Most people would agree that working in the dark puts you at a distinct disadvantage, so having power and/or lighting available in your shed has got to be a plus. Whether you go to the trouble of doing it will depend on what you do in your shed, how often you do it, and how big your shed is.
If you haven’t chosen the size of your new shed yet, consider how much light you’ll need before you purchase. If you’ll be using it as a workshop, you’ll probably be opting for one of the larger sheds – and you’ll have the option of adding sliding windows or skylights to it. This is a great option if you simply won’t be able to get electricity to your shed, or don’t want to go to the expense of doing it.
If you haven’t yet erected your shed, the first thing to do if you’re able to, is position it so that you can take advantage of natural light when you open the door, or through the shed window, if you opt for a window.
For the small garden shed used only to store garden tools and a few odd bits and pieces, you might find you don’t need an electric light at all. You’re most likely to be in the shed during the day and just the light from the doorway is likely to be all you need in a tiny shed like the 1.52 metre x 0.78 metre Spacesaver.
For a larger garden shed like the 3 metre x 3 metre Premier Garden Shed, consider ordering it with a Perspex sliding window, so between the window and door, you won’t need power or light if you’re only entering during the day and aren’t using power tools. If for some odd reason you need to look in there at night, a torch or the glow from a well positioned outdoor floodlight light might do the trick.
If you use your shed as a workshop or a hobby room, you’re going to want good light and, if you use power tools or want to be able to make yourself coffee or tea while you’re out there, you’ll need electricity.
By far the best way to do this is to have an electrician professionally install power and lights. That will also give you the option of having an alarm system installed if you keep valuable items in the workshop.
If you just need the lighting in a larger shed, you can purchase a shed with windows and skylights. Solar lighting can also be a good option if you want more light but still want to be green about it. Photovoltaic Solar Panels can be installed. They work by charging up a battery during the sunlight hours. By night, there’s enough charge in the battery to run your lighting – but this can be a costly option for a garden shed or home handyman’s workshop.
You’ve probably noticed that we haven’t mentioned running an extension cord from the house to the shed – that’s because it’s not the safest option. If you do elect to do it, make sure you use a heavy duty safety chord that’s designed for outdoor use.