General Electrical FAQs
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LED lights greatly reduce the amount of electricity used, and they emit very low levels of heat compared to traditional halogen lights. They are also widely considered to be more aesthetic than traditional lighting fixtures. There are a lot of LED lights on the market these days, but we are very familiar with the options and what would be a great solution if you are considering upgrading your old lighting.
Your switchboard is the central point where electricity from the grid enters your premises and is distributed to various circuits. If your switchboard is more than 10 years old, it is advisable to have it inspected to ensure it is still safe. If not, it needs to be made safe, which usually means a switchboard upgrade is required.
An RCD is a safety circuit, which is designed to prevent you from getting a fatal electric shock if you touch something live. It can also provide some protection against electrical fires. RCDs offer a level of personal protection that ordinary fuses and circuit-breakers cannot provide.
Electric shocks can happen very easily if you touch not only the electrical cabling, but appliances with metal parts can become live under fault conditions. So it is very important to ensure you have RCD protected circuits on all cirucits within your home or business, to prevent this happening.
A circuit breaker is designed to protect the electrical cabling only, in a fault situation. To protect a person who come into contact with live parts you need a Residual Current Device (RCD), or a Residual Current Circuit Breaker with Overcurrent protection (RCBO) (a combination of an RCD and circuit breaker in one) in your switchboard.
Power circuits usually have multiple powerpoints connected to them. In many instances we are able to add extra powerpoints to an existing circut. There are some cases where we need to add a new power circuit before we can add new powerpoints, to ensure that there are not too many powerpoints on the one circuit.
Pools and spas required a dedicated circuit for operation and are not able to be connected to an existing ordinary powerpoint.
No. There are no circumstamces where any electrical work can be done by anyone other than a qualified and licenced electrician. To do so risks your personal safety and the safety of others, and it may also compromise any warranties or insurances you have in place. You may also have trouble selling your property if you cannot show that electrical works have been certified.
Yes. In fact we recommend replacing old halogen lights with LED down lights – you will use less electricity, omit less heat, and they look great!