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Latest Landlord Electrical Regulations 2020 – Complete Top Guide

by ElectricBluContractors
There has been a lot of speculation lately regarding changes to Landlord Electrical Regulations in 2019 / 2020. The confusion has only been made worse by the fact that there has been very little “official guide” to what has (or indeed, will end up) changed. We are a local electrician in Wakefield, and we specialise in helping local landlords. When the regulations change, we need to be abreast of the latest electrical regulations, specifically those affecting landlords and the rental sector. Some of the new landlord electrical regulations have yet to be introduced properly. We intend this to be a […]

EICR unearths random finding!

by ElectricBluContractors
EICR Unearths Random Finding: Following on from our first post Hello Wakefield!, we thought we’d give you a quick update on what we’ve been upto when an EICR unearths a random finding Today saw us completing an EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) sometimes better known as a Landlord Report for a local estate agent customer. This is an area of work we specialise in, now having completed literally hundreds on behalf of some of the most prestigious estate agents and private landlords in the local area. The property in question was a local 2 bed semi, very well presented and, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Landlord Smoke Alarm Regulations 2020

by ElectricBluContractors
Landlord Smoke Alarm Regulations 2020 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]