Garden lighting – What and who?

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Your garden has so much potential – it can now be regarded as another room in your home – the last few years have seen rise to people opting for decking in their gardens – after all it is low maintenance, versatile and allows friends to congregate in one area with the possibility of stylish lighting added.

Decking lighting – and indeed other forms of garden lighting whether this is lighting to sheds and other outbuildings, outdoor lighting, security lighting or perimeter lighting can transform your garden, is relatively low cost to run and nowadays offers many lighting options.

LED lighting is very popular for decking as the lighting can produce dramatic effects and are available in a range of colour options – another advantage to garden lighting is you can choose from different effects that would not be an option within the home.

Other popular options for garden lighting include low voltage lamps for use on driveways. Many of these lamps enable you to walk over or drive over them without fear of damage. These are known as recessed lighting.

There are also now some interesting ways to be able to operate these lights! You can have them on a hard wired switch, on a remote switch or on a photocell which means it will switch on whenever there is a certain light level outside. Presence sensors are also another popular switching method, meaning they come on when movement is detected, perfect for security lighting or where switches just aren’t viable. Interestingly now outdoor lights can also be operated from mobile phones, can change colour and even flash to music!

Whatever lighting you opt for, it is important that a qualified, competent electrician installs your garden lighting for you especially if you are looking at pond, pool or water feature lighting. Remember that water and electricity do not mix!

I see many dangerous outdoor electrical works on properties throughout Peterborough, Bourne and Stamford. There are increasing numbers of people who are prepared to tinker with outdoor lighting as the perception of fire decreases with outside installations. Remember with outdoor installations, resistance to weather is a must – the correct cables and sockets must be used and these are just the basics.

Only last week I saw outdoor lighting installed using cables for use indoors. The cable had been left exposed to the elements and had someone like a child had touched the cable, they would have received an electric shock as the cable had no protection at all.

Incorrect cable also deteriorates quickly leading to shock and is dangerous when in use.

Always ensure you use the services of a suitably qualified registered electrician to carry out garden lighting and power to outbuildings.

You can then relax and enjoy your social gatherings with friends and family with peace of mind that electrically you are safe.

To give you an idea of garden lighting we can put in and how we can switch it watch the video below

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