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Nearly 1 in 5 electrical installations in UK homes are inadequate

Published: 31 July 2017 - Sarah Mead

New survey by reichelt elektronik reveals significant investment is needed in electronic installations to safeguard homes for future generations.

In almost one fifth (19 percent) of UK households, there are signs of overloading of electrical installations. These are the results of a new survey from reichelt of 1,000 participants in the UK. The research also revealed that the East of the UK experienced the greatest number of electrical overloads (23 percent) when several electrical devices were used at the same time, effecting lights or causing the fuse to blow.

Greater loads mean greater investments are required

Electronic devices have changed fundamentally in the last two decades and so has user behavior: people have more devices than ever before and they often run on the same circuit. The high load on cables, caused by the increasing number of devices, can lead to dangerous cable fires or even electric shocks if the cables are outdated - even when using additional connector strips. On average, domestic electrical installations in the UK are 19 years old meaning they were installed at a time before connected devices, smart homes and high energy consumption became prevalent, therefore they are not designed to handle these loads.

The majority of UK respondents are well aware of this danger - 71 percent of respondents said they were aware of the risks of out of date electricity installations, yet 42 percent say they have no plans to upgrade the electrical wiring in their home.

Futureproofing installations for the next generation

Investment in efficient electrical systems is urgently needed for the younger generations to cater for the increase in device usage. Among the 25 to 34-year-olds, 19 percent have already experienced slight overloading of the domestic electricity network in their home, while the 55+ age group accounts for only 6 percent. 

This research highlights the urgency of investment and upgrades required in UK households. For the younger generation, more power is clearly required for domestic electricity. This means that an even greater investment is needed so that a safe and fully functional electrical system can be ensured for future generations as well.

About reichelt elektronik:

Reichelt elektronik ( is one of the largest European online distributors for electronics and IT technology, offering more than 75,000 products with a very good price / performance ratio with the highest availability and the shortest delivery time.

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