Once you identify the perfect location for your workshop, you will probably need to rewire its electrical system. Unless the previous occupier also used the place as a workshop, your electrical needs are very different from theirs. The following are a few things you should keep in mind when you want to install your workshop’s electrical system.
Identify Locations for Heavy Equipment
Most types of heavy equipment need to run on dedicated circuits. Something like a table saw uses so much power that it should not share a circuit with other equipment. When you cram too many types of heavy equipment on the same circuit, you might overload the circuit when you use multiple types of equipment at the same time. Therefore, know where you will have your heavy equipment so that the electrician can install dedicated outlets at the same outlet. That way you won’t be tempted to use extension cables for your heavy equipment or plug them into ordinary outlets.
Don’t Skimp on the Outlets
In addition to the dedicated outlets for heavy equipment, you will also need ordinary outlets in your workshop. After all, you will also have light equipment that can share circuits. Not only that, but your workshop won’t just feature electrical tools; you may also need outlets for miscellaneous items such as fans, music systems, and computers, among others. Whereas you should have an idea as to how many ordinary outlets you may need for such items, you are unlikely to know the correct figure at this time. Therefore, approximate the number of outlets you might need, and then add a few more outlets just in case you need more in the future.
Install Outlets Above the Floor
Don’t install your workshop outlets at the floor level; instead, install them about a meter high from the floor. First, outlets at the floor level are tiresome to reach when you work on a table or at any height, which is common in a workshop. Secondly, your workshop is likely to be full of tools, unfinished work, and materials. Such items can easily block access to the outlets if the outlets are at the ground level.
Install the Lights on a Separate Circuit
A typical workshop is full of all manner of dangerous things. Pointed tools, sharp tools, hot tools, and tripping hazards are all common in a workshop. You should never walk in an unlit workshop. Unfortunately, you may find yourself in the dark in your worship if an equipment malfunction trips the breaker and the equipment and light fixtures share a circuit.
Install your lights on a separate circuit to avoid such a risk. The overhead or general lighting, in particular, should have an independent circuit so that it stays on even when the rest of the electrical system has malfunctioned.
Install Specialized Lights
Lastly, you should also plan for specialized lighting systems for different purposes. Here are some of the lights you may need:
- General lighting to illuminate the whole workshop and help you see where everything is.
- Task lighting to help you perform specific tasks; for example, you need a task light over the table saw.
- Cabinet lighting to illuminate your cabinets so that you don’t reach for dangerous tools in the dark.
In short, don’t rely on one big light fixture to solve all your lighting needs. Talk to the electrician about your needs so that they can help you design the best lighting system for your workshop.
As you can see, workshop wiring involves considerable work. Fortunately, BC High Light Electric, has the skills and experience to help you design and install your workshop electrical system. Give us a call today, and we will get back to you with a reasonable quote for the scope of your work.