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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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We cover all areas inside M25 of London and offer a friendly reliable service. We are Part P Registered Company. Our registration is with NICEIC who are the largest electrical governing bodies in the country.

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Reviewed by Nick on 4/12/2019

I have nothing but good words to say about Andrzej and TK electrics. I was contacted promptly when I posted the job, for security lighting, they came round, surveyed the requirements and priced the job, which was very reasonable. Andrzej and his electrician came and diligently carried out the work required. Nothing was too much trouble and they completed the job, leaving me very satisfied with the result. Andrzej then came back to check all was ok with the lighting. Fantastic job, would recommend TK.

We are a small company who has been developing over the past eight years very good customer satisfactory we always aim to please, all our electricians are polite and friendly we specialise in all areas of electrical work so far we have nothing but 5 star.

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Reviewed by David on 31/12/2019

Last minute booking, fantastic service. Thank you for you help!

We offer a range of services from, conditioning reports, building control notifications and general electrical works such as garden out building supplies, fuse board replacements, new light fittings/sockets and rewires. A fully NAPIT registered company.

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Reviewed by Mike on 4/12/2019

Maurice connected 4 outbuildings in our garden to mains electricity. The whole job took 3 days. Every day he kept me informed of when he would be there, He was polite, friendly and professional at all times. He did a fantastic job and we are very pleased. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him and will be contacting him again soon about the next electrical job I have coming up.

Local Skegness electrical contractor carrying all aspects of domestic and commercial installations

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Reviewed by Colin on 14/9/2018

Swift response and great communication together with fair pricing.

We are a one stop building company.We have been building for over 24years.We provide a full building sevice from electrical and plumbing works ,to plastering or extensions .We carry out all what you would ever need from a small dedicated building company .

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Reviewed by Barry on 2/9/2019

Response to posting was immediate. Quote was quick and reasonable. Work carried out exactly as agreed, quickly and efficiently. Tradesmen friendly and unobtrusive. Good customer service, checked to ensure we were satisfied.

I am a Self employed electrician with over 14 years experience. Knowledge in all aspects of electrical work. Specialise in domestic work, but have extensive experience in commercial and industrial jobs. Recently my focus has been on lighting and heating

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Reviewed by Colin on 18/12/2019

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Hi Customer We are a well established and reliable Electrical Contracting company with our Electricians delivering excellent customer care to our new customers and existing customer for 25 years.

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Reviewed by Ruth on 23/8/2019

Amazing hard working team. Reasonably priced.

Specialising in all domestic gas work, plumbing and electrical as well as all interior design, planning & construction. Over 15 years experience with extremely high standards and professionalism carried throughout.

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Reviewed by Tom Casling on 3/1/2020

Excellent service. This person went out of their way to accommodate my requirements at a difficult time of the year would thoroughly recommend this person to you

'L.A.B ELECTRICAL we cover all types of electrical installations from complete rewires, part rewires, Testing and inspection, fuse board upgrades, E.I.C.R to complete refurbishments, domestic and commercial. Work carried out can be inspected by the NICEIC to ensure that L.A.B ELECTRICAL are working in line with up to date regulations and standards which will give you peace of mind. Advantages of using an NICEIC electrician, we are able to notify local authorities of works carried out and completed.

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Reviewed by Neil on 12/11/2019

A true professional and excellent to deal with. A real pleasure engaging Neil Brown to carry out the electrical upgrade.

T. J Neale Electrical our a small company based on fair pricing, quick responses times and customer satisfaction. Fault finding and emergency repair being our specialty, but of course able to carry out the less urgent jobs, to a high standard.

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Reviewed by zlatan on 17/11/2019

Very reliable, reasonable in price, highly recommended.

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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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