Over the past two years, our outside spaces have become more important than ever, and flexible living and at-home socialising have become the new going out. Given the increased time many of us have spent at home and in our gardens during the pandemic, it’s understandable how many home owners are still keen to maximise the amount of sunshine and socialising they get in their outside space. We have seen a huge increase in outdoor electrics, as, without power there are certain limitations to just how much you can enjoy your garden to its full advantage.
Adding power outdoors opens up all sorts of possibilities for transforming your homes garden area, however big or small, into a welcoming space that you can enjoy with friends and family and our latest article explores some ideas on how outdoor electrics can add a whole new dimension to family life and maximise your homes true potential.
Lighting is probably the one which has the most impact on how your garden looks. Although there are battery powered or solar alternatives, having proper lighting installed outside brings year round reliability and a wider range of choices. Outdoor lighting highlights and adds drama to interesting landscape or architectural features and helps to create comfortable and communal surroundings, such as a defined seating or entertainment area. Aside from the aesthetics, lighting can increase security, and provide extra protection against possible intruders.
Sockets and switches
A simple socket can help immensely with gardening and reduce the risk of trailing cables through the house. If you regularly use electrical equipment outdoors, such as a lawnmower or hedge trimmer, an external power point will make life easier and safer. Importantly, it should feature a residual current device (RCD) that will help to protect you from the risk of fatal electric shock. It is essential that any sockets or switches installed out of doors have a suitable IP rating (to ensure that they are weatherproof) and do not leave any cables exposed.
There are many different reasons why you would want a water feature in your garden, this may be for aesthetics, acoustics of water or a focal point of your garden but there are a number of positive impacts they can have on your life. They say that the sound of water is one of the most relaxing sounds and is loved by most people and many of us have water features in the garden for that relaxing reasons. Water fountains running on mains electricity can be placed almost anywhere in your garden, depending on the length of the cable.
Another one of the main reasons we supply outdoor electrics. Given the unpredictability of the great British weather, an outdoor heater is a necessity for most. Electric heaters are less damaging than gas heaters. Whereas 40% of the heat from a gas heater goes straight up into the air, electric infrared models aim heat at the people who use them and are far safer than fire pits for young families.
A garden office or hobby room
Garden buildings have come on in leaps and bounds in recent years and are now considered perfect solutions for home offices, hobby and games rooms or even guest accommodation. If you are wanting to work from your garden hub, it’s well worth getting your garden building professionally wired and fitted with lighting, power and internet cabling.
Outdoor bar/hot tub
Again, its all about the socialising and entertainment value that outdoor electrics can bring. We saw a huge increase in hot tubs and bars during lockdown and it looks like they are here to stay. Installing electrics around water should always involve a professional and a waterproof plug socket with RCD protection (a life-saving device, designed to stop you from getting a fatal electric shock if you touch something live.)
Electrical installation work carried out in dwellings in England and Wales is subject to BS7671 IEE Wiring Regulations and to Part P of the Building Regulations, which requires that:
“Reasonable provision shall be made in the design and installation of electrical installations in order to protect persons operating, maintaining or altering installations from fire or injury”.
Since 1 January 2005, Building Regulations Part P requires that, in England and Wales, only qualified electricians carry out new electrical installation work, or that work is certified by a professional when completed (special waterproof fittings must be used, even in greenhouses and sheds, as the inside of these structures can get damp).
For further information on how outdoor electrics can transform your outdoor space, please contact us here.