Downlights are the small recessed light fittings that are commonly found in kitchens and bathrooms. There are many different types of downlights (also called spotlights) but the most common are integrated LED downlights and mains powered GU10 downlights/ 'can and lamp'

Wireless Switching!

Wireless switching!

Here at Watt & Co. Electrical, we're always looking for the best solutions to problems, whether that's modern new tools to reduce mess and disruption, or products that can save time and offer new benefits.

5 things to consider before hiring a potential electrician.

Choosing an electrician, or any tradesman for that matter can be quite a daunting task. You want someone who's going to do the work they quoted for and someone who will treat your home with respect and this ultimately all boils down to trust. You need to be able to trust your electrician so with that in mind, whether you're thinking about having some bathroom spotlights installed or you need new mains powered smoke alarms or even a fuseboard upgrade, here are 5 things you should check before hiring an electrician. 

Checking their registration

Fluorescent lights are being banned soon!

Yes it's true. Much like the halogen light bulbs that start being phased out a few years ago, fluorescent lights are also being phased out and by September 2023 you won't be able to buy any more fluorescent light bulbs and your electrician will be installing only new LED lights. 

We should all be moving over to new LED lighting and properly disposing of the old fluorescent light bulbs. Did you know 1 fluorescent tube can contaminate up to 30,000 litres of water if disposed of incorrectly?

Has your small job electrician gone AWOL?

The answer is no! 

I've been a bit slow with correspondence and not answering phone calls as swiftly as I should but there's good reason! I'm not on paternity leave after my first baby came 3 weeks early. 

Fear not! Your small jobs such as fuseboard upgrades, and replacement lights are still being carried out by our other electrician, Josh. He's been holding the fort whilst I've been catching up on sleep. 

5 Tips for choosing an electrician in Corsham

Are you looking for tips for hiring an electrician? How do you find a high quality electrician with so many out there?

In this article, explore what to look for when hiring an electrician.

Tip 1 - Local recommendations

As an electrician a lot of my work comes from word of mouth and it does for a lot of other trades too. Ask around for recommendations so you have a few local electricians to pick from.

Using the correct types of cable

As electricians, we need to properly design a circuit and use materials that are suitable for it's location. Regulations change which means a few years ago the circuit may have been designed differently. A common difference is the use of grey PVC cable for outside wall lights i.e. decorative lights or flood lights. You'll often see a small amount of grey cable coming straight out of the wall and in to the back of a light. 

Lets talk lighting

Lets talk lighting. I've been doing more and more lighting jobs as the months go on and I feel like it's time to take the plunge and start showing everyone what's actually out there and what cool things you can do! 

Smart sockets, switches and light bulbs in Corsham and Chippenham

Technology is constantly changing the way we do things and we've moved in to the era of home automation. It's not super common because it's largely still quite expensive if you're going for a full wired install. 

 

These days though there is a plethora of accessories you can use to start making your home 'smart'. More and more of us have an Alexa or Google Home (I currently have 2 Alexas. 1 for the kitchen and 1 in my bedroom) and there are lots of very affordable sockets, switches and light bulbs that you can link to your Alexa to control your electrical installation. 

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Take Care When Selecting an Electrician!!

Many Electricians in Bath and West Wiltshire are simply not interested in small electrical works. They want the choice jobs, and will drop you like a hot potato when a bigger, supposedly more lucrative, project comes in.

Others advertise as electricians having no qualifications.  They thrive on the basis that you don’t understand what they do and, as a result, overcharge for shoddy, and often dangerous, work.

I set up Watt & Co. Electrical in order to fill a gap in the domestic sector. I want to provide you with a quality service that provides you with exactly what you need from an electrician.

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