Redoing your bathroom is not a weekend job. It’s something that takes a lot of planning and preparation, which is why it usually ends up on the wish list’ for quite a long time. It’s not something to be rushed either, especially where the electrics are involved. And because there is so much risk involved with water and electricity, it isn’t a project best done over the weekend by an enthusiastic DIY’er. It really is better done by a professional! To prove it, we’ve got a few of the more common electrical issues and considerations you need to keep in mind when remodelling your bathroom, and how a professional might handle them.
Getting the lighting right in a new bathroom can be the difference between an OK result and one that inspires a ‘wow’ when you open the door. But there is a fine line between that low, sultry mood lighting that creates that calm and relaxed spa feeling, and a dimness that means you can’t really see what’s in front of you and you end up with a lot of stubbed toes. Equally, too much light can make the room seem stark and create glare, and lights in the wrong places can leave you with areas that are too bright, and others that are pools of blackness. When remodelling your bathroom, you need to consider what kind of lighting is appropriate for the room and where you will place it to make sure everything is well lit.
Keeping It Up To Code
Because a bathroom is a wet space, there are a whole host of electrical rules, restrictions and regulations around the electrical requirements. A few examples include:
- All outlets must be RCD (residual current device), to protect from electrocution.
- All electrical accessories must be correct for the relevant zone.
Unique Power Needs
Bathrooms have fairly unique power requirements to begin with, made more complicated by the fact that each user will have different power needs in a bathroom. Outlet placement and number are important considerations in a bathroom, and are guided by what electrical appliances you want to use. If you’re going to be running more than one electric-powered device at a time, like hair driers and curling tongs, for example, then you will probably need more circuits and outlets to accommodate the load. You will also need to consider how and where you use each cord-dependant appliance, so that you can put outlets in the right places.
Depending on the type of bathroom you’re installing and what extra luxuries you’ve chosen, you may find that your previous power circuits aren’t enough for the new improvements. There are several types of bathroom fitting that require their own power circuit, including things like:
- Underfloor heating
- Heated towel racks
- Whirlpool or jacuzzi bathtubs
If you’re planning to install a more luxurious bathroom, then it will be worthwhile having an electrician look at your plans and see if you need extra prep work done before you start installing things. Because it’s a bathroom, you might be more inclined to hire a plumber to handle every element of your bathroom remodel. And in some ways, you would be right–you do need a good plumber to make sure all your pipes go to the right places, are safe and that all your fittings are installed properly. But plumbers don’t know a lot about electrics, which is why they will often leave you with wires dangling out of the ceiling when they are finished. Hiring an electrician to help you remodel your bathroom means you can be sure everything is safe, up to code and looks finished. If you would like to find out more about our bathroom services, just get in touch with HR Hislop Electrical Contracting today for your free consultation.