External Electrics

Choosing the best lighting for your outdoor swimming pool

Choosing swimming pool lighting in Surrey and LondonAn outdoor swimming pool is a luxurious addition to the home, and one that can utterly transform the character of the garden. The simple effect of the water reflecting the lights, colours and shapes of a property makes the whole space look instantly larger and more appealing, which is why an outdoor swimming pool can add significant value to your home.

Whether you like to take a refreshing dip in the morning or prefer a calming night-time bathe, choosing the best lights for your pool is important for ensuring that you and your family are completely safe, and that your outdoor pool looks as beautiful as possible.

Here are some considerations to keep in mind when choosing lights for your outdoor swimming pool. (more…)

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Using outdoor lighting effectively

Add drama with exterior lighting

Add drama with exterior lighting

Whether you want to enhance the appearance of your property or just add an extra level of security, outdoor lighting is a valuable feature of any home. Simple to install and easy to maintain, well-placed garden lights are ideal for transforming the outdoor areas of your home into safe, attractive and unique spaces for all the family to enjoy – day and night.

The best thing about outdoor lighting is that it can be customised entirely to suit the needs and style of your property. From atmospheric patio lighting and short post LED lights that delicately illuminate your garden path to functional motion-activated security lights, you can choose exactly how you want your outdoor lights to look and what features they should have. (more…)

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What Do the IP Ratings on Lights Mean?

IP ratings on lighting explained

IP ratings on lighting explained

You might have seen different figures on the packages that your lights come in. All have a particular wattage, and are rated in lumens for brightness. On some lights, you may also have noticed an IP rating.

This article explains what IP ratings are, and how MD Bespoke chooses the correct IP rating for your lighting project.

What IP means on lights

The IP rating of a light is a measure of ingress protection. It tells you how water resistant a light is. The second half of the rating is a number made up of two digits, such as IP67. (more…)

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How Do I Get Electricity to My Garden Office?

Running electrical cables to your garden cabin is a job for the professionals

Running electrical cables to your garden cabin is a job for the professionals

Outbuildings and detached garages make fantastic offices, as they provide the peace and quiet you need to get on with your daily work. Our clients often approach us about renovating detached buildings for this purpose, or to give the kids their own space to play.

Whatever you plan to do with your garden building, you’ll need to get power to it, if only to have a light and a plug for a heat source. Depending on your home and the layout of your garden, this could be a very simple job, or it could be extremely expensive. To a degree, your success may depend on the goodwill of your neighbours, too.

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Outdoor and Patio Lighting – Things to Consider

We can design and install lighting for your garden and patio areas

We can design and install lighting for your garden and patio areas

With the right lighting, your outdoor space will extend and enhance your home. Whether you have a tiny yard or a large landscaped garden, lights are key to making the space feel welcoming, and they can make a big impression you’re your dinner guests arrive.

Ideally, lighting should be planned along with the layout of the garden, but that isn’t practical in every case. If you’re improving existing lighting, or starting afresh, here are a few things to think about.

What Are Your Lighting Needs?

Lighting in the garden or yard serves three main purposes: security, mood lighting, or feature lighting. It’s advisable to plan your scheme as a complete system, since a badly placed security light could interfere with the overall effect. (more…)

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Finding the Right Electrician in London

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Looking for a professional electrician in London?

Wherever you live, finding the right electrician to carry out your work at home, or in the office, can be a veritable nightmare. Unless they come highly recommended by a previous client, you have no idea whether they will be competent, professional or even competitively priced. By the time you have spent hours trawling the internet, coming up with a shortlist and then getting three comparative quotes, you will be feeling understandably frustrated.

Hiring an electrician in a massive city like London can wind up being a headache that we can all do without. So how do you get the right person first time? And how do you avoid the cowboys?

Finding an electrician in London

If you live in the London area, you have literally hundreds – if not thousands – of electricians to choose from. You should be looking for NICEIC Approved Contractors from the off. The NICEIC accreditation means that you’ll already have peace of mind, knowing that they are fully qualified, and have been recognised as providers of safe electrical services.

NICEIC contractors may cover full electrical installations, re-wiring projects, safety checks for older properties, upgrades to homes and business premises and even alarm installations. We don’t recommend hiring anyone who doesn’t show you a valid membership certificate.

The full electrical rewiring package

Whether you have already been through the experience of having work carried out on your home, or this is your first experience, you might be aware that if building work has to be carried out at the same time, it can be a relative nightmare to coordinate the two.

Look for a full building-works package to supplement all of your electrical projects. If you have taken on a home that requires a full refurbishment, or your existing house rewiring needs to be upgraded for the 21st century, try to find competent tradesmen that can turn their hand to other jobs: plastering, heating and plumbing, house extensions, loft conversions, and even painting and decorating to finish off the contract.

If you do this, you’ll get the job done faster, more cohesively, and with fewer risks of delay. After all, if you just have one company travelling across London to help you, you’ll cut back on delays and inefficiency.

Forget your worries

Electrical design and installation work can be complex, time consuming and expensive. That is why you need to get it right first time by choosing a company that you know will carry out the work to a high level finish and at a competitive and affordable price for the London area.

Why run the risk of taking on unregistered or unprofessional tradespeople that have not been rated or recommended? To do so can result in unfinished projects, major losses of time and money and even dangerous safety issues being left unresolved and incomplete.

Make the right choice now. Place your contract with MD Bespoke Solutions to get it right first time. There’s just no need to risk hiring a cowboy electrician in the London area when we have attentive, friendly and experienced staff ready and waiting to help.

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External electrics – are they safely fitted?

External Electrical SafetyExternal Electrical SafetyExternal Electrical SafetyElectricity inside a building is one thing, but when you need to power items of equipment externally, this opens up a whole new minefield of potential problems and safety issues. To be on the safe side, if you are a homeowner or you own retail or commercial premises, external electrics are really something that you should not mess with by yourself.

Time to call in the experts

External electrics are governed by part P of the building regulations. A qualified electrician should carry out work.

On the surface, internal and external power supplies may look identical. In reality there is a significant difference in the materials that are used in each case. You will need a qualified local electrician to provide you with certification that all your external electrics are verified safe. This may include electrics routed outdoors to outbuildings, sheds, cabins and garages.

Protection from the elements is paramount for safety. External sockets should always be RCD (Residual Current Device) protected. An RCD is a device that disconnects a circuit whenever an imbalance is detected between the energised and neutral conductors. Any imbalance may mean that residual current could be leaking though the body of someone who is touching the energised part of the circuit whilst grounded, with potentially lethal consequences.

Pest and weather protection

External outlets should also be protected against insects and the elements. An insect crawling where it has no place to be can be extremely hazardous – and not just to the insect.

All outlets need to be protected against moisture. If you run an operation where external work powered by electricity is key, you are not going to want to have to abandon operations every time it starts to rain. Additionally, water conducts electricity very well, so puddles and downpours can cause deadly conditions.

Every piece of electrical equipment comes with an IP rating. IP stands for International Protection, and is a way of rating how much foreign matter and moisture penetration a system can be exposed to before damage becomes likely. The higher the IP rating, the more suitable a piece of electrical equipment is for external use.

Using older equipment externally

The older a piece of equipment is, the less likely it is that it has been made suitable for safe external use. If this is a case, it is important that an external RCD protection device is fitted between the device and the power source. This will then protect anyone who comes into contact with the device.

RCDs are not completely fail-safe, which is why manufacturers recommend that all fixed RCDs should be tested by a professional every three months. Portable RCDs should be tested before use, every single time.

Such units typically come with a red Test button that you can press to check on their effectiveness. Once you press the test button, the electricity supply should cut off. If it doesn’t, then the RCD is faulty and should not be used.

External electrics – not to be taken lightly

We’ve become accustomed to using our electrical devices safely. Thankfully, very few of us will ever experience a serious electrical shock in our lifetimes. External electrics, for outside lighting or as a main power supply, are a different matter though, and they have the potential be significantly hazardous. For your external electrics requirements, having all work undertaken and qualified by a professional engineer is the best solution. Contact MD Bespoke to make sure your external electrics are safe.

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