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Did you know: USB Sockets

You might consider having a USB socket installed. I didn’t know USB sockets were available to buy, I only found out when a customer wanted two installed.

As you can see in the photo, this USB socket has two sockets and two USB ports. You may or may not have received a socket charger with a USB port for your phone when you bought it, only a USB charger, so one benefit is that you will not need to buy one if you have have a USB socket installed. Another benefit is that the socket(s) themselves (on the USB socket) are left free for your other devices to use, while the USB ports are left available to charge your phone.

Just be careful because the USB ports are always live, so don’t stick a pin in the USB port for example, or you will get a shock (but hopefully you know that already).



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Installed a new shower

Plugged_In_Electricians - bathroom shower2A customer asked us to install a shower.  We installed a new cable at the correct size and installed a 7.2 KW shower.  We installed a cable and breaker that could allow for upgrade to a 10 kw shower in the future if they wanted a little more power to the shower.  In this case the customer already had installed a working RCD.  If not, then we’d have had to install a new RCD to meet regulations and keep our customer safe.

Our customer in the Carnforth area was provided with a hot shower that was installed correctly with a certificate to keep things in order.

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Marine Electrics

Hey Yachtis on Lake Windermere, Cumbria. Did you know that there is now shore power at the public jetties at Ferry Nab? Just think what you could do with that. Scrub the deck? No thanks, I will Plug In and jet wash.

What about all those repairs that you meant to do over winter if your boat was out of the water. Well you’ll be able to Plug In and get them them done. Who knows, a Ferry Nabber might just be on hand to give you some advice!

What ever you’re choosing to Plug In, why not book a Plugged In appointment for advice and get the most out of this power source.

But what about the inside? Who wants to trip over an extension; especially with visitors coming. Why not get some discreet sockets fitted?

  • If your sick of warm drinks on a hot sunny day, get a fridge installed and a connection to the shore power
  • Ping that microwave for a quick tasty dinneMicrowaver
  • Plug In your hairdryer before that night out in AmblesideHairdryer
  • Plug In the hoover and get that saloon spic and span
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Did you know: Loft insulation and electricity

In Carnforth, Lancaster and Morecambe, it has been quite a mild winter compared to
previous years. You may have put in loft insulation, but the wiring creates heat, more so within insulation.

The heat reduces the amount of electricity the wires can transmit to sockets, lights and any other device on a circuit, and the heat can also damage the wires.The wires may need to be replaced, and it can be expensive to do so.

You can help this problem by creating space around the wires or laying the wires along a wooden block outside of the insulation.

If you want advice or help you can contact Plugged In ElectriciansLoft Insulation

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Kitchen Heat Lamps

A rare job for us was fitting a pair of heat lamps in a Kitchen in the Lancaster and Morecambe bay area. The heat lamps were used to keep the food warm when dishing out.  We provided a new breaker on the consumer board and a switch with a neon for safety when changing the bulb.  They have been successfully used at dinner parties!

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A rewire for a home in Carnforth area

Plugged In Electricians home rewire. see in the image the age of the system. Have you ever seen anything as old as this?Plugged_In_Electricians - rewire7

This customer asked for

  1.  A new Consumer Unit / Switchboard
  2. New sockets
  3. New lighting (with two way switches)
  4. Power to boiler and utility outhouse
  5. Outside lighting

The customer told us to hide all cables in the walls and under the floorboards.

Plugged_In_Electricians - rewire4Our customer received:

  1. System design that was safe with the correct cables and switch capacities
  2. RCD protection
  3. All approved parts that meet guidelines
  4. Correct installation methods
  5. Clear and correct labeling for the switchboard
  6. Full certification
  7. Great customer service

Plugged_In_Electricians - rewire2 Plugged_In_Electricians - rewire6Plugged_In_Electricians - rewire1

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Christmas lights

There is something wonderful about walking past our neighbours and seeing their house as bright as Blackpool lights.  In the regulations you may want to look at Section 714 which gives guidance on outdoor locations including gardens.  In regulation 714.1 exclusions are given, namely:

  • lights that are connected directly to the internal wiring of your home.  For example, a santa light at the front door with the plug going through the letterbox and plugging into the socket

That means as long as your lights are IPX3 (IP43) rated for sheltered areas or IPX4 (IP44) rated for exposed areas, then you can plug them directly into a socket on the inside without any further to do.  Safe ligths will have their IP rating directly on the light, or tag that should remain on the light.  If they do not, then we suggest you purchase a new exterior light from a good suplier.

PLEASE NOTE: Are your indoor electrics safe?  Will your power cut off automatically if there is a fault? If in doubt, then contact a Qualified, Competent, Regulated electrician for a safety inspection and certificate.

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Cable Colours

What colours?

What do the colours mean?

You may find that some of the electrical cables / wires in your house have different colours.  A basic rule to remember is:

Brown (new colour) / Red = LIVE

Blue (New colour) / Black = Neutral

Green & yellow (New colour) / Green = Safety Earthing


  1. The Electrician before you may have made a mistake and wired the LIVE in the wrong place, so test the cables with an approved voltage tester
  2. TURN OFF POWER – when it comes to making changes, TURN off the power at the source, then check the area you’re working on with an approved voltage tester
  3. Secure the source – make every effort to ensure that someone can’t turn the source back on while you’re working on it.
  4. If in doubt, call a Qualified, Competent and Regualted Electrician.  It’s not worth the risk.
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Do you know: Replacing a plug

When I was busy reading today I went to plug in my lamp, and found that the plastic on the plug had fractured, and the inside of the plug was exposed. If someone came along and stuck their finger or some metal into it they could get a shock.

Plug with fracture



Replacing the plug was the next step, and I thought it would be a good idea to let people know how to do it, as you will likely need to do it at some point in your life. These are the steps (and all you will need is a screwdriver, and a new plug):

  1. You will need to remove the screws off the plug’s cover with a screwdriver.Plugged In Electricians Plug 5
  2. You will see three different coloured cables. The colours will be brown, blue, and green/yellow. If it is an older device (e.g. a lamp), the colours may be red, black, and green. You can see that the cables are held in to a hole in each pin by a screw, so simply get your screwdriver and untighten and remove the screws to remove the cables.
  3. Plugged In Electricians Plug 3

  4. Open the cover of the new plug, and attach each cable to their pins. Facing upwards, the brown cable goes to the bottom right, the blue to the bottom left, and the green/yellow to the top. You can also see letters inside the plug corresponding to where the cables are positioned. The E is for the earth cable (green/yellow), the N is for neutral (blue), and the L is for line (brown). Plugs may or may not have an earth cable as you can see in the above picture.
  5. The new plug cover should have screws on the inside of it, so take them out and put the cover back on using those screws to tighten it.


Hope it goes well