Everything You Need to Know About Electrical Installation
Author: MJS Electrical Date Posted:16 July 2020
Whatever your reason is, it is important to have an idea of what’s happening behind the electricals in your home or office. This guide will help you understand the basics, costs, and everything else you need to know about electrical installation.
What is the meaning of electrical installation?
The dictionary definition of an electrical installation is a ‘combination of electrical equipment installed from a common electrical supply to fulfil a particular purpose’. The electrical installation in domestic residences or small business buildings is made up of fixed parts of the electrical circuit. Examples of this include wall sockets, switchgear, electrical cables, electrical wiring, distribution boards, circuit breakers, possible a new switchboard and other electrical supplies. Electrical installation in its simplest form can cover the inputting of any electrical device, wiring, socket, outdoor lighting, etc into your property by a licensed electrician. Some products are also DIY so they may be installed by a handyman or your own hands.
How much does electrical work cost?
As with any electrical work such as installation of indoor and outdoor lighting, prices vary vastly from scenario to scenario. The price will likely differ greatly between a job that requires a simple fix and one that requires rewiring an entire building, for example. The best way to get an accurate price is to contact your local licensed electrician for an exact quote. This would often involve them coming around to the property to assess the problem or job at hand before giving you a price they would charge to remedy it. Some companies will offer you a quote free of charge, while others will charge a call-out fee to come and inspect the issue at hand.
The average call-out fee in Australia is $90, while most companies have a minimum call-out fee of around $50. This service fee usually covers around 30 minutes of the electrician’s work with some including the cost of electrical supplies used, meaning that many will not charge if they are able to locate and fix the problem very quickly on the spot. It is also worth remembering that even if an electrician does not charge a call-out fee, they may simply charge extra for their first hour of work to make up for it. However, while the price can vary massively from job to job, we can have a look at the national averages.
In terms of hourly rates across Australia, you are looking at between $70 and $100 per hour for an electrician, depending on your location. Western Australia is among one of the more expensive locations to hire an electrician, with average prices of $86.29 per hour. Tasmanian electricians cost $79.33 on average, those in Australian Capital Territory will set you back $78.02 per hour, Queensland $75.22, South Australia, $75.21 and Victoria $68.86 per hour. Of course, these prices are just averages and can chop and change depending on a number of different factors.
Pro tip to save on electrical costs: make sure you buy supplies from electrical wholesalers to get the best price possible.
What different factors can affect the price of electric work?
Electric jobs can range from a quick quote to a full installation depending on the work and electrical supplies needed, so the prices naturally change accordingly. So, what are the most common aspects of a job that will greatly change the price involved?
The size of the Job
Of course, the bigger the job is, the longer it will take, and the more the electrician will charge. If you hire a professional on an hourly basis, the bigger jobs will rack up a rather large price. It can be a good idea to agree to a fixed fee beforehand to avoid opening yourself up to a shock come the bill at the end of the job.
Again, the more difficult the job, the longer it will take and perhaps the more electricians it will need. As we explained before, a difficult job can rack up a high price if charged by the hour, so a fixed rate can be a good idea. It is also good practice to ask your electrician for an accurate timetable, as well as updates to check whether the project is on track or not.
Not only do you have to think about the cost of labour when it comes to electric jobs but also the supplies that the electricians will need to carry out the task. Different types of jobs require different parts and different materials, which have varying prices depending on the manufacturer/supplier. Of course, the more materials needed and the more expensive the materials, the more you will be shelling out come the end of the job. It can be a good idea to ask the electrician what they are going to need before shopping around yourself for some potential deals to save money. You can also buy at trusted electrical wholesalers for cheaper prices.
The prices vary from city to city in Australia, as we explained above. For example, you will likely pay more for a job in Western Australia than you would for the same job in Victoria. You may also find that you are charged more the further away you are from the electrician you are using. If you request for them to travel hours to get to you, be prepared to be charged for the privilege.
Different electricians will offer different prices. Shop around for the best fit for your project and budget.
How much does it cost to install electrical wiring?
As we have outlined, the price for a job can depend on many things, including which company you use, where you are located, what electrical supplies they need, and how long it takes them. Having said that, we can still look at the averages for particular jobs across Australia. When it comes to installing electrical wiring in a new house, for a medium-sized home that has easy access to said wiring, it will usually set you back between $4,000 and $8,000. However, this cost can shoot up depending on the cost of electrical supplies, the electrician’s hourly rate, the time taken, the size of the home, how accessible the wiring is, and more. Larger houses or those with restricted access to wiring can cost up to $20,000 to wire.
How much do other jobs cost?
- Install a Downlight – The average price is $35 plus the call out fee
- Fix a PowerPoint - The average price is $60 plus the call out fee
- LED lighting/LED strip lights installation - $62 to $75 per hour plus the call out fee – The ceiling fan itself can cost between $150 and $780
- Install a ceiling fan - $69 to $80 per hour plus the call out fee
- Outdoor lights - $70-$95 per hour plus the call out fee
- Replace a light switch - The average price is $95 plus the call out fee
- Find a fault - The average price is $100 plus the call out fee
- Fix a damaged cable - The average price is $120 plus the call out fee
- Replacing or fixing an old standard electrical outlet - The average price is $60-$150 plus the call out fee
- Install a USB power point - The average price is $150 plus the call out fee
- Install an electrical outlet - The average price is $140-$180 plus the call out fee – Many also charge a flat rate of $75 to $180 per outlet
- Repair a metre box - The average price is $250 plus the call out fee
What are the materials used in electrical wiring installation?
A number of different electrical supplies and parts can be used in wiring installation, depending on the house and the job in hand. Different jobs require different materials and accessories. These materials and parts can include: galvanised steel conduits, rigid and flexible PVC conduits, wires, telephone cables, flexible cords, outlets, pull boxes, junction boxes, fittings, light switches, convenient socket outlets, HDMI cable, telephone outlets, spur units, DP switch outlets, connector outlets, control switches, sockets, electrical switches, and much, much more. Electrical supplies from trusted manufacturers like Clipsal are also used.
Which wire is used in house wiring?
The most common type of wire used in modern houses across Australia is called building wire. This is essentially a single or multiple individual wires all wrapped within a sheath of plastic for protection. These cables usually contain at least one current-carrying wire, a neutral wire, and a ground wire within the plastic sheathing. On the other hand, when a wire is set to be exposed and not within a wall/ceiling/floor, it is usually installed within a piece of metal or plastic tubing called a conduit.
Types of wire used inside the home
- Building wire – As explained above
- Low-voltage wire – Used in circuits with 50 volts or less.
- Phone wire and data wires – Low voltage wires used for internet and landline phones.
- Coaxial cable – Common wire for TVs and antenna or cable boxes.
- HDMI cable - Transmit digital video and audio signals between devices.
What are the main colours used in wiring?
Different colours mean different things in electrical work and it can be important to know which is which, as some carry live current and some do not. Active, or current-carrying wires, are usually red or brown. Neutral wires are usually black or blue. And earth wires are usually green or a mixture of green and yellow.
What are the basic tools for electrical work?
Electricians use a vast array of electrical tools & supplies on the job, but here are a few of the most common:
- Power saws
- Power drills
- Labelling machines
- Wire strippers
- Nut drivers
- Fishing tools
- Measuring devices
- Utility knife
- Voltage tester
- Wire crimpers
If you are doing some minor electrical work yourself, you can get any of the above from your nearest electrical wholesaler.
Why should I shop with MJS Electrical Supplies?
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