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Read our range of topical monthly blogs providing you with top tips and best practice from our professional and experienced electrical team.

Five reasons you should consider outdoor lighting

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As well as the aesthetic pleasure outdoor lighting can give, it also has some functional benefits too. We’re going to explore these with our latest post, Here at VC Electrical we supply and install outdoor lighting for both domestic and commercial properties , so if you are considering this - and after reading this blog decide to have them installed - you can order from us and benefit from our professional customer service. 

Outdoor lighting really enhances evening entertainment providing much needed ambience

The popularity of LED outdoor lighting has exploded, and as the nights draw in as winter looms, there’s never been a better time to invest. They add a lovely warm glow to your garden, and are an excellent feature for evening entertainment – especially as the festive season is almost upon us. LED lights provide brighter more effective lighting and are far more energy efficient than conventional light bulbs. 

There’s added security when you light up dark corners of your garden

From a more functional perspective, LED outdoor lighting provides great security, giving you a floodlight effect, should someone try to enter your garden. You could create a trigger so that the lights go on as soon as they sense any movement. They can also highlight darker and more hidden areas in your garden which tend to be perfect hiding spots for burglars. Make sure your garden becomes a place where there is no place to hide and that way you can hopefully prevent criminals entering your property. 

Additional light, so no one falls

If you have elderly relatives who mobility restrictions, or someone who was recently injured from a fall, LED outdoor lighting can help them find their way in the dark. It’s especially helpful where there are garden steps or a sloping path.

Three important added benefits that LED outdoor lighting provides

It’s the light that keeps on giving with three benefits in one. In the long-term you’ll benefit financially, with less chance of crime in your home helping you with insurance premiums, prevention of slips and falls so no one misses work. And they’ll last much longer, which is kinder to your purse and to the environment, providing energy efficient lighting giving you so many benefits. 


VC Electrical – for all good quality outdoor lighting installations

Now that you know the benefits of strategically placed high quality outdoor LED lights, then why not get in touch with us here at VC Electrical. We can talk you through your choices and we can also install them if this is something you don’t want to do yourself.

Are you a landlord needing electrical work undertaken?

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If you’re a landlord needing electrical services undertaken on any of your properties, we’ve some guidance for you in today’s post. We understand the pressures and demands on you as a landlord, and we work hard to make sure your experience with us is as enjoyable and as simple as possible. We want to provide you with a seamless and efficient landlord electrical service, so you can get on with running your properties.

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Could your home or business benefit from increased security?

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Depending on where you live, you may feel you’d benefit from increased security. This can be for a variety of different reasons, the most obvious being that you live in an area with a high crime rate. Other reasons for stepping up on security might be that you run a business and have valuable equipment you need to secure. Perhaps you manage or own a building you rent out to tenants, or you’re a nursing home or rehabilitation facility with a large-scale team of staff and patients you’d like to keep safe from harm.

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Does your business need (PAT) Portable Appliance Testing?

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PAT testing is a process used by qualified and trained electricians to ensure all electrical appliances are working as they should. It’s carried out at a place of work, or in a flat or house that’s rented out, by a landlord. If it’s a commercial property, then it’s the responsibility of the person in charge, the boss, or office manager to ensure these tests are carried out.

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Would your home or office benefit from LED Interior Lighting?

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If you wanted to change the lighting in your home or office, and you had the time and budget to make these changes, what would you opt for? Perhaps you’d like a few minimal changes or a completely new look. Whether you’re after a complete overhaul, or one or two subtle changes, either can be achieved on a reasonable budget, and changing something as relatively simple as interior lighting can work wonders.

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The importance of a robust fire alarm system

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Accidents within the workplace, as a result of fire, place your employees, customers and business premises, at risk. Fires can break out in different and less occupied parts of a building, leading to potential escape routes being blocked. It’s therefore of paramount importance, to be able to identify the signs of a fire quickly by installing an effective fire alarm system. This not only helps to save lives, it also minimises damage to your premises and overall disruption to your business operations.

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Spotting a dodgy electrician

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It’s well known that people are often duped by dodgy electricians if all the surveys carried out on this very topic are to be believed. And some of the results are disturbing. Cowboys are going to have hone their skills at winning you over and the way they do this is to charm and reel you in without you realising.  Many surveys also reveal that people are nervous when it comes to hiring electricians and it’s easy to see why. A large percentage have also been let down by tradespeople in the past so it’s only to be expected that people are nervous when it comes to hiring an electrician. 

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Electrician jargon explained

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We’re talking about electrical jargon as we know how hard it can be to understand. If you’ve a general understanding of the terms, then it becomes easier to understand what’s going on with your electrical appliances and supply. We’re not expecting you to become electrical experts, and we certainly don’t advise carrying out repairs yourself, get in touch with our Edinburgh electricians to do that.

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Protect your home this Summer with CCTV & Burglar Alarms

Val Chisolm

Summer brings longer evenings, entertaining outside and lots of light, sunny days and of course quality time away – or so we hope. And guess what – there’s someone else out there looking forward to summer and it’s your local friendly criminal. Well, perhaps not so friendly really, they’re interested in your home for one reason only and that is to steal your belongings and invade your property. So, with this in mind, what can you do to keep your local criminal at bay?

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Landlords are responsible for electrical safety

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Being a landlord and owning property that you rent out to tenants carries a lot of responsibility. As part of your landlord electrical services you know that you’re responsible for the safety of your tenants. Fire and safety are naturally a concern when considering the safety and well being of your tenants. As busy electricians here in Edinburgh we know the type of problems that can arise when electrical safety is compromised.

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When is an EICR required?

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You’ll need an EICR if you’re thinking of moving into a new property, you’re the landlord of a number of dwellings (or even just one), or if you’re in charge of a commercial residence. This in a nutshell, is when you need to have one of these reports. We’re going to go into more depth in this post, so you’ll have all the general information you need to make an educated decision about keeping your staff, family or tenants safe from harm.

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