Kitchen Electrics - What you need to know
When it comes to electrical installations, kitchens are considered a high risk location due to the close proximty of electric and water.
Auber Electrical are registered with a competent persons scheme and as such able to carry out all electrical work in your kitchen. We will install lighting, new sockets, cookers, cooker hoods, extractor fans and any other electrical item you may choose to install right through to the full electrical installation for a kitchen extension to a kitchen upgrade. All work is carried out to the highest of safety standards with full certification
Under the 2013 Edition of Part P, electrical work undertaken in kitchens (such as adding a new socket, electric oor heating, extra low voltage (ELV) lighting and central heating controls are no longer notifable unless a new circuit is required.
Work in a kitchen that remains notifable includes the installation of a new circuit.
Electrical sockets or switches should be fittted at a safe distance (it is recommended at least 30cm horizontally) from a sink to avoid the chance of water coming into contact with electricity.
Sockets should also be easily accessible. If appliances such as fridges, dishwashers and washing machines are tted under worktops, getting to sockets may be difficult. Ideally, these appliances should be controlled by a switched fuse connection unit mounted above the worktop where you can reach it easily.
All new sockets in a house require protection by an RCD (Residual Current Device).
An RCD is a sensitive safety device that switches off electricity automatically if there is a fault. It is a life-saving device designed to protect against the risks of electrocution and re caused by earth faults.
The importance of good lighting in a kitchen is often over looked. Today a kitchen is not just a working area in which to product a meal, it is far more likely to be a meeting area, dinning area, chill out zone, and yes a place to eat a meal. Each of these areas may require a different type of lighting. The days of a single bulb in the middle of the kitchen has typically been replaced by kitchen lighting that is covered in detail. You can add task lighting (under counter lighting) over the worktops, accent over the dining table, and a general light in the kitchen it's self. As for the electricity supply, there are effectively three main types of lighting.
Ceiling lights and Wall lights
Ceiling lights may include downlighters, spotlights and directional lights for highlighting areas were you need extra coverage. Downlighters are useful here as they don't require cleaning, and provide interesting architectural light. LED is often the preferred choice, as they provide a cool light and have long life.
Appropriate in some areas especially over a dinning table, can add a touch of flair if fitting chandeliers.
Under unit lighting
This is your task lighting and ensures you always have good visiability without shadows, this can be low voltage lighting or strip lights, both are good. Highly recommended
Provides flexibility in the kitchen to have lights on to accent the room and provide subdued lighting in the evening. LED here is a must, since they are most rigid and water resistant.