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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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Hamilton Renovation & Construction Ltd. Founded in 2019, a family run business who specialise in Carpentry, Flooring, Renovations and Bathroom & Kitchen remodels, as well as converting commercial and domestic properties. Hamilton Renovation & Construction Ltd is based in Colchester covering Essex, London and surround areas. We are an established company with a proven track record for customer satisfaction. Our priorities are to provide customers with quality services and products to the highest standard. We have a pro-active and dynamic team that consistently delivers challenging projects on time and within budget. Our team will be with you the whole way as we aim to make your vision a reality.

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Reviewed by S on 19/3/2021

Tom from Hamilton contacted us to check on the jobs we needed done and told us he’d revert later that day with a price. We didn’t hear anything so we contacted them directly asking if they were interested still, but again we didn’t receive even a courtesy response. Total waste of our time.

Welaways Builders a former sister company of Welaway Systems was established in 1977 Free Quotations and Advice Choose us and you will be Welaway - We can Provide gas safe engineers and NIC Electricians.

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Reviewed by Andrew on 8/10/2020

Great service and very professional.

Express Construction Group Ltd is a company based on quality details of the customer ,with a low cost of works and best quality for our customers. Don't hesitate to contact us for a quotation for your Driveway,Landscaping,Brick layer,Internal/external, painting, internal/external tilling , Block Paving, Fences ,Electrical jobs !!!

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Reviewed by Jay on 1/12/2020

I am so glad to have connected with Angelin through Rated People. He was given a plan for the garden and within a few weeks Angelin and his team turned a run down garden into a stunning contemporary outdoor living space. It now has a porcelain patio with built in seating, a pergola walkway, custom built raised vegetable boxes, new fences and a beautifully laid lawn. I look forward to working with Angelin and his team on my future garden projects.

Electrical contractor based in Portsmouth covering the south coast area. We take on all aspects of electrical installation and maintenance work, big or small. From Replacement switches to full rewiring of properties. Happy to offer quotes and advice free of charge.

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Reviewed by Kevin on 6/5/2019

Will use this electrician in the future good job and reasonable price

WK CONTRACTING LTD undertake all aspects of building work from plastering a single ceiling or wall to a full house renovation. We also offer home refurbishment, rendering, new build, renovation and home extension work which can include joinery, plumbing and electrics alongside our high quality plastering and finishing service. 

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Reviewed by Sarah on 12/4/2021

Not only did Krystian call back quickly in response to my advert, he also send out a guy to quote for the job when he said he would. Communication was great. The work was done within budget and on time and he even did extra work as well. The work was excellent, both Krystian and his mate turned up on time every day and worked hard to get the external wall removed. The site was cleaned up at the end of the day. I now have a wonderful open plan kitchen/conservatory and won't hesitate to recommend these guys:)

Delivering Electrical and Telecoms Services Fully Insured

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Reviewed by Lesley on 18/12/2020

Fast and efficient service

Professional, hard working and friendly value for money electrical services. Ex Royal Air Force electrical engineer

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Reviewed by Daniel on 15/4/2021

Immediate quote Turned up as promised Excellent job Even did a little bit of other work to sort something out for no charge Top man

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 Rob on 8/11/2020

Couldn’t asked for more - all as promised, no hesitation in recommending

I am an experienced full qualified plasterer and painter over 8 years and also qualified plumber. I am very reliable, honest, clean and tidy with all my work no matter small or big.

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Reviewed by Tim on 5/10/2016

Bruno and his brother Hugo did a very professional job. They were friendly and reliable. I would definitely use them again.

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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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