If you are doing electrical wiring in your workspace, the key to success is in your planning and layout. Knowing what electrical supplies to use, the size of your workspace, the location of your outlets and circuits and the pieces of your larger electrically powered equipment is all key. Here are some things you may want to consider when figuring out the layout for your electrical wiring to ensure a job done correctly and safely.
Large pieces of equipment should have their own dedicated circuits. It’s a good idea to know where your equipment will be while working and make the dedicated circuits easily accessible to that area. It’s also a good idea to equip every circuit with a GFCI which will shut the power down in the event of a short and reduce the possibility of an electric shock.
Also, make sure you have enough outlets before starting. Typically, people find that they need more outlets than they first anticipated. Therefore, it’s a wise idea to plan for more outlets rather than less. Also, consider the height of your receptacles. Higher outlets may be best in workshop settings which eliminates access problems that might arise with lower receptacles when tools are placed along the walls.
When wiring overhead lights, it’s a good idea to keep them on separate circuit from the wall outlets. That way, if the wall outlets overload, you will still have light in your workspace.
The breaker box you are using should have clearly labeled switches indicating which tools are operating from which outlets. Most equipment will require a 240V outlet while pieces like air compressors or welding equipment may need a higher voltage. Your breaker box should be appropriately labeled to avoid confusion.
Adequate lighting is also key in a workshop setting. Electrical supplies offer a number of options for lighting including fluorescent overhead fixtures which are inexpensive, easy to install and offer a nice even light. Undercabinet lighting can be ideal for shelves ensuring easy access to tools stored there. Track lighting can be good for illuminating specific parts of the room because individual bulbs can be directed to light up different areas of your workspace. Portable flood lights are adjustable and very bright and can be handy if you are setting in a specific area to work.
Of course, the first step in all this is finding the best electrical supply store for your circuits, outlets and lighting. There are several electrical supply stores and houses for all your layout needs. Electrical wholesale could be useful to electricians who are looking to buy in bulk. Electrical supplies online is also a great option but be sure to read the descriptions carefully to make sure you are getting the product that suits your needs.
Those that are looking for convenient electrical wiring are advised to leave this work to an electrician for optimal safety. However, it’s a good idea to supervise as no one knows your workspace quite like you do. Good luck in making your workplace safe and easy to use!