Electrics

When it comes to electrics its very important to note that every single procedure is carried out with great care to ensure its safe for consumer use. It’s one thing for an electrical circuit to work and it’s another thing for that circuit to be safe. It is always better the circuit does not work rather than it does work and is unsafe. 

 

It is easy to identify unsafe electrical installations. These include plug sockets that work but are broken, exposed light fitting cables or light fittings with live cables that could come loose at any time. Unsafe electrical installations that you can’t see would include low earth fault loop impedance, high disconnection time, no RCD protection.  

 

Before attempting to work on an electrical circuit it is very important to turn off the power supply related to the circuit and confirm with a voltage tester. When working on an electrical circuit it's always important to consider if electricity is being used at the time. If so, check with the client before turning off the electrics as this will disrupt the person.

 

 

Light fittings

Installation of a light fitting can be complicated depending on the manufacturer style and type. For example some light fittings are more fashionable but more complicated to install compared to the less fashionable variety. 

 

When it comes to choosing a light fitting, the power consumption should be taken into account. For example halogen lights consume more power than LED lights. and therefore will increase your electricity bill.   

 

Common light fitting jobs 

·     Replacing an old halogen spotlight to an LED spotlight 

·     Creating a new circuit for ceiling spotlights and installing new LED light fittings 

·     Diagnosing any problems with a lighting circuit 

 

 

Light switch 

Light switches are needed to turn light bulbs on and off and there are different types of light switches. The most common is the one-way light switch (these only turn light bulbs on and off). Other light switches include the dimmer switch, two-way switch, intermediate switch and the key switch. 

 

Common light switch jobs 

·     Replacing a faulty light switch 

·     Replacing a dimmer switch for a one way switch and visa-versa 

·     Creating a new lighting circuit with a switch 

 

 

Plug socket 

All home and office appliances depend on electricity and the common way to access this is through a plug socket. It's very important that it is installed safely to avoid an electrical accident. If a socket is damaged or has any live parts exposed, this means that it is unsafe for use and should be replaced immediately.

 

Common plug socket jobs 

·     Replacing damaged sockets 

·     Extending, adding and moving location of sockets 

·     Testing sockets to ensure they are safe for use 

 

 

Fused spur 

Fused spurs are used when an appliance is added to a circuit and it is not supposed to exceed a certain amount of power. For example, a 13AMP fuse would be used for appliances like dishwashers and washing machines. If these appliances exceed 13AMP the fuse would blow and there would be no current flow until the issue is rectified. 

 

 

Cooker socket 

A cooker socket must be on a separate circuit, with a cooker connector and an isolator. It is not ideal to have plug sockets or fuse spur in the same circuit with the cooker because the cooker socket is expected to take a lot of power. This will also avoid the cooker tripping out other appliances.

 

Common cooker socket jobs

·     Replacing a cooker socket 

·     Rewiring a cooker circuit  

 

 

Consumer unit 

An up-to-date consumer unit or fuse board makes electrical circuits more safe. A consumer unit that was installed over 5 years ago should be checked and updated if needed. It's very important to note that before a new fuse board is installed, the circuits and accessories have to be tested to make sure that there are no issues.

OUR PRICE ESTIMATES 

Replacement of light fittings, excluding cost of light fittings                                                     £25 - £40 (per light fitting) 

Installation of new ceiling spotlights, including cost of spotlights                                            £50 - £65 (per spotlight) 

Replacement of plug sockets, spurs, cooker sockets or light switches                                    £10 - £25 (per replacement) 

Fault diagnosis and possible correction                                                                                      £50 to £130

Creation of a new circuit                                                                                                                starting price from £150