Do you have a number of smaller electrical jobs that need doing?

It may be that you’re in the process of making some home improvements. You’ve had lots of ideas swimming around in your head, but you can’t decide what you really want to do, or you have but you don’t really have the skill required to carry out the job and to do it well enough so it doesn’t cause an electrical hazard.

GW Electrics are good for any job you have – whether it’s small or large, simple or complex.

Here at GW Electrics we carry out a comprehensive electrical home improvement service to customers all over Glasgow and central Scotland to customers looking to make some home improvements and give their homes a nice uplift. We can install lighting and audio-visual items safely and to time, so you don’t have to worry about it. 

Audio, lighting, visuals

There’ll be minimal disruption or mess and any audio or lighting we install will be done safely to your specifications. So, if you have a particular idea in mind and you’re excited to try it out, it may be anything from a unique lighting installation to create ambience or possibly an exciting new way of listening to music. 

Different strokes for different folks – light up your world your way

There’s lighting for different rooms possibly, you could light each one differently according to any theme you have in that particular room. You won’t necessarily want the same type of lighting in every single room, you might want try different things in each one, something that creates a certain ambience in the bathroom and then something brighter in the dining area where you eat and then possibly something sultrier in the living room? Perhaps you want to show off certain pieces of artwork you have in particular room in a specific way. 

We can talk through your ideas and make sure you get what you need.

Whatever you have in mind, we’re more than happy to talk it through with you. No job is ever too small or too big for us, we’re as focussed on the smaller more intricate jobs as we are on the bigger ones. 

GW Electrics – Expert Electricians in Glasgow

Whatever it is you need doing, whether it’s something small and complicated, or a bigger more conventional job, we’re got the skills and training to carry it out. We pride ourselves on the talented team of trained electricians in Glasgow we’ve put together over the years. So why not contact us and get your home improvements done before the end of summer, so you can light up the winter in the best way possible.

Have you considered outdoor lighting for your home?

Outdoor lighting has so many advantages for your home, on both a functional and aesthetic level It also has practical benefits, such as being able to see when you come home at night after work, and keeping your home secure from the risk of burglars.

Ambience, Variety and a Perfectly Lit Garden Area

On an aesthetic level, outdoor lighting really complements certain garden features, bringing focus on elements you’re really proud of , making the most of your outdoor space. From led lights giving a low-level glow, to a set of fairy lights streaming down from a gazebo roof, with a little ingenuity you can create a playful or romantic mood, whatever takes your fancy.

Garden Walls Need Some Illumination Too

For more ingenious ideas, how about placing lights on your garden wall? You can install lighting in the form of hanging lanterns to mounting discs, square shaped lights or even spotlights. If you choose LED bulbs, you’ll find lights last longer with less power consumption.

Patios and Garden Decking

Of course, your patio is an ideal place in which to place some lights. With the right lights placed in all of the right places you can illuminate whatever you want, such as underneath an outdoor seating area, or where you’re likely to serve food. You can also light any steps leading to your garden decking. You can get easy plug and play lights which are a dawdle to install. These are great in all weather conditions and are extremely resilient..

Upgrade what you already have

Keep in mind that if you already have lighting in your garden and it’s starting to look a bit tired, we can help you upgrade it to a level that’s more in keeping with any other changes you’ve made to your garden. Our team of experts - who are all trained and qualified - can help you to bring your garden up to speed with current trends and whilst give it a refreshing new look.

GW Electrics for the Best in Quality Garden Lighting

At GW Electrics we consult with our clients to ensure they get exactly what they want. We always offer professional and effective installation, so if you’re looking to install LED outdoor lighting, or are thinking of upgrading your current outdoor lights, give us a call. We’re a friendly bunch and we’re always on hand to give you the help you need to illuminate your garden in the best way possible.

Is your business up to date with (EICR) Electricity at Work Regulations?

If you run or manage a business, you should be aware of the Electricity at Work Regulations, or EICR as it’s better known. If you’re unsure about this, then this is an ideal opportunity for you to learn and understand how important this is. An EICR is a comprehensive report that tells you all about your electrical appliances and systems and explains any potential electrical problems which need looking at. This is so that your business, and more importantly both you and your staff, are safe from any electrical hazards.

When does an EICR need carried out?

An EICR report is required by a business or landlord who manages a rented property, commercial or residential. It’s important for insurance reasons, because without it it’ll cost you far more in the long run. By testing electrical equipment and fuse boards for any anomalies you are covering the requirements of the EICR. There is special importance placed on more heavily used equipment for obvious reasons, after all, all equipment is prone to wear and tear, especially those that are used more frequently. As you’ll probably know the safety and security of all staff who work for you, or tenants, if you’re a landlord are your priority. Electrical testing of the kind we’ve been talking about should take place on an annual basis.

A quick preliminary check is fine, as long as you follow it up with a call to an electrician to carry out a full inspection

You can carry out a visual test yourself, checking for frayed wiring and loose plugs, but we must stress that this is not the same as a full inspection carried out by a fully qualified professional. This is essential, and the electrician you hire must be qualified, trained and be a member of a government approved scheme. By using an electrician who is accredited and fully trained you’re guaranteed a good job, a trustworthy inspection and the knowledge that all of your electricals are in good working order.

Fixed electrical testing is constantly being improved, tightened and renewed

Newer regulations and guidance are always being upgraded as they become much more stringent, and if you fail to comply, you’ll be committing an offence, which could lead to your imprisonment. Only use accredited and trusted electricians to carry out an EICR report and you’ll know you’re on the right track in terms of the safety and security of the people you’re responsible for.

GW Electrics – fixed electrical testing you can rely on, from an electrical business you can trust

If you think you need an Electrical Installation Condition Report carried out on your business property, why not get in touch with us here at GW Electrics and we can discuss the process with you in more detail and arrange a visit. Give us a call today.

Does your fuseboard need replaced?

Old fuseboards can be extremely dangerous and it’s important they’re replaced as soon as possible. They can not only cause accidents. but in some cases, death. The question is how do you identify whether or not your fuse board needs replacing? . If you’re moving into a new property and it’s fairly old, then it’s more than likely you’ll have an old fuseboard along with sockets and lights that need replacing with something more modern. It may look quaint and appealing from a vintage perspective but believe me if you have an electrical accident or even worse a fire, then you’ll be wishing you’d changed everything.

How can you identify whether or not an old fuseboard needs replacing?

There are some things you can look out for:

  • If your fusebox has a wooden back or you spot cast iron switches around the house, they’ll need replacing and are probably from around the 1950s/1960s

  • There are no RCDs in the fuse box. These are also known as ‘residual current devices’ and these are what cuts out the electricity if something doesn’t work, so you don’t have an accident, like an electric shock

  • It’s important to check these things out now, because if you’re planning on a new electric shower, an extension on your home or a loft conversion, additional wiring and new circuits will need to be considered.

  • It’s natural that if it’s a new home, you’ll be wanting to make some changes and bring the house up to date.

UK laws and regulations regarding fuseboards must always be adhered to

Your fuseboard needs to meet current UK regulations, and this is especially important if you’re a landlord of a property that you rent out. This is something you’ll need to look into. Even if you’re not a landlord you’ll still need to think about the long-term safety of your home, making sure it’s safe from fire and electrical faults and that there’s danger to life. This is especially important if you have young children.

Always hire an electrician who is trained and qualified to carry out any fuseboard replacement

If you realise your fuseboard is definitely in need of replacement, then please make sure you hire a qualified, trained electrician who’s experienced in carrying out jobs of this nature. They must be able to offer a guarantee should anything go wrong. This may cost a little more, but it’s definitely worth it for the peace of mind it will give you. Make sure the electrician you use is a member of a government approved scheme, this means they are competent to carry out complex electricity work on both domestic and commercial property.

GW Electrics – for safe, quality fuseboard replacement work you can trust

If you’re in need of a competent electrician to replace your fuseboard, then look no further than GW Electrics. We’re known for our quality workmanship and we have a valued client base that recommends us to others by word of mouth. Please give us a call and we can discuss your fuseboard replacement needs and arrange a convenient visit to your home or business.

What Do You Know About (PAT) Portable Appliance Testing?

Today we’re talking about PAT testing or Portable Appliance Testing. We’ll be focusing on the regulatory and legal requirements that PAT testing bestows on businesses and landlords. At GW Electrics we feel there isn’t always enough understanding when it comes to PAT testing and the ramifications of not adhering to some very strict rules.

Appliances Should Always Be Tested By Qualified Electricians

Firstly, let us reiterate what PAT testing is and why it should only be carried out by qualified electricians, who are registered on a government approved scheme. PAT testing is a process of testing all electrical appliances, for example, cookers, irons and fridges in a residential property, and computers, printers, kettles and coffee machines in an office. This ensures that all appliances are safe to use, and this is especially important if you are a landlord or in charge of a suite of offices or a business.

You Must Ensure The People Who Occupy Your Property Are Safe

Electrical accidents can result in serious injury or even death. As a landlord or employee/office manager you have a responsibility to make sure those who occupy your property are protected and safe from harm. All employees and tenants should feel safe, and relevant safety and security procedures set in place that help to keep them that way. PAT testing is one way this is done.

Five People Or More In Your Property?

If you do you need PAT testing every twelve months. It’s especially important if you have a business which employs five people or more, and we recommend you do this every twelve months. Landlords are also required to carry out PAT testing every twelve months, this helps to make sure that all appliances are safe to use by their tenants.

How Long Does PAT Testing Take?

Yes, there’ll be some downtime and the electricity will be off for a short period of time. It doesn’t, however, take as long as you might think, especially if the electrician knows his job and has experience of having done PAT testing many times before. He’ll have a system that is simple and straightforward, and you can simply let him/her get on with it. All you will need to do is make your team are aware that the electricity is going to be switched off for a short time. It is worth it as you’ll have peace of mind.

Don’t Neglect Your PAT Testing Needs

This could result in a fine or prison sentence. If you’re now beginning to realise your property needs PAT testing, regardless of whether you are an employer or landlord, you can contact us at GW Electrics and we’ll be happy to discuss your needs. We can attend at your property and carry out all PAT testing, including all functional checks, and insulation testing (and as equally important as all other appliance testing). We have a strong team of knowledgeable, qualified and trained electricians, who can carry out your PAT testing with confidence.

Thinking Of Updating Your Interior Lighting in 2019?

If you’re thinking of updating your interior lighting this year you’ve come to the right place. At GW Electrics we’ve a fantastic range of styles, and we ensure we provide all of our customers with a thorough design consultation, so that you make the right choice of lighting for your home, or business space. When you include installation, we believe our interior lighting service is extremely comprehensive.

We work with a range of customers

We serve a variety of different clients including landlords, homeowners and various different sized businesses. We take pride in the versatility, professionalism and thoroughness of our service, and no matter how complex, no interior lighting job is ever beyond our trained and experienced team who have significant knowledge, expertise and professionalism to deliver an outstanding service with the minimum of fuss.

What interior lighting styles are popular at the moment?

One of the most exciting trends we’re seeing right now is minimalist lighting. Straight lines combined with the use of natural materials is becoming extremely popular. Using re-purposed materials can create something really special, and with the right kind of technology and effective design you can deliver interior lighting that captures the imagination. We can also create some straightforward designs - with your help - which combine sophisticated materials such as marble or wood and even concrete. They’re simple, yet very exciting, with the right amount of elegance and simplicity. And they can be extremely energy efficient too.

Sophisticated technology meets period classics

We can mine the past and reference it in your lighting. We’re talking sophisticated technology and the use of period materials. Think Art Deco or Art Nouveau, Victorian or 1940’s elegance. For example, lamps can be made with opulent beads, mirrors or jewels and memorabilia from a different period. Combining a richj history with modern lighting installation, creates something totally unique.

Creating futuristic lighting

We can take a modern or industrial setting and experiment with more artistic designs, unusual shapes and bases. Another idea is to try different types of metals, such as brass, chrome, copper or gold, mixing and matching these for more striking combinations, or use them individually. You could alternatively choose something more romantic using softer colours and textiles combined with pastels and gentler, more subdued materials.

GW Electrics – for interior lighting installations that suit your personal style

So, now that you know what we can do for your home in terms of sophisticated, reliable bespoke lighting installations, we’re hoping you’ll get in touch so we can start working on your interior lighting. Now that you know the kind of designs that are hot for 2019, you can decide what works best for you. Get in touch today and let’s start planning your lighting installations for the coming year.

The importance of Portable Appliance Testing

Portable Applicance Testing (PAT) is important and we’re going to be spending some time today explaining why and what it is exactly. Whether you’re an employer or a landlord you have responsibilities to the people you serve, and naturally, you want a safe environment for them to live and work in.

So, what is Portable Appliance Testing?

This is a term which describes the detailed examination and testing of electrical appliances. This is done so they’re deemed to safe for use. They’re tested to detect defects in electrical appliances, as these are not often captured by the naked eye. Yes, visual examination is important, but testing is too, so they’re both used in tandem.

Can You Carry Out A PAT Test?

Only a qualified and competent person can carry out PAT testing. That is a qualified and trained electrician. This person needs to be competent enough to carry out the job efficiently without endangering anyone’s safety, and they must have sufficient training and knowledge. They’ll also need the right equipment, the ability to carry out the tests themselves, the correct way, and then be able translate the results and convey this to the client.

PAT Testing is Vitally Important

If you run a business or you’re a property landlord, then it’s important that you have PAT testing carried out, regularly. It isn’t specified in the Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989 how often you have it done, but the frequency of how often it’s done, largely depends on what type of equipment is used and the kind of environment it’s being used in.

How Much Is Your Equipment Used?

Frequency of testing is largely determined by how much you use your equipment. If you use something regularly as part of your job, then naturally it’s going to need testing regularly, whereas if you’re a landlord supplying a table lamp then that won’t need testing as often, but a stove will, as it’s used more frequently. However, as a rule of thumb, it’s best to have all electrical appliances tested on an annual basis to ensure they’re safe to use.

PAT Testing Saves Lives

Don’t be under the illusion that it’s a fuss about nothing. PAT testing can save lives and there are enough case studies to prove this. If you don’t PAT test regularly, then you could be placing your staff or your tenants at risk of a life-threatening accident, so don’t leave it to chance.

GW Electrics – For PAT Testing In Domestic, Residential And Commercial Properties

If you think you need your electrical appliances testing then get in touch with us here at GW Electrics - we’re always here to help. It’s simple and easy to arrange PAT testing and it’s a non-messy, straightforward procedure, so get in touch today and let us know your requirements.

5 signs that your home needs rewired

How will you know if your home needs rewiring? Today, we’ve come up with our most comprehensive guide yet on how to recognise the signs, that way you avoid the accidents that can happen when you have faulty wiring.

Firstly, a quick fire session on what to look out for:

Signs of wear – do your sockets look broken or worn out? Perhaps they’re the old-fashioned type you don’t see any more which are always a danger sign. Any visible wiring? That’s a sign of damage that needs to be fixed prior to use.

If you find sockets in the corners of rooms or if they’re warm or hot, that’s is a bad sign. Whatever you do, don’t use them and have them replaced with something more recent and safe.

When yo have sockets in the corners of rooms, it’s also a sign that no wiring work has been done for a long time. You’ll probably find there aren’t enough sockets, in which case you’ll need to have more fitted by a reputable and reliable electrician.

Are bulbs failing too often? Or perhaps they’re flickering more than they should, this is always a bad sign.

Take a look at your fuse box, is it fitted on a wooden panel and does it look old and worn? Also look out for black rubber wiring, switches made from heavy cast iron, all signs that your wiring system is old, tired and desperately in need of replacing.

Once you’ve gone through your house looking for the signs that your house may need rewiring, then it’s time to get in touch with a reputable electrician. You need to prepare yourself for a certain degree of upheaval. Most electricians, ourselves included, try very hard to make sure we never leave a mess behind us once we’ve finished, however there is going to be a certain amount of disruption so it’s good to prepare yourself. Some people move out while the rewiring is going ahead, and come back once the job is completed. There’ll be dust, so it’s best to cover up furniture and hide valuables or breakables until the job is done. However, we do use modern tools which are great for attaching to vacuums, so we deal with the dust as we go along – thus leaving less mess at the end.

There’ll probably be a certain amount of cleaning up after we’ve finished, but nowhere near as much you think. What you will have in the end is a home that’s safe to live in and where you’re not liable to have an accident when you switch the lights on. That’s one disruption that’s worth living with.

GW Electrics – for electrical work of a high standard from the best electricians in West Lothian

Do you think your home needs rewiring? Then why not get in touch with us here at GW Electrics and one of our team can talk you through it. We can come to your home and see what needs doing and give you a personalised quote, so don’t ignore the signs, give us a call today.

Tips for Choosing an Electrical Contractor

Are you looking for an electrical contractor? If so, then you’ll need to do your homework first. It can be a nightmare trying to find someone who is both trustworthy and qualified. Don’t leave it to chance because you could end up with dodgy work and more expense. With this in mind, today’s post is about tips for choosing an electrical contractor, someone who you know will do the job well and leave your home safe from harm.

There are key things to consider when choosing an electrical contractor

The key things you need to remember is to know what you want before you book someone, search for an electrical contractor via friends, word of mouth recommendations and online searches. Check references and whether they’re insured, get free estimates from at least three contractors, once you’ve whittled it down to the best ones, and get it all down in writing. 

Make sure you have a clear plan and a budget

Before you start your search are you clear on what you need doing? Make sure you have a clear plan and a budget in place on what you can afford to spend. Once you have that to hand and you know what you want, you can start searching for your ideal contractor.

Word-of-mouth recommendations

Start your search with friends and word-of-mouth recommendations. The best are always on people’s lips and are recommended because they’re good. This is probably one of the best ways of finding someone, and you can also see the work yourself, ask how long it took, and what they were like to deal with. You’ll get a pretty good idea of what you’re going to get and whether this is someone you can work with.

Whittle your list down to a favourite three and then ask for a free no-obligation proposal/quote

Whittle down your electrical contractors down to around three. Once you’ve narrowed it down to that essential three figure number, ask for a written proposal of what they offer. We say written down, because you want to see what you’re getting for what you pay for. You don’t want them changing the goal posts later, and you want a clear breakdown of what they’re going to do and what’s included in the price.

Online searches

It doesn’t hurt to try and do an online search as well. Find someone who’s got clear testimonials and perhaps pictures of their work, find people on there you can email to confirm their testimonials if possible.

Trade associations and guilds

You also want to see if they’re members of an association or trade/guild. This means they’ve had to qualify and train to a certain standard before joining, so this is a good sign. If they name the trade association they belong to, check it out to see if they’re registered.

GW Electrics – for quality electrical work that’s safe, to time and guaranteed

If you’re looking for secure electrical work done to time in your home this summer, consider us here at GW Electrics. We can show you our testimonials, samples of our work and discuss our comprehensive service with you so you can see what we do. We’re here for you, and if you think you need a reliable and trustworthy electrical contractor, get in touch.

CCTV & Burglar Alarms - Keeping You Safe Through Summer and Beyond

It’s important to keep both your home and workplace safe during the summer months when it may be considered a worthy hit for burglars. What you can do is to protect your properties by investing in quality burglar alarms and CCTV.

Don’t forget that summer means holidays, a time when you pack up for a few weeks and spend your time either with relatives here in the UK, or abroad for a little sun. In the meantime, while you are away burglars are on the prowl and an empty house is a great opportunity for a haul.

Keep Your Home Safe With CCTV Cameras

Installing CCTV is a disincentive for any would-be burglar. Just the sight of it should be enough to put them off. Your home is much less likely to be broken into if you have good quality cameras. A good CCTV system is a great way of keeping your home under surveillance and you may find that neighbours are happy to contribute financially towards the cost if they can also benefit from it too. Sharing a CCTV system with your neighbours will also include sharing the cost.

You don’t have to spend a fortune, but make sure you have quality cameras in place

However, CCTV equipment needn’t cost the earth and can start from modest prices, going up to thousands if you’re after a more top of the range system. You don’t have to spend a fortune, but if you want to capture clear images that will deter them or even lead to conviction, then you will need to invest in quality cameras. Also keep in mind that dummy cameras are easily spotted by experienced burglars.

Burglar Alarms

Burglar alarms are also very effective as a deterrent and for catching them in the act. Full systems can be expensive but you will at least have the assurance that your home is safe from harm while you’re away. You can have an alarm system that alerts the police or one that simply goes off on your property, if there’s an intruder.

If you do invest in a home security alarm system, they do come in different forms. Some will come with wave sensors which will detect movement and then set off an alarm. And as we’ve already mentioned it can either go off in your home or be attached to a local police station, or sometimes it can be a security agency.

GW Electrics – Premier Electricians in Glasgow

If you’re thinking of investing in a CCTV or a burglar alarm system come to GW Electrics, we’d be happy to install and advise on home security. We can help you choose something suitable, install it and talk to you about how you can make your home more secure. We also fit lighting, both indoor and outdoor, so if you want, you could fit lighting to the exterior of your property which can also act as a deterrent. Get in touch today and let’s see what we can do to help protect your property this summer.