Adding Sockets - You need a Fully Qualified Part P Electrician
Is this you? We have all done it, needed an extra socket so we have plugged in an extension lead, then another, then another until we look and wonder how dangerous is it?
The answer is very dangerous, do not overload your sockets... there is a genuine fire hazard.
Many older properties, unless it’s been rewired in the past and some newer homes, are typically short of plug sockets or have sockets and switches positioned poorly for the modern use of rooms.
As an absolute minimum, when reviewing your existing socket requirements or renovating a property, it makes sense to convert single sockets to double. Apart from the excavation of the extra size hole, this is a simple swap-in job.
You can also add sockets into a circuit but it’s important that you completely understand electrical installations to avoid overloading a circuit. To do more than this may involve extra circuits going back to the distribution box (fuse box).
With the demands of modern living on an electrical supply, it could be short-sighted not to put at least half-a-dozen sockets in every major room, and more in areas like kitchens, living rooms and home offices.
Be aware that some switches and sockets plate may require back boxes deeper than the standard 28mm inset into the walls. Dimmer switches can help create atmosphere but note that they too often require deeper back boxes (up to 35mm) to take the components behind the switch plate. If you are rewiring it might be worth considering installing deep back boxes all over so that you can accommodate any plate style in any room.
Adding lighting - We can help you choose
Lighting can be used to enhance the comfort and use of your home. Are you looking to replace old light fittings with new modern lights, or maybe you are looking to add lighting in a particular room or rooms whether they be downlighters, spot lights or wall lights? Perhaps you are converting the loft and need to plan and install lighting, or maybe you are building an extension.
An understanding of the types of lighting and where they are best used is important.
LED lights or Light Emitting Diode lights - The latest lamps out, these are long lasting and use a fraction of the power of conventional lights, they range from warm white to cool white and are more expensive than the traditional lamps, they range from 3W to 50W. Useful to be fitted in new builds as they satisfy the requirement where 75% of the lights must be low energy. Depending on the make they are designed to last for approx. 10,000 hrs. They are cool to touch and that gives them the flexibility to be fitted and range of locations not possible before.
Low Energy or Compact Fluorescent lights - Low energy and cheap to fit these lamps come in mostly cool white and can range from 7W to 20W, design to last for approx. 1000hrs at direct replacement or filament lamps.
Filament lights - Old Fashioned Lamps, higher energy rating and cheap, these lamps are warm white and range from 20W to 60W. Designed to last approx. 200hrs
Auber Electrical can discuss your requirements and options with you. We will take you from room to room if necessary and help design lighting to take into account your current and future needs.
We will provide you with a free no obligation quotation and complete all necessary lighting installations with full certification.
When designing your new lighting system, put as many switches in as you can. If you are putting ceiling spot lights all over a kitchen, for example, you will want to be able to switch on lights on and off in different areas rather than having only two options, all on and all off.
It is also considering switches and fittings in different styles and colour's to match your new home design. You will find coloured plastics, metal finishes and even leather ones are available and in different shapes, oval, round and wavy.