Updating old wiring

This will prevent the wiring being accidentally affected in future. Unfortunately fitting new cabling and sockets is disruptive to a home’s fabric, so try to have electrics work carried out at the early stages of renovating or refurbishing, and at the same time as any central heating or plumbing alterations.It’s best if you can move out when the work is taking place.

Should I fit smart home solutions at the same time as electrics?

Alongside internet and entertainment setups, smart technology systems that allow the home to be monitored and operated remotely from a computer or mobile phone, are now becoming affordable.

Following World War I, installations became widespread, and many older buildings have been only occasionally updated since then.

However, old wiring and fittings are a cause for concern as not only are they unable to meet the demands of modern lifestyles, but they are a potential safety hazard that can result in fires or electric shocks. If your house has not been rewired within the last 25–30 years, then it will likely need rewiring at least in part.

LED (light-emitting diode) lamps are generally the best way of replacing incandescent lighting, as they use very little power and are capable of producing high quality light.

These are available in various colour temperatures, and a number of specialist LED lamps have now been developed specifically for historic interiors and fittings to mimic the appearance of a traditional filament.

However, sometimes it is used to prevent damage to the building’s fabric.

Black rubber, lead or fabric covered cables – modern cabling is u PVC coated. Although, sometimes these are retained in a non-working condition, or new replica designs may have been fitted. Only minimal electrical work may be legally carried out on a DIY basis without having to get the work inspected by a competent electrician – a service few are willing to provide – and get building regulations approval.

For more information, visit Electrical Safety First.

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