Extending lighting & power from the house to the garden is a growing area of activity, with the increasing use of mains electricity for garden offices, sheds, border & tree lighting schemes, water features, etc. LED lighting in particular has dramatically reduced the installation & running cost of extensive garden lighting schemes.
But the garden environment can be a harsh one for electric cables & accessories, requiring meticulous attention to waterproofing & electrical safety, and protection against cable damage in particular from abrasion and impact damage from shrub growth, rodents and gardeners (!). It’s easy to make things work when they are new and dry, not so easy after a year or two exposed to the great British weather. Above all, safety must never be compromised when dealing with 230V mains voltage circuits.
Many well-meaning garden electrics schemes fail after a disappointingly short time due to poor choice and installation of cables and accessories. For this reason, steel-wired armoured cable (SWA) in particular is an absolute necessity in this environment, delivering power safely & reliably over quite long distances to endpoints.
SWA being pretty tough cable, is tough to work with, requiring proper metal glands to terminate it safely on waterproofed accessories. Qualified electricians should be used to install this kind of cable, in addition to ensuring all aspects of electrical safety are met during the design and installation of the garden electrics as a whole. For free advice and a quote on all such work, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.