Once the work is finished, draw plans showing cable routes wherever the new electrical work has been carried out.This will prevent the wiring being accidentally affected in future.
Where ceilings are low and downlights or pendants are inappropriate, table lamps or uplights offer a good alternative, particularly if they are run from 2 or 5amp sockets which are switched on from a master switch.
When choosing modern lighting sources for older buildings, consider the quality and colour temperature of light they offer.
Any new electrics work must comply with the current building regulations, and a certificate must be issued on completion.
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To ensure everything stays working as it should, it’s good practice to have electrics professionally inspected every 10 years.
On completion of this, the electrician will produce an EICR (electrical installation condition report).
The best way to approach electrical work in old properties is to consign as much as possible of the installation out of view in nonsensitive areas (ancillary rooms or voids such as floor cavities) to minimise its physical and visual impact.
Although electricity was first used to light homes in around 1880, it was not until after World War I that it replaced gas as the main source of illumination.
Always include more sockets than you think will be needed and remember to include supplies to boilers and fixed appliances.
Plan for the future by incorporating ducts with a draw wire when laying floors or undertaking work to walls, so that cables may be pulled through later on.
Most period properties were built in an era before electric lighting and appliances were standard in homes.