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    Pond lighting

    Hi there. Been thinking about pond lighting. Can anyone recommend some? I was thinking under water lights or downlights off the back wall? Whats the pros and cons and does anyone have any pics of there lighting set up? Ill attach a pic of the pond for some suggestions? Many thanks


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    This was posted not so long ago, but can't remember by who. I would stick with externally mounted lights, mine are going in the pergola

    Pros
    Look really good


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    Pain to change the bulbs
    Expensive to buy a good unit
    Tricky to fiberglass if recessed
    More liable to leak
    If they stick out then they are a danger to fish
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    I would agree with Roy, keep them out of the water much less hassle for maintenance etc.

    Just make sure you protect the circuit with an RCD or RCBO if it's not already got one.

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    I had this dilemma when I rebuilt in 2017, but after realising that I couldn't put down lighters anywhere that would illuminate the pond sufficiently to really make it worth doing (especially in winter with the polycarbs on), I created my own underwater 'light bar' that is easy to pull up for cleaning, and has worked well for over two years (apart from the disaster with a cut cable tie, which is why I re-did the bar without any cuts - very harsh lesson).

    The bar consists of a length of square downpipe, cut down one side to feed through the wires and ends of the cable ties, which hold in place two sets of Pontec Pondostar LED lights x 3 which are not expensive (very good price of 34.98 from Water Gardening Direct right now), and excellent quality (Pontec being a division of Oase). I angle these so that they illuminate the whole pond from beneath with the bar resting on the shelf. I have cable tied the light cables to allow me to use them to safely pull the bar up and down. It's easy to clean the glass on the lights in situ using a blanket weed brush, but once a month I pull it up for a full clean with a scrubbing brush and scourer. The wires to the bar feed into my pond via a channel from my filter house and the cables are clipped just beneath my copings using stick on fasteners that you can get from Ebay or Amazon, so it's all very neat and you don't notice any wiring.

    It really does make my pond look at spectacular at night especially as the fish swim up from below into the windows, and even when the polycarbs are on in winter it looks good from above - a bit like a laser light show! I've got some pics somewhere of this, but can't find them right now and I need to go scrape my fish. If I come across them later, I'll pop them up. In the meantime, here are some photos of the actual bar as it's sitting on the side of my stripped down pond at the mo...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frimley Koi keeper View Post
    Just make sure you protect the circuit with an RCD or RCBO if it's not already got one.
    Couldn't agree more! All my garden and pond electrics are on their own fuseboard in my summer house, which runs from a dedicated 'garden' RCBO from my main Consumer Unit. The garden lights are part of this circuit, with a control switch in my utility so I can easily switch them on and off without having to go outside in the cold or rain! My only wish is that I'd extended that switch control up to my bedroom also so I could lay in bed looking at the lit up pond though my balcony doors and be able to turn it off without getting up. How's that for lazy
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    Looks like you have it sorted. Be good to see the photos of it working

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koiz View Post
    Couldn't agree more! All my garden and pond electrics are on their own fuseboard in my summer house, which runs from a dedicated 'garden' RCBO from my main Consumer Unit. The garden lights are part of this circuit, with a control switch in my utility so I can easily switch them on and off without having to go outside in the cold or rain! My only wish is that I'd extended that switch control up to my bedroom also so I could lay in bed looking at the lit up pond though my balcony doors and be able to turn it off without getting up. How's that for lazy
    Can you put any of it on a wifi controlled plug? Then you can work them from anywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frimley Koi keeper View Post
    Can you put any of it on a wifi controlled plug? Then you can work them from anywhere.
    Ordinarily that'd be an excellent solution, but unfortunately I have to avoid WiFi as much as poss as it gives me bad headaches When I refurbed my house and garden, I installed an Ethernet network so everything runs over wire. It's sad how much technology I have to pass by because of this sensitivity, but it's just the way it is. I used to work in IT years ago, so I love gadgets and tech - but the wireless world is sadly something I have to avoid when possible. Bummer!
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