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Electricians are highly qualified tradespeople. You can need an electrician for many things around the house including new lights, wiring, repairs, switches, security systems or power points. If you need power to your granny flat or front deck renovation, a hipages electrician can light up your life.

Apart from changing an expired lightbulb, it's vital that you consult a licensed electrician for all electrical work in your home. For the safety of homeowners, all states and territories require electrical work to be carried out by a licensed contractor. Unlicensed electrical work is illegal and can also be unsafe. Find more information about the licensing of electricians on Licensedtrades.com.au.

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What can an Electrician help with?

  • Electrical rewiring: Your home may need to be rewired, either partially or fully, if electrical circuits or power points need to be replaced. This tends to be more common in older buildings or properties poorly wired during construction.

  • Electrical repairs: From time to time, the electrical outlets in your home such as power points and wiring will need to be repaired. Any repairs of your electrical system should be undertaken by a licensed electrician.

  • Safety switches: These protect you and your family from power surges, faulty appliances and damaged wiring. The safety switch works by monitoring the flow of electricity through a circuit and trip when the electrical current escapes from the system.

  • Lighting: If you need lights installed or repaired in your home or commercial premises, a licensed electrician can help. Whether you have LED, track, fluorescent, neon, halogen or flood lights, downlights or garden lights; an electrician can help with installation and repair..

  • Security lighting: An essential component of any home or commercial premises security suite. The most common solution for security lighting is a floodlight coupled with a motion sensor, which activates a beam. Day/night sensors and time clocks are also really popular. Consult a licensed electrician to install security lighting and sensors on your property.

  • Wiring a new home: If you’re building a new home, you’ll need a construction electrician for wiring and installing all the electrical elements and outlets. Proper planning and consultation will ensure you have an electrical system that suits the layout and design of your new home.

  • New electrical installations: A licensed electrician should be consulted if you are considering building a new home or to customise and change the electrical system in an existing home.

  • Power points: Due to legislation, only electricians can undertake power point repairs and replacement. They will be able to consult on the amount of power points you need and their placement in the home. Electricians can even install USB power points.

  • Switchboards: Route electricity around a building and are designed to protect you from electrocution. Switchboards can also help to isolate faulty wiring and appliances. Your switchboards will need replacing and upgrading on a periodic basis, especially if you live in an older home or building.

  • Test and tag: This involves testing and labelling electrical equipment so that the electrician can identify and repair faulty items. This is typically performed by a specialised electrician who uses dedicated equipment. Electrical test and tag equipment can also detect insulation deficiencies and earth leakages.

  • Renovations: If you’re renovating your home or commercial premises, an electrician will need to be consulted to install or remove power points, sockets and lighting. They can also assist with routing new wiring and installing switchboards in newly renovated rooms and additions.

  • Solar Power:  Installing a solar power system can help improve the energy efficiency of your home and reduce your energy costs. Electricians who specialise in installing solar power units can advise on the most suitable option for your home.

  • Back Up Generators: It can be a good idea to install a backup generator to provide a backup source of electricity in your home. You should buy a back up generator depending on how often you will need it. Your electrician will be able to advise on a suitable generator to suit your needs.  

  • Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS): A UPS is a back-up system used to protect electrical equipment from surges and power failures. The system provides backup power to equipment such as modems, fax machines and computers.   

  • Electrical Data Cabling: Data cabling should be considered when you install systems for computers, telephones and security. You should hire a registered data cable to give advice on the best data cabling and installation for your needs.  

  • Fibre Optic Cables: Installing fibre optic cables carries many advantages, including wide bandwidth, clearer telephone services, high quality sound and image given by home entertainment systems and even being non-flammable.

  • Home Automation: A licensed electrician can install a home automation system in your home, which coordinates all security, lighting and household entertainment systems with a one-touch control. Smart homes can also control the timing of garden irrigation, windows, air conditioners and pet feeding.

  • Home Entertainment: This system combines the functions of several electrical components in order to enable the home viewer an experience of watching a theatre style movie. Speak to your licensed electrician about installing a home entertainment system.

  • Alarm Systems: Your local licensed electrician can play a huge role in the general security of your home. From smoke alarms to state of the art security systems, electricians are the most qualified to give you the best advice.

  • 24/7 Emergency Service: Most electricians will offer a 24/7 emergency service 365 days per year to deal with any electrical emergencies you might be experiencing, from smaller emergencies like power outages through to larger electricians like fires and dangerous electrical currents.

  • Electricians also install electrical equipment e.g. water heaters and air conditioners  

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