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Importance of Belonging to the NICEIC

We’ve all heard of the Cowboy Builders – contractors that come in all guns blazing, destroying your home and leaving you to deal with the fallout. However there are organisations dedicated to protecting both contractors and homeowners from shoddy and dangerous work and unsafe conditions – and one of those is the NICEIC. The National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation...

The Dangers of Overloading Circuits

We’ve all had that instant feeling of annoyance and regret when you plug something in you shouldn’t have, tripping the whole circuit. When you desperately want to dry your hair but find out that it’s just too much for your electrics. So what exactly causes this and what can you do to stop it happening? As you may have guessed,...

Why is the Plug Socket always out of reach?

Often it’s not getting electricity into our homes that’s the problem, it’s getting that power from our plug sockets or power points and into the innumerable devices piled up around the house. It’s quite common to see each room lined with extension cables like rope on a ship and, like rope, often dangerously frayed. On the rare occasion the plug...

Electrical Safety in the Garden

Relaxing in the garden, cold drink in hand and enjoying the sun and gentle breeze is one of the biggest pleasures of an English summer. All your hard work maintaining the garden year-round is finally worthwhile – but with wet English weather almost inevitable, there can be hidden dangers in your garden that could prove fatal. It’s extremely important to...

Importance Of Smoke Alarms And Testing Them Regularly

It’s everyone’s worst nightmare: thick, choking smoke billowing through the house, its noxious fumes suffocating all breathable air. As they say, there’s no smoke without fire, but smoke can in fact be much more dangerous than the scarier-looking flames – in many cases of house fires where death occurred, the cause was not burns but smoke inhalation. In a study...

Leigh Electrical’s Guide to LED Lighting

From 2018 all filament and halogen lamps are being banned from sale - so LED lighting is the best solution to illuminate your home. Although an LED lamp is much more expensive than a conventional filament one, it’s much more efficient in the long run, as they run at a much lower wattage. In layman's terms, that means you can power...

Leigh Electrical Lightbulb Guide

It can be difficult choosing exactly the right light bulb for your home. Luckily, Leigh Electrical are here to help! Here’s our one-stop guide to choosing between the three main sorts of light bulbs: Halogen, Energy-saving and LED. The question is, which one is right for you? Halogen Halogens tend to have the shortest lifespans of the three main bulb...