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Things to Know Before Hiring a Commercial Electrician

Things to Know Before Hiring a Commercial Electrician

Things to Know Before Hiring a Commercial Electrician

If you want a socket in your home replaced that’s the sort of work that a residential electrician will undertake but if you need to install some new stadium lights or want a quote for tennis court lighting, that is the domain of a commercial electrician.

In simple terms, a commercial electrician is someone who has been trained and licensed to carry out electrical work on a much larger scale. That means they will be working in large and complex commercial buildings or settings, such as an office block, warehouse, or even a sports stadium, for instance.

Although it is fair to say that the basic aspects of a commercial electrician’s work will be pretty similar to the tasks carried out by a residential electrician, the scale of the jobs undertaken will be considerably larger.

If you are looking to hire a Clearwater commercial electrician for a new installation or to carry out a refit of existing premises, such as rewiring and upgrading an office block, or even installing new wiring in a block of apartments, there are some key points you need to know. 

Here is a look at the range and scope of electrical work that a commercial electrician will be asked to do and what sort of duties someone operating in this sphere will be expected to accomplish.

Things to Know Before Hiring a Commercial Electrician

What is a commercial electrician and what work do they do?


If you are inviting tenders for installing dock lighting or want accent lighting in a retail premises these are two examples of the sort of work that requires the services of a commercial electrician.

Put simply, a commercial electrician is more geared towards completing large-scale electrical tasks. Some of these tasks may well be within the competency range of a residential electrician but they are unlikely to have the experience or the resources to deal with such a complex and detailed request.

Let’s take a look at some of the typical duties carried out by a commercial electrician.

One of the fundamental tasks of a commercial electrician would be to install new wiring or replace existing wiring that needs updating. They will also regularly install new electrical components, as well as switches, sockets, and lights. Although some of the technical aspects of this work could potentially be completed by a residential electrician there are certain aspects of larger installation projects that need commercial experience. It is also a case of a commercial electrician having the resources at their disposal to be able to install stadium lights, for instance.

Maintaining the efficiency and safety of electrical systems is also an integral aspect of the work carried out by a commercial electrician.

Building codes need to be adhered to at all times and one of the tasks carried out by a commercial electrician would be to inspect electrical systems periodically to ensure that everything is working safely and all of the wiring and components are fully compliant with the relevant codes.

They will also be regularly tasked with carrying out a fault diagnosis service to identify a wiring or electrical component fault before carrying out the relevant fix.

It is a regular part of a commercial electrician’s work to be required to read and interpret technical drawings.

They will also have the right level of competency to be able to plan a new electrical system for a brand new construction project and installation. Doing work such as installing dock lighting obviously requires a certain amount of planning and preparation beforehand.

A commercial electrician will be expected to be familiar with local and national guidelines in relation to wiring and electrical systems. If they are asked to install tennis court lighting for a new club, for instance, they should usually be able to carry out that work anywhere in the country.

A fundamental difference in how a commercial electrician operates is in how they gear up for taking on electrical work that is at a much larger scale than residential work. They will be able to lead a team of qualified electricians and apprentices so that a workforce can be put together that meets the demands of the job they are being asked to do. Quite clearly, if a large retail stor