My goal was to have outdoor lighting and also shelter from the summer sun.
Where we could enjoy the holidays, parties and barbecues.
I have a concrete area that is 6 meters long by 4 meters wide.
At the moment I cant afford to build a patio over an outdoor concrete area.
I thought about installing shade sails, but I was concerned about the strong winds in our area and pergolas with vines growing over them would mean more water and a long wait.
So I have come up with two very large outdoor umbrellas, which can be lowered easily when strong weather is on the way, or when not in use. I found two at my local Bunnings store. They were reasonable and looked like they would last.
The umbrellas are both 4 m x 3 meters, I purchased two for the 6 x 4 meter area.
They look stunning for shelter from our hot summer sun in Western Australia, but the next big issue was outdoor lighting.
I started my search looking for LED lights that would do the trick, everything I looked at online seemed to be bright and ok for the job, but after purchasing a few LED lights over the years, that promised spot light ability, I wasn't satisfied.
So I thought I would try something myself and started looking at LED waterproof strip lighting.
Step 1: Equipment Needed.
I have purchased: ( Prices in August 2013)
2 x Umbrellas 3m x 4m ( 149.00 each)
2 x 5M 300led 5050 LED SMD Flexible Strip Light 12V Waterproof White + Dimmer (17.00 each)
2 x 5 In1 Splitter Power Cable For CCTV Cameras DVR LED Strips 5050 12V DC (5.80 each)
10 X Pieces of 10 mm PCB Board Connector Clip with DC female for 5050 Led Strip (8.99 for 10)
1 x 5M (16Feet) DC 12V 2.1x5.5MM Power Extension Cable ( 6.98 each )
1 x 3M (10 Feet) DC 12V 2.1x5.5MM Power Extension Cable ( 5.25 each )
2 x DC male & DC female 2 Pin Connector for LED Light Strips 3528 5050 (7.99 for a pack of 10 )
- Already had a 12v – 7AHr Non-Spillable Sealed Rechargeable Battery ( Purchased for $29.95 )
A meter of Red and Black wire and some cable ties, already had in shed.