Bulkhead lighting explained in 10 easy steps

LED bulkhead lighting is an extremely popular choice for not only businesses but for homes and gardens too. Bulkhead lights have many, well-known advantages, with one of the major ones being how energy-saving and cost-efficient they are. LED lights have also proven to be more durable than standard lights, plus their sleek compactness makes the much more aesthetically pleasing. Many people are turning to LED lighting for evenly distributing light to gardens, hallways, offices and car parks.

If you’ve either recently purchased LED bulkhead lights or are considering it, keep reading to find out how to install in 10 easy steps.

1. Choose the right bulkhead

Ensure you choose the right bulkhead for your specific needs. Whether you’re looking for LED emergency bulkhead lightsbulkhead lights with sensors standard 15w round LED bulkheads, we have a wide range available for you to choose from. 

2. Safety first

Once you’ve received your LED bulkhead lights and are ready to begin installing them, first ensure that proper safety measurements are carried out. Turn off the mains supply and make sure there is enough free space around the bulkhead light. Also, check that the total load of lights don’t exceed the fuse or the main circuit breaker.

3. Remove the diffuser

Using a suitable screwdriver remove all the fixing screws. Be careful that you don’t touch the LEDs or accidentally damage them.

4. Mount the base to the surface

Before deciding on the positioning of the LED light, ensure that the fitting surface is able to take the weight. Mark the position on the surface of where you want to fit the bulkhead and use the fixing holes on the back of the base to position it correctly. Drill the marked holes and mount the base to the surface.

5. Open the gear tray

When the diffuser has been safely lifted away and put aside and the base has been securely mounted, carefully unscrew the gear tray, and place it aside, again being careful not to damage the LEDs.

6. Thread the cable

Before threading the power supply cable you’ll first need to ensure that it is long enough so the gear tray is able to be connected to the AC wires. When you’re confident with the length thread the cable through the entry point and into the fitting.

7. Connect the wires

Connect the wires to the main power supply by following these wiring colour codings:

  • Live – brown or red
  • Neutral – blue or black
  • Earth – green and yellow

Take plenty of caution while connecting the wires so as not to hurt yourself or damage the bulkhead light.

8. Fix the gear tray back in place

When the wires have been safely and correctly connected you can then fix the gear tray back into place, using the screws you removed earlier to now firmly secure it

9. Ensure there are no loose cables

It’s highly important to check that there are no exposed, loose or trapped wires and conductors as this can be extremely dangerous. If you see anything that doesn’t look right make sure you fix this immediately before refitting the housing cover.

10. Refit the diffuser

Lastly, refit the diffuser into place, replacing the fixing screws that were removed earlier. Make sure that the LED bulkhead light is completely safe and secure, double-checking that there are no issues before switching it on.

All of the LED bulkhead lights we supply come with a 3-year warranty and a 28-day money-back guarantee in the unlikely event that something should go wrong. 

Read our guide to LED bulkhead lights for more information.