Kitchen and bathrooms

Kitchens & bathrooms

Kitchen & bathroom services

Because water and steam can increase the risk of electrical, there are specific safety standards and regulations you must follow for electrical work carried out in these rooms.

For example, you’ll need lighting fixtures in your bathroom that can withstand water splashes. And in both your kitchen and bathroom, you’ll need special electrical devices to protect against electrical shocks. In addition, your sockets and switches have to be at a safe distance from water sources.

It’s complicated – but we know all about it, so we can make sure your kitchen and bathroom are safe.

What are the regulations governing electrical systems in kitchens and bathrooms?

When you’re installing an electrical system in a kitchen or bathroom, it’s crucial that you consult a qualified electrician such as a member of the Hopkins Electrical team, who will make sure your system complies with regulations and guarantees your safety and peace of mind.

Here are some of the things to consider:

  • Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) are required near sinks and water sources to prevent electrical shocks.
  • High-power appliances like ovens or whirlpool baths need dedicated circuits to prevent overloading your main electrical system.
  • Electric sockets have to be a safe distance from water sources to minimise electrical hazards.
  • Bathrooms need proper ventilation systems connected to appropriate circuits.
  • All lighting fixtures have to meet specific safety standards for wet or damp locations.

Energy efficiency tips for your kitchen

By following these steps, you can reduce electricity usage, save on utility bills, and contribute to a more sustainable home environment.

  • Choose energy-efficient appliances with ratings like ENERGY STAR.
  • Install LED lighting for reduced energy consumption and longer lifespan.
  • Use motion sensors or timers for lighting control in frequently used areas.
  • Incorporate dimmer switches to adjust lighting intensity and save energy.
  • Maximise natural lighting through windows or skylights.
  • Ensure proper insulation to prevent energy loss.

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All our electricians have earned industry qualifications and certifications, and they're up to date with the latest practices and regulations.


We're big enough to cope with large-scale projects as well as smaller ones. And as a family firm, we understand you need a service that’s tailored to your specific needs.

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We know that emergencies happen. So, if you’re worried about something, you can contact us at any time of the day or night to decide what to do next.

Residential Kitchens & Bathrooms FAQs

If you can’t find the answers you are looking for in our FAQs area please get in touch and we will be happy to help.

Can I install electrical fixtures in my kitchen or bathroom myself?

It is recommended to hire a qualified electrician for kitchen and bathroom electrical work. These areas of the home have specific electrical requirements to ensure safety, such as ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) for outlets. A professional electrician can ensure proper installation, compliance with regulations, and the safety of your home.

What electrical features should I consider when planning the electrical system in my kitchen or bathroom?

When renovating your kitchen or bathroom, the most important electrical features to think about are features such as task lighting and sockets for your appliances. Also, it’s essential to consider electrical features such as ventilation systems to remove excess moisture and prevent the growth of mould or mildew.

Can I add more outlets in my kitchen or bathroom during a renovation?

Yes, adding more outlets during a kitchen or bathroom renovation is a common request. It provides increased convenience for appliances, charging devices, and other electrical needs. A qualified electrician can assess your electrical system, ensure proper wiring, and install additional outlets safely and according to regulations.

Do I need special lights in my bathroom?

Yes, it is advisable to install lighting fixtures with moisture resistance, such as those designed for damp or wet locations. These fixtures are specifically constructed to withstand moisture and prevent potential hazards. Our electricians can guide you in selecting suitable fixtures and ensure their proper installation.

Can I put electrical sockets close to my kitchen taps

Electrical sockets in the kitchen must be installed at a safe distance from water sources to prevent potential electrical hazards. The sockets must also be equipped with Residual Current Devices (RCDs) for added protection. These devices quickly cut off the electrical supply if a fault or leakage is detected, minimising the risk of electric shock. It is recommended to consult with a qualified electrician to ensure your sockets are placed correctly and safely.

We offer flexible finance options

We can help spread your costs to get the project completed when you need it rather than having to pay a larger sum up front.

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Placed an emergency call out with Hopkins Electrical as I had lost all power to my house. Chris turned up within 60 minutes of me placing the call and found that a rat had bitten through one of the cables. He made a temporary repair and then came back a couple of days later and replaced the fuse board and the cabling. Neat job, very professional and very reasonably priced.

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Chris and his team talked us through the whole re wiring process and made sure we had enough sockets and switches in the right places before we started any work. They turned up on time and were very professional in their approach to out very large project. They were always easy to get hold of and would always offer good solutions to any problems we had with our build.

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