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Commercial Electrician vs Domestic Sparky – What’s the Difference?

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22/04/2021
commercial electrician vs domestic sparky – what’s the difference?

There are a number of jobs which are completely different at a commercial level compared to a domestic setting. Electrical installations and maintenance certainly fall into that category, with commercial electricians requiring a number of different qualities to your typical sparky.

But to a layperson, whose expertise lies elsewhere, it can understandably be hard to distinguish between the two. Read on as we discuss four differences between domestic and commercial electricians.

1. Scale

The most noticeable difference between a domestic and commercial electrician is the scale of projects they’re capable of taking on.

Domestic electricians will typically work on their own or be assisted by an unqualified Electrician’s Mate. While commercial electricians may operate alone on certain jobs, they’ll have a larger team of qualified electricians to call upon. That makes them better equipped to work on larger projects, with commercial sites typically much bigger than your average home.

If you need LED lighting installing on a 10,000 square foot warehouse, for instance, a domestic sparky simply won’t be up to the task. Or if they gave it a go, you’d have a pretty long wait before it was finished.

2. Regulations

Another thing that sets commercial electricians apart is their knowledge of the relevant regulations.

While most electricians will be up to date with the latest building regulations, commercial electricians also have specialist knowledge of electrical compliance rules like including PAT testing and Electrical Installation Condition Reports.

Crucially, they’ll be aware of the related legislation like the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) and Electricity at Work regulations (1989) too. That’s all complemented by knowledge of energy efficiency schemes like ESOS and SECR, which can keep your business compliant and even save you money.

3. Knowledge of equipment

While it might seem easy to group all electrics together, there’s a lot of variation between the systems you’ll find in the home and the workplace. Unfortunately, your everyday sparky won’t have experience with the latter.

Emergency lighting systems are a case in point. They’re mandatory for commercial sites, so staff can safely exit a building in an emergency. But only a commercial electrician will know how to install, inspect, test and repair the system properly.

4. Experience

Above all else, it comes down to the nature of an electrician’s experience. Commercial electricians will be used to working with three-phase wiring, running wiring through conduits rather than walls, and using extra insulation for greater protection.

While these may seem like small details, they are must-have skills that will come naturally to an experienced commercial electrician.

Commercial electricians in Leeds

Looking for an electrical contractor for your commercial site? Whether it’s a new installation, compliance checks or ongoing maintenance, you’re always better off with a specialist commercial electrician.

That’s where Volta Compliance comes in. With over 20 years’ experience in commercial settings, we provide electrical services you can trust throughout Leeds and the surrounding areas. To find out more or arrange a quote, simply contact us on [email protected].

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Richard Carr Volta Compliance
Richard Carr
Managing Director
Richard is the Director of Volta Compliance. He is a fully qualified approved electrician graded with the JIB. Richard has over 20 years electrical experience working on commercial and industrial installations.