How to install garden lights

Project Overview

Garden lighting is simple to install and can dramatically change the look of your home or garden. Lights can be used to illuminate a walkway or to lighten up your home's street address at night. Bunnings have a wide range of low-voltage and solar lighting products, which are easy to install.


Always keep tools and materials away from children. 
Read the instructions before beginning your project. 
Electrical wiring and fixed electrical equipment must only be installed by a licensed electrician.


  • Transformer (converts the main 240v to the Safety Extra-Low Voltage (SELV)used by the garden lights)
  • Garden Lights
  • Cable


  • Shovel
  • Wire strippers
  • Screwdriver

Step by Step Instructions

1 Where do I want my lights?
2 What lights do I want?
3 Installation
4 Hints and tips
  • Step 1. Where do I want my lights?

    To answer this question, walk around your garden one night and decide what features and trees you want illuminated. You must always consider how garden lights can increase your safety along paths and drives. It is a good idea to make notes and sketches of what area you want to highlight and the type of lights that would best suit your needs.
  • Step 2. What lights do I want?

    There are a wide variety of lights to choose from depending on your requirements. Bunnings stocks a wide range of solar, low-voltage and high voltage lights to meet your demands.
  • Step 3. Installation

    Note: Electrical wiring and fixed electrical equipment must be only installed by a licensed electrician.

    • Position the lights on the ground corresponding to the placement on your diagram. Make sure that the placements are correct, if not make the amendments.
    • Most lights come with a stake connected on one end to make installation easy. With firm pressure push them into the ground. If the ground happens to be too hard, make a starter hole with a screwdriver or similar tool.
    • Dig a narrow channel about 10cm deep - just enough to hide the cable. Make sure to leave enough cable to comfortably connect to the transformer.
    • Most lights today are connected very easily to the power source and cable. The majority of lights come with a snap-on facility that lock the two wires with the cable. To install, simply put one tab on each side of the cable and snap them together. The piercing of the tip into the cable creates your electrical connection. If the light fails to illuminate, check to see that these tabs are firmly snapped together.
    • Connect the cable to the transformer terminals. Simply loosen the two screws on the transformer and place the bare wires under the appropriate terminals and retighten the screws. Follow the transformer instructions if they differ.
    • Plug in the transformer into the main outlet and make sure that all lights are working. Make any adjustments if needed.
    • Insert the cable into the trench and back-fill all of the dirt that was removed. Carefully compact the loose dirt with your foot as you go.
    • Set the timer for the desired period of time you want your lights on. Most transformers today have at least two on/off cycle settings that can be adjusted for morning and evening illumination. This feature allows for lighting your walkway in the morning on the way to work or to just give you that added security on the dark nights when you get home.
  • Step 4. Hints and tips

    • Choosing an appropriate transformer and garden cable to cope with your design capabilities is very important. When you purchase a garden light kit, these won't be an issue, but if you're creating your own design make sure to consult a Bunnings Team Member.
    • As a rule when choosing a transformer, the total wattage of your garden lights must not exceed your transformer's capability or wattage.To calculate the total wattage simply multiply the number of lights by their wattage.
    • Garden light cable also comes in high and low voltage to accommodate differing light numbers, wattage draw and cable lengths. The greater the overload the higher the voltage capability is required.


Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions which came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings team member.

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