Installing Outdoor Electrical Systems

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If you are in the process of designing and building a new home, you have probably already planned where you will position the indoor electrical outlets and wiring. However, you may have overlooked doing the same for the outdoor spaces that surround your home. Below is a guide that will help you to plan the location of your outdoor electrical outlets.

The Garage

No matter what you choose to use your garage for, it is likely to need a number of electrical outlets. You should ensure that an electrical contractor connects a power cable that runs from the main property into your garage. This will allow you to power overhead lights and automatic garage door openers. You should also consider where you will place items such as power tools and workbenches, making sure that power outlets are within easy reach. You should ask the electrical contractor to install the outlets a few feet above ground level. By increasing the ground clearance of the outlet, you can protect your garage's electrical system from the threat of flooding.

The Backyard

Many homeowners neglect to install power outlets in their backyard. However, if you plan to add outdoor lighting or CCTV security systems in your backyard, you will need a power cable running around the outside of your property. You should also consider installing a number of power outlets. This will allow you to use equipment such as electrical lawnmowers and hedge trimmers without having to run an extension power lead through the interior of your home. You should ask the electrical contractor who installs the outlets to provide you with outdoor covers for the power outlets, which will help to prevent them from being damaged by rainwater or dust and debris.

The Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor kitchens are becoming an increasingly popular addition to many Australian properties, as they allow families to host fantastic parties during the summer by bringing the equipment found in a modern indoor kitchen outdoors. However, all of these kitchen appliances such as a refrigerator, electric oven and toaster require an electrical supply cable or outlet. Spacing pairs of outlets out along the wall surfaces of the kitchen will ensure that these outlets are easy to reach, making it easy to change the configuration of your outdoor kitchen to match your cooking needs.

If you would like further advice and information about planning the position of outdoor electrical services, you should contact an electrical contractor today.