We have learnt a great deal about load shedding over the past few years, however, the basics still seem to baffle a large amount of consumers. Alison Bulgin, from Mr. Power, helps us simplify electricity measurements.
We take electricity for granted and use it every day. Labelling a main distribution board is important for in an emergency situation or when you need to switch off power outlets.
As part of my kitchen revamp I switched all the single power outlets to double, and replaced the old metal double plug outlets with new modern covers.
I am going from room to room and replacing incandescent lights with CFL fittings. The most recent replacement was at the top of the stairs.
It's so easy to make your own table lamp and you will find plenty of projects in our Craft Section. To finish off your new lamp you will need to add a lampholder for the globe, and perhaps an on/off switch as well.
Some rooms in my home have light fittings that were installed when the house was built - way back when. I thought it was about time I took my own advice - and installed more modern fittings!
If you plan to do home improvements or your own home repairs, a wire stripper is affordable and easy to use, and they produce results that are reliable and safe.
Most electrical problems - some of which can be extremely dangerous - can be prevented with a properly applied wire connector. In most cases, a connector is nothing more than a plastic cap with a spring inside.
By law, appliances, tools and other bought electrical items have to be fitted with a plug, but how many are fitted with a 2-pin plug. Stop running around trying to find a 2-pin adaptor.
While our day to day lives are dependent on electricity, if you are sitting comfortably in front of the TV or PC and the power goes off. What do you do?
Do you know why a switch trips? Here is a simple guide to how your fuse box gets electricity to your appliances.
There are some minor electrical faults that can be repaired yourself - without calling out an electrician. Save yourself some money and time spent waiting by doing a bit of research...
An electrical panel mounted within the home, a circuit breaker is a safety mechanism that is designed to trip and switch off the power when safety has been compromised. Here are some of the problems that can cause a circuit breaker to trip...
If a switch has continuity it should be working, but no continuity indicates that the electrical path is broken and the switch needs to be replaced
If you want to install downlights but have a solid concrete slab or flat roof above, adding faux beams allows you to fit downlights into the beams without having to drill huge holes into the ceiling.
These glass lamp bases are definitely something new and are quite inexpensive to make yourself if you visit a local discount store. Top them off with nice lampshades and you have a gorgeous one-of-a-kind lighting feature for a console table or cabinet.
LED lighting is quickly becoming the most favoured lighting in homes around the world, but what is LED lighting?