An electrician’s advice for kitchen renovation

by | Apr 2, 2024

It’s true what they say – the kitchen is the heart of your home. A renovated kitchen is your very own space – you get to cook and unwind the way you like in a space curated exactly how you want it to be. Though renovating costs some money, the joy it brings in your life with the finished space and the fact that it increases your property’s resale value are advantages you simply can’t ignore. 

Before the renovation, it’s important you assess not only the structural components but electrical components too. We have listed the things you can keep in mind while planning your kitchen’s renovation.

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From lighting to wiring and power points to appliances, it’s important you look into every aspect so that nothing is missed in your perfect space.

Lighting

Lighting is one of the most underrated but crucial factors when renovating not only kitchens but other spaces at home too. You’ve to think of the comfort of your family and guests, efficiency to get the most out of the energy used, and aesthetics to add on to the whole ambience. 

💡Bell Electrical tip: We recommend going for LEDs for lighting as they come with a wide variety of options and are highly efficient, durable, cost-effective.

Let’s take a deeper look into the various LED options you can explore for your renovated kitchen.

  1. Track LEDs

These LEDs are best when you want to focus on a component of a space. This can be your kitchen island.

  1. Recessed LEDs

These LEDs are suitable when you want to keep things subtle and not make a particular space too bright or distracting. Countertops are a good choice for this kind of lighting.

  1. Pendant LEDs

These LEDs add up some drama and sophistication to your kitchen with their subtle yet efficient lighting. These can be used over a variety of spaces, from the kitchen island to the sink area, or even the countertop.

Let’s now take a look at the electrical requirements for your kitchen renovation.

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It’s always a good idea to involve an electrician from the early stages of planning. There are certain laws and regulations in place when it comes to wiring, sockets and power points that you simply can’t implement yourself. 

In fact, you’re required by law to get an electrician’s assistance when it comes to doing anything more than changing a light bulb.

  1. Consider sub-panels

Your kitchen will require more electrical power than any other area in your home, considering all the appliances you’ll be using, such as ovens and air fryers. Depending on your increased power needs, you might need to install a sub-panel. You can opt to position the sub-panel near the main panel or install it elsewhere in the room and connect it using a sub-feed cable. 

The important thing that a professional will do is ensure that the space around the sub-panel is clear of obstructions from the floor and ceiling. Installing a sub-panel doesn’t mean that you will be able to draw more power – it just means that it will provide additional circuits for your appliances.

  1. Plan the circuits

It’s wise to have one outlet for every 4 feet of counter space in the kitchen. Measure your countertops to determine the necessary number of outlets. Ideally, any area larger than 12 inches by 24 inches should have at least one outlet.

For safety, your home needs circuit breakers or fuses to prevent electric shocks. A circuit breaker will halt the flow of electricity during an overload. Most homes are equipped with rewireable fuses, cartridge fuses, or plug-in circuit breakers on the switchboard. If you wish to replace a fuse with a circuit breaker, take the help of a professional electrician.

  1. Plan the outlets

Since the kitchen is a moist space, maintain a distance between electrical outlets and the sink. The distance depends on the sink’s capacity. If the sink holds less than 45 litres, avoid installing fixtures within 0.4 metres from the top or 0.15 metres from the sides. For sinks holding more than 45 litres, install fixtures either 1 metre away from the top or 0.5 metres from the sides.

Planning to renovate your kitchen? Our expert electricians at Bell Electrical can help you with any queries you might have. Reach out to us at 0411 471 922 to get started.

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Do you need to have your electrical systems done? Bell Electrical Contractors is happy to help. Call us on 0411471922 or email us at info@bellelectrical.com.au.