Adding power to your data
Our current world is highly driven by data, we can often simply overlook the importance of electrical installation when moving or upgrading our commercial space. Furthermore, when relocating you may become so concerned with data cabling that you forget to consider electrical cabling in your budget and installation plans. You must consider an electrical installer when relocating. After all, without power, data cabling will not function.
How can an electrical installer help me?
- Improve electrical efficiency, this will lower your electrical bills
- Improved designs which will increase the safety of your building
- Increase protection against power outages.
- Prevent power surges. This will protect expensive technology used by your business.
How do I prepare for an electrical installation?
- Design for flexibility
- Allow for extra capacity
- Choose between floor boxes or grommets
- Special electrical requirements
- Plan for future proof requirements
- Electrical back up power options
Design for flexibility
The advancement of technology has heavily influenced the ways of the work world. For instance, employees are now able to work remotely, or in a collaborative manner. Break out rooms, meeting areas and open plan offices are now part of the modern-day office design. For this reason, it’s important to ensure you have electrical power sockets in multiple areas throughout your office. Lastly, you must plan to have outlets in communal meeting spaces as well as standard and hot desks. This will allow your premises to remain flexible.
Allow for extra capacity
Technology has changed the way we work. In most cases employees will have more than just a desktop computer on their desks. Some may have, phones, laptops, and tablets. All this equipment requires electricity to work. Therefore, we recommend a minimum of 4 electrical sockets for each desk, in some cases you may need to increase to 6 or 8.
Floor boxes or grommets
Floor boxes are more difficult to place, it can be tricky for the engineer to cut the floor tiles close enough to the edges. In addition, a floor box placed in an open area will allow the cabling to be kept away beneath the floor until its being used.
Grommets can be a much more precise way to place a cable. The cables can be installed in precise desk location and in the floor. On the other hand, with a grommet, the cables are not concealed as they are with a floorbox. Alternatively, the cables go from the floor to the desk, which doesn’t make them the most suitable solution in all cases.
Focus on special requirements
Not all electrical installations are created equal. Some office spaces might have special electrical requirements and needs. High traffics areas might require high powered equipment to handle the electrical needs. Rooms such as common rooms or meeting rooms are classed as ‘high traffic areas’. Focusing on these areas will ensure your electricity is efficient and safe.
Technology is not the same as it was 10 years ago, with new inventions delivered at a high rate, your business must be ready to progress with the time if you wish to stay relevant. Leaving room for expansion in your current building will allow your company to grow without having to relocate. Furthermore, having additional power sockets and floor boxes will give you the freedom to add more desks should your company expand.
Back Up power
Although, you may have followed a professional’s advice throughout the installation of your premises. An electrical installer cannot guarantee your premises will not suffer from a random power outage, surge, or any other electrical faults. Installing a UPS system will further protect your business in an event of a power outage. For more details about UPS systems click here.