Ideas for Electrical Additions to Your Patio
A well-designed patio is so much more than just an extension of your home. It effortlessly blurs the line between indoors and outdoors, providing a comfortable and tranquil place to either relax after a hard day’s work or entertain family and friends.
If you’re going to be spending a lot of time on your beautiful patio, you will really benefit from the comfort and convenience that a few electrical additions can provide. Here at Patioland, we’ve been in the industry for over 35 years. We’re experts at designing and implementing award-winning patios to suit a range of different lifestyle needs. We’ve put together this blog to go through the details of some electrical additions you could make to bring your patio to the next level.
Insulated Patio Roofs
As a starting point, it’s important to note that electrical items should only be added to insulated patio roofs. This type of roofing has been engineered to safely carry and contain electrical lines.
A qualified electrician is able to run lines to an appropriate electrical item such as a ceiling fan or ceiling light, safely containing any electrical cables.
As with any electrical addition to your home, it’s recommended that these be carried out by a licensed electrician who can provide practical advice and carry out the safe installation.
The right type of outdoor lighting has the potential to transform your patio and make it shine.
There is a vast array of lighting options available that can not only create the perfect ambience but also provide an energy-efficient lighting solution.
For ambience, you can install low voltage lighting for a soft ambient glow or even add a spotlight to highlight your favourite plants or features. The beauty of these modern lighting options is that they can be easily controlled and even dimmed at a simple press of a button.
From an energy efficiency perspective, LEDs use up to 75% less energy than other more traditional lighting options such as incandescent lights, and also offer a great deal more design and colour variations. You can also install timing switches for greater control and some even provide weatherproof features that automatically adjust based on changes in weather.
In order to get the best advice on lighting and ensure safe installation make sure you first consult with a professional electrician about what options you have available.
Outdoor Entertainment Set Up
If you’ve always loved your entertainment electronics, your outdoor patio provides an ideal setting to create your very own modern space decked out with all the latest visual and audio features.
From a visual perspective, you can set up an HD television in a prominent position to give you and your guests the best viewing access. When it comes to audio, the sky’s the limit. You can install speakers or sound bars in strategic positions, to give great levels of sound and really add to the ambience of your patio.
The best way to go about achieving your ideal entertainment setup is to undertake proper planning. Make sure you do adequate preparation to design the location and placement of different pieces of equipment, you can then determine existing connectivity and where any additional electrical outlets need to be added.
Chances are you probably already have a great set-up in your covered patio. A great rocking chair to relax, the latest newspaper to read, and a cold beverage within easy reach. The only thing that’s missing is a cool breeze, especially on a hot summer day.
Adding a ceiling fan to your covered patio is a great way to provide a refreshing cooling breeze all day long. This appliance can be easily controlled with a switch and can even help improve the efficiency of your air conditioner. If you’re looking to improve the aesthetic look of your home, you can select an appealing style such as a paddle-style ceiling fan.
In order to ensure any electrical work and installation is done properly, we recommend using the services of a professional electrician.
If you’re looking to make the most of the additional living space your patio provides, an outdoor kitchen is a great option to bring your entertainment game to the next level.
When designing your outdoor kitchen, you can be as elaborate as you like. You could go for a classic BBQ and benchtop, or you could kit it all out with the addition of a fridge, sink, and cupboards. Having your kitchen outdoors will save you running back and forth while entertaining your guests, and your delicious food can serve as soon as it’s ready.
In order to determine how to best design your kitchen and assess what electrical connections and work is required, make sure you first consult with a professional electrician.
If relaxing to the sound of running water appeals to you or you have a space on your patio that is looking a little bland. You might consider adding a water feature like a waterfall, fountain or pond with tiered cascading water. Be sure to cater for the water pumps’ electrical requirements when planning your water feature placement.
Patios make such a great addition to your home, not only do they improve the overall aesthetic appeal, but they extend your living space with many practical functional applications.
If you’re looking to make the most out of your patio, the right electrical additions can provide ultimate levels of convenience and comfort.
To create just the right level of ambience and provide an energy-efficient solution there is a range of lighting options that can be installed on your patio. You might also consider adding a water feature. Finally, to bring your entertainment game to the next level, there’s nothing quite like having your patio decked out with all the latest visual and audio equipment, or even having your very own outdoor kitchen to entertain your guests.
Just a reminder, it’s important to note that electrical items should only be added to insulated patio roofs. This type of roofing has been engineered to safely carry and contain electrical lines to items such as ceiling fans.
With the wonders of technology, all the above options can be conveniently controlled. To ensure safety we recommend consulting with a professional electrician before undertaking any work.
We hope this blog will be useful when you’re contemplating your next electrical addition to your patio. Should you need any further advice on any matters patio related, look no further than us here at Patioland. We have extensive experience designing and installing a range of patios to suit any lifestyle needs. We’ll come to you and provide a patio solution that’s just the right fit for you.
For any of your patio needs, why not contact us today?
By Patioland | October 3, 2022 | Blog