There are plenty of DIY projects to do around the house. Building furniture, fixing squeaky doors, painting a room, or even converting your garage into a man. When it comes to electrical work that goes beyond just changing a light bulb though, you should leave it to a licensed electrician. While you may not need to be licensed to purchase all the tools from the hardware store, you certainly need to be licensed for a wide range of electrical work, and that includes changing a light fitting.
ANL Lighting in Victoria are experts in residential lighting, so we know the potential risks of changing a light fitting. We’d hate to see anyone get hurt, so to spread a bit of awareness, here are a few reasons why you should call a licensed electrician the next time you have to change a light fitting.
The Risk to Your Life is Real
DIYers all over the internet make claims to fame about being able to do everything from lay cables to install pipes. But what everyone needs to understand is that – when it comes to electricity – there is a real risk of injury, or even worse. Just ask a qualified and experienced electrician and they’ll tell you about the hidden complexities of residential lighting.
If you’re trying to install a light fitting, you might install it too close to wires and insulation. In general, poor electrical work can also lead to house fires. Don’t put yourself, your home and your family at risk.
You May Not Get the Job Done Right
Even if you think you’ve completed the project correctly, there is no guarantee that you’ve done so. In some cases you might have even caused further damage, which will need to be fixed by a professional down the road. This just means increased expenses for you.
Electrical Safety Law in Victoria
Safety and quality aside, there are also legal implications when it comes to doing your own electrical work. These can lead to hefty fines and even a criminal record so it’s always better to be safe.
According to the Electricity Safety Act 1998 and Electricity Safety (Installations) Regulations 2009, for any electrical installation work, a certificate of electrical safety must be issued. It is a criminal offence to fail to comply with these laws.
Conclusion: Hire an Electrician
For safety, above all, make sure to hire an electrician to install light fittings in your home. Make sure to ask for a Certificate of Electrical Safety so you can rest assured that this person is more qualified than you are.
ANL Lighting in Victoria supplies wholesalers and retailers, as well as tradesmen, hardware stores and more with a range of lighting equipment. If you are a licensed professional or plan to work with one for your residential lighting or electrical work, contact us today.