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Getting power to the outside of your home can completely transform the aesthetics of your garden or patio, as well as providing much easier and safer solutions to having miles of extension cable leading out from your house.
Barton Knight Electrical has fully qualified and NICEIC approved electricians, who can assist you with planning and installing every light and power outlet according to your specific needs.
Lighting and security
Of all the conveniences that garden wiring brings with it, lighting is probably the one which has the most impact on how your garden looks. Although there are battery powered or solar alternatives, having proper lighting installed outside brings year round reliability and a wider range of choices.
Security and practicality are two reasons why lighting is a major benefit outside. Motion sensor lights can provide extra protection against intruders, and recessed spotlights can line a pathway or drive. Another use for outdoor lighting is to highlight and illuminate aspects of your garden you are particularly proud or fond of – a water feature or statue for example.
Lighting is not the only benefit of electricity outside, many people enjoy spending time in their sheds or greenhouses, but without power there are certain limitations as to how often they can be in there comfortably. Introducing power into these buildings means sockets, lighting and heating, for a better shed experience.
Sockets and switches
Sockets in outdoor locations come in handy for those with water features or ponds, as they will often require electricity to work the pumps or filters needed to keep them running properly. They can also make using electric tools in the garden safer, with no trailing extension leads required, that could get damaged or worn by the outdoor conditions.
However, when moving power outside, there are a lot of safety issues that need consideration; weather conditions, distance between the mains and sockets, proper coverings, safety measures and even the depth and type of cables being used to supply the electricity.
Part P of the building regulations now requires anyone intending to have any electrical work installed outside to notify the building control authorities, and are obligated to use a Part P registered electrician to carry out the work. In fact, heavy fines can be incurred if electrical works do not meet the standards that have been set out.
If you are looking to install exterior power sockets or lighting then please give us a call and we would be happy to visit your home and provide a free, no obligation quote.