Post your job for free, get up to 3 quotes

Post your job for free. Read reviews, get quotes, and see tips on hiring the right person.

What type of tradesperson do you need?

What type of job is it?

Find external lighting experts

Turn your driveway or garden into a shining example of outdoor illumination, by installing new external lighting. Whether you need security lights, ambient deck lighting, decorative pathway lighting or something more ambitious, find an experienced electrician and you can spark new life into your outdoor space.

Browse External lighting specialists

Take a look at our External lighting specialists profiles, read reviews and request quotes directly.

We are a Building and electrics firm with over 500 five star ratings. Customer satisfaction is our top priority. We cover all domestic electrical services to the public and offer innovative ways to improve the efficiency and lifespan of your electrics.

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by Zeena on 22/6/2019

Absolutely fantastic service. Mike was great and recommended and gave brilliant advice, the job was done so fast and efficiently.

We are new to rated people but we are very experienced. From new socket installation to outdoor lighting. Shower problems to full rewires we can give you the best advice at the best price. Have a look at some of our fantastic Reviews!

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by Rosemary on 13/6/2019

Pleasure to do business with. Arrived when he said he would. Very professional. Well pleased with his work. Thankyou.

Great timely work, friendly service and kept in contact until paperwork came through. Would highly recommend and hire again in future.

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by Zeinab on 15/6/2019

Great highly highly recommended.

We are a local Electrical company specialising in electrical repairs and maintenance. We offer Same Day Service and guarantee our work for 12 Months. Trusted by residents since 2007. Most jobs fixed within the 1st hour. A list of our most popular electrical services is below, but if you can't see what you need I am still confident I can help. Electrical Services: COMPLETE REWIRES. NEW INSTALLATIONS. KITCHEN REWIRES. OLD & NEW BUILDS. COMMERCIAL & RETAIL SHOP FITOUTS. LANDLORD SAFETY CERTIFICATES. FUSE BOX UPGRADES. POWER POINTS. LIGHTING POINTS. DATA POINTS. T.V & SATELITE POINTS. BT PHONE POINTS. UNDER FLOOR HEATING SYSTEMS. WIRELESS THERMOSTATS. FIRE ALARM SYSYEMS. CCTV SYSTEMS. GARDEN LIGHTS (WIRED AND WIRELESS SWITCH) LED LIGHTS All staff are fully qualified: Qualifications: NVQ Level 3, City and Guilds Level 3 diploma, City & Guilds NICEIC Registered All operatives are fully City and Guilds Level 3 Qualified and have extensive electrical experience. Public liability insurance issued by Constructaquote and covers up to £5M. All work carried out by G B Home Electrical comes with up to 1 year warranty.

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by Kevin on 23/6/2019

Very happy with the service

Providing professional electrical solutions for you, when you need them. Covering all of Greater Manchester and Cheshire.

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by Mike on 17/6/2019

Az has excellent communication and his prices are reasonable. The work was carried out in good time and to a good standard. I will definitely be using Az again.

AJ Facilities Services have been working in the electrical repairs and installation sector for over 20 years. Based in the North West we provide a professional, reliable and friendly service throughout Merseyside and the Cheshire regions.

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by Sarah on 18/6/2019

Fast, excellent service at a great price. We will 100% Be using you again!

Based in North West, GM COMMS & ELECTRICAL provide Aerial Installs & Fault Finding, CCTV Installs, TV & Media Wall installs, Telecom Installs, All Electrical Work, Data networking and Patch panel Installs. We strive on providing a 5* Service each and every time, All our Engineers are fully certified in their sector and have at least 5 Years experience working in the field. We are Specialist's in multiple sectors offering the best quality and affordability without any compromise. We look forward to hearing you.

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by Mark on 20/6/2019

Excellent job

J&S take on a lot of different types of job. And if wee can't do the job we have trade workers who can do it for us.

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by Tony on 10/6/2019

Really pleased with the work, thank you.

Professional, Reliable, friendly tradesman with over 20 years experience. Competitive rates, all work is insured and guaranteed and done to a very high standard. Please check out my ratings. Regards James

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by Russell on 22/6/2019

Job was 1 building maintenance and 3 electrical jobs, each part of the job turned out to have some non-straightforward difficulties to be dealt with but James sorted them out and really got on with it. Would certainly use again

Sjk Electrical is a small local electrical business based on Hayling Island that offers most things electrical from new builds to light fitting changes, electrical testing and fault finding

Latest homeowner review

Reviewed by James on 16/5/2019

Have used twice now and would highly recommend

Post your job for free and up to 3 tradesmen will be in contact to quote

What type of tradesperson do you need?

What type of job is it?

External lighting specialists - what you need to know

There are usually two reasons why you’ll be looking to replace or revamp your external lights. Chances are, you’re either looking to improve your home security, or add an atmospheric finishing touch to your garden.

An experienced electrician will be able to help you design and install the external lighting setup you’re seeking. Looking at your existing power sources, they’ll configure the necessary wiring, install the light fittings (and ensure everything is kept waterproof) and then connect and test the lights.

Cost of external lighting work

Electricians will usually charge by the hour, but may also give you a price for specific jobs or tasks. Hourly rates will typically range from £40–£60, and you can expect to pay anywhere from £75–£150 for the installation of an external security light.

Types of external lighting

There’s a huge range of external light fittings and fixtures, including energy saving, motion sensing and solar-powered options.

  • Security lights. These powerful LED lights shine a wide beam across the front, side or rear of your property, and are typically used as a deterrent against would-be intruders. They’re often accompanied by a motion sensor, so they only flick into operation when they detect movement. The detector actually senses changes in heat radiation, typically emitted by people, animals and cars. Powered by mains electricity, the lights can then be programmed to turn off after a set period of time – saving you energy.
  • Spotlights and wall lights (or downlights). Spotlights are typically used to highlight water features, shrubs or trees, or to beam colour onto a wall. Rather than being used for security or visibility, spotlights are usually selected for aesthetic reasons. External wall lights and downlights are often installed by a front door or porch to illuminate the entrance to your home, or your door number. Most wall lights are fitted with a motion sensor, so they’re only activated as someone approaches their location.
  • Post lights. These low-level ambient lighting posts can be arranged alongside a garden path or perimeter, providing gentle illumination for nocturnal navigation. They also offer an attractive accent for your garden in the dusk of a summer evening. Solar-powered options are available, but these don’t always last too long. Mains-powered units are more reliable and can be more robust – which is important, unless you’re happy to replace flimsier knocked-over solar post lights all too frequently.
  • Decking lights. Decking’s as commonplace as turf in most gardens nowadays. And to make sure it’s safe to walk on late at night (as well as to illuminate your smart outdoor space in all its glory), built-in decking lights can be fitted. It’s much easier to fit these lights before your decking boards are screwed into place, but it is possible to retrofit them. Speak to your electrical expert to find out about your options.

Outdoor lighting ideas – what to consider

  • Driveways and paths. You might be looking at lighting solely as a way to dial up the style for your home’s entrance. But at night, external lighting performs an important role, helping you to see where you’re going. So, consider the function as well as the form of your lighting arrangement and ensure you create something that serves a safety purpose too.
  • Outdoor dining. Summers are made for dining outdoors. In fact, so is late spring, and early autumn. Make the most of your outdoor space and ensure you have an external lighting setup that’ll allow you to dine outside on those balmy evenings. Consider wall lights near your garden table and chairs, and low-level ambient lighting too.
  • Security. As we’ve discussed, your lights are there to serve a purpose beyond shining a spotlight on your fanciest features. They’ll help keep intruders away from your home, spilling light over any nefarious characters loitering near your driveway. Make sure your security lights have a PIR (passive infrared sensor), so they’re only activated by motion – saving you money and providing a more effective deterrent. And ensure all potential entry points (doors and windows) are well lit.
  • Light containment. While you may want to create your very own homage to Blackpool’s illuminations, your neighbours probably won’t appreciate a spotlight beam piercing the darkness at midnight as a cat sets off your security lights. So, be considerate and ensure you’re not unintentionally annoying those living nearby.

The qualifications your external lighting expert needs

Your electrician needs to hold NICEIC (National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting) accreditation to work on your electrical circuits. This is especially important for external lighting, given the potential for water to short your electricity supply.

The chances are, if your electrician is NICEIC-qualified, they’ll also hold a vocational qualification like a City & Guilds, NVQ or a diploma. These are handy, but not essential.

What is essential is evidence of experience, in the form of a number of customer references.

Insurance for external lighting

Cover your property, your possessions and your back by ensuring your professional has public liability insurance. As well as the obvious potential for danger when working with electricity, your professional will probably be drilling and climbing ladders.

Questions you should ask your external lighting expert

  • Do they charge by the hour or by the job?
  • Do they have a minimum size of job or a call-out fee?
  • Will they need to install a new circuit for your lights, or can they take an existing supply?

How our service works

  • Create a job - it's free

    We'll connect you with the right tradesperson, from over 30 different trades.

  • Get quotes

    Up to 3 tradespeople can provide a quote, but on average you'll get 1-2.

  • Check ratings

    Look at each tradesperson's profile page to see their ratings and reviews.

  • Pick a tradesperson

    Use our homeowner checklist for extra tips on choosing a tradesperson.

  • Job done

    Leave a rating for your tradesperson based on quality, reliability and value.


Recently completed jobs

Here's what's been happening in and around your area

SECURITY LIGHTING

Hi We need someone to fit outside security lights, we have one it just needs to be fitted to the front and we would need another to be fitted to the...

Switchboard & lighting change...

I need to change the current power & switch boards in the Conference room. Apart from that, some bulbs in the same VC room is out of function which...

electric to garage

to supply electric from house to garage, lights, sockets and connection for up and over garage

Run electric into the garage

I have just converted the rear of my garage into an office space, dividing the office from what's left of the garage with a stud wall. I need to run...

shed wiring up to inside of...

I need my shed wiring up properly because of health and safety purposes I use a lot of highish voltage machinery in the shed I also wish to put better...

Miscellaneous electrical jobs...

Indoor electrical point installing Loft power installing Outside security light installing Under stairs cupboard light fitting

Earth rod installing

I've had a new TT supply fitted and it requires an earth rod installing and connecting up

Power and lighting in front...

I would like power sockets at the front end of my 150 ft driveway. i am laying LED rope lights (already purchased) along both sides of the driveway I...

Electrical - various

- Disconnect a spot light where we are having a built in cupboard built - Connect transformer and dusk to dawn timer to existing external power supply...

Replace external PIR security...

Replace external PIR security light, no new wiring involved. Just placing security light

How our service works

  1. Create a job - it's free

    We'll connect you with the right tradesmen, from over 30 different trades.

  2. Get quotes

    Up to 3 tradesmen can provide a quote, but on average you'll get 1-2.

  3. Check ratings

    Look at each tradesperson's profile to see their ratings and reviews.

  4. Pick a tradesperson

    Use our homeowner checklist for extra tips on choosing a tradesperson.

  5. Job done

    Leave a rating for your tradesperson based on quality, reliablity and value.

app-icon

Get our app for homeowners

  • Send messages and get notifications from tradespeople
  • Add photos to get more accurate quotes
  • View tradespeople’s profiles