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A transformer is needed for all low-voltage pond lights. Not all transformers are certified. Make sure that the unit is listed for outdoor or underwater use and is UL and CSA certified.

The transformer must be plugged into a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) receptacle. If there is no outlet close to the pond a new line has be brought in from the house. The line should run inside a conduit. If there is any trenching involved make sure to call the utility companies to locate any cables or lines.

If you are not 100% on how to add an GFCI outlet call in an certified electrician.

Solar pond lights. Submersible pond lights. Floating pond lights


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Solar pond lights. Submersible pond lights. Floating pond lights
Adding pond lights not only adds beauty to what you have created it also can provide a warm and relaxing feeling that lasts well into the evening. As is the case with so many products, not all pond lights are created equal. They come in different wattages, colours, are stationary or can be swiveled. Lights can be placed to accent a waterfall, fountain, plants, fish or rock wall. Some lights can only be used around the pond, some are submersible and some can be used both, in and out of the water. Floating light are also popular and so are coloured underwater pond lights. Here is a brief overview of what is available:
1- Solar pond lights. Save on electricity. Maintenance for these lights is basically the same as for the standard garden solar lights. Batteries will have to be replaced every two or three years.
2- Submersible pond light can turn even a simple small pond into an attractive piece of landscaping. These lights should be properly secured to prevent them from sinking to the bottom. Depending on the depth of your pond, you should get at least 35 to 75 watt bulbs. Deeper ponds require higher wattage. Most underwater lights use 12 volt halogen lamps. A transformer is required.
3- Floating pond lights are a nice addition to any pool. Since they float on the surface they don't have to be very powerful.

Floating pond lights tucked in between water lilies

Most low-voltage lights use only 5 watt bulbs. Floating pond lights can be very effective when placed among pond plants. Each light has it's own low-voltage cable. They are all connected to a transformer.
4- Rock lights look, preferably, like a rock and are designed to blend in with the landscape. They are usually low voltage and come with a long cable.
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