Having your home completely rewired is a costly and time consuming process, however if your home has not been rewired in the last 25 years it is absolutely essential!
So, how do you know if your home needs rewiring?
Well, to start with, if your consumer unit (which is the main control centre for your home’s electrical supply, called a “fuse-box” in the good old days), has a wooden backing, this would be considered unsafe and a fire hazard by today’s safety standards, and would need to be replaced by a metal-clad one. This law came into effect in July 2015, and ever since 1st January 2016 all consumer units have been metal clad. Your current consumer unit may also have cast iron switches, a black electricity cable, or no labeling.
You may have outdated plug sockets which are broken or cracked, or have rounded entries instead of the 3-pin ones. Your lights also may be temperamental and flicker on and off or go dim occasionally, with light bulbs needing to be constantly replaced, or the breakers might trip regularly. You might have old cable colours or aluminium wiring – check to see if your home contains an earth cable/path.
Why it is important to maintain up-to-date wiring in your home
Old wiring, and also faulty wiring, is very dangerous and is responsible for around 750 accidents in the home, 12,500 house fires and more than 30 deaths per year.
What is involved in the rewiring process?
The rewiring of a house is a major undertaking and must be done by a qualified electrician with proper insurance. Under no circumstances should you ever attempt it yourself, unless you have had training. The job can take 2 to 4 weeks, depending on the size of your house and how many rooms it has. The electricians carrying out the rewiring will need access to all your switches and sockets, and new cabling will be hidden under the floors and inside walls. You will have to carry on your day to day life with all this going on. All old fittings and wiring will be removed and replaced, with a new consumer unit also being installed.
How much does it cost?
The cost of rewiring depends on a number of different factors, including where in the country you live, the size of your property and number of rooms, and the individual electrician doing the job.
For experienced and highly trained electricians in Dorset, CONTACT us at Dorset Electrical Solutions for a competitive quote.
Whether it’s your home, family, personal property and memories you want to keep safe, or business premises you wish to keep secure, DES offers a broad variety of alarm systems to choose from, and a team of expert electrical fitters to ensure that you and everything you value both personally and materialistically is secure and safe 24/7. From an initial discussion with you about the type of alarm which best suits your purposes, to professional installation, you can rest assured that you’ll be getting our renowned premium service with maximum security.
Wired alarms are sturdy and reliable, and with their durability, once installed they’re generally in situ for life. Connected to the mains, it’s rare for the sensors or strength of light to be impeded. But because they require cables and wiring, they would need to be installed by our qualified electricians for your safety and peace of mind. We have an abundance of wired alarm systems for you to choose from, with keypads identifying different zones, to pet friendly detectors so you don’t get any false alarms, plus many more variable fixtures for you to choose from. We’ll discuss all your options, so you get the one that’s ideal for you, and with recommended annual maintenance and service, you’ll be guaranteed a secure system that remains in optimum working order.
Technology has moved on a long way, and the chance of false alarms with wireless has been reduced dramatically, and is now on a par with fixed alarm systems. Anti-masking technology ensures motion detectors are not obstructed, and the systems are adaptable to enable more sensors to be added on at a later date. Wireless alarm system can also be installed with pet friendly motion sensors, and a choice of other fixtures to suit your requirements, and as always our team of experts will be there to guide you through your options.
Smart Alarm Systems:
Wherever you are, home or away, and whatever you’re doing, a Smart Alarm is one of the most popular and easiest ways to secure your home or business. Installation by our experts is fast and simple, and in no time at all you’ll be connected to your smart phone or tablet, and can immediately take charge of your own security system.
Once installed, using an app on your Smart phone or tablet, all you have to do is have your notifications turned on to be alerted when motion is detected. Some systems require a membership, and there are many different adds-ons, and up-grades which can make costs vary, but don’t worry, because we’ll talk you through all your personal or commercial requirements to find out what you want or need, prior to purchase and installation, so you won’t be hit by any hidden costs.
For small homes and offices all you’d really need is a simple set up comprising of a couple of motion detectors and an alarm.
For bigger residential and commercial properties, you would probably need more extensive equipment to include coverage of those hard to see areas. With a central hub, this would generally entail extra motion sensors for windows and doors.
Smart Video Doorbells:
We can supply and install the latest in smart video doorbells. These durable and weather resistant systems allow you to see who is on your property, wherever you are. Triggered by motion you’ll be able to monitor and record all movement day or night and you can also select the voice button for a two-way audio function.
The choice is yours, and you can leave the rest to us:
With so much choice on offer, it can be quite daunting when it comes to getting the right security alarm for you. But with professional help and advice from the experts at DES, you can be sure that you’ll get the best systems and first class service that beats the competition hands down.
Photovoltaic (PV) technology is a system of nonmetal semi-conducting cells made of silicon which are used in making electrical circuits. By themselves, each cell creates only a small amount of electricity, but when the cells are linked together to form solar panels, the amount of electricity produced, by converting the sun’s radiation into electricity, can be quite substantial. This greener energy can then be used for running applications both in the home and in industrial buildings and can reduce your annual energy bills by as much as seventy percent.
Each system is exclusively designed according to your locale, the complexity of the situ, and the amount of panels you necessitate to gain maximum benefits. Our qualified and experienced team of electricians, who are passionate about solar technology, will discuss with you your requirements, and customise your specific system, to provide an installation service that delivers the best in renewable energy.
Solar panel systems are extremely durable, but dependant on various aspects such as local environment, productivity, and weather, the life span of PV panels can vary from anything between 5 years to twenty five years or more. And for this reason, it’s recommended to have your solar system serviced to retain maximum output.
Common Causes of Solar System Damage:
Most common is the accumulation of dirt, leaves and debris such as bird droppings. This can cause discolouration and glazing and can obstruct the sun’s rays and decrease productivity in your system.
No matter what the size or heightof the building, our team of professionals will safely soft scrub and thoroughly clean any build-up of grime, dust and rubble fragments from each individual panel to restore them to their original high-performance state.
Interruption to your structure can be triggered by broken or damaged wiring, often a result of interference from rodents and squirrels.
Our qualified electricians will locate any damaged wiring, and replace them, so you can be assured that your system is back to running at peak performance.
Extreme weather such as severe hailstorms, excessive snow pressure and lightning can crack and break the panels.
Repair or Replace:
We’ll locate and replace any damaged or broken panels to ensure that your system gets back to giving you your full capacity electrical output with immediate effect.
Rare but entirely feasible, is a high emission of heat between the conductors which may start an electrical fire. But if this is sensed, an arc fault detection system is in place, so it shuts down the system and prevents any major damage to your property from occurring.
Ensure PV System Safety:
Our electrical experts will always ensure that any solar PV systems they install will dispel the probability of a fire hazard in the first instance, but if your system has been improperly implemented by another source, then our professionals in the trade can replace your old system, so that you can be confident that your new solar PV installation is safe, and by installing everything to code you won’t have anything to worry about.
Our DES Promise:
To ensure continuous maximum operation and performance from your solar panels, the installation, routine checking, and preservation of your PV systems are paramount in maintaining maximum capacity, and with our extensive knowledge in this area our electricians will undertake any maintenance and repairs that are needed to guarantee you’re always getting the best from your system year on year.
Home is where the heart is, and probably everything else you value too, but most importantly yourself and your loved ones. Yet one of the most common accidents that can happen in the home, could take everything you cherish away in an instant, with devastating consequences. And the cause? Fire!!! Fires can happen anywhere in the home. The list is endless, and the outcomes can be shocking and life-changing. But help is at hand, from the professionals at DES, to ensure that you, your loved ones and your assets don’t become a casualty.
Causes of fire in the home:
The Kitchen: 60% of fires start in the kitchen, with the most common causes being leaving cooking food unattended, putting combustibles too near to the heat, and forgetting to turn off appliances.
Overloaded Sockets: Since lockdown, many people are working from home and require extra power supply for laptops, phone chargers and other devices all on the go at the same time. This is causing many people to overload their sockets, which in turn can be a fire-safety hazard.
Faulty wiring: Inefficient wiring can cause fires from electrical exposures.
Portable Heaters: Utilising an extra room at home as ‘office’ space, especially in the colder months has meant extra heating in the household for many, but do be careful of portable heaters which have the potential to ignite nearby combustible materials.
Lighting: Make sure lamps are sturdy and can’t be knocked over, and lamp shades and fittings are not too close or touching the light bulbs.
Flammable Liquids:Keep all flammable liquids well away any from heat sources.
Candles: Most fires started by candles occur in the bedroom, so make sure you place them on a stable and heat-resistant surface, and always distinguish them before you go to sleep.
Cigarettes: Responsible for 36% of accidental house fires resulting in deaths, associated with the careless disposal of cigarette butts, smoking whilst drinking, or falling asleep.
Inquisitive Children: Keep all lighters and matches out of children’s reach, to prevent a curiosity turning into a disaster.
So many reasons to have a mains powered smoke alarm fitted:
The above list emphasises the importance of fire prevention in the home. Having a mains powered smoke alarm installed, can guarantee to be more reliable and conducive than just having a battery powered smoke alarm, because it’s connected to your main electricity supply and therefore it isn’t solely dependable on batteries alone, which can suddenly cut out. However, our mains powered smoke alarms do still come fitted with a battery for back-up should your electricity supple be cut off, so it’s advantages are expanded.
Discuss, install, relax:
At DES, our experts will go through the entire procedure with you. We’ll discuss which rooms would necessitate a smoke alarm, and where they need to be situated for maximum effect. Then our professional electricians will install them efficiently and safely, so you can relax, knowing that your home, your loved ones and all your contents will be protected and safeguarded for years to come.
You only need to step inside a room that has Redheat underfloor heating to feel an instant and overall welcoming ambient temperature of the space you’re in. With a heating system that disperses infrared waves evenly within the four walls you’ll be enveloped in a convivial warmth.
Out with the old and in with the new:
Have you ever come in from the cold, turned on the boiler, and waited for your traditional convector radiators on the wall to heat up, then stood over them to try and get yourself warm? You can feel the hot air, contained in that specific area rise and disperse, but as soon as you move away, you realise you haven’t quite warmed up enough. With infrared heating, you don’t have to worry about boilers or radiators, and having to position yourself next to one to feel the heat, because with electric underfloor heating, the entire room will emanate a radiant warmth wherever you are.
What is an electric underfloor heating system:
It’s a series of electrical wires or heating mats that are positioned beneath your flooring. It doesn’t matter whether your floor covering is vinyl, tiled or carpeted, with an infrared underfloor heating system installed surreptitiously beneath it, you’ll feel the warming effect immediately. Redheat is an ultra-thin film containing a mixture of carbon crystal, graphite and graphene with copper strips down each side. It is through these copper strips that the electricity is conducted and then emitted as infrared waves, rising through the floor giving an even spread of heat throughout the room.
What are the benefits:
Cost – This willdepend on how many rooms you wish to make use of with the underfloor heating, and the condition of the base floor you’ll be placing the heating system on. But once this initial disbursement has been managed, the beneficial savings on your energy bills (approximately 25%) will more than compensate in the long-run for the initial outlay and expenditure.
Efficiency – Like other heating systems, infrared electric heating does have a warm-up time, but best of all, with no escape route, the heat that’s produced is retained. During the cold seasons, many people opt to keep their underfloor heating on constantly to encourage faster and more efficient warming up times, and with extensive knowledge and experience, a DES expert in the field will assess your space and requirements to ensure you get maximum efficiency from your product.
Safety – Infrared heating is considered safer because it isn’t hot to the touch like a radiator. By retaining a top temperature of about 35 degrees, you will get a consistent and overall comfortable warmth permeating throughout the room. And because the heat is consistently and evenly distributed within the four walls, the chances of damp and mould occurring is greatly reduced.
Health – The heat from underfloor installations rises safely through infrared waves without disturbing any existing dust and allergens, unlike conventional heating, which can easily spread particles via convective air flow.
Silence – You won’t have to listen to any noisy boilers and radiators kicking off as your heating kicks in, which only adds to the comfortable ambiance our underfloor heating systems are renowned for.
Maintenance – With expert installation by our professionals, your electric underfloor heating will require little or no maintenance at all.
A Perfect Alliance:
In collaboration with Redheat, and taking ownership of the best installation experts on hand, at DES, we guarantee to offer you the most efficient and cost-effective electrical underfloor heating, ensuring you get years of unadulterated warmth throughout your home.
Traditionally, the kitchen was a defined room in the home, solely for preparing and cooking the families meals. But nowadays for many households, it’s evolved into the central hub for family get-togethers and social gatherings, and with that in mind, at DES, we’re here to help you create an atmosphere of welcoming warmth, no matter what the occasion. Our team of professionals will happily discuss your individual requirements and guide you through the many options available to you, and our electricians will safely and expertly provide a no-fuss installation.
It’s important to have the perfect lighting for all your work tops when preparing and cooking food. With the applicability of the positioning and brightness of lighting being a top priority, to provide a safe and workable environment, we’ll liaise with you throughout the process, to install the best and most appropriate lighting for your explicit needs. You can use LED Spotlights to create a coned beam effect to illuminate specific work areas, or Strip Lights to provide an overall flood of light across the entire work surface.
Re-setting the mood can make all the difference when transforming your kitchen from a working area into a focus of societal get-togethers, and imbuing an atmosphere of sheer exuberance, is dependable on the lighting you use. Mood lighting can add depth to a room and its furnishings with soft, unassuming lighting effects to enhance the ambiance you want to create.
Overhead wall lights: To illuminate the ceiling.
Over cabinet lights: To light up the fronts of cupboard doors.
Inside cabinet lights: To reflect light on glassware and tableware.
Plinth lights: To create a soft illuminated boarder on kickboards.
What kind of lighting you use is entirely up to you, whether that’s LED Spotlights or LED Strip Lights.
From miniature LED’s for gentle lighting to Super-flux LEDs for maximum light emission, in the long run, they are more economic and energy-efficient than the old halogen and fluorescent spotlights, and are by far, more eco-friendly too. When working in the kitchen, using knives and other utensils, it’s safer to have brighter lighting, and if you have lots of natural light, then a slightly lower wattage bulb might be sufficient.
Examples of wattage and brightness for LED Spotlights:
This is a flexible strip of numerous little LED lights, that comes in different shapes and sizes, and can be self-contained or linked to dimmer devices, to provide variable light levels, depending on the mood you wish to create. They come attached to a reel that has a controller, so you can mix and match the colours for that perfect ambiance. These efficient lights are also very economic to run.
15 Watt LED lighting tapes: Good for working lights under kitchen cabinets.
20 Watt LED lighting tapes: Ideal for a brighter work surface lighting.
7.5 Watt RGB LED lighting tapes: A combination of red, green and blue, which can be changed instantly at the touch of a button, to deliver Feature lighting. Ideal for use as coving or plinth kitchen LED strip lighting, to produce a halo glow effect.
15 Watt RGB LED lighting tapes: High-power red, green and blue feature lighting which can be mixed to produce a pure white.
You Choose / We’ll Deliver:
With many lighting options to choose from, and our electrical engineers waiting to assist you, all you have to do is call us or pop in-store, and we’ll be waiting to light up your kitchen, and your social life.
Over the past year, our way of living has changed, and the approach we take to entertaining family and friends has also had to change. With indoor restrictions limiting the number of people who can get together inside, many people have had to reassess how they can utilize their outside spaces to safely accommodate open-air gatherings, whether that’s in the hospitality sector with hotels, restaurants, or the local pub, or for more personal gatherings in your own back garden. Here at DES, we’ve got all the knowledge and knowhow to bring you the very best in outdoor lighting, adding warmth and ambience to any open-air space, and our experts are here to help you to make the most of this new ‘normal’ way of alfresco living in these capricious times. And although we’re hopeful that the present restrictions will eventually come to an end, our new-found passion for the outdoor entertaining experience will undeniably continue for many years to come.
On hand to get you started:
Whether you are a landlord, publican or homeowner, here at DES, we offer free quotations, and with our team of professionals we’ll discuss the many options open to you, from upgrading your previous lighting, to discussing new electrical designs, and ensuring safety in the installation and wiring, whilst at all times being aware of the advantages of using renewable energy, including carbon neutral sources like sunlight, wind, rain, and geothermal heat.
Your safety is vital to us:
We’re experts in a multiplicity of electrical systems in both commercial and residential settings, and our electricians, whilst meeting with your expectations, will comply with all regulations, to ensure that both your personal safety, and that of the general public is paramount.
Solar-powered or mains supply:
Solar powered outdoor lighting is popular and applied in many commercial and residential settings, but due to their structure, and depending on their use, can tend to be a little low on brightness. And it’s in these situations that it may be more beneficial to have your outdoor lighting connected to your mains supply, which our electricians can easily and safely install for you.
Designing your outside lighting scheme:
It’s important to be considerate to the environment and your neighbours when deciding on your lighting design, by not creating too much glare. Wildlife, and bats in particular, can be affected by the disturbance of bright lights and we take this into consideration by not flooding a particular area, but by distributing the lighting. This is also important when considering your neighbours, so keeping your lighting local will prevent them from being in the direct line of any light instalments.
Reducing our carbon footprint:
At DES we understand the importance of looking after and preserving the environment, and decreasing our carbon footprint. And by incorporating energy efficient lighting technology, we can guarantee to be doing our bit for the planet, by reducing greenhouse emissions, using low energy lighting. Although initially costing a little extra, both CFL and LED lightbulbs have a lower carbon rating, and last considerably longer than older incandescent lights.
Here for you:
From the initial concept to completion, our team of professionals are ready to help you design, illuminate and enjoy your new outdoor space for years to come. Just another one of our lightbulb moments for you to enjoy!
We’ve been busy this week in Brighton installing an 8Kwh Solar Edge system on a fantastic renovation project. The ‘in roof’ PV system will sit level with the tiles when installed to give a great end result.
The final push at our Bath Hill Court Project in Bournemouth, Dorset which is nearing completion. A fantastic period finish with a modern twist of decor throughout. The DES team have delivered the project on time and within budget with happy clients.
Keep at eye out for more photos to follow with some great ideas.