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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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Reviewed by Julia on 13/10/2020

Excellent work arranged swiftly too, very pleased with results and would hire again. Recommended !

Your home can be designed to give you best possible lighting and power and reduce your energy bill. Your property can also be rewired or upgraded to your specification and budget.We look forward to assisting you with your electrical jobs.

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Reviewed by Owain on 28/9/2020

Great service from Jay. Good communication, excellent price and service. Will be using him again.

I am enthusiastic, I run an honest and friendly service. I work to 18th edition and part P building regulations. I'm thorough in my work and safety is paramount throughout. I can issue certificates where necessary and I am part P registered with Stroma and certify and notify all necessary work. I can complete 3rd party installation certificates and condition reports.

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Reviewed by Jessica on 16/10/2020

Super efficient and fast service ! Now in our phone contacts ! Thank you !

Quick response electricians specialists in reactive, proactive maintenance and installations of any size. Fault finding specialists with 25years of experience.

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Reviewed by chris on 7/10/2020

No thank you

About I.P.S Electrical installations: IPS Electrical Installations Ltd are a company specialising in domestic work and garden lighting. We are dedicated to providing customer service that is second to none. Whether you need a small wiring fix or the installation of state-of-the-art "smart home" automation, we can get the job done right. We provide you with a full consultation to explain your available options so that you can choose the scope of work that's right for your home or business - and your budget. We strive to save you both time and money by combining our deep experience, the highest quality parts and equipment, and our dedication to delivering exceptional service. We will not leave the job until you are satisfied. Experience: All electrical work taken. Specialists in domestic work. Garden lighting design. Electrical testing and landlords certificates. Electrical maintenance. Nest Pro Installer Ring TradePro Qualifications: NVQ level 2, 18th edition, CSCS card. Peace of mind: £2million public liability insurance Showcase: IPS Electrical Installations have just finished a four bedroom house rewire, with complex wiring systems and smart lighting which can be operated by a phone app or Amazon Echo.

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Reviewed by Kirit on 12/10/2020

Great job, thank you

Beaucatt Electrical Solutions is a well established manufacturing company that has built up an enviable reputation over the last 12 years. We pride ourselves on our commitment to provide a professional and speedy service at all times, whilst maintaining the highest quality of work. Beaucatt Electrical Solutions has a proven track record of innovative designs, effective problem solving and attention to detail and our goal is to meet and exceed the expectations of every customer. We take on all types of jobs from small domestic work to larger commercial projects, all carried out to the highest standards, and at very competitive prices.

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Reviewed by Alistair on 12/10/2020

Great guys who did a brilliant job, highly recommended.

YOUR LOCAL QUALIFIED DOMESTIC ELECTRICIAN, NAPIT part p approved napit number 32647 Qualified in 2002 CARD PAYMENTS ACCEPTED all major credit cards All areas of domestic works carried out; Full Rewires Extentsion Kitchen rewires New consumer units EV HOME CAR CHARGERS CCTV systems Light fittings Fault finding Additional sockets Outdoor lighting Loft lights Hot tubs Periodic inspections Etc.. No job too small Free quotes Great rates All work guaranteed and completed to a high standard I aim to deliver an outstanding quality of work, every time, helping people get the most out of their electrics without breaking the bank. Most electrical repairs can be done quickly and inexpensively, but I feel some electricians overcharge for their services and can take too long on simple jobs.I believe in honesty, and will give you a very competitive price for work you can rely on. CARD PAYMENT ACCEPTED all major credit cards

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Reviewed by John on 20/10/2020

Chris turned up at the time agreed , it didn’t take long to do the job. But he did quickly and efficiently. Thanks Chris

With years of experience in the electrical field of domestic and commercial installations you are in safe and professional hands. Fully insured and qualified to the latest electrical standards.

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Reviewed by Kan on 12/10/2020

Change of 2 fuse boxes. Cannot fault the work done, efficient, punctual. Price is a little steep compared to competition

I have been a qualified electrician for over 25yrs. I am very reliable & trustworthy. My main aim is to make sure all my customers are happy with my work and completely satisfied with the final result.

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Reviewed by David on 31/7/2020

Turned up on time, Very friendly and knowledgeable. Did a great job at a fair price.

7 years in the trade. Worked on industrial, commercial and domestic projects. No job’s to small and no jobs to big! Lowest price Guarantee.

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Reviewed by Tom on 21/10/2020

Excellent, attended promptly and resolved all issues would recommend

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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 outdoor 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 with your outdoor lighting 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 installing outdoor lighting

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 electric outdoor lights, 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 design 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, electric outdoor lights perform 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 outdoor lighting installation, 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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