/ Latest News / 7th May 2019

How to fit outdoor lights

Tired of coming home at night and using your phone’s flashlight to help you see the keyhole space in your front door? Or maybe you simply haven’t had enough time to call a professional to change the light fixtures on your entrance door? Perhaps you want to make your home more welcoming with some outdoor lighting? No matter why you’ve decided that it’s time to install outdoor lighting – the Handy Squad is here to help.

Outdoor lighting has many benefits, some of which you might not even have thought about. Besides illuminating your entrance door or your patio, outdoor lights can help you identify any strangers who pass by your house at night and can even deter burglars from your home.

Safety Note

Before proceeding to install your outdoor lights, you must take hazards and safety into full consideration. Before you begin anything, follow these safety precautions:

  • Switch off the main power at the consumer unit/fuse box.
  • Attach a note to the unit to advise you are working on the circuit.
  • Get yourself a socket tester (or voltage tester for lighting circuits) to confirm whether circuits are dead and safe to work on.

Never take risks with electrical safety, any electrical work must be installed in accordance with local Building Regulations and must comply with the latest IEE Wiring Regulations. Please see more information online or from your local authority. If you are ever in doubt of any electrical work, we would highly recommend contacting a professional electrician. At the Handy Squad, we have a team of experienced electricians in London who will be able to carry out any electrical work you require.

Installing an outdoor light on a wall

If you are looking to install an outdoor light on a wall near your front or back door, please follow the guide below. When fitting outdoor lights ensure that the chosen lights are waterproof and solely for outdoor usage. To successfully install wall mounted lights outdoors, follow these steps:

  1. Start by drilling a hole in the area which you desire for the light to go. After doing so, line the hole with a plastic conduit and push the cable through.
  2. Once you’ve pushed the cables through, connect their cores to the destined terminals within the unit. After doing so, wrap them firmly in PVC electrical tape to prevent any water or damp.
  3. Position the light to the wall and use a small amount of silicone to prevent any moisture from entering.
  4. Go inside the house, run the light supply cable back to a decent position for cutting into the main circuit table using a four-terminal junction box.
  5. Fit in a switch and run a length of 1mm² two core-and-earth cable back to the placement of the junction box
  6. Segregate the circuit and ensure that the power is off with the help of a voltage tester. Proceed to then cut through the main circuit cable and make the appreciate connections needed in the junction box.

How to fit garden lighting 

Another type of outdoor lighting is garden lighting. This kind of lighting is used to illuminate back gardens, as well as to illuminate the pathway to your entrance door. We would recommend low-voltage garden lighting as it is the easiest and safest lighting to install. These types of light units often are on spikes which are simply pushed into the ground.

 

If installing outdoor lights seems like too much of an intricate job for you, contact our professional London electricians today. We offer many services to help you illuminate both the exterior and interior of your home, including changing light fittings, replacing hard-to-reach lightbulbs, installing spurs from existing sockets, among many other services. Our electricians will be more than happy to assist you to install all and any lights at your home, quickly and efficiently!

While our electricians are installing your garden lighting, why not ask them to help put up some string lights across your patio or on your trees to give your whole garden a stylish and magical atmosphere? Request a free quote today by filling our online booking form.

We hope that you have enjoyed this guide and that it has been helpful. In case you have any inquiries regarding our services, feel free to contact our friendly team on 0800-0 12 12 12.