Power points don't just belong inside your home. You can also install external power points in your garden or yard. These units are designed to work outdoors. They have weather and water protection.
When might you want to install outdoor power points?
1. You Want To Make Gardening Jobs Easier
If you use machines or equipment in your garden that need an electrical power supply, then you have to find a way to plug them into a socket. Often, people will run extension leads from their garages or inside their homes to do this.
For example, if you have an electric lawnmower, then its lead might not be long enough to run from your home or garage to your lawn. You'll have to plug it into an extension socket.
This isn't the most convenient of solutions. It is also a potential safety hazard. Trailing extension leads are easy to trip over; they can also get tangled up in things as you mow.
If you install an external power point on a wall of your home that backs on to your garden, then things get a lot easier and safer. You simply plug your machines or equipment into this socket when you want to use them.
2. You Want to Enhance an Outdoor Living Area
If you like to spend time outdoors, then you might have a patio or pergola in your garden. There will be times when you want to use things that need a power supply.
For example, you might want to run lights over your patio roof so that you have enough light to eat al fresco at night. Or, you might want to run an electric barbie rather than a gas one. You might want to turn part of your garden into an outdoor kitchen. Or perhaps you might want to set up speakers or heaters in the area.
While you can run many outdoor items on batteries, this can prove to be expensive. Your batteries might also run out at inconvenient times. Plus, you might have less choice of products if you can't use ones that need to be plugged into a power point.
If you install power points in these areas, then you get more flexibility. You can run electrical items off the sockets in the same way as you use power points inside your home.
Remember that you shouldn't try to install any power points yourself. This job needs to be done by a professional electrician. This is especially important when you want to create an outdoor power point. A qualified electrician can install weatherproof and waterproof products so that you get power on tap without any safety risks.