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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. We also specialise in house improvement , decorating, kitchen installation and full bathroom refurbishment,.

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Reviewed by Frank on 27/3/2020

I first chose T&K just to do a complete electrical rewiring and refit in my 1-bedroom flat in SW10, but it turned out that they could also replace my kitchen, install new wood flooring and skirtings throughout the flat, then completely redecorate, for all of which they provided reasonable and well-itemised quotes. They completed all of the work to a high standard within 15 working days, and kept within their estimates apart from a few minor and agreed extras. A well-deserved top rating for T&K from me.

I have been an electrician now for 50 Years,my company has been involved with various prestige contracts in schools,with local authorities and the main supply cables in connection with the castle Tattoo lighting, I've worked with Rated People for more than 8 years

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Reviewed by Torbjorn on 22/2/2020

Great work and great service.

Diversity of experience, accurate and detailed planning, a commitment to finishing on time. You gain a true partner committed communicating through every step of your electrical work and to delivering what we say we will every time.

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Reviewed by John on 9/3/2020

Prompt, good communication, did the work to our fullest satisfaction and at reasonable cost. Highly recommended and will use Habib again when the need arises. Thank you!

BEST UK BUILDERS looking after your property and providing you with all in one management solutions to renovated or extend your property. All our work is guaranteed for your peace of mind and all our craftsmen are fully insured.

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Reviewed by Alan on 17/2/2020

Nish did a great job. He was quick, attentive and very efficient and we are delighted with the results. I wouldn't hesitate to hire him again or to recommend him to others.

Fully qualified electrician with 15 years experience providing top quality service.

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Reviewed by Amar on 28/3/2020

Highly recommend. Great service; quick and clean

I’m a small local company, time served including testing and inspection with over 20 years experience. I pride myself on providing an excellent service for all aspects of domestic and commercial electrical works. I’m only as good as my last job and will go out my way to leave a happy customer.

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Reviewed by Amelia on 7/3/2020

Ben did a good job on my garage. He did everything he said he would do, kept in touch and tidied up after. I would recommend.

I have 18 years of experience. We specialise in domestic electrical installations through the north west london area. I done training in an electrical academy years ago where I achieved my qualifications.

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Reviewed by sheema on 14/5/2019

Altin was very professional and knowledgable. He fixed the issue and was very polite and courteous while doing it. I had previously hired another electrician who charged me for his time, but was unable to fix the issue. I would not hesitate to recommend him. Thank you Altin!

We are a small local company (father and son) with over 40 years’ experience in the trade, and we look forward to helping you with your request for an electrician . We are certified with ELECSA and able to complete any type of installation rewires testing

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Reviewed by john on 10/2/2020

Prompt attent Iion, quickly solved problem, very reasonable charge, all one would expect from a family firm.I recommend them and award top marks !

POWERTEC electrical contractors, NIC EIC Approved contractors, Part P Approved, Fully insured 20 years experience, Fully qualified friendly and reliable service, covering London, greater London,surrey, middlesex All aspects of electrical work undertaken

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Reviewed by Liz on 19/8/2019

Very good all round

We are a Father & Son business, established 1990, based in the South Side of Glasgow.

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Reviewed by Roseanne on 6/9/2019

Mr Wilson and son turned up to clarify job- returned to scope it out We agreed to go ahead- he said he’d get back to me- he didn’t Despite phone calls and e mails I heard nothing from him again Really wasted my time I would not 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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