Electrical design mistakes for schools to avoid

When it comes to school electrical design, many older buildings from the 70’s or earlier are seriously lacking. After all, who could have predicted the technological explosion, and the impact that technology could have on teaching and learning? That’s why, if you’re school needs re-wiring, or you’re building an extension, electrical design should be a primary consideration. From nursery schools to universities, good electrical design for each classroom can help bring learning to life, as well as providing a range of useful practical solutions. Unfortunately, this is overlooked by many schools, and this leads to a range o electrical design mistakes. So what are the biggest electrical design mistakes for schools to avoid? Well, here at Walker Electrical, we are Preston’s leading electrical specialists. We work across the North West with companies and businesses in a range of sectors, including commercial, industrial and residential. As a result, we have produced this guide to the common electrical design mistakes in schools.

What are the most common electrical design mistakes for schools to avoid?

There are several common electrical design problems that schools are frequently dealing with. These include:

  • Lack of sockets
  • Lack of room design consideration
  • Poor lighting choices

Lack of sockets in schools

Depending on the age of your students, and the use of the room, classrooms with 2 to 4 sockets in one room are usually lacking. From the SmartScreen or video wall to the teachers laptop and the iPad trolley, there usually aren’t enough plugs to go around. For older students in GCSE years and above, charging stations for different laptops or devices will be important, and a charging trolley wont be a good solution. So if you are redesigning your schools electricals, make sure you opt for more sockets in your classrooms, especially for older students.

Lack of room resign considerations

If the layout of the classroom or learning space is not considered before the electrical installations take place, you could find that your sockets and lights, dont quite match up with your room layout. Socket provision especially can lead to one area of the room being almost boxed in with electrical devices, because the sockets aren’t equally distributed around the room. And lighting that is not equal or even can lead to eye strain and learning issues in the classroom. So when redesigning your school electricals, you should consider making practical planning choices so that your classrooms can be flexible but effective learning environments.

For more information or for professional electrical support, get in touch with the team today, here at Walker Electrical.