TM Hughes & Son Electrical Services Ltd are domestic, commercial and emergency Electricians who serve the homes and businesses of Brentwood. Whatever your electrical requirements, our fully qualified Electricians will provide a professional service through the whole process from design to installation to maintenance. We have worked with many residents, landlords and business owners in the area, completing work to a high standard. All work includes free quotes \and reasonable rates which are regularly reviewed, ensuring they amongst the best in Brentwood. Electricians can attend your home, property or premises at a time that suits you and are available 24/7 for emergencies.
If you would like a free quote or would like to book an Electrician, please call us: 01277 801560
Domestic Electrical Services
Our Brentwood Electricians will undertake any electrical installation and repairs typical installations include fitting consumer units, full and part rewiring, adding new sockets, installing lighting and more. The Consumer Unit is an essential component of your electrical system. The consumer unit is the first port of call for electricity after it has passed through your electric meter (used by the energy companies to monitor your electricity usage). Electricity travels long distances from the power station to a substation with the aid of transformers. Once at the substation voltage’s reduced, now electricity can go through powerlines to pad mount transformers local to the street. These local transformers reduce voltage further, so it’s safe to use in your home. Electricity then flows to the electric meter and then the consumer unit.
Consumer units (also known as a fuse board) can be switched on and off, cutting the power to your home. Anytime any electrical work’s undertaken in the home, the power’s shut off via the mains switch. Consumer units house fuses that trip when overloaded cutting power instantly. The fuses protect people in the house from electric shock and electrocution; they also protect appliances, cables and electrical fittings from overload, damage and fire. Separate fuses are used for different parts of the electrical system. As an example, a typical unit will contain one or more fuses for circuits, cooker, hob, boiler, lights, sockets, shower and smoke alarms.
Modern consumer units are fitted with a combination of different RCD, MCB and RCBO the fuses fitted in your consumer unit depend on your home and budget. Residual Current Devices (RCD) cut power in the event of excessive electrical current or overheating. RCD’s prevent electrocution and electrical fire. RCD’s are set up to protect single or multiple circuits. Sockets can be fitted with built-in RCD’s, and plug-in RCD’s can be used for an extra layer of protection. Miniature Circuit Breakers (MCB) are used as circuit protection reacting to overload and overheating. In the event of a ‘trip,’ MCB’s can be turned on again at the flick of a switch. Residual Current Devices With Overcurrent (RCBO) are the safest and most expensive type of fuse doing the job of both an RCD and MCB protecting from electrical shock, fire and the overloading of circuits.
The modern fuses listed above are much safer than older style fuses which contained wire that melted in the event of overheating, overload and electrocution. Current fuses cut out instantly, faster than traditional fuses that are also a fire risk. When current fuses trip they are turned back on via the switch traditional wire fuses have to be taken out and have the wire replaced manually. Unfortunately, many older homes in Brentwood have old fuseboxes loaded with old style wire fuses. Old fuse boxes are mounted on a wooden base, another fire risk. Modern consumer units conform to the latest 17th edition wiring regulations (the standard for electrical installations in domestic and commercial properties) and are made from non-combustable metal. Homes with old school fuse boxes should upgrade to a modern consumer unit something our Electricians regularly do in the Brentwood area, please get in touch if you need any help or advice or would like a quote for installing a new consumer unit.
New Sockets & Upgrades
Additional powerpoints are a handy addition to any home as the years progress the average household uses more and more appliances adding more sockets to your home allows these extra appliances to be used safely without the risk of electrical overload. Too many appliances running off a single socket can cause overload and tripping fuses. Our electricians based in Brentwood can install new sockets in your home or upgrade existing ones. There are now many different types of faceplate available on the market which can be switched with your old ones, so they match your decor. Standard white plastic isn’t always desirable; you may prefer decorative plastic, stainless steel or wooden faceplates to compliment your home.
Sockets can be installed or upgraded to include built-in residual current devices (RCD’s) and USB ports, which are great for phone charging. Any socket can be fitted including fused connection units (FCU) with built-in fuses for hard-wired appliances such as boilers. Other socket types we provide include cooker switches, shaver units, multimedia and appliance switches. Let us know your socket requirements, and we’ll find the perfect solution. For those with gardens and outdoor areas, we can install outdoor sockets so you can use lawnmowers, hedge trimmers, power tools etc. outdoors without the need to run extension leads (which are a trip hazard and prone to pulling out) of your indoor sockets. Outdoor sockets are protected from the weather with sprung covers which sit over the top of plugs preventing them from being accidentally pulled out. Want extra protection? Allow us to fit RCD sockets that prevent electrocution in the event of a cut cable.
Sockets safely connect appliances to the power supply. Live neutral, and earth cable runs around your home and connects to the back of the faceplate. Plug in your appliance, turn on the switch and you have power. Faceplates are screwed to a backbox which sits inside or on the wall. The back box and faceplate keep electrical cable sealed and out of harm’s way, it’s essential that faceplates are screwed tightly with two screws and are not cracked. Live current runs to the socket from the consumer unit loose or broken faceplates must be dealt with as someone could come into contact with the live current and get electrocuted. Please let us know if you need any help with your sockets.
The first and foremost purpose of light is to illuminate your home so you can carry out your day to day activities. Lighting’s also used to enhance your home, create atmosphere and enhance security. Every home has different lighting needs our Electricians are lighting experts and can design and install the perfect lighting system geared towards your preferences and lifestyle.
General lighting provides light so you can see hat you’re doing and move around your home safely, general lighting’s fitted in hallways, living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms and utility rooms. General lighting Includes traditional chandeliers and recessed downlights. Task lighting’s installed to make cooking, bathing and working from home more efficient and pleasant by providing excellent quality lighting in your kitchen, bathroom and home office spaces. Lighting can make or break your productivity, so correct lighting in these spaces is essential.
Accent lighting enhances and adds dimension to features and areas of your home by illuminating a particular area. Examples of accent lighting include up-lighters, downlighters, wall unit lighting and low hanging chandeliers over tables/island worktops.
Outdoor lighting increases security and prevents accidents while enhancing the outdoor areas of your home. Used correctly, outdoor lighting can create desirable living spaces for those warm summer evenings. Driveways, gardens and garages are all improved with proper outdoor lightings such as wall lights, decking lights and motion sensor security lighting. There are many types of bulbs on the market Halogen, Incandescent, LED, Energy Saving etc. all with different fitting types wattages and luminens. The choice is overwhelming, but don’t worry your local Brentwood Electrician will select the best bulbs for your lighting installation, creating the exact effect you want for every area of your home.
Wiring, Full & Part Rewiring
Electrical installations include wiring of new build properties and premises and full and part rewiring of existing homes. Homes which haven’t been rewired in the past 30 years should be inspected to establish if a rewire’s in order. Electrical cables can last a long time but will deteriorate eventually. Homes in Brentwood built pre 1970 could have old wiring utilising red for live, black for neutral and green for the earth. Since 2006 all homes built in the UK conform to Amendment 2 of the 17th Edition BS7671 wiring regulations with the same wiring as mainland Europe with brown for live, blue for neutral and yellow/green for the earth.
Most Brentwood homes use a ring circuit and a radial circuit. Radial circuits are used for lighting and hard-wired appliances such as boilers, cookers and showers. Lights are connected in a line, the flow of electricity finishes at the last light. The ring circuit powers your sockets cables are attached to the consumer unit and run around your home in a ‘ring’ powering each socket before returning to the consumer unit. Does your home have old red, black and green cable? If it has or you are unsure it’s time to consider a rewire. Rewiring’s regarded as a disruptive, time-consuming process our Electricians have lot’s of experience in rewiring homes and can quickly upgrade your property to a high standard of workmanship, safely with minimal disruption.
Domestic Electrical Services we offer in Brentwood
- Appliance Installation
- Consumer Unit Replacement
- Cooker Circuits
- Earthing & Bonding
- EICR Certificates
- Electrical Installation
- Electrical Heating
- Electrical Maintenance
- Electrical Repairs
- Fault Finding
- Full & Part Rewiring
- Heating Controls
- Immersion Heaters
- Inspection & Testing
- Indoor Lighting
- Landlord Certificates
- Outdoor Lighting
- Outdoor Power
- PAT Testing
- Security Lighting
- Security Systems
- Sockets Switches
- Smoke & Heat Alarms
- Telephone Points
- Testing & Fault Finding
- Tripping Circuits
- Underfloor Heating
Commercial Electricians / Electrical Contractors
TM Hughes Electricians are fully qualified electrical contractors serving the businesses of Brentwood. Whether you run a shop, hairdressers, restaurant, warehouse or office, our staff are on hand to provide a professional service that’ll deliver your unique commercial electrical requirements. We’re fully aware that the smooth running of your business is your top priority so we’ll undertake electrical work at the times that’ll cause minimal interruption to your day to day trade. Electricians are available for emergency call-outs 24 hours a day so if electrical failure stops your work we’ll have you back up and running in no time. There is no call out charges for emergency services.
You may already have an Electrical fault that hinders your work? Faulty wiring, fuse boards and fuses are common problems that cause tripped fuses, slowing productivity. Don’t lose money; let us identify and fix these faults quickly, ensuring your electrical system’s safe for you and your employees. All commercial work’s completed to a professional standard in a tidy manner and signed off at completion by one of our fully qualified and insured Electricians. All types of commercial wirings covered including three-phase systems, Cat 5, Cat 5E & Cat 6 wiring.
Commercial Electrical Services Include
- Consumer Units
- Lighting Systems
- Security Systems
- Fault finding
- Power supplies
- PAT testing
Emergency Electricians In Brentwood
Electricity is the lifeblood of any home or business without it; there’s no heating, light, hot water or essential appliances that allow you to live comfortably day to day. In the event of Electrical failure, your local Electrician in Brentwood can be with you within a couple of hours no matter the time of day and don’t worry there’s no expensive call out charges or hidden extras with our emergency electrical services.
Power cuts can be down to a fault with the Electrica supply before calling us establish if this is the case by talking to your neighbours (are they experiencing a power cut also?). In this instance, contact your energy supplier who’ll let you know what’s happening and roughly how long the power cut will last. Power will usually come back on in a few hours. Now if the powercut’s just in your home check the RCD fuses if any have tripped into the ‘off’ position try switching them back on, if the power doesn’t return; give us a call there’s a fault in your system somewhere which we’ll rectify and ensure your electrical system’s safe to use.
Weird noises coming from your consumer unit, smoke and burning from sockets, lights and the consumer unit and flooding of the Electrical system are serious issues and need attention from a professional immediately. Shut off your electrical supply, lights and outlets if you experience smoke or burning. In the event of flooding or sockets coming into contact with water only shut off the electrical supply if it’s safe to do so if you’re unsure phone us and we’ll tell you what to do over the phone to minimise damage before we can get to you. Remember water and electricity don’t mix and can cause electrocution don’t take any risks, especially if you’re not sure, let us take care of the situation.
If you would like a free quote or would like to book an Electrician, please use the contact form below or call us on 01277 801560