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Gazebo Lights 27 January 2016

When we had the gazebo roof reconstructed, I cut down the old LED light strings as they were starting to fail and there wasn't really room for them in the new configuration. Now I have a new lighting arrangement.

The core of this is a set of LED floodlights, which run directly off mains power and are IP66-rated. They come with very short mains cables, so I set up a junction box to break out the mains power at a convenient central point.

Hardly anyone sells compression glands over the counter any more, which seems strange, especially places which do sell junction boxes. But on-line ordering worked. You'd think retail shops were trying to go out of business.

Rather than muck about with screw terminals, I followed a recommendation for Wago terminal blocks, which are lever fit, and hold the wires firmly.

The lamps are bolted to the support beams (and cable-tied too, just in case), the junction box is in the middle, and the main supply is fed down to the sockets.

And it all works!

Oh, did I mention it does multiple colours?

Hand-held infra-red remote control for now. If any reader knows of a programmable IR emitter that I can drive off a USB port (as it might be on a Raspberry Pi), I'm interested; even more so if it's something like the Iguanaworks system that lets you put emitters right on the receivers. (But I don't want to import that from the US if I don't have to.)

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Gazebo Roof Reconstruction


  1. Posted by Michael Cule at 11:34am on 27 January 2016

    "Hardly anyone sells compression glands over the counter any more.."

    It's astounding how much wonder and romance can echo in a phrase when you don't know what it's actually talking about. That's a sentence I must try to work into my tale of future medicine that I haven't even started yet.

    I got especially excited when I looked up compression glands on Google and found there were 'Male compression glands'. I have to go and lie down now.

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