Signs that you need to call an electrician

I think I relate with practically every electrician when I say I receive messages from friends on a regular basis about electrical problems in their homes. Some are well meaning and make perfect sense that they're seeking reassurance and others are just plain dangerous.
Take a recent Friday evening at home. I was just thinking of ordering my weekly Chinese takeaway when there was a knock on my front door. It was my neighbour from 4 doors down who had arrived home to find a slight problem in his kitchen – well more of an explosion might be a better term.

Private sector leading growth in the construction industry

Trade Skills 4 U, Britain's premier electrical training company have published an interesting article on the expected growth forecast within the electrical industry through 2014.
This year looks set to be the strongest year for construction growth since 2009, with renewed optimism that things are picking up post recession. Businesses are now putting planned expansion into action with small retail premises, hotels and leisure units and offices leading the way in the planned growth at 7%, 13% and 8% respectively.
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Lighting in the spotlight as Part L approved documents published

Much anticipated amendments focussing on energy saving lighting solutions have been published by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). DCLG has now published revised versions of Part L regulations alongside updated versions of the Domestic and Non- Domestic Building Services Compliance Guides.
The final approved documents have been published which confirms widely anticipated amendments. Part L of Building Regulations focuses on the Conservation of fuel and power, with changes expected to be implemented from April.

Christmas Lighting Displays from Around the World

As this is the last week before Christmas it feels seasonably correct to post a blog about Christmas lights. In the past we have posted many articles on promoting the safe use of Christmas lights. Last year the Electrical Contractors Association (ECA) published an article on their top 10 Christmas Lighting Safety Tips.

West Sussex college granted bright boost with fluorescent luminaires

College lighting has been granted a bright boost during a recent refurbishment project in West Sussex. Felpham Community College is home to more than 1400 pupils and has undergone a recent refurbishment within classrooms and corridors. The Bognor-based college now boasts an extensive lighting upgrade, with two high-performing fluorescent luminaires from Dextra Lighting being utilised throughout the school’s space.

Popular exterior LED lighting solution helps tackle vandalism

Dextra Lighting luminaires have helped to reduce vandalism in a recent car park lighting refurbishment project. The car park is run by Rushmoor Borough Council and is now home to an exterior LED lighting solution in the form of the Hydra LED. Council staff carefully selected the luminaire for the project to achieve energy savings alongside improved maintenance.
Ideal for a host of applications, the highly versatile LED luminaire can be used within areas requiring protection from external factors, such as dirt and dust, making it the ultimate industrial LED lighting solution.

Would you take on an apprentice?

Would you take on an apprentice? This is a survey Trade Skills 4 U are carrying out this week following recent data that electrical apprenticeships could be improved.
The survey will take you 10 seconds and asks two questions:
1) Can you take on an electrical apprentice now or in the next 12 months ?
2) Would you take on an apprentice if they came to you fully trained with a Level 3 Diploma qualification?
Please take a few seconds out of your time by filling in the survey below:

Domestic Electrician vs Commercial Electrician

As professional electricians we all eventually decide on which area of work we most prefer. Some of us prefer working in peoples homes as a domestic electrician, others prefer the atmosphere of working as a commercial electrician. Which ever sector we wish to work in as a professional electrician, we all follow the same guidelines, BS7671!
Recently Trade Skills 4 U have wrote an article on this exact subject explaining the difference between commercial and domestic electricians from a training and lifestyle point of view.
Domestic vs Commercial? Which Way should I go?

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