September 2019 / 15 posts found

Garden Lighting in Wakefield

by ElectricBluContractors
Garden Lighting in Wakefield – enjoy your garden to the fullest Your garden has so much potential – it is now often regarded as another room in your home.  A popular option over the last few years has been people opting for decking in their gardens: it is low maintenance, versatile and allows friends to congregate in one area.  There is also the possibility of stylish lighting being added that can both accentuate the features and provide illumination for using your garden after dark. Consider Garden Lighting in Wakefield….. Decking lighting – and indeed other forms of garden lighting, whether lighting to sheds and […]

Regulations in the UK for Electrical Contractors

by ElectricBluContractors
Regulations in the UK for Electrical Contractors There are a number of different regulations which apply to Electricians and Electrical Contractors in the UK.  Each of these regulations affects a different part of the work which an electrical contractor would do.  We will look at each of these below and discuss which part of an electrical contractors work would be affected by each of these regulations. BS7671 – Requirements for Electrical Installations (latest edition 2018) The “Requirements For Electrical Installations” are otherwise called BS7671 or more colloquially as ‘the regs’. This is a set of regulations which cover the selection, installation & […]

E7 – Economy 7 Storage Heaters – What Are They & How Best To Use Them

by ElectricBluContractors
What is an Economy 7 Storage Heater? Economy 7 (E7) Storage Heaters are a type of heater that ‘stores heat’ generated when electricity is cheaper.  The stored heat is then released into the room.  Most storage heaters have controls so you can alter the rate at which the heat is gradually released back into the room. This type of supply was very popular years ago when many homes had dual supplies.  A ’24 hour’ supply is used for lights & sockets within the property, whilst the storage heaters run on an ‘off-peak’ supply.  The “off-peak electricity” is normally supplied between […]

Condition Of Insulation Of Live Parts

by ElectricBluContractors
Condition Of Insulation Of Live Parts If your recent homebuyer / landlord report has flagged an issue for “Condition Of Insulation Of Live Parts” then you may be wondering what all this means? Many other electricians fail to provide any real detail (or if possible, pictures) with their electrical reports. As such, it can often feel like Double Dutch to the person ordering the report. Read on for a breakdown of what this fault is, and the general causes behind it. Give yourself a quick refresher on the basic construction of a cable before looking through this, CLICK HERE This […]

Denhale ARC – Sports Hall LED Lighting Upgrade

by ElectricBluContractors
Disability Sport Yorkshire, Denhale ARC As the main hall at Denhale ARC is an active sports hall, it is used by a wide variety of local users, for an even wider variety of activities and sports. Now obviously the type of light to be fitted in these circumstances requires some careful thought: The staff need to be able to alter the light levels in the hall as different activities require different light levels The lights to be fitted must give off high levels of light, together with an even spread and accurate colour rendering A number of the existing fittings […]

Changing to Electric Cooker from Gas

by ElectricBluContractors
Change to Electric Cooker from Gas So you’ve decided to ditch your gas cooker in favour of an electric model. But before you rush out and buy a new electric cooker, are you sure you have the correct connection point to change your gas cooker to electric? Most people make the mistake of thinking since your gas cooker plugs in for the ignition, upgrading to an electric cooker is a simple straightforward swap. Unfortunately it is often not this easy, electric cookers need a much higher current supply than an equivalent gas cooker would for just the ignition. Electric Cooker […]

What Does The 18th Edition Mean to Landlords?

by ElectricBluContractors
What Does The 18th Edition Mean to Landlords? *** If you have come across this page searching for the latest landlord electrical regulations (specifically regarding electrical inspections) then please visit our one stop guide to the updates at our site here: Guide to the Landlord Electrical Regulations 2019 18th Edition BS7671 & Landlords f you are a landlord you may (or may not?) have heard that the 18th edition to the wiring regulations were introduced in 2018. Whilst the 18th edition of BS7671 (the UK wiring regulations) was actually released on 2nd July 2018, the date after which new installations have […]

Landlord Smoke Alarm Regulations 2019

by ElectricBluContractors
Landlord Smoke Alarm Regulations 2019 Are you a landlord? Confused by all the conflicting stories about what you do and don’t need to do with regards installing smoke alarms in your properties? We’ll boil down the Landlord Smoke Alarm Regulations in the UK into easier to digest chunks. Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations The “Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm Regulations 2015” were introduced after a number of fatal fires in the Private Rental Sector (PRS). Becoming law in October 2015, this now places legal requirements on PRS landlords to: Have a working smoke alarm on each habitable floor within the property […]

It’s Been In The Cupboard For Months – How Do You Know Your Fan Is Safe For Use?

by ElectricBluContractors
Your fan could have been stored away for months – you go to plug it in without a second thought, but how do you know your fan is safe for use? So it’s been an absolute scorcher this last few weeks with record beating temperatures across the UK! I’m going to guess a lot of you have gotten your fans out from the cupboard and plugged them in without much thought. Can you be sure that, from an electrical point of view, your fan is safe for use? If they have been sat at the back of the cupboard with […]

Is LED Lighting Confusion Costing You Money?

by ElectricBluContractors
Is confusion over LED lighting costing you money? For quite some time now I have been having discussions with clients about the benefits of LED lighting/bulbs. The conversation usually revolves around themes like the following: LEDs are for toys you don’t get enough light from them How can you justify telling me to pay £10 for an LED bulb when I can buy a pack of 5 from my local DIY store for less? How does less wattage compare to a normal bulb?  What is the equivalent bulb to fit? I hope that the information in this blog  will clear up […]