Connectable Lights Buying Guide
Connectable lighting is fast becoming a leading product range in the Christmas and festive lighting market. The extendable lights work on a very simple theory and in many ways there is no limit to how impressive your display can be. The lights are connected by a very simple two pin ‘push in’ connector that screws together to form a water tight seal. The main advantage of connectable lights over standard string lights is that there is (in theory) no restriction on the length of the lights. I must at this point add that the length of the string will be limited by the power pack – a large power pack will power up to a maximum of 3000 LED’s.
It is important to remember that more often than not these products will not be supplied as one unit and some of the items will need to be purchased separately (as detailed below).
1. Power Source (starter pack/lead cable/power pack) – This must be purchased to power the lights. They will not work without it.
2. Length and colour of lights – The light strings can be purchased in a number of different lengths that can be connected together to your desired length. We currently offer 8 different colours that are all inter-connectable allowing you to create your own unique displays.
3. Accessories – A connectable lights system has many different accessories available to make installation easier and to create unique displays. These include extension leads, curtain sections so you can vary the types of lights in your string and ‘y’ connectors to allow you to run two separate strings from one power source.
There are two main systems that are similar in style but are suited to different applications, as explained below.
Low Voltage Connectable Lighting
One main advantage of this system is that it is powered by a 24v transformer. This makes this lighting solutions ultra safe in public areas, inside home and buildings, around children and pets. The second feature is the 8 function control unit which, comes supplied with the 24v transformer, enables the light set to flash, twinkle, chase etc, as well as the normal static function. The controller features an advanced memory chip that stores the function you last set and keeps it for when the light set is next turned on. This is ideal when the lights are connected to a timer unit. Our low voltage connectable lighting systems are made using ultra bright LED’s and can be used either indoors or out.
230v Connectable Lighting
The main advantage with this system is the commercial quality in which the lights are made. The lights have a strong and weather resistant rubber cable with specially sealed lamps that prevent any water ingression so are suitable for prolonged outdoor use. As with the low voltage connectable lights, they can be supplied with UK, EU and US plugs for international customers.