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Electrician cost for fitting a security light

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Currently we have a light that you can just switch on and off, but it is not as bright as I would like it to be. And I was thinking to have one of those security light with sensor fitted. Has anyone h…
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4m, 2w agoPosted 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Currently we have a light that you can just switch on and off, but it is not as bright as I would like it to be. And I was thinking to have one of those security light with sensor fitted. Has anyone had one fitted and could tell me the cost, obviously wiring is already there, so it should not be too difficult of a job. Thanks
jeannot18 Avatar
4m, 2w agoPosted 4 months, 2 weeks ago
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#1
I did it myself (tried), shorted the whole house, rcd wouldn't come back on, had to pay homeserve £ 65 excess to fix. They fixed 5h later.
In short, well-done for not just wading in if not entirely confident !
I think there's an underlying reason why mine tripped btw.
#2
Why not get a battery Led one, no wiring required and very bright.
#3
Qrunch
I did it myself (tried), shorted the whole house, rcd wouldn't come back on, had to pay homeserve £ 65 excess to fix. They fixed 5h later.
In short, well-done for not just wading in if not entirely confident !
I think there's an underlying reason why mine tripped btw.
That's why I want a professional, I probably could do it but just don't want to risk it. I just want some idea of price, i will get some quotes but I don't to over pay for it
#4
Just do a straight swap with the one you have taking note of the maximum wattage on your current one. Cost me £8 for the light and about 30 minutes work. Obviously dont go for a 1000 watt monster ;)


Edited By: chocci on Oct 06, 2016 16:05
#5
eltel1962
Why not get a battery Led one, no wiring required and very bright.
I would like a 500W one, the area where i live has been hit hard by burglaries, and just want something that is really effective, i have one of those battery under the porch, it's ok but not bright enough
#6
Qrunch
I did it myself (tried), shorted the whole house, rcd wouldn't come back on, had to pay homeserve £ 65 excess to fix. They fixed 5h later.
In short, well-done for not just wading in if not entirely confident !
I think there's an underlying reason why mine tripped btw.
yeah, don't give up your day job.
#7
You dont need an electrician. Any decent handyman could do it.

£10 for the lamp & £30 labour would be about right.
#8
Do you have CCTV? They are usually good at keeping away or catching burglars.
#9
It's really best to use an electrician as handyman etc don't have the correct test equipment to prove if your wirings safe and above board. Any decent sparky should have one fitted for you In half an hour or so.
Would cost roughly £40 Labour plus parts, Led floodlights are by far the best. They'll cost you far less to run in the long term.
#10
Thanks Scoobyadd, that gives me an idea, so when i get quotes i will know what to expect.
#11
Scoobyadd
It's really best to use an electrician as handyman etc don't have the correct test equipment to prove if your wirings safe and above board.

All a qualified electrician will do is press the current switch with his/her finger to prove that the current light switches on & off. Then disconnect power & remove the current light & fit the new one. Switch the power back on. Then press the switch on & off again to see if the new light works.

& that is it.

No qualified electrician needed at all. No special tools or testing equipment. Nothing.

Edited By: YouDontWantToKnow on Oct 06, 2016 18:46
#12
Scoobyadd
It's really best to use an electrician as handyman etc don't have the correct test equipment to prove if your wirings safe and above board. Any decent sparky should have one fitted for you In half an hour or so.
Would cost roughly £40 Labour plus parts, Led floodlights are by far the best. They'll cost you far less to run in the long term.

That would be the first sparky I have seen in ages that would come out and do that for £40, unless they live next door of course. You be looking at between £75 to £100. Remember it is not just the time onsite, its travel there and back and all the other costs involved.

If you are unable to do this yourself then a 'handy man' would be the best bet, it should only be a straight swap for the existing light. The hardest part with these is lining up the sensor properly.
#13
Add a few landmines and barbed wire... and your sorted with the burglars ;)
#14
cburns
Add a few landmines and barbed wire... and your sorted with the burglars ;)
lol, i wish i could. I despise the ****
#15
PenguinsForAll
Do you have CCTV? They are usually good at keeping away or catching burglars.

Another recommendation for CCTV. We have one covering our back passage, which does not get any street lighting so its completely dark.
#16
anthony69
PenguinsForAll
Do you have CCTV? They are usually good at keeping away or catching burglars.
Another recommendation for CCTV. We have one covering our back passage, which does not get any street lighting so its completely dark.
How does cctv help when it's completely dark?
#17
jeannot18
eltel1962
Why not get a battery Led one, no wiring required and very bright.
I would like a 500W one, the area where i live has been hit hard by burglaries, and just want something that is really effective, i have one of those battery under the porch, it's ok but not bright enough
Most security lights are LED now as they're pretty awesome and don't burn out. You're looking at 20-30W. I've a 30W LED PIR for the rear and it's good enough to light most of my rear garden with a nice cool light. It was a straight swap for the nasty halogen light. Lights up in about a second and it a lot cheaper than the old halogen crap. In your home you should only really be using halogen for cooking.
#18
kester76
jeannot18
eltel1962
Why not get a battery Led one, no wiring required and very bright.
I would like a 500W one, the area where i live has been hit hard by burglaries, and just want something that is really effective, i have one of those battery under the porch, it's ok but not bright enough
Most security lights are LED now as they're pretty awesome and don't burn out. You're looking at 20-30W. I've a 30W LED PIR for the rear and it's good enough to light most of my rear garden with a nice cool light. It was a straight swap for the nasty halogen light. Lights up in about a second and it a lot cheaper than the old halogen crap. In your home you should only really be using halogen for cooking.
Yes i saw one on Amazon that consumes only 10W with a lifetime of over 30K hours, for just under £30. I am still to find a reliable electrician, as my wife now want to keep the original light and add the security one, so now more work and more money :0(

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