Fulcher Edwards Ltd is an established family run company with 30 years experience in electrical services. We are NICEIC, Part P, Trust Mark & SafeContractor approved and work to current British Standards which gives you peace of mind that we are capable in helping with your electrical requirements however big or small. Covering London and surrounding areas.
we were to tell you not to carry out that electrical job because you
would die from an electric shock would you do it anyway? The answer
hopefully would be a resounding no! Unfortunately for one person
every week in the UK, that quick electrical job costs someone their
life and 350,000 are injured every year as a result of electrical DIY
jobs. These are frightening statistics and there is a very real
likelihood you could become a statistic too if you carry out DIY
electrical work in your home.
aside from not carrying out DIY electrical work, surely someone else
with a bit of electrical knowledge will be able to carry out
electrical work? Again this is wrong too. As electricians in London
we witness on a daily basis the misconceptions of home electrics.
From the person who believes you only need to pull a fuse out to
carry out electrical work safely to the person who thinks their
plumber can also do their electrical work. It is vitally important
that only a qualified and registered electrician does your home
electrical work, no matter how small – or big – the job is. If
you are paying out thousands of pounds for a new bathroom, why would
you compromise your safety by trying to do your own electrics or
asking someone who is not a qualified electrician to do it?
sure you hire the right person to do your electrical work
Having made the right decision to use an electrician to carry out
your electrical work, you will of course want to ensure you don't
become prey to an unqualified and unregistered electrician.
Essentially this is a person who will tell you that they are an
electrician and no doubt will baffle you with words to that effect.
To this end, you might not think to ask to see their qualifications
and proof of registration before they begin working in your home.
The electrical safety charity Electrical Safety First estimate that
there are around 20,000 unregistered electricians carrying out work
in peoples homes at any one time. This is a startling number and in
most cases, the householder is not aware of the fact believing they
are paying a qualified and registered electrician to carry out the
is now easier to check the credentials of an electrician before they
Checking the credentials of an electrician before they start work is
the only way you can guarantee that the work you have done is safe,
legal and in accordance with electrical regulations. Here at Fulcher Edwards, we witness on a regular basis the results of shoddy and
dangerous work carried out by unregistered electricians. Although we
put the job right, it still costs the customer more in the long run
as they are then paying for the work twice.
Unfortunately many of our clients in this position did not check the
electricians credentials instead often relying on neighbours or
friends recommendation. Indeed, many of our clients were under the
impression that the person fitting their new kitchen or bathroom were
qualified to carry out the electrical work.
The good news is though, you can now get one step ahead of an
unregistered electrician by checking a new on line register which
features all appropriately qualified and registered electricians who
can carry out work in homes in England and Wales. As electricians in London witnessing dangerous electrical work being carried out on a
regular basis, we highly recommend you check this register before
making contact with an electrician.
register is called Registered Competent Person Electrical and was
launched only last month. It is Government supported and all
electricians are on there regardless of which scheme they are
registered with. It is very user friendly too, simply enter your
postcode in the box and your nearest electricians will be displayed.
As niceic electricians we are proud to be listed on the
register. If you search for an electrician and they do not appear on
this register then you are better off walking away. Do not take the
risk on using an unregistered electrician.
on making sure your electrical work goes without a hitch
Remember to check credentials
Always confirm proof that your electrician is qualified and
registered before work commences. If your electrician is not willing
to show them, you are better off using someone else.
Ask previous customers thoughts on
the standard of work the electrician has carried out and how
satisfied they were with the experience.
Get 3 quotes
Don't settle for the first quote,
get a quote from 2 other electricians. This will give you an idea of
the price you're looking at. Don't be tempted to take the cheapest
quotation, as this could mean the work will not be up to standard or
have hidden costs which means you'll be paying more in the long run.
Know who everyone is
If different trades people are doing
the work, it makes sense to know who everyone is. Make sure you
check the credentials of everyone working in your home before they
carry out any work.
As electricians in London, we care
passionately about the electrical safety of all our clients. We are
determined to spread the word on avoiding unregistered electricians
and how to ensure only qualified and registered electricians carry
out work in your home.
UK electrical safety charity Electrical Safety First has launched a
Summer campaign surrounding electrical safety in the garden. You
don't need to be an avid gardener to be at risk from electrical
dangers in the garden. Simply giving your lawn a quick once over
with your Flymo is enough to give you a serious electrical shock or
is at risk?
Anyone who uses electrical equipment in their garden is at risk.
That is most of us as let's face it, it makes gardening a lot easier
to just get the mower, strimmer or hedge clippers out without another
thought! Whether your garden is a roof top terrace or a lavish green
space, it is worth noting that 300,000 people a year end up in
hospital due to injuries sustained in the garden. A third of
accidents are a result of electrical equipment misuse.
do we mean by misuse?
By misuse we're not suggesting that you had a crazy moment with a
hedge trimmer, but rather making a mistake that many of us are guilty
of doing. You have probably mown your lawn a thousand times before,
but a new mower is always a bit different. Did you know that 18% of
men and 13% of women never read the instructions before using
gardening equipment? We all know someone who never reads the
instructions, but they can contain nuggets of useful information
that may actually save your life in the event of a mistake or even an
sort of mistakes are we talking about?
of the main types of electrical accident – 25% in fact that occurs
in the garden is accidentally cutting through the electrical lead on
mowers and hedge trimmers. It's an easy mistake to make and live
cable could cost you your life if you touch it accidentally. Death
by electrocution. Not a nice thought is it?
electrical death or injury caused by gardening equipment could be
reduced significantly by using RCD protection. As electricians in London we see all too often the life saving benefits of RCD
protection in the home. Appliances can malfunction often without
your knowledge, cables can deteriorate without you realising and
accidents can easily occur outside – from electrical appliances
accidentally dropped in a paddling pool to not checking an appliance
before using it.
RCD protection expensive?
RCD protection for your whole home would be in the form of a consumer
unit upgrade. Your home may already have protection, simply look for
a T or Test button on your consumer unit and press it. If your power
goes off instantly, then you have working RCD protection. At Fulcher Edwards we fit up to date consumer units for home owners and
landlords across London, however there are more budget friendly
could opt for an NICEIC electrician to fit some RCD sockets in your
home which will give you RCD protection for appliances which are
higher risk (such as gardening equipment) and for appliances that are
left unattended (such as kitchen appliances) that way you have peace
of mind that there is RCD protection where it most matters.
are also RCD plugs available at sensible prices on the High Street.
Always purchase these from reputable sources so you can be sure of
receiving a genuine product. RCD plugs plug into a standard socket,
and you then plug in your equipment or appliance into the RCD plug.
This will offer RCD protection to the appliance and the user so long
as you test the plug before every use.
at Fulcher Edwards, we recommend that all gardening equipment is
protected by some form of RCD protection. Unfortunately two thirds
of gardeners do not use any RCD protection or have never heard of it.
being a statistic this Summer
last thing you want is to end your gardening session with a trip to
the hospital. By following a few simple steps particularly by using
RCD protection when gardening will avoid this situation occurring.
the manufacturers instructions and using the appliance in accordance
with them will also prevent nasty accidents occurring in the first
garden should be a place to relax and here at Fulcher Edwards, we are
committed to ensuring it stays that way!
refurbishment or even a rethink of the lighting arrangements can
quite literally light up the life for your shop and increase your
customer base. Get your shop lighting right and that passing trade
will increase significantly. If your shop catches the eye of passers
by and looks vibrant, modern and inviting then rather than walking on
by, customers will begin to stop to see what you have on offer.
Perfect lighting gives the ultimate finishing touches to all outlets
from barista bars to electrical stores.
to achieve perfect lighting
Creating the lighting solutions that match your shop ambience can be
a challenge with busy owners not having the time to look for an
effective solution. This is why here at Fulcher Edwards, our team of
expert electricians can design, specify, install and commission
lighting in many retail settings. We have extensive experience of
designing and fitting lighting solutions in homes, offices,
restaurants and shops in some of the most prestigious areas of
lighting rings the tills
There is a lot of truth is the statement above. High end department
stores invest in luxurious lighting which fits in with the placing of
products such as lingerie and cosmetics. Think of your shop lighting
as part of your store architecture – make it part of the viewing
experience – this creates the exciting shopping experience that
lead to customers making purchases.
the stores are fitting
LED lighting is exceptionally popular currently with many shops and
stores opting to fit LED lighting. Of course the range of LED
lighting available is vast and and it is easy to become bamboozled at
the range of options available. Here at Fulcher Edwards we design
and source the best lighting solution for your needs as part of the
From high bay to sequence, capo lights to hi-track each lighting
solutions creates varying effects. So whether you needs are the
ultimate in energy efficiency and lumen performance or whether you
want an aesthetical look and product highlighting too then there will
be a an LED range to suit your needs.
LED lighting is becoming particularly popular in both domestic and
commercial settings due to their lifespan and low running costs. We
have helped many business owners and home owners in and around London
to save money by upgrading their lighting from older style halogen
lamps and fluorescent tubes.
Our qualified and experienced electricians in South East London have
been refurbishing a series of high end designer stores. The stores
opted for several hundred LED spotlights around the entrance and
within the store which accentuated the shopping areas and provided
and inviting exterior to entice shoppers in. The mannequins and new
items were lit by individual hi-trac lights which not only provides
outstanding lighting to show off sales items to their best, but also
can be easily adjusted by shop staff when displays change.
Meeting places which can range from a quick morning coffee to a full
blown dinner party command lighting for the occasion. Receptions,
hotels and coffee bars all benefit from having lighting to show off.
Certainly here at Fulcher Edwards we have had the pleasure of fitting
some very rare and unique lighting fittings in high end
establishments in London and such lighting adds to an already
eclectic atmosphere. Statement lighting such as crystal lighting,
lamps and balls add to the look using a range of floor, wall and
top tip before you begin
Before you choose your lighting, consult a qualified electrician who
can advice on what the best lighting would be for your business. At
Fulcher Edwards we have over 30 years of carrying out electrical work
for business clients in and around London. We have unfortunately
seen many instances where people waste money on inferior lighting
which will not do justice to their business.
As electricians in South East London, we can take care of all your
lighting needs including sourcing the lights you need. Why not
increase your sales by giving us a call today.