While it used to be the case that your average UK home was fitted with bayonet cap lamps throughout, these days most homes you walk into will likely have GU10 halogen lamps in at least one room, either in the form of flush downlights, a central ceiling fitting with multiple bulbs or perhaps a side spot lamp.

No, not a 70’s energy saving idea from the gas board, but instead a way to squeeze multiple electric showers into a property without blowing the maximum demand figure (or the incoming fuse).

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I sometimes hear horror stories of sparkies giving duff advice to customers which can only be chalked up to ignorance at best or a fraudulent attempt to perform unnecessary work for higher profits at worst. Either way, anyone forking out falsehoods is best avoided as they either don’t know or understand their trade suitably enough, or they have cartoon-like dollar signs in front of their eyes and the word ‘SUCKER’ floating about inside their head as they prepare your quote. Here then is a quick compilation of common untruths to watch out for when seeking advice on your home electrics...

ElectricSafe have produced a leaflet aimed at consumers explaining why a competent person should be sought to perform electrical work in the home and how you can use the register to find someone suitable for the job. You can download a PDF copy of this leaflet from here.