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Technical Information

 

Bathrooms can be the deadliest room in the house, because water and electricity, unlike  Gin & Tonic, Mamas & Papas , etc. are NOT good mixers.

If it is wet, your skin makes it an even better conductor of electricity, so there are strict regulations about where (and how) lit mirrors can be placed in the bathroom.

IP44 Bathroom Zones

Fortunately, ALL SMS Mirrors can be placed in ANY of the GREEN areas, but not in any of the RED ones (why would you want to?)

How can an SMS LED Lit Mirror be fixed close to your washbasin tap? Because they are ALL rated IP44. This means that they are certified to keep out solid particles any bigger than 1mm and are also Splashproof i.e. you can’t dunk your mirror in the bath (why would you want to?), but it is TOTALLY SAFE from the ingress of any water splashes.

What exactly does IP44 mean? The IP stands for International Protection or Ingress Protection –- ingress means things getting in. The first number indicates a rating for solid objects and the second number is a rating for water.

Rating 4 for solid objects means that nothing bigger than 1 mm can get into your mirror, so no fingers or screwdrivers, most screws, wires, etc.

The Second 4 means your mirror is protected from splashes of water from any nearby source.

To find out more about all IP ratings go to Wikipedia

 

Why should you use a Qualified Electrician to install your bathroom mirror? Because in Great Britain in 2011 over two-and-a-half million people received electric shocks, three-hundred-and-fifty thousand were seriously injured and twenty-two people actually lost their lives, Of course, most of those were not in bathrooms, but why take the risk? It could be deadly!

If it costs one or two hundred two quid to get your SMS Mirror installed by an experienced professional, in a few years’ time the Ouch! Factor will have evaporated, but if you lost or badly maimed your Gran, your Kid or your Beloved that will haunt you for the rest of your days, so be smart, bite the bullet and factor the cost of installation in from the word go.

If you live within the Bracknell, Wimbledon, Farnham and Reigate Area

The Area that Jeff is Happy to Travel to Work

then I would personally recommend Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith

He is an experienced Part P Qualified Electrician I have known and trusted for over five years. He has done several different jobs for me over that time, ranging from installing a Loft Light to a Fully Rainproof External Pair of Switched 13 amp Sockets on the outside of my Conservatory.

Here’s a Link to Jeff’s CheckATrade Listing --- I think you’ll agree that his scores are pretty impressive. checkatrade.com/AshbourneElectricalLtd

Jeff Smith at Work Replacing a Coommercial Fuseboard in a Travel Agents

If you live elsewhere, then I think the best initial approach would be to ask friends and relatives if they know of any properly qualified, competent and friendly Electricians they would be happy to recommend.

If that doesn't get you at results I'd go for an CheckATrade or a Which? Magazine Recommended Electrician

Whoever you decide to use, ask to see their “Part P Qualification ID”, OR their ECS Electrotechnical Certification Scheme) Card --- this form of ID has the advantage of being a photo-ID so you can be sure you are getting the real thing.

Either of these forms of ID is enough to prove that the Electrician is Suitably Qualified to install your SMS Mirror safely.

The cost is likely to be upwards from a minimum of around £70.

Jeff Smiths Part P & ECS IDs 

If they Umm and Ahh over showing you their ID, think of it as a Big Red Light flashing Run! Run! Run! at you!

 

But be a savvy Customer, however well you select your Electrician, don't be afraid to watch over them, because if they don't do a good job, CheckATrade, Which, TrustedTrader, etc. won't be any help to you.

So, don't be afraid to ask questions; make sure you know what they are doing and why they are doing it, then you will be able to enjoy your SMS Mirror for years and years to come with no problems other than should I part my hair or what eyeshadow shall I use today.

 

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