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Frequently Asked Questions

Why does my light smell of fish?
Why does my socket smell of fish?
Why does my light switch smell fish?

this strange smell is probably emanating from a burning electrical component. Electrical shielding, wires, and other plastic components emit a “fish” or “urine” smell when exposed to high heat.

You may also notice the light switch or socket getting warm or hot and you may see black marks on these too.

We recommend getting us to take a look for your safety and peace of mind.

Why does my light flicker?
Why does my light switch buzz?

In general, flickering lights are caused by a simple drop or fluctuation in household voltage that causes the lights to dim momentarily. A variety of common issues can cause your lights to flicker, these are some likely causes.

  • Loose wiring

  • broken old and worn light bulbs

  • incompatible dimmer switch(these can be very temperamental, we recommend getting a qualified electrician to check compatibility).

  • faulty switch.

​Flickering lights are normally not a cause for alarm. But sometimes they can indicate a more serious underlying issue. Constant or severe drops in lighting can result from circuit overloads or faulty connections somewhere along the circuit. Both problems can be serious safety concerns and should be discussed with an electrician.

Is my fusebox / fuse box dangerous or does it need replacing?

We would recommend updating to the latest fuse box or consumer unit, this is to ensure that you have the very best in safety features to protect you and your family,

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An example of an old outdated rewireable fuse box


A new "Fusebox" branded Fuse Box with full RCBO's and SPD protection.

An RCBO(Residual current operated Circuit Breaker with Overcurrent protection) performs 2 important functions that the old rewireable fuses fail to do.

An RCBO will cut the power in the event of an overload to the circuit(which the rewireable fuses do but nowhere near as efficiently meaning that your wiring circuits could become damaged).

An important function that an RCBO does also is that if for example your toaster had an earth fault/leak the outer metal casing of the toaster is likely to become live which will give you a nasty shock, the RCBO would detect this fault and automatically disconnect the power before you were to touch it.

We fit SPD's (Surge Protection Devices) as standard in all our consumer units.

SPD's perform an important role in protecting against spikes in the incoming electrical system which could damage your sensitive electrical items(TV's, PC's, LED lighting etc.)

Why do my LED's lights keep blowing or breaking?
Why do my electrical items keep breaking?

Over the past few years with the introduction of many low voltage devices within the household now we have noticed that many of these items keep breaking, we have monitored this closely and can summarise that this is most probably due to the spikes in the electrical system coming from your main supplier, since we've installed SPD's into properties we have noticed a dramatic fall in the amount of problems of this type.


We fit SPD's (Surge Protection Devices) as standard in all our consumer units.

SPD's perform an important role in protecting against spikes in the incoming electrical system which could damage your sensitive electrical items(TV's, PC's, LED lighting etc.)

We can also retro-fit SPD's either within your current consumer unit or within a separate enclosure.

Are you a local Electrician in Northampton?
Are you a Registered Electrician in Northampton?
Are you a qualified Electrician in Northampton?
Are you a good Electrician in Northampton?

The simple answer is:

YES - Kingsthorpe, Northampton NN2

YES - Yes we are registered as a full scope Electrician, we carry out commercial, industrial and domestic electrical work

YES - We are qualified up to the latest BS7671 18th edition 2018 regulations.

- Going by our 100% reviews on MyBuilder the YES!

We would really like to carry out your electrical work for you but obviously it's your choice, please be sure to use a registered qualified, and fully insured Electrician to carry out your work for your own safety and peace of mind.

What areas do you cover?

We cover Northampton mainly but can travel if required.

Some of the villages and postcodes we cover are:

NN1    NORTHAMPTON    Northampton.  
NN2    NORTHAMPTON    Kingsthorpe, Boughton, Semilong.

NN3    NORTHAMPTON    Abington (East), Bellinge, Blackthorn, Boothville, Ecton Brook, Great Billing, Headlands, Kingsley Park, Lings, Little Billing, Moulton, Moulton Park, Rectory Farm, Round Spinney, Southfields, Spinney Hill, Standens Barn, Weston Favell.
NN4    NORTHAMPTON    Brackmills, Delapre, East Hunsbury, Far Cotton, Grange Park, Great Houghton, Hardingstone, West Hunsbury, Wootton.
NN5    NORTHAMPTON    Duston, New Duston Kings Heath, St James, Dallington, Spencer, St Crispins, Upton    Northampton
NN6    NORTHAMPTON    Brixworth, Cold Ashby, Crick, Earls Barton, Ecton, Guilsborough, Long Buckby Spratton, Sywell, West Haddon, East Haddon, Chapel Brampton, Church Brampton.
NN7    NORTHAMPTON    Blisworth, Bugbrooke, Castle Ashby, Cogenhoe, Dodford, Flore, Gayton, Grafton Regis, Hackleton, Harpole, Harlestone, Hartwell, Horton, Milton Malsor, Nether Heyford, Piddington, Preston Deanery, Quinton, Roade, Rothersthorpe, Stoke Bruerne, Weedon Bec, Yardley Gobion, Yardley Hastings
NN9    WELLINGBOROUGH    Wellingborough, Chelveston, Finedon, Great Harrowden, Irthlingborough, Little Harrowden.
NN12    TOWCESTER    Abthorpe, Caswell, Greens Norton, Silverstone, Towcester, Weston    South Northamptonshire
NN14    KETTERING    Broughton, Desborough, Geddington, Isham, Pytchley, Rothwell, Thorpe Malsor, Thrapston, Hardwick    East Northamptonshire.
NN15    KETTERING    Burton Latimer, Barton Seagrave.
NN29    WELLINGBOROUGH    Bozeat, Great Doddington, Irchester, Podington, Wollaston.

Local Northampton Electrician

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