Installation of new LED outdoor flood lights

Installation of new LED outdoor flood lights

I would always recommend and insist a qualified electrician install a flood light in accordance with current building and IET wiring regulations.


  • To mount correctly
  • To avoid damaging the IP rating (weatherproof)
  • To set the correct dials
  • So you don’t have to work at heights
  • To ensure the correct wiring is terminated and completed safely

Please read these instructions carefully. Failure to follow them could lead to risk of injury or electrical shock. Please retain them for your future reference.

Things to consider

  • Some flood lights come with pre wired flexes and need to be connected to the power from an IP rated junction box. Other flood lights have terminations built into the fitting.
  • Do you want a light to simply be switched on or operated by a PIR motion sensor or dusk till dawn sensors.
  • Warm white or cool white – I prefer a warm white but cool white is slightly brighter and a clear light, whereas warm white is slightly yellow.

Why choose an LED flood light?

  • An LED flood light are more energy efficient thus saving you money compared to halogen lamps.
  • LED lamps have a much longer life span which means you have less maintenance – no going up steps every 6 months to replace lamps.
  • An LED lamp is much more durable than halogen lamps – perfect for outdoor living.
  • Flood light brackets – there is a range of Adaptable brackets including single, twin mount, spike, corner and scaffold pole.


  • This flood light is suitable for outdoor lighting applications, for domestic use only. Do not use in areas where an explosive or chemical atmosphere may exist. Do not use in areas where ventilation is restricted.
  • It is suitable for mounting on plasterboard, wood or masonry surfaces. Highly flammable surfaces such as plastic or polystyrene must not be used. Do not install on damp or conductive surfaces such as metal. It should be placed away from any flammable materials.
  • Before drilling any fixing holes, check that there are no hidden obstructions behind the mounting surface such as pipes or cables.
  • The maximum detection range is about 12 meters and at the angle of about 180 deg.
  • The recommended height for installation of the flood light is between 2 and 3 metres. Ensure that there is space around the flood light to allow the adequate circulation of air. Orientation of the flood light is important as shown below:
Installation of new LED outdoor flood lights

Safety Notes

  • The front of this flood light is made of tempered glass, which cannot be replaced.
  • LED lamps are extremely bright. To avoid possible damage to the eyes, do not stare into an LED beam
  • The flood light can under no circumstance be mounted on normally flammable surfaces.
  • The flood light is suitable for use in an ambient temperature of between -20°C and +50°C.


  • The floodlight is suitable for connection to a 220-240V, 50Hz, earthed supply. It is designed for permanent connection to fixed wiring, which must be a suitable circuit protected by an RCD and fuse of the correct rating.
  • Ensure that the mains supply is switched off before commencing installation. If necessary remove the circuit fuse or lock off the MCB
  • Before commencing installation, check that you have all the tools that you need.
  • Check that the flood light and its mains lead are not damaged. If there is any damage, return it to the place where you purchased it. Do not attempt to repair it yourself.
  • Choose your location to fix the flood light, taking into account the guidance above.
    Use the flood light bracket to mark the position of the fixing holes.
  • Drill the fixing holes and fix the flood light into position using the screws and wall plugs provided. Check that it is securely fixed.
  • Ensure that the correct polarities for Live, Earth and Neutral are observed.
  • Connect the green/yellow earth wire to the earth terminal ‘E’ – connect the brown live wire to the live terminal ‘L’ – connect the blue neutral wire to the neutral terminal ‘N’.
  • After wiring, check that there are no bare wires, all the wires have been correctly connected and that the cable restraint has been tightened.
  • Before connecting power, perform the electrical tests specified in the current building and IET wiring regulations to ensure that the installation is safe and that the wiring has been performed correctly. Switch on the electricity to check that flood light illuminates.
  • Adjust the angle of the flood light so it illuminates the required area.
  • Tighten the flood light brackets

Clean the flood light only with a soft dry cloth. Do not use any abrasive or chemical cleaners.

The flood light has a sealed LED lamp and is maintenance free. The LED lamp cannot be replaced.

There are normally 2-3 dials on a flood light.

Time Dial
You can set the time dial from 5 sec to about 20 min – this will turn ON the lamp for the time duration set.

LUX Dial
You can set the LUX dial towards the “MOON” which will only operate in the dark or towards the “SUN” which will only operate in the light.

Sensitivity Dial
Use this dial to adjust the sensitivity of the motion sensor to compensate for environmental temperature changes. The motion sensor is most sensitive when the dial is turned fully clockwise (+).

  • To decrease sensitivity, move the dial toward the ( – ) symbol.
  • To increase sensitivity, move the dial toward the ( + ) symbol.

If you would like any advice or to discuss your requirements on a face-to-face basis and design a FREE electrical quotation to suit your present and future needs, please contact us on the details below.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Nathan Lane
Livewire Electrical Design & Installation Ltd
07899 946079
01242 300400