FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
An RCD, or residual current device, is a life-saving device which is designed to prevent you from getting a fatal electric shock if you touch something live, such as a bare wire. It can also provide some protection against electrical fires.
A push button test must be performed every 3 months. A great way to remember this is to test them at the start of each season.
Yes, we certainly can.
In fact, before you sell or rent out a property you will require an Energy Safety Certificate from a registered Electrical Contractor. They will test and verify the correct operation of your smoke alarms and RCD’s.
You can test your RCD’s by first turning off and unplugging all electronic devices in your home. Next, locate your homes switchboard. Inside the switchboard should be RCD’s, these will be identified by labels on the escutcheon panel.
Locate the TEST button on the front of the RCD. Press and release quickly. You should hear an audible thunk as the switch turns off. Do this to all RCD’s in your switchboard.
Before turning the RCD back on, quickly walk around your home and look for any devices that are not switched off. If all the RCD’s are off and there are a few outlets with power, this means they are not protected. If this is true or you do not have any RCD’s installed contact Allspark Electrical immediately to upgrade and protect your family and home.
Once completing the test, go ahead and reset them by moving the RCD toggle to the up position. It is now safe to reinstate any electrical devices disconnected prior to testing.
Smoke detectors need to be replaced every 10 years in Australia. To identify if yours need replacement simply undo the clip holding the detector to it’s bracket and check the manufacturing or installation date on the back.
Testing a smoke alarm can be achieved via 2 methods.
- Simply locate the test button on the front of the detector. Press and hold few a few seconds until the alarm sounds. Release the test button and the alarm should return to it’s normal operating state.
- Purchase from any hardware or electrical wholesaler a can of pressurised smoke specifically designed for testing smoke alarms. Then simply follow the instructions on the can.
This blip sound or bleep sound every 5-10 seconds is the smoke alarm telling you to replace your 9V backup battery. Undo the clip supporting the detector to the ceiling bracket to gain access to the battery. Replace the old battery and refit the smoke detector.
Yes we can! Anything from actuators, custom control circuits, swipe card access and magnetic locks, we can install it. In fact Allspark Electrical has been involved designing, fabricating and building Escape Rooms in Perth. We can cast this electronic wizardry into your next project, today!
Unplug all electronic equipment from the power sockets, then try resetting the RCD. If the RCD won’t reset, there may still be something plugged in or a fault elsewhere that will require testing to locate and rectify.
We certainly do, in fact our fans are always installed with timbre bracing and roofing screws. So strong you could hang off it! We do not recommend trying this.
We most certainly can! We love a good fabricating custom light fittings.
We can fabricate and install anything from LED strip lighting into suspended objects, single cafe style vintage pendants to multiple bunched cafe style vintage pendants. You name it, we can stick a light in it and suspend it.
Yes and no. If you are very fortunate and have plug bases on all your current down lights (not very likely) then it will be a direct replacement and as simple as unplugging the old for new.
Typically in Perth, the down lights would have been hardwired to the old transformers. If this is the case you will need to contact an electrical contractor to swap these for you.
This is highly dependant on the location of the outlet. On an easy installation, double brick wall, tile roof and single storey. Typically 30-40 minutes!
Allspark Electrical loves a challenge and can help you with the trickiest of locations.
Electricity is a form of energy that starts with atoms. Atoms are too small to see, but they make up everything around us. An atom has three tiny parts: protons, neutrons, and electrons. The center of the atom has at least one proton and one neutron. At least one electron travels around the center of the atom at great speed. Electricity can be created by forcing electrons to flow from atom to atom.
Most electricity used in Australia is produced at power plants. Various energy sources are used to turn turbines. The spinning turbine shafts turn electromagnets that are surrounded by heavy coils of copper wire inside generators. This creates a magnetic field, which causes the electrons in the copper wire to move from atom to atom.
Electricity leaves the power plant and is sent over high-power transmission lines on tall towers. The very strong electric current from a power plant must travel long distances to get where it is needed. Electricity loses some of its strength (voltage) as it travels, so transformers, which boost or “step up” its power, must help it along.
When electricity gets closer to where it will be used, its voltage must be decreased. Different kinds of transformers at utility substations do this job, “stepping down” electricity’s power. Electricity then travels on overhead or underground distribution wires to neighborhoods. When the distribution wires reach a home or business, another transformer reduces the electricity down to just the right voltage to be used in appliances, lights, and other things that run on electricity.
A cable carries the electricity from the distribution wires to the house through a meter box. The meter measures how much electricity the people in the house use. From the meter box, wires run through the walls to outlets and lights. The electricity is always waiting in the wires to be used.
Electricity travels in a circuit. When you switch on an appliance, you complete the circuit. Electricity flows along power lines to the outlet, through the power cord into the appliance, then back through the cord to the outlet and out to the power lines again.
Electricity travels fast (186,000 miles per second). If you traveled that fast, you could travel around the world almost eight times in the time it takes to turn on a light! And if you had a lamp on the moon wired to a switch in your bedroom, it would take only 1.28 seconds after you flipped the switch for electricity to light the lamp 238,857 miles away!
Figures used to arrive at the numbers:
• Speed of light: 186,000 miles/sec
• Average distance to the moon: 238,857 miles
• Circumference of the earth: 24,902 miles (equatorial), 24,860 miles (polar)
Volts, amps, and watts measure electricity. Volts measure the “pressure” under which electricity flows. Amps measure the amount of electric current. Watts measure the amount of work done by a certain amount of current at a certain pressure or voltage.
To understand how they are related, think of water in a hose. Turning on the faucet supplies the force, which is like the voltage. The amount of water moving through the hose is like the amperage. You would use lots of water that comes out really hard (like a lot of watts) to wash off a muddy car. You would use less water that comes out more slowly (like less watts) to fill a glass.
watts = amps × volts
amps = watts ÷ volts