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6 Things to consider when wiring in a garden water feature.
- Please consult a electrical professional, they will be able to check things like your RCD’s (which you need and are usually in your fuse box).
- In my opinion the ideal solution would be to have a switch in the house, maybe by the back door, for the water feature.
- The pumps are designed to run 24/7, but it is still good to be able to easily turn the pump off for maintenance or if on holiday. The switch can go anywhere in the house but usually it is near the outdoor light switch. If planning lighting as well at this point then maybe consider a dimmer or a digital timer, depending on the lights (some LED’s can’t dim).
- From the switch, the supply cable would lead somewhere near the feature (as near as possible but not under). Here you will need a waterproof junction box, which could be an outdoor switch or socket. May people with existing electrics in the garden would use an outdoor socket or add a switch next to the socket.
- If the feature is in the planting, the ideal situation is to have a junction box as close as possible. A junction box could be in the form of an outdoor plug/switch. A short run of underground trunking (with a string inside to pull the pump flex through) maybe an idea, although this can get awkward. Some people may hide the last few meters in slate chippings or similar. Most feature pumps have a 10 metre cable which would be cut to length when finally fitting the pump.
- If the feature is going onto hard standing, then ideally the cable will go a short distance over ground to the electrical supply. Maybe hide the socket with pot plants. Where the supply is not so close, one could take the cable around the patio, clipping the cable to the wall.