Electricity usage is one of the most important things in every home; but it doesn’t come without a cost, as other utilities do. The average household in the UK spends around £1,138, annually, on power and heating, when paying their gas and electric bills.  

So, the issue of electricity consumption and electric bills is worthy of being paid attention to as it takes a chunk out of one’s earnings.

It has been estimated that people consume energy mostly between 6pm-9pm at home with the peak being at 8pm. This is because; they are mostly at home, around this time.

Also, it has been discovered that electricity usage in a home rises in the morning, goes down during working hours, and rises back in the evening.

Now, electricity is vital in every home as it helps in heating, air conditioning, cooking, water supply, laundry, etc.

Why is my Electric Bill so High?

The bill you are charged for electricity usage monthly is dependent on several factors, such as your location, your property type, number of inhabitants in your house, number and types of gadgets used, tariff type, the season of the year, etc.

An increase in the number of people in a house would surely lead to an increase in the number of phones and laptops in use, space heating, and water usage. This is a non-negotiable and valid point for a high electric bill.

Also, during winter, more heating is needed in the house. And it has been estimated that space heating is responsible for two-third of energy usage and half of the electricity bills in UK homes.

Being on an expensive tariff or an increase in prices by your energy supplier is also another reason why your electric bill is high.

How the Pandemic Affected Electric Bills?

During the pandemic, a lot of employees had to start working from home, to curb the spread of the Coronavirus and this affected a lot of things, electricity usage inclusive.

When at work, the electricity bills used in heating the workspace, providing water, and charging laptops and phones were footed by employers. However, in the case of working from home, people spend more time at home which automatically equates to using more energy.

People have to keep themselves warm in the house to enable them work comfortably; hence, the necessity of heating. Also, the usage of water to cook and for drinking during the day increases as people work from home.

The amount of electricity used in the home is affected by several factors. However, it can still be controlled, and reduced by different means.

How to Reduce Electric Bills?

Now, what are some of the ways to reduce your electricity bills and still be comfortable using light? Some useful tips that can help out will be shared here.

To start with, understand your bills. When you understand your bills, you can detect how you are charged for electricity depending on the gadgets you use. This knowledge then empowers you to tackle the main issue, which is how you consume electricity with your gadgets. Afterwards, you can use the following tips:

Make sure to switch off unused appliances. If you’re using your phone or laptop, there is probably no need to switch on the TV since you won’t be watching it. Unused appliances should also be put off standby.

Also, heating controls can be used to heat the specific parts of the house that are in use. Set different room temperatures for different areas of the house as preferred and keep the house at a heat level that is necessary for your comfort.

Another useful tip is to use efficient and energy-saving appliances. New appliances typically save more energy, than their older counterparts. 

Using energy-saving bulbs like an LED bulb is also instrumental in reducing your electric bill. In addition to this, they cost less and last longer. So, double win!

Another important thing to do, to reduce your energy usage is to be smart with your water usage. Use a bowl to wash plates instead of running water. Use a good showerhead instead of running a bath. 

Paying through direct debit rather than using a prepaid meter also saves you more money. 

How to Calculate Electricity Bills?

Now, how do you calculate your electric bill so that you are in the know about what you are paying for? 

It is estimated that 60% of people find their electric bills confusing. This is so due to some of the terms used in these bills. However, it is not an insurmountable task. With few tips, you would get the hang of it.

First of all, you have to figure out the energy usage of each of your home appliances. This would help you know where the energy is being consumed the most.

Most appliances have this written on them with the K designation. Afterwards, know your kWH. Your kWH stands for “Kilowatt Hour”, that is, a measure of how much energy you are consuming per hour.

Then find out the price you pay per kWH of electricity.

Now, to the calculation:

Step 1: Multiply the amount of energy usage of each device with the number of hours of usage per day.

Example: A 200-watt Television set which runs for 5 hours per day. 

200 × 5 =1000

Step 2: Divide the answer by 1000

1000 ÷ 1000 =1 

Step 3: Then multiply the answer, by the price you pay, per kWH of Electricity.

For instance, you pay 15 cents per kWH.

So: 1×15= 15

This is the amount you pay per kWH. 

Checking for other gadgets, you can estimate how much energy you consume in a day, then calculate it for a month and it all adds up.

This method may seem tiring, due to the rigorous calculations it would require. Hence, companies like Curb, Neuron, and Sense have applications that you can use to calculate your electric bills at a rate.

How Much is Electricity per Unit?

Electricity is measured in kWH, just like the weight is measured in kgs.

So, to know the amount of electricity per unit, it would be measured in terms of kWH as explained above. The average amount of electricity per unit is 12.5/kWh.

Now, the amount of electricity you consume daily will be determined depending on the number and types of appliances you use. This would then add up to your monthly and annual bills. 

Refrigerators and freezers consume more electricity since they are mostly always on, throughout the day. They are followed by wet appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines etc. 

Then microwaves, electric cookers, light bulbs, television sets, laptops, phones, etc come next.

Reducing your electric bills takes a consistent observation of how you consume electricity and applying the given tips to reduce it. A huge range of electrical services (domestic as well as for your business) is made available at C&M Electrical Contractors across Leicestershire. We are NICEIC approved and strive to give timely and efficient delivery. With over 30 years of experience, we provide all the services are provided at a competitive price that would be affordable and worth the hard work that we put to deliver the best results.

Related Articles

Electricity usage is one of the most important things in every home; but it doesn’t come without a cost, as other utilities do. The average household in the UK spends around £1,138, annually, on power and heating, when paying their gas and electric bills.  

So, the issue of electricity consumption and electric bills is worthy of being paid attention to as it takes a chunk out of one’s earnings.

It has been estimated that people consume energy mostly between 6pm-9pm at home with the peak being at 8pm. This is because; they are mostly at home, around this time.

Also, it has been discovered that electricity usage in a home rises in the morning, goes down during working hours, and rises back in the evening.

Now, electricity is vital in every home as it helps in heating, air conditioning, cooking, water supply, laundry, etc.

Why is my Electric Bill so High?

The bill you are charged for electricity usage monthly is dependent on several factors, such as your location, your property type, number of inhabitants in your house, number and types of gadgets used, tariff type, the season of the year, etc.

An increase in the number of people in a house would surely lead to an increase in the number of phones and laptops in use, space heating, and water usage. This is a non-negotiable and valid point for a high electric bill.

Also, during winter, more heating is needed in the house. And it has been estimated that space heating is responsible for two-third of energy usage and half of the electricity bills in UK homes.

Being on an expensive tariff or an increase in prices by your energy supplier is also another reason why your electric bill is high.

How the Pandemic Affected Electric Bills?

During the pandemic, a lot of employees had to start working from home, to curb the spread of the Coronavirus and this affected a lot of things, electricity usage inclusive.

When at work, the electricity bills used in heating the workspace, providing water, and charging laptops and phones were footed by employers. However, in the case of working from home, people spend more time at home which automatically equates to using more energy.

People have to keep themselves warm in the house to enable them work comfortably; hence, the necessity of heating. Also, the usage of water to cook and for drinking during the day increases as people work from home.

The amount of electricity used in the home is affected by several factors. However, it can still be controlled, and reduced by different means.

How to Reduce Electric Bills?

Now, what are some of the ways to reduce your electricity bills and still be comfortable using light? Some useful tips that can help out will be shared here.

To start with, understand your bills. When you understand your bills, you can detect how you are charged for electricity depending on the gadgets you use. This knowledge then empowers you to tackle the main issue, which is how you consume electricity with your gadgets. Afterwards, you can use the following tips:

Make sure to switch off unused appliances. If you’re using your phone or laptop, there is probably no need to switch on the TV since you won’t be watching it. Unused appliances should also be put off standby.

Also, heating controls can be used to heat the specific parts of the house that are in use. Set different room temperatures for different areas of the house as preferred and keep the house at a heat level that is necessary for your comfort.

Another useful tip is to use efficient and energy-saving appliances. New appliances typically save more energy, than their older counterparts. 

Using energy-saving bulbs like an LED bulb is also instrumental in reducing your electric bill. In addition to this, they cost less and last longer. So, double win!

Another important thing to do, to reduce your energy usage is to be smart with your water usage. Use a bowl to wash plates instead of running water. Use a good showerhead instead of running a bath. 

Paying through direct debit rather than using a prepaid meter also saves you more money. 

How to Calculate Electricity Bills?

Now, how do you calculate your electric bill so that you are in the know about what you are paying for? 

It is estimated that 60% of people find their electric bills confusing. This is so due to some of the terms used in these bills. However, it is not an insurmountable task. With few tips, you would get the hang of it.

First of all, you have to figure out the energy usage of each of your home appliances. This would help you know where the energy is being consumed the most.

Most appliances have this written on them with the K designation. Afterwards, know your kWH. Your kWH stands for “Kilowatt Hour”, that is, a measure of how much energy you are consuming per hour.

Then find out the price you pay per kWH of electricity.

Now, to the calculation:

Step 1: Multiply the amount of energy usage of each device with the number of hours of usage per day.

Example: A 200-watt Television set which runs for 5 hours per day. 

200 × 5 =1000

Step 2: Divide the answer by 1000

1000 ÷ 1000 =1 

Step 3: Then multiply the answer, by the price you pay, per kWH of Electricity.

For instance, you pay 15 cents per kWH.

So: 1×15= 15

This is the amount you pay per kWH. 

Checking for other gadgets, you can estimate how much energy you consume in a day, then calculate it for a month and it all adds up.

This method may seem tiring, due to the rigorous calculations it would require. Hence, companies like Curb, Neuron, and Sense have applications that you can use to calculate your electric bills at a rate.

How Much is Electricity per Unit?

Electricity is measured in kWH, just like the weight is measured in kgs.

So, to know the amount of electricity per unit, it would be measured in terms of kWH as explained above. The average amount of electricity per unit is 12.5/kWh.

Now, the amount of electricity you consume daily will be determined depending on the number and types of appliances you use. This would then add up to your monthly and annual bills. 

Refrigerators and freezers consume more electricity since they are mostly always on, throughout the day. They are followed by wet appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines etc. 

Then microwaves, electric cookers, light bulbs, television sets, laptops, phones, etc come next.

Reducing your electric bills takes a consistent observation of how you consume electricity and applying the given tips to reduce it. A huge range of electrical services (domestic as well as for your business) is made available at C&M Electrical Contractors across Leicestershire. We are NICEIC approved and strive to give timely and efficient delivery. With over 30 years of experience, we provide all the services are provided at a competitive price that would be affordable and worth the hard work that we put to deliver the best results.

Related Articles

When it is time to have your electrical installation condition report conducted, give us a call. We at C and M Electricals, are all approved and registered electricians and have all the necessary qualifications, training, skills, and experience to perform this inspection safely.

Plus C&M is insured and comply with the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020. In addition to that, C&M is a proud member of the NICEIC/CHAS.

What Is And Why Do You Need An EICR?

The EICR is a document stating the condition of the electrical systems in your home, etc., and is generated from periodic inspections These inspections ensure that your electrical systems are satisfactory.

The reason why you need regular EICRs is that electrical wiring and other components do deteriorate and to be safe they need to be monitored to prevent dangerous events. These reports help maintain the safety standards of your property and protect you from unauthorized DIY projects that due occur from time to time.

How Long Does An Electrical Safety Check Take?

The electricians follow an electrical safety checklist and the inspection can range between 2 and 6 hours depending on the size of your property. It is possible to have 2 electrical inspectors sent to your property and when that takes place, the inspection time can be cut in half.

How Long Does The EICR Last?

Under the terms set out in The Electrical Safety Standards in Private Rented Sector Regulations 2020, the longest gap between inspections is 5 years. This time frame is applied to those properties that have been newly constructed, rewired, and are found without defects.

It is the landlord’s or property manager’s responsibility to assess their situation and adjust the inspection time frame accordingly.

What Does An Electrical Safety Check Involve?

The main purpose of the EICR is to locate and identify any potential problems before they become a safety or serious hazard. There is a visual inspection, dead & live testing to check for any non-compliance.

The inspector will assess the wiring and assign a code to each observation made. That code is as follows:

  1. C1- Danger present, immediate remedial action required. There is a risk of injury and immediate action needs to be taken to rectify the problem.
  2. C2- Potential danger urgent ‘remedial action required. This is a potentially dangerous situation that needs to be fixed.
  3. C3- Improvement recommended. This is not an immediate or risky situation but it does need to be upgraded for safety concerns.
  4. FI- Code could not be assessed further investigation needed.

There will be some power interruptions throughout the investigation. While this is an inconvenience it is necessary in order to determine the safety level of all electrical components

How Much Does An Electrical Safety Check Cost in Leicestershire?

There are several factors involved that determine the amount of money you will have to pay for each inspection. Those factors include:

  1. The Size Of The Property- Larger homes and businesses will pay more than smaller ones.
  2. If The Property Is For Commercial Or Residential Use- The latter will not pay as much as the former due to electrical system complexities.
  3. Location Of The Property- Those homes in London, the South-east and those in locations without a local electrician will pay more.

EICR Inspection in Lutterworth

The basic EICR fees are as follows:

  1. Small House With 1 To 2 Beds- Between 80 & 150 BP*
  2. Larger House With 3 To 4 Bedrooms- Between 95 & 170 BP*
  3. Commercial Properties- Start At 120 BP* And Go Up

* excludes VAT and all prices are estimates only

Electrical Services in Market Harborough

What Happens After The Inspection?

Once the EICR has been completed, the report will be sent to you within 24 hours no matter if your property received a satisfactory or unsatisfactory rating. A copy will be kept on file and you can access it by making a request through e-mail.

Landlords & property managers must present a copy of the EICR to their tenants within 28 days, as well as providing a copy for new incoming renters. Then landlords and property managers need to provide a copy to the local housing authority if requested and within 7 days of that request.

The only acceptable rating is satisfactory and when received the landlord, etc., are said to be compliant with the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020.

What Happens When The Property Gets An Unsatisfactory Rating

The EICR will detail all satisfactory components as well as those needing improvement. Photos will be taken of those components needing repair and added to the report. The landlord or property manager will be given an estimate of the cost of those improvements and have 28 days from the date of the EICR to have the repair work conducted and brought up to compliance.

Why C&M Electrical Contractors?

As you know by now that EICR is an important document and cannot be ignored at any cost. And to get the EICR certification it is of utmost importance to get it done by a certified and experienced electrical contractor. 

That said, at C&M, we provide inspect the property and help them get EICR certification at the best prices in Leicestershire.

Our goal is to deliver only the best to our clients depending on their preferences and budget allocation. With us, you can rest assured of every electrical service at your Leicestershire home.

Related Articles

When it is time to have your electrical installation condition report conducted, give us a call. We at C and M Electricals, are all approved and registered electricians and have all the necessary qualifications, training, skills, and experience to perform this inspection safely.

Plus C&M is insured and comply with the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020. In addition to that, C&M is a proud member of the NICEIC/CHAS.

What Is And Why Do You Need An EICR?

The EICR is a document stating the condition of the electrical systems in your home, etc., and is generated from periodic inspections These inspections ensure that your electrical systems are satisfactory.

The reason why you need regular EICRs is that electrical wiring and other components do deteriorate and to be safe they need to be monitored to prevent dangerous events. These reports help maintain the safety standards of your property and protect you from unauthorized DIY projects that due occur from time to time.

How Long Does An Electrical Safety Check Take?

The electricians follow an electrical safety checklist and the inspection can range between 2 and 6 hours depending on the size of your property. It is possible to have 2 electrical inspectors sent to your property and when that takes place, the inspection time can be cut in half.

How Long Does The EICR Last?

Under the terms set out in The Electrical Safety Standards in Private Rented Sector Regulations 2020, the longest gap between inspections is 5 years. This time frame is applied to those properties that have been newly constructed, rewired, and are found without defects.

It is the landlord’s or property manager’s responsibility to assess their situation and adjust the inspection time frame accordingly.

What Does An Electrical Safety Check Involve?

The main purpose of the EICR is to locate and identify any potential problems before they become a safety or serious hazard. There is a visual inspection, dead & live testing to check for any non-compliance.

The inspector will assess the wiring and assign a code to each observation made. That code is as follows:

  1. C1- Danger present, immediate remedial action required. There is a risk of injury and immediate action needs to be taken to rectify the problem.
  2. C2- Potential danger urgent ‘remedial action required. This is a potentially dangerous situation that needs to be fixed.
  3. C3- Improvement recommended. This is not an immediate or risky situation but it does need to be upgraded for safety concerns.
  4. FI- Code could not be assessed further investigation needed.

There will be some power interruptions throughout the investigation. While this is an inconvenience it is necessary in order to determine the safety level of all electrical components

How Much Does An Electrical Safety Check Cost in Leicestershire?

There are several factors involved that determine the amount of money you will have to pay for each inspection. Those factors include:

  1. The Size Of The Property- Larger homes and businesses will pay more than smaller ones.
  2. If The Property Is For Commercial Or Residential Use- The latter will not pay as much as the former due to electrical system complexities.
  3. Location Of The Property- Those homes in London, the South-east and those in locations without a local electrician will pay more.

EICR Inspection in Lutterworth

The basic EICR fees are as follows:

  1. Small House With 1 To 2 Beds- Between 80 & 150 BP*
  2. Larger House With 3 To 4 Bedrooms- Between 95 & 170 BP*
  3. Commercial Properties- Start At 120 BP* And Go Up

* excludes VAT and all prices are estimates only

Electrical Services in Market Harborough

What Happens After The Inspection?

Once the EICR has been completed, the report will be sent to you within 24 hours no matter if your property received a satisfactory or unsatisfactory rating. A copy will be kept on file and you can access it by making a request through e-mail.

Landlords & property managers must present a copy of the EICR to their tenants within 28 days, as well as providing a copy for new incoming renters. Then landlords and property managers need to provide a copy to the local housing authority if requested and within 7 days of that request.

The only acceptable rating is satisfactory and when received the landlord, etc., are said to be compliant with the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020.

What Happens When The Property Gets An Unsatisfactory Rating

The EICR will detail all satisfactory components as well as those needing improvement. Photos will be taken of those components needing repair and added to the report. The landlord or property manager will be given an estimate of the cost of those improvements and have 28 days from the date of the EICR to have the repair work conducted and brought up to compliance.

Why C&M Electrical Contractors?

As you know by now that EICR is an important document and cannot be ignored at any cost. And to get the EICR certification it is of utmost importance to get it done by a certified and experienced electrical contractor. 

That said, at C&M, we provide inspect the property and help them get EICR certification at the best prices in Leicestershire.

Our goal is to deliver only the best to our clients depending on their preferences and budget allocation. With us, you can rest assured of every electrical service at your Leicestershire home.

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The wiring of the home is one aspect you should never take for granted, because if attention and importance aren’t placed on it, the repercussion of a bad incident might not be palatable. This is why it’s advisable to always ensure that the wiring on your property conforms to the electrical regulations stated in the BS 7671 electrical wiring regulations guide. To do so, there’s the need to conduct a Periodic Inspection Report (PIR) or Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR), which would help point out arrears you need to upgrade. However, there’s been confusion as to whether the domestic electrical services offered by electrical companies cover the rewiring of the home. It is because of this we have decided to give you a little education on how electrical work is done and put an average price on different services offered by these electrical companies.

Can a domestic installer do a rewire job?

To answer these, you have to first understand that how to do a domestic electrical wiring might differ from company to company because of their package. With this said, a domestic installer can easily do a rewire if he has the necessary electrical rewire certification to do so and if the amount you have paid has included the fee for a rewiring process. The package offered for a domestic wiring job by the different companies runs from installing an extra socket or fixing a lamp holder to a complete rewiring of your property. The package you select would determine the kind of maintenance person that would be sent to your house to carry out the electrical wiring process.

How much would it cost to rewire an electrical panel?

Before giving you an average estimate of how much rewiring and the electrical panel is, we want to give you a little detail of how to do domestic wiring in the house, so you can easily inspect the progress of the wiring and rewiring process as it is being carried out. Since modern-day households are filled with electrical appliances, there is the need to either upgrade or perform a total rewiring of the home/property you have either recently acquired or have stayed in for quite some time. First thing first is to know that the electric panel or consumer unit handles regulating and distributing the electricity around the house. If there is a need for an upgrade or rewiring in the home, the electric panel is the main point of focus for any maintenance person/electrician as the connection of the different sockets and appliances is done from this point. To answer the question above, electrical companies would charge you an average price of £300-£450, depending on the electrical company you intend to employ to carry out the wiring, rewiring, or replacement of consumer units in your home.

What is the cost of an Electrical Installation Condition Report?

Before deciding on whether to go for just a simple domestic wiring service or call for a total rewiring of your home, it is important to conduct an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR), which was formerly known as the Periodic Inspection Report (PIR). When this service is conducted, it points out areas that need to be upgraded to conform to the current electrical code in the UK. A homeowner is expected to carry out this procedure every 10 years, while landlords and people who live in a rental home are expected to carry out this procedure every 5 years. An EICR for a customer unit is charged at an average of £40, while an average of £15 would be charged for each circuit tested. Below is an average estimate of how much an electrical company would charge when employed to carry out an EICR for your home.

·        A home with less than three bedrooms should cost an average of £120-£150, depending on the neighbourhood and size of the apartment

·        A home with less than five bedrooms but more than two bedrooms would cost an average amount of £180-£250

·        An EICR would cost you nothing less than £300 if you own a home that has five or more bedrooms

After the EICR has been carried out, the professional that carried out this procedure is expected to give you a report that highlights the defects in your home’s wiring, which might include faulty connections, shortage of short-circuit protection, and out-dated wiring, to mention a few. It is after this report has been given you can decide if you need to rewire your home or just call for simple domestic wiring for your home.

Other services that might be included in a domestic electrical service package include;

·        Fuse board upgrades and extra sockets

·        Heating controls and external power

·        Cooker and shower circuits among others

Which electrical company should I employ?

You may also search the web with the ‘electrical rewire near me’ keyword. This would bring out the companies that offer rewiring services around your locality and then you can proceed to check the customer reviews that have been given by the previous customers of various companies that have patronised them before. Another way is to ask for recommendations from your neighbours and friends who have recently carried out electrical changes in their home.

There are several companies that offer domestic electrical services and rewiring in the United Kingdom and there are several ways by which you can determine which of them is suitable for your home. One such company is C&M Electricals. We provide you domestic electrical services including house rewiring service in and across Leicestershire for estate agents and property owners too. Highly skilled team of electricians approved by NICEIC will be carrying out all the electrical work.

Prices placed by electrical companies are based on the following factors:

  • the size of the house
  • the specifications of fittings and fittings you want in your home
  • if the house would be occupied during the electrical work
  • where you live in the UK
  • the number of sockets and extra you expect to have

Conclusion

In conclusion, you should know that the price of rewiring your home is between £2,000-£5,000, depending on the kind of home you have and the conditions under which the electrician would be working. It is also important to note that when rewiring or upgrading the wiring of your home, there might be, need to remove your furniture and there would be cuts and openings on the wall surface of the home to lay new wires and sockets.

Related Articles

The wiring of the home is one aspect you should never take for granted, because if attention and importance aren’t placed on it, the repercussion of a bad incident might not be palatable. This is why it’s advisable to always ensure that the wiring on your property conforms to the electrical regulations stated in the BS 7671 electrical wiring regulations guide. To do so, there’s the need to conduct a Periodic Inspection Report (PIR) or Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR), which would help point out arrears you need to upgrade. However, there’s been confusion as to whether the domestic electrical services offered by electrical companies cover the rewiring of the home. It is because of this we have decided to give you a little education on how electrical work is done and put an average price on different services offered by these electrical companies.

Can a domestic installer do a rewire job?

To answer these, you have to first understand that how to do a domestic electrical wiring might differ from company to company because of their package. With this said, a domestic installer can easily do a rewire if he has the necessary electrical rewire certification to do so and if the amount you have paid has included the fee for a rewiring process. The package offered for a domestic wiring job by the different companies runs from installing an extra socket or fixing a lamp holder to a complete rewiring of your property. The package you select would determine the kind of maintenance person that would be sent to your house to carry out the electrical wiring process.

How much would it cost to rewire an electrical panel?

Before giving you an average estimate of how much rewiring and the electrical panel is, we want to give you a little detail of how to do domestic wiring in the house, so you can easily inspect the progress of the wiring and rewiring process as it is being carried out. Since modern-day households are filled with electrical appliances, there is the need to either upgrade or perform a total rewiring of the home/property you have either recently acquired or have stayed in for quite some time. First thing first is to know that the electric panel or consumer unit handles regulating and distributing the electricity around the house. If there is a need for an upgrade or rewiring in the home, the electric panel is the main point of focus for any maintenance person/electrician as the connection of the different sockets and appliances is done from this point. To answer the question above, electrical companies would charge you an average price of £300-£450, depending on the electrical company you intend to employ to carry out the wiring, rewiring, or replacement of consumer units in your home.

What is the cost of an Electrical Installation Condition Report?

Before deciding on whether to go for just a simple domestic wiring service or call for a total rewiring of your home, it is important to conduct an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR), which was formerly known as the Periodic Inspection Report (PIR). When this service is conducted, it points out areas that need to be upgraded to conform to the current electrical code in the UK. A homeowner is expected to carry out this procedure every 10 years, while landlords and people who live in a rental home are expected to carry out this procedure every 5 years. An EICR for a customer unit is charged at an average of £40, while an average of £15 would be charged for each circuit tested. Below is an average estimate of how much an electrical company would charge when employed to carry out an EICR for your home.

·        A home with less than three bedrooms should cost an average of £120-£150, depending on the neighbourhood and size of the apartment

·        A home with less than five bedrooms but more than two bedrooms would cost an average amount of £180-£250

·        An EICR would cost you nothing less than £300 if you own a home that has five or more bedrooms

After the EICR has been carried out, the professional that carried out this procedure is expected to give you a report that highlights the defects in your home’s wiring, which might include faulty connections, shortage of short-circuit protection, and out-dated wiring, to mention a few. It is after this report has been given you can decide if you need to rewire your home or just call for simple domestic wiring for your home.

Other services that might be included in a domestic electrical service package include;

·        Fuse board upgrades and extra sockets

·        Heating controls and external power

·        Cooker and shower circuits among others

Which electrical company should I employ?

You may also search the web with the ‘electrical rewire near me’ keyword. This would bring out the companies that offer rewiring services around your locality and then you can proceed to check the customer reviews that have been given by the previous customers of various companies that have patronised them before. Another way is to ask for recommendations from your neighbours and friends who have recently carried out electrical changes in their home.

There are several companies that offer domestic electrical services and rewiring in the United Kingdom and there are several ways by which you can determine which of them is suitable for your home. One such company is C&M Electricals. We provide you domestic electrical services including house rewiring service in and across Leicestershire for estate agents and property owners too. Highly skilled team of electricians approved by NICEIC will be carrying out all the electrical work.

Prices placed by electrical companies are based on the following factors:

  • the size of the house
  • the specifications of fittings and fittings you want in your home
  • if the house would be occupied during the electrical work
  • where you live in the UK
  • the number of sockets and extra you expect to have

Conclusion

In conclusion, you should know that the price of rewiring your home is between £2,000-£5,000, depending on the kind of home you have and the conditions under which the electrician would be working. It is also important to note that when rewiring or upgrading the wiring of your home, there might be, need to remove your furniture and there would be cuts and openings on the wall surface of the home to lay new wires and sockets.

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What are domestic electrical services?

Domestic electrical services include any electrical work that is carried out in the home. These services are done by electrical experts who undertake domestic electrical installations and provide a range of electrical services to homeowners, letting agents and landlords. Domestic electrical services consist of tasks as little as changing a light switch to full or partial house rewires.

Other important services include additions and alterations, installing new fuse boards or consumer units, inspecting and testing electrical appliances, repairs and maintenance. All of these electrical services are to be carried out in observance of the latest 17th edition IET Regulations. It should also be in compliance with Part P of the Building Regulations.

Why do you need domestic electrical services?

Every equipment depletes in quality due to continued use over time. It is the same with electrical installations which also weaken over time. For instance, switches and sockets can get damaged and electrical wiring and connections can reduce in value due to its workload. These issues underscore the need for a professional domestic electrical service company. 

These electrical experts carry out an inspection of wiring and connections via a detailed Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR). Whether you want to sell a house or you just want to assess the safety of your home’s electrical system, an EICR helps you understand the findings of the domestic electrical serviceman and to know if there’s anything you should do next.

A detailed Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) includes an electrical inspection by a qualified electrician, electrical testing of appliances and connections, a full range of tests, the issue of an EICR, advice on what the next steps should be.

What are the types of electrical home appliances?

Electrical home appliances could be as little as single sockets or as major as large electrical installations. The work of a domestic electrical service company is to install or resituate these domestic appliances such as electric hobs, tumble dryers, washing machines, ovens, dishwashers and showers. The electrical expert can also wall mount TVs, install the right sockets behind and take any untucked wiring out of sight.

Outdoor sockets & lighting are an integral part of domestic electrical installation.For instance, the installation of outdoor plug sockets cancels out the need to run extension leads through your home to mow the lawn or play music at your barbecue.

Security lights can be installed to send a strong warning to intruders or simply to give you that much-needed peace of mind. Front door lighting comes in handy in a situation where you’re trying to find your keys. You can activate your outdoor lighting simply via a switch or a motion sensor.

These switches take out the safety hazards and unappealing look of extension leads that are usually sprawled across the flooring. This is done by fitting in sockets and extra switches. A domestic electrical service can help you move a socket to where you need it and take it away from where you don’t. These electrical experts can also fit new plates in for your switch or socket.

How can you know if your home needs rewiring?

Home rewiring requires a thorough level of planning. It is best to bring in the experts on this. There are certain pointers to knowing when to seek the help of a domestic electrical service company for your home rewiring. Does your electrical installation trip? Was there a recent case of flood or fire outbreak on your property? These are some of the questions that need answers to find out if you need to rewire your home.

Your home may need rewiring if your electrical installation is over 25 years old; if fuse outages are becoming a regular thing; if you think there are issues with your earthing; if there has been flood/fire damage in your home; if an Electrical Inspection Condition Report advises that your home needs rewiring.

What kind of electrical work is notifiable?

In the UK, electrical jobs are divided into those that are notifiable and those that are minor works. The concept of notifiable electrical work is based on the 2005 requirements in Part P of the Building Regulations. These requirements state that all domestic electrical installation or residential electrical services must uphold safety standards. As a homeowner, you must be aware of these strict regulations.

Notifiable works include the installation of a new circuit, replacement of a consumer unit, a full house rewire, or altering existing circuits in certain areas. These areas are known as ‘special locations’ which involve rooms containing a bath or shower as well as rooms that have a pool or sauna heater.

Notifiable works must be notified to your local building control and approved by a registered electrician. The consequences of going against this process includes invalidation of your home insurance as well as creation of safety risks due to the unsafe installation. Knowingly carrying out domestic electrical services when you are not legally authorised to sign the work off yourself is an offence punishable by enforcement action from local authorities.

The only type of electrical work advisable to carry out on your own involves minor works. These are installations that don’t involve a special location. They include replacing damaged cables in single circuits or installing outside lights from an existing circuit. This type of work is non-noticeable to your local building control and does not require the approval of a registered electrician.

How often should a domestic electrical installation be tested?

Electrical testing is required to ensure the safety of lives and property. It is advisable to carry out these tests at regular intervals dependent on the type of installation. Although your electrician will decide how often electrical testing is done, the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) recommend the following maximum periods of time between inspections and testing:

Domestic installations in a private home should be tested every ten years or in the event of the property being sold to someone else. Domestic installations on rented property should be tested every five years or when the property is rented to a new occupant. Electrical testing on commercial installations should be done every five years or when there is a new occupant. Electrical testing in an industrial property should take place every three years or when it is handed over to a new occupant.

How to test domestic electrical circuits?

As this article has stressed, it is advisable that you get the assistance of a registered electrician or a residential electrical service if you do not have experience in testing domestic electrical circuits or using a multimeter.

Mains electric packs a powerful 230v, and things could turn really ugly if you don’t know how to go about it. To test your residential electrical installation, set your multimeter to the AC voltage to the two hundred volts setting. Insert the probes into the multimeter and then plug the other ends into the holes of one of your sockets. Wait for a few moments and then you should get a reading of what voltage is in the circuit.

This can be done from any outlet in your home, and the results will show you the power throughout your home. Expected results should yield a meter reading of roughly 230 volts. If this is not the case, seek the help of a residential electrical service. A wide variety of electrical services is provided by the experienced electricians at C & M Electrical Contractors for your homes as well as your business all across Leicester. If you are looking for Domestic Electrical Services right at your doorsteps, then we assure you that you would be provided the best quality and excellence in everything. Be assured of the best competitive price from us with the best in service from the best electricians.

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What are domestic electrical services?

Domestic electrical services include any electrical work that is carried out in the home. These services are done by electrical experts who undertake domestic electrical installations and provide a range of electrical services to homeowners, letting agents and landlords. Domestic electrical services consist of tasks as little as changing a light switch to full or partial house rewires.

Other important services include additions and alterations, installing new fuse boards or consumer units, inspecting and testing electrical appliances, repairs and maintenance. All of these electrical services are to be carried out in observance of the latest 17th edition IET Regulations. It should also be in compliance with Part P of the Building Regulations.

Why do you need domestic electrical services?

Every equipment depletes in quality due to continued use over time. It is the same with electrical installations which also weaken over time. For instance, switches and sockets can get damaged and electrical wiring and connections can reduce in value due to its workload. These issues underscore the need for a professional domestic electrical service company. 

These electrical experts carry out an inspection of wiring and connections via a detailed Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR). Whether you want to sell a house or you just want to assess the safety of your home’s electrical system, an EICR helps you understand the findings of the domestic electrical serviceman and to know if there’s anything you should do next.

A detailed Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) includes an electrical inspection by a qualified electrician, electrical testing of appliances and connections, a full range of tests, the issue of an EICR, advice on what the next steps should be.

What are the types of electrical home appliances?

Electrical home appliances could be as little as single sockets or as major as large electrical installations. The work of a domestic electrical service company is to install or resituate these domestic appliances such as electric hobs, tumble dryers, washing machines, ovens, dishwashers and showers. The electrical expert can also wall mount TVs, install the right sockets behind and take any untucked wiring out of sight.

Outdoor sockets & lighting are an integral part of domestic electrical installation.For instance, the installation of outdoor plug sockets cancels out the need to run extension leads through your home to mow the lawn or play music at your barbecue.

Security lights can be installed to send a strong warning to intruders or simply to give you that much-needed peace of mind. Front door lighting comes in handy in a situation where you’re trying to find your keys. You can activate your outdoor lighting simply via a switch or a motion sensor.

These switches take out the safety hazards and unappealing look of extension leads that are usually sprawled across the flooring. This is done by fitting in sockets and extra switches. A domestic electrical service can help you move a socket to where you need it and take it away from where you don’t. These electrical experts can also fit new plates in for your switch or socket.

How can you know if your home needs rewiring?

Home rewiring requires a thorough level of planning. It is best to bring in the experts on this. There are certain pointers to knowing when to seek the help of a domestic electrical service company for your home rewiring. Does your electrical installation trip? Was there a recent case of flood or fire outbreak on your property? These are some of the questions that need answers to find out if you need to rewire your home.

Your home may need rewiring if your electrical installation is over 25 years old; if fuse outages are becoming a regular thing; if you think there are issues with your earthing; if there has been flood/fire damage in your home; if an Electrical Inspection Condition Report advises that your home needs rewiring.

What kind of electrical work is notifiable?

In the UK, electrical jobs are divided into those that are notifiable and those that are minor works. The concept of notifiable electrical work is based on the 2005 requirements in Part P of the Building Regulations. These requirements state that all domestic electrical installation or residential electrical services must uphold safety standards. As a homeowner, you must be aware of these strict regulations.

Notifiable works include the installation of a new circuit, replacement of a consumer unit, a full house rewire, or altering existing circuits in certain areas. These areas are known as ‘special locations’ which involve rooms containing a bath or shower as well as rooms that have a pool or sauna heater.

Notifiable works must be notified to your local building control and approved by a registered electrician. The consequences of going against this process includes invalidation of your home insurance as well as creation of safety risks due to the unsafe installation. Knowingly carrying out domestic electrical services when you are not legally authorised to sign the work off yourself is an offence punishable by enforcement action from local authorities.

The only type of electrical work advisable to carry out on your own involves minor works. These are installations that don’t involve a special location. They include replacing damaged cables in single circuits or installing outside lights from an existing circuit. This type of work is non-noticeable to your local building control and does not require the approval of a registered electrician.

How often should a domestic electrical installation be tested?

Electrical testing is required to ensure the safety of lives and property. It is advisable to carry out these tests at regular intervals dependent on the type of installation. Although your electrician will decide how often electrical testing is done, the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) recommend the following maximum periods of time between inspections and testing:

Domestic installations in a private home should be tested every ten years or in the event of the property being sold to someone else. Domestic installations on rented property should be tested every five years or when the property is rented to a new occupant. Electrical testing on commercial installations should be done every five years or when there is a new occupant. Electrical testing in an industrial property should take place every three years or when it is handed over to a new occupant.

How to test domestic electrical circuits?

As this article has stressed, it is advisable that you get the assistance of a registered electrician or a residential electrical service if you do not have experience in testing domestic electrical circuits or using a multimeter.

Mains electric packs a powerful 230v, and things could turn really ugly if you don’t know how to go about it. To test your residential electrical installation, set your multimeter to the AC voltage to the two hundred volts setting. Insert the probes into the multimeter and then plug the other ends into the holes of one of your sockets. Wait for a few moments and then you should get a reading of what voltage is in the circuit.

This can be done from any outlet in your home, and the results will show you the power throughout your home. Expected results should yield a meter reading of roughly 230 volts. If this is not the case, seek the help of a residential electrical service. A wide variety of electrical services is provided by the experienced electricians at C & M Electrical Contractors for your homes as well as your business all across Leicester. If you are looking for Domestic Electrical Services right at your doorsteps, then we assure you that you would be provided the best quality and excellence in everything. Be assured of the best competitive price from us with the best in service from the best electricians.

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Do you have to change a socket or switch in the kitchen every now and then? Or are you intending to add new appliances to the already existing ones in your kitchen and feel it might be stronger than the wiring of the kitchen? Then, there is the need to cough out a particular amount of money to the rewiring of your kitchen. A lot of people wondered how they can rewire and still maintain their kitchen design electrical model. This has been a major concern for a lot of people. However in this article, we would be pointing out to you some of the necessary tips you need to know regarding the kitchen wiring code.

Why do I need to rewire my kitchen?

Faulty wiring or old wiring could be risky and could cause some serious damage to not just the kitchen but to the entire home or property. These damages could be as simple as injuries or an electric shock and as fatal as electrocution and fire outbreaks. This is why it is important to pay attention to the kitchen wiring code and make sure that the wiring in your kitchen meets the required standard. To conform to this code, it is wise to conduct the Periodic Inspection Report (PIR) as it would help highlight problem areas in the kitchen. When you decide to rewire your kitchen, you are ultimately bringing the standard to the optimal standard able to carry the entire load your appliances might have. By doing this, you are enabling the wiring system to meet up with the ever evolving demand of modern day living.

When should I rewire my kitchen?

There is the need to confirm if there is the need to rewire the home and not just the kitchen if you have just acquired the property. This is because your energy usage might differ and be higher than the previous occupants of the home. If you have been staying in your personal home and want to decide on whether to rewire then you should consider the regulation laid down about wiring. According to the kitchen rewiring regulation, you should think of rewiring if

  • it has not been done in the past 25–30 years
  • you are planning to remodel, renovate or restructure
  • you intend on adding new energy consuming appliances like the oven, microwave etc.

How to wire a kitchen in your home in the UK?

Wiring and rewiring happens in two different stages these stages are the different steps you have to take to make sure that you carry out a complete and standard rewiring work. The first stage is the first fix which includes the fixing and installation of the wires and cables while the second stage which is the second fix involves every activity that makes the installed cable live. There is partial rewiring when you only have to add a new customer unit (fuse box) to bring your wiring to current acceptable standards while there is the full rewiring where you have to change both the installation of cables and wire and the installation of a new fuse box (consumer unit). When you have decided to rewire your kitchen, the following are the factors to consider;

  • The cost and time of rewiring. The time frame of rewiring the kitchen could be around 2 days depending on the complexity of the layout design. The cost should be roughly around £1,000 to £1,500.
  • The size of the kitchen you are going to rewire.
  • The accessibility of the kitchen should also be a factor. Would there be a need to vacate the kitchen for the period of the rewiring.
  • The complexity of the layout design and the standard of finishing is also a factor that one should consider.

These factors would be useful when considering whether to not to use the DIY approach of rewiring or to call a professional electrician.

Signs that show that you need to rewire your kitchen

Most people don’t recognise the need for rewiring their kitchen until there is an accident in the kitchen. However, there are so many signs that if noticed quickly might help avert any form of accident. These signs include;

  • Insufficient light sockets which could be needed when there is an extension of the kitchen area.
  • If your wire and cables are not PVC coated in accordance with part P electrical safety regulation, then there is a need to carry out the rewiring process to your kitchen.
  • If you notice old round pin sockets or original dolly pins, then rewiring should take place as such kitchen or the entire home has not been rewired in a long time.
  • Should you notice that the sockets and switch styles are different, you might need to either rewire partially or fully. The difference came about because of a partial rewire that had occurred sometime ago.
  • If you do not have any earth connections in the switch boxes or if your PVC cable isn’t twin earthed, then there is the need to rewire your kitchen or if the case might be the entire house.

Types of wire

You do not have to rewire your home if the existing layout design is adequate to carry the extra load or appliance you intend adding to your already existing appliances. Below are some of the different kinds of wires and the year they were used.

  • The lead insulated cable: this was used up till 1955, if you find any of this in your home, then there is the need to rewire your home to meet up with the wiring regulation.
  • Rubber and fabric insulated cable: this type of wiring and cabling was used until the 1960s.
  • The PVC coated wire is the modern day kind of wire used in wiring and cabling.

Conclusion
Rewiring is essential especially for those who are just moving into a new apartment or those who have been living in a house for a long time. However, it is easier to just upgrade at times by just adding a customer unit, proper earthing arrangements and cross bonding.

C&M Electrical Contractors started on a small scale by doing domestic electrical jobs. Within 2 years we became NICEIC approved contractor firm. Our commitment to provide the best service for all kinds of electric works for homeowners or business management companies, schools, colleges etc. make us stand out from the crowd of electrical contractors in the midlands. Timely service and the best price are what comes your way with our service.

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Do you have to change a socket or switch in the kitchen every now and then? Or are you intending to add new appliances to the already existing ones in your kitchen and feel it might be stronger than the wiring of the kitchen? Then, there is the need to cough out a particular amount of money to the rewiring of your kitchen. A lot of people wondered how they can rewire and still maintain their kitchen design electrical model. This has been a major concern for a lot of people. However in this article, we would be pointing out to you some of the necessary tips you need to know regarding the kitchen wiring code.

Why do I need to rewire my kitchen?

Faulty wiring or old wiring could be risky and could cause some serious damage to not just the kitchen but to the entire home or property. These damages could be as simple as injuries or an electric shock and as fatal as electrocution and fire outbreaks. This is why it is important to pay attention to the kitchen wiring code and make sure that the wiring in your kitchen meets the required standard. To conform to this code, it is wise to conduct the Periodic Inspection Report (PIR) as it would help highlight problem areas in the kitchen. When you decide to rewire your kitchen, you are ultimately bringing the standard to the optimal standard able to carry the entire load your appliances might have. By doing this, you are enabling the wiring system to meet up with the ever evolving demand of modern day living.

When should I rewire my kitchen?

There is the need to confirm if there is the need to rewire the home and not just the kitchen if you have just acquired the property. This is because your energy usage might differ and be higher than the previous occupants of the home. If you have been staying in your personal home and want to decide on whether to rewire then you should consider the regulation laid down about wiring. According to the kitchen rewiring regulation, you should think of rewiring if

  • it has not been done in the past 25–30 years
  • you are planning to remodel, renovate or restructure
  • you intend on adding new energy consuming appliances like the oven, microwave etc.

How to wire a kitchen in your home in the UK?

Wiring and rewiring happens in two different stages these stages are the different steps you have to take to make sure that you carry out a complete and standard rewiring work. The first stage is the first fix which includes the fixing and installation of the wires and cables while the second stage which is the second fix involves every activity that makes the installed cable live. There is partial rewiring when you only have to add a new customer unit (fuse box) to bring your wiring to current acceptable standards while there is the full rewiring where you have to change both the installation of cables and wire and the installation of a new fuse box (consumer unit). When you have decided to rewire your kitchen, the following are the factors to consider;

  • The cost and time of rewiring. The time frame of rewiring the kitchen could be around 2 days depending on the complexity of the layout design. The cost should be roughly around £1,000 to £1,500.
  • The size of the kitchen you are going to rewire.
  • The accessibility of the kitchen should also be a factor. Would there be a need to vacate the kitchen for the period of the rewiring.
  • The complexity of the layout design and the standard of finishing is also a factor that one should consider.

These factors would be useful when considering whether to not to use the DIY approach of rewiring or to call a professional electrician.

Signs that show that you need to rewire your kitchen

Most people don’t recognise the need for rewiring their kitchen until there is an accident in the kitchen. However, there are so many signs that if noticed quickly might help avert any form of accident. These signs include;

  • Insufficient light sockets which could be needed when there is an extension of the kitchen area.
  • If your wire and cables are not PVC coated in accordance with part P electrical safety regulation, then there is a need to carry out the rewiring process to your kitchen.
  • If you notice old round pin sockets or original dolly pins, then rewiring should take place as such kitchen or the entire home has not been rewired in a long time.
  • Should you notice that the sockets and switch styles are different, you might need to either rewire partially or fully. The difference came about because of a partial rewire that had occurred sometime ago.
  • If you do not have any earth connections in the switch boxes or if your PVC cable isn’t twin earthed, then there is the need to rewire your kitchen or if the case might be the entire house.

Types of wire

You do not have to rewire your home if the existing layout design is adequate to carry the extra load or appliance you intend adding to your already existing appliances. Below are some of the different kinds of wires and the year they were used.

  • The lead insulated cable: this was used up till 1955, if you find any of this in your home, then there is the need to rewire your home to meet up with the wiring regulation.
  • Rubber and fabric insulated cable: this type of wiring and cabling was used until the 1960s.
  • The PVC coated wire is the modern day kind of wire used in wiring and cabling.

Conclusion
Rewiring is essential especially for those who are just moving into a new apartment or those who have been living in a house for a long time. However, it is easier to just upgrade at times by just adding a customer unit, proper earthing arrangements and cross bonding.

C&M Electrical Contractors started on a small scale by doing domestic electrical jobs. Within 2 years we became NICEIC approved contractor firm. Our commitment to provide the best service for all kinds of electric works for homeowners or business management companies, schools, colleges etc. make us stand out from the crowd of electrical contractors in the midlands. Timely service and the best price are what comes your way with our service.

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In most cases, signs that you need to replace electrical wiring in your home are very easy to see. For instance, you may notice loose wires and damaged insulation. In most scenarios, it is easy to identify damaged wiring by looking at the wires’ appearance. If you have damaged insulation, you would not be able to use your current wiring until you can get replacement blankets or insulation.

Even in areas that appear to be fairly well insulated, you may have insulation issues. For example, if you live in a basement, there may be a problem with water seeping through the floorboard. While it is unlikely, this is a possibility. The moisture may be getting in because the wooden framing has buckled due to age, and it may be destroying the wiring.

Before getting to know various signs to replace wiring, let’s first check some related details:

Who is Responsible for an Electric Line to the House in the UK?

This question usually comes up when there are problems with electrical lines. Before you do anything, make sure that you are safe and that you know where the lines are that you have. Calling an electrician would turn out to be a good idea before trying to fix the problem yourself.

Read more about our Domestic Electrical Services in Leicestershire

The answer to the same relies on the situation. It may depend on:

  • The capacity and type of electrical service you are using. 
  • The electrical supply is offered by commercial, industrial, or residential societies.
  • The policies and laws explaining utilities where you are located.

Why Are Electric Wires Covered with Plastic?

The reason is that plastic is a good conductor of electricity, as it can hold on to a large number of volts, and in turn, can carry lots of current, which makes it very useful for conducting any electrical current. 

Plastic is used because it is quite inexpensive and is available in most local hardware stores. The reason why they are coated with plastic is that it gives the wires a finished look. Although it cannot stop lightning from hitting your home, it will reduce the damage that it would otherwise do.

Why are electric wires coated in plastic? It protects them against damage, it makes them visually appealing, it stops static from building up, and it aids in the maintenance of the electrical equipment you use. Plastic is also a very suitable material to work with, and it can be cut and formed into just about any shape, which makes it ideal for electrical wiring.

Why are Electric Wires Coated with PVC?

The first question one would ask when thinking about why electric wires are coated with PVC is why such an important part is building material. There are several reasons why this coating was designed and used for the insulation of wires. 

Some of the reasons they use PVC for protection are that they are highly conductive of electricity compared to other materials that they are manufactured with, like steel or copper. This makes them highly resistant to damage from the weather too.

PVC helps make the coating rust proof. The PVC coating helps prevent the oxidation of the wire inside the device. If the wire is exposed to fire or other hazardous materials are exposed to these elements, it will be protected and prevent it from rusting. Thus, it becomes a more durable wire.

How Long Does Electrical Wiring Last?

There remains a lot of misconceptions about how long does electrical wiring last. Electrical wiring is a very sensitive and very important part of a home or office in the UK. It is used for many different things such as lighting, heating, ventilation, etc. If you have ever had a power outage in your home, you know how short or long the outage can last. Electrical wiring has to be constantly maintained and replaced from time to time.

The durability of electrical wiring depends on several factors? The quality of the wiring will affect how long it lasts but also how well it is maintained. Poorly maintained wiring will eventually wear out and need to be replaced. Another factor that affects how long it lasts is how well it is installed. A poorly installed wiring system will not only wear out over time but will also create a hazard to those that are around the home. 

Usually, wiring lasts for decades, and it is advisable to replace or re-wire every five years. Though, as per a general rule, electrical wiring can sustain past 50 years.

WHEN TO REPLACE ELECTRICAL WIRING IN YOUR HOME IN THE UK?

Check for the following aspects if you intend to notice the signs that your home needs a wiring replacement:

  1. Aging Wires & Connections

It is also possible that wires have been frayed due to age, and they are leaking. In many older homes, electricity may be conducted through flammable materials, which can be very dangerous. Older homes are generally at risk for electrical problems, and you should always take precautions.

  1. Inefficiently Working Fuse Box

If you do reside in an older house, the chances are that the electrical wiring may not be as up-to-the-mark as you would like. There may even be problems with fuse wear. The fuse box is the place you will want to check first. Sometimes this is the only way to tell whether the fuse box is not working properly. Signs that you need to replace electrical wiring in your home can be found in many places.

  1. Untreated Exposed Wires

One of the apt places to look for signs that you need to replace electrical wiring in your home is your home’s basement. Bunkers and storage spaces beneath the floors can become a source of electrical problems. There can be shorts, and there may even be exposed wire. It proves to be imperative that you thoroughly inspect any basement areas that may contain electrical wiring. You can utilise a flashlight to inspect the area or do it using a special electrical-wiring inspection tool.

  1. Blown Out Fuses and Breakers 

The first aspect that you require to do when replacing electrical wiring in our house is to complete the wiring system. Is there any fuse that has blown out? If you cannot find the exact location of the blown fuse, look for its neighbors. In case multiple fuses are blowing, it’s probably time to replace the electrical wiring.

  1. Cracked & Damaged Insulation

The insulation on the wires also affects their lifespan. Insulation makes the wires conductive so that they don’t wear out easily. If the insulation is cracked or damaged, the wires will lose their conductivity and start to wear out soon. When to replace electrical wiring in our house depends on whether you want your wires to look new or want them to last longer. For sure, you would prefer to replace them when they look new.

SUMMING UP

Signs that you need to replace electrical wiring in your home will probably appear when you notice a serious problem with the wiring. It would be apt if you never tried to fix something that you do not fully understand. It proves to be better to err on the side of replacing than it is to repair. Keep in mind that your safety is also important when you are working with electrical equipment.

For any kind of electrical services across Leicestershire, connect with C&M Electrical Contractors. We have a team of experienced electrical contractors and we provide a huge range of electrical services from house rewiring to EICR for homes and businesses at the best price. Providing quality and excellence in work is our priority. Replacement of electrical wiring in your home can be made easy and safe with us.

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In most cases, signs that you need to replace electrical wiring in your home are very easy to see. For instance, you may notice loose wires and damaged insulation. In most scenarios, it is easy to identify damaged wiring by looking at the wires’ appearance. If you have damaged insulation, you would not be able to use your current wiring until you can get replacement blankets or insulation.

Even in areas that appear to be fairly well insulated, you may have insulation issues. For example, if you live in a basement, there may be a problem with water seeping through the floorboard. While it is unlikely, this is a possibility. The moisture may be getting in because the wooden framing has buckled due to age, and it may be destroying the wiring.

Before getting to know various signs to replace wiring, let’s first check some related details:

Who is Responsible for an Electric Line to the House in the UK?

This question usually comes up when there are problems with electrical lines. Before you do anything, make sure that you are safe and that you know where the lines are that you have. Calling an electrician would turn out to be a good idea before trying to fix the problem yourself.

Read more about our Domestic Electrical Services in Leicestershire

The answer to the same relies on the situation. It may depend on:

  • The capacity and type of electrical service you are using. 
  • The electrical supply is offered by commercial, industrial, or residential societies.
  • The policies and laws explaining utilities where you are located.

Why Are Electric Wires Covered with Plastic?

The reason is that plastic is a good conductor of electricity, as it can hold on to a large number of volts, and in turn, can carry lots of current, which makes it very useful for conducting any electrical current. 

Plastic is used because it is quite inexpensive and is available in most local hardware stores. The reason why they are coated with plastic is that it gives the wires a finished look. Although it cannot stop lightning from hitting your home, it will reduce the damage that it would otherwise do.

Why are electric wires coated in plastic? It protects them against damage, it makes them visually appealing, it stops static from building up, and it aids in the maintenance of the electrical equipment you use. Plastic is also a very suitable material to work with, and it can be cut and formed into just about any shape, which makes it ideal for electrical wiring.

Why are Electric Wires Coated with PVC?

The first question one would ask when thinking about why electric wires are coated with PVC is why such an important part is building material. There are several reasons why this coating was designed and used for the insulation of wires. 

Some of the reasons they use PVC for protection are that they are highly conductive of electricity compared to other materials that they are manufactured with, like steel or copper. This makes them highly resistant to damage from the weather too.

PVC helps make the coating rust proof. The PVC coating helps prevent the oxidation of the wire inside the device. If the wire is exposed to fire or other hazardous materials are exposed to these elements, it will be protected and prevent it from rusting. Thus, it becomes a more durable wire.

How Long Does Electrical Wiring Last?

There remains a lot of misconceptions about how long does electrical wiring last. Electrical wiring is a very sensitive and very important part of a home or office in the UK. It is used for many different things such as lighting, heating, ventilation, etc. If you have ever had a power outage in your home, you know how short or long the outage can last. Electrical wiring has to be constantly maintained and replaced from time to time.

The durability of electrical wiring depends on several factors? The quality of the wiring will affect how long it lasts but also how well it is maintained. Poorly maintained wiring will eventually wear out and need to be replaced. Another factor that affects how long it lasts is how well it is installed. A poorly installed wiring system will not only wear out over time but will also create a hazard to those that are around the home. 

Usually, wiring lasts for decades, and it is advisable to replace or re-wire every five years. Though, as per a general rule, electrical wiring can sustain past 50 years.

WHEN TO REPLACE ELECTRICAL WIRING IN YOUR HOME IN THE UK?

Check for the following aspects if you intend to notice the signs that your home needs a wiring replacement:

  1. Aging Wires & Connections

It is also possible that wires have been frayed due to age, and they are leaking. In many older homes, electricity may be conducted through flammable materials, which can be very dangerous. Older homes are generally at risk for electrical problems, and you should always take precautions.

  1. Inefficiently Working Fuse Box

If you do reside in an older house, the chances are that the electrical wiring may not be as up-to-the-mark as you would like. There may even be problems with fuse wear. The fuse box is the place you will want to check first. Sometimes this is the only way to tell whether the fuse box is not working properly. Signs that you need to replace electrical wiring in your home can be found in many places.

  1. Untreated Exposed Wires

One of the apt places to look for signs that you need to replace electrical wiring in your home is your home’s basement. Bunkers and storage spaces beneath the floors can become a source of electrical problems. There can be shorts, and there may even be exposed wire. It proves to be imperative that you thoroughly inspect any basement areas that may contain electrical wiring. You can utilise a flashlight to inspect the area or do it using a special electrical-wiring inspection tool.

  1. Blown Out Fuses and Breakers 

The first aspect that you require to do when replacing electrical wiring in our house is to complete the wiring system. Is there any fuse that has blown out? If you cannot find the exact location of the blown fuse, look for its neighbors. In case multiple fuses are blowing, it’s probably time to replace the electrical wiring.

  1. Cracked & Damaged Insulation

The insulation on the wires also affects their lifespan. Insulation makes the wires conductive so that they don’t wear out easily. If the insulation is cracked or damaged, the wires will lose their conductivity and start to wear out soon. When to replace electrical wiring in our house depends on whether you want your wires to look new or want them to last longer. For sure, you would prefer to replace them when they look new.

SUMMING UP

Signs that you need to replace electrical wiring in your home will probably appear when you notice a serious problem with the wiring. It would be apt if you never tried to fix something that you do not fully understand. It proves to be better to err on the side of replacing than it is to repair. Keep in mind that your safety is also important when you are working with electrical equipment.

For any kind of electrical services across Leicestershire, connect with C&M Electrical Contractors. We have a team of experienced electrical contractors and we provide a huge range of electrical services from house rewiring to EICR for homes and businesses at the best price. Providing quality and excellence in work is our priority. Replacement of electrical wiring in your home can be made easy and safe with us.

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Old wiring can cause serious fire hazards and lead to injuries caused by electrocution. If you are looking to buy a house or a property that is more than 25 years old, then it is important to check that the electrical wiring is up to date.

The old wiring may prove to be dangerous and the demands of modern living may not be met with it.

Rewiring a home can cost a lot from 2,000 pounds to 5,000 pounds for an average house. And, the cost is not the only consideration. Rewiring a home will definitely cause some disruption, including the need to replaster walls after the work is finished.

Rewiring can be a difficult task. Be that as it may, old electrics can be hazardous and are the reason for fires, accidents, and deaths in the home every year. So, it isn’t something you should put off if you think it needs to be carried out. Examine the signs, and in case you’re concerned, have an electrical review done.

How to tell if your home needs rewiring

Persistent burning smell

If you sense a burning a smell and you haven’t burnt your food and the smell doesn’t go away, then it might be that your house needs rewiring. If you can identify the source of burning, turn off the power at the circuit and call an electrician immediately.

The odour is a distinctive smell of an electrical burn which is identical to that of fish.

Charred or discolored sockets or switches

Grey or brown marks on electrical sockets can be the result of tiny fires caused by loose wire connections inside the socket. This can cause little arcs of electricity and fire. Also, the absence of scorch marks doesn’t really mean that there is no problem. The arcing could be occurring in the wiring within the walls, which may not be noticeable on sight until an electrical inspection is done.

Flickering or dimming lights

If a light bulb is flickering or dimming it will be considered as a faulty bulb. On the other hand, there could be an electrical issue if you see that the lights in the other rooms are also flickering regularly. This needs to checked urgently.

Repeatedly blowing fuses

If the fuses blow regularly and randomly, this could be a sign that your house needs rewiring. However, it could simply be a defective electric appliance that is causing the problem. Be cautious though when it repeatedly happens and you can’t identify the faulty appliance, contact an electrician to have it checked out.

Hanging sockets

Hanging sockets will expose the wires and this can be very dangerous, especially if you have children or pets. Get an electrician to repair the socket and check the whole system quickly.

Electric shocks

If you get shocked by electricity, however small the impact was, when plugging in an appliance into the socket, then it needs to be checked urgently. Also, if there is a buzzing sound from a socket, get the electrician to check it out.

An old house

If your house is more than 25 years old and you’re not sure if it has been rewired, or if the switches, sockets, and fuse boxes are old. You should get an electrician to have it checked.

Electrical installation should be tested every 10 years if you own a home, and every 5 years if you rent a home.

What to expect during a rewiring process?

Are you planning for a renovation? Most probably rewiring of all or a part of your property may be needed. Building Regulations BS 7671, also referred to as the IET Wiring Regulations, should be followed by Electrical installations. This sets the principles for installation of the electricals in the UK. On the off chance that you are extending your home or changing over the garage or loft, all the new wiring will require to adjust to the most recent Building Regulations, and the current installations are upgraded to securely convey the extra load.

The rewiring process will be messy if you are living on the property. The process can be invasive and take between 5-8 days. A team of qualified electricians will be working in your home, starting at the roof working down.

You can minimize the mess when there is a clear understanding of your requirements at the outset, regular consultations, and open communication.

Moreover, it is fundamental that you plan this out cautiously, as circuit testers will frequently work quicker in an empty, calm environment, which implies you should be ready for all conditions. Additionally, your area in the UK can likewise affect the general expense on account of the regional contrasts in professionals’ costs.

Quite possibly the main thing to comprehend about rewiring is what constitutes a full house rewire, as there will be changes in sockets and cables just as wires. 

A full house overhaul is comprised of two phases: the main phase is typically finished before walls are placed and should be done without furniture or rugs in place, so on the off chance that you are moving into another property, we would advise that you have the property revamped before adding furniture, to dodge any future issues.

The subsequent phase is known as the “Second Fix” which is for the most part comprised of interfacing the electrics by fitting the switches, attachments, and lights. A fuse box/ consumer unit will likewise be connected.

Rewiring is a process to improve safety as well as present-day convenience – to add more switches and fittings for kitchen machines, home PCs, and TVs. In the event that you are selling an older property, a new overhaul can boost its appeal to purchasers.

In conclusion, as rewiring is a complex and conceivably risky work if done unprofessionally, it is crucial to use the right people for the job.

Request to see an electrician’s qualifications and verify whether they are enrolled with an association, for example, NICEIC or ELECSA. Additionally, get them to show you their public risk insurance so you have peace of mind that cover is there should anything turn out badly.

If you are a landlord or an estate agent and are looking for tailored electrical service in and across Leicestershire the C&M Electricals is the name you can trust on. We deal in various electrical services right from a minor maintenance work to rewiring to electrical installations etc.

Feel free to contact us for any kind of electrical work in a residential property or an industrial property.

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Old wiring can cause serious fire hazards and lead to injuries caused by electrocution. If you are looking to buy a house or a property that is more than 25 years old, then it is important to check that the electrical wiring is up to date.

The old wiring may prove to be dangerous and the demands of modern living may not be met with it.

Rewiring a home can cost a lot from 2,000 pounds to 5,000 pounds for an average house. And, the cost is not the only consideration. Rewiring a home will definitely cause some disruption, including the need to replaster walls after the work is finished.

Rewiring can be a difficult task. Be that as it may, old electrics can be hazardous and are the reason for fires, accidents, and deaths in the home every year. So, it isn’t something you should put off if you think it needs to be carried out. Examine the signs, and in case you’re concerned, have an electrical review done.

How to tell if your home needs rewiring

Persistent burning smell

If you sense a burning a smell and you haven’t burnt your food and the smell doesn’t go away, then it might be that your house needs rewiring. If you can identify the source of burning, turn off the power at the circuit and call an electrician immediately.

The odour is a distinctive smell of an electrical burn which is identical to that of fish.

Charred or discolored sockets or switches

Grey or brown marks on electrical sockets can be the result of tiny fires caused by loose wire connections inside the socket. This can cause little arcs of electricity and fire. Also, the absence of scorch marks doesn’t really mean that there is no problem. The arcing could be occurring in the wiring within the walls, which may not be noticeable on sight until an electrical inspection is done.

Flickering or dimming lights

If a light bulb is flickering or dimming it will be considered as a faulty bulb. On the other hand, there could be an electrical issue if you see that the lights in the other rooms are also flickering regularly. This needs to checked urgently.

Repeatedly blowing fuses

If the fuses blow regularly and randomly, this could be a sign that your house needs rewiring. However, it could simply be a defective electric appliance that is causing the problem. Be cautious though when it repeatedly happens and you can’t identify the faulty appliance, contact an electrician to have it checked out.

Hanging sockets

Hanging sockets will expose the wires and this can be very dangerous, especially if you have children or pets. Get an electrician to repair the socket and check the whole system quickly.

Electric shocks

If you get shocked by electricity, however small the impact was, when plugging in an appliance into the socket, then it needs to be checked urgently. Also, if there is a buzzing sound from a socket, get the electrician to check it out.

An old house

If your house is more than 25 years old and you’re not sure if it has been rewired, or if the switches, sockets, and fuse boxes are old. You should get an electrician to have it checked.

Electrical installation should be tested every 10 years if you own a home, and every 5 years if you rent a home.

What to expect during a rewiring process?

Are you planning for a renovation? Most probably rewiring of all or a part of your property may be needed. Building Regulations BS 7671, also referred to as the IET Wiring Regulations, should be followed by Electrical installations. This sets the principles for installation of the electricals in the UK. On the off chance that you are extending your home or changing over the garage or loft, all the new wiring will require to adjust to the most recent Building Regulations, and the current installations are upgraded to securely convey the extra load.

The rewiring process will be messy if you are living on the property. The process can be invasive and take between 5-8 days. A team of qualified electricians will be working in your home, starting at the roof working down.

You can minimize the mess when there is a clear understanding of your requirements at the outset, regular consultations, and open communication.

Moreover, it is fundamental that you plan this out cautiously, as circuit testers will frequently work quicker in an empty, calm environment, which implies you should be ready for all conditions. Additionally, your area in the UK can likewise affect the general expense on account of the regional contrasts in professionals’ costs.

Quite possibly the main thing to comprehend about rewiring is what constitutes a full house rewire, as there will be changes in sockets and cables just as wires. 

A full house overhaul is comprised of two phases: the main phase is typically finished before walls are placed and should be done without furniture or rugs in place, so on the off chance that you are moving into another property, we would advise that you have the property revamped before adding furniture, to dodge any future issues.

The subsequent phase is known as the “Second Fix” which is for the most part comprised of interfacing the electrics by fitting the switches, attachments, and lights. A fuse box/ consumer unit will likewise be connected.

Rewiring is a process to improve safety as well as present-day convenience – to add more switches and fittings for kitchen machines, home PCs, and TVs. In the event that you are selling an older property, a new overhaul can boost its appeal to purchasers.

In conclusion, as rewiring is a complex and conceivably risky work if done unprofessionally, it is crucial to use the right people for the job.

Request to see an electrician’s qualifications and verify whether they are enrolled with an association, for example, NICEIC or ELECSA. Additionally, get them to show you their public risk insurance so you have peace of mind that cover is there should anything turn out badly.

If you are a landlord or an estate agent and are looking for tailored electrical service in and across Leicestershire the C&M Electricals is the name you can trust on. We deal in various electrical services right from a minor maintenance work to rewiring to electrical installations etc.

Feel free to contact us for any kind of electrical work in a residential property or an industrial property.

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Electrical fittings are very important aspects to put in place when one is deciding on how best to carry out his interior decoration when he just moves into a new apartment or building. It is not only limited to just new occupants of a building but also to people who have decided to make a revamp of their interior decoration. When deciding on how you intend to arrange and fix your electrical lighting fittings in your home, you should bear in mind that you are about to showcase your stylishness and decoration sense. This is why it is important to know the different kinds of lights, where they fit into, and how they should be fixed to lighten up every aspect of your building. In this piece, we have taken our time to put together a simple but extensive guide on how best to make sure that your electrical lighting fittings at home are done in a proper way to lighten up your entire house.

Types of electrical light fittings for the home

When deciding on what type lighting or lighting fittings to use in your home, you should pay attention to the direction in which the door opens, where the windows, stairs, and fireplace are positioned. When these and other factors are put into consideration, you can easily decide if you just need a little more lighting or you have to install lighting that makes the room bright. Below are the different kinds of electrical fitting available to anyone who is trying to decide on how best to lighten his/her house.


Fixed electrical light fittings
It Can also be called Ambient, this light makes the room they are fixed feel as close to daylight as possible. The ambient light fixture when installed in a room lightens upmost part of the room to allow easy movement in and around the room. Examples of this kind of light fixture include;
Ceiling Dome/pendant lamp: like the name implies, this type of fixed lighting fittings hangs from the ceiling and dangles like a pendant does on a necklace. It is mostly placed in the middle of the room to give a clear focal point in the room examples include the chandeliers, shades, etc.
Outdoor lighting: this covers the aspect of security or having a cool and nice time in the backyard. They are usually of different brightness or dimness depending on what part you are placing them. Lights like the floodlights and halogen are usually used for the security light, while dimmer and cooler lights are fixed if they are to be fixed in the backyard for a cozy scenario.
Recessed light: unlike the pendant lamp, the recessed lights are fixed into the ceiling or other surface. When well arranged, they light up a room in a decorative way and light up the room with no central focal point. When choosing a recessed light, it is important to note that you are going to have to install more than one in a room to clearly light up the room.
Surface-mounted light: the surface mounted light is a combination of both the recessed and ceiling dome light. They are less conspicuous than the pendant lamp but more visible than the recessed light which makes it a hybrid kind of lamp. 


Free-standing light fittings
the free-standing lights act like complementary lights that help to light up the aspect of the house where the fixed lighting fixture fails to light up clearly. They provide a general lighting to the parts of the house that lights barely illuminate. Types of this kind of electrical fittings include the following.
Floor lamps and Table lamps: the floor and table lamps are essentially back-up lights to the main light. They are used to lighten up the dark corners of the house while also acting as a decorative measure to brighten up and style your home.
-Nightlight: this is usually a small light fixture that is placed in areas that might become are at a specific period. They are usually placed in spots to create comfort or convenience and also lighten up a small area of the room. The nightlight is used in places like the kids bedroom and to mark an emergency exit.


Special purpose lighting fixture
The special purpose lighting fixture is also known as the task light, and as it implies, they are placed to assist one in completing or carrying out a specific function in the home. Some of the task light can also be categorised under the free-standing light fittings. Other kinds of task lights include the flood light, background light, Christmas light, and Black light

Specific rooms and their advised electrical lighting fittings
Kitchen: the lighting of the kitchen is very complex but with the aid of a recessed/surface mounted lights coupled with special purposed lights would do the magic of lighting up your kitchen.
Entryway: you can never go wrong using a pendant light/chandelier; you can complement that light with table or floor lamps.
Living room: with the need for the living room to be brightly lit up, the living room hence, a combination of multiple recessed lights, a center placed pendant lights and table/floor lights depending on the style and arrangement you have chosen.
Bedroom: the bedroom needs a less harsh lighting up therefore, with the aid of an overhead light source like the surface mounted light coupled with a table lamp or a nightlight you can easily setup a cool, stylish, and cozy bedroom.
Bathroom: the bathroom needs a bright clear light and to do so, you need lights like a dome or recessed light, add a wall mounted light close to the mirror to help with looking at one’s reflection in the mirror.
Dining: one of the simplest rooms in the home to light up is the dinning. The main light that lights up the room should come from a center ceiling dome like the chandelier. Then extra free-standing lights can be used to light up dark areas not lit up by the ceiling dome placed above the dining table.

In conclusion, with the right amount of lighting in the home, the beauty and stylishness of the home can be enhanced. Knowing and having an idea of the style and outlay you intend to use when setting up or revamping your home would help in deciding which electrical lighting fixture you would want to use. C&M electrical contractors can help you lighten up your home the way you like it. We strive to give you quality work. Our team of professional is highly experienced and all the electricians are NICEIC approved. If you are looking to get your work done from the most reliable electrical contractors, then we are the ones. Experience a premium electrical service by Leicester based electrical contractors.

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Electrical fittings are very important aspects to put in place when one is deciding on how best to carry out his interior decoration when he just moves into a new apartment or building. It is not only limited to just new occupants of a building but also to people who have decided to make a revamp of their interior decoration. When deciding on how you intend to arrange and fix your electrical lighting fittings in your home, you should bear in mind that you are about to showcase your stylishness and decoration sense. This is why it is important to know the different kinds of lights, where they fit into, and how they should be fixed to lighten up every aspect of your building. In this piece, we have taken our time to put together a simple but extensive guide on how best to make sure that your electrical lighting fittings at home are done in a proper way to lighten up your entire house.

Types of electrical light fittings for the home

When deciding on what type lighting or lighting fittings to use in your home, you should pay attention to the direction in which the door opens, where the windows, stairs, and fireplace are positioned. When these and other factors are put into consideration, you can easily decide if you just need a little more lighting or you have to install lighting that makes the room bright. Below are the different kinds of electrical fitting available to anyone who is trying to decide on how best to lighten his/her house.


Fixed electrical light fittings
It Can also be called Ambient, this light makes the room they are fixed feel as close to daylight as possible. The ambient light fixture when installed in a room lightens upmost part of the room to allow easy movement in and around the room. Examples of this kind of light fixture include;
Ceiling Dome/pendant lamp: like the name implies, this type of fixed lighting fittings hangs from the ceiling and dangles like a pendant does on a necklace. It is mostly placed in the middle of the room to give a clear focal point in the room examples include the chandeliers, shades, etc.
Outdoor lighting: this covers the aspect of security or having a cool and nice time in the backyard. They are usually of different brightness or dimness depending on what part you are placing them. Lights like the floodlights and halogen are usually used for the security light, while dimmer and cooler lights are fixed if they are to be fixed in the backyard for a cozy scenario.
Recessed light: unlike the pendant lamp, the recessed lights are fixed into the ceiling or other surface. When well arranged, they light up a room in a decorative way and light up the room with no central focal point. When choosing a recessed light, it is important to note that you are going to have to install more than one in a room to clearly light up the room.
Surface-mounted light: the surface mounted light is a combination of both the recessed and ceiling dome light. They are less conspicuous than the pendant lamp but more visible than the recessed light which makes it a hybrid kind of lamp. 


Free-standing light fittings
the free-standing lights act like complementary lights that help to light up the aspect of the house where the fixed lighting fixture fails to light up clearly. They provide a general lighting to the parts of the house that lights barely illuminate. Types of this kind of electrical fittings include the following.
Floor lamps and Table lamps: the floor and table lamps are essentially back-up lights to the main light. They are used to lighten up the dark corners of the house while also acting as a decorative measure to brighten up and style your home.
-Nightlight: this is usually a small light fixture that is placed in areas that might become are at a specific period. They are usually placed in spots to create comfort or convenience and also lighten up a small area of the room. The nightlight is used in places like the kids bedroom and to mark an emergency exit.


Special purpose lighting fixture
The special purpose lighting fixture is also known as the task light, and as it implies, they are placed to assist one in completing or carrying out a specific function in the home. Some of the task light can also be categorised under the free-standing light fittings. Other kinds of task lights include the flood light, background light, Christmas light, and Black light

Specific rooms and their advised electrical lighting fittings
Kitchen: the lighting of the kitchen is very complex but with the aid of a recessed/surface mounted lights coupled with special purposed lights would do the magic of lighting up your kitchen.
Entryway: you can never go wrong using a pendant light/chandelier; you can complement that light with table or floor lamps.
Living room: with the need for the living room to be brightly lit up, the living room hence, a combination of multiple recessed lights, a center placed pendant lights and table/floor lights depending on the style and arrangement you have chosen.
Bedroom: the bedroom needs a less harsh lighting up therefore, with the aid of an overhead light source like the surface mounted light coupled with a table lamp or a nightlight you can easily setup a cool, stylish, and cozy bedroom.
Bathroom: the bathroom needs a bright clear light and to do so, you need lights like a dome or recessed light, add a wall mounted light close to the mirror to help with looking at one’s reflection in the mirror.
Dining: one of the simplest rooms in the home to light up is the dinning. The main light that lights up the room should come from a center ceiling dome like the chandelier. Then extra free-standing lights can be used to light up dark areas not lit up by the ceiling dome placed above the dining table.

In conclusion, with the right amount of lighting in the home, the beauty and stylishness of the home can be enhanced. Knowing and having an idea of the style and outlay you intend to use when setting up or revamping your home would help in deciding which electrical lighting fixture you would want to use. C&M electrical contractors can help you lighten up your home the way you like it. We strive to give you quality work. Our team of professional is highly experienced and all the electricians are NICEIC approved. If you are looking to get your work done from the most reliable electrical contractors, then we are the ones. Experience a premium electrical service by Leicester based electrical contractors.

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Rewiring a house in Leicestershire is a comprehensive job that requires certified and trustworthy electricians. With that in mind, most homeowners want to know how much it really costs to rewire their entire home.

While the question is straightforward, the answer is far from that assumption. Rewiring your entire home is a big job that requires a significant and adequate budget to get done professionally.

Moreover, there isn’t a standard amount of how much it really costs to rewire your entire Leicestershire home. That’s because all houses are not the same, which means that the total amount needed to rewire an entire house in Leicestershire varies from house to house.

Factors that Affect the Costs of Rewiring a House in Leicestershire

As explained earlier, there are different factors that will affect the cost of rewiring your house. Such factors include the size of your house, needed upgrades, and the material costs, among other essentials things.

Here, we look at some of the most common factors that determine the final budget of how much it really costs to rewire an entire house in Leicestershire. That’s said, below are the cost factors that impact home rewiring:

The Size of Your Home

This is the first and most significant factor when it comes to the budget needed to rewire your home. The square footage of your home must, in one way or the other impact the total costs of rewiring it. First, a large house will ultimately have more wiring inside to remove and replace during the process.

Therefore, the job of rewiring such a house will definitely require more labour and materials to complete it in the right time. This means that the price of rewiring such a house is higher than when compared to a smaller house.

Materials Needed

When rewiring an entire home in Leicestershire, the following are some of the materials needed for the job:

· Amp service

· New outlets

· Brand new dimmers or switches

· Lighting fixtures

· And Copper wiring

Of course, these might not be all your house needs. Thus, a professional electrician will go over your rewiring needs before determining what materials will be necessary for the wiring.

However, the costs of the materials needed to rewire your home will depend on the size of your house. The bigger its size the more electrical materials you will need for rewiring, which ultimately raises the costs.

Quality Of Electrical Fixtures

Some electrical fixtures are of the highest quality. You can buy them, and they will work towards making you realize the best experience. Take time to research and know the high-quality fixtures you can get. It is advantageous for you to get high-quality fixtures as it will make your house safe and attractive. Apart from the fixtures, you should also check out the brands. Some brands are expensive, but they will last longer.

Having along lasting electrical fixtures makes it possible to get the best results of your house rewiring process.

The Labour Needed

The labour needed is another factor that significantly determines the cost of rewiring a house in Leicestershire. When hiring labour, you’ll have to consider their level of expertise.

It will cost you more if you hire a master licensed electrician as opposed to hiring electrical labour from an apprentice. Similarly, the number of electricians who will be working on your rewiring project will play a part in determining the costs.

Therefore, you need to ascertain the level of electricians you want to work on the rewiring project, and how many will be enough to ascertain the final budget.

The Current Condition of Your Home’s Electrical Fixtures

When rewiring your Leicestershire home, electricians may have to replace more things in your wiring system than you could have expected. For instance, if your home’s light fixtures aren’t compatible with the new wiring, they have to get replaced regardless of their condition.

The same applies to every other electrical fixture present in your home during the rewiring process. Therefore, the more electrical fixtures replaced the more it will cost you to rewire your house.

Accessibility of Wiring

Lastly, it is easier to rewire or wire a house that is still under construction with open walls. That’s because the electricians responsible for the job will have easy access to the wiring system in the house.

Therefore, replacing any electrical fixtures and installing new ones will cost you less. On the other hand, rewiring a house with fitted walls requires the electrician to drill through the wall to find the wiring system. This will definitely cost you more.

How much does it cost to rewire a house in Leicestershire?

Here are some of the approximate costs of different house sizes in Leicestershire:

  • 1 Bedroom: One bedroomed house will cost between £1900-£3000. In one bedroom house, you will have to buy several electrical appliances like a fuse, wire, box etc. The professional will charge the labour fees, among other charges, when carrying out the house rewiring project.
  • 2 Bedroom: Rewiring of two-bedroomed houses can be done in £2300-£3500. You are expected to pay more when you go for a two-bedroom house instead of one bedroom for several reasons. For example, for a two-bedroom house, you will have to pay an additional amount for more fixtures and labour.
  • Similarly, the cost of rewiring a 3 bedroom, 4 bedroom and 5 bedroom house will be £3000-£4500, £3700-£5500, and £5500-£6500 respectively.

Why electrical services from C&M Electrical Contractors?

As you have seen, there are multiple factors that play a part in determining the final rewiring costs of your home. That said, at C&M Electrical Contractors, we provide home rewiring services at the best prices in Leicestershire.

Our goal is to deliver only the best to our clients depending on their preferences and budget allocation. With us, you can rest assured of a good rewiring project in your Leicestershire home.

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Rewiring a house in Leicestershire is a comprehensive job that requires certified and trustworthy electricians. With that in mind, most homeowners want to know how much it really costs to rewire their entire home.

While the question is straightforward, the answer is far from that assumption. Rewiring your entire home is a big job that requires a significant and adequate budget to get done professionally.

Moreover, there isn’t a standard amount of how much it really costs to rewire your entire Leicestershire home. That’s because all houses are not the same, which means that the total amount needed to rewire an entire house in Leicestershire varies from house to house.

Factors that Affect the Costs of Rewiring a House in Leicestershire

As explained earlier, there are different factors that will affect the cost of rewiring your house. Such factors include the size of your house, needed upgrades, and the material costs, among other essentials things.

Here, we look at some of the most common factors that determine the final budget of how much it really costs to rewire an entire house in Leicestershire. That’s said, below are the cost factors that impact home rewiring:

The Size of Your Home

This is the first and most significant factor when it comes to the budget needed to rewire your home. The square footage of your home must, in one way or the other impact the total costs of rewiring it. First, a large house will ultimately have more wiring inside to remove and replace during the process.

Therefore, the job of rewiring such a house will definitely require more labour and materials to complete it in the right time. This means that the price of rewiring such a house is higher than when compared to a smaller house.

Materials Needed

When rewiring an entire home in Leicestershire, the following are some of the materials needed for the job:

· Amp service

· New outlets

· Brand new dimmers or switches

· Lighting fixtures

· And Copper wiring

Of course, these might not be all your house needs. Thus, a professional electrician will go over your rewiring needs before determining what materials will be necessary for the wiring.

However, the costs of the materials needed to rewire your home will depend on the size of your house. The bigger its size the more electrical materials you will need for rewiring, which ultimately raises the costs.

Quality Of Electrical Fixtures

Some electrical fixtures are of the highest quality. You can buy them, and they will work towards making you realize the best experience. Take time to research and know the high-quality fixtures you can get. It is advantageous for you to get high-quality fixtures as it will make your house safe and attractive. Apart from the fixtures, you should also check out the brands. Some brands are expensive, but they will last longer.

Having along lasting electrical fixtures makes it possible to get the best results of your house rewiring process.

The Labour Needed

The labour needed is another factor that significantly determines the cost of rewiring a house in Leicestershire. When hiring labour, you’ll have to consider their level of expertise.

It will cost you more if you hire a master licensed electrician as opposed to hiring electrical labour from an apprentice. Similarly, the number of electricians who will be working on your rewiring project will play a part in determining the costs.

Therefore, you need to ascertain the level of electricians you want to work on the rewiring project, and how many will be enough to ascertain the final budget.

The Current Condition of Your Home’s Electrical Fixtures

When rewiring your Leicestershire home, electricians may have to replace more things in your wiring system than you could have expected. For instance, if your home’s light fixtures aren’t compatible with the new wiring, they have to get replaced regardless of their condition.

The same applies to every other electrical fixture present in your home during the rewiring process. Therefore, the more electrical fixtures replaced the more it will cost you to rewire your house.

Accessibility of Wiring

Lastly, it is easier to rewire or wire a house that is still under construction with open walls. That’s because the electricians responsible for the job will have easy access to the wiring system in the house.

Therefore, replacing any electrical fixtures and installing new ones will cost you less. On the other hand, rewiring a house with fitted walls requires the electrician to drill through the wall to find the wiring system. This will definitely cost you more.

How much does it cost to rewire a house in Leicestershire?

Here are some of the approximate costs of different house sizes in Leicestershire:

  • 1 Bedroom: One bedroomed house will cost between £1900-£3000. In one bedroom house, you will have to buy several electrical appliances like a fuse, wire, box etc. The professional will charge the labour fees, among other charges, when carrying out the house rewiring project.
  • 2 Bedroom: Rewiring of two-bedroomed houses can be done in £2300-£3500. You are expected to pay more when you go for a two-bedroom house instead of one bedroom for several reasons. For example, for a two-bedroom house, you will have to pay an additional amount for more fixtures and labour.
  • Similarly, the cost of rewiring a 3 bedroom, 4 bedroom and 5 bedroom house will be £3000-£4500, £3700-£5500, and £5500-£6500 respectively.

Why electrical services from C&M Electrical Contractors?

As you have seen, there are multiple factors that play a part in determining the final rewiring costs of your home. That said, at C&M Electrical Contractors, we provide home rewiring services at the best prices in Leicestershire.

Our goal is to deliver only the best to our clients depending on their preferences and budget allocation. With us, you can rest assured of a good rewiring project in your Leicestershire home.

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As a landlord, part of the regular inspections you do in your property should go to electrical installations. We all know that faulty electrical installations pose a major risk of fires, electrical shocks and irreversible injuries to people accessing the property.

The government on learning about the risk some landlords who fail to maintain secure, safe and quality accommodation pose to their tenants have set standards and regulations to curb this. In terms of electrical installations, it is now a legal requirement for landlords in England to ensure that their property’s electrical installation is maintained in the safest condition possible.

If you are a Landlord in the UK, you should be aware that the government has set electrical safety regulations to:

• Ensure that with the help of a certified and registered electrician, you inspect the electrical wiring, plug sockets, fuse boxes or consumer units, the light fittings and other fixed electrical components in your rented property after every 5 years. This does not lock out inspections before this period ends, that your electrician feels are necessary.

• Confirm that national electrical safety standards are met throughout the period that a tenant occupies your property.

• Ensure that an (EICR) is submitted to the relevant body in the national government, local council and tenant if needed.

All these electrical safety regulations apply to all landlords in England and aim to provide a safe living environment for all the people who access the rental property. On doing the inspection, you should take the initiative of fixing any serious or minor defects detected in the electrical installation of your property. All the electrical works done to reduce the hazards must also be included by the certified electrician, in the EICR. If there are no defects, the results of the electrical testing should also be recorded in the EICR.

So what exactly is an EICR?


EICR is the contraction of the Electrical Installation Condition Report, a formal document that is drafted following an assessment of the electrical installation condition in a property. A qualified and registered electrician should do the inspection and the drafting of the EICR.

Although the EICRs were not compulsory for landlords before, it is now a legal requirement in the private rented sector. You now must produce this document on inspection of your electrical installation every 5 years unless your qualified electrician advises you to do it sooner. Since there are penalties for non-compliant landlords, it would be best to complete EICR at least one month before it is required.

Although many landlords may take this seriously now because it is a legal requirement, you should know that EICR brings to you and your tenants’ peace of mind knowing that the property is electrically safe. Again, since many tenants now ask for this formal document before they agree to settle in a property, it goes a long way in determining your rental houses’ level of occupancy and hence your overall rental income.

The goals of the EICR are:


• To record the results of an inspection done by a registered electrician on you rental houses and to make sure that the electrical installations done there are safe to be used by the tenants until the next inspection is carried. This includes any repairs done during the inspection.

• To check for damages in the form of wear and tear in the fixed electrical installations that might affect tenants’ safety or the safety of any other person accessing the property.

• To find any component of the electrical installation that does not meet the IET wiring regulations.

• To identify any part in the electrical installation that may cause high temperatures or electrical shocks.

• To provide a record of the installations done at the time of the inspection and to provide a reference for the inspections that will be done in the future.

What to do if your property fails an EICR inspection?

In a case where there is a breach of safety standard as per the regulations of EICR, the fault should be identified by a certified electrician and it should be further investigated or fixed by a certified electrician within 28 days. Once all the work gets completed, there are certain things that need to be done by the landlord:

  • The landlord must obtain written confirmation from a certified electrician that the work has been carried out as per the electrical safety standards or all the safety requirements have been met and no further work is required.
  • Submit the written confirmation along with the copy of the original report specifying the work required to the local housing authority within 28 of completion of work.
  • Provide each resident of the property with the same written confirmation and the original report also within 28 days of completion of work.

This process must be repeated until all the electrical safety standards are completely satisfied.

The most straightforward way to stay on the safe side in the eyes of the tenants, your local authority and the government as a whole is hiring a certified electrician for all your electrical needs.

In this regard, we believe that at C&M Electrical Contractors, we have all it takes to be the most reliable electrical contractor in England, UK you can pick today. We pride ourselves in providing the best electrical services for homes and offices in and around Leicestershire at very competitive prices in the current market. Our team of qualified and experienced electricians performs the job with perfection to make sure you do not face any problem in the future. Please choose us and experience what premium electrical services in all the stages of design, installation inspection, and preparation of EICR means.

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As a landlord, part of the regular inspections you do in your property should go to electrical installations. We all know that faulty electrical installations pose a major risk of fires, electrical shocks and irreversible injuries to people accessing the property.

The government on learning about the risk some landlords who fail to maintain secure, safe and quality accommodation pose to their tenants have set standards and regulations to curb this. In terms of electrical installations, it is now a legal requirement for landlords in England to ensure that their property’s electrical installation is maintained in the safest condition possible.

If you are a Landlord in the UK, you should be aware that the government has set electrical safety regulations to:

• Ensure that with the help of a certified and registered electrician, you inspect the electrical wiring, plug sockets, fuse boxes or consumer units, the light fittings and other fixed electrical components in your rented property after every 5 years. This does not lock out inspections before this period ends, that your electrician feels are necessary.

• Confirm that national electrical safety standards are met throughout the period that a tenant occupies your property.

• Ensure that an (EICR) is submitted to the relevant body in the national government, local council and tenant if needed.

All these electrical safety regulations apply to all landlords in England and aim to provide a safe living environment for all the people who access the rental property. On doing the inspection, you should take the initiative of fixing any serious or minor defects detected in the electrical installation of your property. All the electrical works done to reduce the hazards must also be included by the certified electrician, in the EICR. If there are no defects, the results of the electrical testing should also be recorded in the EICR.

So what exactly is an EICR?


EICR is the contraction of the Electrical Installation Condition Report, a formal document that is drafted following an assessment of the electrical installation condition in a property. A qualified and registered electrician should do the inspection and the drafting of the EICR.

Although the EICRs were not compulsory for landlords before, it is now a legal requirement in the private rented sector. You now must produce this document on inspection of your electrical installation every 5 years unless your qualified electrician advises you to do it sooner. Since there are penalties for non-compliant landlords, it would be best to complete EICR at least one month before it is required.

Although many landlords may take this seriously now because it is a legal requirement, you should know that EICR brings to you and your tenants’ peace of mind knowing that the property is electrically safe. Again, since many tenants now ask for this formal document before they agree to settle in a property, it goes a long way in determining your rental houses’ level of occupancy and hence your overall rental income.

The goals of the EICR are:


• To record the results of an inspection done by a registered electrician on you rental houses and to make sure that the electrical installations done there are safe to be used by the tenants until the next inspection is carried. This includes any repairs done during the inspection.

• To check for damages in the form of wear and tear in the fixed electrical installations that might affect tenants’ safety or the safety of any other person accessing the property.

• To find any component of the electrical installation that does not meet the IET wiring regulations.

• To identify any part in the electrical installation that may cause high temperatures or electrical shocks.

• To provide a record of the installations done at the time of the inspection and to provide a reference for the inspections that will be done in the future.

What to do if your property fails an EICR inspection?

In a case where there is a breach of safety standard as per the regulations of EICR, the fault should be identified by a certified electrician and it should be further investigated or fixed by a certified electrician within 28 days. Once all the work gets completed, there are certain things that need to be done by the landlord:

  • The landlord must obtain written confirmation from a certified electrician that the work has been carried out as per the electrical safety standards or all the safety requirements have been met and no further work is required.
  • Submit the written confirmation along with the copy of the original report specifying the work required to the local housing authority within 28 of completion of work.
  • Provide each resident of the property with the same written confirmation and the original report also within 28 days of completion of work.

This process must be repeated until all the electrical safety standards are completely satisfied.

The most straightforward way to stay on the safe side in the eyes of the tenants, your local authority and the government as a whole is hiring a certified electrician for all your electrical needs.

In this regard, we believe that at C&M Electrical Contractors, we have all it takes to be the most reliable electrical contractor in England, UK you can pick today. We pride ourselves in providing the best electrical services for homes and offices in and around Leicestershire at very competitive prices in the current market. Our team of qualified and experienced electricians performs the job with perfection to make sure you do not face any problem in the future. Please choose us and experience what premium electrical services in all the stages of design, installation inspection, and preparation of EICR means.

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