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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 […]

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 […]

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 & […]

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 […]

Landlord Electrical Services in Wakefield

by ElectricBluContractors
Landlord Electrical Services in Wakefield If you own a rental property in the Wakefield area, you know that keeping on top of electrical maintenance is important. It’s more than just replacing a light switch when the tenant reports a fault, it’s complying with your legal obligations regarding property safety. The Private Rental Sector (PRS) has a number of particular and detailed requirements to electrical safety which can often be complex and difficult to understand. You need someone who you can trust to supply the right advice to ensure that you understand your obligations, without blinding you with science and trying […]

Guide to the Latest Landlord Electrical Regulations 2019

by ElectricBluContractors
Guide to the Latest Landlord Electrical Regulations 2019 There has been a lot of speculation lately regarding changes to Landlord Electrical Regulations in 2019. 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. Together with a number of other regulatory changes around the private rental sector, being a landlord means you need knowledge of a wide variety of different topics. As such, clear advice from experts in the field is what you need. We are a local electrician in Wakefield, and we […]

Thermal Damage to Cable Insulation

by ElectricBluContractors
Thermal Damage to Cable Insulation Did you have an EICR (otherwise known as a landlord/homebuyer report) completed and you received a code indicating that you have “Thermal Damage to Cable Insulation”? You may have been left wondering what exactly this means and how best to approach repairing the thermal damage to the cable insulation. If your electrician has failed to explain, or ideally attach photos to the electrical report, then our blog post should help clear things up. What Causes Thermal Damage to Cable Insulation? Whilst the title of the issue may give some clue as to the cause of the […]

Kitchen Electrical Installation

by ElectricBluContractors
Kitchen Electrical Installation Have you considered the ins and outs of your Kitchen Electrical Installation when you are thinking of upgrading your home? If you are having a new kitchen installed, it is highly likely that at least some part of your kitchen electrics will need altering or upgrading. We have seen plenty of times during our works throughout Wakefield that the customer has failed to plan what they will need. This has caused disruption and delays to the kitchen fitting schedule. If you want to avoid any potential problems with your kitchen project, it is best to create a […]

When Do I Need A Landlord Electrical Report?

by ElectricBluContractors
When Do I Need A Landlord Electrical Report? A common question asked by many in the private rental sector is: When Do I Need A Landlord Electrical Report? A landlord electrical report, more correctly known as an EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) is an important document relating to the safety of the electrics within your rental property. However there is a lot of confusion about when one is needed, and how often they need to be “redone” So if you have been wondering: When do I need a Landlord Electrical Report? read our guide to see the full answer What […]