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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.

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

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Reviewed by Pamela on 31/10/2018

Clean, friendly, efficient

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Reviewed by Anouk on 11/11/2018

Quick and effiencent. Great job. I would recommend.

Qualified and experienced electrician offering free estimates, no minimum fee and no call out charge. Based in Glasgow and delivering excellent customer service throughout central Scotland in electrical installation, repair fault finding and modernisation. Fully insured. Disclosure Scotland. All work undertaken.

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Reviewed by Jack on 30/8/2018

Great job

We are a Building and electrics firm with over 200 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.

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Reviewed by Mike on 11/11/2018

next day service, everything we needed was completed the same day. friendly service and quality workmanship. would highly recommend.

JCEM PROPERTY CARE LTD SPECIALISTS IN ELECTRIC HEATING TO ALL MANUFACTURES, AND ALL GENERAL PLUMBING INSTALLATION AND REPAIR WORK,INSURANCE WORK UNDERTAKEN GUARANTEED 1 HR RESPONSE WITHIN 50 MILE RADIUS,QUALITY & INSURED,ALL DIAGNOSTIC WORK IS CHARGABLE

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Reviewed by caroline on 11/11/2018

I am in communication with the plumber and it appears at the moment we may be able to resolve the situation, which would be good. I've increased the rating as I am hopeful the outcome will be positive. I will re-rate again, hopefully even more positively, if the expected resolution happens.

Electrician with 15 years experience in all types of electrical work. Three key words - Affordable - Reliable and Professional.

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Reviewed by Heather on 30/9/2018

The guy turned up on time contacted me really quickly. No mess. Very professional. Would not hesitate to contact him again. Heather :

About Folarinmaintains: We are a family run company that specialise in electrical interior, exterior, handyman and general maintenance. We offer Same Day Service and guarantee our work for 12 Months. Most jobs fixed within a few hours. Experience/Quality/Peace of mind: We install/remove and cover all aspects of electrical work from as small as changing a light bulb, emergency callouts to completing an entire rewire and this is for both Landlords as well as private home owners, domestic and commercial properties. We take pride in our work and always complete to the highest standard and that is why we offer a 12 months Guarantee! Qualifications: City and guilds electrical installation levels 1-3 17th edition in electrical installation BS7671 Extensive years of experience. WHAT THE CUSTOMER WANTS IS WHAT WE WANT TO DELIVER.

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Reviewed by Robert on 4/11/2018

Job well done.

ELECTROFLEX is a small family owned electrical business consisting of myself and my two sons. We have 25 years of electrical experience and pride ourselves in keeping prices low and quality high. You will be pleased...

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Reviewed by Sheila on 11/11/2018

Amazing guy so polite quick to respond fixed the problem within 24 hours if contact. Will definitely use again highly recommended

Sole trader. Single parent. Fault finding Jedi. Apple expert.

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Reviewed by Lola on 12/11/2018

Very quick and helpful!

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Reviewed by Ben on 15/9/2018

Shaune provided a great service. He was quick and the quality of work was great. I’d recommend him to anyone.

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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?

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