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Overcoming a socket shortage: How to make more space for your electrical appliances

According to the UK’s Electrical Safety First guide, 50% of new homeowners require additional socket-outlets to be installed within twelve months of purchase. With a music system, floor lamp, smart TV and DVD player all connected to the mains, many people in typical homes soon find themselves short of spare outlets.

If you want to charge your smartphone or switch on another lamp, you’ve got choices to make: Either disconnect something you want to use, or improvise a solution with extension cables and power strips. A far neater – and safer – solution is to install new sockets. Read on to find out how.

A Socket shortage is a common problem in the kitchen

When is adding new sockets a good idea?

We all know that multiple extension sockets and loose cables can be a serious trip hazard – but the long-term consequences of overloading our domestic power systems can be even more dangerous, triggering short circuits or even fires. But installing a few new sockets isn’t an easy task: The electrician will need to open up the walls, lay new cables, then replaster before you can finally redecorate or paint the area. This long-winded and complex process is only really a feasible option if you’re already planning some building work, such as converting an existing property or renovating an old building.

Power sockets for your home today and in the future: Plan generously

Many old buildings still rely on their original electrical wiring, which does not meet modern standards of comfort or safety. If you’re renovating a building, it’s a good idea to bring the electrics up to date at the same time.

Talk to your electrician well in advance to decide how many sockets you need and where you want to position them.

Remember that the outlets you choose must not only meet your current power needs, but also allow sufficient leeway for adding more appliances in the future. The Electrics Building Regulations from Planning Portal is a good starting point for planning your electrical installation.

Overcoming a socket shortage: The smart solution for any home

Even in new builds, you might end up short of sockets – particularly if you’ve decided to lay out a room differently or use it for something other than its intended purpose. If you want to convert a spare room or a children’s bedroom into a home office, you’ll need more sockets in different positions: A PC, printer, desk lamp, WLAN router and phone will all need plugging into reliable power connections. Even if your home is newly built or freshly decorated, you can add new sockets easily: With the Gira Profile 55, your electrician can expand your system in just a few simple steps.

A Socket shortage is a common problem in the kitchen

Gira Profile 55: An easy and functional way to expand your electrical installation

The Gira Profile 55 is an aluminium profile that your electrician can attach to the wall where you already have a power socket – with no messy cables and none of the dirt, noise or hassle that comes with opening up the walls. The installation process involves removing the existing socket and installing the Gira Profile 55 over the pattress box. Depending on the room layout and your power needs, you can install up to eight empty units in a vertical or horizontal position on the wall. The Profile 55 not only provides space for additional power sockets, but also allows you to integrate over 300 Gira System 55 functions into the empty units: Choose from a range of touch switches, dimmers, wireless wall transmitters, or even a Gira flush-mounted radio.

 

Simple, smart and flexible

The Gira Profile 55 can be installed anywhere in your home, providing a boost of extra power for your study, kitchen or wherever you happen to need it.

It can be used to add a room temperature sensor to your bathroom, or placed in the hall with inserts from the Gira door communication system. It’s the perfect solution for your home workshop too, and can be easily installed in corners, under wall-mounted units or on a work surface. Your electrician can swap out the functions to create a new solution whenever your needs change – and the slimline profile is easy to remove and take with you if you move house.

More power connections, more functions, more possibilities: The Gira Profile 55 is a flexible, fast and simple way to adapt your home to suit the demands of modern-day living, enabling you to enjoy the benefits of smart building technology in every room.

The Gira wireless room temperature sensor is a quick and easy way to retrofit wireless heating controls for individual rooms and therefore solving every socket problem there is

Where in your home do you most need extra power sockets? Tell us how the Gira Profile 55 would work for you.

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