Yes, sheds can have electricity! While not every homeowner will want or need electricity, there are lots of different activities that will require power. Just some examples include:
- power to run tools for DIY projects
- installing fridges, TVs and other appliances if your shed is more of a man cave or home office than a simple garden shed
- adding heating or cooling when the seasons change.
Your first consideration should always be safety, so we strongly encourage you to seek the advice of a professional electrician before making too many plans.
Here’s what you need to know about powering up your shed.
If you only need lights in your shed, there are plenty of battery-powered lights that will work well for most purposes. Skylights and windows will also help with increasing the amount of light in your shed. However, if you need to use power tools or other electronic equipment, you will need to invest in a power source. A portable generator is a good option to consider. They are relatively inexpensive, can be tailored to most electrical applications and are perfect for emergencies.
Extension cords are a good temporary solution if the distance from your nearest power outlet isn’t too far and you only need power for a brief period. Remember, extension cords are a potential trip hazard, particularly if you have young children or animals, so only use them if you absolutely have to.
Hire an Electrician
An electrician will be able to run power to your shed from the mains or install a solar power setup if you prefer. We recommend talking to your local electrician before you make any decisions on running power to your shed. They will be able to talk you through various options and recommend which one is best for you.
Do you have any other shed-related questions? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our expert team.