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What is 'Plug and Play' For Low Voltage Garden Lighting?

What is plug and play lighting?

Plug and Play lighting fixtures are designed for ease of connection and installation in a wide range of interior and exterior settings. Most plug and play lights for outdoor use are deemed safe to install because they are connected to a low voltage lighting system.

Simple to Install & Easy to Illuminate.

Garden lighting systems that are labelled Plug & Play are simple and easy to install. Just plug the light fittings into the connectors and you're ready to play.

We offer a fabulous selection of high quality outdoor garden lights from world class suppliers. All garden lighting products in our store can be easily and safely installed by everybody and without the need for an electrician.

Learn more about each plug and play system below

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In-Lite Plug & Play Outdoor Lights

The in-lite 12v outdoor lighting system is an easy to design garden lighting solution. Gel filled connectors are used to form connection points wherever you require.

Each light fitting is supplied with a short lead in cable and a weatherproof mini connector. The cable from the light fitting is plugged into the mini connector positioned along the main low voltage cable from the transformer.

When the connectors are screwed down to the main cable a water resistant gel is applied to the connection and seals from any potential water ingress. Cables can be buried underground, ran along walls or discreetly placed within garden borders.

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Lumena Plug & Play Garden Lights

The complete system, from transformer to the fitting itself, is manufactured with plug & play screw connectors so no tools will be necessary during installation.

Each light fitting is supplied with a cable with a weatherproof plug & play connector. The 2 pin male connector simply plugs directly into Lumena VERSA Plug & Play products - Transformer, Cable Divider or Output Cables are pre-fitted with a female plug connector.

As the connectors are screwed to each other a simple rubber 'O' ring seals the connection points from water ingress. Cables can be buried underground, ran along walls or fences or laid discreetly on surfaces such as garden borders.


Electrical Sockets - Watertight / Waterproof

In most gardens one central 230v connection is sufficient and you can simply plug in the 12v transformer. The power for the lights comes from a 12v transformer and this does need a 230v electrical socket to be plugged into.

A spare socket inside a house, shed or other sheltered environment will be more than adequate.

If your plug can't be installed in a dry indoor area then that's no problem. It can be plugged into an outdoor electrical weatherproof/watertight socket similar to the one shown below.

If you need to install a watertight socket then we recommend a qualified electrician is employed as they will complete all works to modern safety standards and also be able to certify any new installations. You then simply plug your transformer in once it's fitted!

Waterproof Plug Socket

Low Voltage 12v Outdoor Cables and Connectors

In-lite Easy-Lock connectors are designed to fit AWG 14 or AWG 10 low voltage cables for use with the in-lite Outdoor Lighting System. The connectors apply a moisture resistant gel when screwed down in place to prevent any ingress of water.

12v cable is low voltage and safe to install outdoors. The Lumena VERSA Plug & Play Garden Lighting System operates with 12 volt H05RR-F2 2 Core Rubber Cable available in various lengths - 1m / 2m / 3m / 5m. You should be able to easily integrate Lumena’s Plug & Play within your existing 12v garden lights system by simply selecting a suitable connector.

Lumena VERSA Plug & Play lighting connectors provide a good clean electrical contact and with it's sealed, water tight connection gives durability that will last.

Lighting cable options are available for different garden designs and layouts.

At we offer a complete design and cable solution for landscape lighting where longer cable distances are needed to position light fittings to plan.
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SPT Cable

Transformer failed or thinking of upgrading?

It’s frustrating when your old garden lights transformer has failed and finding a replacement is time consuming and without success. The good news is that Lumena offers a 12v AC output transformer that can be used with most 12v garden lights!

Lumena 12v waterproof transformers are supplied with a choice of output 2-core rubber output cable (Available in various lengths). The low voltage output cable connects to the transformer with a 2 pin plug, secured with a threaded cap. The output cable is then wired to the 12v fittings via a waterproof junction box.

If you're thinking of upgrading your old garden lights system to Plug and Play, it's simple to install and easy to illuminate.

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12 volt output Transformer for low voltage output 2 core cable
Transformer output 2 core cable with 2-pin male plug and play connector
Lumena VERSA Plug and Play Garden Lighting System Diagram

For "Techmar Garden Lights" information, there are three main types of SPT cable:

  • SPT-1 (max 120w)
  • SPT-2 (max 150w)
  • SPT-3 (max 150w)

See the table below for detailed information:

Type Description AWG Size Range Number of Conductors Insulation Material Voltage Max Applications
SPT-1 Service Parallel Thermoplastic - 1/64" Insulation 18 2 or 3 PVC 300 Cables for lamps small fans, radios, televisions, etc.
SPT-2 Service Parallel Thermoplastic - 2/64" Insulation 18-16 2 or 3 PVC 300 Cables for lamps small fans, radios, televisions, etc.
SPT-3 Service Parallel Thermoplastic - 3/64" Insulation 18-10 2 or 3 PVC 300 Cables for lamps small fans, radios, televisions, etc.

If you're thinking of upgrading your older Techmar garden lights, feel free to 'Contact Us'. We'll be delighted to help.