Installing Bathroom Lights

Safety

 

Bathroom lights have specific IP ratings to ensure safety in the bathroom. Not all lights are safe to be fitted in the bathroom, therefore checking the IP rating before choosing decorative lighting is very important.

 

Light fittings for all different uses have an IP rating, including bathroom, bedroom, and outside lights. The general rule for installing bathroom lights is for the IP rating to be 65 or above. However, every bathroom also has a zone and dependent on the zone’s location, it may be possible to install bathroom lights with a lower rating than 65 however we would advise against this.

 

Lighting Zones

 

Bathroom lighting consists of 3 zones (0-2), zone 0 is the most risk from water damage and zone 2 being more flexible.

 

Zone 0 – Closest to water or in some circumstances submerged into water, the bathroom light needs to have low voltage and have an IP rating of IP68.

Zone 1 – Susceptible to water splashes but won’t endure the full force of the shower water. The IP rating can be as low as IP44 if there is no water flow that will hit the light fitting.

Zone 2 – IP rating can also be as low as IP44 if there is no direct spray to the light. However, we advise that IP rating of IP65 is used for all bathroom lights to avoid damage and ensure safety.

How Much Does Rewiring and Other Electrical Work Cost?

Rewiring your home is always a good investment. Yes, it is a substantial project and dependent on the size of your property can be quite expensive. However, it will give you peace of mind that your home appliances are running safely and reliably and could even add value to your home! 

So how much does a house rewire cost? In the UK, a house rewire can cost anywhere between £1500-£7500 depending on the size of your home. The average 3 bed home would cost between £3500-£5,500 and would most likely take around 5 to 7 days to complete.

In this article, we will cover how much it costs to rewire a house, how to save money on rewiring and other electrical costs, how to find an electrician and what factors affect the cost of rewiring a house.

How Much Does It Cost to Rewire a House?

The cost of a rewire completely depends on the size of your house as well as where your property is located.

Please see below a range of prices for different sized properties:

Property SizeEstimated CostTime Required
One bed£1,500 – £3,0003 to 4 days
Two bed£2,000 – £3,5004 to 5 days
Three bed£3,500 – £5,5005 to 7 days
Four bed£5,500 – £7,5007 to 8 days
Five bed£7,500 – £12,0008 to 10 days

Please also note that these prices exclude plastering and decorating required to finish the job fully. Some electricians may be able to provide a quote to carry this out. 

If the rewire was a straightforward job it would include:

  • Renewing the wiring from the electricity meter to the consumer unit
  • Installing a new consumer unit
  • Electrical accessories such as socket outlets 
  • Circuit testing and final installation certificates

What Affects the Cost of Rewiring a House?

As expected the cost on rewiring your home will vary depending on factors which are:

  • The size of your house
  • Whether the home is occupied during the rewiring
  • Where you live in the UK
  • The specification of fittings and fixtures you choose
  • The number of sockets etc 

How Can I Save Money on Rewiring?

Like most of us we all look to save a few pennies, and why not? Here are a few tips and tricks on how to do so:

  • Sourcing Own Fittings. Where you can, buying your own plug sockets or point replacements can help reduce fees and they would not need to buy all materials. 
  • Leaving the Property. This may not be possible for everyone but for those who have second homes or family and friends who can accommodate, however by leaving the property whilst works are carried out this would speed up the process making it cheaper.
  • Giving Advance Notice. If you are wanting to make any changes such as changing positions of sockets it is best to inform the electricians before they begin any works. 

How Do I Find and Hire a Qualified Electrician?

When looking for an electrician to carry out such a sizable job you would want a highly qualified and reputable candidate. 

Here at Valor Property Maintenance we have a range of competent, reliable and experienced electricians at your service. 

Additional Jobs

If you have other little electrical jobs that you have perhaps pushed aside that are not as big of a job as the rewire, you could ask the electricians to complete these jobs whilst they’re there!

For example:

  • Upgrade lights to LED
  • Replace light fittings
  • Consumer unit Replacement

Any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office on 0113 323 4212 or email molly@valorpropertymaintenance.co.uk and our experienced team will be able to give advice.

Can a Handyman Replace an Electrical Outlet?

UK Plug Socket

When things break in your property, sometimes, instead of thinking about quality, you think about price, and who can do the job for the cheapest price. This might lead you to wonder if a simple handyman can do basic electrical work like replacing an electrical outlet. In this article, we go over whether or not a handyman can replace electrical outlets, how much it is likely to cost, and other information around the topic. 

So, can a handyman replace an electrical outlet? Yes, UK handymen are legally able to change electrical outlets, so long as they can competently complete the job. Handymen do not need to be qualified electricians to replace outlets and sockets.

Read on to learn more about the electrical jobs that your local handyman can do.

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Can a Handyman Replace an Electrical Outlet?

Handymen can replace an electrical outlet, so long as they can competently complete the task; you do not have to be a qualified electrician to replace electrical outlets and perform other minor electrical works. 

It is important, however, that you trust your handyman’s ability to complete electrical work to regulated standards. Whilst replacing an electrical outlet isn’t considered major electrical work, bad wiring can still cause damage to yourself, your family, and your home.

Is a Handyman Cheaper than an Electrician?

Handymen can often be cheaper than qualified electricians, as the work that they are legally allowed to do is less complex and less time-consuming than more major electrical works. What’s more, materials/parts are often cheaper for minor electrical jobs. 

In the UK, replacing or adding a new electrical outlet can cost, on average, between £50 – £300, including labour. Outdoor electrical outlets can cost around £110, on average.

Can I Replace an Electrical Outlet Myself?

Legally, you can replace an electrical outlet yourself, but you should be comfortable that you can competently, and safely complete the work. Never attempt electrical work, no matter how minor, if you are not sure what you are doing. You must also check that any electrical installations and alterations are subject to local building and electrical regulations that you must comply with. Check local regulations here.

How to Replace an Electrical Outlet

NOTE: Only attempt electrical work if you feel confident that you can competently and safely carry out the job. Contact a handyman or an electrician if you are not confident about any of the steps below. 

  1. First, ensure that you have switched the electricity off at the mains/fuse box by finding the correct switch and turning it off. You do not need to turn off all of the switches. 
  2. Select the current fuse or circuit breaker and either remove the fuse or turn the mini circuit breaker to the off position.
  3. Using a suitable voltage indicating device, confirm that the circuit is dead by undertaking a check for self-isolation.
  4. Unscrew the socket faceplate and gently pull it forwards, giving the wires inside enough slack so that the back of the faceplate can be easily accessed. 
  5. Loosen the screws at the terminal and free the wires.
  6. Check that the wires are not heat damaged. If they are, you’ll need to cut back the cores and strip the ends, leaving 5 mm of copper wire exposed. Then cover the wire with green and yellow wiring. 
  7. The metal back boxes must be earthed, so run a short length of earth cable between the earth terminals of the backbox and the faceplate.
  8. Connect the live wire to the live terminal of the new faceplate. Then, connect the neutral wire and the earth wire to the new faceplate. Fully tighten the screws. 
  9. Fit the new faceplate onto the wall, being careful not to trap any wires.
  10. Undertake suitable electrical testing on the news outlet. You’ll need to ensure that a sound pathway to earth is available. 

What Electrical Work Can a Handyman Do?

At this point, you might be wondering what other electrical work a handyman can do. Essentially, handymen are legally able to perform minor electrical work, including electrical replacement work, minor repairs, and minor electrical changes like moving lights and plug sockets. 

However, handymen cannot carry out electrical work, even minor jobs, in the kitchen, bathroom, outside, or close to a water source. This can only be done by a qualified electrician.

What is Classed as Minor Electrical Work?

Minor electrical work, also known as non-notifiable work (meaning that work doesn’t need to be certified), is typically small, low-risk jobs that do not require a qualified electrician. Some examples of minor electrical work include:

  • Moving sockets, light fixtures, light switches, etc. 
  • Installing new sockets, lights, switches, etc.
  • Repairing or replacing old wires (not a total rewire!)
  • Installing or upgrading main or supplementary equipotential bonding
  • Installing extra low voltage cabling outside bathrooms for telephones, alarms, heating systems, etc. 
  • Installation, maintenance, and repairs of electrical appliances
  • Repairing or replacing a thermostat

You can learn more about the types of electrical work a handyman can carry out in our recent blog post, here

Electrician and Handyman Services in Leeds and Bradford

Valor Property Maintenance offers a professional handyman service in Leeds and Bradford that not only guarantees a trustworthy, reliable tradesman that turns up on time but also assures a job well done. We also offer qualified electricians for those jobs that require a little more expertise. 

Get in touch with us today to discuss your job and to get a quote

What Type of Electrical Work Can a Handyman Do?

Electrician working on exposed plug socket

It’s important to understand that there are handymen that are qualified electricians, and handymen that are not qualified electricians. As such, there is a huge difference between which electrical jobs each type of handyman can perform legally. In this blog, we outline the kind of jobs that handymen and unqualified electricians can legally perform, and what’s best to leave to the professionals, like our fully qualified electricians at Valor Property Maintenance.

So, what type of electrical work can a handyman do? Anyone that is unqualified in electrics, including your local handyman, can legally perform electrical replacement work, minor repairs, and minor electrical changes like moving lights and plug sockets. Any electrical work carried out in the kitchen, bathroom, outside, or close to a water source must be left to a qualified electrician. Similarly, large electrical jobs such as rewiring must only be carried out by qualified electricians.

Read on for more information about what kind of work is classed as minor electrical work, and what electrical work unqualified handymen can perform.

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What Electrical Work Can an Unqualified Person Do?

Regulations and standards must still be met by anyone unqualified in electrics, and there should be a good level of understanding of the job at hand in order to minimise dangers. If you have no idea what you’re doing, stop now and hire a professional. The money you may save by doing it yourself is not worth the risk.

Handymen can perform minor electrical repairs and changes. Some examples of this include:

  • Change or removal of light fittings
  • Change or removal of plug sockets
  • Change or removal of light switches
  • Addition of trunking / conduit to hide cabling

Is it illegal to do electrical work without a license?

It is not illegal to perform electrical work without a licence, however only minor electrical jobs should be attempted, and there should be a good level of knowledge and understanding of both the job and its associated risks.

What is Classed as Minor Electrical Work?

Minor electrical work, also known as non-notifiable work, is small jobs that are relatively low-risk when performed correctly. Such works do not need to be reported to building control and do not require an electrician. These include:

  • Moving sockets, light fixtures, light switches etc. 
  • Installing new sockets, lights, switches etc.
  • Repairing or replacing old wires (not a total rewire!)
  • Installing or upgrading main or supplementary equipotential bonding
  • Installing extra low voltage cabling outside bathrooms for telephones, alarms, heating systems etc. 
  • Installation, maintenance and repairs of electrical appliances
  • Repairing or replacing a thermostat

Anything more complex than this, or electric works to kitchens, bathrooms, or outside must be carried out by a qualified electrician. Similarly, anything related to fuse boxes or circuit boards must only be carried out by a professional.

Do minor electrical works need to be notified?

Minor electrical works, also known as non-notifiable work, do not need to be notified.  That being said, all minor electrical works, especially if carried out by a tradesman of some kind, should, ideally, be planned, performed, tested, and certified in line with BS 7671, as local authorities have the ability to take action against non-compliant electrical works.

Can a Handyman Self-Certify Electrical Work?

Only qualified electricians can self-certify electrical works. If a handy man is a qualified electrician, they may self-certify. However, to be able to self-certify, electricians must register with a competent person self-certification scheme, in compliance with Part P  of the Building Regulations

This allows qualified electricians to self-certify whenever they perform notable work. Non-notable works do not need to be certified.

Electricians and Emergency Electricians in Leeds and Bradford

If you think that your electrical job is more than what a handyman can (legally) handle, don’t fret; Valor Property Maintenance can provide fully qualified electricians for both domestic and commercial electrical works in Leeds and Bradford. We also offer an emergency electrician service across the area. Learn more about the service, or get in touch with us today for a quote.