Kitchen & bathroom electrics do require some reasonable planning in order to get right. There are also a number of safety considerations where kitchen and bathroom electrics are concerned, which is why all our electricians work to 17th edition BSi standards.
Kitchen & Bathroom Electrics – things to consider
When having a new kitchen and or bathroom you should first consider is whether the existing fuse board is adequate for the new circuits or alterations you are planning. If your fuse board is more than 5 years old, it may need upgrading or changing to meet the latest 17th Edition BSi standards.
In a kitchen you need to think about positions of sockets and switches, especially for your appliances like washing machines, dryers, fridges and dishwashers. Many kitchens do not have enough space behind these appliances for the sockets to be located there, so the sockets may need putting in a cupboard to the side (your kitchen fitter will be able to tell you this and is an important question to ask them!)
Also think about the amount of appliances you will be having on your work tops to make sure you have enough sockets it is always better to have more than you need as once the job is complete it is difficult to add more and can often cause disruptions to tiles, plaster and decoration.
Do you want spot lights under counter lights and plinth lights to give your kitchen that wow factor and a better lit functional working space? A quick survey from a competent electrician can help you decide all this and give you the professional advice that you will need.
Bathroom electrics are pretty much limited to lighting, electric showers, extractor fans and shaver points (also good for your charging electric toothbrushes) due to the volatile relationship between electricity and water!
Things to consider are where lighting, fans, electric showers and shaver points need to be. As an example, where is your sink going to be located and will you be having a integrated mirror/lighting set-up, or will you be having a light above the mirror? Again, once the bathroom has been tiled and decorated, it can be quite disruptive if you need electrical points or lighting to be moved.
Lighting in bathrooms also needs to be IP65 rated
, so if you are supplying your own lights it is a good idea to check that the lights meet this standard.
WBES Electricians will be happy to discuss any requirement you have and provide free, no obligation advice. Call us on 07718 278987