Really felt sorry for a customer who called me to check his faulty garden lights.
He had a dozen mains voltage walkover lights, similar to the photo, set into his beautiful paths. Each time he switched them on, the house electrics tripped out. It didn’t take long to discover that water had leaked into 7 of them, shorting the electrics. Okay, a simple job of resealing? Nope! Not this time!
Alarm bells rang when I spotted the new circuit had been installed without issuing a “Part P” certificate – a complete “no-no”, followed by incorrect cable clips from the cable going to the path. The wall switch was incorrectly wired too! What next?
Water had leaked into the lights from below, rusting the internals and because the lights hadn’t been installed correctly (just connected then concreted below the paving), it was impossible to remove them to rectify the cable seal. Also, the “electrician” who installed them, had hidden junction boxes somewhere under the lawn. More moisture in there too? Very possibly. All my tests suggested multiple earth faults, so it was pretty bad.
The owner decided that rather than lift large sections of his paving, and rewire/replace the entire garden lighting properly, he would simply forget about the lights and leave them disconnected.
Always get a “Part P” qualified Electrician like Currelec to do any outdoor work. If you’re having your garden landscaped, check the company doing the work is using a “Part P” Electrician too and get this in writing.

Garden Lights from www.currelec.co.uk

There’s a brand new website for people looking for a qualified ‘Part P’ registered Electrician. We’re listed here and so should anyone else you have working on your home electrics. www.electricsaferegister.co.uk

Currelec is on www.electricsaferegister.co.uk

Anyone smell burning?
Whilst working on a kitchen renovation, we discovered one of the downlighter transformers had been resting against the hot bulb and was quietly burning away in the ceiling cavity!
This isn’t as uncommon as you may think. The Electrician needs to ensure these are placed well away from hot surfaces. If in doubt, get ’em checked!

Burned Downlighter Transformer

We’ve been installing a lot of these for Currelec customers recently. They are a direct replacement LED downlight bulb, which uses about 10% of the electricity of the existing bulb, but with the same brightness and colour of light! These are not the cheap, dim, cold white bulbs (which sometimes flicker) on sale in discount shops. They last for 30,000+ hours and we can fit them without any mess or upheaval!

LED Downlighter