New light fittings
Garden Lights and sockets
Inspection and Testing
An extra socket
Garages and outbuildings
A modern consumer unit with miniature circuit breakers (MCB's) and Residual
Current Devices (RCD) offer greater protection from electric shock for
you and your family. Circuits are easily identified and isolated and when
they trip and are easily reset at the touch of a switch. Old fashioned
re-wireable fuses are a sure sign of an older installation and are difficult
to fix when they blow. They can allow a circuit; they are supposed to
protecting, to draw more current than is safe. Properly installed a new
consumer unit will provide you with plenty of spare capacity for the future
and greater safety.
Following the introduction of the 17th Edition British Standard Wiring
Regulations in July 2008 it is unlikely that any installation work in
a domestic property could proceed without there being a modern consumer
with RCD protection in place. So now there is even more reason to to get
rid of your old board and upgrade.
New Light Fittings
New lights can add loads of atmosphere to a room and there are so many
new types to choose from. Concealed strips, under cupboard lights, Low
Voltage Downlighters, track lights, low level lighting circuits.
When you have spent a fortune on a new light fitting at Heals you'll want
to entrust it to someone who is experienced in fitting those fancy lights
that can be so difficult to put up!
Taking electricity outdoors needs special care but can beautifully enhance
a garden with patio lighting, concealed lighting in the planting, and
running water features.
RCD protected outdoor sockets are much safer than a string of extension
leads passed through a kitchen window when using power tools and lawn
mowers and other equipment.
Is your front door in darkness? Do you fumble for your keys? Is the driveway
like a minefield at night? Carefully positioned Passive Infrared Detectors
can automatically light the approaches to your house giving greater
security, deterring burglars and make negotiating the path easier.
A Periodic Inspection Report (PIR) is like an M O T of a properties electrical
installation. The report compares the state wiring, cables, sockets, earthing,
and fuseboards with the current edition of the IEE Wiring
Regulations (BS 7671). Then the homeowner can then get an electrician
to advise what work would need to done to bring the installation up to
the current regulations.
House buyers often engage an electrician to produce such a report if they
have any concerns about the state of the electrics, and it may help them
come to a decision.
Wiring and Building Regulations are always being changed and many houses
would fail to meet some aspects of the new rules. This does not necessarily
mean the house is unsafe. A PIR would give you a balanced view and help
you to make up your mind.
An extra socket
Is your computer area or TV a mass of tangled adaptors and trailing extension
Too many of these in a house is a sure sign that you need a few well placed
extra sockets and is not only a hazard of overloading but a trip hazard
Before they can be installed a qualified electrician will thoroughly check
whether the intended circuit is healthy and suitable to be modified. All
too often the unqualified and the DIY er will extend a circuit and cause
Garages and Outbuildings
Taking electricity down the garden to the garage or to the summerhouse
needs very special care. Otherwise the user will be exposed to a greater
risk of electric shock and the building to risk of fire.
Customers will receive the appropriate NICEIC Installation Certificates
and if the work is notifiable then they will also receive a Certificate
of Compliance from the Local Authority.