What’s the difference between an electrician and an electrical engineer?

Electrical engineers design, construct and manufacture electrical systems. They also maintain, operate and manage these systems. Whereas, an electrician is a skilled trades person who designs, installs, maintains, and repairs electrical systems and products used in residential homes, businesses, and factories. Both electricians and electrical engineers need to be qualified and licensed in order to conduct work. 

 

Do electricians need professional indemnity insurance?

Yes, electricians require professional indemnity insurance. Northern Lights are fully insurance, registered master electricians.

 

Do I need an electrician to change a light fixture?

No, you do not need an electrician to change a light fixture. However, all other electrical work will need to be completed by a registered and licensed electrician.

 

How long does an electrician course take?

To become an electrician, training and obtaining work experience takes 4 years. If you want to work while training you will need a Limited Certificate.

 

How to become an electrician in NZ?

There are a range of career options and pathways available for electrical trades in New Zealand. Your local tafe will be able to provide you with more information or reach out to a registered electrician company to discuss apprenticeship opportunities. 

 

How long does it take to become a certified electrician?

It takes 2 years to become an electrical service person or 4 years to become a qualified and licensed electrician or electrical engineer.

 

Do electricians charge for estimates?

Most electricians offer free estimates / free quotes. Reach out to Northern Lights Electricians today for your free quote. 

 

Should I call a plumber or electrician? 

Electricians are required for all electrical work (whether it be residential, industrial or commercial) whilst plumbers are required for any issues surrounding water or gas (water supply, gas, drainage, sewerage, heating, cooling and ventilation systems). 

 

Can an electrician test and tag?

An A-grade electrician can test and tag electrical appliances and equipment. At Northern Lights Lighting and Electrical, we use the Seaward Primetest 300 system. This not only tests the appliance in question but also produces a tag to identify that the appliance has been tested and approved as safe. 

 

Can electrical engineers do electricians work?

Electrical engineers are required to be licensed, registered electricians, meaning that they can complete any electrical work.

 

Do electricians work weekends?

Most electricians are available on weekends. Northern Lights Electricians are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

 

How to register as an electrician?

In order to become a registered electrician, you will need to register with the Electrical Workers Registration Board (EWRB) of New Zealand and undergo the relevant assessments. 

 

Can I get an electrician during lockdown?

Electricians can work during lockdown, depending on the stage of lockdown. In stage four, electricians can only work on jobs that are essential. 

 

What do most electricians charge per hour?

Most electricians charge an hourly rate, and should be able to give you a reasonable estimate of the hours needed to complete the job prior to starting work. 

 

What electrical work can a homeowner do in NZ?

There are strict laws around what electrical work can and can’t be undertaken by someone without an electrician’s licence. In general, if you’re touching wires, that counts as electrical work, and you need to be licensed.

 

Do I need an electrician to change an outlet?

If you are required to touch wires, then it is illegal to change an outlet yourself. Northern Lights are registered master electricians. You can rely on us for efficient, friendly, and cost-effective work.

 

How do I know if a socket is overloaded?

Check the danger signs:

  1. Burning smell near an appliance or socket.
  2. Sparks or smoke coming from a plug or appliance
  3. Blackness or scorch marks around a socket or plug, or on an appliance.
  4. Damaged or frayed leads.
  5. Coloured wire inside leads showing at the plug or anywhere else.

 

What are three warning signs of an overloaded electrical circuit?

The top warning signs of an overloaded electrical circuit are:

  1. Burning smell near an appliance or socket.
  2. Sparks or smoke coming from a plug or appliance
  3. Blackness or scorch marks around a socket or plug, or on an appliance.

 

How do you know if you have an electrical problem in your house?

  1. Unfamiliar / Burning odour coming from outlets or electrical appliances
  2. Warm or sparking outlets and switches
  3. Flickering lights
  4. Broken light switches and loose outlets 
  5. Hot ceiling fixtures
  6. Circuit breaker problems
  7. Warm or discoloured wall plates
  8. Cracking, sizzling, or buzzing sounds

 

Can electricians work during lockdown?

Electricians can work during lockdown, depending on the stage of lockdown. In stage four, electricians can only work on jobs that are essential. 

 

Can electricians install solar panels?

Yes, electricians can install solar panels. In order to wire solar panels, only electricians are legally qualified to complete the task. 

 

Can an electrician install a ceiling fan?

Only a qualified, registered electrician can install ceiling fines if wiring is required.