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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 are a Building and electrics firm with over 400 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 Martin on 15/1/2019

Micheal arrived promptly as agreed and fitted a ceiling light, security light and outdoor light. He was professional, efficient, friendly and reasonably priced. I am sure I will be using him in the future!

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!

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Reviewed by kathryn on 15/1/2019

This lad is a credit to his profession. I asked for help and he gave me advice that ended up saving me money and not actually needing his service. How genuine is that. I needed to call him back another time for another job and he travelled several miles to come and do a small job at short notice. I thank him for that. I have other jobs this year in 2019 that I need him to do and would not second guess who to use for any electrical job in the future. Many Thanks.

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 Patrick on 14/1/2019

Did an excellent job, Even turned out on a Sunday. Communicated well and worked quickly. TOP MAN

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

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Reviewed by Leon on 9/1/2019

Job was completed within same day, very happy with service

C&G qualified offers electrical work at affordable rates, with no job too small. Edward, has 40 years Electronics experience and offers domestic electrical work also specialises in Smart Home & home automation systems especially for the infirm or invalid.

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Reviewed by Mina on 10/1/2019

Edward was very efficient and courteous.

We are a family run domestic electrical business, registered with Stroma as a Part P registered contractor.

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Reviewed by Paul on 6/1/2019

Great service. Picked up job request and came and quoted really quickly at time that suited me. Job then completed, again at time convenient to me. Paul was always punctual and professional throughout. Work to high standard.

We have over 15 years’ experience in the industry undertaking all aspects of electrical work, we offer a comprehensive range of electrical services including installation, testing and periodic inspection as required in a wide range of domestic commercial and industrial premises. We are Napit Registered, our ECS gold card electricians complete all work to the highest standard.

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Reviewed by Farouk on 21/11/2018

Met with the tradesman, fair appraisal excellent, tidy and neat work. Great aftercare. Would recommend and will use again !

Welcome to GCE ELECTRICAL. With many years of experience working on many different types of projects small, large and complex. We are fully equipped to carry out any project from start through to the finishing touches. We work on: - Domestic - Commercial - Industrial Work we do: - Installing lights - Full Re-Wires - Outside lighting -Power, lighting, garden lighting -Sockets -Lights -Garage -Fans -Shower -Dryers -Fault finding -Rewires (Full) -Rewires (Part) -Cookers -Kitchen design -Under floor heating We are based in Welwyn Garden City but cover surrounding areas: - Hertfordshire - Bedforshire - Buckinghamshire - Essex - London

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Reviewed by L on 13/1/2019

George was friendly, efficient and transparent throughout. Job agreed Saturday and George went out of his way to undertaken and complete the job the next day -Sunday Extremely professional workman. Very happy with the work. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending George and will be using him again. Well done!

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.

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Reviewed by Lesley on 14/1/2019

Joe made it so easy to arrange a time for the work. He arrived on time & finished the two jobs quickly with no fuss. Would recommend with no hesitation & my elderly dog is managing the back steps much better now we have a working light. Thanks Joe

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 10 years warranty.

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Reviewed by Javed on 15/1/2019

Good communication. Neat, safe and quick work. 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 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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