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Safety checks on electrical installations

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Electrical installations should be regularly inspected and tested to ensure that they are safe to use. As with anything, electrical installations are subject to wear and tear and can deteriorate over time. Safety checks on electrical installations are vital to keep your home or business premises safe, and to prevent injury or fire.

Periodic inspection and testing – as these safety checks are known – must be carried out by a registered and approved electrician who will produce an Electrical Condition Report (EICR) at the end of it. This shows that the electrical installations meet the required British standard for safety, BS7671.

The inspection should be carried out every ten years for a house which is occupied by its owner and every five years for rented accommodation. But if you’re planning to buy, sell or let a property, you should have one carried out.

Businesses should arrange for inspection and testing to be undertaken at their premises every five years.

The inspection should include tests on wiring and fixed electrical equipment. It will look at areas such as the switchgear and controlgear, the switches, sockets and light fittings, and the wiring system.

It will take note of any changes of use at the premises that have affected the safety risk, as well as the suitability of identification and signage.

What is an Electrical Condition Report (EICR)?

This will be produced at the end of the inspection and will give detailed information on the condition of the electrics in the property.

It will include any damage, defects or deterioration within the electrical installations. Electric shock and fire risks will be identified, along with overloading of circuits or equipment, and a lack of earthing or bonding. Faulty or incorrect electrical work will also be highlighted.

The report will also indicate any areas that do not comply with British safety standards. Should anything dangerous be found, the electrical installation will be deemed unsatisfactory and action will be required to eradicate the risks from the property.

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Should you invest in LED lighting in your home?

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LED lighting has been touted as the future of domestic lighting because of the range of benefits it offers. And with technology developing in recent years to eradicate initial problems such as high prices and low light output, switching to LEDs is now?a viable option for many homeowners.

So should you invest in LED (light emitting diode) lighting in your home? Read on to find out if it’s time for you to make the switch.

It can save you money

Lighting makes up around a fifth of an average household’s electricity bill. An initial investment in LEDs is more costly than other forms of lighting, although LEDs are now much more affordable than they used to be. But you save money in the long term on electricity bills and replacement bulbs because of the energy efficiency and longer lifespan of LEDs.

It’s?better for the environment

There are several environmental benefits to using LED lightbulbs.

Firstly, they’re much more energy efficient than other forms of lighting. This is important because they reduce your electricity bills but also have a lower impact on the environment.

In the past the most popular lighting has been standard light bulbs, otherwise known as incandescent lamps. A more energy efficient version of these has been developed called compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), which use 60-80% less energy. There are also halogen bulbs which use 20-30% less energy than incandescent bulbs.

But, even so, LEDs are still better when it comes to energy efficiency. They last an average of 50,000 hours and use up to 90 per cent less energy than CFLs to produce the same amount of light.

Another benefit of LED lights is that they don’t contain toxic materials such as mercury, unlike regular energy-saving bulbs. This means they are safer for use around the home, less harmful to the environment and fully recyclable.

The long lifespan of LED lightbulbs means wastage is reduced, and their low power usage makes them ideal for use in areas and homes that use solar panels.


LEDs emit very little heat, meaning that they pose less risk of burn injuries or fire. And, as mentioned above, they don’t contain mercury or lead.

LEDs?last longer

An LED bulb requires little maintenance, lasting on average ten times longer than a CFL. This means fewer lightbulb changes for you to undertake, and less waste for landfill.

You can use LEDs?outdoors

Unlike standard lightbulbs, LEDs don’t contain fragile components such as glass and filaments. This makes them much more durable and able to withstand external factors such as rain, wind and cold weather.?They are therefore ideal for outside use, such as on patios, decking and paths.


LED lighting is brighter and more directional. The bulbs light up straight away, rather than taking time to ‘warm up’.

LEDs?come in all sorts of colours and hues, so you can tailor your lighting to your preference for, say, coloured light, ‘warm’ light or ‘cold’ light. This is determined by the light temperature of the LED you use, which is measured in Kelvin (K).

You can even get dimmable LED lights, which, although more costly than standard LEDs, are very reliable.

Things to Consider

There are lots of benefits to using LEDs which is making them an increasingly popular choice. It’s worth noting that?the light quality is a little different to traditional lighting. It tends to be a ‘cooler’ light and with various colour and hue options available, you should easily find the tone you like best. Also,?you may need to update your dimmer switches if you’re switching to LEDs.

Electric City has years of experience of installing LED lighting at domestic properties, both inside and outside. If you’re still not sure about converting to LEDs or what exactly is involved in doing so, we’d be happy to offer advice. Call for free on 0800 0345 240.

Alternatively, click here?for more information about the service we provide regarding LED lighting for homes.