Summer electrical essentials every home owner needs

29 January 2019

With a proud culture of backyard BBQs, outdoor sports and drinks by the pool, Australians enjoy nothing more than entertaining outdoors. Now, with summer in full swing, here are three products every home owner should have especially if they’re entertaining outdoors over the warm months ahead:


Enliven your outdoor space with light

There’s nothing like stepping into an inviting garden oasis that welcomes you with a smile. Many of us don’t get to relish in the full experience because we’re missing one ingredient – lighting! Whether you’re dining alfresco or kicking back with a bevvy (or two), having the right lighting is crucial to creating that ‘wow’ factor for your outdoors.

Never miss the Doorbell again!

Picture this. Your party is in full swing, beverage in one hand tongs in other, and not to mention your summer playlist blaring! Chances are the doorbell is the last thing on your mind.

Don’t keep your guests waiting; pick up a system like the Legrand Eliot Connected Doorbell, which instantly sends photos and push-notifications to your smart phone when your guests arrive at your front door. This DIY doorbell is battery operated and comes with an adhesive backing so it’s easy to set up with no drilling or wiring necessary. All you’ll need to worry about is working on your awesome BBQ skills and welcoming your latest arrivals with a snag.

For the love of AC/DC

Entertaining outdoors doesn’t come without its challenges especially when it comes to power outlets. Whether it’s finding a socket for the stereo, firing up the bug zapper or an outdoor fan, add people to equation and chances are a handful will need to charge their phones from all the photos they’ve been sharing via social media.

The folks over at Legrand have a number of backyard-friendly solutions that are well worth checking out. Take its range of DIY outdoor lights as an example:

  • Garden: Adjustable spike spotlights are fantastic for ‘up-lighting’, turning your garden features into dramatic works of art when night falls.
  • Wall/Step lights: Excellent for directional lighting and instantly giving your garden a resort feel.
  • Deck Lighting: For added safety, you can illuminate areas of your deck and landscape for evening use. These lights instantly add an air of luxury and a designer’s edge.
  • Pool & Pond: Pond spotlights around your pool or pond can turn water features into wonders. Spotlights are also great for attracting the eye especially if you’re trying to detract from less desirable backyard features.

It also sells the HPM Electrisafe Power Centre with USB. It has been a hit on worksites for decades and now its retro design has made it a staple in most Aussie homes. Featuring four power sockets and two USB Type A connections, you’ll be spoilt for choice in powering up your devices while providing convenient charging for your guest's phones or other USB powered devices.

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