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A person attaching a pond light to a weighted base

Overview

Installing lights into your pond is a simple D.I.Y. project. This step-by-step guide will show you what to do before you get started, the different bases for the lights and how to create different coloured lighting. The LED lights, in the kit we're using, are long lasting, economical and suitable for both the pond and garden.

Tools and materials

Steps

1Before you get started

Before installing your pond lights, make sure that you have access to an outdoor power point that has been installed by a qualified electrician. The power point needs to be close enough to the pond so that electrical cable from the lights can reach it. Please note, the cable connected to the lights is waterproof but the cable connected to the power adaptor must be kept dry at all times.

The components of a pond light kit sitting on a stone wall beside a pond

2Install the submergible pond lights

The pond light kit comes with weighted bases for the lights that will go in the water. These make sure the light stays at the bottom of the pond. Attach the weighted bases to the lights you want in the pond. Place these lights in the pond, where you want them. Tilt the lights so they're pointing upwards to illuminate the pond.
A person holding a pond light and a weighted base

3Install the garden lights

The lights for the garden have spiked stakes which will be inserted into the ground. Attach these stakes to the lights and place them around the pond. Adjust them so that they're pointing at the pond.
A person attaching a pond light to a weighted base

4Change the colour of the lenses

The pond light kit comes with coloured lenses, that let you add some colour to your pond and garden. To change a lens, unscrew the outer cover at the front of the light. Remove the lens and replace it with the coloured lens of your choice. Make sure that the rubber O-ring is in place around the lens so that no water gets in. Screw the outer cover back on to the front of the light.

A person screwing the outer cover at the front of a pond light

5Connect the pond light to the transformer

It's important to make sure that this connection is tight to stop any water from leaking into the transformer. Insert the two pin point plug into the transformer and screw the securing cap over it. Plug the pond light cable into the power point to test that the lights are working.

A pond light shining a blue light sitting among pebbles

6Cover the cables

To give your project a professional finish, cover the cables. This can be done two ways. You can put the landscaping rocks around your pond over the cable. If you don't have rocks, dig a shallow trench in the soil. Run the power cable inside the trench and cover it with the soil.

A pond with a small fountain and underwater lights, surrounded by pebbles

More D.I.Y. Advice

Health & Safety

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 that 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.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.