REAL Kitchen Nightmares anyone? During a routine inspection, we discovered this death trap! Someone had fitted a kitchen cupboard (top shown in foreground) so close to the consumer unit, they had removed the cover to allow access to the circuit breakers! This left bare live(!) wires and copper bars exposed to the touch. Although not obvious in the photo (we had to squeeze the camera between the ceiling and cupboard!), the height of the cupboard overlapped the switches, preventing the consumer cover being fitted. Anyone simply placing a pan on the top of this unit, could have been killed! The house turned out to be full of electrical horrors, so seeing this set the tone for one of the worst inspections we’ve ever seen.
No respectable tradesman would ever leave something like this. If you think you have anything similar call us on 01772 615428, or call another qualified electrician – just don’t touch it yourself!
Kitchen Nightmares!

We were asked to sort some very wonky sockets. The homeowner had lived with them and hated seeing them whilst having breakfast, so asked if we could replace and straighten them out.
This turned into a fiddly job as, not only had the original electrician fitted them badly (5 degrees out of level!), the tiler had shaped the tiles to match, and the owner had no spare tiles and didn’t want any damaged!

We removed the old sockets and cooker unit, then had to use a Fein machine (specialised cutter/grinder) to cut away the tiles. We then had to loosen the metal backboxes behind the tiles without harming the wiring, then refix them to the wall. Finally, we installed new stainless units and lined everything up! After taking the photo, we removed the excess grout and the owner was happy!

This is one of those time consuming jobs that should never have arisen. If the original electrician had done his job properly, or the tiler had used a bit of common sense, it would have been a ten minute job instead of just over two hours!

Kitchen sockets

“PAT Testing time” has come around again for many businesses. Many of our Clients use this slightly quieter time of year to do their annual PAT Testing. People who do it know what it is, but for many it’s a complete mystery, so let’s explain what it entails.

Currelec PAT Testing

Currelec PAT Testing

If you run a business or use (or hire out) portable mains powered electrical appliances, or you’re a Landlord letting property with electrical items included, you really do need to PAT Test them. It’s not just the very portable items like drills and toasters. People are often surprised to learn that many kitchen appliances, electric heaters and computers are included – even though some are far from “portable”!
You legally have a “Duty of Care” to your staff, customers or tenants, so one way to demonstrate this, is with the quick and inexpensive process of PAT Testing your electrical equipment. Currelec can carry this out for you, providing you with recorded evidence, together with a label on each item, proving this has been done.
What do we do? Well, after you let us know your requirements, we’ll suggest test intervals, based on the type of item, the location and the use it receives. Some items should be tested annually, some every 4 years. We visually examine the item, cable and 13A plug, checking the fuse is correct. Then we connect a special instrument which automatically carries out a series of complex safety tests. If all is well, we label the item as “Passed” and add it to the asset list we provide, showing the tests carried out.
Any problems we do discover are usually easily rectified, leaving you with safe, working appliances and evidence of testing. Currelec can make this process extremely quick and straightforward for you, so please contact us with your requirements

Currelec has just completed an LED downlight conversion at a beautiful apartment. All the old halogen downlights were causing problems with either overheating or bulb failures, so it was time for a change.
Our brief was to provide a dimmable solution, which had different colour temperatures (tints) for the Kitchen and the Dining areas, which require very different coloured lighting to create just the “right” ambience. The new LED units we installed are an inexpensive and sensible choice for the client who now has great quality light, no more bulb changes, and has reduced her electricity consumption by 90%!!! All in all, a complete success and a happy Client!
Dining area with LED downlights
The “Warmer White” above creates a relaxing & comfortable look for the Dining Area
A cool white LED downlight Kitchen solution
The “Cooler White” shown above, creates a “clean & crisp” look in the Kitchen

Anyone smell burning?
Whilst working on a kitchen renovation, we discovered one of the downlighter transformers had been resting against the hot bulb and was quietly burning away in the ceiling cavity!
This isn’t as uncommon as you may think. The Electrician needs to ensure these are placed well away from hot surfaces. If in doubt, get ’em checked!

Burned Downlighter Transformer