.

All parts of the system are designed to be used with each other making it in my mind the best true PLUG & PLAY system available on the market today. Our clients can’t believe how easy it is to install. So lets get started.

Make A Rough Sketch Of Your Garden

Grab a pad and a pencil and make a rough sketch of your garden, include any large features such as sheds, any large foliage and pathways. Although not imperative, try to keep some proportion as this will help your overall design. Once done add the positions of your power sockets.

Choose Your Lights & Lighting Positions

This is the fun part of designing your garden so take your time and enjoy it.

First I would suggest that you decide what type of lighting you think would be suit the features within your garden. For example, post lighting is ideal for lighting borders and features such as pathways while spotlights are better suited to lighting foliage and garden features. Other types of light available to you include deck lights, usually used to mark the edge and steps of your decking, wall lights which can be used as a decorative light and floodlights which are used for lighting large features or in many cases as a handy light for lighting bin areas and washing lines.

Measure Up For Your Cables

Now it’s time to measure your garden ready for your cabling. You will need, dependant on your needs, an assortment of mains cables, extension cables and cable dividers. Some people find this aspect of their design the trickiest, but if you start your design by adding a mains cable and then see what’s needed to get to your lighting positions from there, I think you will find it will slowly take shape. If you are struggling remember we do have a free design service and can help you. If you need help contact us via the website Techmar Garden Lighting.

We will be producing a how to guide specifically about cabling soon, so I recommend if its a subject your interested in, bookmarking our blog so you can easily refer back to it later.

Choosing Your Transformer

For some reason, it seems that people worry the most about this stage. The thing is though, it couldn’t be simpler. I think the largest cause of confusion is when people buy the halogen version of a light and then use a replacement led bulb. Remember it doesn’t matter what light you have, all you need to do is count up all the watts of the bulbs you intend to use. There are currently 3 transformers available 22W, 60W and 150W.

So for example:

Circuit 1 (Patio)

1 x Callisto (2W), 4 x Linum (2W), 2 x Focus (2W)

(1×2) + (4×2) + (2×5) = 20 So therefore you would need a 22W Transformer

Note: Although the 22W transformer above would work ok, we always recommend that you use a transformer that has 25% spare capacity. This will allow you to add more lights to your system in the future.

Circuit 2 (Shed)

1 x Locos (2w), 5 x Rumex (2w)

(1×2) + (5×2) = 12 So therefore in this example, the 22w Transformer would be ample.

Order Your Lights

Ordering is easy, either simply order via our website at www.gardenlightshop.com, give us a call on 020 8568 6711 or pop in and see us at our premises in Brentford (Address and directions on website)

 

I hope you find this article useful, as I mentioned there will be further guides on cabling coming but in the meantime if you I can help in any way, don’t hesitate to ask.

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Brighten Up Your Garden

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Brighten Up Your Garden With Three New Offerings

When it comes to brightening up your garden there are hundreds of things you can do. Many people start with garden lights before moving on to watering systems, fountains and hard landscaping.

That all costs a pretty penny though, so we thought we would create a section called “just for fun” and add a few items that can brighten up your garden for a lot less!

 

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Garden Wall Lizard

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Garden Butterfly Wall Art

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Citronella Candle In A Jar

 

All three items have just been added and will undoubtably brighten up any outdoor space (or indoor for that matter) and all cost under £10.

The lizard and butterfly wall art are not just great for gardens but will also brighten up any balcony.

The citronella candles are excellent for reducing flying insects, so if your like me and seem to be the only one who gets bitten when it starts getting dark, they could be just what the doctor ordered!

http://www.gardenlightshop.com/38-just-for-fun

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New Techmar LED Garden Lights

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Introducing The Techmar Lilium, Vitex & Rumex LED Garden Lights

While the halogen versions of the Lilium, Vitex & Rumex garden lights have been available for the past year, Techmar has now released LED versions. Obviously as many of you will know, it was still possible to use led bulbs with the halogen versions  but there was the added cost of buying them seperately.

Techmar Lilium LED Garden Lights

Techmar Lilium LED Garden Lights

Techmar Lilium LED Garden Lights

The specifications of the LED Lilium are exactly the same as the halogen version except that the Halogen MR16 12V 20W GU5.3 bulb has been replaced with a MR16 4watt LED GU5.3 warm white.

Techmar Lilium Low Voltage Outdoor Lighting

Techmar Vitex LED Garden Lights

Techmar Vitex LED Garden Lights

Techmar Vitex LED Garden Lights

As with the Linium, all specifications of the Vitex are exactly the same except the halogen bulb has been replaced with a LED cylinder warm white 12V 1W GU5.3 bulb.

Techmar Vitex Low Voltage Outdoor Lighting

Techmar Rumex LED Garden Lights

Techmar Rumex Garden 12V LED Post Lighting

Techmar Rumex Garden 12V LED Post Lighting

As with the two other lights, specification is exactly the same with the halogen bulb being replaced with a LED cylinder warm white 12V 2W GU5.3 bulb.

Techmar Rumex Low Voltage Outdoor Lighting

So why use the LED version rather then the Halogen?

The biggest plus with using LED over halogen is that the LED lamps use roughly a fifth of the power of the halogen. This means that you can design your garden using less cabling and lower rated transformers.

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