How it works
How Sockets Works At Ideal.
Pop in your details & tell us about the job, what type sockets you want, where you want them and how many. We’ll send you a fast, free, no obligation quote
We'll send a tried & trusted local electrician to come and provide you with extra sockets where ever you need them. No more extension leads
Do you need more sockets ?
Sockets are wired in rings or radials and it is possible to add a new socket as a 'spur' off an existing ring or extend the radial.
Adding a new socket immediately next to an existing socket is quite simple as the wiring can be hidden behind the socket itself.
If the cable run is a bit longer, then you can either have the cables concealed behind conduit mounted on the surface of the wall. Simple, but somewhat unsightly or hidden in the wall requires redecoration afterwards.
With the rapid pace of change the number of electrical devices in our homes or small businesses. Our power hungry lifestyles can outpace the capacity of our wiring and especially the number of sockets.
Avoid overloading your system and risking short circuit, electrocution or even fire! You can finally do away with those unsightly and potentially dangerous extension leads and multi plugs by getting in touch with us at Ideal Electrical Solutions.
We can rewire your ring main circuit if necessary, install additional sockets where you need them or convert a single or double socket into a triple fitting. You can choose from a range of classical or modern designs and colours so your new fitting will not only be safer and neater but will also look so much better.
Have you found yourself adding more and more devices to an extension lead and wondering how dangerous it is? The answer is it's very dangerous! Never overload an extension socket.
We've all done it, because sometimes it seems that almost everything we use in our houses is electrical, and there never seems to be enough electrical sockets to allow us to plug everything in.
Do you just want to change the faces ?
If you're decorating your house and want a more refined look in your home, you'd be surprised how different your home looks when you've changed up the plug sockets.
Many of us like to consider ourselves competent DIYers, and changing a power socket may seem like a simple task but it’s not always clear what potential hazards may be lurking in your property.
Without a doubt, the biggest potential risk from doing electrical work yourself is, of course, getting electrocuted. Without the correct test equipment to prove that a circuit is dead, one touch is all it takes. Electricity is our friend when we need it but deadly at the same time when it goes wrong.”
Make sure your earthing is up to scratch. If you’re planning on updating your old plastic switches with smart new metal designs, you must ensure that your existing wiring on all circuits has earth running to the each and every utilisation point, otherwise you could risk an accident.
We offer a wide range of fashion covers including:
How about USB sockets ?
Power sockets with integrated USB charging outlets are now the must have electrical accessory. Many are being included as standard on new builds and refurbishments, and can be found in airports and offices. In addition they can be retro fitted by replacing existing power sockets anywhere.
USB sockets can streamline your device charging extremely effectively. Rather than having various extension leads and bulky adaptors plugged in, these sockets allow you to plug in multiple devices with ease
The Best Places to Install USB Outlets in Your Home
Entryways: Above a shelf, table, or in a cubby by an entryway is an excellent place to put a USB outlet.
Kitchen counters and islands: As one of the most frequented places in the house, USB outlets can be useful in the kitchen, similarly to the entryway.
Wifi enabled Sockets
Smart sockets are a simple way to automate the wired devices in your home.
You simply plug a wired appliance, like a lamp or a fan, into your smart socket and you'll now be able to control them on your phone from wherever you are.
If you have a smart home hub, like an Amazon Echo or Google Home Hub, you can also connect your smart plug to it so you can enable voice commands like, 'Alexa, turn on the bedroom fan'.
Besides the fact that talking to your house and having it respond with actions is just cool, smart plugs are great to add to your home if you're looking to save money on your energy bill. By utilising the scheduling feature of your smart plug's app, you can schedule things, like your lights, to only come on during certain times of the day when you're home so they're not wasting energy in the meantime.
Smart plugs also come in handy for keeping your home safer from fire hazards. If you use heat powered items daily, like a hair straightners or a clothes iron, plugging those into a smart socket when using gives you the ability to turn them off remotely from your phone. So, just in case you get to work and realise that in your rush to get out the door you left it on, your smart plug can save the day.
You can wire an external socket in the same manner as a normal spur, by running the cable from a socket or junction box on a main ring circuit or radial via a fused switched connection unit and mounting the socket on an external wall.
Ensure your circuit has RCD protection, and that you use appropriate weatherproof outdoor fittings and then that the external wiring is protected from the elements.
We suggest that external sockets should always be on their own separate circuit and preferably an RCBO protected one. That way if there is an issue it can be isolated or if it gets wet and trips, then it will only be that affected
There are two ways to run electrical wiring on the exterior walls of a house or other structure. One method is to run individual wires in a conduit system. The second method is to run cable direct.
What height do electrical sockets have to be?
Sockets need to be installed at least 450mm up from the floor level of a room. TV points, telephone points, doorbells and light switches should be a max height of 1200mm from the floor.
Electrical sockets, switches and other electrical control devices should be a minimum of 350mm from corners of a room.
Can sockets be lower than 450mm?
The height zones are from the Building Regulations part M and only apply to new-build houses. The height zone is between 450mm to the bottom and 1200mm to the top of accessories. They can be placed at any height within this max.
Can I have a socket in my bathroom?
Why are there no plug sockets in British bathrooms ?
The reason that there are no plus sockets in bathrooms is simple. Having an exposed plug socket can increase the risk of electric shock
Electrical sockets are permitted in bathrooms or shower rooms as long as they are located more than 3m from the edge of the bath or shower. So it would have to be a big bathroom
Specially designed shaver units are an exception to this rule and can be located slightly nearer, but still no closer than 600mm from the bath or shower.
INSTALL A NEW INDOOR SOCKET
INSTALL A NEW OUTDOOR SOCKET
Change Socket Faces
CHANGE A SOCKET FACE
MINIMUM 5 SOCKETS