At Goodwin Electrical Ltd, we’re continually adapting, and expanding our offering to our customers. We can offer a wide range of Electrical services, anything from a light bulb replacement, to a full rewire. If there’s a service not mentioned here, please do get in touch, and we will be able to help.

We’re experts in installation and commissioning of EV (Electric Vehicle) Chargers.

We will carry out a free survey of your property to establish the best options for you, please contact us to arrange this.

Types of Electric Vehicle Charging Point

There are 3 main types of EV Charging Point. Rapid, Fast and Slow.

  • Rapid or Super Chargers are mainly found at Motorway Services and other public locations where super fast charging is necessary during a journey. A typical example is Telsa Super Chargers which can charge the vehicle up to 80% in just 20 minutes.
  • Fast Chargers are the standard for home charging and workplace charging, they can be installed at homes, businesses and other public locations to enable users to charge their vehicles within a only few hours, depending on the vehicle and rating of the charging point. The most common fast charger we install is rated at 7kW which will charge most vehicles from 0-100% within 6-8 hours.
  • Slow chargers (or trickle chargers) are generally only for emergency charging and can take 12 hours or more to charge the vehicle, they tend to be designed to charge form a normal 13A plug socket and are often not designed to be used day in and day out as it can cause overload to the sockets in your house.

What Different EV Charging Plugs/Connectors are Available?

There are two main types of plug that are commonly used: Type 1 & Type 2
Type 2 plugs are the most commonly used and we believe the best option, but the type of plug you use depends which vehicle you have.

Both types of plug can charge up to 32 amps but the type 2 plug also allows for 3 phase charging if your installation has this option. This enables faster charging in some situations.

Having a full rewire will bring the electrical installation in your property up-to-date with the latest wiring regulations. It will also give you the opportunity to modernise your home with a new consumer unit containing residual current devices (RCDs) and circuit breakers, additional sockets to suit your needs (including USB sockets should you so wish) and the most up-to-date, modern wiring available.

It can also be costly and we recommend that you get at least three quotes before arranging for an electrician to carry out a full rewire – as the prices quoted could be markedly different. However, please be aware that the lowest cost does not always mean the best job – so do your research carefully and maybe look at examples of other rewires carried out by the firm you choose to go with.

Using LED lighting correctly can help transform the look of your garden.

I always take the time to visit your garden and talk through any ideas you may have. We shall explore all possibilities and can advise on what would best suit your garden and budget. I will carry out a full site survey and produce a detailed lighting proposal – all at no cost, with no-obligation!

Similar to Garden/Outdoor Lighting – I always take the time to visit your outdoor space whether it be a workshop or garden office or shed and talk through any ideas you may have. I shall explore all possibilities and can advise on what would best suit your needs and budget. I will carry out a full site survey and produce a detailed proposal – all at no cost, with no-obligation!

LED lights are one of the latest inventions of scientists for reducing the negative effects of conventional bulbs to the environment. Studies reveal that LED bulbs produce less carbon than older bulbs, which can be very useful to get rid of the ill effects of global warming.

Long life LED bulbs is one of the most important features of LED light and devices, which attracts many buyers to purchase them. These light bulbs use less electrical energy, which help you to save allot of your electricity bill amount. LED bulbs are a little costlier than other bulbs to purchase, but promise to be long lasting and value for money.

Energy Production: With household bills and energy prices constantly going up switching to LED lighting. It is a well-known fact that LED bulbs produce less heat, even if they are used for a long time. It has clearer light output than the older bulbs, and the more you will use them, more economical they will be.

‘LED lights can help reduce the average person’s carbon dioxide emissions by up to 40kg a year – the equivalent to driving a car 40 miles,’

‘By switching from a 100W incandescent bulb to an LED light bulb, the Energy Saving Trust estimate that you can save up to £9 per bulb per year, based on a 1,100-lumen bulb running for 562 hours.’

Longevity: These energy saving bulbs have a very long life, and they are able to remain consistent despite of long-term use. The average life of a led bulbs or fitting can be over 50,000 hours.

Are my electrics safe?
The electrics in your home must be safe for your protection. The best way to find out whether the systems in your house are safe is to ask a qualified electrician to carry out a test and inspection report (electrical installation condition report). In the UK, this should take place every 10 years in a domestic property, and every five years if you live in a rented home. A property should also ideally be tested before being sold so that the buyers know the condition of the electrics. Commercial premises require more frequent checks.  

What happens in an electrical installation condition report?
There are two basic parts to an EICR: visual checks and electrical tests. For the visual checks, I would look at lights and sockets to see if they’re damaged or deteriorating. I will check wiring, bonding and earthing and look at the consumer unit to assess its condition and whether it meets current safety regulations.
 Electrical tests involve putting an electrical current into a circuit to measure the resistance of the earthing, and to check the insulation of the wiring. I also check that the wires are the right way around (polarity) and that the RCD (trip switch) operates within the correct time and specifications.

I will produce a detailed report after every inspection, which we can also pass on to insurers and tenants if necessary. If I find anything that isn’t safe, I will take photos and attach them to the report, so you know exactly what the problems are. I can also provide a free, itemised quote for fixing them!

Fault finding is a specialist subject which requires calibrated electrical testing equipment along with many years of experience. It is always wise to have a professional electrician carry out Fault Finding on your property.

Common issues you might find are

  • RCD tripping
  • MCB tripping
  • Fuse blowing
  • Lights not working
  • Switches operating wrong
  • Dimmer switch not working
  • No power at sockets
  • Appliances not working

What happens once a fault is located?
Once a fault has been identified and traced to a location within the installation I will assess the cost for repair.

If materials and additional time are required then a report and free quotation will be provided. If you are happy to go ahead with the remedial work then you can schedule an appointment with me at a time and date to suit. You can also pass my report onto other local electricians if you wish to acquire multiple quotations before making a decision.

Why should I install a fire alarm?
If you’re wondering what you should do to protect your home or business from fire, get in touch and I can provide free advice. I can install and maintain domestic and commercial fire protection systems to protect you and your belongings.

What does a domestic fire protection system look like?
In the home, a simple mains powered smoke alarm system with battery backup and wired interconnection is the standard. The most common types of detector in the home are optical and heat. Optical smoke detectors are good at detecting slower burning fires and smoke from electrical fires, for example. Heat detectors are used in kitchens to avoid false alarms from minor things like burned toast. They detect a swift rise in temperature which could indicate fire.

How often should I test my smoke alarms?
I am based in East Sussex, where the local fire department recommend testing your smoke alarms every month. A good tip is to write a calendar reminder on the first day of every month.

What sort of fire alarm to I need for my business?
The best way for me to find the right system for you is for me to visit your business premises. I offer fully addressable systems in commercial premises and simpler installations in small businesses. I can also install fire alarms in HMOs (Houses of Multiple Occupation) to keep the building compliant and safe.