We’ve put together this short blog post to help with planning electrical items in your bedroom when using our online rewire calculator.
Bathrooms often cause a little confusion when it comes to the planning of electrical items and what lighting is acceptable? where can the lights go? Where can i put a socket!!! Are all commonly asked questions when planning a bathroom rewire. Socket outlets are a huge No No within the bathroom just for the record. With the added risk of water and moisture in the bathroom, electrical equipment requires an Ingress Protection (IP) rating or some degree depending on the position of the electrical item. Fear not our engineers are here to help you when planning electrical items within the bathroom or ensuite.
When it comes to bathroom lighting there are strict regulations on minimum requirements for IP regulations regarding the type of lighting you are allowed to use. Down lights are a common choice in the bathroom or if you are on a budget a Dome style fitting can be installed as a basic item, this will also have be IP rated. If you wish to supply your own decorative light it is advised to check the IP rating is suitable for the location of the light.
The only type of light switch allowed within the bathroom is a lighting pull switch or if you would like a wall switch this will have to be positioned on the outside of a bathroom adjacent to the bathroom door additional switches can be added if you would like the option to switch the extractor fan independently to the lighting.
The primary purpose of an extractor fan is to provide ventilation in your bathroom suite so as to avoid condensation resulting from steam rising after a hot bath or shower. This is to prevent mould and damp forming which can cause health problems for you and your family.
Extract fans in bathrooms typically turn on when the light switch is pulled or switched on, once the light switch is turned off the fan would over run for a selected period of time from 1-30min.
Extract fans come in all shapes and sizes, our quoting engineers will help you decide the best type of fan for your bathroom. It’s a regulation that you will require an isolation switch for the fan so we have covered this as part of the fan package, speak with our quoting engineer regarding the location of the fan isolation switch.
Shaver points or electric toothbrush charger points are a useful item to have within a bathroom these can be located within the bathroom itself due to the power output being 110v instead of the typical 240v found around the rest of the property.
Illuminated mirrors are a great addition to bathrooms and often come with demister and shaver points built into them, they also come with a built-in switch as part of the unit. This is not an item that we would typically supply but options are available.
Electric Towel Rail
Does your bathroom require an electric towel rail? Electric towel rails are a great addition to a bathroom, the added benifit being that you can warm the bathroom and towels without having to have the whole heating system on. There are also dual heaters available on the market that will heat up through the central heating system or from the electric power supply. Not all towel rails will need an electric power supply as most towel rails will heat up as part of the central heating system. All electrical towel rails will need a safe point of isolation for example a fused spur, this item has to be located outside of the bathroom. Speak with our survey engineer or your heating engineers to see what will be the best system for your usage.
Electric Underfloor Heating
Are you planning on installing underfloor heating in your bathroom or ensuite? Electric underfloor heating can be a real luxury in the colder months. Electric underfloor heating will require a power supply for the heating mat, You would also need to install a switch fused spur for the heating mat, this would typically be located at a low level next to the doorway, this is another item that can not be located within the bathroom itself. A heating mat kit typically consists of the heat mat, Thermostatic control stat and a remote thermostat that will read the temperature of the floor. We would typically work alongside a tiler or bathroom fitter when installing underfloor heating. If you would like us to include the installation of the heating mat please ask our engineers when he comes to undertake the survey.
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