I may be biased but any electrical work is best done by a qualified professional. If you are installing security lights then there are two main considerations to decide if you have to call me or not:
1) If the light is to be fixed to the external wall of your house then there are no special requirements.
2) If the light is outside anywhere else other than the external wall then it is covered by Part P of the Building Regulations and will require a Part P Approved contractor such as myself to do the job.
The reason for this is covered on my Outbuildings page but just to elaborate a little: this requirement is due to the wet conditions outside the house that can compromise the condition of the electrics. If you are in any doubt about the Building Regulations then you can contact me and I will be happy to advise.
Your security lighting can be basic and functional, but it also has the potential to really dress your garden up with an aesthetic use of light and shadow among the plant life. One suggestion I would like to make is that you replace any existing halogen security lights with LED lights. This will help reduce your energy consumption and the bulbs are a lot longer lasting. Did you know that a 10W LED is the equivalent of a 100W halogen? You might also like to consider the use of colour changing LED’s which can give a nice effect outside buildings and in gardens.
I can advise right from day one on design and regulations to ensure that what you want to do is in line with the latest IEE Wiring Regulations and therefore both compliant and safe without risk of devaluing your property.
C R Lane Electrical
You know where I am if you need any assistance. I am qualified with City & Guilds in electrical installations up to the latest edition of the wiring regulations and qualified with them too for inspection, testing and certification of electrical installations for your extra peace of mind.