Electrical testing and certification

Downlighting

Kitchen downlights install in Sleaford

As we approach the time where the evenings are drawing in, many of us start to pay more attention to the lighting in our homes.

Downlights are a popular and attractive way to brighten up your home. However, poorly installed downlights are also the cause of a substantial number of fires in homes every year.

Also known as “recessed luminaries”, "spotlights" or Recessed Lighting" they are essentially light fixtures installed in hollow openings, usually ceilings. By installing them into these recesses, the light looks as if it is part of the ceiling instead of hanging down as a separate entity.

When a hole is cut into a ceiling to mount a recessed downlight, a potential fire hazard is created. This is why it is recommended that you always use a registered electrician to install any downlights.

So, can you get different types of downlights?

Yes you can.

Downlights operate at mains voltage (230 Volts) or are powered by a transformer at extra-low voltage (12 Volts).

Extra-low voltage (ELV) downlights are often described as "low voltage" or “safety extra low voltage” (SELV).

Stay safe in your kitchen in Sleaford

Kitchen Electrical Safety in Sleaford

More than half of all accidental house fires start in the kitchen. Last year, nearly 5,500 electrical fires were reported in British domestic kitchens – that’s 15 every single day.

Even more worrying is the fact that over 70 casualties and fatalities per month were reported as a result. Most of these were due to people misusing electrical appliances, so it’s important that you take extra special care when using them.

Here are our top 14 tips to ensure you keep safe in the kitchen:

Are you a Landlord in Sleaford in the private rented sector?

Are you a Landlord in Sleaford in the private rented sector?

If so, are you aware of the recent legislation that came into effect in June 2020?

It states that all rental properties need to have the electrical installations in their properties checked at least every 5 years.

There are currently over 4 million households in the private rented sector so this is an important step in improving electrical safety.

These periodic inspections will highlight any problems or defects that need to be fixed in order to make the installation safe.  They will need to be carried out by a qualified electrician.

Checks will include identifying any potential fire risks and hazards including overloaded circuits or equipment, and finding any defective electrical work.

The electrician will then issue an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) that includes details of the inspection and any recommendations for action.

It is a Landlord’s responsibility to ensure the following: 

Do you trust your electrician?

local, reliable and trustworthy electricians in Sleaford

Unfortunately this scenario crops up quite often when I go out to visit clients.

I hear often that electricians turn up hours after they had arranged, or in some cases not at all. This understandably leads to much frustration on the customers part and a general distrust of electricians in general.

I have to say that this kind of 'problem' is very common within the trade. Marshall Sadler Ltd however pride ourselves on a professional service and we understand that time is very valuable.

We offer full flexibility with our appointments – there is no need for you to take time off work and wait in for us.

Electrical Testing Advice for Landlords

Electrical Testing Advice for Landlords

Plans for mandatory five-year electrical safety checks in the private rental sector in England have finally been confirmed by the UK government.  This move, which requires further legislation, means that all landlords will be required to have an electrical installation condition report (EICR) or electrical safety report on their property(s) by a registered electrician.


This will be the same as the current rulings for landlords in Scotland, where rental safety standards are currently much stricter than the ones in the rest of the UK. The idea is that the safety reports will begin initially with all new tenancies, with existing rentals following later.

These mandatory electrical checks come at the end of years of campaigning by consumer and safety groups such as Electrical Safety First and NAPIT. These new measures will reduce the risk of faulty electrical equipment, giving people peace of mind and helping to keep them safe in their homes. It will also provide clear guidance to landlords on who they should be hiring to carry out these important electrical safety checks.

Does this affect me ?

Electrical Safety Landlord responsibilities in Sleaford, Lincolnshire

Market place, Sleaford

We carry out electrical work for many landlords in Sleaford and the surrounding villages and it is a real pleasure to be working with you, in fact we love this area of work as it is ensuring each landlord meets their legal obligations to their homes and tenants in terms of electrical safety.

The vast majority of landlords nowadays are keen to ensure that their tenants are happy- its not just the legal aspect, its the moral aspect in doing the right thing- 'Treat others as you wish to be treated' is an age old saying that we live by each day.

Residual Current Device (RCD)

Residual Current Device (RCD)

Many of the blogs i have written in the past mention how important it is to have an RCD fitted in your home. Although i've explained the importance of having one, i've never actually explained what an RCD does and how it protects the household.

An RCD stands for Residual Current Device. It is an essential safety device that automatically cuts off the electricity if there is a problem. This might sound pretty boring and bog standard, and you might even wonder what the point of having one is.

Electrical inspections

electrical inspections in Sleaford

Around this time of year we get many calls from homeowners asking us to carry out an electrical inspection of their property in Sleaford. This is often due to an electrical problem that has arisen such as overloaded electrical circuits caused by switching on electrical storage heaters now that the colder nights are drawing in.

DIY Electrical work

Do you need an Electrician in Sleaford?

Do you need an Electrician in Sleaford?

A recent survey sent to UK householders reveal the dangerous risks that UK householders take when carrying out work on their home electrics.

Whilst not all DIY electrical work is illegal, it does require a common sense approach. It is perfectly legal for you to carry out like for like DIY replacements in your home, so
if you are looking to replace some lights in your living room or replace a damaged socket front you can do this - but only if you feel confident in doing so.

However it seems as though householders are not aware that they are breaking the law as they carry out some high scale electrical projects in their homes. The main
problem of course here is that there is no guarantee that the work is safe nor is it certified maeaning the work not only puts the home and family members at risk but it
could also cause problems at a later date if the house were to be sold.